08/09/2018 by Caleb Gedemer
Oblivious, we were, as a group of top players from the United States piloted their unique Yveltal BREAK deck to top placements at the North American International Championship. Was it a fluke? I’d say not, with solid matchups against most of the top decks and pesky Pokemon like Hoopa to disrupt your opponent’s strategy, it’s very hard to consistently seal wins against this sort of thing. Moving forward, you might ask, does the deck gain anything? It does, and at that, it gains something that’s going to bolster its strength two-fold, moving it into the top ranks. Shrine of Punishment serves as an activator for Yveltal BREAK. Quite simply, Yveltal BREAK only serves as an HP boost for Yveltal and brings nothing more than a solid attack which is as follows:
[D][D][D] Baleful Night: 120 damage. This attack does 30 damage to each of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon that has any damage counters on it. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)
120 damage is incredibly solid. While it won’t ever one-shot Pokemon-EX/GX, it should reliably two-shot them rather consistently. Here’s where Shrine of Punishment comes in… You can use it as a way to start hitting your opponent’s Bench Pokemon for another 30 every turn after a wave of Pokemon-EX/GX get hit with the effects of the Stadium. That’s an additional 50 damage going into your next turn, so long as the Stadium doesn’t get replaced, and that’s a whole lot of pressure to go with it!
This deck wants to be as consistently linear as possible, so cutting down on techs and focusing on ways to elongate the game and press forward are preferable. This means things like Guzma are less important, since you want to focus on spreading damage to the Bench. I think this is the strongest way to build this deck overall, however hard counters like Mr. Mime exist, making you nearly unwinnable against decks packing it. You want to prioritize getting an Oblivion Wing off quickly, for effect, so adding more ways to discard Darkness Energy is nice.
Why should you play anything more than Yveltal stuff? I don’t really think you should, a higher count of Rescue Stretcher and full package of the dark bird should do the trick. There’s a thin line of something special that goes well with the deck that I’ll cover in a bit. This deck is a hard counter to much of the biggest decks in the format, but does very poorly against Zoroark-GX / Garbodor, as that deck brings not only healing to the table, but one-hit Knockouts also. Before I start, I’d like to point out that my friend Kidd Starck has had a lot to do with the creation of this deck and his input has been invaluable in the creation of this piece. Enough chat, let’s get to the list…
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