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A Closer Look at the Bremen Regionals Finalist Decks

Jose examines the two decks that made the finals of the Bremen Regional Championships not too long ago.

10/01/2017 by Jose Marrero


Hello, again 60cards readers! With the conclusion of the Bremen Regionals Championships not too long ago, we saw Marc Lutz take down the almighty, powerful Tord Reklev with his unique take on Golisopod-GX/Garbodor. Tord's Drampa-GX/Garbodor mixed with Espeon-GX ended up runner up. Both are phenomenal players and to see them face off against each other in the finals is a sight to see. Bremen Regionals was actually streamed on Limitless_TCG, so check them out if you want to see how Marc and Tord's games played out. Because they did an awesome job on the stream, I hope to see more streams from the Limitless team. Anyway, in this article, I'll be dissecting both their lists to get a better feel of their card choices and why they decided to play the decks that they did.

Bremen Regionals had a solid 345-ish players, which yielded the maximum payout per placement, which is always cool to see. You may know that Fort Wayne Regionals had over 800 masters, which I find less fun due to the fact that only X-2 and better makes day two. I personally have come to hate huge Regionals after seeing what happened in Fort Wayne because everyone with 20 points whiffed Day 2. With the game getting bigger and bigger every season it's tough to find US Regionals be less than 500 or even 600 players these days, making for more difficult Regionals. Anyway, sorry, I got off track for second but yeah like I said this next article will be on the finalist decks of Bremen Regionals.

With that said, let's take a look at Marc's winning list.


Marc was able to take down Tord Reklev with this list. I know Mees's list was actually just 1 card shy of Marc's. Mees also made Day 2 but unfortunately didn't do as well as Marc. Thus, essentially two identical lists both making Day 2 should prove that the list is one of the best out there, especially since Marc ended up winning the whole event. It's interesting to see that Marc actually went with a lower approach to both his Golisopod-GX and Garbodor lines. He ran a 3-3 Golisopod-GX line as well as a 3-3 Garbodor line. I've run a 3-2 Golisopod-GX line before with some success and I can see a 3-3 line being ideal. I did actually play a 3-3 Garbodor line with one Garbotoxin and two Trashalanche before. However, Marc changed it up and went with two Garbotoxin and one Trashalanche. I can get behind this since the deck relies more on Golisopod-GX as the main attacker anyway.  I've also seen decks play a 4-3 line or even a 3-4 line of Garbodor with two of each Garbodor.

Still, I think a 3-3 line is the way to go if you want to fit more things into your deck. Because Marc played more Garbotoxin, he likely wanted to deny abilities more than to attack with Garbodor. Shutting off abilities these days is crucial against any deck and the only ability in this deck is just Tapu Lele-GX and that's okay. Something that caught my eye was the Tapu Fini-GX. I can see why it was a great inclusion in this deck because the deck already plays Rainbow Energy. Golisopod-GX struggles against Fire-based decks and its first attack, Aqua Ring, combined with Choice Band can hit Volcanion-EX and Turtonator-GX, or even Salazzle-GX for 100 damage while switching to the bench at the same time.

Honestly, I didn't realize Tapu Fini-GX had this attack because most people just look at its GX attack, which I would say is the main reason for its inclusion in the deck. Tapu Storm GX lets you shuffle your opponent's Active Pokémon and all cards attached to it back into their deck as long as they have a benched Pokémon. The requirement of at least one benched pokemon is meant to prevent the attack from being your win condition. This attack can be extremely useful to shuffle back an imminent threat such as a fully powered fire attacker or even a Gardevoir-GX with tons of energy on it, for just a single energy. It does take up your GX attack for the game so you have to be careful when using it and make sure it's worth it. The rest of the list is pretty straightforward and similar to what most lists look like these days, so I'll just keep it moving.

Other card options

Espeon-EX + Necrozma-GX:

Both cards have their own merit since Espeon-EX is useful against decks that rely on evolutions and Necrozma-GX can be useful against Fire-based decks, while at the same time useful against evolution based decks that are EX or GX Pokemon such as Gardevoir-GX. However, I've been seeing other decks running Mr. Mime and Magearna-EX recently so maybe they aren't as great anymore. This combo is still powerful nonetheless, especially if your opponent doesn't tech for them.

Mewtwo EVO:

Marc's list already runs four copies of Choice Band which is what makes Mewtwo a great attacker. It can one-hit KO an Espeon-GX that has three or more energies on it. Once you use Necrozma-GX should you play it, since Mewtwo is a non-EX/GX that can finish Pokémon off.

Jirachi XY 67 Promo:

A Choice Banded Jirachi can hit Gardevoir-GX for a solid 80 damage while being immune if you were to discard one of their Double Colorless Energies. On top of that Jirachi can be useful against pretty much anything that attacks with Special Energy, even in the mirror match or against Alolan Ninetails, which Jirachi hits for weakness.

Magearna XY 165 Promo:

I know Philip Schulz's Top 4 Bremen Regionals list played this card. After playing this card myself in M Rayquaza-EX I can only imagine Philip added it in the deck strictly for the Rainbow Road matchup, which is the same reasoning as myself. The deck already plays Rainbow Energies so Magearna can be taken advantage of in this situation.

Enhanced Hammer:

Once again Philip Schulz's Top 4 list from Bremen Regionals actually had not one but two copies of Enhanced Hammer. With decks relying on Double Colorless and Rainbow Energies I can easily see Enhanced Hammers being effective especially in the mirror match where they may not have another energy in hand to Acerola and heal Golisopod-GX forcing them to use another supporter thus you can now take the KO on the damaged Golisopod-GX. Even against Gardevoir-GX, you can potentially deny them the ability to one-hit KO you. There are only a couple decks that don't play special energies such as Metagross-GX, Volcanion, and Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu-GX to, so it's likely that Enhanced Hammer will be more useful than useless.

With that said, let's move on to the one and only Tord Reklev's Runner-Up list from Bremen Regionals.


Yet again, Tord proves to the world why he's one of the best, if not the best Drampa-GX/Garbodor player. Tord adds another strong Regionals finish to his already remarkable track record. This time Tord decided to add a 1-1 Espeon-GX line to his list. You can easily fit it so why not play it to have the option to Divide GX and confuse your opponent? Not to mention the deck already plays Psychic Energy and even Rainbow energy which Eevee can still abuse. As you can see Tord went with a hefty Garbodor line, including a 2-2 split. With this build of Garbodor, I think a 4-4 line is definitely ideal since Trashalanche is one of the best attacks in this deck, which you rely on mid to late game because Drampa-GX takes two energy attachments to hit for its maximum damage. 

Despite the high energy cost of its second attack, Drampa-GX does wonders in this deck because the card as a whole is stupendous. All of its attacks have their own merit. Righteous Edge can get rid of Special Energy and Berserk can be used to take big KO's. As for Big Wheel GX, if you don't get N'd then your hand is likely going to be godlike, giving you plenty of options during the following turn. To help Berserk achieve its full potential, Tord played three copies of Po Town. The deck used to play Team Magma's Secret Base but now Po Town has taken over. Po Town puts 3 damage counters on a Pokémon that was evolved from the hand, which allows Berserk do more damage if the damage is on your side of the field. The rest of the list is pretty straightforward aside from the Espeon-EX and the one Hala, which lets you shuffle your hand into your deck and draw either 7 cards if you used your GX attack already or 4 cards if you have not. This deck has plenty of GX attacks so Hala should get you 7 cards most of the time.

Espeon-EX can come in handy against a lot of decks and its attack is versatile since it requires just one colorless energy, which helps against Gardevoir-GX, which is important because this deck can struggle agains Gardevoir. You can see that Tord loves his 4-ofs which is not news, he is known for his 4-ofs due to his win at NAIC. Choice Band and Float Stone are important in this deck so maxing them out to take advantage of the added damage, free retreat, and Garbotoxin activation is the way to go if you want to stay consistent. I know Tord was 9-0-5 going into Top 8, which meant he didn't lose a single match until the finals. This man almost won the whole event undefeated which is evidence that either this list is divine or Tord himself is. Overall it is a very sensational list and without doubt players will play Tord's list card for card, so watch out for it at a tournament near you.

Other card options

Tapu Koko SM 30 Promo:

This card pairs well with Espeon-EX since one of the deck's strategies can be to devolve all your opponent's Pokémon and Tapu Koko can help pile on the damage required to knock out devolved Pokemon.


Removing a damaged Pokémon can often be game changing. Acerola can be effective for picking up all of your pokemon, including Tapu Lele-GX or even Drampa-GX.

Super Rod:

Getting back Psychic Energy can come in handy and Super Rod is also able to recover pokemon. This card may not be the best choice over rescue stretcher, however, because Garbodor can also use Rainbow Energy, reducing your reliance on basic psychic energy.

Closing Thoughts

Well, there you have it, the two finalist decks of the Bremen Regional Championships. Golisopod-GX/Garbodor continues to dominate after Worlds and Tord proved to us that Drampa-GX paired with Garbodor is still a force to be reckoned with. Both lists are extremely consistent even with their spicy techs, which will surely see play at upcoming events.

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