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Malik Hisyam Zaihan

Made in Malaysia : ADP/Bird Trio for Bochum

Malik speaks to the creators of ADP/Bird Trio, Farhan Aziz & Syahmi Razak about the deck which took Kuala Lumpur by surprise

01/10/2020 by Malik Hisyam Zaihan

The metagame has shifted immensely since Cosmic Eclipse became tournament legal at the Latin American International Championships, where we saw Robin Schulz take down the tournament with Ability Reshiram & Charizard GX. The tournament also saw the emergence of new archetypes such as Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX (ADP) variants, which itself has seen many iterations since it first emerged.  

While the standard way of building the archetype has been established to be with Keldeo GX, taking advantage of its Pure Heart ability, over the past month we’ve seen creative players come up with different ways to run the deck. The recent Singapore SPE saw a build which focuses on a Green’s Exploration engine, partnering ADP with Buzzwole & Pheromosa GX, giving it a highly flexible way to take 6 prizes. 

Most notably, two players from Malaysia, Farhan Aziz and Syahmi Razak concocted an ADP variant which almost won the Kuala Lumpur Regional Championships, taking the whole competition by surprise. In fact, if it wasn’t for them being paired against each other in the final round, we might have seen a double appearance of the deck in Top8. Syahmi Razak took it all the way to the finals, eventually losing to eventual champion Brent Tonnison, running Mewtwo & Mew GX.  

Having spoken to both players, we’ll be talking about how the idea came about, how it was initially developed, the deck’s overall gameplan as well as moving forward with the deck. But before that, here’s the list from the recent Kuala Lumpur Regional.


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