Decks To Play If You Forgot to Prepare for Regionals, and a Brief Argument to the RPS Format Opinions

by Eric ~ October 1st, 2014.

Hello, everybody! I’m finally back with another article! The Pokemon Regionals are coming quick and you still have no idea what to play! No worries, the unorganized, unprepared, terrible senior with zero accomplishments will help you out today! Let me get straight in the article. (Side Note: I HATE most of these decks with a passion, but they are simple and easy… So…)


Why I chose this deck: I chose this because of how simple the deck is, how it would most likely not be teched against, and how it can easily fight Pyroar decks. Here is a quick list of what I would do for a Yveltal/Garbodor deck.

24/7 Evil Ballin'

24/7 Evil Ballin’

3 Yveltal EX (XY)
4 Yveltal (XY)
2 Darkrai
2 Trubbish (PLS)
2 Garbodor (LTR)


4 Professor Juniper
4 N
3 Colress
2 Lysandre
2 Skyla
2 Pokemon Fan Club
3 Bicycle
2 Roller Skates
2 Pokemon Catcher
3 Ultra Ball
2 Virbank City Gym
3 Hypnotoxic Laser
1 Sacred Ash
2 Muscle Band
2 Startling Megaphone
1 Dowsing Machine
2 Float Stone
7 Darkness

2 Pokemon Fan Club
The reason why I decided to run this card is for the reason of this deck runs mostly basics. This could be also a setup for Colress, or your one way ticket for free retreat, thanks to getting Darkrais. It could possibly a way to get back your Silver Ash’d Pokemon back.

2 Virbank City Gym/3 Hypnotoxic Laser
The reason why I decided to run this card is because of how nice it is that Yvetal players don’t need to run Shadow Circle thanks to nobody trying to tech against Yveltal. The threats in our format are Seismitoad, Pyroar, and Genesect, not decks like this currently.

Wrapup for Yvetal:
Overall, I think this is a strong play due to the power of of Yvetal, and how everybody thinks Yvetal is dead with the rotation of both Dark Patch AND Sableye. However, I think this deck would be a strong play due to the amount of people underestimating this deck and more focusing on Pyroar, Seismitoad, and Genesect.

Why I chose this deck: It’s quite easy to wrap around, and it’s very powerful with just one energy. I kid you not when I say this, it’s possible to get a turn one “Night Spear” with a Landorus. Let’s get to the skeleton, shall we?

Pokemon- 9
4 Landorus
3 Lucario
2 Hawchula

Supporters/Draw- 13
4 Professor Juniper
3 N
4 Korrina
1 Skyla
2 Bicycle

4 Muscle Band
2 Pokemon Catcher
2 Startling Megaphone
4 Ultra Ball
1 Professor’s Letter
1 Dowsing Machine
2 Sacred Ash
2 Fighting Stadium
2 Switch
1 Escape Rope

Energy- 10
6 Fighting Energy
4 Strong Energy
(53 in total)

This deck needs no further explanation, I feel that most of these cards are straightforward. However, there is a couple things that I may add with the 7 extra slots.

2-1-2 line of Machamp, three Rare Candy

I think this reason is quick simple. You would want this to power up your Landoruses and Lucarios. Also, it could be a nice counter to Pyroar decks while giving some power to your attackers.

2-2 line of Garbodor, 3 Float Stone

So, I think you smart readers see why I would like this option too. Since the only ability is NOT favored, you would want to get rid of that ability with a Garbodor. To add onto that, here’s a quick list on what Garbodor takes away:
– Intimidating Mane (Pyroar)
– Diving Draw (Empoleon)
– Rush In (Keldeo EX)
– Deluge (Blastoise)
– Red Signal (Genesect EX)
– Veridiant Wind (Virizion EX)
– Forest’s Curse (Trevenant)


Why I chose this deck: This deck is a very cheap deck to play, and has counters to Pyroar, Mewtwo, Lucario, Seismitoad, Genesect, and Virizion. If you choose this deck, give it at least a couple hours of playtesting just to get a feel for this deck.
POKEMON: 20 (Wow.)
4 Eevee FUR (Furious Fists)
3 Flareon PLF
2 Leafeon PLF
3 Driftloon PLB
3 Drifblim PLB
4 Audino BCF
3 Yamask
3 Cofagregius

4 Professor Juniper
3 N
3 Colress
1 Lysandre
2 Skyla
2 Bicycle
1 Life Dew
2 Silver Bangle
2 Muscle Band
3 Ultra Ball
1 Startling Megaphone
1 Professor’s Letter
2 Training Stadium
2 Sacred Ash
7 Fire Energy
4 Double Colorless

Life Dew:
This deck is all about giving prizes early game for prizes middle to late game. With my experience with this deck, Life Dew is the best option since it forces my opponent to take 7 cards, or I could get a free 3 damage out in the field to set up a big KO.
4 Audino BCR
Audino is only there to be in the discard pile. It literally has no other use. It’s ability can heal 10 damage AND remove all status effects, which makes Hypnotoxic Laser useless.

Wrapup: In short, I feel this deck would be a strong play just for the matchups it holds. However, I strongly recommend to watch out for Plasma decks. They are the main enemy of this deck, but they are not very common in the Standard Format. But hey, I could be wrong.

Argument For the RPS Format

Many people believe that we are in a Rock Papers Scissors format currently, and I disagree. Before you spam me with,”OH MER GERD ERIK U N00B WE HAVE 3 DOMINANT DEKZ DAT R LIKE RPS N00B” I would like to argue with this: Landorus/Lucario, Plasma, and Yvetal EX all have seen play, and they are still very dominant decks. I would also like to mention that Eeveelutions, Donphan, and Flareon also could be very solid plays throughout our season. Our format is diverse, just like last year’s. This list is what I think our format’s decks are:

Plasma (Uncommon, but playable-ish)
Big Basics (Mewtwo EX/Landorus EX)

As you can see, we have a somewhat diverse format. Yes, we have our Water, Fire, and Grass, but we have many other popular decks that can fight in a competitive environment. We just need the right person to guide the deck. Heck, I think one person actually got a good score with a Flareon/Drifblim deck last Nationals, I think. Don’t quote me on that.

Today’s question: How are YOU preparing for the Pokemon Regionals upcoming soon? Good luck to all participating, and Eric signing off!

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