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New Spins on Past Decks! Team Up Metagame Analysis Pt. 2

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02/13/2019 by Zach Lesage

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What’s up 60 Cards readers? t’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:

Blacephalon-GX / Naganadel

I’m sure you all know that I like this deck a lot and I will continuously stand by my choice to play this deck. I have added in two copies of Erika's Hospitality (TM; 140) , by replacing Sophocles (SLG; 65) , to give the deck some additional draw power. I like this inclusion because it can allow you nab copies of Beast Ring though raw draw power which can allow you win more games in general. Beyond that, nothing has changed about this deck since my win in Mexico City so I will let you look at this updated list. Below the list I will include a general strategy for those of you who aren’t familiar with this archetype. Enjoy!

If you have read any of my previous articles, you would completely understand that Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  / Naganadel (LT; 108)  is a speedy deck. For those parents or newer players reading this article, the deck has a lower skill cap than most which means it generally has a higher chance to do well. Don’t take offence if you choose to play this deck, I did too with great success, I’m just saying it doesn’t take much skill to Marshadow (SLG; 45)  your opponent into nothing while you draw three Beast Ring (FLI; 102) . The general strategy of this deck consists of attacking with Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  to take down bigger threats while you acquire Energy with Naganadel (LT; 108)  and Beast Ring (FLI; 102) . Burst GX is a spicy attack that can grab an Energy in a pinch, but do be careful of getting a leg up on your opponent; when you are ahead on Prize Cards they can use Counter Catcher (CIN; 91) , Counter Gain (LT; 170) , and Counter Energy (CIN; 100) . The general game plan is to use Burst GX on your first turn, follow it up with a Mind Blown, and finish off the game with Mind Blown. You can always use Naganadel (LT; 108) when you have three Prize Cards remaining, but don’t necessarily count on that being a huge strategy because cards like Guzma (BUS; 115)  do exist. If you find yourself running behind, you can always leave the game to Special Conditions by using Bursting Burn. Here is an excerpt from my past article that shows some additional strategies available within the deck. 

“Starting with Poipole (FLI; 55) (Spit Poison), I truly believe this is the better one because you can instantly do 10 damage because of Poison and that can make a world of a difference. You see, Pokémon like Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  now only need to take four Energy to get OHKOd with Mind Blown and that can change the pace of a game. The other Poipole (LT; 107) (Eye Opener), has a similar action, because you can know where your Fire Energy (TM; null)  is, but you might be costing yourself a turn by doing that. While I might have some future back and forth on which one to choose, it likely won’t matter at all because you don’t really want to attack with Poipole (FLI; 55) (Spit Poison) if you don’t have to. It’s one of those things where if you find your self in a certain situation, which one will pull you out more times than the other? I’m sure you can vibe my stance here.”

Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX

Another article segment and another deck that has been played forever. Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  / Lycanroc GX (GRI; 74)  has been the best deck in format, fallen out, climbed back up, and here we are again. The inclusion of this deck is due to the popularity of the new Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  deck that we have received in Team Up because we can hit it for it’s Fighting-type Weakness. The strategy of this deck is to use Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  as a consistency crutch via Trade and to also use it as a main attacker. Lycanroc GX (GRI; 74)  is meant to gust Pokémon up into the Active that you want to Knock Out and to be a Fighting-type attacker or an attacker in general. Let’s peep out this new list for an old deck heading into our new format.

I have included a copy of Marshadow (SLG; 45)  in this deck to add a disruptive flare, a copy of the new Lycanroc GX (TM; 82)  to get yourself out of sticky situation, and four copies of the reprinted Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)  to make the deck more consistent. This is a basic list, but the goal is to remain consistent and find tech cards that you personally enjoy to add into the deck. If you have played this deck before, give this list a whirl, and try it out yourself.

Lost March

The goal of this deck is to boost the damage of the Lost March attack by sending Pokémon to the Lost Zone by using Skiploom (LT; 13) ’s Floral Path to the Sky, Trumbeak (LT; 165) ’s Mountain Peak, and Lost Blender (LT; 181) . You want to observe the maximum amount of HP on their Pokemon and aim to send that many Pokemon to the Lost Zone. Another big pull for this deck is that all of your Nest Ball (SUM; 123)  / Net Ball (LT; 187)  / Ultra Ball (SLG; 68)  / Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)  can grab three Hoppip (LT; 12)  on one turn and you can Evolve them next with most of the same cards. With all of the consistency available in this deck, like three copies of Marshadow (SLG; 45) , you should be able to be screaming Lost March for Knock Out turn after turn.

The new additions to this deck are Emolga (TM; 46)  and Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)  which make sure that this deck runs as consistent as possible. Emolga (TM; 46)  can search out other copies of the same card, you can use that with Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)  or with Lost Blender (LT; 181) . Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)  makes sure that you can always send your Jumpluff (LT; 14)  back I tot he deck to Evolve with Skiploom (LT; 13) ’s Floral Path to the Sky or to search out missing Pokémon pieces. These two new cards make Lost March a quicker deck and they will allow this newer archetype to soar into super stardom. Check it out for sure!

Get Your Testing On!

Well, I hope that you enjoyed your second dose of my FREE Metagame Analysis in the Team Up format and that you are feeling more prepared in our new Standard format. If you missed my last FREE article, you can check that out here. 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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