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Zach Lesage

Recapping Collinsville - The Best Decks

Zach goes through the 14 unique decks that appeared in the Top 32 of Collinsville Regionals.

02/26/2018 by Zach Lesage

Hello Collinsville Results

What’s up 60Cards readers? The 2018 Collinsville, IL Regionals is done and over with and I am sure you all want to know about some of the best decks that were played in the event. In this article, I will go over some of the best decks featured at the tournament and explain how they work. While the next major North American tournament is the Expanded Costa Mesa, CA Regionals, we have to worry about League Cups until we have the Standard Charlotte, NC Regionals. Most players have no issue with taking a ‘tried and true’ deck from their favourite top player so this article will go over these decks to enhance your play. This is why I wanted to write this article, to go through the fourteen unique decks that ended up making the Top 32 of Collinsville. So whether you are playing local or getting ready for Charlotte in a few weeks, the below decks are sure to see some play. Let’s check them out:

Ian Robb’s Golisopod-GX/Zoroark-GX/Lurantis Deck

Golisopod-GX/Zoroark-GX/Lurantis Strategy

This is the deck that Tord Reklev used to win London Internationals back in November and here we are a few months later as the deck continues to be as strong as ever. Robb added in a line of Lurantis PR to presumably hit a damage cap of 190 damage as we dive further into a Buzzwole-GX focused meta game. Let’s see how this math works:

Golisopod-GX uses First Impression for 120 damage (120)

Attach a Choice Band to do 30 more damage (150)

Have one Lurantis PR in play to do 20 more damage (170)

Have two Lurantis PR in play to do 20 more damage (190)

As you can see, you can add an additional 70 damage to First impression to allow for Knock Outs on Pokemon with 190 HP or less. On top of all of this math, Robb opted to include a Mew-EX to have a solidified match-up versus any Buzzwole-GX variant and/or Espeon-GX variant. Almost everything else looks similar to the list that Reklev won with back in November, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a few more of this deck pop up as we approach League Cups.

Natalie Shampay’s Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Carbink BREAK Deck

Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Carbink BREAK Strategy

This deck appears to be extremely similar to the deck that I played in Sydney, Australia last week so I would consider myself and expert on the subject. The deck is meant to play out similarly to a Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX deck except you can lock your opponent out of their ability by using Garbotoxin. With Buzzwole-GX having no Ability to lock, you can still function as normal and continue to attack with any of Buzzwole-GX’s wonderful attack choices. Carbink BREAK allowed Shampay to get back her Energy whenever necessary; this strategy is usually only viable under Garbotoxin and later in the game. I played a similar list to this deck that I shared on my Twitter, so feel free to check it out. I also wrote a whole article on Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor and my deck building process last week so I would also give that a solid look!

Alex Hill’s Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX Deck

Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX Strategy

Buzzwole-GX tore up the meta game in Sydney and it seemed like all of the best players from North America ran Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX at that event. This trend actually continued strong heading into Collinsville Regionals and with the help of RK9Labs, we were able to learn that Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX was the most played deck in Masters. This deck has a simple strategy of using Buzzwole-GX to draw Prize Cards as necessary, using Lycanroc-GX to apply pressure, and using Octillery to keep your hand full of playable cards. This deck is fast, easy, and ultimately effective. I have been advocating that Buzzwole-GX is the best Pokemon in Standard right now and consistent results continually back up my claims. If you are feeling lost on a deck choice or you want to try out something new, I highly recommend playing Buzzwole-GX in general!

Pearce Blend’s Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX Deck

Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX Strategy


In a totally not surprising way, the deck that took Memphis, TN Regionals by storm late 2017 is still doing well in early 2018! Blend took the deck that Michael Pramawat won with in Memphis and added a few tech cards of his own into the mix. The biggest trend in Blend’s deck was the inclusion of both Mewtwo and Mew-EX to try and totally dominate the Buzzwole-GX match-up. Beyond playing a few new tech cards, Blend added in a few Cynthia to update this archetype to the new Ultra Prism ‘standards’. I think that Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc, while not being the absolutely best deck, will be consistently good for a while.

All decks can also be found in our decklist database.

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