Welder Decks — Magcargo-GX and Welder Toolbox

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Today I’m talking about Welder decks. You might have seen the wonky Magcargo-GX brew from the Oceania International Championships. Now that the list has been published, others have taken the deck into their own hands and played it at major events. Alessandro Cremascoli played it at the Malmö Regionals in Sweden a couple weeks ago and placed 25th. It’s no Top 8 but a solid placement regardless. As the highest-placing list for Magcargo-GX and the most recent, his list ought to be examined first.

Welder Toolbox has been hanging around since Worlds and recently saw great success in the hands of Zach Lesage at the Oceania Internationals. His new and improved list for the archetype has swept the globe and many others have slightly tweaked it to their liking. Three players took it to great placements in Sweden (9th, 10th and 19th) and three others did likewise at the Puerto Rico Special Event (5th, 7th and 8th). The deck has cropped up at League Cups and I played it at one of my own a while back. It’s something to have on your radar when preparing for local tournaments and a deck you should consider playing yourself.

Welder Toolbox Deck

Pokemon (17)

4x Jirachi (TEU #99)3x Dedenne-GX (UNB #57)2x Vulpix (SWSH1 #22)2x Ninetales (TEU #16)1x Victini V (SWSH1 #25)1x Victini Prism Star (DRM #7)1x Turtonator (DRM #50)1x Reshiram and Charizard-GX (UNB #20)1x Mega Lopunny and Jigglypuff-GX (COE #165)1x Heatran-GX (UNM #25)

Trainers (25)

4x Welder (UNB #189)4x Switch (SWSH1 #183)4x Quick Ball (SWSH1 #179)3x Pokémon Communication (TEU #152)2x Lucky Egg (SWSH1 #167)2x Fiery Flint (DRM #60)2x Escape Board (ULP #122)1x Pal Pad (SWSH1 #172)2x Giant Hearth (UNM #197)1x Heat Factory Prism Star (LOT #178)

Energy (18)

18x Fire Energy (EVO #92)

This is Zach Lesage’s exact 60 from the recent Internationals. These Welder Toolbox lists always look very simple; you need to jam-pack them with lots of Fire Energy to get things rolling. Fire Crystal has been experimented with in different ways throughout the season, but I believe forgoing it and doing a greater Fire Energy count is best. Playing Welder for two Fire Energy is how this deck wins and Fire Crystal helps get more Fire Energy to your hand. Here’s a look at some things you might be wondering about:

Deck Explanation

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