This is my Gengar spread list.
4 Gastly SF
2 Haunter SF
2 Gengar SF (Fainting Spell)
1 Gengar AR (Curse)
1 Gengar LV.X AR
2 Gallade 4 RR
1 Gallade 4 LV.X RR
2 Baltoy GE
2 Claydol GE
1 Uxie LA
1 Azelf LA
1 Crobat G PL
1 Omastar MD
4 Bebe’s Search
4 Roseanne’s Research
2 Team Galatic’s Wager
4 Rare Candy
4 TGI Poké Turn
3 Warp Point
2 Night Maintenance
2 Broken Time Space
1 Miasma Stadium
1 Luxury Ball
1 Expert Belt / Premier Ball
1 Helix Fossil
The concept of the deck is simple for the most part. You want to play Gallade 4 LV.X while you are getting a Gengar LV.X ready to “Compound Pain”. This does require a slower than normal set up. This is the only reason that I ran one “Curse” Gengar instead of two. The two “Fainting Spell” Gengar help you stay consistent. Also, what I think a lot of people don’t realize is that this is a spread deck. You are able to give up early prizes because later you can take more than one at a time, to keep yourself in the game. Being able to move damage around as you please makes it very easy to take multiple prizes at once.
I didn’t do very much testing before playing in Cities with this deck, which is why the Omastar got put in instead of another tech. The Omastar made it possible to get around the Nidoqueen. I also played Team Galactic’s Wager so that I didn’t have to over extend to KO the Nidoran. I didn’t personally play against Any SP decks, but Garchomp C LV.X does give the deck a lot of trouble. I believe the only way to beat it is to only focus on just taking 1 Prize at a time with “Poltergeist”. Good “Fainting Spell” flips always help.
Round 1 Gengar vs. Kingdra
I win the coin flip and go first. I start with Gastly and “Pitch Dark”. She starts with a Horsea and Baltoy, but can not turn one me due to the “Pitch Dark”. Next turn I KO the Horsea with a “Poltergiest”. The game only lasted a couple of turns due to her slower set up.
Round 2 Gendar vs. SP Tool Box
This wasn’t a deck that I had seen since Regionals. This deck played Weavile G and Honchcrow G.
The idea behind this deck was always good. “Call For Family” with Weavile, then “Honcho’s Command” with Honchcrow G. It is a very basic Set up for SP decks and it gives them very good set up options. I just took my time spreading damage, to the lower HP than normal Pokémon SP, and eventually won.
Round 3 Gengar vs. Uxie Rush
This match was played against no other than Rob Downs. Rob has been playing this deck on and off for a year now. He is very consistent with it and plays it very well. If I had to, I would say he is the best Uxie player. Needless to say I went first with Gastly and “Pitch Dark”. This shuts down almost the entire deck. Rod set up a couple of prizes with Crobats and Poké-Blowers but eventually ran out of steam. Gengar soon made short work of a bench filled with Uxies and Crobats.
Round 4 Gengar vs. Flyguy with Nidoqueen and Memory Berry
This round was played against a player that I recognized from my local store, so I had a pretty good idea of how he played the deck. This, so far, was the best game of the day. It was a slower because I figured, all I had to do was set up all my prizes and win in one turn. About three turns in he set a Nidoran and doesn’t evolve it by the end of the turn. By this time he has two Machamps and two Flygons all with a good amount of damage on most of them.
My turn after consisted of playing Gallade 4 LV.X, moving a damage counter to the Nidoran and dropping Crobat G, to put three damage counters on it. I finished my turn by “Shadow Rooming” the Nidoran for the KO with a leveled upped Gengar. On his turn, he “Extreme Attacks” my Gengar X. This left me with 10 HP. On my next turn, I play Omastar and he picks up two Machamps, a Flygon and two Claydols. I shuffle back his Flygon X with my Gengar’s power and Wager him. I then set up to take 3 Prizes that turn with “Compound Pain”. He then KO’d the Gengar with a Machop and my next couple of turns consisted of moving damage to an Uxie and Azelf with my “Curse” Gengar, while he locked up my Claydol with a Trapinch.
Top 4 Gengar vs. Hippos
This game was against one of the Poké-Dads that I am quite familiar with. It turns out the Hippowdon has a very good match up against this deck because of the “Sand Reset” Poké-Power. This made it difficult to get “Compound Pain” ready to go. A turn or so down, then I Wager and catch a Hippowdon with a “Poltergeist”, and take control of the game one.
He goes first and starts with Uxie. He attaches and attacks my fossil. My hand would have been horrible if I didn’t top the Roseanne’s Research that I did. I already had three Poké-Turns plus an Energy in my hand, so I searched for Uxie and Crobat G. I played the Crobat G and went for the turn one donk with my Uxie.
This was against Abe from Kenosha WI. At least I believe it is Kenosha. Anyway, we always end up playing at any event we are both at, and always play a mirror match of some kind. So it was no surprise that he was also running Gengar, but his version played Mesprit with no form of spread.
Not much to say. We had each other locked with “Pitch Dark” and he started to hard evolve his Pokémon and I couldn’t respond. So I gave him Game 1.
I had what I considered to perfect start. I started with Gallade 4, and began to spread damage while I slowly set up a Gengar.
Due to the fact that I don’t believe in Unown G, I left a Haunter there for quite awhile so that his Gengars couldn’t snipe me. We exchanged a couple of prizes, while I was still spreading and moving around damage. I then played Omastar and took the rest or my prizes to win Game 2 with “Compound Pain”. So we went on to play Game 3 with ten minutes left.
I start with Gallade 4 and a Call Energy, and next turn I set up a Claydol and play Gallade 4 LV.X. I attach a Psychic Energy and begin doing 20 to the active, and spreading everywhere else. Time is called a couple of turns later and he had to Looker’s Investigation, himself to try to go for a prize. He couldn’t take any prizes as where I had three set up by the time the round was up.
This was my first Cities won in the two and a half years that I have been playing the game. Needless to say I was pretty excited. I wore that medal all weekend.