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[Limitless Q4 Champion] Taketo's Combo Zacian: The Deck Favoured Against Almost Everything

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised.





It’s been a while. Hiro here! 

Today I will explain the Combo Zacian deck Taketo (@pcg_1009) piloted in the fourth Limitless Qualifier, ranking first after Swiss rounds and winning overall! This deck was mainly built by Taketo (@pcg_1009), Haru (@haruN_poke) and me (@Hiropkmn).

This article will be free to read with optional donations. Any money we receive will be used to fund Taketo’s travel expenses so he can practice with us in the Kanto region.



Taketo’s list (Champion, 20-3) Being unable to practice with the deck much before the tournament, he decided to use a straightforward build. I think the straightforwardness of the list actually played a part in Taketo’s win.


My list (44th, 14-6) My list was less straightfo…

The Big Four of Pokemon Reveal Explosive Walker Deck Lists

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised. This website is in no way affiliated with Pokemon, Nintendo, Creatures Inc or GAME FREAK inc, and claims no rights to the original article. 

Note: The ‘Big Four’ is an officially recognised title of outstanding performance. Currently, the Big Four players of Japan are (from left to right): Shintaro Ito, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Daichi Shimura and Keito Arai. 




In this article, deck lists featuring cards from the new mini set, Explosive Walker, will be introduced.

Shintaro Ito: Centiskorch VMAX

This is a deck I would recommend to people who get their hands on the feature card of Explosive Walker, Centiskorch VMAX! You can attach lots of Energy using cards like Electrode GX or Welder and then use Max Centiferno to knock out…

[Special League Ginza] Interview with Finalists and Deck Lists!

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised. This website is in no way affiliated with Pokemon, Nintendo, Creatures Inc or GAME FREAK inc, and claims no rights to the original article. 
To give some background, this was an official invitational event with only eight players, and therefore was not cancelled unlike other events. The players involved ranged from top-performing players to media personalities. The tournament used the current Standard format (i.e. up to Rebel Clash with minor differences). The players were split into two groups of four, where they played round robin. The overall winner of each group proceeded to the final. Links to the video of the livestream are included at the end of the article.


On 21 March, the Special League Ginza was held by …

Breaking Down the Japanese Meta: Sword and Shield

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For deck lists, please click the following:December (English); January (English); 12月(日本語);1月(日本語) 

The second City League season has just ended in Japan, having run through December and January. The format for this season had a stable card pool, with the notable exception of the Zacian + Zamazenta Box released on 27 December. This introduced Galarian Meowth with Evolutionary Roar, which gave players a way of searching for Galarian Perrserker. This format is also different to the upcoming Oceania International format in that Japanese players are not allowed to play Rainbow Energy or Lusamine (among a few other cards).

The Aichi Champions League (an event equivalent to a Regionals) was also held in the middle of this season. You can read more about that here.

In total, there were 22 City Leagues held in December and 34 in January. While our data is incomplete, we have collected around 300 deck lists and even more archetypes. For deck lists and further information detailing individual Cit…

[Top 8 Aichi Champions League] Psychic Mewtwo & Mew

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised.


Hello, my name is Kimidori.

In this article, I’d like to talk about my Top 8 run at the recent Aichi Champions League [Note: This is a Regionals level tournament], focussing on how I built my Psychic Mewtwo & Mew deck and how to play it.

While Hachi (@8happie8) has already written an article about the deck, I’d like to write about the deck’s construction and its matchups from my point of view.

This article may overlap with Hachi’s article, and may be subjective, especially when I’m talking about my tournament report, so I apologise in advance.

Note: I have kindly received permission from Hachi to talk about the deck. Thank you.

About Me
Pokemon career: I’ve played for about four years. I started playing when St…