2020 OCIC: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who obtained 19 or more match points to advance to Day 2 of the 2020 Oceania International Championship. Decks are being added as we continue to receive updates.
  1. Bert Wolters (8-1-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  2. Yohei Takeda (8-1-0), Magcargo-GX
  3. Tord Reklev (8-1-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder Toolbox
  4. Zach Lesage (7-1-1), Fire Toolbox
  5. Ricki Madsen (7-1-1), Zacian V/Lucario & Melmetal-GX
  6. Nico Alabas (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder Toolbox
  7. Pedro Pertusi (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar Toolbox
  8. Man Tsung Wong (7-1-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  9. Louis Pozzacchio (7-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  10. Yong Siang Tan (6-1-2), Blacephalon UNB
  11. Soma Arai (6-1-2), Magcargo/Mareep Mill
  12. Tadashi Maeda (6-1-2), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  13. Benjamin Lundtvedt-Martinsen (6-1-2), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  14. Koyo Taniguchi (6-1-2), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  15. Grant Manley (6-1-2), Malamar
  16. Miloslav Poslední (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  17. Matty Masefield (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  18. Andre Chiasson (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  19. Kenneth Tan (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  20. Akira Sato (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar Toolbox
  21. Louis Chi (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  22. James Williams (6-2-1), Cinccino Mill
  23. Peter Lo (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  24. Andrew Tandianus (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  25. Colin Tang (5-0-4), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar Toolbox
  26. Brennan Kamerman (6-2-1), Blacephalon UNB
  27. Takuya Shomura (5-0-4), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  28. Sean Takemoto (5-0-4), Magcargo-GX
  29. Jon Eng (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  30. Clifton Goh (5-0-4), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  31. Chienwei Yu (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  32. Logan Madden (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  33. Jack Millar (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  34. Will Jenkins (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  35. Otavio Gouveia (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  36. Tim Bartels (6-2-1), Obstagoon
  37. Daniel Altavilla (6-2-1), Malamar
  38. Aaron Stringfellow (6-2-1), Cinccino Mill
  39. Wo Pan Wong (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar Toolbox
  40. Ian Robb (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  41. Raz Wolpe (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  42. Robert Spiller (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  43. Mehdi Hafi (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder Toolbox
  44. Yuki Ishii (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  45. Corey Munro (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  46. Robin Schulz (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  47. James Cox (6-2-1), Cinccino Mill
  48. Christian Hasbani (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  49. Tsz Ping Fung (6-2-1), Blacephalon UNB

2020 São Paulo Regionals: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who obtained 19 or more match points to advance to Day 2 of the 2020 São Paulo Regional Championships. Decks are being added as we continue to receive updates.
  1. William Azevedo (8-1-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Green's Exploration
  2. Diego Cassiraga (7-0-2), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Keldeo-GX
  3. Samuel Moro Jacques (7-0-2), Oranguru/Pidgeotto Control
  4. Pedro Pertussi (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar
  5. Amir Hossain Mona (7-1-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  6. Vitor Martinelli (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  7. Gabriel Kim (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  8. João Bastos (6-1-2) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  9. Renato Marques (6-1-2)
  10. Pedro Turra (6-1-2), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  11. Ramon Duarte (6-1-2), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  12. Ricardo Felipe (6-1-2), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  13. João Pedro Medeiros Zambrano (6-1-2), Oranguru/Pidgeotto Control
  14. Andre Miranda (6-1-2), Malamar with Ultra Necrozma-GX and Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX
  15. Raphael Dantas (6-1-2), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  16. Sebastián Lozano Silva (6-1-2)
  17. Enzo Yamada (5-0-4)
  18. Alexandre Braga (5-0-4), Oranguru/Pidgeotto Control
  19. Vitor Soares (6-2-1), Doll Stall
  20. Bruno Sermann (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  21. Jorge Cordero (6-2-1)
  22. Pedro Dossi (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Keldeo-GX
  23. Nicolas Galaz (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Keldeo-GX
  24. Ronan Fiorani (6-2-1)
  25. Michael Saes (6-2-1)
  26. Vinicius Gomes (5-0-4), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar
  27. Thales Lara (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  28. Gabriel Modesto (6-2-1), Malamar with Ultra Necrozma-GX
  29. Alex Silva (5-0-4), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  30. Dalton Acchetta (6-2-1), Welder Toolbox
  31. Pedro Ricardo (6-2-1)
  32. Eduardo Romanelli (5-0-4), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Mismagius
  33. Túlio Cruz (5-0-4), Blacephalon UNB/Green's Exploration
  34. Eric Martins (6-2-1)
  35. Gustavo Wada (6-2-1), Oranguru/Meowth/Green's Exploration Contol
  36. Romulo Zappelli (6-2-1), Malamar
  37. Felipe Ponce (6-2-1), Malamar
  38. Cláudio Ferla (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  39. Daniel Nunes (6-2-1)
  40. Pedro Henrique Cunha De Lacerda (6-2-1)
  41. Rafael Yuiti (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Malamar
  42. Antônio Jardim (6-2-1), Blacephalon UNB/Green's Exploration
  43. João Junior (6-2-1)
  44. Igor Cardenas (6-2-1)
  45. Raphael Branco (6-2-1)
  46. Rafael Santos (6-2-1)
  47. Rodrigo Schiavo Ferreira (6-2-1)

League Cup Statistics: January 18-19, 2020

✎ Tate Whitesell (@twhitesell42

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  • Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox is back on top, after dominating the rankings earlier on in this format before briefly surrending the #1 spot to Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX and then Malamar. Mewtwo & Mew-GX's consistency, flexibility, and fairly high skill level have ensured that it's remained a top-three deck in the rankings for basically this entire format, as well as the previous one. It's worth noting that MewMew gained 172 CP (38.83% of its total in this sample) from a single Cup in Australia, where players such as Matthew Burris, Jack Millar, and Brent Tonisson--some of the best-known MewMew players in the world--all took it into Top 8.
  • Malamar dropped a spot to #2 but was still a very strong play. This weekend's Cup attendees no doubt took into account the explosion of Blacephalon UNB variants at the recent Bochum Regionals, and made their deck choice accordingly. Malamar is known as having perhaps the strongest matchup of any meta deck against both Blacephalon UNB variants, while also having a good chance against Mewtwo & Mew-GX. 
  • Interestingly, after dropping seven spots in the previous week's rankings and apparently surrendering the title of "best ADP variant" to the Bird Trio build, ADP/Keldeo-GX has shot back up to the #3 spot this week. Perhaps the novelty of ADP/Bird Trio has worn off a bit and some players have decided the older variant is better; perhaps Keldeo-GX was a specific meta call that paid off at a variety of Cups this weekend; or perhaps it is just random variance, as there was only a 43-CP difference between the Keldeo-GX and Bird Trio builds in the rankings.
  • Coming off that surprisingly dominant Bochum performance (Stéphane Ivanoff's Green's Exploration build defeated Brennan Kamerman's Pidgeotto build in the finals), both variants of Blacephalon UNB moved up several spots from the previous week's rankings. The Green's Exploration build was technically ahead of the Pidgeotto build--but only by a tiny 3-CP difference! While the Green's build does offer slightly improved matchups against Mewtwo & Mew-GX, Malamar, and ADP/Bird Trio (decks that could pick off Pidgeotto with spread damage), I think it is a bit harder to play optimally (due to the need to constantly think several turns ahead and build one's hand with Green's), so perhaps some players simply fell back on what they were comfortable with and still succeeded with the Pidgeotto version. 
  • Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Roxie saw a bit less success than it had in the previous couple of weeks. This is one trend that could explain the revival of ADP/Keldeo-GX, since Keldeo-GX plus Chaotic Swell is pretty difficult for the TinaChomp deck to handle. 
  • This is the first time in several weeks that control/stall archetypes did not perform particularly well. Oranguru/Pidgeotto Control fell out of the top ten for the first time in nearly a month, while Doll Stall had only a single placement in the sample. While I don't necessarily think people hard-countered control/stall this week, Mewtwo & Mew-GX, Malamar, and Blacephalon UNB/Pidgeotto can all be rough matchups, so that is likely a big part of why those archetypes didn't succeed. 
  • There was only one Expanded Cup in this week's sample, so that's not really worth talking about. Nothing unexpected: two Archie's Blastoise, a Zoroark-GX/Garbodor, and an Ultra Necrozma/Octillery. 

2020 Dallas Regionals: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who obtained 19 or more match points to advance to Day 2 of the 2020 Dallas Regional Championships. Decks are being added as we continue to receive updates.
  1. Boston Moreland (8-0-1), Wall Stall
  2. Hunter Butler (8-1-0), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Noivern-GX/Roxie/Weezing/Tapu Koko ♢
  3. Alex Schemanske (8-1-0), Sableye/Regigigas/Lillie's Poké Doll/Green's Exploration
  4. Jackson Pech (7-1-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX
  5. Harry Wada (7-1-1), Ultra Necrozma/Alolan Muk/Octillery/Counter Energy techs
  6. Grant Manley (7-1-1), Turbo Dark
  7. Cesar Gonzalez (7-1-1), Shock Lock
  8. Simon Trottier-Lacasse (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  9. Tristan Lackey (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  10. Andrew Michaud (7-1-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX/Aromatisse
  11. Nick Robinson (7-1-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Noivern-GX/Roxie/Weezing/Tapu Koko ♢
  12. Jon Eng (7-1-1), Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  13. Brad Curcio (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  14. Juan Flores (7-1-1), Ultra Necrozma/Garbodor
  15. Gibson Archer-Tang (7-1-1), Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX/Vileplume
  16. Ramon Reyes (6-0-3), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Blacephalon-GX
  17. John Mostowy (7-2-0), Wall Stall
  18. Daniel Altavilla (7-2-0), Turbo Dark
  19. Ryan Harris (6-1-2), Ultra Necrozma/Alolan Muk/Octillery/Counter Energy techs
  20. Pablo Meza (6-1-2), Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX/Milotic
  21. Dexter Allan-Reilly (6-1-2), Zoroark-GX Control
  22. Frank Percic (6-1-2), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Noivern-GX/Roxie/Weezing/Tapu Koko ♢
  23. Draydon Davis (6-1-2), Wall Stall with Regirock
  24. Jake Pilch (6-1-2), Shock Lock
  25. Aiden Toler (6-1-2), Shock Lock
  26. Xander Pero (6-1-2), Shock Lock
  27. Alex Baker (6-1-2), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  28. Preston Ellis (6-1-2), Regirock/Aegislash-EX
  29. Luis Duran (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX/Aromatisse
  30. Dario Valenzuela (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  31. Nicholas Moffitt (6-2-1), Shock Lock
  32. Alex Cole (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  33. Aidan Khus (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  34. Parker Lish (6-2-1), Ultra Necrozma/Octillery
  35. Miguel Escutia (5-0-4), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  36. Kyle Warner (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  37. Andre Chiasson (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  38. Kenny Britton (5-0-4), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Seismitoad-EX
  39. Brandin Tucker (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX/Aromatisse
  40. Ben Cryer (5-0-4), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  41. Harris Noor (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX
  42. Joe Ruettiger (5-0-4), Wall Stall with Regirock
  43. Will Jenkins (6-2-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Seismitoad-EX
  44. Connor Finton (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  45. Greg Seraphim (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX
  46. Robert Simpson (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX
  47. Greg Kerien (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX
  48. Christopher Feliciano (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  49. Junior Chala (6-2-1), Turbo Dark with Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX
  50. Luke Morsa (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  51. Drew Cate (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX
  52. Kiernan Wagner (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  53. Zak Turchansky (6-2-1), Shock Lock
  54. Kolton Day (6-2-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Noivern-GX/Roxie/Weezing/Tapu Koko ♢
  55. Michael McCutcheon (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  56. Will McEowen (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  57. Tanner Hurley (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  58. Rudy Wade (6-2-1), Buzzwole/Garbodor with Alolan Raticate-GX
  59. Mike Morton (6-2-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Noivern-GX/Roxie/Weezing/Tapu Koko ♢
  60. Robert Adams (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  61. Ian Robb (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  62. Zac Cooper (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  63. Chris Robinson (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Volcanion-EX
  64. Kyle Kemper (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX 
  65. Nathan Brower (6-2-1), Shock Lock
  66. Grant Hays (6-2-1), Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX/Vileplume with Sceptile-GX
  67. Dennis Moore (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  68. Carter Barsh (6-2-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Noivern-GX/Roxie/Weezing/Tapu Koko ♢
  69. Isaiah Bradner (6-2-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Seismitoad-EX
  70. Bob Zhang (6-2-1), Trevenant BREAK
  71. Keit Vo (6-2-1), Blastoise/Archie's Ace in the Hole
  72. Zachary Baker (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX/Aromatisse
  73. Karl Blake (6-2-1), Turbo Dark with Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX
  74. Stephen Hogan (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Naganadel-GX Control
  75. Caban Schwartzentruber (6-2-1), Sableye/Oranguru//Lillie's Poké Doll
  76. Justin Kulas (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX
  77. Justin Bokhari (6-2-1), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Seismitoad-EX
  78. Kendon Kula (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  79. Andrew Hyun (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX/Aromatisse
  80. Ryan Mefford (6-2-1), Ultra Necrozma/Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX 
  81. Sam Elliott (6-2-1), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Medicham
  82. Christopher Venier (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  83. Dane Carlson (6-2-1), Turbo Dark
  84. Nguyen Tran (6-2-1), Reshiram & Zekrom-GX/Ho-Oh-EX 

BLW-CEC League Cup Results Entering Dallas Regionals

✎ Tate Whitesell (@twhitesell42) / Luke Morsa (@Celios_Network) / Kiernan Wagner (@KiernanWagner)

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(You can always view the current week's rankings and statistics at the Weekly Cup Data tab, and can check back on previous weeks with the archive.)

This data sample covers every BLW-CEC League Cup in our database so far. This should be considered the definitive statistical content source for preparing for this weekend's Dallas Regional Championships.

Our metagame analysts Luke Morsa and Kiernan Wagner have compiled some notes on the top-ranked decks in the sample.

Turbo Dark
Dark amassed a whopping 865 CP at these Cups, putting it almost 300 points ahead of the second-ranked deck. This should come as no surprise, given the multitude of factors surrounding this deck's success; its low skill ceiling and inexpensiveness to build, combined with its immaculate matchup spread--concerning the more popular decks--make for a serious contender. I think the deck's only truly bad matchups are Fighting decks, Shock Lock, and a good Mewtwo & Mew-GX player--and considering the under-representation of the former two, along with the difficulty of playing MewMew, Turbo Dark is likely the “safest” pick for Dallas. -Kiernan

Mewtwo & Mew-GX 
KiernyBox” showed up in high numbers at the start of many of the cup marathons, only to falter when Turbo Dark established dominance. But a little retooling quickly shifted the Turbo Dark matchup back to favorable, at least for a skilled MewMew player. The deck remains extremely under-respected, despite taking a slightly favored Turbo Dark matchup, overwhelmingly positive matchups against Zoroark-GX/Garbodor and Ultra Necrozma variants, while also being one of the few decks to naturally take a favorable matchup versus both Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX and Shock Lock, without including specific techs. Much of the CP that MewMew earned (586 in total) was attributed to a relatively small number of players. The deck is very difficult to play properly, and the lack of respect for it often comes from players under-utilizing the plethora of options it offers, but those who played it and took time to learn it were rewarded fruitfully. If you’re willing to put the time in to learn this complicated beast, I think it currently sits as one of the best possible plays for Dallas. -Kiernan

ZoroGarb is still alive and kicking, garnering a number 3 spot in these CP rankings. It is still a strong option because of comfort, consistency, and tech options. Players may stick with ZoroGarb due to the consistency of Zoroark-GX and the power of shutting your opponents’ Abilities down with Garbotoxin. ZoroGarb is notorious for not having many autowin or autoloss matchups; rather, it will usually be able to adapt to the meta and have many close matchups that come down to tech cards and player skill. This is appealing to players of higher skill who are comfortable with the deck. ZoroGarb will undoubtedly have a presence at Dallas, and if it follows the Cup data trend, it should be fairly successful. -Luke

Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
Gardeon saw some play in Expanded in the BLW-UNB format, which was played at Cups during the Origins SPE week in the summer of 2019. It then became cemented as a top-tier Expanded archetype when Drew Cate took it to Top 4 at Richmond Regionals. and the deck earned two more Top 8 placements at the following Portland Regionals. Since then, the deck has gained Mega Lopunny & Jigglypuff-GX, which is a huge asset for dealing with aggressive GX decks like Turbo Dark and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX. Gardeon is typically paired with Aromatisse and healing cards to constantly move Energy around and heal, which allows the deck to tank attacks over and over again. Magical Miracle GX is one of the easiest ways to completely strip an opponent's hand, which is another strong attribute of this archetype. Gardeon is a unique deck in Expanded and it has a strong matchup versus any single-Prize-attacker deck that struggles to one-shot Gardeon. -Luke

Ultra Necrozma/Garbodor
Ultra Necrozma has been one of the most hyped cards for the new format, and it does have some solid Cup performances to back up that hype. The biggest question when it comes to this deck has been: is Garbodor the correct partner for Ultra Necrozma? Garbotoxin is obviously a very powerful Ability, but playing a build of the deck with Octillery and Alolan Muk allows the Ultra Necrozma player to have on-board draw support to increase consistency and avoid bricking off N. We expect this archetype to be popular in Dallas; its success will likely depend on whether players develop an optimized list. -Luke

Lucario was a deck brought back seemingly from the dead by our team, Gentlemen & Scholars, following Turbo Dark’s re-establishment as the BDIF. Despite being built as a hard counter to Turbo Dark, the deck also takes favorable matchups to many other top-tier decks, including Zoroark-GX/Garbodor, Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX, Shock Lock, Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX, and Night March, while taking approximately a 50-50 against Ultra Necrozma. Almost every matchup you will see except for Mewtwo & Mew-GX is workable, and while the deck is somewhat of a gutsy call if you expect MewMew to be highly played, the neutral-to-favorable matchups it enjoys otherwise make it a potential bombshell and title contender in the hands of a decent player. -Kiernan

Shock Lock
Shock Lock is a constant threat at any Expanded event, though in limited numbers due to the restrictive nature of any deck that requires four Tropical Beach. Few decks are capable of beating Shock Lock without hard-teching for it, and the worth of teching for a deck that will be represented by only a small handful of players is usually not worth it for most competitors. This archetype primarily fears Zoroark-GX/Garbodor, although Lucario-GX and Mewtwo & Mew-GX can also be sketchy matchups, and even some Turbo Dark lists can beat it via a combination of Weavile-GX, Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX, and possibly an Escape Rope. I believe if you want to win Dallas Regionals, you should have some kind of game plan for Shock Lock. -Kiernan

Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX
EggRow sits in a funny place in the format. On its own, it isn’t really a great deck. Its slow setup, clunkiness, and low damage output make the deck much worse on paper than most of the others in the format, it becomes a very serious threat--this is what happened when JW Kriewall took it to first place at Richmond Regionals. The deck's main selling points are Item lock, Faba, and Vileplume BUS for shutting down Basic decks that do not play a counter. Currently, almost all Turbo Dark lists are playing Weavile-GX, so Turbo Dark should still be favored against EggRow, and Mewtwo & Mew-GX, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor, Ultra Necrozma/Garbodor, Lucario-GX, and Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX all have ways to beat it as well, often with ease. The deck feels like a very poor play for Dallas just given its matchup spread, but the church of EggRow tends to have devout followers, so the deck deserves some amount of respect going into the weekend. -Kiernan

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX is a very solid deck but was almost forgotten about for this format. It did not see much play or success in this Cup sample, but we believe it is probably the most under-the-radar play for Dallas. -Luke

Night March
Night March is another deck that has fallen off somewhat due to new archetypes or improvements to old archetypes, but it still had some decent Cup performances, including a Top 4 finish under Michael Pramawat. While it can trade favorably against most GX-based decks, the archetype is susceptible to Item lock, Special Energy lock, and even Ability lock on turn one or after a late-game N. -Luke