Hi guys!! I’m back with another smashing article!! This time I’m giving you a two for one; my Next Destinies prerelease report and my Reshiboar EX deck analysis. I wasn’t going to do another Reshiboar article, seeing as I’ve done my fair share of them in the past, but when I read a recent Reshiboar article on here and saw so many mistakes and how bad the comments were, I was driven to correct the mistakes and change players minds about the deck.
Next Destinies Prerelease Report: 2/3/2012
I get to PBKW Comics & Games with thirty minutes to spare. I walk in, greet the shop owner, and go up to the counter to pay for the event. Then I get in the line to get registered. I get a poster, a deck box, and a raffle ticket, and leave the line to go find a seat. As I’m walking I greet some of my friends and former league members. Finally, I take my set and wait for the announcements of when the packs come out.
As I’m sitting there, I look up at the registration line and it’s basically out the door!! I’ve NEVER seen so many people come to play for a prerelease. There were 71 people who entered the prerelease. That’s the second highest attendance for a prerelease event. Finally, the announcements are made and the packs are being passed out. Before they get to my table, I hear players opening up their packs. Some of them are really loud, because they pulled a Mewtwo EX, which is really exciting.
They finally get to my table and I pass the packs down until it gets to me. As I open my packs, I start separating them into colors/Trainers etc… I open my last pack and pull a……. Mewtwo EX!! I am so happy with it that I show everyone at my table what I got. Now I wasn’t as loud as those other players who got one, but I was just as happy. After that I started building my deck. I had mostly Water and Lightning Pokémon so I went with that. I also threw Mewtwo EX in there because of its first attack.
One kid told me that I couldn’t play with Mewtwo in my deck because it’s Psychic. I showed it to him and explained that his first attack is Colorless and can be splashed into any deck. Then one of my former league members comes over and I play him in a couple of games with the deck I just made. After that parings were up.
So we cut and shuffle each others decks, lay out our Pokémon and wait for the start announcement. We flip over our Pokémon and I start off with Mewtwo EX (I forgot what he had). I went first and attached a Double Colorless Energy and Knocked Out his Pokémon, which only had forty HP. He sends out his other Pokémon and on his turn he attaches a DCE to his Pokémon and tells me to go ahead and finish it, so on my turn I did. I used Mewtwo EX’s X Ball attack for eighty damage!! It was one of the quickest games that night.
pokemon-paradijs.comWell I don’t start out with Mewtwo EX and I didn’t go first. He starts out with a Cubchoo NDE, attaches DCE, and passes. Then I attach an energy to Shinx and do 10 damage I think. Then he attached a W Energy to Cubchoo, evolves it to Beartic NDE and Ambushes me for sixty damage!! I have nothing that can take that thing down, so I just send out something to stall for the time being. He ends up sweeping me with it as I can’t get up anything fast enough to KO Beartic.
Surprisingly enough I start off with Mewtwo EX again and attach an energy and pass. He then uses Heavy Ball to search out his Regigigas-EX. He puts it on his bench and attaches an energy to it and passes. He then lets me KO two of his Pokémon while he powers up his Gigas. He then sends it out and waits for My Mewtwo EX to attack it. I get smart to his plan and retreat it and send out something weak until I think of a plan to get rid of it.
I finally come up with a plan to KO Regigigas-EX. I let him KO two of my Pokémon while powering up my Mewtwo EX up on the bench enough to KO his Gigas straight up. I sent it out and KO’d his Gigas and his other Pokémon with ease.
After that, I started asking people for trades because you can’t trade the cards you have untill after the rounds are over. I wanted to trade for a Reshiram-EX, which wasn’t that popular, or expensive, so I hoped someone would trade something for it. I went around and asked four to five people that I knew who had one to trade me, but no one seemed to really want to trade it.
One couldn’t do it because his mom didn’t want him to. Another valued it more than what it was worth. Another said he was giving it to his dad, who was serving his country over seas when he gets back. (Aww, that’s so touching.)
pokemon-paradijs.comIn the mist of asking people, some guy wanted to trade me for a reverse holo Stunfisk. He was willing to give me a Shaymin EX full art for it. Now I knew it was a bad trade and I asked him if he wanted something else to go along with my Stunkfish. He said that he didn’t care about how bad the trade was. He just wanted the Stunkfish because he’s a collector. So I traded him for his Shaymin EX. Now that I have Shaymin, I have something good that’s worth trading.
I walk around with Shaymin EX asking some of the same people before to now trade me a Reshiram-EX. Still, no one wanted to trade me, even though I was offering them a full art for a regular EX. So then I offered to buy it from a couple of players. Finally, one of my friends decides to trade me it after seeing how much trouble I’m going though to get it. I trade him Shaymin EX and a holo Luxray for Reshiram-EX.
Finally, I have everything I need for the deck I’m going to make. By this time the extra packs have already been passed out and the raffle has started. I didn’t really care for the raffle, seeing as I have everything I needed. So I pack up my stuff, say good bye to my friends and the PTO/organizers (even though they don’t like me right now), and went home.
Reshiboar EX Deck Analysis
As some of you know, I’ve been playing, testing, writing articles and been a fan of Reshiboar deck since the Black & White set came out. With Next Destinies being out, it doesn’t take much to upgrade the deck from what it was (1-2 cards maybe). But it’s not as simple as that; those few cards change the deck quite a bit. So much so, that with the right touch, it could be a top contender for States this year. That’s what I’m here to discuss.
As soon as you see this guy you automatically place him in the Reshiboar/TyRam/Magneboar decks. But, what synergy does he have with them? Well, for Reshiboar and TyRam it gives them a bigger beat stick. They can now 1HKO Pokémon with 130 HP thanks to Reshiram-EX’s Brave Fire attack.
In Magneboar it’s a stable beater that doesn’t remove its energies to the Lost Zone. Reshiram-EX can also help take down other EX’s with his attack, since they have massive Hit Points as well.
And with Emboar’s Ability, it can be powered up within one turn, which is very fast. One DCE and two Fire, or even four R Energy is possible with this guy. His Retreat Cost is pretty hefty at three, but that’s not a problem if you’re attacking with it. It can be searched out by Pokémon Collector and Heavy Ball for easy access. The only two downsides I see that would be a problem would be flipping tails for his attack and your opponent taking 2 Prizes when they kill it.
You can solve the flipping problem by sticking an Eviolite on him, making him even harder to KO. You can also use Fliptini’s Ability to re-flip if you get tails. As far as your opponent getting 2 Prizes on you off of it, you’ll just have to live with that.
This is the hottest card in the Next Destinies set, and it will be a tech in just about every single deck for States. It’s only fitting that it should be in this deck as a tech. In this deck it will be used to counter other Mewtwo EXs and Pokémon that have massive energy requirements due to its X Ball attack.
It can be powered up with a DCE, or you can use Emboar’s Ability and attach two energies to it in one turn. That would really surprise your opponent and catch them off guard, if you just dropped it from your hand onto your bench. Well, That’s about it for this guy. Let’s move on to the decklist.
Pokémon – 10
2 Emboar BLW 30
Trainers – 34
7-8 [Draw Supporters]
4 [Energy Recovery Cards]
3 [Pokémon Searchers]
2-3 Junk Arm
Energy – 14
Low Pokémon Count
Well to tell you the truth, this is the lowest it’s ever been, but it works. You don’t really need much to win, especially with these Pokémon in your deck. Mulligan are not a problem either. Even if you do mulligan, all you need is 1 Pokémon to get the ball rolling. The Trainers and Supporters will do the rest.
Lots of Trainers
There are a lot of them, but every single one of them is needed for this deck to work. I’ve been reading some recent articles on here lately and some of the writers have done their skeleton lists like this. I think it’s cool to do it like this, so that you can choose what the best options are for you in the deck, which would be different from mine. 3 Collector is fine, since there isn’t a lot of basics in this deck.
As far as Pokémon Searchers go there are only two that would fit the bill: Heavy Ball and Pokémon Communication. Heavy Ball is from our newest set and it can find a Pokémon with three Retreat Cost and put it in your hand. There are however only 3 Pokémon that fit that mold in this deck.
Nevertheless, I think it’s worth it to have something to search these guys out, seeing as they are a pretty important part of the deck. Pokémon Communication is the standard staple here and it’s great, but there are a couple of disadvantages to using it. One, you have to have a Pokémon in your hand to use it. In this deck, there aren’t a whole lot of Pokémon and most of them might already be on the field by the time you use it.
Two, you have to show your opponent the Pokémon you put on top of your deck. This can wreck your strategy if you’re not careful. If you put back something like Mewtwo EX or Reshiram-EX, your opponent now knows that they’re a threat and it gives them a heads up of what is to come later in the game.
If they KO one of your Pokémon, you can easily go though your deck and pull out one of those. But when you do, your opponent will be ready for it and they will counter you hard for it. Pokémon Communication is still a good choice though. It’s up to you whether you want to use though.
Again, it’s up to you to decide on how you want to put energies back into your hand. Energy Retrieval and Fisherman are two perfect choices for Energy Recovery. How many of them you want to put in your deck up to four is up to you. You can go two Retrieval and two Fisherman, or one Fisherman and three Retrieval. It’s all up to you.
pokemon-paradijs.comI had a hard time deciding on which Pokémon Tools would be best for this deck. So I just split them like that to give you guys the option of your choice of what to put in here. Reshiram and Emboar can do well with both Rocky Helmet and Eviolite, but the EXs only do well with Eviolite. Both of them bring something unique to the table and they both help this deck to do well. If it were me, I would find a way to play both. That’s why I went with a ratio of three to five in that slot.
Two to three Junk Arm sounds about right for this deck. Quite frankly, I don’t see that much stuff you would want to get back after using it once, or twice in this deck. Unless it was discarded with Juniper, which I think is the main reason why Junk Arm is in here.
There is enough energy to cover everyone that attacks in this deck and one energy to at least put Emboar back into your hand after it gets KO’d by your opponent (because it will). There are two slots open in this deck. You can choose to add whatever you like. You could add another Tepig, or the third Junk Arm etc…
Cilan is another card from the new set that really works well with this deck. Getting three energies in your hand is perfect for abusing Emboar’s Ability. You can use it to power up a Reshiram in one turn with the help of Emboar of course. Doing so makes Reshi a scary Pokémon to face in the beginning of the game. You could easily choose this for one of those slots in the deck. It really does deserve a shot to shine in here.
Cleffa HS and Manaphy UL are normally used in a deck like this to shuffle your bad hand in and draw a better one. I didn’t list them in the deck because I don’t think they will be needed. Cleffa never wakes up, or falls asleep when you need it to and it’s a free prize for your opponent in the early game. Manaphy is a little bigger, but gives you one less card and doesn’t protect you from any damage.
Both have free retreat which is good, but I wouldn’t want them taking up space on my bench, just to be free retreaters. It’s up to you whether you want one of them to be in you deck or not. I think the deck has enough draw and search power to do without them. But that’s just me. Twins is obviously a pretty good choice in here. Seeing as you need time to set up Emboar in the begining, since it’s slow.
Turn two and three is when your opponent will try to go after your Emboar to kill it early. If they do, Twins would be great to get what you need to get back into the game. I can basically do without it because I can usually survive and get Emboar up within those turns. Rescue Energy can help with this as well. Twins is still a good card for this deck and it should be considered for a slot, or two.
As far as Ninetales HS and Shuckle HS Promo go, it has been tested and discussed that they are not needed as a draw engine in this deck. There’s not too much else to say about it. You can bury yourself if you want to. If you think you can make them work then go right ahead.
If you’re planning a fast build with 2 Reshi EXs, then I say make some room for Victini. I just think focusing on the regular Reshiram is better, since it would have a better time dealing with Mewtwo EX, seeing as there would only be one energy left after it does Blue Flare. It’s all up to you if you want to have some flipping fun though.
What matchups? Next Destinies has just came out and we have yet to see how this deck would work in a format full of crazy EXs and Powerful Pokémon. I have my speculations though, but only time will tell if it would be a great deck or not. Well, I think that’s pretty much it for this article. Until next time, Amphy out!!
[Editor’s Note: To be completely honest, I really appreciate the article and the effort put forth here, but if the whole point of this article is to prove people wrong about Reshiboar EX when it seems pretty apparent you haven’t tested the that much deck yourself (especially against anything post-NDE), then I don’t think you’re going to change anyone’s mind about the deck.]