Hey everyone! I want to preface this post by noting that this is the FIRST deck list I have come up with since getting back into the Pokémon TCG. This season I only played in only 1 Fall Battle Road and 3 City Championships before using a borrowed Kingdra deck for Regionals. I was not able to make the trek to Nationals this year because my family was going on vacation at the same time. I have only ever so slightly followed what has been going on this season, so I apologize in advance if I am behind on anything. Jeremy has given me a debriefing on what he thinks is playable at the moment, but only after I get back into testing will I truly be up to date.
I decided to take an extensive look at the new sets that have come out since I have been out of the game, namely Platinum and Rising Rivals. One of the first Pokémon cards that caught my attention was holographic Flygon #5 from Rising Rivals. “Sand Wall” and “Power Swing” are both solid attacks. Sand Wall seems great to me because I know that Broken Time-Space is a popular stadium which many decks take advantage of. This works in our favor for two reasons:
- Your opponent may be vary of playing down Broken Time-Space because you could attack them with Sand Wall.
- If they do play it down, we can also use the stadium to set up quicker and then attack with Sand Wall to become invulnerable for one turn.
This then plays straight into Flygon’s second attack, Power Swing. Broken Time-Space along with Rare Candy are crucial for filling your bench with evolved Pokémon. Without further ado, here is the list I came up with:
4 Pachirisu GE
4 Trapinch RR
2 Vibrava RR
3 Flygon RR
1 Flygon Lv. X RR
4 Baltoy GE
4 Claydol GE
2 Unown G GE
1 Azelf LA
This list has not been tested as of the writing of the post, but I at least want to give my insights towards the structure of the list. Pachirisu seems like a better option over Call Energy because of Trapinch’s “Gather Sand” Pokémon Power. You can use Pachirisu’s “Call for Family” attack, retreat for Trapinch, and then get that energy back with Gather Sand, so you do not lose the energy drop. Flygon is also not a super fast attacking card, so Pachirisu could be good to stall a turn or two while you power it up.
I chose to go with a 4/4 Claydol line for a couple reasons. I want to maximize Flygon’s Power Swing attack, so this means we need to have as many evolved Pokémon in play as possible. I could have put a 3/3 Claydol line with 2 Uxie LA, but Uxie LA would take up a bench spot and cannot evolve, so it makes more sense to take them out and simply max out on Claydol. This should give us incredible consistency when coupled with the 4 Broken Time-Space in the list. Having multiple Claydols out also is nice for getting around the trainer card “Power Spray” used in SP decks. It will be difficult for them to stop multiple “Cosmic Powers”.
The rest of the list should be fairly self explanatory. I could ramble on much longer, but I will leave it at this. We will soon test this deck list out and let you know how things go. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let us know by clicking to comment below. Thanks for reading!