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Tag Team Decks! Team Up Metagame Analysis Pt. 1

Zach goes over some new Tag Team decks in this FREE article.

02/07/2019 by Zach Lesage

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What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s ya boi Zach and I am here with a FREE article dropping some cool decks. It has been a hot minute of absence for the Metagame Analysis and I would like to let you know that I will be taking it over from now on. While I have helped out with some of the other segments, we thought it would be ideal for me to provide my expertise. For those of you who have not been playing for a while or for those of you who have been playing for a while, you might not know where our Standard format has ended up. Our two most recent Regionals have been in the Expanded format, we haven’t had a major Standard North American event since November, and League Cups have been all over the place.

Did I mention that Team Up is legal now? I will be showcasing the best decks in our current Standard format, my personal lists for all of them, and the general strategies of each deck. Coming up we have Oceania Internationals, Collinsville Regionals, and League Cups / League Challenges so this will help you prepare for all of those events in this new format. Remember, this article is totally FREE so be sure to recommend it to all of your friends. If you purchase a pro membership, Mark and I will use that additional support to help grow the site. We have some big plans to grow the site in 2019, bring on some exceptional talent, and really become the best content site that we can be. That being said, let’s jump into this article:

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX 

This deck is absolutely wild because it has a bunch of HP, can self attach Energy, and it has a plethora of Lightning type techs available for it to use. The goal is to use Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) ’s Flare Blitz to power up another Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) . The goal is to hit the side effect of Tag Bolt GX to draw as many Prize Cards as possible and / or take out important threats. You have free Retreat because of Zeraora GX (LT; 201) , Energy acceleration from Raikou (SLG; 32) , and Absol (TM; 88)  can keep those PESKY Jirachi (TM; 99) in their place. The deck functions similar to other big basic decks, such as Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  and Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57) , but it also seems like a fresh game mechanic at the same time. In order to make the deck run more efficient, use a combination of Thunder Mountain Prism Star (LT; 191) , Tapu Koko Prism Star (TM; 51) , and Energy Switch (CLS; 129)  to use Full Blitz as early as turn one. Let’s look at this electrifying list.

The big thing to keep in mind is that you need six Lightning Energy (GRI; 168)  to make sure that Tag Bolt GX will complete the side effect of a 170 damage snipe to the Bench. In order to do that, Lisia (CLS; 137)  can search out both Thunder Mountain Prism Star (LT; 191)  and Tapu Koko Prism Star (TM; 51)  to make that attack cost go down.

A strategy that has been working for me is to use Full Blitz and attach the three Lightning Energy (GRI; 168)  to my Benched Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) . That way I have double the amount of options to make sure that I can use Tag Bolt GX the next turn. Oh, and if you are ever placed in a position where you are against the wall, you can use Tapu Koko GX (GRI; 147)  to spring to the front to change up the game tempo. You can either blast your opponent’s Active Pokemon or use it as a way to get out of Special Conditions. You know this deck is WILD so give it a try today.

Celebi & Venusaur-GX

Straight from the brain of Tord Reklev, they guy who is BUSTED at Internationals, comes this wacky Celebi & Venusaur GX (TM; 1)  deck. Beyond having a bunch of HP, this deck’s main goal is to heal, attack when you can, and play a strategic long game strategy. You want to run your opponent out of resources by attacking with Celebi & Venusaur GX (TM; 1) , heal with Life Forest Prism Star (LT; 180)  / Shaymin (LT; 33) , and use Jirachi (TM; 99)  as a consistency crutch. Reklev has let the community know that this is his number one pick heading to Oceania Internationals and that he won’t be in attendance for that event. Treat this deck as you will, but do expect there to be an army of loyal fans playing this deck to appease Reklev in his absence. Even though Reklev is chillin' at home right now, I have his ghoulish grass deck here for you to peep at.  

One cool think that this deck can do is use Judge Whistle (TM; 194)  to get back Judge (FLI; 108) , continuously use that Judge (FLI; 108)  because of Celebi & Venusaur GX (TM; 1) ’s GX attack, and disrupt your opponent.

This can be combined with cards that give  Celebi & Venusaur GX (TM; 1) more HP, like Buff Padding (TM; 136) , and cards that require Pokémon to have more Energy to attack like Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star (TM; 158) . If you ever find yourself facing an impossible army of attacker, place Jirachi (TM; 99)  in the Active position and drop a Cyrus Prism Star (UPR; 120) . This can lead your opponent into make some poor decisions which can put you in a position to win the game. 

Malamar / Tag Teams

Saying that this deck can adapt feels like an understatement sometimes because no matter what happens in a format, this deck seems to always pop back out of nowhere. In this case, it has popped back with the additions of Gengar & Mimikyu GX (TM; 165)  and Eevee & Snorlax GX (TM; 120)  as new partners. Did I mention that this deck can get around the three Prize Card Tag Team rule by copying those attacks from a Marshadow GX (BUS; 80) ? Did I mention that Marshadow GX (BUS; 80)  is strong against Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  and Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) ? Well, I guess I did now! The goal of this deck is to get out as many Malamar (FLI; 51)  as you need, power up assorted Pokémon, and play towards the situation. No two games are gonna look alike so be sure to adapt, choose your attackers wisely, and most of all think out all of your plays. This deck has been around for a while, like seriously it is coming up on a year now, so check out this most recent version of the deck.

If you ever find yourself stuck in a game, you can either use Dawn Wings Necrozma GX (UPR; 63)  to stop your opponent in their tracks or you can use Gengar & Mimikyu GX (TM; 165)  to stop your opponent from playing any cards period. I have this fantasy of your opponent holding onto a win, it is turn two of time, and you completely stop them from playing down those cards to close out the game.

It might sound evil, but I am sure there are other situations where this card can stop your opponent from doing some spooky things and you might just hear them cry a little bit when you do so. All kidding aside, give this tried-and-true deck a try and let us know what you think. 

Get Your Testing On!

Well, I hope that you enjoyed your first dose of my FREE Metagame Analysis in the Team Up format and that you are ready for a second helping tomorrow! All of these strides in article quality, talent acquisition, and the site in general are part of the efforts of Mark and I. We have been working tirelessly to make sure that every reader has a great experience on our site. If you wanna know where I am at on my Pokemon journey, hang on tight. After venturing to Mexico City for their Special event with my friend Rob and girlfriend Michele, I was able to win the whole event. The win was a great boost to my morale, I appreciate the 200 Championship bump, and I am currently in the Top 4 of the North American rankings. After this weekend I will be attending the OIC in Melbourne, Australia to represent myself, my country, and everyone who supports me. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for some juicy news coming from this site, we know you will love it.



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