Hello! I have been a visitor to this site for quite some time and have decided to submit an article on a deck which I find to be interesting. I was looking through cards from MD-on the other day to see if there are any cards which might be fun to use when I stumbled upon Magnezone SF (Lightning). With a Poké-Power that seem to go well with Raichu HGSS as well as an attack that allows Magnezone to be switched with a benched Pokémon (and has the opponent switch his or her Pokémon if it does), I toyed around with the idea of a deck with Magnezone, Raichu and Spiritomb AR in it.
Before I move on to the strategy, below is the decklist:
pokemon-paradijs.comSpiritomb will be used as a starter for the trainer lock and to evolve the benched Pokémon early game. As the game progresses, Spiritomb acts as a trainer lock and with an Unown Q attached (or discarding a Lightning energy, which can be retrieved later on), is able to retreat to make way for Magnezone’s “Gyro Ball” attack. With an Expert Belt attached, Magnezone is able to deal considerable damage to the opponent’s setup.
As the opponent’s hand builds up with unused Trainer cards, Judge can be used to minimize his or her hand back to 4. Raichu can then be used to deal 120 damage with an Expert Belt attached without (as much) worries of the opponent being able to set up. By using Magnezone’s Poké-Power “Super Connectivity”, Raichu will be able to use its attack the next turn as well. As Raichu has no Retreat Cost, it also has the choice of retreating to use Magnezone’s attack instead and set up the Trainer lock again.
pokemon-paradijs.comSunyshore City Gym is used to prevent an auto-loss against Donphan decks, as any Lightning Pokémon’s attack is not affected by Resistance as well as having no Weakness. As Spiritomb will be the active Pokémon most of the time, more Supporter-based Pokémon search is used.
The rationale behind 3 Expert Belts is to have them attached to Magnezone and/or Raichu faster, as Magnezone’s “Gyro Ball” attack with an Expert Belt would deal 80 damage, which would 1HKO Pokémon usually seen in play such as Claydol and Uxie. Furthermore, an Expert Belt on Raichu would mean 1HKO-ing Garchomp C LV.X and Luxray GL LV.X, avoiding them from being Poké Turn-ed or healed from “Healing Breath”. Lastly, 4 Pokémon Reversals helps in bringing out Pokémon which can be 1HKO-ed.
That is it for this article! Feedback is greatly appreciated.