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Ondrej Skubal

Doll Stall - Past, Present,Future From LAIC to Bochum

Ondrej Skubal might just be one of the top players you have never heard of. With four international day2's finishing with a top 32, a top 16, and two top 8 finishes. Ondrej talks about his preparation, thought process, the original Doll Stall list, the improvements made by DDG, and a newer streamline list for Bochum in January.

12/29/2019 by Ondrej Skubal

Editors Note : Ondrej Skubal, might just be the best player you haven't heard from. I have attached Limitless results for him here. As always thanks Limitless for having this up. Ondrej has not only been extremely consistent on making it to day 2, he is also studying in medical school. At 60cards we love showcasing new talent from all over the Pokemon World. so we are excited to introduce Ondrej to many more players. 



My name is Ondřej Škubal and first I'd like to introduce myself. I started playing PTCG during HS: Triumphant and decided to start actively traveling in the 2015/16 season. I've reached European Masters top 22 three times so far and concerning my biggest accomplishments in this game I've made several Regionals’ top cuts as well as top 4 at the Berlin EUIC 2019. 

My favorite decks during the 8 or so years I've been in the game were Night March, most Yveltal - EX variants and Zapdos. You could say about me that I'm mostly a 1-prize attacker player. 

The beginning of this season was kind of rough for me as I was one of those who fell for the trap of thinking that Abilityzard was clear BDIF only to realize a few weeks later that the deck is a complete roulette. 

In the last quarter of the previous season I finished 6th, barely missing top 4 stipends for this season’s first International Championships in Brazil, so I decided to go as the expenses for the tournament was almost 0. Approximately 19 days before the tournament I still had no idea what to play to the point that I didn't even want to go. Well, some things happened and I managed to make another Internationals top 8 and my way to achieve this is what I'd like to touch on in my first 60cards article. 

Thinking that ADP was the deck to beat, the first deck I started testing was, once again, Abilityzard. It felt like Welder decks could have a great time against the new dragon star. I had a list with Ditto prism, Zebstrika, and a few Turtonator as well as a couple of N’s resolve to theoretically make you hit mostly Fires from it in the late game after using Victini’s Infinity. 

In testing, Abilityzard kept betraying me again and again though, so I just threw it away. 

Speaking of Welder decks, I didn't want to play Mew3 as it simply is not a deck for me, due to the fact that it runs mostly GX attackers, as well as it is a Welder based deck. Both formats of this season it has felt like there is another deck I could choose instead of Mew3. 

Lastly, I was too afraid to even consider Baby Blacephalon, cause I got the impression that Brazilians might play a lot of Malamar. Plus I thought the Mew3 match up was really bad as well. 

So I searched through the Internet and the PTCGO ladder for ideas. I didn't want to play ADP itself either. It was a new deck and there was no staring point established list that I could build on, plus the Welder match ups… So no ADP for me. 

Benjamin Pham gave me an interesting Greenzard list with Omastar line, which I tested for a while but didn't really like the ADP match up. 

And then I found the Florges/Dolls deck. First I thought it was a joke as it didn't beat Victini prism and it didn't beat Cryogonal. The Victini issue was easily solvable with Wobuffet but I didn't see how to beat Cryogonal. I knew there was an attacker in the format that discarded the opponent’s Pokémon and I already committed to 1 Latios GX and 1 Psychic energy, so I could just play Rainbow and another attacker. Then I realized that Pokémon was Garchomp Giratina Tag Team and the attack cost 3 energy. 

When I finally came to the conclusion that I don't need to discard the Cryogonal, I just need to knock it out, I felt really stupid. The obvious choices to knock out both Cryogonal and Victini were Buzzwole and Xurkitree. Xurkitree had the advantage that you had 1 more turn to set it up. Buzzwole had the advantage that you could knock out opposing Oranguru with your own Beast Energy. But the exact turn limitation was really bad. 

So I asked Benji Pham again what Pokémon attacks for 1 and does 90. And that's how Spiritomb came to life. 

From there on I tried to tech against each and every match up, I stuck with 4 Stealthy Hoods to beat Ninetales, 2 Sky Pillar to beat Malamar, Latios GX to help against Espedeo in general, Spiritomb to beat both Victini and Cryogonal/Girafarig and that's about it. I decided to run 1 Faba to try to stall out Pidgey control in Swiss (by discarding their recycles and hoping they prizes some Water). The matchup was bad nevertheless, I took it as the real auto loss as accepting control as an auto loss is usually fine, cause the majority of players tend not to play Control decks. The Faba was clutch in the mirror as well as I didn't expect players running the Rainbow energy or Faba in their builds, so I could just Faba Sky Pillar and then spread with Mew. 

The deck seemed almost perfect for the tournament. It had something like a 50/50 matchup against Mew3, perhaps a little bit worse.

It was losing to pidgey control. It had a hard time against Omastar, when played correctly. 

The solution to Omastar seems to be either Mimikyu GX or Celebi. I didn't think of these cards going into LAIC but now I get the impression that those don't help anyway. You can't bench it. And if they just save their 3 Reset Stamps for the turns after they put down Omastar, it feels like you can't win. But maybe I'm just terribly wrong here. 

Anyway, I just couldn't believe that I didn't hear many players talking about the deck and I had no idea where I made a mistake. I told myself, that I'm either going to drop day 1 or win the whole event. So I sleeved the 60 cards actually in the Czech Republic, played some solitaire games at several airports, played 1 game against Manuel Jorach in our hotel room and submitted my list on rk9labs. 

The list:

The tournament started, R1 I faced some local player with Reshirom so everything started just fine. 

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