As the Oceania International Championships come to a close over the last weekend, some players were given a shock surprise of a new archetype that seemed to have taken the tournament by storm – Decidueye GX.
As if players were given a warning beforehand, Decidueye GX did take a 2nd place finish in the Collinsville Regionals, piloted by John Kettler as well as multiple placements in 2 local League Challenges held in the weekend prior to the Internationals. We even gave the card a feature right before the Internationals. It was as if we made a Future Sight !
In this article, I will be giving a short write-up on the decks that were successful in Melbourne.
Full results can be found at The Charizard Lounge.
As the chart shows, Decidueye GX decks occupied a staggering 32% of the Top32 decks, which means that 10 of them were in the Top32, 5 of which in the Top8. Darkrai appeared to be the 2nd most successful deck, occupying 8 spots in the Top32, with 1 sneaking into the Top8. In a field full of grass type decks, it is no surprise that Volcanion would make a return, making 3 appearances in the Top32 as well as winning the entire tournament, taking down a Decidueye GX deck in the finals.
The rest of the decks that did well to place in the Top32 included Mega Mewtwo, Mega Gardevoir, Yveltal/Garbodor, Jolteon EX/Glaceon EX/Garbodor, Umbreon GX/Espeon GX, Yveltal/Zoroark, Gyarados and Vespiquen variants.
From the looks of it, it definitely shows that the format has indeed matured since the release of the Sun & Moon expansion. In the first few tournaments held after Sun & Moon has been legal, many players were still experimenting with new decks and we saw a majority of players stick to their old trusted decks that did well pre Sun & Moon. However as the Oceania Internationals approached, some players, notably John Kettler in particular, found success with a new archetype, Decidueye/Vileplume.
This led to an influx of Decidueye GX-based decks at the Oceania Internationals, taking the tournament by storm. A majority of the decks saw Decidueye GX being partnered with Vileplume, locking out the opponent of using their items. Interestingly, Takuya Yoneda of Japan piloted a different type of Decidueye GX deck, playing HootHoot which has a Quaking Punch-esque attack without the damage, Tauros GX, Espeon EX, Mewtwo EVO, Beedrill EX to rid Garbodor of tools and Trevenant EX. He piloted this variant of Decidueye GX to a Top8 finish, an impressive feat by the veteran player.
Most other decks struggled to keep up with the success of Decidueye GX as they attempt to fully lock you out of using items from the first turn of the game. However this did not stop Volcanion as the deck took advantage of the entire Decidueye/Vileplume deck’s weakness to fire.
It will be interesting to see how the metagame shapes up after the Oceania Internationals, with players starting to counter the powerful and disruptive combo that is Decidueye GX & Vileplume. It has definitely established itself as the deck to beat in this current format, and that only means players will start looking for ways to beat it, and build their decks accordingly.
Until next time. Malik, signing off.