pokebeach.comWhen scans for HGSS Unleashed were revealed, I was one of many players extremely excited to see the Neo Genesis Sneasel virtually reprinted. Being the first of only two cards ever banned in the history of the Modified format, (Slowking from the same set being the other), it is interesting to see that the power creep has finally caught up with this prodigy.
Sneasel now comes with a x2 Fighting weakness, which is negligible because Donphan and Machamp both kill it anyway. “Beat Up” is still a great attack, letting you flip up to six coins to do up to 120 damage before factoring in Special D Energies. This attack combined with Memory Berry gives you a decent main attacker along side Garchomp C LV.X, while still achieving this deck’s main strategy: Disruption.
pokebeach.com“Claw Snag” is a pretty badass Poké-Power. At the drop, you get to discard any card from your opponent’s hand. It’s like a guaranteed “Cyrus’s Initiative”, but the card is discarded instead of getting bottom decked.
This power definitely raised a few eyebrows in the Pokémon community, but the biggest question would prove to be, “How will it be most effective?” Although I won’t pretend that I know the answer, as testing has only been limited to the last few weeks and there have been no tournament showings yet, this is definitely at least the start of a straight Weavile UD deck.
Borrowing from the huge success of “Sablelock”, we will max out Sableye (SF) in hopes of starting with it. It makes you start, get a leg-up with a Supporter before your opponent, and can donk with one of the 4 Special D Energies.
pokebeach.comThrough disruption cards like “Judge”, and a maxed out Weavile line including four “Super Scoop Up”s and three “Broken Time Space”, it is possible to limit your opponent’s options throughout the duration of the game, while taking out threats with Garchomp C LV.X and cleaning up with Sneasel’s “Beat Up”.
Before you ask about matchups, consider the following: This type of deck’s success is based on how well you play out your turns, eliminate threats, and strategically discard, along with how you draw, and how your opponent topdecks. Much like “Sablelock”, you can win literally any match you play, but you will not win if you spend all of your resources to discard their entire hand and they top deck an Uxie.
Here is my current list:
3 Cyrus’s Conspiracy
Battle Roads is right around the corner!!! I’m predicting the Meta to be a twisted power struggle between LuxChomp, Vileplume/Gengar, and Machamp variants. Should be…. fun?