As is common knowledge by now, the current format will consist of Majestic Dawn and on. The same decks that have been winning before are going to stay around, which is OK if you ignore the one, simple problem.
Their names are awful. There’s no way to get around it. “Luxchomp, Sablelock, Blastgatr”? They are not appealing to the common player, even if they do get to the point. There are ways to properly name a deck, however.
Method 1: Your Pokémon.
pokemon-paradijs.comThis is the most basic and commonly used method to come up with a name for the deck. Just for the sake of this article, we will take two random cards that might not go together and try to come up with a name from that (even if they’re not going to be a successful deck). The two cards I chose were Empoleon (SF) and Lumineon (SF). Both cards feature aquatic creatures, both cards have a “majestic” feel to them, and both of them take water energies.
These may seem like obvious things that both key Pokémon have in common, but many players overlook these features when trying to make a deck name. What has become an annoying common event is to take part each Pokémon’s name and combine it into an awkward, clumsy name. Look at “Luxchomp”. It’s not fun to say and though it will tell the name of the Pokémon in the deck (use Luxray with Garchomp), it’s not going to get any fans just by the name alone. A good example of what to name a deck based off of these qualities would be:
– Royal Tsunami
– Fin Destruction
– Endless Torrent
Method 2: It’s Purpose.
This is the second (if only other) way that decks are commonly named. This involves taking the point of the deck (Lock-down, Spead, Disruption) and combining it with a name of a card, most commonly a Pokémon. A common, poor example of this is “Sablelock”, the famous tourtament winner.
Just looking at the card, there are many other things that the deck could have been called, if only because of the print of the card. The whole point of the deck is to try to disrupt/donk the opponent, using Sableye’s two attacks. It also allows the deck to go first. Using this information, we can come up with a much better name for the deck. Better names include:
– Overeager Victory
– I Call Heads
– The Support of Sableye
The point of this article is to try to convince people to move away from the ever-so-common way of naming your decks. Try to keep the deck name original, throw in some unnecessary adjectives and the next format might have the illusion new decks.
And if you’re going to make a rouge deck, do not try to make it sound like a meta deck. You created it, have some pride in it. Don’t make it sound as if someone else made your deck.