Countdown to OCIC 2019 2: Latias & Latios-GX

With input from Syahmi Razak

Clueless on what to play for the upcoming Oceania International Championships 2019? Syahmi Razak is here to help. The deck builder is no stranger to us, and we are happy to feature his latest ideas – just in time for OCIC. In collaboration with Team Sampah, Syahmi has plenty of decks to recommend for the big International Championships coming up. 

After putting the much-hyped Pikachu & Zekrom-GX into the limelight, our next feature goes the opposite direction with a Tag Team that will many have written off: Latias & Latios-GX.

Latias & Latios-GX Tag Team Decklist

Pokémon (15)
2-2 Starmie (Team Up)
3 Latias & Latios-GX
2 Marshadow
2 Tapu Lele-GX
1 Lunala Prism Star
1 Ditto Prism Star
1-1 Garbodor

Trainers (33)
4 Cynthia
3 Lillie
3 Guzma
1 Judge
1 Tate & Liza
4 Mysterious Treasure
4 Ultra Ball
2 Nest Ball
2 Choice Band
2 Max Potion
2 Switch
1 Rescue Stretcher
1 Field Blower
3 Viridian Forest

Energy (12)
4 Water Energy
8 Psychic Energy

How to Play

Syahmi says this is a really fun deck to play with. The aim is to setup Starmie (Team Up) in the early game and use it to constantly recharge Latias & Latios-GX, which requires both Water and Psychic Energy to attack.

Starmie is the perfect partner to Latias & Latios-GX. It’s attack is able to search out either three Water Energy or three Psychic Energy cards and attach them to one of your Benched Pokémon – in this case, the tag team of Latias & Latios-GX. 

The addition of two Marshadow (Shining Legends) and the Judge Supporter aims to buy you time to setup by disrupting your opponent – using this chance to attack with Starmie as much as you possibly can. Disrupting your opponent also means he/she needs to recover using draw Supporters, which means no Guzma to draw out your fully charged Latias & Latios-GX.

Two Switch and one Tate & Liza is included just in case you start with a Trubbish or Lunala Prism Star. The two options make it easier to switch to Starmie so you can charge Latias & Latios-GX on Turn 2. Missing the crucial Turn 2 charge will mean this deck will significantly lose its tempo against most decks in the future meta. 

Three Viridian Forest is key to getting the right Energy at the right time, be it Water or Psychic.

Two Max Potion is included to heal any damage on Latias & Latios-GX (especially if your opponent decides to try the 2HKO). Heal the damage, then use Lunala Prism Star to recharge the discarded Energy cards onto Latias & Latios-GX.

Even when you attack with Latias & Latios-GX, don’t forget to use Marshadow to disrupt your opponent, giving them less of a chance to counterattack. 

Strengths

Punish your opponent with a 240 damage attack while you keep using Judge and Marshadow to disrupt your opponent. The latter is great as you will have enough Bench space for both Marshadow to drop onto the field. 

It’s a deck with a straightforward strategy, just setup the pieces and let the engine run, similar to decks like Solgaleo-GX before. 

Weakness

While the deck is formidable against the other Tag Team Pokémon-GX that’s being introduced to the format, it will most likely lose to one-Prize attacking Pokémon decks. This is because you need to constantly discard Energy and recharge Energy with either Starmie or Lunala Prism Star – losing momentum as you will need to take six Prizes for the victory. 

Against one-Prize attacking Pokémon decks, focus on your Lunala Prism Star and Trashalanche Garbodor, then pray for the best with Marshadow and Judge. 

Speaking of Marshadow and Judge, your opponent can luck out and draw a much needed Guzma from either disruption card to pull Latias & Latios-GX into the Active. 

If Latias & Latios-GX survive, use Max Potion and switch it with Lunala Prism Star to recharge Latias & Latios-GX for an attack next turn, or use Starmie if you’re sure there’s still Energy cards in your deck.

Additional Reading

Another option is to play Latias & Latios-GX with a Malamar (Forbidden Light) engine. But this might feel like a much slower Gaskan build. You might as well play Ultra Necrozma instead if you’re going the Malamar route.

Nonetheless, feel free to try and let us know the results!

Thank you

This is the second of a series of Tag Team decklists from Syahmi. There are more Tag Team-GX decklists coming soon, so check back often!

Syahmi hopes this list can be a starter guide to build your own list for future tournaments.

Until then, and as always from Syahmi, 

Lu Sampah Bro!

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