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"Top 2 plays for NAIC" - ReshiZard and Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Persian-GX

Hartford Regional Champion Jose Marrero looks to his top 2 plays going into NAIC.

06/20/2019 by Jose Marrero


What's going on, 60cards readers?! I'm back again with another article — this time I'll be  looking at my top 2 picks for NAIC this weekend. First, I'll start with ReshiZard as it's the deck I've played the most in the Unbroken Bonds format. 

Next, I'll transition into Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) / Silvally GX (CIN; 90) / Persian GX (UBO; 149) . Personally I think it has a great PikaRom and ReshiZard matchup which are 2 decks you want to be beating this weekend. Recently I played at the Origins Special Event and bubbled 9th with ReshiZard. The event had a little over 120 players. The list I used is down below. With this finish I'm sitting 4th in the NA/Canada leaderboards with 1817 CP and guaranteed a Day 2 Worlds invite by far.

I basically went to every Regionals and most Special Events this season ontop of all the ICs. I am super happy with my season thus far and only 2 events left to finish out the season. I'm hoping to finish strong at these last 2 events including Worlds but no matter how I do at them I'm still very proud of my accomplishments this season and how much I've grown as a player and coach. I can't wait to compete at NAIC and Worlds especially being able to skip Day 1. 




This is my top choice heading into NAIC this weekend for sure. I feel comfortable with it because it's what I have been using the most in testing and in general. I finished 9th at Santa Clara Regionals and at the Origins Special Event as well as won a League Cup with ReshiZard. The deck hasn't really let me down yet so maybe this time I'll be able to go a step further if I decide to play it. I like the 3 of Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  because I hate prizing one in the mirror and having 2 powered up is important in the matchup. I'm not a fan of 2 Eevee & Snorlax GX (TM; 120)  like the DDG list. I prefer to go with the 3rd copy of Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) . Eevee & Snorlax GX (TM; 120)  is mainly useful against Zoroark-GX based decks but also great against low hit point attackers. Against Zapdos decks the deck is playing 2 Volcanion (UBO; 34) , 1 Shining Lugia (BW; 82) , and a 1-1 Arcanine (UBO; 22)  line.

Between all those attackers it should be enough to take down Zapdos. The deck has been working fine with 2 jirachi so I'm not going to change that count but I know the DDG list plays 4 and personally I don't think it needs that many. Two Tapu Lele-GX I like because it ups our turn 1 Kiawe and late game Guzma plays. Miltank is the decks healing just in case you need it. Arcanine is for Vileplume but at the same time a great attacker in general. It can trade a 1 prize for 2 against Blacephalon-GX. Everything else in the deck is basically a staple aside from the 2 Field blower which I actually love. Getting rid of Tools like Wishful Batons and stadiums like Shrine of Punishment is nice. Four Switch I recommend if you are playing Miltank.

Other card options

Reshiram SLG 14

Useful attacker against Zapdos decks because they need 2 Electropowers to KO Reshiram. It's 130 base attack is also clutch against baby Buzzwole and Shining Lugia.

Turtonator DRJ 50

Solid non-GX attacker that can be clutch in the mirror match or against any other heavy GX based deck. However it can also be used against decks that play heavy non-GX attackers such as Zapdos.

Mew UNB 76

Great card against decks that do bench damage such as PikaRom, Weezing, and Zoroark-GX/Dewgong.

Professor Kukui

Adding these will give you the option to now 1 hit KO an oppsoing ReshiZard with Flare  Strike. The extra 20 damage in general can make your numbers better against anything.

Stealthy Hood

Mainly useful against Vileplume, however the deck does play Arcanine and at least one Let Loose which should be enough to take down Vileplume.

Acro Bike

Personally I don't think the deck needs Acro Bike but they do give the deck an extra boost of consistency. The extra draw can potentially get you closer to the card you are looking for. 

With that said, let's dive into Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Persian-GX.


My buddy and teammate Rahul Reddy played this deck at the Origins Special Event and a few others. After facing 3 of them at the League Cup the following day the deck started to grow on me as I've been a fan of Silvally-GX for sometime now. Lot's of players hate the deck due to it not being too consistent at times but Zoroark-GX decks tend to do that if you open with too many awkward cards like Pal Pad. I do like this deck though because it has a lot of options going for it and it should beat the top two decks in the format right now. Those two decks are PikaRom and ReshiZard due to having Fighting and Water Memories. Silvally GX (CIN; 90)  is very strong once it has it's corresponding Memory. It's ability is quite nice as well giving all your Basic Pokémon free retreat. It's attack Rebel GX can be clutch against basically anything because it's the same as Dangerous Rogue GX which we all know is very strong. Right now I have a 1-1 line of Persian but a 2-2 line seems ideal I just don't know what I want to drop for the extra line. Persian-GX becomes very useful against GX heavy decks so that you can get that revenge KO immediately namely PikaRom and ReshiZard.

Alolan Muk (SUM; 58)  I feel is just too important against Zapdos decks because otherwise it'll be a really tough match. Mew is mainly to deny Tag bolt GX to the bench. Marshadow is used for multiple reasons. One being to revenge KO a baby buzzwole and the other to get rid of stadiums mainly Prism Star ones. Marshadow can also be used multiple times because of Rescue Stretcher. I made the Memory count as a 2-2 split with Water and Fighting because those are the more relevant ones. Two Professor Kukui is needed so you can one hit KO PikaRom and ReshiZard easier. I think Field Blower is nice just to get rid of Wishful Batons as I said and Shrine of Punishment. I kept one Devoured Field as well just for the extra 10 damage in case for baby Buzzwole or stadium bumps. Overall I believe it is a solid list.

Other card options

Marshadow SLG 45

Let Loose can cripple any deck especially against decks that don't have ability draw like Tapu Lele-GX, or Dedenne-GX.

Slowking UNB 55

Has the means to one hit KO a ReshiZard, however the list does not play Choice Band so the opponent has to have 4 or more energy attached unless you play down Professor Kukui.

Lycanroc-GX + Fighting Energy

Great secondary attacker that can be useful for it's ability to drag things up or it can be used as an attacker against PikaRom.


You can never go wrong with more draw in the deck. Space is just so tight that's why I currently don't play Cynthia.


Great supporter that can help with consistency in finding the exact 2 pieces you need for a KO.

Tate & Liza

Not a bad supporter because it can help get Alolan Muk out of the active while at the same time being a solid draw supporter.

Choice Band

This Tool isn't bad in this deck because you can hit 180 with Zoroark-GX and better numbers with Rebel GX.

Grass Memory

Being able to one hit KO attackers like Lapras-GX and Lycanroc-GX can be useful.

Psychic Memory

Playing this Tool can help 1 hit KO Marshadow & Machamp-GX due to it's weakness to Psychic. That card can give this deck trouble that's for sure.

Martial Arts Dojo + Fighting Energy

I saw that the Cape Town Special Event had these in their winning list and I thought that was interesting. Martial Arts Dojo adds 10 damage to your attacks if you have a Basic Fighting Energy on your attacker. If you are behind on prizes then it adds 40 damage instead. This boost can make your 1 hit KO's easier against PikaRom and ReshiZard not needing Professor Kukui at times. 

Closing Thoughts

That will conclude this article on my top 2 picks for the NAIC this weekend. Right now ReshiZard is my favorite deck as it's just a strong and consistent deck overall with not too many bad matchups. Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Persian-GX has a strong matchup against a handful of decks but the deck sometimes loses to itself due to early awkward hands. i still believe the deck is super strong if you hit the right matchups and draw decently well. if you see me this week be sure to stop by and say hi. it'll be interesting to see who and what deck wins NAIC this year. 

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