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Jay Lesage

"Final Countdown" - My Top 10 Picks for Worlds!

Need a list? Well here's 10 of them.

08/23/2018 by Jay Lesage

Good morning 60Cards readers! I hope everybody is doing well going into Worlds — it’s right around the corner from us, and I’ve been grinding out game after game in order to prepare for this big event. I’ve done really well at most Worlds that I’ve attended, but for this specific Worlds I’ve felt even more prepared than usual because I’m well rounded with multiple top decks, as opposed to a single deck. It’s super important to be well versed with tons of options, because if you make it into Day 2, you may need to adapt in order to give yourself the best chance of winning! If you have already made it into Day 2, and have an advancement from making enough CP this season, you may want to study Day 1 instead of turning up in Nashville. 

I’ve been doing an awful lot of coaching lately, and I’ve come to learn that you can’t possibly beat every single matchup. I’ve tested hybrids of all sorts of decks, and even anti-meta decks, and even those decks aren’t beating everything. When looking at a deck, we need to be looking at three evident factors that’ll impact how a deck will perform at a tournament:


• Consistency – how often a deck can set up 

• Meta Position – how well a deck is positioned for a tournament against other decks

• Skill Factor – how hard this deck is to play


Today, I’m going to be going over a bunch of decks that’ll surely be apt to do well at the World Championships, and I’ll post them from my least favourite to favourite. When we get closer to the #1 position, that’s when you know we’re getting close to the fire! At this event specifically, precision is key, so I’ll be rating each deck on what it does best. Without further adieu, let’s dive into what will be my Top 10 decks going into the World Championships!

#10 - Gardevoir

Gardevoir has been around since the beginning of time (at least it’s how it seems). Gardevoir has always been a good deck, but died down because of the resurgence of Buzzwole-GX! Now, modern Buzzwole lists are less focused around the GX, and are more prioritized around the Baby Buzzwole and hitting that Sledgehammer off at some point. Because of this, it makes it harder for our opponent to take out hefty 1-Prizers in the form of Gallade, and allows us to trade positively. We also can hit Rayquaza and Zoroark for weakness, which means that we have the entire Tier 1 in our hands; it’s just the Tier 2 we have to worry about. We gain a significant consistency boost from Mysterious Treasure, and Diantha offers a unique resilience factor, so why not try it out? This cracks #10 on my list.

#9 – Yveltal BREAK/Hoopa


Coming off of a fresh Top 8 at the North American International Championships, the deck was piloted by Aaron Tarbell to excellence. Initially coming to life by Travis Nunslist and Dustin Zimmerman, this was labelled the “secret deck” going into NAIC. In the end, it fell to Tord’s Control Zoroark variant that left Aaron with little to no energy, and no damage on the board. Fortunately, this deck fares well against almost everything that isn’t going to be playing healing cards — all you need to do is spread, spread, and spread. Having resistance to Fighting-type is a blessing, because Buzzwole can’t cause infinite harm to you (it’s nice seeing a Dark-type have such a solid resistance instead of a weakness). The inclusion of Shrine of Punishment was huge for this deck, as it is now able to expedite its natural spread process, as well as have even further synergy with Yveltal BREAK. 

#8 - Malamar


For anybody who knows me, they’ll know I have very short patience for a deck like Malamar — however, the deck itself has been putting up consistent numbers across the board, so what can I say? The squid must be at least a LITTLE good (let’s not push it though). This is Adam Hawkins’ list that he used to ace the NAIC, however I cut the Giratina Promo because Greninja seems to be at a very awkward spot in the metagame, even moreso than before NAIC. I expect it to see little to no play at the World Championships, and will be surprised if it sees success. Malamar should be able to succeed over Buzzwole variants to some degree, and handle Zoroark variants to some success with an inclusion of Marshadow-GX. I’m not saying this deck is bad, it’s just not positioned to beat the top tier of decks, which are namely Zoroark-based. Malamar, however, will feast on most of the rest of the metagame based on its consistent ability to stream energy into play over and over again. 

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