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Cities Time! – Deck Ideas for Week 1 and Event Coverage

This article will go over three deck ideas to consider for Week 1 of City Championships and discusses the future for event coverage on TeamFishKnuckles.

11/27/2015 by Josh Marking

The first weekend of Cities is almost here! In this article, I will talk about three deck ideas to play at your Cities for Standard. (Standard is what is played in my area and that’s why I am focusing on it.) These decks can easily change throughout the City events because there hasn’t been a set metagame, but once that is revealed, things might change. I have a feeling that at the start of Cities, a lot of people will play the same deck and we won’t see a new deck rise up until Week 2 or 3. But anyway, enough talking about the future. Let’s go over three different deck ideas at this moment.

Three Deck Ideas

Night March

Night March has been talked about a lot over the past year because it is fast, consistent, and sometimes easy to use, and that’s why this deck has stuck around for such a long time. The last time I talked about this deck was for Regionals, which you can see here. Night March has evolved since that article and has gained and lost some friends along the way.  Even though Night March has evolved, it will have to watch out because it has a new enemy approaching that could destroy it, but hopefully I can help you out with this evil nemesis.  Here is my current list.

The main thing to note is that Mew-EX has been rotated out of the game. This means that your Pumpkaboo and Joltik will have to be the only attackers, sadly. At first everyone was nervous about the concept because these Pokémon can be Knocked Out easily and you will lose one of your crucial Double Colorless Energy. Soon after, however, people started to realize that this was okay because you are still taking two-for-one Prize trades since these Pokémon are non-EX.  Hypnotoxic Laser has also been rotated from the game, so you don’t have to worry about a lone Joltik being Knock Out turned one. However, you still have to worry about Latios-EX and its Fast Raid attack. The good thing about this is that you don’t have to worry too much because Latios is not as easily splashable as Laser was.

Milotic is slowly becoming a staple in this deck.  I discussed earlier how your Night Marches can be Knocked Out easily, causing you to lose your DCE. With the help of Milotic, you are able to get back whatever card you want from your discard pile, which means that you can easily use your DCE over and over again.  One thing to note is that some players have been playing Bronzong with Metal Energy instead of Milotic to power up your Night Marchers. This concept is sometimes harder to pull off than Milotic because you have to have the Bronzong on the Bench and the Night Marchers as well. We might see an increase of this because of Night March’s new enemy, but I think you can still beat this new enemy without it.

Buddy-Buddy Rescue is also added to the deck, which might seem weird at first. Buddy-Buddy Rescue allows you and your opponent to get a Pokémon out of your discard pile and put it in your hand.  This is better than Revive because it goes into your hand and can be any Pokémon, not just a Basic.  This means you’re allowed to Compressor away a Shaymin-EX and then grab it out of the discard pile and use it for the turn, but you could not do this with Revive. This card also lets you grab a Milotic out of the discard pile to use if you accidentally had to discard it early. This card should slowly become a staple in all of the Night March decks because of its versatility.

The last thing the deck has gained is its super speed. The deck now plays Super Scoop Up and Roller Skates to draw through the deck fairly quickly to help get that turn-one 180 damage! The Super Scoop Ups not only allow you to reuse your Shaymin-EX for quick draw, but they also allow you to use your Milotic’s ability over and over again, which is great. Hopefully with all of these combos, you are able to get that quick KO and get any card you need when you need it.

I have talked a lot about why the deck is great, but there are some flaws with it too. The first thing to note is that the deck will struggle with Yveltal XY. This guy can one-shot all of your Pokémon and have a great Prize trade, especially since you are trading non-EX attackers. My best advice is to go second in this matchup to get the first KO. The next enemy is one we have seen all last year and this year, which is Crobat. These Pokémon can easily KO your Pokémon on the Bench without even attacking through their Abilities. However, this can easily be countered by the two Hex Maniac in the deck. If you are able to streamline this over and over again while constantly getting KOs, then you should be able to seal the game up. Finally, our newest enemy is Jirachi and even though we play it too, it can be deadly against this deck. This Pokémon has the attack Stardust, which allows you to discard a Special Energy off of the Active Pokémon and if this happens, Jirachi cannot be damaged by attacks by any Pokémon during the next turn. This means your opponent will be discarding your DCE over and over again, which will be okay because you have Milotic, but you can’t hurt the Jirachi the following turn, which is the bad part. There are ways around it though! You can play Escape Rope to get Jirachi out of the Active spot and Lysandre with four VS seeker to reuse this effect over and over again. Once again, Milotic is MVP because you have the option to abuse these effects again with its Ability.

I think that it’s easy to see why I have this deck as one of my top three favorite decks! Hopefully these Night March sections weren’t too boring, but if you want to learn more about this Night March deck then make sure to check out the video below. I talk about some of the stuff from this article in this video and I go into even more detail about the deck. I get to showcase the abilities of this deck for the viewers. The list has changed since the video, but the same concept is still easily applied to it.

I want to give a shoutout to Joe Bernard for giving me help with the deck. Joe already has three Regional placements this season and has won one of them with his Yveltal/Vespiquen deck. If you want to learn more about Joe and his Regional performances, make sure to check out the video below where Joe gives a recap of his regional experiences and talks about his three decks choices, Mega Sceptile, Seismitoad/Giratina, and Yveltal/Vespiquen.

Yveltal/Smeargle/Regirock/Stunfisk

At first glance you are probably are thinking “What is this deck?” and “Has Squeaky gone crazy?” The answer to both of these is YES, I have gone crazy, but this deck is actually one of my favorite decks at the moment, even though on paper the deck seems pretty crazy. This deck focuses on countering the meta and can easily be changed depending on what is big in your area.  

The main two engines of this deck are Yveltal and Smeargle.  Yveltal can let you accelerate Energy from your discard pile to any of your Pokémon on the Bench. Smeargle gives you the ability to change that Darkness Energy into a Lightning or a Fighting Energy, if it’s in the discard pile. With these two combinations, you are able to power up any attacker out of nowhere, which is what I like the most. This deck also heavily focuses on non-EX attackers, while having the option to KO these Pokémon.

Now that we understand how the deck works let’s go over the attackers. The first attacker is going to be Yveltal. Yveltal is able to KO Joltik, Pumpkaboo, Combee, and lot of other Basic attackers that have been heavily played currently in the format. The next attacker is Regirock, to help out against Manectric-EX. With a Fighting Energy and a DCE, Regirock has the option to hit for 120 damage on a Pokémon-EX or even 240 on a Lightning Pokémon-EX. Regirock has to worry about Flash Energy, which makes Lightning Pokémon Weaknesses go away, but that is why we play Enhanced ! The last attacker is going to be Stunfisk.  Stunfisk is our Lightning Pokémon to hit Weakness on Shaymin and Rayquaza. The only problem with Stunfisk is that to activate its full attack, your Active Pokémon has to be Knocked Out by damage from an attack. This means your opponent can play around your Stunfisk by taking Knock Outs with Crobat or Golbat if they play those Pokémon. The only downsides to these attackers are that they can easily be Lysandre’d up and Knocked Out because of their low HP.

As I previously stated, this deck can splash in any attackers depending on what your meta looks like. You can put a Regice in the deck if there is a lot of Fire Pokémon and a lot of Pokémon-EX that don’t have non-EX attackers. The deck can play Entei if there is a lot of Sceptile-EX in your area. Finally, you can play Virizion in your deck if you need something to hit for Grass Weakness.  Hopefully someone will crack the full potential with Smeargle and we can see one of the coolest cards from BREAKthrough shine! Here is a video showcasing the deck, but for Expanded with Ho-Oh.

Your own deck

There is no need for a decklist for this one because you are going to play your deck. This might seem like a crazy idea to suggest in an article, but I think playing your own deck is a great option. Right now the metagame is undefined and nobody knows what is going to happen for Cities. This means you need to play the deck you are most comfortable with, and that is your deck.  You have been practicing your deck for weeks and you know it’s a great play. Your deck may not be a rogue deck or a standard deck but it is your deck, which makes it special

If you are still confused by what your deck is then I will try to explain it more. Do you ever have that feeling that you want to play a deck but you have no idea if it’s good or not? Have you ever lost a match and wondered, “If I’d only played my own deck, maybe I could’ve won”? Have you ever had the regret of switching from the deck you love right before a tournament? This is your deck for Cities and why not get it out of the way for Week 1? You will have no idea how your deck will perform unless you decide to play it at Cities. Some people will do great with their own deck and find out they have stumbled on a secret deck and others will fail realizing that their deck is not the best.  How else will the community find out if your idea is the next big thing if you don’t play your deck for a tournament?

Here are some examples of people not following the crowd and playing their own decks to great success. Enrique Avila played Wailord at Nationals and got Second Place with it. Ryan Sabelhaus played his Dragonite deck at Florida Regionals and won the whole event with it. Dylan Bryan played his Donphan at Regionals and made Top 8 with the deck, creating a dominant new archetype in the process. These are just some examples of “your deck” and hopefully this helps people believe in their ideas more.

Once again, this might seem like a crazy idea to talk about, but a lot of people don’t encourage people to play their own decks.  There will be plenty of Cities, so why not give your deck a chance first and get it off your chest? This way you will know if you have stumbled across something great or not.  This will get rid of a lot of stress and pressure of always wondering if your deck is good or not.

City Information and Results

I have partnered with the one and only Andrew Wamboldt to bring some of the greatest coverage for Cities! Last year Andrew did a great job of gathering data for all of the Cities going on and compiled it on his website. If you want to see what I am talking about, then please click here. This year Andrew will be doing the same thing, but we are trying to bring a new experience for this. Every Wednesday, we will have a video talking about the previous City meta and why certain decks performed well.  We will then finish the video by answering any questions thrown at us that pertain to Cities. During every week, we will have one random guest appear on the show to help keep things fresh.

We will need everyone’s help though! If you participate in Cities and happen to get the results, please submit it to us.  You can submit the results on the City page, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. If we can have everyone participate, we will have the opportunity to bring some of the best coverage of Cities and help out the community as a whole.  Here is the first video for Cities where we talk about preparing for Week 1 and answer questions.  

I hope everyone has enjoyed this article and has learned something new about Pokémon. City time is my favorite time because there is a lot of Pokémon happening and every weekend there is a tournament.  I hope you do well during this part of the season, and make sure to have fun!

-Squeaky

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