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Ondrej Skubal

Obstructing In Malmo

Two time IC top 8 Competitor Ondrej Skubal goes over his latest Doll Stall list in this new format. Post paywall he goes over his most likely play for Malmo - Galarian Obstagoon. In depth - he provides how to play matchups and explores the game plan to each matchup. If you are interested in Gooning it up. This is the primer for you.

03/05/2020 by Ondrej Skubal

Hello and welcome to my Malmö preparation article. The Swedish Regionals are always very different from the UK or German ones as there's usually fewer people attending, last season the Swedish Regionals in June didn't even hit 200 Master players. 

This year the organizers once again made the cap for this tournament very low to this year's demand and after some time we are facing another 6-3 Day 2 bubble Regionals. While this might seem like a plus for many players, it's often the contrary. Less players attending means mostly the people, who really want the points, will be playing in the tournament, therefore the chances for you to hit a bunch of easy rounds is very low. 

With that being said let's get into the results of OCIC and what I think might happen in Sweden this weekend. 


First I need to say that I didn't go to Melbourne. So I started testing this format on 27th February. I didn't know what was going on imat Ocic, I had no idea ADP would do that good, I thought Obstagoon was a prerelease deck and from all the fuss before OCIC I thought Cincinno Mill was too broken and should be banned. 

Later I slowly realised that Mill might just be another Florges deck (LAIC format). Its match ups were kind of similar. It didn't have the greatest match up against ADP. And now it also had a very hard time against Firebox and I didn't see a way to fit enough Stealhy hoods in the deck. 

With this in mind the old friend of mine started tempting me once again. Unfortunately I sort of forgot that the new no Supporter T1 rule is affecting some of its match ups. You can't T1 Steven's into Latios pieces against Mewtwo these days. Mewtwo is even strongest now with the Stinger + Baby Blacephalon strategy. What I figured out was that the only viable build of Florges might be the Professor Magnolia speed version where you just go for the T1/T2 Latios with Quick Balls, Dedenne and Magnolia. I didn't like this new concept of playing Florges much, so I just threw it away and started concentrating on other decks that just seemed more powerful. I'll threw in the decklist for anyone to experiment, but it honestly might not even be working.

2 Flabébé(FLI; 84)
2 Flabebe(CoE; 150) x
3 Florges(FLI; 86) x
2 Munchlax(UB; 173) x
2 Mew(UBO; 76) x
4 Jirachi(TM; 99) x
1 Latios GX(UB; 78) x
4 Lillie's Poke Doll (CoE; 197) x
1 Spiritomb(UBO; 112) x

Trainer (36)
4 Steven's Resolve(CLS; 145) x
3 Lusamine(CIN; 96) x
2 Bellelba & Brycen-Man (CoE; 186) x
4 Pokégear 3.0(UBO; 182) x
4 Acro Bike(PRC; 122) x
3 Rare Candy(DE; 100) x
4 Stealthy Hood(UBO; 186) x
2 Escape Board(UPR; 122) x
2 Sky Pillar(CLS; 144) x
4 Professors' Research(DE; 98) x
4 Quick Ball(SUM; 158) x

Energy (3)
3 Rainbow Energy(XY; 131) x



Let's move on onto the important decks of the new metagame.

With half of the OCIC day 2 being ADP it became rather logical that the deck was the BDIF. The deck is incredibly strong with new inclusion of Zacian V and Metal Saucers and no longer has the weakness of being able to do nothing after your ADP got knocked out after (or before your GX). 

In Melbourne we witnessed some experiments with Energy Switch or Clay Engines, but I believe each of the top 8 lists from OCIC is very solid and there's no need to experiment on the core level no more. 

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