Kash Stats: Unbroken Bonds Top Decks after Week 3 – CP earned, Rotation effect and Value

By Kashvinder Singh

Back again with another small report, this time from this past weekend’s Madison Regional. With Unbroken Bonds cards legal for the 3rd week, people might be figuring out what works and what is just simply just bad. It is still early days but the recent results might give a better idea of what to expect in the coming weeks and for sure, these deck lists might be the ones you’d end up playing with or against in the coming weeks in your locals or possible even League Challenges and League Cups.

I took the top 15 lists (in my own opinion) from the recent Madison Regional 2019 to show how cheap or expensive these decks were to get if someone was looking to build a new deck, how much Championship Points (CP) they earned and how much these decks will be affected by the upcoming 2019-2020 rotation. Six of the best GX decks, Six of the best non-GX decks and I even added three more fun rogue ideas at the end that people might want to give a try.

For CP earned, it comes from League Cups recorded in PokeStats and Day 2 for Madison Regional, Top 32 for Sao Paulo and Santa Clara Regional, Top 8 for Sydney Regional, Johannesburg SPE and Singapore SPE. Prices taken from Troll and Toad, with the lowest rarity in mind. Prices are in USD.

At the end of this review, I’ll do a comparison for all the decks based on their CP scored in Day 2, their total value and which decks is most affected by the upcoming August rotation.

GX DECKS

Reshiram & Charizard-GX

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 4,135
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 70
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 8
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 27
Average Points per Placements: 59.07
Rotation Effect: 28.33%

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1,980
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 33
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 6
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 15
Average Points per Placements: 60
Rotation Effect: 31.67%

Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 549
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 10
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 4
Average Points per Placements: 54.9
Rotation Effect: 20%

Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1,661
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 22
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 8
Average Points per Placements: 75.5
Rotation Effect: 55%

Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 517
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 9
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 0
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2
Average Points per Placements: 57.44
Rotation Effect: 18.33%

Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Stall

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 697
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 11
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 3
Average Points per Placements: 63.36
Rotation Effect: 53.33%

NON-GX DECKS

Zapdos/Ultra Beasts

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2,836
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 46
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 6
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 25
Average Points per Placements: 61.65
Rotation Effect: 30%

Quagsire/Naganadel

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 530
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 10
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 0
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Average Points per Placements: 53
Rotation Effect: 35%

Blacephalon UNB

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 696
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 14
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 0
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 4
Average Points per Placements: 49.71
Rotation Effect: 18.33%

Weezing

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1,513
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 28
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 9
Average Points per Placements: 54.03
Rotation Effect: 36.67%

Vikavolt UNB

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 185
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 4
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Average Points per Placements: 46.25
Rotation Effect: 26.67%

Granbull

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 317
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 6
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2
Average Points per Placements: 52.83
Rotation Effect: 36.67%

ROGUE CHOICES

Blissey

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 90
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 0
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Average Points per Placements: 45
Rotation Effect: 33.33%

Greninja & Zoroark-GX

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 155
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 2
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 0
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 1
Average Points per Placements: 77.5
Rotation Effect: 25%

Nidoqueen/Meganium/Swampert

CP Earned in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 252
Placements in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 5
Wins in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 0
Top 4 finishes in first 3 weeks of SUM-UNB format: 3
Average Points per Placements: 84
Rotation Effect: 21.67%

Comparing all the data above for prices, CP earned, average CP earned and rotation effect:

Deck with the highest value:

Reshiram & Charizard-GX – $256.66
Zapdos/Ultra Beasts – $187.83
Blissey – $183.34
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX – $179.91
Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar – $164.41
Blacephalon UNB – $148.40
Vikavolt UNB – $130.40
Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel – $128.55
Greninja & Zoroark-GX – $115.44
Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Stall – $100.79
Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX – $88.50
Weezing – $85.58
Quagsire/Naganadel – $71.45
Nidoqueen/Meganium – $67.54
Granbull – $59.90

Most CP earned after 3 weeks in SUM-UNB format:

Reshiram & Charizard-GX – 4,135 CP
Zapdos/Ultra Beasts – 2,836 CP
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX – 1,980 CP
Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX – 1,661 CP
Weezing – 1,513 CP
Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Stall – 697 CP
Blacephalon UNB – 696 CP
Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel – 549 CP
Quagsire/Naganadel – 530CP
Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar – 517 CP
Granbull – 317 CP
Nidoqueen/Meganium – 252 CP
Vikavolt UNB – 185 CP
Greninja & Zoroark-GX – 155 CP
Blissey – 90 CP

Average CP earned:

Nidoqueen/Meganium – 84 CP/px
Greninja & Zoroark-GX – 77.5 CP/px
Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX – 75.5 CP/px
Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Stall – 63.36 CP/px
Zapdos/Ultra Beasts – 61.65 CP/px
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX – 60 CP/px
Reshiram & Charizard-GX – 59.07 CP/px
Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar – 57.44 CP/px
Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel – 54.9 CP/px
Weezing – 54.03 CP/px
Quagsire/Naganadel – 53 CP/px
Granbull – 52.83 CP/px
Blacephalon UNB – 49.71 CP/px
Vikavolt UNB – 46.25 CP/px
Blissey – 45 CP/px

Decks affected by upcoming 2019-2020 rotation:

Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar – 18.33%
Blacephalon UNB – 18.33%
Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel – 20%
Nidoqueen/Meganium – 21.67%
Greninja & Zoroark-GX – 25%
Vikavolt UNB – 26.67%
Reshiram & Charizard-GX – 28.33%
Zapdos/Ultra Beasts – 30%
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX – 31.67%
Blissey – 33.33%
Quagsire/Naganadel – 35%
Weezing – 36.67%
Granbull – 36.67%
Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Stall – 53.33%
Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX – 55%

As you can see, Reshiram & Charizard-GX has lived up to the hype so far by scoring the most CP after three weeks of games and keeping its tag as the BDIF but also the most expensive deck to build in the game, by a huge margin (a difference of almost $70). 

Weezing and Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX are two of the cheaper decks around but have been two of the better decks in the current format so far. While they may have not seen much success as of yet, the likes of Nidoqueen, Vikavolt and Greninja & Zoroark might be better off than some decks come the 2020 rotation, a good sign for the “Tag Team Killers”.

I hope this will help to decide your next decks for this current SUM-UNB format and possibly beyond that with the new rotation set to hit as soon as the next set (Unified Minds) is legal for play.

And just for fun, here’s my list from the Singapore SPE that I got an 8th place finish with:

Rotation Effect: 35%
Fun Effect: 99.5%

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