Redragus is back at it again! This time they brought an updated Sylveon VMAX deck to a 300-plus player event and they finished in the Top 8! The list was very close to Azul’s from this week’s power rankings, with a few changes.
The big change in both of these lists is the inclusion of Leafeon V. It’s an excellent inclusion for two reasons: Greening Cells is an awesome Ability to use on off-turns, especially your first turn, and Leaf Blade, while at the cost of a flip, can be useful against the Grass-weak Umbreon VMAX.
Take a look at Redragus’s matchups:
Here’s the list they used:
##Pokémon - 20 3 Sylveon V EVS 74 2 Sylveon VMAX EVS 75 2 Remoraid BST 36 2 Octillery BST 37 2 Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 87 2 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 88 2 Leafeon V EVS 7 2 Blaziken V CRE 20 2 Blaziken VMAX CRE 21 1 Crobat V SHF 44 ##Trainer Cards - 28 4 Professor's Research SSH 201 3 Marnie SSH 200 3 Boss's Orders RCL 154 1 Raihan EVS 152 1 Phoebe BST 130 1 Korrina's Focus BST 128 4 Quick Ball SSH 216 4 Evolution Incense SSH 163 2 Air Balloon SSH 156 1 Tool Jammer BST 136 1 Escape Rope BUS 114 2 Tower of Waters BST 138 1 Path to the Peak CRE 148 ##Energy - 12 4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140 4 Grass Energy 1 4 Capture Energy RCL 171
So let’s be clear – there’s more Sylveon V in this deck than the other Pokemon V in this deck, but that doesn’t exactly make it a “Sylveon deck.” In reality, this is a Rapid Strike toolbox. Octillery holds it all together, while Blaziken, Rapid Strike Urshifu and Sylveon itself cover relevant Weaknesses. In the past, Galarian Moltres V took up the slots that Leafeon V and its Energy consume, but with Shadow Rider Calyrex on a downturn, that’s not really necessary. Overall, Leafeon V is more consistent, especially on the first turn. The Ability can save you from missing an Energy early, which is often the biggest downfall for this deck and all its colorful pieces.
In custom Redragus fashion, there’s a Phoebe to counter anything that comes up like Decidueye or Zamazenta V and a Path to the Peak for disruption after you’ve exhausted your opponent of Stadiums. Overall, this deck’s got what it takes to beat pretty much everything! Is it better than the Vaporeon VMAX version I reviewed Tuesday?
I think so. Vaporeon is cool and all, but I prefer the destruction Sylveon wreaks against the Urshifu of the world. Leafeon is also an awesome card to have in a deck that likes to have a lot of Energy played in a game! Throughout the tournament, Redragus lost to a Single Strike, Jolteon and a Rapid Strike in Top 8. All of these losses could certainly have gone the other way – check out this take on Rapid Strike if you want to have a chance against everything (except maybe Shadow Rider)!