The first Pokémon I’m going to be analyzing is Zygarde-50%! Towards the beginning of the 7th gen meta, Zygarde wasn’t very popular and wasn’t necessarily always picked in Draft Leagues. However, players have recently been realizing the power of Zygarde.
With its signature move, Thousand Arrows, there’s no Pokémon it can’t hit. With other options such as Dragon Dance, Coil, Substitute, Glare, and Toxic, even bulky and/or mono-attacking Zygarde sets can still break through teams with Thousand Arrows alone.
Another thing that makes Zygarde so scary is it’s move coverage. While Thousand Arrows is its main offensive move, it also gets coverage such as Crunch, Extreme Speed, Outrage, Stone Edge, Super Power, Zen Headbutt, and even Sludge Wave and Grass Knot. It’s coverage is stellar and supports its set up potential very well.
Since it’s such an offensive threat, most players tend to focus on set up and Thousand Arrows spam. However, Zygarde also has incredible bulk with base 108 HP, 121 Defense, and 95 Special Defense. This bulk allows it to run a multitude of different sets, such as bulky offensive, substitute/leftovers, physically defensive, assault vest, and more.
Zygarde has so many positives, with limited drawbacks. Some things that hinder Zygarde are bulky grass types and it’s below average speed. At base 95, Zygarde is outsped by mons with base 100 speed, which are very common. While it’s set up options help mitigate this, and its priority in Extreme Speed is useful, Zygarde is best used when those fast mons are at least weakened. The same goes for grass types. Since grass is the only typing to resist ground, team support that beats grass types is crucial for Zygarde to be successful.
Zygarde-50% has quickly become one of the most powerful and sought after Pokémon in the Draft League Format. It’s versatility, powerful move sets, and limited counters make it a fantastic mon in the format, certainly worthy of a high first round pick, if not first overall.
I always end up coming back to this deck before any big tournament because it'll always pop up in a day 2 and still manage to surprise everyone. The deck is slow, it lacks consistency running both a stage 2 and max elixir, the typing is irrelevant and it's heavily reliant on a lot of set up that can be easily taken down by cards like field blower, so how does this strategy keep on working? Well, the best way I can describe it is even though it has all these problems, the formula and basis for this deck just fundamentally work. What I mean is we've seen decks like this in magnezone prime/emboar or archiestoise work extremly well at a top level in the past, so naturally this deck would work as well since it plays extremly similarly to those 2 decks. The object will always be to attach a bunch of energies onto a pokemon so that thier attack can unleash a massive amount of damage, and that is exactly what this deck accomplishes with magnezones ability and dusk manes attack. Those decks in the past always packed a way to retrieve energies with something like energy retrieval, however this deck fully abuses mt coronet to consistently pull metal energies from the discard pile without having to rely on an item card. This deck also has a massive plus in the use of cards like professors letter or max elixir which some decks didn't even have back than to constantly replenish their energy pool, which makes this a threat in and of itself. Even with how fast our format was compared to than, dusk mane is still a 190 hp Pokemon that can abuse fury belt or max potion, which can let you tank a couple of hits while you try to get your board set up. All in all though, this deck is, in my opinion, another member of the mass energy attachment archetype, and while it is the weakest of the 3, it certianly can hold it's own in big events. #nintendo#gamefreak#creaturesinc#gameboy#pokemon#pokemonredandblue#pokemongoldandsilver#pokemonxy#pokemonsunandmoon#pokemontcg#forbiddenlight#solgaleo#lunala#necrozma#mew#duskmanenecrozma#ultranecrozma#pokemoncards#zygarde#xerneas#yveltal#greninja#pikachu#dialga#magnezone#mewtwo#lugia
So let's talk about diet buzzwole. Zygarde has been a very popular alternative to the big bug as of recently thanks too a couple of key factors, overall however the decks play extremly similar to one another, hitting the same numbers turn 2 and using very similar techs like lycanroc, diancie prism star, baby buzzwole, octillery, brooklet hill and max elixir. So, one of the things that does separate zygarde from buzzwole is the fact that zygarde is less reliant on special energies. While yes, zygarde does need the dce to do the same turn 1 numbers as buzzwole, the deck honestly doesn't really need to use a card like strong energy, which makes the deck a bit less succeptable to cards like enhanced hammer or Kartana GX if you are concerned about nagastak. Buzzwole really does rely quite a bit on cards like strong and beast energy to be fully effective, which does leave it at a bit of a more risk than zygarde. The other major difference in the deck is the differences in weakness between both attackers, buzzwole being weak to psychic while zygarde is weak to grass. This weakness difference is massive since both types that each attacker is weak too has a ton of standard relevance right now, psychic with necrozma and banette gx and grass with golisopod and shiftry gx, so it honestly really comes down to what you are anticipating for the event. Other than those 2 major things, zygarde really doesn't stray that far from the standard for fighting decks right now, and while I think Bonnie might be an interesting 1 of in the deck if you are really concerned about the grass gx matchup, it should never be the main focus of a deck like this. It's held a pretty solid place in the meta for a while now, so zygarde might be a very solid pick for worlds this year if you wanna play buzzwole but are scared of psychic types. #nintendo#gamefreak#creaturesinc#gameboy#pokemon#pokemonredandblue#pokemongoldandsilver#pokemonxy#pokemonsunandmoon#pokemontcg#forbiddenlight#solgaleo#lunala#necrozma#diancie#lycanroc#ultranecrozma#pokemoncards#zygarde#xerneas#yveltal#greninja#pikachu#pokemonletsgo
So yveltal break was the standout deck at the north american international championship this year, and I have to say, I could see this deck being a legitimate pick for worlds. Yveltal break is a spread deck that wants to abuse the breaks attack, which does 30 damage to each Pokemon with damage on it. In order to spread the damage we need to fulfill the attack cost, we play both latios and Tapu koko, both of which use double colorless energies. Latios helps in your already very good malamar and buzzwole matchups by dealing super effective damage to their main attackers while also damaging the bench and Tapu koko is preferred in the zoroark matchup because of how good the spread is against a deck that benches a lot of Pokemon. These were the 2 standout ways of setting up at the international championship, however celestial storm brought with it a new card in shrine of punishments, which deals 20 damage in between turns to any ex or gx card, and since this deck doesn't run any of those (sans 1 lele of course) this card makes for an excellent tech. Since yveltal's attack takes a whopping 3 dark energy to pull off, max elixir is a great card to run in conjunction with the oblivion wing yveltal to accelerate energies onto your pre break yveltal. Since the deck does need some other attackers to hold down the fort while you set up the fear turkey, hoopa proves as a great stall wall thanks to its ability, and see since buzzwole is a thing mewtwo isn't a bad tech at all. Despite its success in the buzzwole matchup, zoroark still reigns supreme in standard so playing enhanced hammers and even parallel city could prove very useful when trying to fight the king. The success in 2 of the 3 big matchups and a doable zoroark matchup has me believe that yveltal break may not be a one time deck after all, but rather a serious contender. #nintendo#gamefreak#creaturesinc#gameboy#gba#ds#3ds#pokemon#pokemonredandblue#pokemongoldandsilver#pokemonrubyandsapphire#pokemondiamondandpearl#pokemonblackandwhite#pokemonxy#pokemonsunandmoon#pokemontcg#playpokemon#xerneas#yveltal#zygarde#pikachu#eevee#magikarp#charizard#mewtwo#lucario#pokemoncards#tapukoko#latios
SHINY BATTLE READY EVENT ZYGARDE GIVEAWAY!
This is NOT an everyone wins giveaway.
I’m going to be giving away 3 Zygardes (3 winners, one per winner).
Here’s how to enter:
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4. You may only enter once. There is no way to get more than one entry.
5. The winners will be chosen on Saturday, August 11 at 11:59 PM EST by a random number generator. The winners will have 1 week to respond. If they don’t, I will redraw how ever many winners don’t respond.
Edit: If you are caught using more than one account, all of your entries will be disqualified.
I know it’s been months since they released this beauty but I wanted to post it till i completed the shiny Aura Trio. Inspiration for the edit was Land’s Wrath anime+games! Shiny toothpaste is so beautiful 😍