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Gabriel Semedo

Let's talk about Jirachi / Zapdos and more!

In this article Gabriel introduces Jirachi / Zapdos, the most hyped deck from Team Up!

02/11/2019 by Gabriel Semedo

Hello everyone! This time I am back to talk about the most popular deck from the new Team Up collection in Japan. If you have been following the competitive scene in Japan, you may notice that the Zapdos / Jirachi deck is quite popular and has proved to be a great deck. From the first glance, the deck does not seem to be anything special, obviously there is a good synergy between Jirachi (TM; 99) and Zapdos (TM; 40) , but in the end it is a deck with a simple strategy that aims to make the Zapdos hit a minimum 80 damage from turn 1 until end of the game. So what's the reason this deck is so popular and competitive in Japan? Although Zapdos might not seem powerful enough to compete against the great Pokémon of the game like Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) , Malamar (FLI; 51) / Giratina (LT; 97)Decidueye GX (SUM; 12) and Alolan Ninetales GX (JP; 132) , in practice the deck shows its true values and surprises the theory, showing that a deck with a simple strategy can be stronger than it looks.



 What makes a really good Pokémon TCG deck?


I would say a good deck needs to have these three things going:

- It has to be powerful in a way;
- It needs to be well-positioned in the metagame;
- It needs to be consistent.


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