pokebeach.comLuxBox was once a heavily played deck and it performed very well at Worlds 2009. With the release of Garchomp C and Blaziken FB, SP variants were not only focused on Luxray GL, but also on the combination of Blaziken FB/Luxray GL/Garchomp C (BLG). Once HeartGold SoulSilver was released, Double Colorless Energy was introduced and Blaziken FB started to find its way out of SP variants.
With the impact of Double Colorless Energy it became much easier to abuse Garchomp C LV.X’s “Dragon Rush”. This enabled LuxChomp to quickly become the most dominant deck in the format. With the release of Vileplume, SP variants now must include a way around the trainer lock, and so Dialga G LV.X has become a staple in almost every SP deck.
Dialga G LV.X may seem like a quick fix to LuxChomp’s problem with Vileplume. As a tech in an SP builds, Dialga G LV.X takes at minimum 2 spots, Dialga G + Dialga G LV.X. However, it is recommended that you run Warp Energy if you run Dialga, so now Dialga G LV.X takes up to 4-6 spots. Some lists have even began to run Energy Exchanger to not only search out Double Colorless Energy, but to search out Warp Energy. Now Dialga G LV.X is taking up anywhere from 4-10 slots.
However, it will usually only take 4-6 slots because Energy Exchanger through testing has been found to be unnecessary and 4 Energy Exchangers is just too much. With all this being said, Dialga G LV.X takes up room that could be used for other consistency cards in LuxChomp. LuxBox simply has much more room than LuxChomp does because LuxChomp must include a 2-2 Garchomp C LV.X line as well as 4 Double Colorless Energy. With these 8 slots you have available in LuxBox you can include many cards that boost consistency, such as Cynthia’s Feelings, Professor Oak’s New Theory, Judge, and VS Seeker.
4 Cyrus’s Conspiracy
3-1 Luxray GL LV.X instead of 2-2:
I find that in LuxBox being able to roll 3 Luxray GL’s onto the field instead of just 2 is great against many of the popular SP variants. If they snipe your second Luxray GL (your only main attacker) then you will have nothing to return a Knock Out with, thus putting you behind on the Prize trade off and losing you the game.
This being said, the fact that you only have 1 Luxray GL LV.X you must be able to recover it if your Luxray GL LV.X gets sent to the discard. Playing 2 Aaron’s Collection, 2 Premier Ball, and 2 VS Seeker are great ways to make sure you can recover your Luxray GL LV.X.
With the dramatic increase in decks running Sableye and Spiritomb, I am surprised this card doesn’t see more play than it does. It can net you a free prize if the player does not run Warp Energy or Warp Point (If your Poison Binding a Sableye).
Professor Oak’s New Theory:
A great card for boosting consistency. It has seen dramatically more play since Yuta Komatsuda won the World Championship in the Masters Division with this card in his LuxChomp. Being able to refresh your hand with 6 new cards is great in any SP deck and can get you out of a “Sableye Lock” or a dead hand.
Personally this is my favorite draw card of all time. Once your main attacker dies, getting 8 new cards can be great to get you back in the game.
When denying peoples ability to set up with Luxray GL disruption and Power Sprays. A Judge can be detrimental and can net you the game. Also it helps against other SP variants that run much less consistency cards and have a much smaller chance drawing into what they need. This can also net you the game.