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Caleb Gedemer

Standard Lapras-GX — The Format's Dark (Sea)horse

Confused why Caleb Gedemer played Turbo Lapras-GX at a major event recently? It could have gone better, but there are still many things to be said about the deck.

05/22/2018 by Caleb Gedemer

Yes, I played Turbo Lapras GX (SUM; 139)  for a Special Championship event on the nineteenth of May. It did not go as planned, even though I had expected to have great matchups all around, including against the two best decks: Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)  and Malamar. I had limited time to prepare for this event, but in the games I had played, Lapras GX (SUM; 139)  seemed like the best answer to the format. I trust my teammate Rukan Shao’s judgement, and he gave me the go ahead to play this deck, using his heavily tested list. I can’t say with absolute certainty that deck should be written off, it still is an answer to the aforementioned decks, but it might need more tweaking. While it might be able to naturally outpace other decks in a perfect scenario with both Aqua Patch and Max Elixir at its disposal, the unfortunate situation of falling behind on the “trade” of Energy attachments really does the deck in. Take a look at my rounds…

Round 1 versus Drampa GX (GRI; 115)  / Espeon GX (SUM; 61) / Garbodor / Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)  / Tauros GX (SUM; 100)  2/0; 1/0/0

Round 2 versus Dusk Mane Necrozma GX (UPR; 90)  / Malamar / Mew / Oranguru / Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)  / Ultra Necrozma GX (FLI; 127) 2/1; 2/0/0

Round 3 versus Buzzwole / Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)  / Diancie Prism Star (FLI; 74)  / Lycanroc-GX / Octillery / Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)  1/2; 2/1/0

Round 4 versus Buzzwole / Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)  / Diancie Prism Star (FLI; 74)  / Mew / Octillery / Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)  0/2; 2/2/0

Round 5 versus Garbodor / Kartana GX (CIN; 70)  / Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)  / Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  2/1; 3/2/0

Round 6 versus Buzzwole / Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)  / Diancie Prism Star (FLI; 74)  / Lycanroc-GX / Octillery / Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)  1/2; 3/3/0

Starting well, I felt great about the event. My third round was insanely close, with me holding the cards to win the game on my next turn if my opponent didn’t draw a Professor Sycamore with no cards in hand… That disheartening loss pitted me up against another Buzzwole-GX deck, this one, though, handled my Lapras GX (SUM; 139)  deck with ease. Beast Ring completely outpaces Lapras-GX if used correctly, and if you miss a beat you are quite literally done for. The baby Buzzwole wreaks a Lapras-GX with Sledgehammer for a one-hit Knockout as well if it has the right damage modifiers (Beast or Strong Energy along with a Choice Band and Diancie Prism Star in play). You need to get ahead, and stay ahead, with the Lapras-GX deck, which can be very difficult sometimes. Setting up two Lapras-GX is usually simple, but finding Choice Band to finish off 190 HP Pokemon-EX/GX Knockouts is difficult sometimes, especially against the Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)  decks. If your opponent can use Guzma in consecutive turns if you’re fumbling to set up, you will essentially lose the game right there.

Again, the “upside” of a Lapras GX (SUM; 139)  deck versus the many other Max Elixir-based decks in the format is the fact that you have access to both Aqua Patch and Max Elixir, giving you a much better early pop when it comes to Energy acceleration. Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)  needs to wait for you to take Knockouts before Beast Ring becomes effective, so Aqua Patch has a leg up in that regard. In any case, this deck does have potential, and I do think it’s a deck worthy of discussion because there will still be those that choose to play it at events. Let’s begin!


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