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Zach Lesage

Keeping Up With Tapu Koko

Check out this short article on Tapu Koko spread, an underrated deck in the Standard format.

01/27/2019 by Zach Lesage

What’s Up

Hey 60 Cards readers! I am back with a mini article that is meant to tide you over until we gear up for a very busy February. I would first and foremost like to apologize to the readers for a slight delay in our articles, we hit a minor speed bump, but we will gladly make it up to you with some of our plans in February!

That being said, I wanted to drop a short piece on an often underrated deck, Tapu Koko (BW; 31) , and share some of my thoughts with you. I think this is a great play for the upcoming Mexico City Special Event, League Cups, and League Challenges. For the minor setbacks that we have had this past week, this article is totally free! Let’s jump into it.

Tapu Koko Deck

I don’t want to start off by selling this deck to you as something that I have personally created or anything, this deck won the Lille Special Event and was piloted by Karl Peters. I have always liked the strategy of this deck and have honestly enjoyed his list as a whole. For those of you who are new to spread decks, the goal of this deck is to use Tapu Koko (BW; 31)  / Latios (SLG; 41)  to spread damage around, build up extra damage with Seviper (BUS; 50)  / Seviper (BUS; 50) , and finish the game by using Tapu Lele (UPR; 94)  / Tapu Lele (BW; 45) . Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143)  does extra damage to GX Pokémon and Professor Kukui (SUM; 128)  can add an extra 20 damage whenever necessary.

There are some wacky plays that you can make with Counter Energy (CIN; 100) , such as using Tapu Koko (BW; 31)  to do 100 damage to your opponent’s Active Pokémon, so be mindful of all possible attacks. When you are finally in a position to move Damage Counters around, make sure that you have enough on board or at least try to Knock Out the most important threats! With all of that being said, let’s peep out the list that I used to win the Trois Rivière, QC League Cup yesterday. 

I would make only a couple of changes to this list going forward and they are minor changes only. I have yet to find a valid time to use Mimikyu (GRI; 58) , so that card is on the chopping block. The only other cards that I would consider cutting are two copies of Latios (SLG; 41) . I don’t necessarily want to cut anything, but let’s just run with my train of thought on this one for a moment. Shaymin (SLG; 7)  can be a great card because it adds an additional type to the deck and can get a surprise Knock Out out of nowhere. Another card that I think can be added is Rescue Stretcher (GRI; 130)  because you are sometimes stuck in awkward spots when a singleton card gets Knocked Out. If you aren’t adding any of those cards, maybe just add in some additional Supporters or an extra Escape Rope (BUS; 114) , those cards are always helpful. 

I want to give you a quick run down of the match ups just in case you find yourself struggling. Against any Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  deck (excluding ‘control because that match up is awful), you want to spread to your hearts content! Layer that up with a Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143)  and plan to use Damage Swap to win the game in a few turns. Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  is relatively the same match up as above, they play plenty of GX Pokémon and the in between Damage from Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143)  will take its toll. Granbull (LT; 138)  is another relatively free match up because they are forced to Bench many Pokémon and you can easily plan on taking out all of their Granbull (LT; 138)  / Snubbull (LT; 137)  in a single turn. Gardevoir GX (BUS; 93)  can be a difficult match up because of Solgaleo GX (BW; 104) , but make sure that you focus on OHKOing their Cosmog (SUM; 64)  if they think about that strategy. They can do some nifty plays like using Max Potion and getting them back with their GX attack, but they will usually lose before that becomes an issue. There aren’t too many other relevant match ups in Standard, but most players will not know how to play against this underrated deck. Best of luck crushing out your remaining Standard Events in this format. 

Almost Mexico!

Well, that’s a wrap today folks! It has been my pleasure to deliver this article to you, I hope you like it, and maybe try out a pro membership to see what’s behind our paywalls. If you are wondering about what is going on with me during my Pokémon adventures, let me give you a quick update... After travelling to Dallas, Texas to play in their recent Regional Championships, my girlfriend and I walked away empty handed after playing Magikarp & Wailord GX (BW; 166)  / Tropical Beach 11 (BW; 28)  at the event. Well, maybe not completely empty handed... Michele actually won the 128 player Dallas TCG Cup! With her gaining a few more Championship Points towards Worlds and me walking away with nothing, we decided to act on impulse alone! We have finalized our travel plans to attend the Mexico City Special Event next weekend! It is a bit of a short notice trip, but what else are we supposed to do? The world of travelling in the Pokémon TCG can get crazy, but remember that we do this because we love to play Pokémon! If you wanna keep up on my adventures, follow me on my Social Media. 

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All the best,


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