Wow, I can’t believe that the new year is upon us already! It’s kind of crazy to think about how wild COVID-19 has been, and how the Pokemon circuit as a whole has been scrapped. Understandably so, it’s important that society returns to normal as quickly as possible; that being said, I think it’s important to reflect on what has been doing well online lately, and to document it in kind of a “New Years deck dump”. Today isn’t going to be a typical article, as I plan on just dumping a ton of very solid lists that will carry you to high placements at events. These lists have been tried and true by many players around the globe, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you run into any of these 60 card gauntlets at your next online event. Without further ado, let’s hop into some of my top plays this Winter 2021!

I booted up my Pokemon Trading Card Game Online app, loaded up some PTCGO codes, and then traded those Pokemon online codes to trade for these decks. I was very excited, and it honestly didn’t take that many PTCGO codes to make the decks. If you’re looking to buy some codes, we sell them here on PoTown Store, and I highly urge you to check out our competitive pricing and swift delivery! Let’s talk about my favourite decks this Winter.


Pikarom



Pokémon (13)

Trainers (34)

Energy (13)

1x Crobat V1x Cherish Ball3x Speed Lightning Energy
1x Eldegoss V1x Tag Switch10x Lightning Energy
3x Boltund V4x Marnie
2x Dedenne GX4x Crushing Hammer
2x Pikachu & Zekrom-GX3x Boss's Orders
1x Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX2x Chaotic Swell
1x Tapu Koko2x Reset Stamp
2x Mewtwo & Mew-GX4x Quick Ball

1x Team Yell Grunt

2x Air Balloon

2x Electromagnetic Radar

4x Professor's Research

4x Switch

Pikarom has been the dominant force in the PTCG community for a while, but it seems that lately it has been challenged more and more by Centiskorch VMAX decks. That’s not to say that Pikarom is bad by any means, but it has some work cut out for it once it hits that matchup. Mad Party has also emerged as a poor matchup for Pikarom, so these are factors that have emerged as a result of people planning for the metagame. Pikarom has innovated newer decklists that are utilizing heavier amounts of Chaotic Swell to negate things such as Giant Hearth, as well as Tag Switch to move energy from damaged attackers onto new attackers. This strategy has been awfully handy at pulling off surprise Tag Bolt GX attacks, and also for attacking with Boltund at random times when necessary.


CentiVally




Pokémon (20)

Trainers (28)

Energy (12)

2x Type: Null UNM3x Cherish Ball1x Heat Energy
2x Silvally-GX3x Pokémon Communication11x Fire Energy
1x Crobat V3x Giant Hearth
4x Centiskorch V1x Mallow & Lana
1x Heatran-GX2x Boss's Orders
2x Volcanion4x Welder
4x Centiskorch VMAX2x Reset Stamp
1x Eldegoss V4x Quick Ball
3x Dedenne-GX1x Fire Crystal

4x Switch

1x Air Balloon

CentiVally is the newest deck on the block, and has initiated the biggest surge in play that Centiskorch has ever seen to date! This decklist was initially created by the Limitless team, and has been played all over the globe to many successes. The biggest strength that Centiskorch was lacking prior to the addition of Silvally GX was the resilience to draw out of a Reset Stamp to a low hand size. Now that you can refresh your hand back up to five cards, you can bounce back at really any point of the game and draw the cards that you need. Finding Welder can be an issue at times, but once you’ve setup your ideal board state, you can’t be stopped. Just make sure you get off a Volcanion Flare Starter attack going second, and you’ll be in good shape going into your matchups.


LucMetal


Pokémon (8)

Trainers (38)

Energy (14)

4x Zacian V4x Marnie10x Metal Energy
2x Lucario & Melmetal-GX4x Professor's Research4x Coating Metal Energy
2x Zamazenta V3x Boss's Orders

2x Mallow & Lana

1x Cynthia & Caitlin

4x Metal Saucer

4x Crushing Hammer

4x Quick Ball

4x Switch

2x Lillie's Poké Doll

1x Tool Scrapper

1x Tag Call

4x Metal Gogglesl

Ahhh, the tankiest deck in the format! I traditionally like LucMetal, but I feel as if Centiskorch has been preying on it lately due to that pesky Fire-type weakness that it has. Coating Metal Energy does solve a piece of that equation, however if the Centiskorch player is including a copy of Giratina in their decks, then they can respond to Coating Metal Energy on opposing Metal-type Pokemon. LucMetal is gaining popularity now that Eternatus is gaining some traction in the online world, mainly due to Zamazenta V having such a detrimental ability that puts all Eternatus VMAX decks in their place. This deck can perform amazingly if the field doesn’t have too much Fire-type Pokemon in it.


Eternatus


Pokémon (18)

Trainers (32)

Energy (10)

4x Eternatus V4x Marnie7x Darkness Energy
4x Eternatus VMAX4x Boss's Orders2x Hiding Darkness Energy
4x Crobat V4x Professor's Research1x Capture Energy
3x Galarian Zigzagoon4x Great Ball
1x Absol4x Quick Ball
1x Spiritomb4x Switch
1x Yveltal4x Crushing Hammer

2x Pokémon Communication

1x Dangerous Drill

1x Chaotic Swell

Eternatus seems to be the Pokemon that is up next in terms of the Pokemon online world. It’s been performing very well lately, but has been faulting to decks such as LucMetal, where it can’t penetrate through that Zamazenta V that we talked about above. I could see a world where people play heavier counts of Spiritomb in an effort to counter these Zamazentas, however that means dedicating a ton of spots for virtually a single matchup. I’m also undecided as to whether or not this variant is the best, or the one with poison-ability Pokemon such as Toxicroak and Slowbro V. While the poison damage is able to cut through things such as Metal Goggles, I find it less consistent in a deck that is already very reliant on hitting an energy + specific Basic Pokemon as early as the first turn. Perhaps it’s most optimal to just focus on consistently setting up an Eternatus as quick as possible? Who knows. As players explore this deck, it seems that maybe it’s not as much of a 1-trick pony as one would suggest, and is instead a colourful deck full of innovation and good ideas.


Mad Party


Pokémon (27)

Trainers (26)

Energy (7)

4x Sinistea4x Professor's Research4x Twin Energy
4x Polteageist2x Boss's Orders3x Triple Acceleration Energy
4x Bunnelby1x Giovanni's Exile
4x Dedenne4x Evolution Incense
4x Galarian Mr. Rime4x Quick Ball
3x Dedenne-GX4x Great Ball
1x Oranguru2x Great Catcher
1x Crobat V1x Pal Pad
1x Marshadow1x Ordinary Rod
1x Mew1x Electromagnetic Radar

2x Air Balloon

Mad Party is one of the fastest and most aggressive decks in the entire format, and is mostly known for being able to attack on the first turn of the game. This deck has done a great job of wailing on Pikarom, Mewtwo, and Baby Blacephalon in the modern online Pokemon world. This deck tends to whiff cards sporadically at times, and relies on drawing card in a sequential order in order to pull off unmatched combos. This deck gets put in its place sometimes by decks such as LucMetal, where they have a difficult time hitting the numbers to 2HKO a Zacian. Provided Mad Party hits the correct energy at times and doesn’t have to dump resources at awkward times, it usually comes out on top. The only arch nemesis this deck really has is against ADP – Altered Creation GX tends to be too much for Mad Party to handle, and usually our least favourite Tag Team deck will come out on top marginally. Sometimes though, you can win if you get a hit off onto an ADP in the first one or two turns.


ADP


Pokémon (11)

Trainers (38)

Energy (11)

2x Crobat V3x Cherish Ball3x Water Energy
2x Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX1x Marnie8x Metal Energy
1x Eldegoss V4x Metal Saucer
2x Dedenne-GX4x Crushing Hammer
1x Mawile-GX2x Energy Spinner
3x Zacian V4x Boss's Orders

4x Quick Ball

2x Air Balloon

4x Professor's Research

2x Great Catcher

4x Energy Switch

4x Switch

Though I feel ADP has been beat to death by so many people, I wanted to talk about what a cookie-cutter deck list for this archetype looks like. People stray so far away from the simple concept that ADP is, and they tend to lose their sight on how to play the deck optimally. Including Crushing Hammer seems like a necessity in the current age, and ADP is no exception to that rule. Eldegoss V for Boss’s Orders is also necessary in order to turn Item cards such as Quick Ball into gust-outs. Three copies of Water is also a staple so that you don’t lose to prizing/Crushing Hammers form the opponent. That’s all on this one – just keep it consistent. The only tech I’d really consider in this deck is a Tool Scrapper or a Galarian Zigzagoon.


Conclusion


I’m sure you’re already running to your computer and loading up your PTCGO Codes as we speak, so I’ll let you hop to it. All of these decks would be a great choice for you, so just be sure when picking a deck that you opt for the one that you’re most comfortable with. There are a lot of options on this list so just be sure that you have enough PTCGO codes to build the appropriate decks. Have fun with it!