As we all know by now, Luxchomp is by and large the most dominant deck around right now, and Yuta Komatsuda’s undefeated World Championship build only helped to bring that point home. Combine this with the fact that so little of it is being rotated out, and you have a deck that will dominate next year’s season, and very well could win next year’s World Championship as well. That said, there’s a bit in the standard build that IS rotated out now, so I’m going to discuss what we can do to update with the times.
I’m going to briefly discuss a list that I use (though like any good deck, I’m always experimenting and making small changes to it).
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It’s a bit of a tight build (I’d prefer one more Warp Energy myself), but this is what I’ve come up with so far. Other than that, this deck does everything that Luxchomp has done all year long: strike hard and fast, with a bit of disruption thrown in for good measure. The nice thing about it is that (besides Azelf and Uxie) there really isn’t a bad starter for this deck, and that everything in it has a purpose for several matchups (I’ll discuss more below).
I’m only going to mention what isn’t seen in every Luxchomp build. There’s no reason to go into why Luxray, Garchomp, or the Cyrus Engine are there, because judging from how many people ran them this past season, you already know.
This is integral in eliminating many Luxchomp counters of the past. The Poké-Body “Time Crystal” shuts off all non-SP bodies, and immediately ruins the talk of how much Vileplume will crush SP decks. Secondly, it deals with the bodies of other SP counters, such as Donphan Prime, Scizor Prime, and more importantly, Mewtwo LV.X. On top of all of this, Dialga G’s attack, “Deafen”, will add great disruptive support while you’re setting up everything Luxchomp needs to pick off prizes. The 1-1 Dialga G tech is highly recommended, and will likely be a standard Luxchomp tech next season.
Machamp is, by and large, one of the biggest problems for a standard Luxchomp build with Unown G being rotated out. So what better way to stop Machamp than the Promo Toxicroak’s little brother? The Poké-Body “Anticipation” is perfect for standing toe-to-toe with Machamp, blocking the effect of “Take Out”, as well as hitting Machamp for weakness. While it’s not practical, if Machamp is poisoned, you can add on even more damage with “Deep Poison”. Toxicroak’s not a perfect counter to Machamp, but with Unown G gone, you’re unlikely to find any perfect counter.
Dragonite is an interesting tech that many builds seem to ignore. While not as fast as the more traditional Ambipom G tech, it makes up for it with more survivability, and more general utility against SP in general. Where Ambipom is a specific counter to opposing Garchomp C LV.X, Dragonite FB can, at the cost of a Double Colorless and an Energy Gain, use “Mach Blow”, which is capable of not only 1-shotting Garchomp C LV.X, but a wide variety of 80 HP Pokémon SP (Crobat G, Ambipom G, Luxray GL, to name a few.) Expect a massive rise in Dragonite FB usage next season as well.
This is rapidly becoming a new standard for refilling your hand once your Cyrus Engine has run its course, and it looks as though it’s going to be adopted by many decks next format, non-SP included. Eventually, the community is going to have to realize that Claydol is dead and gone now, and that no card will ever truly replace it for the next format. Professor Oak’s New Theory is likely as good as it’s going to get for the foreseeable future.
pokemon-paradijs.comNow, as with any deck, there’s always options for techs to add, and I’ll briefly discuss some of them.
– A third Pokémon Collector would be an ideal tech. A set of three features the best consistency.
– One could consider utilizing Skuntank G and a Stadium for its “Poison Structure” Poké-Power to add some further support to countering Machamp.
– Alternative to the above, one could bring back the Lucario GL tech in order to possibly 1HKO Machamp with Uxie LV.X. However, as the format becomes more saturated with x2 weaknesses, this becomes less and less useful.
– As with any SP deck, one could add a fourth Power Spray in case you’re prone to facing power-heavy decks (90% of the format).
With that, I conclude my first article as a competitive player. Please feel free to add any suggestions or other feedback regarding the article. I very much hope to become acquainted with such a great community of players.