Days of Thunder ⁠— Speed L Energy and Pikachu and Zekrom-GX

Hello! As you may have seen, I ended up playing Morpeko V / Lillie's Poké Doll at the latest big online tournament. I failed to get into Day 2 with it, so I can only consider this attempt a failure. However, I did have a lot of fun, and I still think the archetype was severely underrated in the Sword and Shield format. Since it ended up being my favorite deck of the format (yes, even above Blacephalon, although Blacephalon was better), and I believe my list was good, I want to explain what I did. The rest of the article will cover the future of Lightning-type decks, and its most powerful representative, Pikachu and Zekrom-GX. No points for guessing, it was in the title.

First, here is the Morpeko V list I played.

A Morpeko V Retrospective

Pokemon (18)

4x Tapu Koko V (SWSH1 #72)2x Morpeko VMAX (SWSH1 #80)2x Morpeko V (SWSH1 #79)4x Cinccino (SWSH1 #147)4x Minccino (SWSH1 #146)1x Tapu Koko Prism Star (TEU #51)1x Oranguru (ULP #114)

Trainers (31)

4x Marnie (SWSH1 #169)3x Volkner (ULP #135)2x Cynthia (ULP #119)1x Tate and Liza (CES #148)4x Quick Ball (SWSH1 #179)4x Electropower (LOT #172)4x Custom Catcher (LOT #171)4x Lillie's Poké Doll (COE #197)2x Great Ball (SWSH1 #164)1x Switch (SWSH1 #183)1x Big Charm (SWSH1 #158)1x Thunder Mountain Prism Star (LOT #191)

Energy (11)

3x Memory Energy (LOT #194)8x Lightning Energy (EM #104)

Compared to the one I discussed in my article on the deck, this list has undergone a few changes. I decided to cut the Shrine of Punishment and Mimikyu from Cosmic Eclipse package for two reasons. First, Chaotic Swell is popular in many decks, including Mewtwo and Mew-GX (which is one of the main reasons why we would play Shrine of Punishment), so I didn’t want to play too many Stadiums. Second, Mewtwo and Mew-GX was seeing less play, so Mimikyu didn’t seem as important. In hindsight, Mewtwo and Mew-GX ended up being one of the most successful decks of the event, so my decision was poorly timed. It would have been much better in the first Qualifier, I think.

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