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Zach Lesage

Atlantic City: What Happened?

Zach goes over his experience at Atlantic City Regionals and explains his view on the metagame going forward

10/02/2019 by Zach Lesage

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What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s your homeboy (and currently sleepy) Zach Lesage here and I wanted to let you know about Atlantic City. No, not how much I gambled or the McDonalds Chicken Tenders that I ate, I wanna let you know about the tournament. In this article, I will be focusing on a condensed tournament report, my list, and my thoughts on the metagame going forward. For the next while I will be releasing shorter articles that get directly to the point so you don’t need to spend much time reading them to extract the info you want. 

Anyways, that’s where we’re at, so enjoy. 

Welder & Friends List and Report

I want to start of this section by explaining expediting your learning process by showcasing a video I created on the deck. As many of you may know, I help create videos for the Rare Candy TCG YouTube channel to help the community out. In these videos I showcase my actual decks, my actual lists, and how I play them. I figured this would be a great starting point for players who are looking to understand the deck and it gives us a great mix of media forms (something most sites lack). Anyways, so here is the video so be sure to check it out.

As I am sure you will notice, the list that I played at Atlantic City was a slightly different list that came to me a few days before the event. I wanted to have something consistent that would endure the full nine rounds during Day One and give me a shot at the Championship. Here is the list that I played:


While I was playing the event, Pokégear 3.0 (UBO; 182)  seemed like a hit-or-miss Card, but that isn’t what lead to me dropping from the event. I started off the event with a swift 2-0 record. I comfortably beat a Mewtwo & Mew GX (UB; 71)  deck and a Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  / Ninetales (TM; 16)  deck which gave me a huge confidence boost going forward in the day. The copies of Stealthy Hood (UBO; 186)  that I included in my deck were already putting in work and I was excited to face mirror matches all day long. At least, that’s what was expected right? Well, things seemed to change as I looked around at the other decks at the top tables. Going into the third round, I saw that I was playing against one of the better players in the game, Isaac Milaski. He flipped over a Volcanion (UBO; 34)  and I was excited to play a mirror match of some sorts. Well, when I found out he was playing Green's Exploration (UBO; 175)  /  Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) , I was slightly confused. A few weeks ago I single handedly destroyed this deck in the finals of a League Cup, but his list was much more refined. He also opted to play Stealthy Hood (UBO; 186)  as a tech against Ninetales (TM; 16)  which meant I was going to struggle to Knock Out the Pokemon I wanted. Between poor draws, some rough hands off Reset Stamp (UB; 206) , and other variance - I quickly found myself at 2-1. Well, I have been in worse positions so my mind was set on the prize. Unfortunately for me, that was the last game where my deck would resemble anything past a theme deck. I hit some normal matchups, but my opening hands consisted of six Fire Energy (TM; null)  and a starter or being forced to discard four Fire Crystal (UBO; 173)  off a Dedenne GX (UBO; 57) . There were games that I was able to get Welder (UBO; 189)  in my hand, but I was always lacking enough Energy to do anything in them. My deck flopped.

I don’t think the deck was wrong, but I would have slightly altered it knowing that the metagame had less Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  / Ninetales (TM; 16)  decks than expected in order to make room for Mewtwo & Mew GX (UB; 71)  decks, Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  / Naganadel (LT; 108)  decks, and Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  decks. Heading into future League Challenges, League Cups, and Knoxville Regionals, I will need to find a more compelling strategy. Let’s peep out a few of my metagame observations from this weekend.

Metagame Observations

It is always hard to take a loss as a player, but in my Pokemon career, you tend to get used to it at some point or another. We had major events in North America, South America, and Europe that will directly affect future events because the metagame was different than most players expected.

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