07/28/2018 by Caleb Gedemer
Stéphane Ivanoff won the North American International Championship with a very standard Zoroark-GX / Garbodor list, a deck that many players, myself included, wrote off before this event. This deck was slept on to epic proportions going in, obviously, and going forward I think that’s going to change. Garbodor has been written off in Standard for a while and it’s a hard card to play around having to incorporate Item limitation as well as Ability usage. Zoroark-GX is a fan favorite and almost everyone loves playing it. I think this is the deck to beat going into Worlds. Buzzwole decks died down in this event so that will be a very important trend to monitor going into Worlds. If Buzzwole can’t recover from its positioning right now than I think we will see some major changes for Worlds, including Zoroark-GX dominance, making it the deck to beat in general.
While Ivanoff didn’t deviate from the tried and true approach to playing Zoroark-GX / Garbodor, moving forward there are some important changes that I think should be made to shore up your matchup against opposing Zoroark-GX decks, something the Garbodor variant has struggled against in the past since Zoroark-GX decks can play around both Garbodor quite easily.
Keeping Buzzwole down has everything to do with this deck’s continued success and the release of Rayquaza-GX should only prevent Buzzwole from coming back. The biggest thing to be aware of here is that Trashalanche is only getting better with the release of Celestial Storm. Rayquaza-GX is all the rage and it simply cannot beat a Garbodor with Trashalanche, trust me, I’ve tried just about everything. The unique randomness of Stormy Winds makes it so that you’ll never know if you’re going to discard Items, or something that else you’d rather be relieving yourself of…
While Garbotoxin is inherently strong I’ll be sharing my own take on the deck, which may or may not be playing that specific Garbodor, even. There is a different approach you can incorporate to improve some very important matchups that is better overall based upon my testing so far. As of now I think this is my play for Worlds, so you better believe this is going to be worth the read.
I want to start this piece with the original list, the one that Ivanoff used to great success, and talk about my progression away from into this new blend of a deck that I think will be primed for big success come Worlds. That’s enough talk, let’s get right to it… Enjoy!
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