What’s up ARG readers! My name is Jon Eng and I am on ARG’s Professional Pokemon Team. I have been playing the game for about seven years now and I’m excited to be writing my first article for you guys. With the Memphis Regional Championships coming up in just a few days, I will be going over my favorite deck going into the event and likely my play for the event.
Zoroark GX/Lycanroc GX
4 Zorua SLG-52
4 Zoroark GX SLG-53
3 Rockruff FLI-75
1 Rockruff GRI-73
2 Lycanroc GX GRI-74
2 Tapu Lele GX GRI-60
1 Diancie ♢ FLI-74
4 Great Ball
4 Nest Ball
4 Ultra Ball
2 Choice Band
1 Rescue Stretcher
1 Pal Pad
1 Multi Switch
2 Professor Kukui
3 Devoured Field
4 Fighting Energy - Basic
4 Double Colorless Energy - Special
This is the list I used this past weekend to win a 60-person League Cup. The deck itself was very smooth and never dead drew, however there are some things that I would change with the list going into future events. Firstly, I’d drop the fourth Judge from my list to add a Marshadow. Marshadow is better than the last copy of Judge because you now have more ways to search out a way to disrupt your opponent without benching a Tapu Lele GX. You’ve also probably notice that I don’t play that many basic Pokemon in the deck so having the extra card I can put on my bench is nice too. I also am questioning whether or not I like Diancie Prism Star. It’s helped in a lot of games but sometimes it just feels like a detriment and another card would be better more often than not in its place. Otherwise, I like the list a lot and will likely be playing it to Memphis.
The nice thing about the deck is that it doesn’t have a matchup worse than 45/55 in my opinion. Everything is pretty winnable due to turn one Judge/Marshadow being absolutely broken. Here I’ve taken some of the front runners from the recent Philadelphia Regionals and talked about how to generally go about those matchups.
Buzzwole Garbodor Shrine 45/55
Although I don’t expect it to be extremely popular going into Memphis, the deck did win Philly so I feel it is right to talk about it. This matchup I’ve always felt to be close to slightly unfavored. The way I go about it is usually trying to target Slugma/Magcargo because that is probably the most important card in the deck. Having three Devoured Field is good for Zoroark GX knocking out Buzzwole in one shot, same thing with Diancie and Lycanroc GX. Sometimes the simple fact that they can out trade you leaves you losing the matchup, but if you are able to keep up then it’s not that hard.
Vikavolt Rayquaza GX 55/45-60/40
This is one of the matchups where early Marshadow/Judge shines. Them having to hit certain combos in order for their deck to function means that we sometimes can take games away from them simply by disrupting them into nothing they need and their deck falling apart. You are also able to one shot Rayquaza GXs with Devoured Field, Choice Band, and Kukui all buffing a Zoroark GX. In my experience in the matchup, I’ve found it to be pretty easy, but if they run a little hot early you have to be prepared to reciprocate with one shots, or just scoop it up and go to game two or three. They can sometimes checkmate you so there shouldn’t be any confusion as to when to scoop or not.
This matchup is extremely weird having tested a couple of times and to tell it straight your best bet at winning is going first. Being able to set up first in the matchup is so huge. You'll want to obviously get energy on rockruff first because the only way you lose going first is if your opponent runs you over with Lycanroc GX first.
Malamar/Gaskan/Whatever its called idk 60/40
I’ve always found this matchup to be pretty favorable baring something catastrophic happening your game. You should be aggressive and go after Inkays and Malamars. You should also always be ready for a turn when they can use Marshadow GX to copy Moons Eclipse GX by holding your ways of switching out like Guzma and Lycanroc GX to go around it.
These matchups and the fact that this is really the only deck I've tested at all this season are the reasons while I'll likely be playing it to Memphis. In the days before I'll likely try to mess with other decks so I can have my options kind of open but I'm 90% sure I'm going to keep on playing ZoroRoc. Thanks for reading this short article on how I'm thinking going into the Memphis Regional Championships. I'll also be in Portland later in the month so if you see me in either, make sure to say hi. Good luck to everyone in future events and I will be talking to you guys soon!
Side note: apparently Sylveon just won a Regionals in Europe. I guess I have to test that matchup now :/. I don't think that Oranguru will do much because I'm assuming that they play Professor Kukui, but we’ll just have to see. I don't think Sylveon will do well going forward, at least in the US because we are notorious for playing decks like Bulu, Magnezone, and other fringe decks that I don't think Sylveon can beat. I also don't think the deck boasts that good of a malamar matchup either, so it'll be interesting to see how Memphis unfolds with new archetypes that Europe has thrown into the meta.
Jon Eng has been playing the Pokemon TCG for eight years now. In that time he has managed to rack up several major accomplishments at the National and World level. Most of them being in the Senior Division, Jon is looking to continue his success in Masters. Watch out for this young talent at future events!
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