28. 09. 2016 by Caleb Gedemer
Vespiquen with Yanmega BREAK and without Battle Compressor? Deck lists for some of the top decks in the Standard format? Find it all and more with Caleb Gedemer's newest article!
Hello all, today we will be delving into yet another exciting Standard format deck and deck list to go with it, along with all the fun stuff that makes the deck good and how it fares against the rest of the competition. Well, I bet you would like to know what deck I am even talking about! That deck is Vespiquen with Yanmega BREAK. Now wait, you might still be thinking that Vespiquen without Battle Compressor is completely obsolete and should not be considered for a second. This thought is definitely untrue and hopefully after reading, that idea will dispelled forever.
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This is a very solid deck with tons and tons of options against every single deck out there. I may be a little overzealous or rash in this assessment, but at this point in time, I believe Vespiquen with Yanmega BREAK to be the best overall deck in Standard.
Hopefully I have your attention now, let us get right into it!
I tried this deck out about a week ago and was instantly impressed. When playing a large number of Pokemon, Professor Sycamore becomes a very viable way of getting critters in the Discard for Vespiquen’s Bee Revenge attack. I was in preparation for a League Challenge tournament and playing a few games against my girlfriend’s Xerneas with Rainbow Force deck. I easily won four legitimate games in a row against a deck that was really popular in the area, so I with that had found my deck of choice.
Vespiquen currently has a tough time getting to the damage numbers it needs to. This deck fixes this problem perfectly. Yanmega BREAK is an excellent supplementary attacker and provides a counter to many of Vespiquen’s inherited problems, such as Giratina-EX and Glaceon-EX.
Yanmega BREAK alone is a very potent attacker. Along with Bursting Balloon, damage adds up super fast and Ariados can even Poison our opponent’s Pokemon for extra damage in between turns!
The Deck List
- 3x Shaymin EX
- 2x Klefki
- 4x Combee
- 4x Vespiquen
- 1x Spinarak
- 1x Ariados
- 4x Yanma
- 4x Yanmega
- 3x Yanmega BREAK
- 4x Unown
- 1x Level Ball
- 1x Revitalizer
- 1x Special Charge
- 4x Ultra Ball
- 4x VS Seeker
- 2x Judge
- 2x Lysandre
- 2x N
- 1x Pokemon Ranger
- 4x Professor Sycamore
- 4x Forest of Giant Plants
- 4x Double Colorless Energy
Round 1 vs. Carbink/Haxorus/Octillery 2-0; 1-0-0
Alright, I really do not want to talk about this one too much. This really is not a deck and in addition, my opponent mistakenly played Training Center, a rotated card in the Standard format.
Going off of what I just said, I do not want to go into any detail. But, I would like to point out that after these two games, I was extremely confident in the way my deck was running, even if the opponent’s deck had been better.
Round 2 vs. Bisharp/Raichu/Shaymin-EX/Volcanion-EX/Xerneas 2-0; 2-0-0
At last, it only took one round to cut to the chase about why I really decided to play this deck. My opponent ran extremely hot and did well on Max Elixir drops. We traded Prizes from each of our second turns onwards, with my Yanmega BREAK taking a knockout and then their Raichu returning the favor with its Weakness advantage.
Xerneas is a clunkier attacker than both Vespiquen and the Yan’ BREAK. This was made quite apparent throughout the course of this game where my opponent missed a Fairy Energy off of multiple Max Elixirs. Exp. Share was a no-show as far as the game went as well, due to the fact that it always wound up in the Discard or on the wrong Pokemon.
This one ended up being very close, even still, with Bisharp knocking out my Vespiquens in one attack for a single Energy with its Retaliate attack. I was put down to one card with an N, but luckily drew out of it since I had thinned my deck as I played and left myself with pretty much all outs to the low hand size.
I had already felt confident about this matchup going into the series, but after the first game, that theory was confirmed. I knew that my deck would have to set up and I would be good to go. I started strongly with a Yanmega BREAK, taking a knockout or two and going from there. My opponent ran slightly better with Max Elixir this game, which was initially bothersome.
My big break in this game opened when my opponent did not have any form of a backup attacker, without Max Elixir to get one going. I from there took some cheap Prizes and finished the game with a knockout on a Shaymin-EX for the win.
“Rainbow Road” as a deck is a really good matchup for Vespiquen with Yanmega BREAK, because it can attack for no Energy cost and at the same time still trade attacks for knockouts and the Prizes that come with them. Special Charge is especially potent since its inclusion allows for a “guaranteed” use of four Double Colorless Energy in a game and hopefully four attacking Vespiquens.
Round 3 vs. Hoopa-EX/M Rayquaza-EX/Raichu/Shaymin-EX/Unown 0-2; 2-1-0
I was a little overzealous going into this one. I figured I would be able to get the Pokemon piled up in no time, with some powerful Bee Revenge attacks taking down my opponent’s beefy M Rayquaza-EXs. I also noticed that Yanmega, not even the BREAK, would be pretty decent if my opponent’s Pokemon have Pokemon Tool cards attached, like a Rayquaza Spirit Link.
The first game started extremely slowly for me, but the exact opposite for my opponent. They were able to fill their Bench quickly (not that this matters damage wise) with plenty of Hoopa-EX and Shaymin-EX, snagging multiple M Rayquaza-EXs and tossing them on the board. This put me in a pretty rough spot where I was forced to either Lysandre targets on the Bench immediately for knockouts or attempt to take down a fresh M Ray in one pop.
I came extremely close to pulling off the win; my opponent played Raichu, a tech for Klefki and I left myself with just a lone Vespiquen in play, hoping that the opponent would be unable to address it and then I had a Lysandre on my following turn for the last two Prizes I needed for the win. My other option would have been going all out to take a knockout on the Active 220 HP Pokemon-EX, but that would have been a bit of a stretch and would have required Benching at least one Shaymin-EX. This Shaymin-EX would have become a game winner for the opponent, so either of these win conditions was extremely risky. Ultimately, the one I chose was safer, considering my opponent needed a Raichu and a Double Colorless. With the other play, all my opponent needed was a Lysandre and with Lysandre in their Discard along with just one VS Seeker, the first option seemed much more safe, in theory.
Going into the second game, I assumed a win for this round would be out of reach. I needed to remain calm and just shoot for the win in this game and let the actual match result follow, as an afterthought (generally if you lose or tie a single round in a League Challenge, you will not place first; first place was my goal for Championship Point reasons). I had a better start in this game, but it required the Benching of Shaymin-EXs. The regular Yanmega is a super strong attacker in this matchup and it put in a lot of work going at the M Rayquaza-EXs.
My opponent, once again, got off to a rocking good start and was able to take Prizes each turn for the duration of the game. I did play a little catch up by taking some Shaymin-EX Prizes off of their Bench and turning the tides slightly in that regard. A clutch moment for my opponent came in the form of the single Teammates they decided to play; definitely an unconventional card to play, but it came in handy to continue the stream of M Rayquaza-EXs attacking.
Ultimately, this second game was decided by Klefki, or the lack thereof, Klefki. We got into another close Prize position and my opponent would only be able to address a Klefki-equipped Pokemon with Raichu. This being said, that ideal would be very hard to reach. Anyways, I was unable to find this Klefki and the opponent was able to keep attacking with M Rayquaza-EX and its Emerald Break for timely knockouts. I ended up getting down to a yield of two Prizes left, something that got me thinking about other options that could be played to shore up this matchup.
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