Top 3 Decks: 16th PokemonCardMemo Cup

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. I have included external links to Bulbapedia for new cards. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised.

The Pokemon Card Memo Cup was held on the 11th of February. The top results were as follows:

1st Place: Rugi (Pikachu & Zekrom)
2nd Place: Makoto (Lycanroc Zoroark)
3rd Place: Last (Pikachu & Zekrom)

We will be discussing these three decks today.

[Note: This is an unofficial Pokemon tournament (similar to ARG events) so players played BO3 50 minute rounds with ties. The format for this tournament was SM1-SM9b.]

Winner (Pikachu & Zekrom)



Pokemon (11)
Trainers (37)
Energy (12)
2 Pikachu & Zekrom GX
1 Zeraora GX
1 Zapdos
1 Tapu Koko Prism Star
1 Marshadow
4 Jirachi

3 Ultra Ball
2 Nest Ball
2 Acro Bike
4 Electropower
4 Energy Switch
2 Switch
2 Escape Rope
1 Field Blower
1 Choice Band
2 Escape Board
4 Volkner
1 Cynthia
1 Lillie
1 Gladion
4 Guzma
1 Thunder Mountain Prism Star

12 Electric Energy


This is Rugi’s winning Pikachu Zekrom list. It’s defining characteristic is the fact that it runs 4 Jirachi. He has cut down to the very minimum number of attackers, and in total has 11 Basic Pokemon. With these numbers, we have over 50% of chance of starting Jirachi. With two copies of Switch, Escape Rope and Escape Board apiece, we have a multitude of ways to switch into our attackers. With Stellar Wish and Volkner, we can retrieve the exact pieces we need to get our attacks off.

Rugi’s tournament was as follows:

Round
Opponent’s Deck
Result
1
Miltank
WT
2
Pikachu & Zekrom
WW
3
Pikachu & Zekrom
WW
4
Gardevoir & Sylveon
WW
5
Pikachu & Zekrom
WW
6
Pikachu & Zekrom
LL
7
Glaceon & Vaporeon
WW

Runner Up (Lycanroc Zoroark)


Pokemon (23)
Trainers (29)
Energy (8)
4 Zorua
4 Zoroark GX
2 Rockruff
2 Lycanroc GX
1 Lycanroc GX
2 Riolu
1 Lucario
1 Alolan Vulpix
1 Alolan Ninetales GX
1 Alolan Grimer
1 Alolan Muk
1 Ditto Prism Star
2 Tapu Lele GX
4 Ultra Ball
4 Nest Ball
2 Pokemon Communication
1 Rescue Stretcher
1 Pal Pad
2 Choice Band
1 Counter Gain
3 Lillie
1 Cynthia
2 Judge
2 Guzma
2 Acerola
1 Professor Kukui
1 Professor Elm's Lecture
2 Devoured Field

4 Unit Energy FDY
4 Double Colourless  


Makoto placed third in the December PokemonCardMemo Cup, and this time he has also performed very well with the same deck, finishing in second place.

This deck runs many Pokemon. In addition to Zoroark and Midnight Lycanroc, there are various evolution Pokemon such as Dusk Lycanroc GX, Alolan Ninetales GX, Lucario GX and Alolan Muk. Lucario GX performs very well against Pikachu & Zekrom, and has been a heavily discussed Pokemon at City Leagues. With a total of 10 Pokemon searching cards (Balls and Pokemon Communication) we aim to set up various Pokemon to win the match.

Makoto’s tournament was as follows:

Round
Opponent’s Deck
Result
1
Hitmonlee/Chan/Top
LWL
2
Jirachi Zapdos
WW
3
Pikachu & Zekrom
WW
Ultra Necrozma
WW
5
Pikachu & Zekrom
LWW
6
Lucario & Melmetal
WW
7
Pikachu & Zekrom
WW

Third Place Pikachu & Zekrom


Pokemon (12)
Trainers (38)
Energy (10)
2 Pikachu & Zekrom GX
1 Zeraora GX
2 Dedenne GX  
1 Tapu Koko Prism Star
1 Raikou
1 Tapu Lele GX
1 Marshadow
3 Jirachi

2 Ultra Ball
2 Electromagnetic Radar
3 Nest Ball
4 Acro Bike
4 Electropower
3 Energy Switch
1 Switch
2 Escape Rope
1 Field Blower
1 Adventure Bag
2 Choice Band
2 Escape Board
3 Volkner
3 Lillie
2 Guzma
1 Lisia
1 Thunder Mountain Prism Star
10 Electric Energy


The third place deck list runs a very similar build to Rugi’s winning Pikachu & Zekrom deck list, focussing on Jirachi and Volkner. Since Tapu Lele GX and Lisia are also included, it is much easier to get Full Blitz off on turn one. Raikou was included to counter opposing Zapdos, as Zapdos Jirachi decks were increasing in popularity.

Last’s tournament was as follows:

Round
Opponent’s Deck
Result
1
Ultra Necrozma
WW
2
Koko Passimian
WW
3
Jirachi Zapdos
WW
4
Ultra Necrozma
LWT
5
Pheromosa & Buzzwole
WLW
6
Pikachu & Zekrom
WW
7
Magikarp & Wailord
WLT

That concludes our discussion of the top decks. We wish you all luck in the Champions League!


Please find the original Japanese-language article here.

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