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Seth Budrik

60Cards Tournament Series - May 2018 Results

Results from our 10th monthly tournament of the 2017-18 season. Format - BKT-FLI 76 Player Swiss

06/25/2018 by Seth Budrik

Top Cut Bracket
Swiss Standings

Meta Share (76 Participants)
Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc GX: 9 (11.84%)
Buzzwole-GX: 6 (7.89%)
Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc GX: 6 (7.89%)
Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar: 6 (7.89%)
Garbodor/Espeon-GX: 5 (6.57%)
Tapu Bulu-GX/Vikavolt: 5 (6.57%)
Gardevoir-GX: 4 (5.26%)
Zoroark-GX/Greninja GX: 3 (3.94%)
Zygarde-GX: 2 (2.63%)
Xerneas BREAK: 2 (2.63%)
Zoroark-GX/Counters: 2 (2.63%)
Solgaleo-GX: 2 (2.63%)
Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX: 2 (2.63%)
Zoroark-GX/Lucario GX: 2 (2.63%)
Zoroark-GX/Golisopod GX: 1 (1.31%)
Garbodor/Golisopod GX: 1 (1.31%)
Zoroark-GX/Zygarde GX: 1 (1.31%)
Zoroark-GX/Buzzwole GX: 1 (1.31%)
Greninja BREAK: 1 (1.31%)
Naganadel-GX/Buzzwole GX: 1 (1.31%)
Ho-Oh-GX/Turtonator GX: 1 (1.31%)
Alolan Dugtrio: 1 (1.31%)
Lucario-GX/Lycanroc GX: 1 (1.31%)
Passimian/Mew: 1 (1.31%)
Sylveon-GX: 1 (1.31%)

Rogue/Other: 7 (9.21%)



*Pie chart above of top cut was created by Piper Lepine

“I picked Buzzwole-GX because I saw the great potential that Beast Ring gave it, and it seems that I was right. My plan is to power up three Buzzwole-GX and force them to win before I use Knuckle Impact three times. Baby Buzzwole was also very helpful when they had 4 prizes left, as it's first attack adds up quickly and can lead to One Hit Knock-Outs on the opponent's Pokemon-GX.”

“Garbodor is probably my favorite archetype of the current meta, as it both denies both abilities and limits a opponent's item usage, creating a powerful and fun combo. That is why I decided to revive it after the rise of Ultra Beats, particularly in order to deal with Ultra Necrozma-GX and Buzzwole-GX. Unfortunately, there is no really great partner for Garbodor in the current meta, being that both Zoroark-GX and Espeon-GX against the beast's ease to reach One Hit Knock Outs. In the end, I decided to trust Espeon-GX, as I felt I would more likely being going against archetypes weak to psychic. Energy Evolution is also handy in a meta dominated by basic Pokemon, Divide GX becomes critical when one needs to set up the Knock-Outs in advance.

The list is a homemade variation of a well-known archetype. A noticeable feature is that I do not play a second Garbotoxin. Before the tournament, I used to feel that a second copy was not that necessary to achieve the ability lock, while there were times I wish I had a third Trashalanche available. The large amounts of Max Elixirs, Beast Rings, and Mysterious Treasures being used was another reason why. Another peculiarity of the deck is the 1-1 Zoroark-GX line, which was used for two reasons. Firstly, in order to stop Dawn Wings Necrozma-GX. Secondly, I knew by playing one less Garbotoxin, I wouldn't always be able to set up the ability lock, so I decided to adapt myself by adding some consistency to very inconsistent deck. Finally, since I wasn't expecting many Zoroark-GX decks, I replaced the classical Drampa-GX for a EVO Mewtwo, the most efficient Buzzwole-GX slayer in the Format.

This deck was a fun experiment that paid off much better than expected. Some minor changes might improve its performance, but overall I don't see it making a noticeable impact in the meta.”

“I played Buzzwole-GX/Order Pad because in testing it was running very well and it seemed to have pretty good match-ups across the board. Malamar might seems like a bad match-up, and thought it is tough, you can just apply a lot of pressure and end up winning due to the power of Buzzwole-GX.

Some odd counts are 4 Buzzwole-GX, basically just to make sure you start with it, and one N so you are not forced to use it on yourself. Order Pads are there to help grab Beast Rings and max elixirs, or to find a late game float stone or muscle band for game. Also, flips are fun. 14 basic fighting energy is great to guarantee early game max elixirs and not run out of energy mid game for beast ring.

Overall, the deck was fun and I would definitely make a few tweaks to the list so it suits the current meta.”

“I picked up Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone after using Volcanion-EX. Volcanion-EX was my first deck jumping back into Pokemon after 17 years. I always have been a big fan of fast, hard hitting basic Pokemon. After seeing that Volcanion-EX was going to rotate, I decided to focus on something with more staying power. Dusk Mane Necrozma GX seemed like the perfect fit and I had been waiting for an excuse to use Magnezone from Ultra Prism.

The deck focuses on energy recycling and acceleration to be able to hit for One Hit Knock-Outs almost every turn. With Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX as the main attacker burning three energy on the main attack, the main objective of this deck is to have Magnezone on the board and at least on method of recycling energy. This is where my deck differs from most other variants. I included Starmie from EVO in addition to Mt. Coronet, adding to my ways of pulling out energy from the discard. When both are in play, I have the ability to take 4 energy cards from the discard, needing zero cards in hand in order to use Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX.

Also, no Tapu Lele-GX!(laughs) My personal goal for now is to prove that you can win and be relevant in today’s meta without the use of Tapu Lele-GX. By using the right combination of cards, using abilities that allow you to cut redundant trainers in favor of more draw/search cards, you do not necessarily need a Tapu Lele-GX to win.”

“Due to the fact that Challonge tends to be a pain with uneven numbers during swiss, I sometimes end up playing so we have even numbers. And because I needed to test for Madison as well, I decided to play in this tournament as well. As for the deck I chose, I picked Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar for two reasons. The first is because I like to play decks with dragon-type Pokemon as the main attacker. And the second is because I like to play a big main attacker that one-shots everything with a support Pokemon to help accelerate energy.

In terms of unique list decisions, one of them that I had was Altar of the Moon. The idea was to have four ways to counter stadiums as well as four ways to have free retreat through one extra card, but while it was cute, it was hardly useful. I also didn't have any extra energy acceleration, nor did I play Professor's Letter. I felt like the deck was consistent enough without it and was worried that it would hurt it going into the tournament, but in hindsight, this was a mistake on my part. I also played 3 Ultra Necrozma, which I eventually found out was not necessary. Two is fine. And as for Lillie, I played with Brigette, but I didn't always used it, and after seeing a list on YouTube (I can't remember who it was) that played Lillie, I decided to try it for the tournament. One of each might have been better, but I do not know.

Overall, the list served me well, and going into Madison, I decided to take out the Ultra Necrozma-GX, stadium, and the third Cynthia for a Pal Pad and two Professor’s Letter. Though, these changes only lead to a mediocre finish of 5-4 after a 4-1 start at Madison. I would definitely play this deck in the future, but only after I find room for Beast Rings (laughs).”

“I played Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt, which I got the list from Limitless TCG. I picked it because I thought it might keep up decently with newer deck archetypes and beast ring.

In terms of techs and card choices, I would have loved if I could find room for an extra heavy ball. I would also have liked it if I had ran a 2-2 split of fighting fury belt and choice band, as I feel the extra HP is valuable and there aren't many Zoroark GX decks these days.”

“I played Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX because it has a good match-up against all Malamar variants, all Zoroark-GX variants, and everything else other than Buzzwole-GX.

I played Sylveon-GX because Necrozma decks and Buzzwole are only playing two copies of N and it's a lot easier to keep the cards from Magical Ribbon. Plea GX can also help against many random threats.

Overall it was a good play and I got some good testing in.”

*The Alolan Rattata above is actually SUM 76*

“I played the deck because it beats Malamar decks, beats Buzzwole-GX, goes even with Garbodor decks because of three field blower, and can stand up against Zoroark-GX decks that do not play Acerola. Since Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX, Malamar variants and Zoroark-GX decks are the big three currently in the meta, I felt like this deck was in a fine spot, since you can often bench no GX at all and outrace those three decks.

The swaps I made going into Sheffield were to take out Latios, one rescue stretcher and one choice band to add a Mew, Alolan Raticate, and a fighting fury belt, to further improve the baby Buzzwole match up, which worked out very well as I deafeted all 3 baby Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX I faced. You can both go non-GX only, but I can always simply take the first prize.”


Once again, I would like to thank all 76 players who participated in our May 2018 tournament. If you would like to join us for future tournaments and free prizes, please click the link below, where you can win playmats, PTCGO codes, and Tournament Points(TP for short), towards the 60Cards Invitational, where the winner of that will earn more codes and even a trophy. All tournaments are free and anyone of any skill level can join.

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