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Jose Marrero

"Old Decks with New Tricks" - Darkrai-EX/Giratina-EX and Seismitoad-EX/Yanmega

Jose goes over Darkrai-EX/Giratina-EX in Standard and Seismitoad-EX/Yanmega in Expanded.

11. 10. 2016 by Jose Marrero


Hello again, 60cards readers! Arizona Regionals just passed and now I want to go over a couple decks that I feel are strong plays for the upcoming season. We recently found out that you need 500 Championship points for a Worlds invite this year which sounds like a lot, however now that they have raised best finish limits and Championship points for Regionals I feel that 500 is obtainable if you play enough events. You don't necessarily have to win them you just need to place in a number of them to get points here and there. League Cups, formally known as City Championships will be a huge part in ones invite because of how many points you can get from them as opposed to recent years. Right now for the first quarter it looks like there may not be League Cups which means by the end of October is when you are able to max out on League Challenge points which is a total of 30 points which is two League Challenge wins. These points as small as they are may matter in the long run so I recommend trying to cap out your two League Challenges for the quarter in case we don't get League Cups and if so then you’re left with six open finishes for League Challenges and League Cups since they are combined in the best finish limit, which of course you much rather get League Cup finishes because they give more Championship points.

For this next article I'll be giving an analysis on each deck I go over as well as give more card options as I usually do when I post lists. On top of that I'll be doing a tournament report on each deck from two events I attended and ended up winning. One in the Standard format and one in Expanded so hopefully this article can teach you a little something on both formats if not at least one or the other. The first deck I'll be going over is Darkrai-EX/Giratina-EX with a little twist which you will see as you read on. The other deck is Seismitoad-EX/Yanmega which is a new deck since Yanmega just came out in our last set, Steam Siege. Shout out to Jeremy Jallen on that list. This deck has a number of surprise factors that I think can steal wins especially when your opponent has no idea what's coming next turn. Because of this is one of the reasons why I believe Seismitoad-EX/Yanmega is a strong contender in Expanded.

With that said, let's now get into the first deck of the article, Darkrai-EX/Giratina-EX.

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