New Archetypes and Updated Decks with Forbidden Light!

In this piece I am not going to talk about the cards that I don’t think are good becuase I see no point in doing so. Instead, I am only going to focus on the cards that I think actually have potential to be top tier and what I think they can combine with. This piece also has multiple lists for the potential top-tier archetypes. … Continue reading New Archetypes and Updated Decks with Forbidden Light!

Analysis of the Zoroark variants

In this piece I judge Golisopod Zoroark, Gardevoir Zoroark, and Lycanroc Zoroark, giving brief matchup descrptions. This is an article made to help the reader decide which Zoroark variant is best for them. Each of those three options have lists in this piece of course. In order to analyze each deck, it’s important to look at what the meta wil have. I’ve paid close attention … Continue reading Analysis of the Zoroark variants

League Cups Winning Decks – ZoroRoc & Toad Garb

Hello reader, Phinn here with Michael Perez and we are discussing my Zoroark Lycanroc list that both Michael and I won league cups with, followed by detail about Toad Garb. Other than our wins with ZoroRoc, Michael and I both topped an Expanded cup with Toad Garb as well; I was able to win it. If you are not a Stage 2 Subscriber you can … Continue reading League Cups Winning Decks – ZoroRoc & Toad Garb

The Expanded Predicament – A Quick Look At Seismitoad Garbodor & Zoroark Eggs

The current problem we run into with Expanded is that there are few decks that beat Zoroark consistently, and decks like Glaceon and Toad Garb that do beat Zoroark end up having a negative matchup against many other archetypes. You could make the argument that Garbodor does have a decent matchup spread with a decent Zoroark matchup, but Zoroark is going to be playing two … Continue reading The Expanded Predicament – A Quick Look At Seismitoad Garbodor & Zoroark Eggs

Two Great Options for Cups: Lycanroc Lucario Zoroark & Espeon Garbodor

After Portland, I realized that the deck I used has way more potential than other people seems to realize. I played an auto-loss (Attacking Hoopa) in my ‘win & in’ round which stopped me from getting to day two, but with a couple tweaks that matchup has become positive. My other loss was to BuzzRoc with Lucario and Elixirs, but again I have tweaked the list … Continue reading Two Great Options for Cups: Lycanroc Lucario Zoroark & Espeon Garbodor

“Fording the Standard River:” Options for Portland Regionals

Portland is coming up pretty soon…Tomorrow in fact! Deck lists for the following archetypes are in this piece: Buzzwole Lycanroc Buzzwole Garbodor (Trashalanche) Zoroark Lycanroc Lucario Lycanroc Zoroark Lucario Zoroark Can Lycanroc Zoroark keep up with Lucario Zoroark? We discussed this a little bit in a discussion on Seagrove’s channel. If you’re interested in that video, you can watch it here. Rukan and Caleb believe … Continue reading “Fording the Standard River:” Options for Portland Regionals

Golisopod Zoroark & Lycanroc Zoroark

Through the last couple months I have taken a very meta oriented approach to Pokemon. For Dallas Regionals I played the same deck that won San Jose Regionals, and for Costa Mesa Regionals I played the deck that won Dallas Regionals. The conclusion I have come to is that these decks that win Regionals are rarely countable in any reasonable way and that the counters … Continue reading Golisopod Zoroark & Lycanroc Zoroark

Costa Mesa Regionals 2nd Place Zoroark Eggs – How to play the deck

This past weekend I was lucky enough to make finals out of 512 players, using a deck that I can only describe as ridiculous. I will not be giving a tournament report but I will be explaining matchups in detail, using examples from the event and evidence from my rounds. If you’d like to hear about how my rounds went, I recently did an interview … Continue reading Costa Mesa Regionals 2nd Place Zoroark Eggs – How to play the deck

Final Options for Costa Mesa – Garbodor Magical Swap, Zoroark Eggs, and Night March

Costa Mesa is in just two days and the list of options I have has diminished heavily. Decks like Giratina Siesmitoad, Darkrai GX, Dusknoir Koko and Toad Garbodor were on my radar and dropped for different reasons, while other decks had to take some serious editing in order to stay viable options. Garbodor with the new Magical Swap Tapu Lele is an idea I had … Continue reading Final Options for Costa Mesa – Garbodor Magical Swap, Zoroark Eggs, and Night March

Costa Mesa – Garbodor Sudowoodo, Glaceon and Zoroark

It is my premature prediction that Zoroark, Garbodor and either Glaceon or Fighting/stuff will be the top three decks for Costa Mesa. This article is predicated on that prediction and is here to give meta options for the event. All four of these seem great to me thus far, which is unusual because I normally can find at least one top-tier deck that I dislike. Playing … Continue reading Costa Mesa – Garbodor Sudowoodo, Glaceon and Zoroark

Standard Options – BuzzRoc, Magnezone Stuff, Espeon, and Empoleon

There’s a new set out and that means it is time to update the common archetypes to fit the new cards, and time to make some new decklists for the new options. In this piece I have four decks I cover, including Empoleon, Buzzwole Lycaroc, Magnezone Dusk Mane Necrozma, and Espeon Garbodor. It’s worth noting that I think Greninja has a lot of potential now that Cynthia … Continue reading Standard Options – BuzzRoc, Magnezone Stuff, Espeon, and Empoleon

Espeon Garbodor as an option for Australia

The majority of my testing has been dedicated to Espeon Garbodor, inspired by the deck Igor, Brad, and Jimmy all made top 8 with at Dallas Regionals. It occurred to me that Garbodor actually could beat Zoroark decks and that this probably was the case not just for Expanded, but for both formats. The viability of this deck may be shortlived, considering Ultra Prism could … Continue reading Espeon Garbodor as an option for Australia

“Twelfth Night (March):” Dallas Regionals 12th Place Tournament Report and Analysis

This tournament report is a little different from others because I focus primarily on educating the reader with my experience from the event, leaving out details or information that are less relevant to learning from my successes and failures. I focus a lot on the specific cards that I teched in my list and how they actually were used, the specific misplays I made, and specifically … Continue reading “Twelfth Night (March):” Dallas Regionals 12th Place Tournament Report and Analysis

More on Dallas Options – Seismitoad Giratina, Tapu Koko Dusknoir, & Matchup/Strategy Coverage

As testing for Dallas continues, I update all of my lists while exploring new concepts within the game and analyze different ways to build archetypes. This article is centered mainly around Giratina Seismitoad, as it is the deck I have been able to find the most creative room to work with. I also have an explanation of how Expanded is different from standard, in the … Continue reading More on Dallas Options – Seismitoad Giratina, Tapu Koko Dusknoir, & Matchup/Strategy Coverage