With Liverpool Regional Championships being the biggest European Regional so far with 408 players in the Masters division, a closer look at the meta game is very interesting. Therefore all the deck lists were looked through and counted in order to collect statistics. Read on to find out which decks were played and what makes them so popular.
As you can see in the graphic, there are a wide variety of decks being played at the moment and the meta game is quite colourful. To give you a better insight we will have a closer look at the five most popular decks at Liverpool Regional Championships 2017.
Volcanion is a very straightforward deck. There is an amazing synergy between Volcanion and Volcanion-EX. Volcanion’s Power Heat attack is a great opportunity to set up your board. Once the set up is done, Volcanion-EX comes into play in order to deal some damage. With its Steam Up ability benched Volcanion-EXs can help to increase the damage output. The deck has seen a lot of play during the last season and is a consistent choice.
Since the release of the Pokémon TCG expansion Guardians Rising, the new Garbodor became very popular. Garbodor’s Trashalance attack deals more damage the more items your opponent has played. This forces your opponent to play more carefully and to build up more slowly than usually. In this variant it is paired with a variety of Eevee’s evolutions. In order to deal damage in the early game Espeon-GX makes a great partner. Other techs in this deck can be Vaporeon or Flareaon in order to hit for weakness against decks like Volcanion, Vespiquen, Metagross or Decidueye-GX.
One of the more defensive and slower decks in the current format is built around Decidueye-GX and Alolan Ninetales-GX. Both of these Pokémon can spread damage on all of your opponents Pokémon, which allows you to knock out some supportive bench Pokémon when necessary. While Decidueye can deal damage with its ability Feather Arrow, Ninetales uses its attack Ice Blade.
2. Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu
One of the decks with a very great synergy is the Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu deck. Tapu Bulu-GX can deal a whole lot of damage with its Nature’s Judgment attack, but in order to do so, you have to discard all energies attached to it. However with Vikavolt on your bench, this is no big deal. The Strong Charge ability lets you search your deck for two energies and directly attach them to your Pokémon in play. So once you evolved your Vikavolt, you can keep attacking with Tapu Bulu-GX. The strategy is very straightforward, which makes it so popular.
The most played deck not only in this tournament but also since the release of Guardins Rising is Drampa/Garbodor. With some damage on the Bench and a Choice Band attached to Drampa-GX, it is able to knock out a big number of commonly played Pokémon with just one attack. Rainbow Energy is a great way of getting damage on the bench and also allows you to play a various number of techs, which makes the deck flexible and thus so favoured. Usually beside Garbodor from Guardians Rising the “Garbotoxin”-Garbodor is also played. The Garbotoxin ability prevents the effects of all other abilities and therefore is a great counter against decks like Volcanion or Greninja or cards like Decidueye-GX and of course Tapu Lele-GX.
Author: Lydia Hombach from Limitless TCG