Zoroark with Slugs, Trash, and Bugs (Standard + Celestial Storm format)

The new set hasn’t presented a ton of new cards for Zoroark to work with, but one in particular makes the archetype far stronger. Magcargo gives Zoroark a way to function consistently with as few as one Zoroark in play. This means if you have games where you cannot set up Zoroarks or end up prizing too many Zoruas or Zoroarks, you still can consistently … Continue reading Zoroark with Slugs, Trash, and Bugs (Standard + Celestial Storm format)

Reviewing Round 4: Malamar Hoopa (Me) VS ZoroPod (Jimmy P.)

I analyzed my streamed match against Jimmy because I was not so confident in my play after the match was over and some people were telling me they thought I played it incorrectly. I’m going to go over everything that I now think was and was not a mistake. The funny part is that, in my opinion, I actually did not misplay in the ways … Continue reading Reviewing Round 4: Malamar Hoopa (Me) VS ZoroPod (Jimmy P.)

Final list for US Intercontinentals – ZoroPod, ZoroRoc, BuzzRoc, Malamar and ZoroGarb

I’ve been busy over the last month doing almost nothing other than playing Pokemon, writing about Pokemon, and sleeping. Being on summer break has given me the time and energy to create lists for all of the top tier, excluding Buzz Garb. Never got around to that deck for some reason. This piece has my lists for Psychic Malamar, ZoroRoc, ZoroPod, BuzzRoc, and ZoroGarb as … Continue reading Final list for US Intercontinentals – ZoroPod, ZoroRoc, BuzzRoc, Malamar and ZoroGarb

One-prize-based Malamar Update – 26 June 2018

I really wanted to make the whole ‘only have one-prize Pokemon in play’ idea work out, but the truth is that it is not a reasonable goal. Brigette is too important, and getting Brigette usually requires Tapu Lele, so by the first turn you usually have already done away with that goal. I did try out Ninja Boy as an attempt to get around that … Continue reading One-prize-based Malamar Update – 26 June 2018

ZoroPod: Critiquing and synthesizing the successful lists – 21 June 2018

Recently ZoroPod seems to have come back into the top tier. It could have been seen as a fluke if the deck had only seen success at one event, but ZoroPod performed better than any other deck last weekend with a first place at Mexico City’s Special Event and a second place at Sheffield’s Regional. The deck even scored top four at Hong Kong’s Special … Continue reading ZoroPod: Critiquing and synthesizing the successful lists – 21 June 2018

Necrozma Malamar Focused on One-Prize Attackers – June 13, 2018

Thought I would try out a different style for some of my pieces this week. Instead of coming out with one big article on one day, I’m going to have multiple shorter posts. I’ve done this a couple times in the past, but they were more just short articles rather than focused posts. This one is about my pretty off the wall Necrozma Malamar build … Continue reading Necrozma Malamar Focused on One-Prize Attackers – June 13, 2018

I Thought About Locking You – Attacking Hoopa and a Buzzwole Update

What’s up with it Cut or Tap readers, I just came fresh off of a 3-4 drop finish at Madison Regionals, and even though I had an awful day with the deck I’m convinced it is still a viable deck for the meta and deserves to see more play! Buzzwole lists are pretty difficult to beat, but I have a list that I think can … Continue reading I Thought About Locking You – Attacking Hoopa and a Buzzwole Update

Observations on Madison Regionals & Countering BuzzRoc

As promised, this is the second article for this week. I have to say, I feel pretty good about the article I put out on Friday because the two decks I covered were the ones that did the best. Greninja also saw a surprising amount of success and Buzzwole Garbodor seems to have come back into the scene as well. This is a short piece … Continue reading Observations on Madison Regionals & Countering BuzzRoc

Buzzwole Lycanroc & Zoroark Lycanroc for Madison Regionals

Madison Regionals is tomorrow and I wanted to get two options out before the event for anybody considering BuzzRoc or ZoroRoc. Psychic Necrozma Malamar has seen a lot of coverage from players and overall is a pretty easy deck to play. I felt like it needed less attention than the other top options. Ultra Necrozma would have been a good deck to cover as well, … Continue reading Buzzwole Lycanroc & Zoroark Lycanroc for Madison Regionals

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