2013 Decks

Big Basics:

1. Big Basics Garb

Pokémon (11) Trainers (37) Energy (12)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
4x Skyla
2x Colress
1x Bianca
4x Hypnotoxic Laser
4x Pokemon Catcher
4x Float Stone
3x Ultra Ball
2x Max Potion
1x Heavy Ball
1x Switch
1x Scramble Switch
2x Virbank City Gym
4x Fighting Energy
4x Prism Energy
4x Blend Energy WLFM
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Prominent earlier in the season, Big Basics relied on hitting hard early with efficient attacks like Landorus EX’s Hammerhead and trying to shut off opponent’s strategies with a thick line of Garbodor. Different variations of the decks saw success, with some lists opting to use Mewtwo EX instead of the Cobalion lines to target different metas. While its success dwindled towards Nationals and Worlds, it still proved viable, being able to hit key weaknesses and Garbodor becoming more impactful.

 

 

Blastoise:

2013 - Blastoise - Nath Bramald
Photo Credit – Nath Bramald
Pokémon (14) Trainers (35) Energy (11)
4x Skyla
3x Professor Juniper
3x N
1x Colress
1x Cilan
4x Superior Energy Retrieval
4x Rare Candy
3x Pokemon Catcher
3x Ultra Ball
1x Level Ball
1x Heavy Ball
1x Energy Search
1x Tool Scrapper
1x Computer Search
4x Tropical Beach
9x Water Energy
2x Lightning Energy
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Since its release Blastoise was a key part of the metagame, and just kept getting stronger with the Plasma sets offering key cards like Black Kyurem EX and Superior Energy Retrieval. It aimed to set up an early Blastoise with heavy counts of consistency cards like Skyla and Tropical Beach, with the end goal of hitting high numbers with high HP Pokemon turn after turn.

 

 

Darkrai:

2013 - Darkrai - Nath Bramald
Photo Credit – Nath Bramald
Pokémon (10) Trainers (40) Energy (10)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
4x Dark Patch
4x Hypnotoxic Laser
4x Pokemon Catcher
3x Random Receiver
3x Energy Switch
3x Ultra Ball
2x Bicycle
2x Enhanced Hammer
2x Dark Claw
1x Energy Search
1x Tool Scrapper
1x Computer Search
2x Virbank City Gym
10x Dark Energy
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Darkrai continued to have incredible success throughout the season after winning the previous years World Championships, and only gained powerful cards like Hypnotoxic laser to add to its Arsenal. With the release of Plasma Freeze, many opted for a more oppressive approach with this deck, opting for cards like Darkrai. However Jason Klaczynski won his 3rd World Championships with this disruption focused build, relying on heavy Enhanced Hammer and Sableye counts to take advantage of the formats focus on Special Energy cards.

 

 

Darkrai / Garbodor:

2013 - Darkrai Garb - @K_da10mo
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Pokémon (12) Trainers (37) Energy (11)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
2x Colress
2x Skyla
4x Dark Patch
4x Pokemon Catcher
3x Float Stone
3x Hypnotoxic Laser
3x Ultra Ball
2x Dark Claw
1x Exp. Share
1x Max Potion
1x Computer Search
2x Virbank City Gym
1x Tropical Beach
11x Dark Energy
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Appearing occasionally throughout the season, Darkrai Garbodor aimed to take advantage of Darkrai’s high and consistent damage output, while slowing down opponent’s strategies with Garbotoxin. Garbodor also improved the decks poor matchup against Blastoise. Takuya Yoneda made an incredible run with this deck at the World Championships, qualifying through the Last Chance Qualifier and then going undefeated all the way to the Top 8 of the tournament.

 

 

Flareon:

2013 - Flareon - Nath Bramald
Photo Credit – Nath Bramald
Pokémon (25) Trainers (27) Energy (8)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
2x Colress
4x Ultra Ball
3x Enhanced Hammer
2x Random Receiver
2x Pokemon Catcher
2x Float Stone
1x Super Rod
1x Computer Search
2x Tropical Beach
4x Double Colorless Energy
4x Fighting Energy
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Dylan Bryan made an incredible run at the World Championships with this rogue archetype, losing only to Jason Klaczynski in a close T16 match. The deck aimed to get as many Pokemon in the discard as possible to charge up Flareon’s Vengeance attack, while setting up the various tech cards for different matchups. Drifblim and Enhanced Hammer improved the decks troublesome Plasma matchup, while Garbodor helped deal with ability reliant decks like Eelektrik and Blastoise.

 

 

Garchomp / Altaria:

Garchomp

Pokémon (18) Trainers (33) Energy (9)
4x N
4x Professor Juniper
2x Colress
2x Skyla
1x Bianca
4x Rare Candy
3x Level Ball
3x Pokemon Catcher
3x Hypnotoxic Laser
2x Switch
2x Super Rod
1x Dowsing Machine
2x Virbank City Gym
5x Fighting Energy
4x Blend WLFM Energy
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Ross Cawthon took this archetype which had never really found its footing earlier in the year all the way to a surprise T64 finish at the US National Championships. He managed to found a niche in the metagame for it to be successful as the formats increased reliance on special energies could be easily punished by Garchomp’s Mach Cut. The increased popularity of Blastoise meant that Garchomp could also take easy prizes on their Black Kyurem EX by hitting for weakness.

 

 

Gothitelle / Accelgor:

2013 - Gothgor - Nath Bramald
Photo Credit – Nath Bramald
Pokémon (19) Trainers (37) Energy (4)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
4x Skyla
4x Level Ball
4x Rare Candy
3x Pokemon Catcher
3x Float Stone
2x Ultra Ball
2x Pokemon Communication
1x Tool Scrapper
1x Town Map
1x Super Rod
1x Dowsing Machine
3x Tropical Beach
4x Double Colorless Energy
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GothGor became a huge worry for many with the release of Float Stone in Plasma Freeze, allowing for a perfect lock to become much more achievable. Despite staying relatively quiet in European Nationals, it took over US Nationals with Edmund Kuras winning the event and many more reaching T16. It aimed to set up a fast Item Lock with Gothitelle’s Magic Room ability, with the end goal of paralysing your opponent each turn with Accelgor’s Deck and Cover attack. Dusknoir’s Sinister Hand Ability meant you never had to actually knock out the active Pokemon, and could take knockouts where and when you wanted to.

 

 

Ho-oh:

2013 - Ho oh Shaun Kauffman
Photo Credit – Shaun Kauffman
Pokémon (13) Trainers (35) Energy (12)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
2x Skyla
2x Colress
4x Ultra Ball
4x Pokemon Catcher
4x Energy Switch
3x Float Stone
2x Enhanced Hammer
2x Max Potion
1x Scramble Switch
1x Energy Search
1x Random Receiver
1x Tool Scrapper
5x Fighting Energy
3x Dark Energy
2x Prism Energy
1x Metal Energy
1x Grass Energy
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Seeing success earlier in the season, most notably Kyle Sucevich’s incredible run at City Championships, this deck abused Ho-oh EX’s Rebirth Ability to provide easy energy acceleration alongside Energy Switch for a wide variety of attackers. Shaun Kauffman adapted this list for the US National Championships where he reached an impressive T64 finish.

 

 

HoverToxin:

2013 - HoverToxin - Nath Bramald
Photo Credit – Nath Bramald
Pokémon (11) Trainers (41) Energy (8)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
2x Skyla
1x Ghetsis
4x Pokemon Catcher
4x Float Stone
3x Hypnotoxic Laser
3x Ultra Ball
3x Crushing Hammer
2x Enhanced Hammer
2x Random Receiver
2x Dark Patch
1x Tool Scrapper
1x Super Rod
1x Energy Search
1x Switch
1x Life Dew
2x Virbank City Gym
8x Darkness Energy
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Dustin Zimmerman took this adapted Darkrai Garbodor list all the way to Top 4 of the World Championships. It focused heavily on Sableye and disruption rather than the aggression most Darkrai variants had moved towards and took advantage of a format filled with Special Energy cards and Abilities. Sableye’s Junk Hunt allowed it to keep a constant string of Energy disruption with the Hammer cards, while also ensuring you had consistent ability lock and prize denial with the tool cards.

 

 

Klinklang:

2013 - Klinklang - Rahul Reddy
Photo Credit – Rahul Reddy
Pokémon (18) Trainers (32) Energy (10)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
4x Skyla
4x Rare Candy
4x Max Potion
3x Heavy Ball
3x Ultra Ball
2x Pokemon Catcher
1x Dowsing Machine
3x Tropical Beach
4x Prism Energy
4x Blend Energy WFLM
2x Metal Energy
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With the release of Plasma Storm, Klinklang gained a new tool to help it once again compete. Klinklang PLS’s Plasma Steel made the deck streamline towards Metal attackers like Cobalion, and made it extremely difficult for many decks to find an answer,  especially if not specifically teching for this deck. Michael Slutsky took this variation to US Nationals, going undefeated all the way to T64.

 

 

Rayquaza / Eelektrik:

2013 - RayEels - Nath Bramald (1)
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Pokémon (15) Trainers (33) Energy (12)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
3x Colress
4x Ultra Ball
4x Level Ball
3x Pokemon Catcher
3x Float Stone
2x Super Rod
1x Energy Search
1x Max Potion
1x Dowsing Machine
3x Tropical Beach
8x Lightning Energy
4x Fire Energy
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Eelektrik shifted focus with the release of Rayquaza EX, allowing the deck to hit huge numbers every turn once setup while being less affected by N. The release of Float Stone in Plasma Freeze meant the deck could Rush In with Keldeo EX every turn and reset Rayquaza with ease. Eelektrik’s Energy acceleration also allowed it to fit in tech attackers to make matchups easier like Rayquaza DRX or Victini NVI.

 

 

TDK:

2013 - TDK - Kaiwen Cabbabe
Photo Credit – Kaiwen Cabbabe
Pokémon (11) Trainers (36) Energy (13)
2x Thundurus EX
4x Deoxys EX
3x Kyurem
1x Absol
1x Keldeo EX
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
2x Skyla
2x Colress
1x Bianca
4x Pokemon Catcher
4x Hypnotoxic Laser
3x Colress Machine
3x Float Stone
2x Switch
2x Team Plasma Ball
1x Ultra Ball
1x Max Potion
1x Computer Search
2x Virbank City Gym
4x Prism Energy
4x Blend Energy WLFM
4x Plasma Energy
1x Lightning Energy
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The most popular deck to come out of Plasma Freeze, TDK took advantage of the lack of restrictions on going first, and allowed you to hit insane numbers starting from turn 1 with the help of Deoxys EX’s ability and Thundurus EX and Kyurem’s strong attacks. The strong type coverage in such few Pokemon made a lot of decks unable to keep up, and also meant that the deck could easily fit in techs like Absol, Lugia EX and Max Potion to aid in certain matchups. Energy acceleration through Colress Machine and Raiden Knuckle meant that keeping consistent damage throughout a game was easy and allowed for Kyurem to get insane value for a 1 Prize Pokemon.

 

 

Terrakion ex / Garbodor:

Terrakion

Pokémon (10) Trainers (40) Energy (10)
4x Professor Juniper
4x N
2x Skyla
1x Bianca
1x Colress
4x Pokemon Catcher
4x Enhanced Hammer
4x Float Stone
3x Energy Switch
2x Switch
2x Ultra Ball
1x Level Ball
1x Heavy Ball
1x Eviolite
1x Energy Retrieval
1x Max Potion
1x Dowsing Machine
3x Tropical Beach
10x Fighting Energy
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Alex Hedge took this interesting rogue to a T8 finish at the World Championships in the Senior Division. Terrakion EX provided energy acceleration to itself, hitting for important weaknesses against Darkrai EX and Thundurus EX, while Garbodor shut off Pokemon with key abilities like Blastoise and Eelektrik. The small Pokemon line allowed it to play powerful tech Trainers like 4 Enhanced Hammers, hoping to prey on the formats reliance on Special Energy further.

 

 

Turbo Lugia:

lugia

Pokémon (10) Trainers (38) Energy (12)
3x Lugia EX
3x Thundurus EX
4x Deoxys EX
4x Professor Juniper
3x N
2x Colress
4x Bicycle
4x Colress Machine
4x PlusPower
3x Pokemon Catcher
3x Switch
3x Ultra Ball
2x Team Plasma Ball
2x Random Receiver
1x Tool Scrapper
1x Dowsing Machine
2x Float Stone
4x Double Colorless Energy
4x Plasma Energy
2x Prism Energy
2x Lightning Energy
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While most Plasma lists decided to focus on Kyurem, Jose Marrero decided to focus on Lugia EX and it’s powerful Overflow ability – taking it to T16 at US Nationals. The release of Plasma Freeze allowed Lugia to hit key numbers with a combination of Deoxys EX’s Power Connect and PlusPower, and this list focuses on hitting that as quickly and consistently as possible.

 

 

 

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