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Zach Lesage

My Top Picks for Worlds

I go over my top picks for the World Championships

08/13/2019 by Zach Lesage

Worlds on my Mind

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s the "Twitter bot buying bandit" Zach Lesage here and I wanted to give you a simple article that outlined the decks that I am deciding between for the World Championships later this week. It is a difficult choice for me because I have a Day Two invite, but I don’t think I will be adding any other choices to the mix. My current plan is to assess how the metagame shapes up and to choose a well rounded pick for Day Two. 

I don’t want to waste too much of your valuable testing time, so let’s just jump into it. Enjoy! 

Pick 1: The Safe Play

For anyone that has heard anything about me, they should know that I am the Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  guy. As much as I try, I can’t seem to find things that I hate about the deck, so it it is obviously one of my top considerations heading into Worlds. I have been testing both of the Naganadel (LT; 108)  and the Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  variations of the deck, and it is simply hard for me to choose. I’ll post my most updated list for each deck so you can see where I am at. Let’s start off with the Naganadel (LT; 108)  version.

This deck basically carried me through the season and part of me wants to play it at Worlds for that reason. I have invested so much time in perfecting my plus with this deck and it will only come down to my opening hands, matchups, and figuring out those remaining tech cards. I am deciding between Custom Catcher (LT; 171)  and Ninetales (TM; 16) , but I feel like that will be figured out when I get some games in with my teammates at Worlds. If you are looking for a solid neutral pick in the metagame, this deck would be a great choice. Let’s look into the Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  version now...

Based on Peter Kica’s original findings, this deck seems to beat most GX based decks and only struggled against single Prize Card attacking decks. With decks like Malamar (FLI; 51)  on the decline and other single Prize Card decks having consistency issues, this deck seems promising. I am scared to commit to a Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  deck heading into a format with the fresh release of Reset Stamp (UB; 206) , but I will have to make that call this week. If you are wondering how this deck works, you basically can use Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  to setup and search for Beast Ring (FLI; 102) . You can use Persian GX (UBO; 149)  to grab whatever you need after that (you can’t use Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  with a Persian GX (UBO; 149)  in play). Overall, this deck attaches a lot to Energy and is a solid choice for Worlds.

Pick 2: The Best Deck

What is it? What is it? If you have done any testing in our Post Rotation format, you should know what deck it is.. It is Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) ! This deck has absolutely been a force since it was released and not much else has changed. It is built with a slew of support cards, namely Electromagnetic Radar (UBO; 230)  and Volkner (UPR; 135) , which are cards that most other decks don’t have access to. My list is a little bit different with a handful of tech cards to help sway some matchups in my favor. Those cards include Dawn Wings Necrozma GX (UPR; 63) , Hoopa (UB; 140) , and Lysandre Labs (FLI; 111) , but I wouldn’t be surprised if I added in a Tapu Fini (UB; 53)  to deal with Ultra Beasts eventually too. I’m sure you want to peep this list, so let’s peep it.

You see the list, this deck is a straight up consistent Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  deck. Dawn Wings Necrozma GX (UPR; 63)  allows you to use Raichu & Alolan Raichu GX (UB; 54) Tandem Shock or Zapdos (TM; 40) ’ Thunderous Assault over an over again which has now become a staple strategy for me. Additionally, it allows for the option of getting around other Special Conditions, as seen in most mirror matches, which gives this deck a slight edge. If I were ever on the fence on what to play for Worlds, this deck would be my default pick. 

Pick 3: The Powerful Deck

Ever set seems to bring a new deck, and Unified Minds is no different. It brought us a strong Darkness Energy (TM; null)  mobility card in the form of Weavile GX (UB; 132)  and a couple of strong Darkness-type Tag Team GX attackers in the form of Weavile GX (UB; 132)  and MegaSableye & Tiranitar GX (UB; 226) . The deck runs off of a Naganadel (LT; 108)  engine to accelerate energy and finally puts Darkrai Prism Star (UPR; 77)  to good use. Decks like this have always been strong, but the main factor is making the deck as consistent as possible. I think I may have that list or at least I am close. Anyways, check it out!

The biggest change over most lists is the inclusion of Nanu (TM; 150) . It allows me to switch back into a powerful attacker that I want or the option to sacrifice less Prize Cards by switching into a Hoopa (UB; 140)  or Sneasel (UPR; 73) . The added copies of Switch (CLS; 147)  help with the popularity of Raichu & Alolan Raichu GX (UB; 221) ’s Tandem Shock to get around Paralysis or to switch up my attackers. I feel like this deck can make a deep run at Worlds so be sure to test against it.

See Ya in DC

That’s it for today! 60 Cards readers! I wish you the best of luck at Worlds and the DC Open! Crush it out! You got this! As for me, I have been playing in League Cups and League Challenges to earn CP for the 2020 season and I am planning on maintaining my status as a pro player with another T16 run next season! I hope to see many of you readers at the events that I attend so if you see me at an event, feel free to say hi! If you wanna know more about what I am up to lately, feel free to follow me on my Social Media from the links below:

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