LuxPhan?! Viable for Battle Roads?

pokemon-paradijs.comHey guys my name is Perry Going from North Carolina. I recently got back into Pokémon and I am kind of new to the game play. However, I have been fortunate enough to build successful decks like LuxPluff, Sablelock, and LuxChomp, but they were not working for me. So in response I went ahead and made a deck that was not played as much in tournaments, LuxPhan. This Donphan Prime variant has many tricks up its sleeves. As mentioned in the title, Luxray Gl LV.X is included in the deck along with a very useful and disrupting card, Mesprit LA.

The idea of the deck is to T1 Donphan and “Psychic Bind.” Donphan is a very fast deck, but many decks can go around and counter it like Jumpluff and Gyarados so to slow these decks the T1 “Psychic Bind” is necessary. Then T2 one should hope for a second Mesprit and Claydol set up. This allows the player to stall and slow the opponent down one more turn. By T3, you should have a Donphan with 3 energies and an Expert Belt on it hitting hard for 110 with a Luxray GL sitting on your bench. This is where the fun begins.

I run 2 Warp Point and 2 Switch allowing me to switch Donphan and to bring up Luxray GL. Then, one shall level up and “Bright Look” one of your opponent’s bench Pokémon; thus, free retreating or Poké Turning it to bring up the Donphan that can hit for 110. Just repeat for Knock Out after Knock Out.

The deck is pretty consistent, Donphan sets up very quickly and a T3 “Heavy Impact” is common. Also, 8 out of 10 times I am able to set up fully by T4, so I would say it is very consistent. Plus with LuxPhan, Donphan does not have the major weaknesses that it usually has, like an auto-loss to Gyarados or Palkia Lock, because Luxray GL covers Donphan’s water weakness and Mesprit prevents a “Psychic Bind” from Palkia Lock. Mesprit and Luxray GL actually give Donphan a chance against these decks.

All-in-all this deck has sustainability, recovery, and the speed to be a viable deck for Battle Roads.

Here’s my deck build for LuxPhan:

4 Donphan Prime (HGSS)
4 Phanpy (SW)
2 Luxray GL (RR)
2 Luxray GL LV.X (RR)
2 Mesprit (LA)
2 Baltoy (GE)
2 Claydol (GE)
1 Crobat G (PL)
1 Azelf (LA)
1 Uxie (LA)
1 Lucario GL (RR)
3 Roseanne’s Research
2 Bebe’s Search
2 Pokémon Collector
1 Palmer’s Contribution
1 Copycat
3 Broken Time-Space
2 Warp Points
2 Switch
1 Luxury Ball
2 Pokémon Communication
4 Super Scoop Up
4 TG’s Invention G-105 Poké Turn
1 Energy Gain
2 Expert Belt
5 F
1 L
2 Multi

Reader Interactions

17 replies

  1. Ed Mandy

    It's interesting that there are 2 Donphan/Mesprit articles recently. Is Lucario GL mainly for the Gyarados matchup? The other article also ran both Warp Point and Switch. I'm curious why. Why not just 4 Warp Point? You guys both did it, so I assume there has to be a reason.

    What are your plans for adding Unleashed cards?

  2. Chad Hill

    I thought of something like this before but I traded all of my Donphan away before trying it. I like this idea but it could fail. If I play luxchomp and call for 2 more basics then spray psychic bind the first 2 turns then KO your claydol you could be in trouble…that happens for me pretty consistently but i'd love to test it on RS

  3. Perry Going

    i run lucario for gyarados yes, and the 2 switch is for switching between donphans.

  4. Eric Lari

    I really like this deck list it has a lot of potential. have you play tested this against any kingdra's with the new prime? Also I think I met you at a recent prerelease tournament.

  5. ESP

    Hmm, I like this idea. I think I might try this one at a Battle Road. I'd probably just have to run 1 Luxray GL LV. X, but I still think it will be good.

    Good article, keep it up :]

  6. ESP

    I have tried the deck out now, and I love it! One of my main concerns with Donphan/Mesprit was the inability to add damage, but Crobat fixes that. I added a Cyrus's Conspiracy over Azelf LA for personal choice, so you may want to look into that. Thanks a lot!

  7. Perry Going

    you did? cool… well thanks and i did but kingdra doesnt rely on powers… I tested against palkia lock and won.

  8. Perry Going

    ah collector 2 mesprits and if they spray both…ssu one back up to laugh in there face

  9. Saturn

    I have a variant of this I made way back when Donphan came out. I don't run Mesprit in it though…(Other then canceling powers and sitting on bench to take donphan's damage, I don't understand why it is must used )

  10. Perry Going

    the disruption of stopping your opponents early game set gives you a chance to race ahead a few turns in the game.

  11. Fett

    Is this Cornelius, NC Perry? If so, I saw you testing against Jeff's Kingdra earlier :). This is Rob. You should test against my Gyarados next week. Nice deck. Good luck with it!

  12. Karol Nowak

    Looks like we have anohter Donphan lock deck, and this time, this one happens to use Luxray GL in it.

    Well, this is quite an interesting deck I must say. It is like a Donphan deck, but it locks with Mesprit and it happens to use Luxray as an attacker from time to time, as well as a gust of wind. Yep, very, very, very nice and interesting deck. I could take playing this version of Donphan into consideration.

  13. Perry Going

    it actually works well. i can beat kingdra machamp, palkia lock, and kingdra prime, but i can beat gyarados yet

  14. Perry Going

    you have to use lux to attack when playing water decks…

  15. Karol Nowak

    No wonder. You really did bring up a very good point. Luxray does certainly help when you against a deck like Gyarados or Kingdra. Yep, Now I can see the point of this deck. This deck really can do a good job against anything water. With Mesprits to slow down the opponent, Donphan to hit hard, and Luxray as an attacker and for bright look, that's just one great deck right there. I think it really can be viable for battle roads.

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