Coffee Cup Season 2 Week 1 Article - Review

Hello! This is our first Post-Tournament report for the Coffee Cup Series! My name is Vi$un, and I’ll be showcasing the Top 8 decks each week!
Coming in 8th place, we have Zachary Cooper’s Eternatus VMAX List:

Eternatus VMAX Top 8 Decklist | Pokemon TCG
This deck is most commonly called Poison Eternatus; by sacrificing a minor amount of consistency to set Toxicroak into play, you can wreak havoc on your opponent’s Active Pokemon with Poison, given by either Galarian Slowbro V or Crobat V!
You can find LittleDarkFury’s blog post with a template and an in-depth look at the deck here: Poison Eternatus!

Coming in 7th place, we have Michele Babin’s Coalossal VMAX Deck:Coalossal VMAX Deck | Pokemon TCG
By using the tanky Coalossal VMAX, you can slowly attach energy each turn and then start swinging for huge amounts of damage! This deck utilizes a combination of Rotom Phone and Oranguru to control your top deck and get the cards you want!
You can find LittleDarkFury’s blog post with a template and an in-depth look at the deck here: Coalossal VMAX

Coming in 6th place, we have Godsopp’s Inteleon Frosmoth Deck:
Inteleon Frosmoth Deck | Pokemon TCG
By using a combination of Galarian Darmanitan VMAX and Inteleon VMAX, Godsopp could swing big on his opponent’s Benched Pokemon, taking prizes left and right!
You can see how LittleDarkFury used the card in his video here: Galarian Darmanitan VMAX

Coming in 5th place, we have Blake M, bringing a Mewtwo & Mew-GX and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX deck:
Mewtwo & Mew-GX and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX deck | Pokemon TCG
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX is largely considered the Best Deck in Standard Format right now, and this take on the archetype has some special qualities that make it stand out. Mewtwo & Mew-GX is able to copy the attacks of your Pokemon-GX, which means that you can use Mewtwo & Mew-GX to attack into your opponent’s Pokemon while having more HP than a Pikachu & Zekrom-GX. You can also use Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX to Paralyze your opponent’s Pokemon, preventing them from attacking or retreating without the use of a Trainer card or Ability. This deck is able to use its large HP stats to keep Pokemon in play while accelerating energy with the use of Boltund V and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX. Once you do that, there’s little the opponent can do while you take down your foes in an electrifying fashion!

In 4th place, we have Zach Lesage with his Coalossal VMAX deck:
Coalossal VMAX deck | Pokemon TCG
You may have noticed that this is the same deck that Michele Babin used to get 7th place; this deck is a great deck that uses its huge HP stat to hold on tight through any hit and return with a strong swing for the KO!

Coming in 3rd place, we have Nate Kirksey’s TempoZard:
TempoZard | Pokemon TCG
Regulars of the CardCavern blog will notice that this decklist is only 4 cards off of LittleDarkFury’s decklist; you can find that list here! Tempo Zard

TempoZard is a recent discovery that uses a large amount of supporting Pokemon to get through the deck quickly, with strong attackers to achieve the goal of taking a KO every turn! Using Welder to set up Energies quickly and Fire Crystals to recover the ones you discard, this deck swings big and takes prizes quickly! You can see from its performance that it’s not a deck to be underestimated, or else you’ll get burnt!

Coming in 2nd place, we have Cormander’s Coalossal VMAX deck;Coalossal VMAX deck | Pokemon TCG
We’ve already seen 2 Coalossal VMAX decks, and this deck works in a very similar fashion, with some key differences! As you can see, this deck uses Snorlax VIV. This Snorlax allows you to draw until you have 7 cards in your hand while this Pokemon is in the Active position; however, doing this ends your turn! That’s where Coalossal’s massive HP comes into play; by using Mallow & Lana, Stone Fighting Energy, and Buff Padding, your Coalossal VMAX will live hits even better and return with a G-Max Boulder for lots of damage!

Finally, in 1st place, we have your Coffee Cup S2#1 Champion, Kashvinder Singh with Centiskorch VMAX:
Centiskorch VMAX | Pokemon TCG
This deck is a powerhouse. You use Welder to attach energies quickly, Volcanion UNB to set up your Centiskorchs on the first turn, Reshiram & Charizard-GX to tank an attack with a beefy 270 HP and return with an Outrage for KO, and Centiskorch VMAX to get energy from your discard pile. All the while, Centiskorch VMAX gets stronger and stronger for every energy on it! Using Giratina UNM means that decks that use special energy, such as Eternatus VMAX, Coalossal VMAX, and Lucario & Melmetal-GX, aren’t safe from Centiskorch’s oppressive and destructive power! Great Catcher means you can quickly and effectively KO your opponent’s GX Pokemon, leaving your opponent no time to respond to the threat. When this deck draws well, there’s little your opponent can do about it, and Kashvinder has proven that Centiskorch is a force to be reckoned with.

Metagame:
For our final section, we have a basic analysis of our Metagame for this tournament:

Coffee Cup Series Analysis | Pokemon TCG

As far as performance goes, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX proves itself as a fantastic deck by seeing only 1 Player but still making it all the way to the Top 4! Coalossal VMAX performed on a similar scale, with 4 players bringing the deck, and 3 of which making Top 8! The “Other” deck was Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX with Alolan Muk TEU, combining Paralysis with Mill to deck out your opponent while preventing them from attacking!

You can find all the decklists, future tournaments, and more by going to our Organization Page here: Vi$un's Battle Arena