09/24/2015 by Ryan Sabelhaus
Ryan goes over one of his favorite decks at the moment, Seismitoad-EX/Giratina-EX. With new help from his legendary companion, Seismitoad-EX now has a better chance against previously bad matchups, which should help the Item-locking toad find more success in the upcoming Regional Championships!
Hey, 60Cards readers! I'm back with another short article to help everyone get prepared for the upcoming Regional Championships, which are actually starting up within the next couple of weeks. While trying to prepare for a large-scale tournament like Regionals, it is always important to see which decks are showing successful results during that time.
Since there aren't any big tournament results from the United States, we basically just have the European Arena Cup in Würzburg to examine. As previously stated in the overview of the Arena Cup, this is the first significant event of this season that was played in the BLW-AOR Expanded format. So, what deck won this tournament? It would actually be my favorite deck at the moment that took home the crown, Seismitoad-EX/Giratina-EX!
In this article, I'll go over my version of the Seismitoad/Giratina deck that has been sweeping across League Challenges in the United States. I'll also discuss what makes this deck my favorite at the moment and talk about why it's such a powerful combination. Let's get into the article!
My Seismitoad-EX/Giratina-EX Build
Ryan's Seismitoad/Giratina Deck
- 3x Shaymin EX
- 3x Seismitoad EX
- 2x Giratina EX
- 1x Keldeo EX
- 1x Hoopa EX
- 4x Professor Juniper
- 2x N-supporter
- 2x Lysandre
- 1x Colress
- 2x Team Flare Grunt
- 1x Xerosic
- 4x VS Seeker
- 4x Ultra Ball
- 4x Hypnotoxic Laser
- 4x Super Scoop Up
- 3x Head Ringer
- 3x Muscle Band
- 2x Float Stone
- 3x Virbank City Gym
- 4x Crushing Hammer
- 1x Computer Search
- 2x Double Dragon Energy
- 4x Double Colorless Energy
Why Do You Like This Deck So Much?
As you can see, this deck list is pretty close to the build that won the Arena Cup. I've decided to change a couple of cards in order to better suit my playstyle. Robin Schulz played AZ, Tool Scrapper, and a third Double Dragon Energy. Those cards have been exchanged for a second copy of N, a second Team Flare Grunt, and a third Muscle Band. These changes were in preparation for Seismitoad-EX mirror matches, in which discarding an opponent's Energy cards is crucial (hence the second Team Flare Grunt). Adding another Muscle Band almost seemed mandatory for getting off solid damage each turn, along with preventing an opposing Head Ringer from coming down. I never really felt the need for the third Double Dragon energy so I decided to add in another copy of N for consistency.
This deck is probably my favorite at the moment because it uses the same strong concepts of Seismitoad-EX/Shaymin-EX decks, except now also has a fighting chance against some of it's worst matchups (Accelgor builds, M Manectric-EX, Primals, etc). The deck already had major accomplishments before adding in Giratina-EX, but can now deal with some problems that were unavoidable before this addition. Let's explain the previously bad matchups that are now much easier for this deck:
Accelgor builds: With Giratina-EX added into this deck, Accelgor-based lock decks won't be able to attack without their Special Energy cards. Decks that revolve around Accelgor usually just play four Double Colorless Energy. Giratina-EX's attack doesn't allow them to play Special Energy cards, which ends up completely shutting down any source of attacking. Without any Weakness to grass on Giratina-EX, along with plenty of Super Scoop Ups to stall, players should have plenty of time to get a Chaos Wheel off and seal the game.
M Manectric-EX: As seen at U.S. Nationals this year, M Manectric-EX surged in popularity to counter Seismitoad decks just like this. The crafty Item-locking Toad finally found a friend to even up the matchup in Giratina-EX, which can't be attacked by Mega Evolution Pokémon. Giratina-EX can also hit for relatively big damage, while also locking out the opponent's Rough Seas. Their strategy of healing every single turn and switching between attackers won't work without their favorite Stadium card in play. Now, I'm not trying to say that this is an autowin or anything, but the matchup is much closer and can very easily end in complete domination by the Seismitoad-EX player.
Primal Groudon-EX/Primal Kyogre-EX: Another counter that has been seen to work effectively against Seismitoad-EX decks are the Primal Pokémon-EX, Groudon and Kyogre. With Giratina-EX on the battlefield to shut down any attacks from Mega Evolution Pokémon, both of these powerhouse decks literally can't do any damage. As long as you manage resources and are sure to not Bench too many things, both of these matchups will no longer be a problem. I can almost assure that you will have plenty of turns to set up an attacking Giratina-EX since both of these foes take a very long time to get going. And for those of you who may be thinking Primal Groudon-EX decks also play copies of Silent Lab, just be sure to remember that Giratina-EX's attack shuts down Stadium cards.
I'm not by any means trying to say that this is the best deck in the format and everyone should be playing it for Regionals. Seismitoad-EX/Giratina-EX is my favorite deck at the moment and can effectively deal with most problems using a massive amount of disruption cards, all while simultaneously Item-locking throughout the game. Many of the previously bad matchups are now much easier to handle with Giratina-EX ready to join in the fight, which makes the Expanded format for Regionals a great time to utilize this combination.
Seismitoad-EX has been an insanely strong card in the Pokémon TCG throughout the recent past, with notable finishes of 2nd Place at the World Championships by Mees Brenninkmeijer and 1st Place at the U.S. National Championships by Jason Klaczynski. There is obviously something behind these incredible results, which will only look to grow in strength at the upcoming Regional Championships. I have no doubt in my mind that a Seismitoad-EX based deck will perform strongly at a major tournament in the near future.
Good luck to everyone competing in upcoming Regional Championships this year. Hopefully all of your testing and brainstorming for this huge Expanded format will pay off with some positive results! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to leave comments or message me about them. Thanks for reading!
-Ryan Sabelhaus <3
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