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Daniel Altavilla

"Stephane's Deck Plus a Grimer" - Collinsville Regionals Report + Standard Moving Forward

Danny goes into detail on his Collinsville Regional experience and discusses the future of Standard + his play moving forward.

03/20/2019 by Daniel Altavilla

Hey there, my beautiful 60Cards readers, we have just returned from the Regional Championship in Collinsville, Illinois where I was able to go 9-0 in Swiss rounds Day 1 into 2nd place, losing to fellow Dead Draw Gaming teammate and fellow 60Cards writer Zach Lesage. It felt bad not having any options in my Finals game because of how poor the matchup is, but Zach winning the event was amazing and I am so proud of him. Today I wanted to recap my Collinsville experience, share the Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) / Lycanroc GX (GRI; 138) / Lucario GX (BW; 100) list I played, and try and give some detail on games to go a bit more in-depth on the deck. I think it will be interesting to see how the tournament played out for me to not only get a feel for the deck and how to play it but to absorb my words and gain info on matchups and some of the deck’s general interactions. This is always a great way to understand a deck a little bit better. 
 It has been a pretty busy couple of weeks going straight from the Oceania International Championships into Collinsville Regionals, with no true break in between, and even tougher so to figure out a deck that could perform well in the event that wasn’t the same deck I had just played in Australia. Bouncing ideas around from Malamar to some subtle Zapdos changes that would help with the evolving meta, we ended up just playing Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Lucario-GX. It was the only deck that could handle such a wide-open meta, and it had some great matchups, albeit some awful ones too. It seemed appropriate to tech  Sudowoodo (GRI; null) into the deck to deal with Malamar (FLI; 51) , but we ended up just cutting it and hoping we could outplay Malamar. Besides that, we thought we had a strong matchup against the meta spare the Ultra Beast GX decks like  Blacephalon GX (LT; 52) and Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57) , and with those being so unpopular the week prior along with having a ton of poor matchups, it seemed obvious that ZoroRoc was yet again the play. Here’s the list we went with:


My Collinsville Regionals Experience

 When going into Collinsville, I did not have high expectations. I just came off of a top 8 in Oceania, and my confidence and self-esteem were telling me that consistency has never been my strong suit and that I’d manage to find myself hitting awful matchups or dead drawing left and right, and I was very nervous about playing a non-Control Zoroark-GX variant in an event. It was the first time I actually tried things on the Zoroark-GX side, and it was pretty nice being able to attack freely, have a huge hand capable of whatever combos I want, and to have options against any deck but just have to play into my opponent’s outs to see if I can squeak a dub out. It was very powerful, and when Zoroark-GX is a strong play for any given event, I’d highly consider it moving forward. With that aside, let me go a bit into detail with my rounds. 


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