Embracing the Darkness — My Undefeated Regionals Winning Yveltal / Garbodor List and a Unique Spin on M Mewtwo-EX
Hello PokeBeach readers! I am finally back for another article, and today I will be discussing the Yveltal / Garbodor deck list I played at the Indiana Regional Championships! I was able to take home first place, with an undefeated record of 14-0-3. I have had a lot of questions about the deck and my card choices, so without further ado, let’s get started!
Fort Wayne Regionals
The night before the tournament, Igor Costa, Nicholena, and I all decided to play Yveltal / Garbodor together. I had not played a bunch with the current list, but it seemed consistent and strong against the meta, so I felt confident in the deck. These were how my rounds went for the entire tournament. Unfortunately I did not take notes on my games, but I will provide a an explanation of how each matchup should be played later in the article. To be honest, none of my games were very crazy as almost all of them played out how they should.
- Round 1: Jolteon-EX / Yveltal WW
- Round 2: M Mewtwo-EX / Garbodor WLW
- Round 3: M Gardevoir-EX WW
- Round 4: M Rayquaza-EX WW
- Round 5: Rainbow Road WW
- Round 6: M Scizor-EX / Garbodor WW
- Round 7: Yveltal-EX / Garbodor WLW
- Round 8: M Rayquaza-EX WW
- Round 9: M Gardevoir-EX / Xerneas WW
I ended day one with a record of 9-0.
- Round 10: Rainbow Road W
- Round 11: M Scizor-EX / Garbodor WLW
- Round 12: M Gardevoir-EX / Xerneas WLT
- Round 13: Greninja Intentional Draw
- Round 14: Volcanion-EX Intentional Draw
- Top 8: Zygarde-EX / Carbink BREAK WW
- Top 4: Rainbow Road WW
- Finals: Yveltal-EX / Garbodor WW
I finished the tournament with an undefeated final record of 14-0-3. I almost entirely avoided the one card I did not want to see, Jolteon-EX. With the list that I played in the tournament, I almost certainly would have lost against any Jolteon-EX decks. I was lucky enough to beat the one I played against by abusing Yveltal‘s Fright Night Ability. M Gardevoir-EX / Xerneas also seemed like a horrible matchup before I played against it, but looking back I believe it is slightly favorable after playing against it twice.
I included this to prevent myself from not being able to do anything if the opponent gets their Parallel City out first. It can also be very clutch against Sky Field decks and Gyarados, so it has quite a few uses. I would also like to mention that pretty much no one played around this card at Fort Wayne, so discarding my opponent’s entire hand with this card was not uncommon at all. It is even easier to pull off this sneaky trick at the end of the game after an N to a low hand size.
Pokemon Center Lady
My other tech Supporter of the day! This one was not quite as useful for me during my tournament run, but it is definitely quite good against decks that don’t one shot your attackers, which is a lot of decks currently. Its biggest showing in the tournament was against fellow PokeBeach writer, Andrew Mahone, in the finals where I healed 60 damage off my Yveltal-EX twice in a short time span. This put me pretty far ahead in the mirror that game. Pokémon Center Lady is really useful against other Yveltal / Garbodor, Greninja, and M Scizor-EX.
This is the card I have received the most questions about. A lot of people assume this bad boy was only to prevent myself from decking out, which honestly is not the case at all. This was one of my most used cards during the event, it ranged from getting Garbodor back in a crucial spot, to preventing myself from decking out. I will also mention another use I found quite helpful was to increase the odds of hitting an Energy off of Max Elixir in the late game.
The way to dominate this matchup is the good old “wombo combo” which is N plus Parallel City with Garbodor in play and you Knocking Out the Active Xerneas. It is extremely difficult for the Rainbow Road player to recover from the situation, and then continue to stream Xerneas the rest of the game. This combo can happen in this matchup two times per game, which has literally never not been enough for me to win. The community as a whole thinks that this matchup is favored for Rainbow Road, which I seriously have to disagree with.
The path to success in this matchup is to start off with a Fright Night Yveltal, and whenever the opponent gets out M Gardevoir-EX, to immediately get out Garbodor. Using N whenever one of your Pokemon is Knocked Out is generally a good idea, especially in this matchup. Dropping Parallel City to limit the opponent’s Bench is great because it helps to limit the opponent’s damage. This small aspect of the game is more significant in the part of the game where Garbodor is not on the field. This is because limiting the opponent’s damage is far more relevant when Rattata is not a factor because an Yveltal-EX with a Fighting Fury Belt can never be killed in one hit otherwise. In addition to this, it is more important to have Parallel City out when you don’t have Garbodor out because it has a small chance of denying the opponent the use of Abilities due to a lack of Bench space. However, I would like to mention that this outcome is relatively rare unless they have prized or discarded some Sky Field.
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