Best Decks in the Format at this Point:
- ReshiPhlosion - EXTREMELY consistant, even with bad openings. If you've played against me while i used this, you KNOW.
- MagneBoar - VERY strong Mid-late game with RDL attacking and Magnezone draw. If it gets up an early Magnezone, you will be hard pressed to keep up. Throw RDL in the mix and you're down 4 prizes to 1 very often by the start of late-game. Subject to poor draws until magnezone is up, however.
- DonChamp - in a decent game, it's characterized by early earthquakes followed by HUGE champ buster OHKOs and Crazy tag-out shinanigans. bad draw though.
- AggroDonRam/Rom - if it gets the jump on your setup with reversals, pluspowers, item fin- err- junk arms, and earthquakes, you won't know what hit you. actually, you will. Donphan. (partner with Reshi to counter Steelix which otherwise is an auto-loss, or with Zekrom to counter water; also a Very tough matchup)
- WailZone w/ Gatr - surprisingly effective combination. Excellent mid-late game. only a couple bad matchups, and it goes into any fire/donphan matchup with confidence. However, magnezone can get around the seeker/wailord/gatr loop by OHKOing the beast easily. this will hold it back from the top tiers in my opinion, but since magnezone is so expencive, this is a great deck at the local league.
- LostGar - fast, nasty, but relies a little too heavily on luck for my taste. if it zones a key stage 2 early on, or if it is able to lostzone 2 pokemon in one turn (and lost-zoning about 1 the rest of the turns after turn 1) it almost certainly means a win. Few auto losses, but requires even experienced players to stay on their toes and make the best judgement calls.
- SlowMega Disruption - stage ones mean speed. An early slowking followed by a judge to give the opponent bad topdecks can mean utter ruin. HOWEVER, if it falls behind this deck has a TERRIBLE mid-late game. if it even MAKES it to late game..
- Zekrom Donk - can win first turn relatively consistantly. one of, if not The best, early games. decent mid-game. other than that, i personally feel no draw to it because it runs out of steam like your mother's hair curler on a sunday morning.
- Blastoise/Buizel - sets up quickly, and sniping is EXCELLENT this format, but the 100 damage cap really hurts it against anything not fire or donphan.
-Cinccino is fast and hits well, but gets OHKO'd by basically everything in return, and DCE's are only so plentiful.
- Samurott dies to Magnezone and Zekrom, but otherwise is like a better typed, harder to get out, much stronger Donphan. This is SOO close to being tier 1. If water had draw, this would be an EXCELLENT deck heading into nationals.
-Steelix walls many decks once it gets a reuniclus out, but loses pathetically to anything with any fire that can hit for 100 base *coughreshiramcough*, as well as a near auto-loss lostgar matchup.
-Tyranitar has bad draw and sweats bullets at the first sign of a phanpy. good matchups against other decks though. this one is close to being top tier, because mandibuzz makes a great partner, as well as Zoroark.
-Status decks - the idea is a novelty, sure, and they're really fun to play, but one switch and all those statuses mean jack diddly. with relatively weak pokemon, this often means easy OHKOs from machamps,reshirams,zekroms,magnezone, ETC ETC ETC, the former of which has a built in immunity in the form of tag-out.
- Absol/Kingdra with things that hit the bench - honestly, i'm sure you can tell from how i titled this deck, i havn't really even tested this, because the damage output is so low compared to anything that uses fire, electric, or fighting energy.
- Crobat - susceptible to switch, dies utterly to fighting tag sheningans, and terrible Magneboar matchup,but i suppose you COULD say it takes care of Donphan in a stylish purple way, and swoops on benched babies like yo momma on that burger.
- Illumise/volbeat donk - this deck is kinda cool, and can get some Great unexpected donks. Problem is, if it DOESN'T get the donk, you may as well scoop cause it's alllll downhill from there. Lookin at a reshiram as their opener is just disheartening, and a bit too common for this deck to get much serious play outside of
a local league or the practice game tab. Oh well, you can keep your little bumble bee infatuation between you, me, and the entire pokemon community. It's okay, we won't tell.
Feel free to share your thoughts, or any decks i have missed