Regan’s deck is an interesting one that we don’t see often in the metagame. It takes advantage of dual-type Pokémon to power up Xerneas and its Rainbow Force attack, which does more damage based on the number of different types of Pokémon on Regan’s Bench. He stretches out his Bench with Sky Field to give himself even more damage potential. It’s not a common deck, but certainly one good enough to propel Regan to International Champion.
Some great players come up with innovative decks to win. Others such as Jared demonstrate that you can win by playing a straightforward deck better than your opponents. His Greninja BREAK deck isn't going to surprise anyone, but how he plays it very well might.
Recognizing that Greninja BREAK decks really get going when there's a full Bench of the Water-type Pokémon—and it can be a game loss if one gets prized. Jackson has included a Rotom Dex Item card in his deck for such a situation arises.
Not enough can be said about the effectiveness of Espeon-GX. John knows this to be true—his deck includes three of them to deliver quick hits, big blows, and a GX-Attack that could seal victory.
Tauros-GX hasn't exactly been super popular, but maybe after Zion includes it on his deck in a deep run at the North American Internationals the Pokémon will see more action. It certainly fits the mold with Tapu Lele-GX and Zoroark as Pokémon needing only Colorless Energy to get going.
We're seeing a lot fewer Shaymin-EX in play since the introduction of Tapu Lele-GX. But Liam is hoping to have the best of both worlds, including each of the powerful Pokémon in his Garbodor and Espeon-GX deck.
Walker augments his fairly standard Espeon-GX and Garbodor deck with Tapu Koko, a card that can spread a ton of damage onto his opponent's Bench. He might not get any Knock Outs this way, but it'll be a lot easier for him once these Pokémon are forced into the Active position with Walker's two Lysandre Trainer cards.
Playing a Zoroark deck can be exciting. Every match is a little different and it takes a talented player to be able to adapt to whatever comes his or her way. Nick showed up prepared with a host of different Trainer cards, and keeps Tapu Lele-GX and Drampa-GX close in case he needs a little extra firepower.
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