PidgeottoMaster (Ross Cawthon) won this week’s Sunday Open with an innovative rogue deck featuring Galarian Moltres. Then, Anti of Canada followed it up with a win of their own the next day using the same 60. I’m going to focus on Cawthon’s run since the Open had a top cut.
As you can see, Ross beat almost every deck in the metagame. First and foremost, this Galarian Moltres deck has an excellent matchup against Mew VMAX. Moltres might not look like much, but it hits like a truck the longer the game goes. In the meantime, you can use Hoopa’s Assault Gate to set up Knock Outs.
Here’s the list:
##Pokémon - 20 4 Sobble CRE 41 4 Drizzile SSH 56 2 Inteleon CRE 43 1 Inteleon SSH 58 3 Hoopa DAA 111 2 Tapu Koko DAA 61 2 Galarian Moltres PR-SW 125 1 Pyukumuku FST 77 1 Galarian Moltres V CRE 97 ##Trainer Cards - 33 4 Professor's Research SSH 201 4 Marnie SSH 200 2 Klara CRE 145 2 Boss's Orders RCL 154 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165 4 Quick Ball FST 237 4 Level Ball AOR 76 3 Evolution Incense SSH 163 3 Energy Search BCR 128 3 Training Court RCL 169 ##Energy - 7 7 Darkness Energy 7
The deck is made very consistent through Inteleon, and without a reliance on multiple-Prize Pokemon, games do run their course. It’s Energy efficient too – Malevolent Charge works wonders and Assault Gate is already just a single Energy attachment. In this way, all of your attackers, save the single Galarian Moltres V, can be powered up in just one turn!
Tapu Koko is included as a way to retreat for free, and its draw attack can be useful sometimes as well. Klara works quite well in this deck as a way to recover your attackers and Energyand to let you chain Galarian Moltres, getting one powered up after another.
Other than all this, the deck is fairly simple. However, it can be craft to actually play. This is the second greatly successful single-prizer deck of the Fusion Strike format, so pick it up if you love playing something outside of the meta. Who knows, in a couple more days this might be the new meta!
Overall, Moltres is a super fun deck that sets up a climactic win once Fiery Wrath is at its full potential. I recommend everyone try this deck out since there haven’t been many one-Prize decks like this in some time. It’s awesome to see creativity such as this pop up and it just goes to show there’s still more to be discovered in Standard.