Pokémon Second Place Report with Metagross

Hi! My name is Jack and I am a Pokemon TCG player from Brisbane. I am currently in my second year of masters. While I haven’t had any major accomplishments yet, I was able to obtain 125 Championship Points without going to an event larger than a League Cup this season. In this article, I will be talking about a recent tournament where I finished in second place with the Metagross-GX deck.

A few weeks ago there was a league challenge held at Neo Tokyo in Toowoomba, one of the last tournaments in the Primal Clash to Guardians Rising format. Going into the event I was thinking of playing Zoroark/Umbreon/Drampa because of its versatility. However, when I got there, the entire field was full of Garbodor/Drampa, which has a negative Metagross Matchup. Unfortunately, I had never played the deck before and had to construct one right there and then. Fortunately, I was told that the deck was easy to pilot and I wrote down my decklist. The 60 cards that I was recommended to play are below.

Pokemon (16) TSS (34) Energy (10)
4 Beldum GUR 83

3 Metang GUR 84

4 Metagross-GX

2 Alolan Vulpix GUR 21

2 Tapu Lele-GX

1 Mimikyu GUR 58

4 Professor Sycamore

1 Teammates

4 N

1 Skyla

2 Lysandre

1 Brigette

1 Pokemon Ranger

 

4 Ultra Ball

3 Vs Seeker

3 Field Blower

2 Max Potion

3 Rare Candy

1 Rescue Stretcher

3 Choice Band

1 Float Stone

9 Metal Energy

1 Psychic Energy

The basic strategy of the deck is to use the beacon attack on Alolan Vulpix to grab evolution pieces. If this is successful, you evolve up into Metagross GX and use the 250HP and Max potion to prevent your opponent from ever taking a knockout. While doing this, you use Geotech system to stream Giga Hammers to win.

I talked to Jess Karim about how to play it and tested a game or two against her Darkrai list, discovering the matchup to be heavily in my favor. Then, as the round one parings went up…

Round 1 vs Darkrai WW (Jess Karim)

This matchup ended up being much better than I expected, probably close to 90-10 now that I think about it.

I ended up having three mulligans in game one, which didn’t really matter because I started with an N. However, I decided to play Brigette on turn one instead because in a matchup such as Darkrai, the Metagross can just win through getting its setup. If you can manage that, then a Dakrai player can’t really do anything to stop you. The Brigette ended up being the correct play because I was able to steamroll in game one.

In game two, I made a massive mistake by not benching enough Beldums early so they kept getting Lysandred and knocked out, but eventually I got enough to get out two Metagross’ and I was able to steamroll again.

1-0

Round 2 vs Tapu Bulu-GX/Vikavolt WW (Johnathon Cheong)

This matchup easily favours Metagross because Vikabulu, a deck built on getting one hit knockouts, cannot knockout a Metagross GX in one hit. I demolished Johnathon both games.

2-0

Round 3 vs Garbodor/Drampa-GX WLT (Alex Jemison)

In game one I got two Metagross’ on the second turn and just used those to easily take the win.

On the first turn of game two, I discovered on the opening search that I prized Brigette and two Beldum. I fell behind quickly causing me to lose.

In game three, I had a good start but was unable to follow it up. I ended up making my worst misplay of the tournament here. I used Field Blower to discard a Choice Band which caused me to be put in a permanent ability lock. During turn two of time, I ended up top decking a vs seeker and playing N, hoping that he didn’t draw the Lysandre. He drew a Tapu Lele, but wasn’t able to search for a supporter under the lock from his own Garbodor, so he was forced to pass into a tie.

2-0-1

Round 4 vs Garbodor/Drampa-GX LWT (Jake Hudson)

I had a horrible hand in game one and lost very quickly.

In game two I was able to set up quickly and take a convincing game when he got nothing.

In game three, we both had horrible hands until he top decked an N and got a quick lock. I was stuck because I couldn’t draw into Field Blower, but luckily, time was called before he could take the game and it became a tie.

2-0-2

At this point, I was still annoyed at myself for making the misplay in round three. I hoped that I wasn’t paired against a good player in the final round.

Round 5 vs Garbodor/Drampa-GX WW (James Williams)

As I read the pairings I thought that I probably would lose. James is known for being a really strong player and it turned out that he was playing the same deck as Bodhi Cutler, who went 5-0. I knew that it would be tough to win the series.

During game one he kept whiffing resources until I could overpower him with a stream of Metagross.

In game two, I made a small misplay on the second turn, which left me with one energy less on the board than if I had played correctly. Fortunately, I was able to draw into all the pieces I needed to get a stream of Metagross going, and he kept whiffing the float stone he needed to get the ability lock setup. I took the game convincingly.

3-0-2

Overall, I guess that I did well. I am annoyed at myself for making the mistakes I did make. However, I really shouldn’t waste too much time dwelling on those and try to never repeat them. Because really, that is the best way to improve; to accept mistakes, but try not to repeat them.

Looking forward to Burning Shadows, I think that Gardevoir GX is completely insane. That infinite force attack is currently unparalleled in power and will most likely see many high finishes at tournaments. The card is probably going to define the metagame for worlds and the rotation format to come. Aside from that, Guzma is probably the second best card in the set and I would play 3-4 in most decks post rotation.

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Metagross is a deck which will be used a ton going into the rotation. Every Pokemon in this list is from Guardians Rising, which will contribute to the longevity of the deck. Metagross is also really simple to play, as long as you actually play with it before taking it to a tournament. The low cost helps as well (Metagross being a $4 GX card). I think that it could be a great starting deck to work towards for new players looking to dip their feet into the competitive scene. The sheer strength of the card by itself should make it reasonable unless your particular metagame is dominated by fire.

Thanks for reading through this report on the tournament. Second is always a good start to the first tournament of the season, and I am hoping to continue the success train into the world championships next year!

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