"Queendom" – Nidoqueen RG, Pidgeot RG, Milotic HL // RS-on

Pokemon - 21

4 Nidoran Female RG
3 Nidorina
4 Nidoqueen
3 Pidgey RG
2 Pidgeotto RG
3 Pidgeot RG
1 Feebas HL
1 Milotic HL

Trainers - 24

4 Rare Candy
4 Celio’s Network
4 Desert Ruins
3 Great Ball
3 Steven’s Advice
3 Copycat
2 Rocket’s Admin.
1 Mr. Briney’s Compassion

Energy - 15

6 Grass
3 Fighting
4 Double Rainbow
2 Heal

Date: August 24, 2005
Format: RS-EM

Jeremy Maron’s Worlds winning list was -1 Steven’s Advice, +1 Copycat, -1 Fighting, +1 Heal. I vaguely remember trying to fit VS Seeker in to have the option of playing 2 Briney a game, but I think I left it out. Pablo Meza (who got 3rd) played this list.

In retrospect, it’s kind of crazy nobody caught on to this deck. It really was that much better than all the popular decks out there; it wasn’t even just a “metagame” deck. Sure, we teched it for the metagame, but it’s not like it only beat a few specific decks. We literally tested it every game forcing it to go second (which was unfavorable, every deck wanted to go first) and it still had a winning record against everything.

Pokemon - 20

4 Nidoran Female RG
3 Nidorina RG
4 Nidoqueen RG
3 Pidgey RG
2 Pidgeotto RG
3 Pidgeot RG
1 Zapdos ex

Trainers - 24

4 Pokemon Reversal
4 Rare Candy
4 Celio’s Network
3 Steven’s Advice
3 Copycat
3 Rocket’s Admin.
2 Great Ball
1 Strength Charm

Energy - 16

7 Lightning
4 Fighting
4 Double Rainbow
1 Heal

Date: July 7, 2005
Format: RS-EM

This is the list I played at Nationals 2005 (I think), which was inspired by our friends of Team Achamo. The strategy was to hit a timely Zapdos ex + Pokemon Reversal each game to take out your opponent’s Pidgeot (most people only played a 2-1-2 line, so losing the one in play really hurt).

I went 5-3 at Nationals and missed top cut with this, losing to a couple ex-centered decks, which is what prompted us to replace the Reversals with Desert Ruins.

Pokemon - 20

4 Nidoran Female RG
4 Nidorina RG
4 Nidoqueen RG
3 Pidgey RG
2 Pidgeotto RG
3 Pidgeot RG

Trainers - 24

4 Rare Candy
4 Celio’s Network
4 Desert Ruins
3 Great Ball
3 Steven’s Advice
3 Copycat
3 Rocket’s Admin.

Energy - 16

7 Grass
4 Fighting
4 Double Rainbow
1 Heal

Date: July 14, 2006
Format: RS-EM

I have this labelled as a “speed” variant. It omitted Milotic, though Milotic eventually became a staple because it was so good. Still, we tried many different approaches when working on the deck. This was one of the “extreme” lists.

Pokemon - 20

4 Nidoran Female RG
3 Nidorina RG
4 Nidoqueen RG
3 Pidgey RG
2 Pidgeotto RG
3 Pidgeot RG
1 Zapdos ex

Trainers - 24

4 Pokemon Reversal
4 Rare Candy
4 Celio’s Network
4 Steven’s Advice
4 TV Reporter
2 Great Ball
1 Strength Charm
1 Crystal Shard

Energy - 16

7 Lightning
4 Fighting
4 Double Rainbow
1 Heal

Date: February 4, 2005
Format: RS-EM

This might actually be the original Team Achamo list (the earlier Zapdos list is later dated, so I think it might have been slightly edited by me).

Do you mean “Double Rainbow”? I’m confused…

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Oops. Yeah, that’s a typo.

@Adam How well did you do at worlds with this?

5-3, 38th place I think?

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Indeed. http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?23322-plaid-s-Worlds-Report

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