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Zach Lesage

My Play for Origins

Zach shares his exact list for the Origins Special Event!

06/13/2019 by Zach Lesage

Columbus Bound

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s me, Zach Lesage, and I am here to let you know what I am playing for the Origins Special Event in Columbus, Ohio. I am actually writing this article in the backseat of a car about four hours out, but I need to get this information to you. Since you can imagine that the backseat of a car isn’t as ideal as my normal home office, please forgive me for any editing errors. Anyways, this article is going to be behind a paywall, but it does contain valuable information about my deck choice. Ok, ok, let’s jump into it.


I guess with this portion of the article, you wanna learn more about the deck that I am playing. Well, I am playing Blacephalon / Salazzle. The deck has often been written off as a weak deck in this metagame, mostly due to Marshadow’s Let Loose, but I believe that Salazzle has mostly solved that issue. I have added in other uncommon consistency cards like Bill’s Analysis and Cynthia to give this deck that certain reach that it was missing before. After the results of Madison, we can confirm that Reshiram & Charizard-GX, Blacephalon-GX / Naganadel, and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX are going to be the majority of the metagame. With the absence of Vileplume decks in Madison, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that archetype pop up in Origins, but Salazzle takes care of that matchup. Additionally, Zapdos decks struggle to hit 120 damage consistently and I can consistently achieve OHKOs with Fireball Circus. So with a solid one-to-three Prize Card trade in our Tag Team dominated metagame, what exactly can go wrong? Well, Weezing is a difficult matchup, read as very bad, but I don’t think it is the top pick for many players this weekend. As we saw in other major Unbroken Bonds tournaments, Weezing can make it to the top tables, but often loses against more experienced players. With little hope of winning a major event, I don’t expect many players to pick Weezing for an event that features a high concentration of the top players in the game. I might be delusional or crazy, but I honestly feel that Blacephalon / Salazzle is a strong play for Origins. I’m sure you are excited to see my list so let’s jump into it!

My Origins Deck

This is a modified version of the deck that I played to a League Cup win last Saturday and I think my changes are fair. I felt like an extra Nest Ball is helpful to avoid getting Benched out and Victini Prism Star basically did nothing for me. With the addition of the second Beast Ring, I feel like this deck is close to perfect.

My girlfriend, Michele Babin, took a similar list to a T128 placement at Madison and she didn’t hit any Reshiram & Charizard-GX decks at all. With the popularity of that deck and Blacephalon-GX / Naganadel being at an all time high, I feel like now is the time for this deck to shine. I guess we will see how I do tomorrow.

Next Stop: NAIC!

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 will be attending the 2019 North American International Championships in a few short days and it is nothing short of exciting. This season has been an amazing 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:

Twitch: zlesagepokemon
Twitter: zlesagepokemon
Facebook: Zach Lesage
Youtube: Rare Candy

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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