It’s been a minute since I last highlighted this deck and it’s changed a lot! Nowadays, it relies on Jirachi-GX both as its Weakness-eliminator and Energy accelerator. Star Search doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up over time. This deck always wants to go second and dig for the first turn Star Search. Plariers recently took down the 444-person Chill Series #27 tournament this past Wednesday.
- ADPZ @ 5 Wins
- Blacephalon @ 1 Loss
- Eternatus @ 1 Loss
- LMZ @ 1 Win
- Mad Party @ 1 Win
- Pikarom @ 1 Tie
- Rapid Strike @ 3 Wins
- Tempozard @ 2 Wins
- Victini @ 1 Win
- 14 Wins, 2 Losses, 1 Tie
I must say, that’s a very impressive run, especially the undefeated record against ADPZ. Losing to Eternatus is a bit of a problem (the matchup is unfavorable), but the deck is on a bit of a downtrend. Overall, this deck is very well-rounded and also has a great matchup against Rapid Strike Urshifu.
Here’s the list before I say more:
##Pokémon - 15 3 Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 2 Jirachi-GX UNM 79 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57 1 Vileplume-GX CEC 4 1 Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX PR-SM 217 1 Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20 1 Incineroar-GX TEU 97 1 Gengar & Mimikyu-GX TEU 53 1 Garchomp & Giratina-GX UNM 146 1 Eldegoss V CPA 5 1 Crobat V SHF 44 ##Trainer Cards - 35 4 Marnie SSH 169 3 Professor's Research SHF 60 3 Boss's Orders SHF 58 1 Mallow & Lana CEC 198 1 Guzma & Hala CEC 193 4 Switch HS 102 4 Quick Ball SSH 179 4 Cherish Ball UNM 191 2 Tag Switch UNM 209 2 Tag Call CEC 206 2 Stealthy Hood UNB 186 2 Big Charm SSH 158 1 Reset Stamp UNM 206 1 Air Balloon SSH 156 1 Chaotic Swell CEC 187 ##Energy - 10 4 Horror Psychic Energy RCL 172 4 Aurora Energy SSH 186 2 Psychic Energy HS 119
Everything about the Pokemon looks right to me – I recently played a very similar list myself. Supporters make sense; Stealthy Hood is necessary for both the rise in popularity of Mimikyu and Giratina. I really like the addition of Reset Stamp – it’s something I missed when I tried this deck out the other day.
As for additions, I want a Greninja-GX in this deck. I faced two Safeguard builds when I played this deck and got taken down by both. As it is, your main ammunition against a Safeguard Pokemon is simply Horror Psychic Energy, and that’s not going to be enough! It seems like the card would be worth the inclusion for even just a single win if you hit one in a tournament. Luckily, plariers didn’t in the recent tournament victory.
It seems like this deck can no longer play Rotom like it used to. It’s too frail, so Jirachi-GX is the better answer. Is a single Energy enough for Energy acceleration? Clearly. Miraculous Duo GX will often be your GX attack of choice to compensate for the damage you’ll inevitably take while setting up. Single-prizers can be hard for this deck, but its collection of strong matchups against top tier threats leave it in a favorable position to win tournaments. I’d recommend this to players looking to make use of Mewtwo & Mew-GX, as it’s felt like the best version of the deck, except for maybe the Grass variant.
This deck is nearly midrange. It can control the opponent with Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX’s attacks or even Tinachomp’s GG End. It has some survivability with Mallow & Lana and Miraculous Duo GX. Maintaining a pool of intriguing options keeps it competitive and it should remain so in the months to come. Try it out today!