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Mark Dizon

Be Prepared - The night before Q4

Expect the unexpected in q4

05/29/2020 by Mark Dizon

We are simply hours away from the start of Limitless Q4. What a journey it has been to get to this point. We have gone through two different formats - to huge online tournaments that we have never seen before. This has been a big surprise to us all because who would have ever expected that we would be playing Pokemon Online almost every day. 

What's It isn't a surprise anymore that PikaRom is doing well everywhere or that Dragapult VMAX has the potential to become the best deck in the format - so what separates these decks from the pack? Let me tell you that it's not Professor's Research, Dedenne-GX, or Scoop Up Net - but it's the added techs like Crushing Hammer, Boltund V, and more are changing the makeup of the decks that we ave been used to. 

Boltund V in PikaRom
Boltund V is one of the best cards in Rebel Clash, and it has already made an enormous splash. Plenty of content creators have attempted to make Boltund work as its own deck, but it has not seen the success on it's that it has in PikaRom.  It just gives the deck another angle of attack. It is not a GX, It is not a tag team, and it has more than 160HP. While Pikarom might have been on the back burner during our last format - it has shown that it now the top dog with Boltund. See what I did there, haha. 

One of the main reason's for Boltund's success is the angle of attacks it gives you. Electrify gives you an option to use if you miss a turn one Full Blitz. This alone is enough to run a single copy. PikaRom is one of the most consistent decks in our format, it often hits a T1 or T2 Full Blitz, and T1 Electrify allows you to set up if either your Koko Prism or Thunder Mountain is prized.

Bolt Storm has invalidated Tapu Koko V because it offers a flexible attack that seemingly works hand-in-hand with Full Blitz. Firing with Full Blitz, acquire Energy in play, and attack with Bolt Storm. It is merely a more versatile two Prize Card attacker. The gameplan with PikaRom is to set up a three Prize Card attacker (usually PikaRom), a two Prize Card attacker (typically Boltund V), and another three Prize Card attacker (usually ChuChu). This gameplan is the go-to in most cases and forces your opponent to take more time in the game, forcing them to pivot to knock out each attacker. Boss's Orders can get around it, but I heavily recommend sticking to this specific strategy. As a bonus tip, Bolt Storm can do some quick work against a Jirachi (or other low HP Pokémon), so try to identify ways to take quick Prizes or win in the early game with Bolt Storm!

This is the current Pikarom list I have been testing, and it features two Boltund's to give yourself a second two prize attacker in the situations you might need it. 

Pokémon - 12
1 Eldegoss V RCL 19
2 Boltund V RCL 67
3 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX PR-SM 168
1 Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 221
1 Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51
1 Zeraora-GX LOT 86
1 Marshadow UNB 81

Trainer Cards - 35
1 Thunder Mountain Prism Star
2 Boss's Orders 
2 Reset Stamp 
4 Quick Ball 
2 Big Charm 
1 Stadium Nav 
2 Volkner 
3 Electromagnetic Radar 
4 Professor's Research 
1 Great Catcher 
4 Electropower 
2 Marnie 
3 Energy Switch 
4 Switch 

Energy - 13
3 Speed Lightning Energy
10 Lightning Energy 


Energy Denial Everywhere!

Another trend you might be experiencing lately on PTCGO is the amount of Energy disruption being played in decks.

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