Yoooooo, what’s poppin’ Po Town readers? Are you getting hyped for the 2022 Pokemon World Championships? I know I am! After a few long years without official play in the real-life play, we are finally back to the pinnacle event of the year - Worlds! The goal of this article is to showcase some of my favourite decks heading into this event to help you prepare for this event. If you didn’t qualify for the World Championships, you can still read along to learn more about our ongoing metagame and explore these amazing decks. If you need any Pokemon TCG Online codes, the PoTown store is a great place to pick them up! That being said, let’s jump into these decks.

5. Arceus VSTAR / Flying Pikachu VMAX


Flying Pikachu VMAX

After Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars] / Flying Pikachu VMAX [Celebrations] won the 2022 North American Internationals, this deck has been relatively silent. Most players have switched to more vanilla Arceus VSTAR / Inteleon [Sword and Shield] builds due to their consistency, but this deck is still incredibly powerful - if you hit the right decks. The goal is simple! Use Arceus V [Brilliant Stars] or Arceus VSTAR to power up a Pokemon that is strong against your opponent’s deck! Crobat VMAX [Shining Fates] has a type advantage against Mewtwo V-UNION [Sword and Shield], Flying Pikachu VMAX is great against Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR [Astral Radiance], and Hisuian Decidueye VSTAR [Astral Radiance] is great against Arceus VSTAR. It can sometimes play a little clunky, but this deck has all of the answers necessary for the format. Check it out!

Decklist


Pokémon (21)

Trainers (27)

Energy (12)

4x Arceus V PR-SW 2044x Marnie PR-SW 1213x Lightning Energy EVS 235
2x Bidoof BRS 1203x Evolution Incense SSH 1634x Double Turbo Energy ASR 216
2x Bibarel PR-SW 1883x Pal Pad SSH 1723x Darkness Energy EVS 236
3x Arceus VSTAR BRS 1843x Professor's Research PGO 782x Fighting Energy CRE 233
1x Crobat V PR-SW 1101x Cheren's Care BRS 168
1x Crobat VMAX SHF 451x Cheren's Care BRS 168
1x Hisuian Decidueye V PR-SW 2381x Roxanne ASR 188
1x Hisuian Decidueye VSTAR ASR 841x Switch SUM 160
3x Flying Pikachu V CEL 62x Boss's Orders RCL 189
2x Flying Pikachu VMAX CEL 74x Ultra Ball BRS 186
1x Pumpkaboo EVS 764x Quick Ball SSH 216

1x Raihan EVS 202

2x Training Court FST 282


4. Mew VMAX


Mew VMAX

While most other major decks are coming from Brilliant Stars and Astral Radiance, Mew VMAX [Fusion Strike] has been kicking it since Fusion Strike. This deck was once considered the best deck in the game, but most other decks have found ways to beat it. Whether its Path to the Peak [Chilling Reign] paired with Roxanne [Astral Radiance] or Yveltal [Celebrations], many of the best decks are forcing Mew VMAX down the rankings as much as possible. Why play this deck? With its rich history of success and options to win against most decks due to its sheer speed, this deck still packs a punch! With the way the metagame is shifting away from countering Mew VMAX, it might be one of the better options heading into Worlds.

Decklist


Pokémon (12)

Trainers (41)

Energy (7)

4x Genesect V FST 2552x Rotom Phone CPA 643x Double Turbo Energy ASR 216
2x Meloetta FST 1242x Rose Tower DAA 1694x Fusion Strike Energy FST 244
4x Mew V FST 2512x Switch SUM 160
2x Mew VMAX FST 2692x PokéStop PGO 68

1x Echoing Horn CRE 136

1x Escape Rope BUS 163

3x Pokémon Catcher DEX 111

2x Boss's Orders RCL 189

2x Choice Belt ASR 211

4x Ultra Ball BRS 186

1x Cyllene ASR 183

4x Battle VIP Pass FST 225

4x Power Tablet FST 281

4x Quick Ball SSH 216

4x Cram-o-matic FST 229

3x Elesa's Sparkle FST 260


3. Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR


Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR

After seeing the most success at the 2022 North American International Championships, Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR has slid down the rankings by a few spots. Its falling placement is mainly due to Flying Pikachu VMAX being recognized as a real threat heading into Worlds and Mewtwo V-UNION having a positive matchup against it. Similarly to Mew VMAX, when you are at the very top of the metagame, most other decks will try and beat you. If you are ready to tough out some difficult matchups, this deck has an appealing matchup spread and is the most powerful deck in our format.

Decklist


Pokémon (17)

Trainers (36)

Energy (7)

1x Manaphy BRS 411x Marnie PR-SW 1217x Water Energy CRE 231
3x Origin Forme Palkia V ASR 1673x Level Ball BST 181
1x Radiant Greninja ASR 463x Evolution Incense SSH 163
4x Sobble CRE 411x Pal Pad SSH 172
3x Drizzile SHF 994x Irida ASR 186
1x Inteleon SHF 1001x Leon VIV 182
1x Inteleon EVS 2271x Roxanne ASR 188
3x Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR ASR 2081x Echoing Horn CRE 225

1x Path to the Peak ASR 213

2x Boss's Orders RCL 189

2x Scoop Up Net RCL 207

2x Choice Belt ASR 211

1x Tool Scrapper RCL 208

4x Battle VIP Pass FST 225

1x Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146

3x Quick Ball SSH 216

1x Melony ASR 242

3x Capacious Bucket RCL 156

1x Training Court FST 282


2. Mewtwo V - UNION


Mewtwo V Union 159Mewtwo V Union 160
Mewtwo V Union 161Mewtwo V Union 162

If you asked me if this card would see play a few months, let alone be on the best decks heading into Worlds, I would have easily laughed. After watching this deck make the top four at the North American International Championships, I made sure to get cards for this deck ASAP! It boasts a positive matchup spread against most decks, but it is painfully slow to play! The goal is to either use Miltank [Astral Radiance] to block damage from their Pokemon V or use Mewtwo V-UNION to heal forever. You won’t deck out with some help from Cyllene [Astral Radiance], Pal Pad [Sword and Shield], and Team Yell’s Cheer [Brilliant Stars]. If you wanna play a control deck, be sure to check this one out!

Decklist


Pokémon (15)

Trainers (39)

Energy (6)

2x Miltank ASR 1264x Crushing Hammer UPR 1663x Twin Energy RCL 209
4x Snorlax CRE 2241x Big Parasol DAA 1993x Psychic Energy CRE 232
2x Yveltal CEL 192x Pal Pad SSH 172
1x Radiant Venusaur PGO 42x Professor's Research PGO 78
1x Galarian Meowth SHF 1594x Trekking Shoes ASR 215
1x Pyukumuku PR-SW 1692x Peonia CRE 196
1x Mewtwo V-UNION PR-SW 1592x Flannery CRE 191
1x Mewtwo V-UNION PR-SW 1602x Sidney FST 264
1x Mewtwo V-UNION PR-SW 1611x PokéStop PGO 68
1x Mewtwo V-UNION PR-SW 1621x Tool Jammer BST 136

1x Avery CRE 187

1x Boss's Orders RCL 189

4x Scoop Up Net RCL 207

1x Cape of Toughness VIV 200

4x Ultra Ball BRS 186

2x Cyllene ASR 183

1x Cook FST 228

4x Quick Ball SSH 216

1x Team Yell's Cheer BRS 149


1. Arceus VSTAR / Inteleon


Arceus VSTAR

Here we are, the best deck heading into Worlds. It doesn’t have the best matchup spread in the world, but most matchups are very winnable. Arceus VSTAR / Inteleon kinda goes 50/50 against most top decks in the format, and not losing is great! Cheren’s Care [Brilliant Stars] and Pal Pad really break this deck… Attack with Trinity Nova, power up another Arceus VSTAR, Cheren’s Care, repeat. Some newer builds of this deck include Radiant Charizard [Pokemon GO], but they largely haven’t seen widespread success. This deck might be boring, but it is incredibly impactful. Let’s check it out!

Decklist


Pokémon (17)

Trainers (32)

Energy (11)

4x Arceus V PR-SW 2042x Marnie PR-SW 1212x Capture Energy DAA 201
3x Arceus VSTAR BRS 1843x Level Ball BST 1816x Water Energy CRE 231
1x Galarian Zigzagoon SHF 1511x Big Charm RCL 2063x Double Turbo Energy ASR 216
4x Sobble CRE 412x Evolution Incense SSH 163
3x Drizzile SHF 992x Pal Pad SSH 172
2x Inteleon SHF 1001x Professor's Research PGO 78

2x Cheren's Care BRS 168

1x Roxanne ASR 188

2x Path to the Peak ASR 213

2x Boss's Orders RCL 189

2x Scoop Up Net RCL 207

1x Choice Belt ASR 211

4x Ultra Ball BRS 186

4x Quick Ball SSH 216

1x Collapsed Stadium BRS 137

1x Melony ASR 242

1x Ordinary Rod SSH 215


Best of Luck


Whether you’re playing or cheering on your favourite pro player, the 2022 Pokemon World Championships looks like it's shaping up to be an exciting event for everyone! I’m stoked to test these Pokemon TCG/online decks out with my teammates to determine which one is the best play for the event and try my chances at becoming the champ! If you need any PTCGO codes for your own testing or collection, the PoTown store is one of the best places to pick up code cards for PTCGO.

About the Writer


Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PoTownStore.com. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokemon events and follow him on Twitter @ZachLesagePTCG.