ZoroRoc and Malamar variants, plus Darkrai Zoroark and Alolan Muk Garbodor updates

Oceania Internationals has concluded and Zapdos won the tournament, which is completely unsurprising considering eight of the best players in the game played it. I underrated Zapdos at first. The deck was mediocre in testing because I was using, and playing against, the Japanese lists which ran far worse. Now that Zapdos is the king that needs to be slain, I am excited to talk … Continue reading ZoroRoc and Malamar variants, plus Darkrai Zoroark and Alolan Muk Garbodor updates

Standard Team Up Ideas: Darkrai, Alolan Muk Garbodor, Blacephalon Ninetales, Alolan Grimer Nihilego, and ZoroRoc

Team Up is offering several new archetype concepts and as I’m sure many of you know, I love to jump on them as soon as possible. People have been hyping decks like Zapdos, Malmar Snorlax & Mimikyu, and Tool Drop, but I figured I would put together decks that I haven’t heard anybody else talking about. Some of the decks are more obvious combinations like … Continue reading Standard Team Up Ideas: Darkrai, Alolan Muk Garbodor, Blacephalon Ninetales, Alolan Grimer Nihilego, and ZoroRoc

Standard Buzz Box, Expanded Blastoise Wailord, and Expanded ZoroGarb updates

Dallas Regionals is coming up this weekend and I’m scrambling to test as many games as I can. Other than putting this article out, the only activities in my life will be sleeping, eating, and playing Pokemon. My top two picks for the event are currently ZoroGarb and Blastoise Wailord. I also found myself really enjoying that Buzz Box deck that I talked a little … Continue reading Standard Buzz Box, Expanded Blastoise Wailord, and Expanded ZoroGarb updates

Standard League Cup/Challenge Decks: ZoroRoc, Buzz Box, Blacephalon, and Malamar

Standard had completely fallen out of my mind for a while until about two weeks ago. I attended a Standard challenge for a breath of fresh air. The deck I was most interested in before I started preparing for Anaheim Regionals was ZoroRoc, so I figured I would pick the deck back up. It worked out very well and I’m actually excited to get back … Continue reading Standard League Cup/Challenge Decks: ZoroRoc, Buzz Box, Blacephalon, and Malamar

League Cup First Place ZoroGarb/ Analyzing Top 8 ZoroGarb Lists

Although my ZoroGarb list did not make top 8 in masters, I did win the 128 man cup in day two with it and two of the Seniors I coach made top 8 with it. Those accolades mean something, but I am disappointed that I couldn’t take it further in the main event; I lost my win-and-in. Since the event, there are two changes I … Continue reading League Cup First Place ZoroGarb/ Analyzing Top 8 ZoroGarb Lists

Final Lists for Anaheim: ZoroPlume, Cofagrigus, Blastoise, ZoroGarb, Groudon, and BuzzRoc

This article covers six decks that I have worked on in preparation for Anaheim. The format for this piece is mostly short descriptions with each piece describing list details. If you’re looking for in-depth match up descriptions, this is not the article for you. I felt it was more important to give people good lists for several options since there are a ton of different … Continue reading Final Lists for Anaheim: ZoroPlume, Cofagrigus, Blastoise, ZoroGarb, Groudon, and BuzzRoc

Expanded Ideas: Cofagrigus Giratina, Zoro/Control Variants and Raikou Eels

Expanded is in a strange place right now because the format has turned very denial/control oriented. So much so, that cards like Seismitoad and Lusamine actually have a legitimate place in decks. Lost Thunder takes the control/denial paradigm to a new level by adding cards such as Girafarig, Faba, and Morty. Faba in particular changes a lot because several decks were relying exclusively on Double … Continue reading Expanded Ideas: Cofagrigus Giratina, Zoro/Control Variants and Raikou Eels

Countering ZoroControl and countering the counters

This piece is mostly a follow up to the last article I posted. All that needs to change in those lists are a few cards to fit the new meta and I see all of them as solid plays again. Again this piece covers ZoroRoc, Giratina Malamar, and Blacephalon, however I have also included a list for ZoroControl that I prefer to the current one. … Continue reading Countering ZoroControl and countering the counters

Improving on Japanese Lists Part 2 (ZoroRoc)

Despite the negative press ZoroRoc has been getting lately, I think it’s actually an amazing option for Brazil. The deck has to be build in a far different way to work with the additions from Lost Thunder and to meet new demands from Blacephalon; the list I have come up with does so. Players are overlooking some great combos that recently presented themselves to this … Continue reading Improving on Japanese Lists Part 2 (ZoroRoc)

Improving on Japanese Lists Part 1 (Giratina Malamar)

Many of us have built or at least payed attention to the list that did well at the Champion’s League Tokyo event. It is our first look at how to build new archetypes such as Blacephalon Naganadel, Giratina Malamar, and Granbull. As I started testing out these lists, I realized there were some flaws that I should not have been surprised to run into. Japanese … Continue reading Improving on Japanese Lists Part 1 (Giratina Malamar)

Post-Portland; Night March’s Future

The truth is, I did not test Night March enough. I got to the point where my list was what I still consider perfect (except maybe Marowak over Ranger), but I didn’t know the matchups. It wasn’t until round 6 that I realized you’re supposed to go second in several matchups, that against Sableye Garbodor you simply KO Sableyes while Colressing every turn, and that … Continue reading Post-Portland; Night March’s Future

Archie’s Blastoise, BuzzRoc, and Milotic Marshadow

The bans and addition of a few new sets have brought back and changed some past archetypes, as well as creating Milotic Marshadow. I have been working on these three decks, not necessarily because I plan to use any of them for Portland Regionals but so that I can give you guys some strong lists if you are interested in them. Let’s start with Archie’s … Continue reading Archie’s Blastoise, BuzzRoc, and Milotic Marshadow