Winning Deck Lists from Japan Championships, Japan’s Tourney Format Changing!

The most prestigious Japanese tournament of the year — the Japan Championships — has just concluded!

Unsurprisingly, the winning deck lists for each age division employed the fearsome Rayquaza-GX, as you can see below. We will be getting the card in our Celestial Storm set in August. It will be legal for Worlds, so take note of these lists!

The winners were Masters division player Takuya Yoneda, Senior player Ituku Kitou, and Junior player Shunsuke Miyake. They will be heading to Worlds in August to represent Japan.

It was also announced at the tournament that Japan’s Standard format will be changing from XY and on to Sun & Moon and on (their Expanded format will remain Black & White and on). This means both of Japan’s formats will now align with ours! The new format will go into effect in September.

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  1. PokemonTCGLover Aspiring Trainer
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    Cool! But im playin Metagross mill...
     
  2. Senorsmith Aspiring Trainer
    Senorsmith

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    I played againt a rayquaza deck in my deck dragonite first round there! Got super boost energy running full effect turn 3. Almost won but made a mistake or 2 which cost me the match! Cool to see it in action though, will probably be thinking of post rotation decks for dragonite and Ray, both will like Zeraora for sure!
     
  3. Zzrrdd Aspiring Trainer
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    Wow rayquaza gx is a legit deck. Cool to have the same formats as Japan for a change. This means that Japanese tournament results will be a lot more relevant
     
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  4. Pokfusa Do not touch the spines!
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    Fug
     
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  5. Seng vang Svang20
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    Finally we will all be the same
     
  6. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy

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    NO! NO NO NO! RAYQUAZA CANNOT WIN!
    GOOMY IS THE SUPERIOR DRAGON! NO NO NO NO!
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
     
  7. Mcsonic00 Aspiring Trainer
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    We will have to see what will be best post rotation. With Max Elixir going away, things will certainly change.
     
  8. thegreatentropy Aspiring Trainer
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    The problem with Japan format was that they got reprints of some of the strongest cards of expanded (like night march and shaymin EX), that never came here, and when they came, were as A-cards, so the card would stay out of the international standard format.
     
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  9. AuraJackle Aspiring Trainer
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    We will be the same format for a year most likely these decks are all their for format and Japan loves experimenting with new cards so these results hardly matter for worlds
     
  10. Kietharr Aspiring Trainer
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    I hope they keep us aligned honestly, it's befuddling that the international format both gets cards later and removes cards earlier than in Japanese Standard.

    Surprised to see no DDE whatsoever in Rayquaza lists but I guess max elixir and the ability are enough. Rayquaza actually has some pretty serious legs post rotation with the lightning cat thing that starts with Z. One of the biggest issues I had with the list is wondering how you recover back to OHKO level damage after losing a Ray and this thing seems to be the answer. Buzzwole taking a major hit at rotation will give it some breathing room as well.

    Also those reprints didn't matter for legality, legality is not based on set in Japan but on era. All XY era cards remain legal to this day regardless of whether or not they were reprinted. They were reprinted because when your format encompasses around 4-5 years worth of sets, the earlier set cards start getting spendy towards the end having been out of print for awhile. That was why Best of XY happened, to keep cost of older cards under control, not to extend legality as is the case with western reprints.
     
  11. Wechselbalg

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    Cool, but basically the only reason this would be a better choice for Expanded (or in this case Japanese Standard) is the fact that you can use Parallel without putting yourself at a disadvantage. (Which is obviously important because of Zoroark.) I'm still not 100% convinced though that Ray-GX will be that much better than VikaBulu after rotation.
     
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  12. gumball51321 *thumbs up*
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    DDE is special Energy. RayRay only applies basic Grass and lightning. Losing Elixir sucks for this deck and Buzzwole, but this deck has better attack acceleration, Ray's Ability, and Zeroara, and Buzzwole has OP Beast Ring.
     
  13. Merovingian Rooty tooty water shooty!
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    I love seeing the Japanese lists for tournaments. It's because of them that we got Sylveon control looking the way it did initially.

    That said, we have to take these lists with a grain fo salt when it comes to application. Obligatory "They are XY-on and we're not" yadda, yadda, yadda.

    At the very list, this can be directly applied to Expanded with the addition of an Ace Spec and whatnot. Otherwise, this sort of thing should only be considered if someone is going to Worlds. Even then, they have Shaymin-EX and VS Seeker., Hex Maniac, and Battle Compressor available to them.

    Outside of worlds, post-rotation, I think the deck will be too slow to operate. I know VikaRay is a decktype that gets thrown around. There is SOME merit to it, but Rayquaza-GX makes the deck clunky and slow and you need an absolutely PERFECT hand to do 210 on T2, where VikaBulu doesn't require AS much setup for 210 T2 and can do it consistently.
     
  14. The Revolutionaire N Aspiring Trainer
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    Like it. We'll see it with Vikavolt.
     
  15. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer
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    Can somebody explain me the reason for Oricorio in the 3 decks? I cant get it
     
  16. Merovingian Rooty tooty water shooty!
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    In the Japanese XY-on format, Night March is pretty big.

    UIsually, the top decks in these tournaments is:

    - Night March

    or

    - a deck that utilizes cards from the newest set
     
  17. The Revolutionaire N Aspiring Trainer
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    To counter Buzz.
     
  18. gumball51321 *thumbs up*
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    This is why. Not Buzzwole.
     
  19. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer
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    Ok thanks, didnt realize how different is standard in Japan, I was thinking in our standard format
     
  20. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    Rayquaza does not loose that much from rotation. The main reason Rayquaza is that good is Latias Prism Star. This card provides nuts acceleration with three Rayquaza GX on the bench in addition to Rayquaza's own Storm and Stress.