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Preparing for the ECC 2015

Former ECC Champion Marc Lutz shares his playtesting results with the community!

02/05/2015 by Marc Lutz

Hey 60cards readers, it's me again, Marc Lutz, with another article. I want to share my testing results of a 3 days testing session with my good friends David Hochmann and Niklas Lehnert-Rappel with you guys. Preparing for the ECC with a former ECC Champion: let's get right into the article boys!

 


Table of Contents

Top Choices: Yveltal EX & Donphan

The Internet Kid's Choice: Seismitoad EX / Slurpuff

Still a Virgen: Virizion EX/Genesect EX

The Underdog: Fairy Toolbox

Conclusion

 


The decks we build for the weekend were Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX, Virizion EX/Genesect EX, Fairy Toolbox and Donphan. We didn't playtest Seismitoad EX/Slurpuff or Landorus EX/Crobat, because we felt that those decks were non-optimal choices for the ECC, but I'll still cover the Seismitoad EX/Slurpuff deck in this article to give you a small insight on what the deck does if you happen to run into it.

 


We also didn't try any Pyroar variant, because it's probably one of the worst decks to go into the ECC with due to Donphan and Mega Manectric.

Top Choices: Yveltal EX & Donphan

Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX

We didn't playtest this deck too much, because it has already proven itself to be a top contender at various regional and city championships already. The deck has both, a very strong damage output provided by Yveltal EX and disruption elements in Seismitoad EX's 'Quacking Punch' attack. Since Yveltal EX's 'Evil Ball' attack can deal an almost unlimited amount of damage this deck has good matchups accross the board and only loses to Manectric EX.

This deck probably has the best Donphan matchup out of all the decks available. Seismitoad EX's 'Quacking Punch' attack prevents them from playing their Robo Substitutes while hitting Donphan for weakness. The regular Yveltal is almost immune to Donphan. It has a fighting resistance and prevents the additional damage provided by Fighting Stadium, because it is not a Pokémon EX. Some people even run Hard Charm to prevent even more damage.

Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX is very easy to play which will most likely attract newer and less experienced players to play this deck which will result in a lot of people playing this deck. Even with slight misplays, the sheer power of this deck will allow players to win games, so be prepared to play against a lot of Yveltal EX decks.

 


A good tech card you can run to counter Yveltal EX is Dedenne from the XY Base Set. For a single colorless energy it does 20 damage times the amount of energies attached to the defending Pokémon. With a Muscle Band attached you require Yveltal EX to hold 4 energies to OHKO. Applying things like Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym or Silver Bangle if you play it, it can be much easier than that. In other matchups Dedenne can still use its 'Call for Family' attack. Also it has free retreat which is always good.

Weak against: Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX quite frequently loses to Virizion EX/Genesect EX variants. This is due to the fact that G-Booster allows them to OHKO anything this deck can play while discarding energies after the attack to reduce the damage done by Yveltal EX's 'Evil Ball' attack. Also Seismitoad EX is almost useless in this matchup because of its grass weakness.

Options to counter Virizion EX/Genesect EX decks are Crushing Hammer and Head Ringer. If you can get the Head Ringer down before they play their tools you will have a better chance of winning. Crushing Hammer can prevent them from using early Emerald Slashes as well, but it relies on a coin flip.

Donphan

Donphan is obviously a top choice as well. It is a very aggressive deck as it can deal tons of damage by turn 2 while still being defensive because it can hide behind Robo Substitutes after the attack. It has a very linear gameplay which makes it very consistent.


For slightly worse matchups like Yveltal decks you can always tech in something like Dedenne or Zekrom. This deck actually has a lot of room for different techs like Sigilyph against EX heavy decks or even Reshiram if you dislike the Virizion EX/Genesect EX matchup.

Other than that there's not much to say about Donphan, it is well known for its strong appearance in tournaments and will more than likely be the matchup you will face the most. Dpeending on what you play you can try something like Zapdos and Hard Charm to counter Donphan.

Weak against: Donphan usually struggles against decks that run some sort of heal like Max Potion, because it fails to OHKO anything most of the time. The deck that most frequently runs Max Potion is probably Fairy Toolbox with Aromatisse or Florges EX variants. It also has a hard time against non Pokémon EX, especially if they have a fighting resistance like Zapdos or the regular Yveltal.

The Internet Kid's Choice: Seismitoad EX / Slurpuff

 

Seismitoad EX / Slurpuff is a very linear and very aggressive deck. It runs a heavy line of Slurpuff to provide additional draw every turn, because your goal is to play down your hand most of the time. Cards like Crushing Hammer and Hypnotoxic Laser hinder your opponent from executing their strategy.

 


The only reliable source of damage output in this deck is Seismitoad EX's 'Quacking Punch' attack along with Muscle Band and Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym to increase the damage. If you get lucky enough with the flips this deck can snowball really hard, because your opponent won't be able to use their items most of the time.

You can technically attack with Grenade Hammer as well as you play a decent amount of water energies in this deck.

Lysandre's Trump Card is really good in this deck, because it supports the strategy of playing as many cards as possible each turn. If you are out of Lasers or Crushing Hammers you can simply play Lysandre's Trump Card and refill your deck with tons of options. This works really well with VS Seeker as it is pretty much an unlimited amount of cards you can play.

Weak against: As this deck's only attacker is Seismitoad EX, its Virizion EX/Genesect EX matchup is really poor. A turn 2 Emerald Slash already does 140 damage (incl. Muscle Band) to Seismitoad EX and every other attack is an immediate OHKO. Also Virizion EX is resisted to water type moves, which makes this even harder for this deck to stand a chance. Your best chance to beat Virizion EX/Genesect EX with this deck is probably Crushing Hammer.

Seismitoad EX/Slurpuff also fails to have a good answer to Sigilyph besides Hypnotoxic Laser.

Still a Virgen: Virizion EX/Genesect EX

Virizion EX/Genesect EX is the deck I won the ECC with last year. We decided to playtest this deck a lot, because we felt that it might have a very good chance of winning the ECC yet again! G-Booster allows you to OHKO almost anything in the game, which provides a lot of good matchups as you can deal with decks like Florgess EX or other fairy variants much easier than Donphan can for example.

Also we figured that a lot of people would play Seismitoad EX in their decks, which are easy buckets for Genesect EX. There are currently two decks that play Seismitoad EX which are Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX which will be a top contender for this year's ECC and the deck I mentioned above.

Deoxys EX seems to be a pretty good tech card in Virizion EX/Genesect EX decks this format as it helps you to OHKO things like Mega Manectric EX with a G-Booster or Donphan with a Muscle Band attached.

 


In general this deck has very good matchups across the board due to its great consistency. Also since there are currently a lot less Pyroar decks around, it makes this deck even more viable.

Weak against: The biggest problem this deck currently has is its rather poor matchup against Donphan. Even if you get a turn 2 Emerald Slash off, they still pressure you a lot with their Spinning Turn attacks which 2HKO your Pokémon most of the time. Also Hawlucha does 100-120 damage for a single energy. I recommend a Max Potion to have a better chance in this matchup.

The Underdog: Fairy Toolbox

I covered this deck in my last article as well. The main reason why I would take this deck to the ECC is its very good Donphan matchup while not being to fragile against the other decks in the format. Max Potion along with Aromatisse makes it stricly impossible for anything to win against this deck if they can't OHKO your attackers.

 


Depending on what you think you will be playing against you can play a ton of different techs in this deck due to Rainbow Energy. The most common tech cards played in this deck are most likely Yveltal EX, Terrakion and Suicune.


If you want to be safe against Pyroar decks I recommend playing either a 1-1 line of Mega Kangsakhan EX or Mega Manectric EX. Both are evolved Pokémon and can deal with it really well. Mega Manectric EX also provides a much better matchup against Yveltal EX variants.

Weak against: This deck fails against anything that is able to OHKO your attackers because you will lose all the energies attached to it. Currently there's only Genesect EX which can deal with this and Black Kyurem EX which is played in some Manectric EX variants. Sometimes Yveltal EX can get enough energies in play to start OHKOing your attackers one by one. If you want to have a better matchup against Yveltal EX with this deck you can even run one or two Dedenne.

Conclusion

First off I want to share some statistics with you guys:

Donphan

6-13 vs Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX
3-5 vs Fairy Toolbox

6-1 vs Virizion EX/Genesect EX

 

Overall win percentage: 44%

 

Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX

13-6 vs Donphan

4-3 vs Virizion EX/Genesect EX

6-3 vs Fairy Toolbox

 

Overall win percentage: 69%

 


Fairy Toolbox

5-3 vs Donphan

3-6 vs Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX

0-2 vs Virizion EX/Genesect EX

 

Overall win percentage: 42%

 


Virizion EX/Genesect EX

1-6 vs Donphan

3-4 vs Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX

2-0 vs Fairy Toolbox

 

Overall win percentage: 37%

 


We tried to playtest against the worst matchup with each deck as much as possible to improve on those as good as possible. Yveltal EX/Seismitoad EX had the best win percentage overall and is as we expected the most solid deck to go into the ECC with.

 


Even though Yveltal EX has the best win percentage overall we figured that we wouldn't be surprised if either Fairy Toolbox or Virizion EX/Genesect would win the ECC. Both of these decks have excellent matchups and if played correctly could win almost any game.

 


While Donphan is very popular I don't think it will win the ECC, because too many players are prepared for it while they might aren't too comfortable with other matchups which is why Fairy Toolbox is my personal best choice for the ECC.

 

 

 

I hope this helped you a bit with your deck choice for the European Challenge Cup 2015.

 


See you all soon,

 


Marc Lutz

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