Popular Decks at the US National Championships

Check out some examples of great decks being played at the 2014 Pokémon US National Championships.
  • Yveltal-EX/Darkrai-EX Deck / US National Championships
    US National Championships / All Divisions
  • Pyroar Deck / US National Championships
    US National Championships / All Divisions
  • Genesect-EX/Virizion-EX Deck / US National Championships
    US National Championships / All Divisions
  • Flygon Accelgor Dusknoir Deck / US National Championships
    US National Championships / Masters Division
  • Team Plasma Deck / US National Championships
    US National Championships / Masters Division
  • Miltank/Empoleon Deck / US National Championships
    US National Championships / Masters Division

The combination of the Darkness-type Yveltal and Darkrai, as well as the resourceful Sableye and Dark Patch cards, have made this a consistently winning deck.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Yveltal-EX
    79/146
    xy1 79
  • 2
    Darkrai-EX
    63/108
    bw5 63
  • 1
    Sableye
    62/108
    bw5 62
  • 1
    Keldeo-EX
    49/149
    bw7 49
  • 2
    Pikachu
    42/146
    xy1 42
  • 2
    Raichu
    43/146
    xy1 43
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Darkness Energy
    dp1 129
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    bw11 113
Trainer Cards
  • 1
    Enhanced Hammer
    bw5 94
  • 4
    Hypnotoxic Laser
    bw8 123
  • 2
    Bicycle
    bw8 117
  • 2
    Virbank City Gym
    bw8 126
  • 4
    Dark Patch
    bw5 93
  • 4
    Professor Juniper
    bw10 84
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 2
    Colress
    bw8 118
  • 1
    Professor's Letter
    xy1 123
  • 2
    Pokémon Catcher
    bw10 83
  • 2
    Random Receiver
    bw5 99
  • 4
    N
    bw5 96
  • 3
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 1
    Dowsing Machine
    bw8 128

Pyroar and its Intimidating Mane Ability is a potent counter to all the powerful Basic Pokémon roaming around Nationals.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Litleo
    18/106
    xy2 18
  • 4
    Pyroar
    20/106
    xy2 20
  • 1
    Charizard-EX
    12/106
    xy2 12
  • 1
    Mewtwo-EX
    98/99
    bw4 98
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Fire Energy
    dp1 124
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    bw11 113
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Juniper
    bw10 84
  • 2
    N
    bw5 96
  • 3
    Blacksmith
    xy2 88
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 4
    Pokémon Catcher
    bw10 83
  • 4
    Switch
    bw7 135
  • 3
    Bicycle
    bw8 117
  • 4
    Roller Skates
    xy1 125
  • 3
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 2
    Tropical Beach
    xy1 0
  • 1
    Computer Search
    bw7 137
  • 2
    Level Ball
    bw4 89

Virizion and Genesect both have important roles, but the G-Booster ACE SPEC card is the real start of this creative deck.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Genesect-EX
    97/101
    bw10 97
  • 3
    Virizion-EX
    96/101
    bw10 96
  • 2
    Pikachu
    42/146
    xy1 42
  • 2
    Raichu
    43/146
    xy1 43
  • 1
    Ho-Oh-EX
    119/124
    bw6 119
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Grass Energy
    dp1 123
  • 1
    Blend Energy { Grass }{ Fire }{ Psychic }{ Darkness }
    bw6 117
  • 1
    Darkness Energy
    dp1 129
  • 4
    Plasma Energy
    bw10 91
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Juniper
    bw10 84
  • 4
    N
    bw5 96
  • 3
    Shadow Triad
    bw9 102
  • 3
    Skyla
    bw7 134
  • 1
    Colress
    bw8 135
  • 4
    Energy Switch
    bw11 112
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 3
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 2
    Enhanced Hammer
    bw5 94
  • 1
    Super Rod
    dv1 20
  • 1
    Switch
    bw7 135
  • 1
    G Booster
    bw10 92
  • 2
    Tool Scrapper
    bw6 116
  • 1
    Professor's Letter
    xy1 123

Here's a deck that performs in two acts—Flygon's Sand Slammer Ability scatters damage all over the opposing Pokémon. Then Dusknoir comes in with its Sinister Hand Ability to focus that damage on one Pokémon.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Trapinch
    83/149
    bw7 83
  • 1
    Vibrava
    98/149
    bw7 98
  • 4
    Flygon
    99/149
    bw7 99
  • 3
    Shelmet
    7/101
    bw10 7
  • 2
    Accelgor
    11/108
    bw5 11
  • 2
    Duskull
    38/106
    xy2 38
  • 1
    Dusclops
    39/106
    xy2 39
  • 2
    Dusknoir
    63/149
    bw7 63
  • 1
    Mewtwo-EX
    54/99
    bw4 54
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    bw11 113
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    N
    bw5 96
  • 4
    Skyla
    bw7 134
  • 2
    Colress
    bw8 118
  • 1
    Professor Juniper
    bw10 84
  • 4
    Rare Candy
    bw10 85
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 3
    Float Stone
    bw9 99
  • 3
    Level Ball
    bw4 89
  • 2
    Max Potion
    bw9 121
  • 2
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 1
    Switch
    bw7 135
  • 1
    Sacred Ash
    xy2 96
  • 1
    Dowsing Machine
    bw8 128
  • 4
    Tropical Beach
    bw7 0

Team Plasma was all the rage at the 2013 National Championships. Even after a year of preparation, this deck of heavy hitters still holds its own.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Thundurus-EX
    110/116
    bw9 110
  • 3
    Lugia-EX
    134/135
    bw8 134
  • 4
    Deoxys-EX
    111/116
    bw9 111
  • 1
    Absol
    67/116
    bw9 67
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Plasma Energy
    bw10 91
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    bw11 113
  • 4
    Prism Energy
    bw4 93
  • 1
    Rainbow Energy
    xy1 131
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Juniper
    bw10 84
  • 3
    N
    bw5 96
  • 3
    Colress
    bw8 118
  • 1
    Random Receiver
    bw5 99
  • 4
    Roller Skates
    xy1 125
  • 2
    Bicycle
    bw8 117
  • 1
    Computer Search
    bw7 137
  • 4
    Colress Machine
    bw8 119
  • 3
    Switch
    bw7 135
  • 3
    Team Plasma Ball
    bw9 105
  • 3
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 3
    Pokémon Catcher
    bw10 83
  • 2
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97

Miltank is a Basic Pokémon that does 80 damage for 1 Energy. That's amazing. Add in the power of Dusknoir and Empoleon and you have a recipe for success against all kinds of decks.

Pokémon
  • 1
    Piplup
    27/108
    bw5 27
  • 3
    Piplup
    RC6
    bw11 RC6
  • 3
    Miltank
    83/106
    xy2 83
  • 1
    Jirachi-EX
    60/101
    bw10 60
  • 1
    Exeggcute
    102/101
    bw10 102
  • 1
    Prinplup
    34/113
    bw11 34
  • 4
    Empoleon
    29/108
    bw5 29
  • 2
    Dusknoir
    63/149
    bw7 63
  • 2
    Duskull
    61/149
    bw7 61
Energy Cards
  • 6
    Water Energy
    dp1 125
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Tropical Beach
    bw7 0
  • 4
    Rare Candy
    bw10 85
  • 3
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 3
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 2
    Level Ball
    bw4 89
  • 2
    Switch
    bw7 135
  • 2
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 2
    Super Rod
    dv1 20
  • 1
    Dowsing Machine
    bw8 128
  • 4
    Skyla
    bw7 134
  • 4
    N
    bw5 96
  • 3
    Professor Juniper
    bw10 84
  • 2
    Colress
    bw8 118
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
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