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Zach Lesage

The Boss is Back! 

Zach goes over his thoughts on Boss's Orders including counts, looking into the past, and an updated ADP Zacian list.

03/25/2020 by Zach Lesage

What’s Up Everyone?

What’s up everyone? I hope you are all staying safe and staying in a healthy mindset - I personally know that it is really tough! Stay strong! I have said it a few times, but I wanna say it again, I will do my best to produce the freshest content available during this pandemic! Whether it is an exciting player interview, looking back on a past format, or Rebel Clash content - we will make sure that these times aren’t boring for our subscribers! If you haven’t subscribed yet, now would be the best time to do so! In this article, I will share my thoughts on an important card coming out in Rebel Clash, Boss’s Orders! Even though it is a spiritual reprint of Lysandre (ANO; 78) , it might think require more thought than necessary - especially when building decks in this new format. Let’s not waste any time and dive into it right now! 

Into the Vault...

After doing a complete search of the internet and checking into 60 Cards own vault of articles available after the release of Flashfire , I was able to find a format that contained Lysandre (ANO; 78)  without VS Seeker (PHF; 109) . It might sound a bit specific, but that would be a similar format to what we will see with the release of Rebel Clash. If you haven’t noticed, Boss’s Orders is a spiritual reprint of Lysandre (ANO; 78)  and we are now playing in a format with VS Seeker (PHF; 109) . See the resemblance? After reading articles from the then up and coming professional players, Jose Marrero and Ryan Sabelhaus, and there is an apparent trend with deck lists from that time. I double checked to make sure, asked some players who played back then, and I got the answer...

The Count of Boss’s Orders

The count is looking to be close to two for most decks if we were to directly take inspiration from the observed 2014 format. In my testing so far, I have been mostly experimenting with two copies of Boss’s Orders and a Great catcher (CoE; 191) . Even though VMAX Pokémon are going to be played en masse sooner or later, it’s all in the tech cards that make the deck. Have you ever seen a Fire Toolbox deck without Dedenne GX (UBO; 57) ? What about an Energy Denial deck without Articuno GX (CLS; 31) ? Mewtwo & Mew GX (UB; 71)  without a Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) ? Hopefully you get the point - Pokémon-GX are still played in large numbers. I have also been experimenting with a copy of Eldegoss V to help get back a copy of Boss’s Orders late game to secure victory. Now some things have changed between now and the observed 2014 format - we have Tag Teams / VMAX Pokémon that are worth three Prize Cards and our attacks have scaled drastically.

That means OHKOs are more common on two / three Prize Card Pokémon and games have the potential to end much more quickly. All of these factors seemingly add to the fact that most decks should run two copies of Boss’s Orders and maybe a copy of Great catcher (CoE; 191) . Most decks will not run Pokemon Catcher (S&S; 175) , Custom Catcher (LT; 171) , or any other other pseudo-gust cards. Some decks may choose to run more copies of Boss’s Orders, such as Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Tag Team GX (CoE; 156)  / Zacian V (S&S; 138)  because they rely much more on targeted OHKOs. Some decks, like Fire Toolbox, won’t run any copies of Boss’s Orders because they have Ninetales for gusting purposes. When it comes time to order Rebel Clash cards, be sure to still pick up four copies of Boss’s Orders to future proof yourself, but most decks will only run two copies. 

Rebel Clash ADP / Zacian List

While writing this article, I did notice that it was a hit on the short side. Don’t let that get you down, I still have a bunch more content planned for next week! That being said, I did wanna give you all a jump start with my tested Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Tag Team GX (CoE; 156)  / Zacian V (S&S; 138)  list in the Rebel Clash format. Let’s check it out!

Pokemon: 14

4 Jirachi TEU

3 Zacian-V SWH

2 Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC

2 Dedenne-GX UNB

1 Eldegoss V REC

1 Oranguru SSH

1 Phione CEC 

Trainers: 35

2 Shrine of Punishment 

4 Professor’s Research 

3 Marnie

3 Boss’s Orders REC

4 Metal Saucer

4 Quick Ball

4 Switch

2 Metal Frying Pan

2 Energy Spinner

2 Escape Board

2 Cherish Ball

1 Great Catcher

1 Vitality Band

1 Big Charm

Energy: 11

9 Metal Energy

2 Water Energy

This is a straight forward list that purely focuses on getting off a quick Altered Creation GX. Metal Frying Pan (FLI; 112)  still exists because Fire Toolbox and Baby Blacephalon (UBO; 32)  archetypes will remain popular because they gained Ninetales V. If anything, Boss’s Orders is a more consistent version of Custom Catcher (LT; 171)  in most lists and is a much welcomed card in these decks. Enjoy!

Stay Safe

Well, thats a wrap for today! I hope this article has helped you decide on the count of Boss’s Orders in your deck and look into an already established Rebel Clash archetype. I already have a few articles in the creation process and I will be using this pandemic as a way to help our community grow as players. I appreciate all of the support I have received from messages so far and I will use it as motivation going forward! If you are looking for coaching or if you wanna follow me on Social Media, check out these links! 

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