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The Deck List Drop: Worlds

Zach shares six of his top plays heading into Worlds!

07/26/2019 by Zach Lesage

Busy, Busy, Busy!

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s your article writing machine, Zach Lesage, and I am here to give you an article that you WANT to read. Actually hold up, scratch that, an article that you NEED to read. For those of you who don’t know, I have been testing the Unified Minds format for upwards of 500 hours and that has lead to a cornucopia of refined lists.

The goal of this article is to give you all of the juicy lists, none of the filler, and give you a solid reason to subscribe to the site. Sounds good? I hope so. Let’s get it!

If you are not well versed in Unified Minds, you can look at the official set list on PokeBeach here  or the list of translations on Limitless here. We will have the Unified Minds set put into our deck list editor once the set releases, but please enjoy this article. 

PikaRom Deck

Often referred to as the front-runner of this format, Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  is one of the few decks that truly didn’t lose anything in our rotation. Yeah, each deck did lose Marshadow (SLG; 45) , Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60) , Nest Ball (SUM; 123) , and Ultra Ball (SLG; 68) , but how did they replace them? Most decks are trying to fit in Cherish Ball from Unified Minds or come up with some weird engine that revolves around Pokemon Communication (TM; 152) , but Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  still keeps it’s valuable tools!

The deck now works off of efficient cards such as Electromagnetic Radar (UBO; 230)  and Dedenne GX (UBO; 57)  to help it get setup. The following list is a the same one that I posted on my personal Twitter, zlesagepokemon, after I made the finals of a Worlds format event. The deck worked incredibly well and it even includes some lesser used cards. I have tested this deck the most and it is also one of my absolute top picks heading into Worlds. Give the following list a whirl and see for yourself!


Pokémon - 12

2x Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UMI

2x  Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)

2x  Dedenne GX (UBO; 57)

2x Zeraora GX (LT; 201)

2x  Zapdos (TM; 40)

1x  Dawn Wings Necrozma GX (UPR; 63)

1x  Tapu Koko Prism Star (TM; 51)


Trainers - 37

1x  Thunder Mountain Prism Star (LT; 191)

4x  Cynthia (UPR; 119)

4x  Lillie (UPR; 125)

3x  Volkner (UPR; 135)

4x  Electromagnetic Radar (UBO; 230)

4x  Custom Catcher (LT; 171)

4x  Electropower (LT; 232)

4x  Acro Bike (CLS; 123)

3x  Energy Switch (CLS; 129)

2x  Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)

1x Stadium Nav UMI

1x Reset Stamp UMI

1x Cherish Ball UMI

1x Tag Switch UMI


Energy - 11

11x  Lightning Energy (TM; null)


Total - 60


The Dawn Wings Necrozma GX (UPR; 63)  is the spicy tech that has saved my butt in mirror. Not only does it get around Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX’s annoying Paralysis, but it can allow you to use Tandem Shock yourself. With my list of Dark Toolbox gaining popularity in the metagame, I can also see this as a way to get around Darkrai Prism Star (UPR; 77) . Blacephalon GX (LT; 52) ’s Bursting Burn is also relevant cough cough. With all of that and the added benefit of being useful for Zapdos (TM; 40) , the card is a must have inclusion heading into Worlds. I might play around by adding in Choice Helmet (LT; 169) , but that is next up on my testing list.

DarkBox Deck

I wrote about this deck in my last article, which you can view here, and I have made some significant changes. I decided that Naganadel (LT; 108)  is better than Sharpedo because I like the way the deck flows better. Well, that doesn’t nearly explain it as well as I should. It’s like whenever you were forced to discard an Energy with Dedenne GX (UBO; 57)  or your Pokémon got Knocked Out, it felt like those Energy were going into the Lost Zone. With Naganadel (LT; 108) , it took something negative and turned it into a positive thing overall. With that change, I had to add in a few different cards, cut some corners, and I ended up with this fabulous list below!

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