Hey! My name is Arkimedes, I am from Europe. I have played the Pokémon TCG since it first came out. I have played competitively for about a year. I love the thrill of using a new rogue deck against an unexpecting opponent.
Pokemon ParadijsThis is not article about Milotic or Rayquaza from Supreme Victors as the title might have suggested. This article is about disruption and the empty hand mentioned in the title is your opponents’. The main way of accomplishing this is using Exeggutor from Legends Awakened.
Its first attack, “Psychic Strategy” forces you and your adversary to shuffle your hands into your decks and each draw as many cards as the other player had. This is obviously a powerful technique for disruption since it can potentially give your opponent a hand of zero cards while you may grab a bunch. In order for this to happen, you need a bit of setup, though.
Since the focus is on disruption, you want as few cards as possible in your own hand when using the attack. You can build your deck to achieve this goal in a variety of ways. Firstly, you don’t want to risk filling up your hand with a lot of supporters that you cannot get rid of. Therefore, you may want to have quite a bit of focus in your trainer line on actual trainers like Great Ball, SP radar, Pokédex handy, Pluspower and maybe even Pokéball. Pokémon Communication is also a great card to run but slightly more risky since you need a Pokémon in your hand to run it.
Basically the idea is just that you can get rid of these cards when you need to. A card that I personally really like to run is Night Teleporter, which allows you to flip a coin. If heads, you may shuffle your hand into your deck and search for any 1 card. This allows you both to get key cards in important situations and cut down your hand when you need to. You may want to attach a single energy card to Exeggutor before emptying your hand to make it able to retreat during your next turn.
Pokemon ParadijsOf course, you want to run supporter cards too. There are many great supporters in the format at the moment including Pokémon Collector, Bebe’s Search and many more. Cyrus’ Initiative is great to run to help destroy your opponents’ hand after she has drawn into a couple of cards. The question is how to get rid of these in a turn where a supporter has already been played.
Regice LA’s power “Regi Move” allows you to discard 2 cards from your hand and if your opponent has a basic Pokémon active you may make her switch it with one of her benched ones. While the switching effect may be decent, the discarding is what you really want. This can help you get rid of 2 unwanted cards from your hand (this could also be evolution cards that you cannot play since you don’t have the basic in play or just played it from your hand).
Banette from Platinum has a power which allows you to basically discard as many cards as you want. It is a stage one so it is a bit harder to get in play than Regice but will allow you to get your hand to 0 nearly 100% of the time. Which one you run is basically a question of how many supporters/evolutions you play. It is pretty essential to get your hand down to 0 (leaving your opponent with 0 cards in his hand after the attack). Although 1 or 2 cards also seems good, you have a much bigger chance of locking him with 0 cards.
Notice that you may want to play Broken Time-Space so you can evolve Exeggutor as soon as possible, since the disruption doesn’t make sense if your opponent has too much in play already. This is especially true if you run Banette too, since you can evolve both in the first turn you may play trainers.
Pokemon ParadijsAfter reducing your opponent’s hand to zero cards she gets to draw once. There is really not much to do about this, except hope that she doesn’t draw Uxie or something to search for it. After this initial draw, however, you can do things to prevent her from coming back into the game.
Chatot G from Supreme Victors is a good card for this. It allows you to rearrange the top 4 cards of your opponent’s deck which should keep her stuck for a while. Notice that if you give her any cards to search for anything, the top 4 cards will not be at the top any more, since she has shuffled her deck. As mentioned, Cyrus Initiative is good for keeping your opponents’ hand down too.
The last thing you need now is knocking your opponent out before she comes back on her feet. You have devoted a big part of your deck to disruption, meaning that her deck is probably more powerful in direct combat than yours. Therefore, her Pokémon should be knocked out before she can unleash this power. You need something that hits quickly and hard.
Pokemon ParadijsWhich attacker to use is really up to you, but I like Blaziken FB Lv.X. It hits for 80 with 1 energy and energy gain, and the extra damage in return shouldn’t be that much of a problem since your opponent probably won’t overpower you at this stage of the game. If you run Blaziken you can use many good things of the SP engine. Chatot G should already be in your deck and you can use power spray to keep disrupting your opponent (making her not get Uxie’s ability – also if she draws it as the first card after the disruption).
You can use Crobat G which is pretty good in this deck since it is easy to get rid of when trimming your hand and helps your extreme offense after you have disrupted. Cyrus’ Conspiracy is also great to search for things like power spray (to prevent uxie), scoop up (for Blaziken, Crobat, or Chatot) energy gain for Blaziken, energy for blaziken, supporters like another Cyrus’ Conspiracy or Cyrus’ Initiative to disrupt your opponent’s hand further. Hopefully you will destroy your opponent without her ever getting back into the game.
I am not posting a deck list here, since I think it should be up to each player to build her own version of every deck. I have suggested some ideas and you will probably not use all of them. The deck should consist of about 15 Pokémon, 4-10 energies (pretty big interval, but it depends on which attacker you use) and the rest trainers supporters and stadiums.
This is a pretty fun deck to run. This is especially true when your opponent has no idea about what she is facing. I am going to be honest and say that it is probably more of a rogue deck than it is a guess at the new BDIF. However, it is a fun deck to play and can put up a good fight against most decks. With this article I hope to make you think about Exeggutor as a disruption card and why you think it does or doesn’t work.