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Jose Marrero

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A 9th Place Regional Report, and a Look at Seismitoad-EX/Decidueye-GX ...

28. 02. 2017 by Jose Marrero

Jose goes over his 9th place finish at Anaheim Regionals and then talks about one of the most hyped decks for the Expanded format, Seismitoad-EX/Decidueye-GX.

Introduction

Hello, again 60cards readers! Now that Anaheim Regionals is done and accounted for I wanted to now go over my 9th place finish that I placed by piloting Gyarados in the Standard format in a field of 520 Masters. First off shout out to Israel and Sammy Sosa for the awesome hospitality they gave me and a group of friends while in Anaheim. It was a blast hanging out with the Sosa brothers for almost a week. Playing Catch Phrase, hunting for Pokémon with the new Gen 2 release and going to Disneyland were all part of what made an awesome experience in Anaheim. Also thanks to Grant Manley on the roast which made for a funny title. I'll be giving an analysis on the deck I played as well as more card options if you decide you want to change the list to your own liking. On top of that, I'll be going over one of the most hyped decks of Expanded, Seismitoad-EX/Decidueye-EX and go over my personal list since I think the deck is a force to be reckoned with come St. Louis Regionals this weekend.

With that said, down below is the Gyarados list I decided on for Anaheim Regionals which netted me a 9th place bubble finish.

Analysis

4-3 Gyarados

Some lists run a maxed line of Gyarados but from testing out four Gyarados I just didn't like when they are clogged in your opening hand. Personally, I think three is the ideal amount since you have plenty of other cards to get back Gyarados. You just need to learn how to save resources when playing this deck because that plays a huge factor in the deck's success.

1-1 Octillery

I absolutely love Octillery in this deck. Not only does Octillery make Silent Lab useless against you, but just the overall draw power it brings to the table is too good not to play. Octillery makes it so that you don't have to play multiple Shaymin-EX which are a liability.


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