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Zach Lesage

An Update on BLOWNs!

Zach goes over his updated Blacephalon-GX deck based off of Shintaro Ito’s Worlds finalist list.

09/09/2019 by Zach Lesage

Quick, Quick

Yo, what’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s ya boi here, Zach Lesage, and I wanted to give you a quick article on my updated Blacephalon GX (LT; 52) . The deck performed very well at the World Championships and is still a strong play heading into future events. I am considered one of the pioneers of this deck and I hope that my list will be enticing for you to view. 

Anyways, I don’t want to ramble on too much so let’s just jump into this article! 

Updated Blacephalon-GX / Naganadel Deck

So Shintaro Ito came second at Worlds, but does that mean his deck was perfect for the event? Beyond a questionably solid call on playing two Heatran GX (UB; 25)  (perhaps he knew most Japanese players were playing Gardevoir & Sylveon GX (UBO; 130) ), I didn’t particularly like all aspects of his deck. I feel like playing two copies of Heatran GX (UB; 25)  in our current global metagame is slightly an exaggerated count nowadays and the deck can be streamlined to be more consistent.

In a format dominated by Tag Team Pokemon, I enjoy switching the Naganadel GX (UB; 160)  / Naganadel (LT; 108)  line a bit to help expedite Energy into play. I’m not particularly a fan of Naganadel GX (UB; 160) , I feel it can be quite wasteful at times, but I do think playing a single copy in this deck is the correct choice. Beyond that, the new Poipole (UB; 102)  is the correct play because you can Knock Out Inkay (FLI; 50)  / Poipole (FLI; 55)  with a Beast Energy Prism Star (FLI; 117)  attached. That is much better than Poison that rarely sticks or the option to search through your Prize Cards. There aren’t too many other changes that I would make in a general metagame, maybe adding in a Tapu Fini (UB; 53) for mirror, but I am pretty happy with the list below.

As you can see, there aren’t many changes from the finalist list, but if I feel like my changes are justified in this list. I will note that it is likely better to change to the Poipole (FLI; 55)  with Spit Poison when playing in a best of three event to have more options against control decks. It is often beneficial to Poison an Oranguru (UPR; 114)  instead of doing 10 damage (or nothing), so keep that in mind. If you are looking for an article that describes how the deck is played down to its core, I did write an extensive article last format that you can view here.

See Ya in Atlantic City!

Well that’s a wrap for today. I will be writing more articles heading into my first Regionals of the new season, Atlantic City, to help all of you succeed at that event. We have big plans here at 60Cards and I hope you can absorb as much information from some upcoming exciting news. As for me, I finished registering and booking flights for every major event in North America (and Latin American Internationals) all the way up until San Diego! I’m excited to play Pokémon, prove to myself that I am one of the best players in the game, and see all of my friends who play this game. After going 3-1-1 at Worlds Day Two to 3-3-1, it took me a couple of days to come down from the level of disappointment that I felt. While I can’t be certain that I will have a fulfilling finish at Worlds this year, or any tournament for that season, I will use my hope as a fuel to push myself as far ahead as I can. I have already earned 155CP and I don’t plan on stopping soon. Anyways, as I continue on my Pokemon adventure, feel free to follow me on all of 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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