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Jose Marrero

"The March of the Machines" - A Top 64 London International Championship Report with Metagross-GX/Solgaleo-GX

Jose discusses his Top 64 finish in London at the European International Championships not too long ago.

12/07/2017 by Jose Marrero

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Hey there 60cards readers! I'm back once again with another article. This time I discuss my Top 64 finish in London at the 2017 European International Championships not too long ago. I ended up playing Metagross-GX/Solgaleo-GX last minute due to all the hype Gardevoir-GX had been getting days before the event. Most notably "Brokenvoir," which consisted of a heavier count of Max Potion in Gardevoir-GX. At first, I was sure I would end up playing Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX, but then I tested against Drampa-GX/Garbodor and proceeded to lose four straight games even with three Field Blower. Because of this, I immediately dropped the deck and went with a last minute play that had a better Drampa-GX/Garbodor matchup and could stand up against Brokenvoir. I personally think the last minute decision to play Metagross-GX/Solgaleo-GX paid off in the end, literally. Mind you I've never played Metagross-GX a day in my life; however, the deck is pretty straightforward, and I knew if I run into enough Gardevoir-GX then I should at least place where I at least wanted, which was Top 64. I also placed in Top 64 at the last European International Championships in London, except then I played M Rayquaza-EX.

For this article, I dissect my Top 64 list from London, explain other card options, changes I would make moving forward, and a tournament report on my matches.

With that said, let's take a closer look at the Metagross-GX/Solgaleo-GX list I piloted to an overall 40th-place finish in London out of 781 masters.


4-3-4 Metagross-GX

I went with a pretty standard 4-3-4 line of Metagross-GX, because it's the bread and butter of the deck, and without them, the deck doesn't do anything. Metagross-GX is an outstanding card altogether because its ability and both of its attacks are fantastic. Its ability, Geotech System, lets you attach a Metal or Psychic Energy from your discard pile to your active Pokémon. This type of energy acceleration is great, because they stack, meaning if you have multiple Metagross-GX on the board then you can power up your attackers in no time. Its attack, Giga Hammer, does a solid 150 damage and up to 180 with Choice Band, which KOs many relevant EX and GX Pokémon. Now, its GX attack, Algorithm GX, for a single energy can assist you in setting up if you are having trouble finding Energy or other Metagross-GX. On top of that, Metagross-GX has a staggering 250 HP, which is tough for the opponent to take down in one hit unless they are hitting for weakness. Usually, you don't need more than two Metagross-GX in play, and if so, you have to be careful with discarding too much energy. If you can get three Metagross-GX on the board, then you are good to go.

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