Take a look at the US Pokémon TCG National Championships Senior Division Top-8 competitors and their decks. Be sure to check out more Pokémon TCG and video game tournament coverage and analysis at Pokemon.com/Strategy.
Brady Bourgeois’s deck reinvigorates an old classic by combining Garbodor’s Garbotoxin Ability and item lock from Seismitoad-EX and Giratina-EX. The addition of four Puzzle of Time cards help to retrieve crucial cards while stripping the opponent of his or her cards with Crushing Hammer, Xerosic, and Team Flare Grunt.
Nolan Wilson wasn’t the only player to use a deck based around Manectric-EX and Jolteon-EX, but he combined them with some unusual teammates. Lugia-EX, Mew, and Garbodor give Nolan’s deck a unique look that his opponents probably weren’t expecting.
The combination of Vespiquen and Night March Patrick Martinez used varied from the others in the Senior Division top cut due to his use of Mew and a single basic Metal Energy. This gave him a few more ways to avoid ending up in a situation where he was unable to attack than other players using similar decks.
The combination of Night March and Vespiquen has been popular since Vespiquen was released, and it continued here. Joe Hebert was one of the few players that chose to run a single copy of Parallel City in his deck, which could either disrupt his opponent or enable him to put some of his Shaymin-EX into the discard pile after Set Up was used.
Ryan Billings also used Vespiquen, but his deck added Vileplume and Forest of Giant Plants to quickly stop his opponents from using Item cards. This deck can be high-risk, high-reward, but he gave himself another way to win games by adding two Jolteon-EX. Flash Ray can be even harder to stop without the ability to use items.
This Mega Rayquaza-EX deck is built to go as quickly as possible by using 4 Shaymin-EX and 2 Hoopa-EX. Calvin Connor also included Jolteon-EX to his deck, giving him another Pokémon to increase the damage of Emerald Break and to help frustrate decks built around Basic Pokémon.
Alex Bodenreith added some shock to his Water Toolbox deck by adding Jolteon-EX to the usual cadre of attackers. This deck also features the surprising inclusion of three Energy Switch cards, which opens up some opportunities to rotate through attacking Pokémon.
The combination of the Night March Pokémon and Vespiquen gives Ethan Colborn two different ways to deal damage by putting Pokémon into this discard pile. Puzzle of Time is very important for this deck since all of his attackers need a Double Colorless Energy to deal damage.
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