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Zach Lesage

Decks for Madison

Zach showcases four of his top picks for Madison behind the paywall.

05/31/2019 by Zach Lesage


Hey 60 Cards readers, Zach here again, and I wanted to drop some lists that I think are excellent plays for Madison Regionals and League Cups. I will likely play one of these decks at the event myself so that should be a testament for how solid the lists are. I am hyped on these decks and hopefully they get you excited for the event too!

Anyways, I don’t want to waste your time so let’s just jump into it!

Blacephalon-GX / Naganadel / Persian-GX

I know that I bring this deck up a lot, but it has proven itself to me time and time again. In one of my recent articles on the deck, which you can view here, and I explain just about everything there is to know about the deck. 

With the addition of Persian GX (UBO; 149) , if my opponent Knocks Out a Blacephalon GX (LT; 52) , I have a plethora of options to choose from by using Cat Walk. I can search out Beast Ring (FLI; 102) , Supporter Cards, or go for the juicy Welder (UBO; 189)  play to attack with Persian GX (UBO; 149) . It opens a world of options in this familiar deck from our previous meta game.

Reshiram & Charizard-GX

I went over this deck in one of my recent articles, which you can view here, and it has proven itself to be the front runner of our new Unbroken Bonds metagame. I went with a really speedy version of this deck by adding in heavy Kiawe (BUS; 116)  support in order to beat the metagame.

This is likely an important stop on the metagame train and I hope that you enjoy my findings. It is super obvious that a Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  can only do so much in the mirror. There are basically only three options. You can Outrage for 30, Flare Strike for 230, or Double Blaze GX. The only natural way to get an OHKO in mirror is to use Double Blaze GX with six Fire Energy (BUS; 167)  attached for 300 damage. After that, welcome to two-shot city, a place where Miltank (CIN; 78)  says hello. After experiencing the pain of this weird mirror mid-game, I have decided that Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143)  can really help in the mirror match! Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143)  doesn’t need to be used as a Supporter and you basically don’t need to play it down until you are ready to Flare Strike with a Choice Band (GRI; 121) . So that where I am at with the deck. I think that mirror match has been an utter mess since the inception of this deck and I think this will basically fix it.

Zoroark-GX / Slowking / Persian-GX

I haven’t covered this deck before on the site, but don’t worry, it is still a pure Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  deck at heart. The big additions to this deck are the Slowking (LT; 55)  and Persian GX (UBO; 149) , both of which have different functions throughout the deck. Slowking (LT; 55)  is a must if you want to have a chance against our Fire-type metagame that consists of Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) , Blacephalon GX (LT; 52) , and Blacephalon (UBO; 32) . Persian GX (UBO; 149)  has a a dual purpose of helping you keep your consistency strong with Cat Walk and it can use Vengeance for a lot of damage. With Cat Walk, you can set up juicy plays such as searching for a Professor Kukui (SUM; 128)  and Choice Band (GRI; 121)  to help any of your attackers do extra damage. In a typical matchup, you want to get Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  set up, get your deck rolling with Trade, and determine which of your tech cards you need for the game. If you find yourself facing against a deck that features a bunch of Basic Pokemon that use Abilities, Alolan Muk (SUM; 58)  is definitely a must. Every card in this deck has a purpose and this deck has plenty of options, so choose them wisely.

I decided to go for a different split of Double Colorless Energy (SLG; 69)  and Tripple Acceleration Energy (UBO; 190)  than most lists because I value that Tripple Acceleration Energy (UBO; 190)  allows all of the Stage One Pokemon to attack. It is weird to get used to, but you shouldn’t need to attack more than seven times to win any particular game.

Blacephalon / Salazzle

I went over this deck in one of my recent articles, which you can view here, and this deck is still one of my favourite decks in this new format. It has a high damage output with Blacephalon (UBO; 32) ’s Fireball Circus and that is a must in a format with Tag Team Pokemon that are worth three Prize Cards. The biggest struggle with this deck is that it can be flimsy at times, but when it works, this deck is unstoppable.

I continuously find myself playing this version of the deck with Salazzle (UBO; 31) , instead of the other variants of this deck that run Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  or Jirachi (TM; 99) , because it is fairly stable against a Marshadow (SLG; 45)  using Let Loose. If you have some solid hands with this deck, you might just find yourself being crowned champion at your next event.

See Ya in Madison

That is a wrap for today. To update you on where I am at, I am sitting at 1700+ CP right now, I am hard locked for a Day Two invite to the World Championships, and I have hit my full Best Finish Limit (BFL) of eight Regional Championships this season. If you don’t understand how a BFL works, it basically takes your best performances at Regionals into account. I am doing my best to get to Madison Regionals, I will be attending the Special Event at Origins, and I will be going to the 2019 North American International Championships. This season has been a super exciting year for me in terms of Pokémon, life, and growth as a person. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me and I hope that you are all there for the ride! If you want to see more of my journey, follow me on my social media:

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I also have open slots for coaching so if you are interested, please reach out to me on Twitter or Facebook.


Zach Lesage

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