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Seth Budrik

60Cards Tournament Series - January 2018 Results

Results for our Sixth Monthly Tournament of the 2017-18 Season

02/05/2018 by Seth Budrik

Top Cut Brackethttp://challonge.com/60CardsTS1718_Januarytc
Swiss Standingshttp://challonge.com/60CardsTS1718_January/standings

Meta Share
Zoroark GX/Lycanrock GX: 7 (18.42%)
Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX: 4 (10.52%)
Volcanion EX/Turtonator GX: 4 (10.52%)
Gardevoir GX: 3 (7.89%)
Garbodor/Espeon GX: 3 (7.89%)
Alolan Ninetales GX/Zoroark GX: 2 (5.26%)
Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX: 2 (5.26%)
Golisopod GX/Garbodor: 2 (5.26%)
Decidueye GX/Zoroark GX: 1 (2.63%)
Zoroark GX/Buzzwole GX: 1 (2.63%)
Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt: 1 (2.63%)
Gourgeist: 1 (2.63%)
Garbodor/Drampa GX: 1 (2.63%)
Buzzwole GX/Garbodor: 1 (2.63%)
Ho-Oh GX/Salazzle GX: 1 (2.63%)
Rogue/Other: 3 (7.89%)

 


“I chose to play Gardevoir GX once again mainly because it's just the deck I usually play when I don’t know what to play. It is fairly straight forward for the most part with Sylveon GX and Vulpix to help with setup. I decided to play both Super Rod and Rescue Stretcher as a counter for the decks like Zoroark GX/Lycanroc GX, as their main way to beat this deck is to KO Ralts as fast as possible.

 As for techs, I chose not to play any techs at all like Mr Mime, Giratina or Parallel City, as I wanted to focus on consistency. In the future there are a number of tech cards I would consider playing such as the ones I mentioned or even a 9th fairy energy, but I think overall it is best to keep it simple. The only cards I think that are easy to cut for this build are a Float Stone or the Rescue Stretcher, so either of those slots could potentially be swapped out for a tech.” 

 

 "I Played Wobbuffet/Hoopa because I feel very comfortable playing control style decks. Lusamine is a busted card if you know how to build and play around it, so it was a given to me that I’d play a ‘Lusamine toolbox’ deck of some sort. I felt confident in my ability to navigate the harder matchups, and with all the Zoroark decks around, Wobbuffet Break is in a great spot at the moment. Wobbuffet Break also helps the Gardevoir, Golisopod, Volcanion and Tapu Bulu matchups, and with Garbodor fading out of the meta, more ability focused decks are gaining in popularity, against which Wobbuffet’s unbreakable ability lock is great in general.

I teched Wishiwashi for the Garbodor matchup, as you can keep item usage to a minimum and tank with Wishiwashi or Hoopa (which has resistance to Trashalance). Wishiwashi can also be searched from opponent’s Brooklet Hill, which gave it another added bonus against Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX variants. I played the Mew to improve the Gardevoir matchup. Playing Counter Energy, Kukui and Mewtwo EVO improve the Gardevoir matchup even futher, providing options to both deal with Gallade via psychic weakness, and have a way to deal with overly stacked Gardevoir GX via Mewtwo EVO’s Psyhic, into a Psychic Assault followup from Wobbuffet. These are inlcusions I would add to the deck moving forward, at the very least. Counter Energy also opens up all kinds of different tech options, like Cobalion STS, Carnivine SHL, Hoothoot BKT." 


“I knew that I wanted to play Garbador because abilities are very powerful in the current format. I saw this list on the Limitless TCG page (credit to Philip Schulz) and wanted to try it out. With less Field Blowers and more items like Puzzle of Time being played, I thought Garbador could be a good play.

The only thing I changed from the list was I replaced 1 Celesteela GX for one Turtanator GX, partially because I didn't have a second Celesteela GX and partially because it helps in the Golisopod match up. Even with Acerola, if they want to hit Turtanator, they have to do so through Shell Trap, which can get you in range with another attacker. I would also consider adding Acerola, probably for Shining Mew. The Mew was cute and not bad to get energy on Celesteela GX or other attackers, but ultimately not very effective. Using Acerola with Buzzwole GX or Turtanator GX or Drampa GX sounds better in my opinion. Shout out to the Six Prize Syndicate for help testing the list!” 



“I played this deck because I think the abilities of Zoroark GX and Lycanroc GX make this deck both very powerful and very consistent. Zoroark GX gives consistency through draw and damage, and Lycanroc GX can finish something off with Dangerous Rogue GX or bring the right thing up for Zoroark GX to attack without using up the supporter for turn. This deck isn't unstoppable, but in a long tournament, its consistency will win enough games to get you into top cut.

Techs I ran include the Buzzwole GX to kill Zorua and pressure benched Rockruff to evolve early and waste the Bloodthirsty Eyes ability before the opponent is ready to use it effectively. The extra 30 bench damage also helped fix some numbers like no longer needing Kukui for Zoroark to knockout Tapu Lele GX, putting 200 HP Pokemon like Eeveelutions or Lycanroc GX into range for Zoroark GX to take a one-hit knockout with choice band + Kukui, and even putting opposing Zoroark in range of a knockout with Strong energy + choice band + Kukui with Buzzwole GX. Mew EX was to good to counter opposing Buzzwole GX. I chose to run Energy Loto because I prefer the consistency of finding the energy you need when you really need it and it helped many times.

Going forward, it's hard to predict where this deck will stand in the post-Ultra Prism meta, so I'll only comment about this current standard meta. Potential additions could include Special Charge for mill decks and Devoured Field or stand in Zoroark for Vikabulu. Additions/cuts are really just dependent on your local meta, but I'd play this exact list again going into an unknown meta or a big tournament.

Shout out to my testing group, the Six Prize Syndicate, for help with the list and testing!” 



“The reason I picked my deck was the Zoroark GX hype and wanted to test it out in a tournament. I picked the Golisopod GX variant cause I felt it has better match ups then the Lycanroc GX one. I didn’t add any special techs and the only thing I would add is max potion. In all honesty didn’t really enjoy playing this deck since Tapu Bulu GX is my true love lol.” 



“I feel that this deck is similar to Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX, but superior because if you have a Guzma and a Float Stone, it’s exactly what Blood-Thirsty Eyes can do. They’ll say that Dangerous Rogue-GX is such a good GX attack as it will one-hit knockout. However, this is exactly what this deck was able to do a turn or two earlier with an early Absorption GX that was made possible by Max Elixir. So that’s pretty even too. Zoroark GX’s ability just keeps thinning and thinning your deck down. With Octillery, you’re be able to refresh your hand and then thin away cards you don’t need. You’ll be drawing into the cards you need makes the deck clutch in the late game as well. The main goal of this deck is to get early one-hit knockouts, take prizes, and then close a game out however you can.”

 

For a complete analysis on his deck for the tournament, please click the link here*.

*List may or may not be the same as shown here.

 

 


Once again, I would like to thank all 38 players who participated in our January Tournament. If you want to join us for more great tournaments and free prizes, definitely click the group link below, where you can win points towards the 60Cards Online Invitational, Playmats and PTCGO CODES. It is free and anyone can participate.

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