Bringing Back Klinklang BLW

ash ketchum pokeballpokemon.theirstar.comHello SixPrizes! My name is Adam Miller and I’m a somewhat newer player who has achieved some success in the short time that I’ve been playing the game.

I’ve played in three Pokémon tournaments so far (1 Battle Road, 1 City, and 1 State) and I’ve made top cut in each of them. I really enjoy coming up with new deck ideas and playing with decks that are somewhat outside the box. Currently I’m playing in the Virginia area in the Master’s division.

I am by no means new to the realm of trading card games. I began playing card games about 10 years ago when Yu-Gi-Oh was still in its infancy. This lead to playing other various card games, such as VS System (still the best game ever made!), World of Warcraft, Spoils, and Magic the Gathering. Playing these games has taught me strategies that translate to many different card games and I definitely attribute my success in Pokémon to my past experience playing other games.

I wanted to write an article today to share a very underrated deck with you all. Klinklang BLW is all but non-existent in the tournament scene, but I took it to a State Championship earlier this month and I piloted it to a top 8 finish (I think I could have won in top 8, but I lost due to time being called and my opponent hitting me for 180 damage on turn 2).

Unlike most people, I’ve known that I wanted to run Shift Gear Klinklang for the last month or so. I started out playing with the deck on PTCGO and refined it to near perfection. Rather than focusing on the tournament, I’ll use this article to explain how the deck works and why I chose to include the cards that I did. Without further ado, here’s the list.

The List

Pokémon – 16

4 Klink DEX
2 Klinklang BLW
1 Klinklang PLS
2 Darkrai-EX DEX
2 Keldeo-EX
1 Cobalion-EX
1 Mewtwo-EX NXD
1 Sigilyph DRX
1 Terrakion NVI
1 Victini NVI 15

Trainers – 33

4 N
3 Colress
2 Skyla
2 Cheren
2 Professor Juniper


4 Ultra Ball
4 Rare Candy
3 Pokémon Catcher
3 Max Potion
2 Heavy Ball
2 Tool Scrapper
1 Revive

1 Computer Search

Energy – 11

4 Prism
4 Blend WLFM
3 M

Card Explanations

klink-dark-explorers-dex-75Klink DEX: I chose to play this Klink over any of the other available Klinks solely because of the fact that it is searchable via Heavy Ball. Klink doesn’t often get Catcher stalled because of the fact that Keldeo-EX is included in the deck.

Klinklang BLW: This is the backbone of the entire deck. It allows to me to move Energy to whatever Pokémon is most beneficial at the time. It also allows me to move Energy off of damaged Pokémon, play Max Potion, and then move the Energy back onto that Pokémon.

Another reason why this Klinklang is so important is that it helps me to keep Energy on the field. This card allows me to move Energy from Pokémon to Pokémon so that I can usually keep all of my Energy in play rather than losing it when my Pokémon gets Knocked Out.

Klinklang PLS: This is one card that many people told me should not be included in the deck. But after my testing and the tournament earlier this month, I can confidently say that this is one of the best cards in the entire deck. Setting up a Klinklang PLS allows me to take my time in setting up a Shift Gear Klinklang and it allows me to attack with Cobalion-EX without any fear of EXs.

This may not seem like a huge deal, but it can be game breaking against decks like Blastoise/Keldeo, Darkrai, and Rayquaza EX/Eelektrik.

Darkrai EX: Darkrai EX is one of the cards that actually allows this deck to function properly. It is mostly used for its Dark Cloak Ability, but it also serves as a great attacker when I have two Prism Energy in play.

keldeo-ex-boundaries-crossed-bcr-49Keldeo-EX: This is another card that allows the deck to function properly. Keldeo-EX’s Rush In ability helps me to keep weaker Pokémon out of the Active Spot and helps to remove any status effect on the active Pokémon. Additionally, I can Rush In with Keldeo-EX, move a Prism Energy to it with Gear Shift, and retreat to any other Pokémon on my bench.

Keldeo-EX is also an amazing attacker in this deck. Between the Prism and Blend Energies, I have 8 W Energies that can be Gear Shifted onto Keldeo-EX at any point in time.

Cobalion-EX: This is another card that many people said should not be included in the deck; however, it tested very well. Its first attack is very useful because there are many decks running Double Colorless Energy right now and this attack sets them way back.

Additionally, when combined with Klinklang PLS, this card proves to be a huge wall that can hit for 100 damage each turn. It is also very useful against Sigilyph DRX and opposing Klinklang PLS.

Mewtwo EX: This is one of the few cards that seemed like an iffy call in the deck, but I’m very glad that I chose to include it. It serves as a great counter to opposing Mewtwo EXs and as a great game closer when I have a lot of energy in play.

Sigilyph DRX: This card is absolutely amazing. I was very excited every time I opened with this card because I knew that I’d have at least a couple of turns to set up. This card is so good right now because there aren’t really any attackers that can deal with it before turn 3. It’s also good throughout the game for the same reasons that Cobalion-EX/Klinklang PLS are great.

Terrakion NVI: This is yet another amazing card. It allows me to deal with Sigilyph DRX, any Lightning type Pokémon, and opposing Darkrai EXs.

Victini NVI 15: This card in included in the deck for one purpose: Klinklang PLS. The Klinklang PLS match is usually very difficult for this deck because it runs 8 non-basic Energies which can be discarded by Cobalion-EX. But Victini NVI basically makes this match an auto-win for me.

Notable Trainers

colress-plasma-storm-pls-118Colress: This is one of the best Supporters in the entire deck. This deck usually tends to have 4-5 Pokémon on the bench and allows me to draw lots of cards without discarding any of the many important cards that I need to conserve throughout the game.

Skyla: This card is especially good in this deck. It allows me to search out any of the set up cards that I need as well as getting me any of the game changing Pokémon/Trainers that I need throughout the game.

Professor Juniper: Juniper is one of the more iffy cards in the deck. It is necessary for drawing cards, but it can have negative consequences at times due to the fact that there are many cards that I do not want to discard. That is why there are only two copies in the deck.

Max Potion: This card is one of the most important cards in the whole deck. Shift Gear Klinklang allows me to move energy off of a damaged Pokémon and the back onto that Pokémon after I have used Max Potion. It is essentially able to negate the damage from several attacks throughout the game.

Tool Scrapper: At first it may seem like two copies of this card is too many; however, it is necessary to have those two copies when facing Garbodor DRX. It is also good for removing any Eviolites which may hinder me for scoring a 1HKO.

Revive: This card is absolutely amazing. There are many single copies of cards in this deck which are very good against specific decks that are heavily populating the tournament scene right now. Specifically, it is important to be able to get back Terrakion NVI in the Darkrai EX matchup and Victini NVI in the Klinklang PLS matchup.

Notable Energy

Prism Energy: This is without question the most important energy in the entire deck. It is very useful because it provides energy for any type of attack and it allows me to retreat free when used with Darkrai EX’s Dark Cloak ability.

Basic Strategy

klinklang-black-white-blw-76pokemon-paradijs.comThe basic strategy for this deck is to set up a Klinklang or two with a Keldeo-EX and a Darkrai EX on the bench. From there, you’ll just want to use whatever attacker is best for the specific matchup that you are playing.

Throughout the game you’ll want to put up whatever Pokémon will either score a 1HKO on your opponent or that will not be Knocked Out by an opponent’s attack. Additionally, you’ll just want to mitigate the damage from your opponent’s attacks using Max Potion.

In EX heavy matchups, it is important to set up a Klinklang PLS as soon as possible in order to ensure that you will be able to negate the damage from opposing attacks.


This deck has at least decent matchups against nearly every deck in the format. I do not know percentages just yet, but I have a very clear idea of what matchups are favorable and unfavorable.

Darkrai EX/Lasers: This is one of the easiest matchups for this deck. All you need to do is set up a Klinklang PLS with Cobalion-EX or a Sigilyph and buy time to set up. Keldeo-EX’s Rush In ability is especially important here because it allows you to remove any pesky status effects.

Rayquaza EX/Eelektrik: This is one of the more difficult matchups if your opponent is running Victini NVI. If they are not running Victini then you should just set up Klinklang PLS and use Cobalion-EX as your main attacker.

Blastoise/Keldeo-EX/Black Kyurem EX: Again, this matchup is fairly favorable for this deck. It forces them to power up a Blastoise, which can be 2HKO’d by any of the attackers in the deck. If, by chance, Klinklang PLS is Prized then it’s a good idea to just send up Sigilyph and force them to either Catcher around it or power up a Blastoise. And if Sigilyph gets Knocked Out then you can just Revive it and continue with that strategy.

tool scrapper dragons exalted drx 116Garbodor DRX/Landorus-EX/Mewtwo EX: This is one of the more difficult matchups for this deck because of the fact that it is so reliant on Abilities. It is important to conserve your Tool Scrappers for big plays. Additionally, Keldeo-EX is extremely good in this matchup because it is able to 1HKO opposing Landorus-EXs.

I played this matchup two times at States and won both times because of the two Tool Scrappers in the deck.

Klinklang PLS/Cobalion-EX: As long as Victini NVI is not Prized, this matchup should be an auto-win. You can begin 1HKOing any of your opponents Pokémon as early as turn two if you get set up quickly enough.

Darkrai EX/Hammers: This is without question the worst matchup for this deck. If your opponent starts looping Enhanced Hammers, this deck basically can’t function. The only reason that this deck is even playable right now is because Hammertime is virtually non-existent on the tournament scene right now.

Potential Shortcomings

This deck is very well rounded; however, it does not play perfectly 100% of the time. One issue with the deck concerns setting up consistently every game. In most games the deck sets up just fine, but there is an occasional game in which you do not set up Klinklang BLW for a few turns.

Another shortcoming of this deck is that it is extremely weak to Darkrai EX/Hammers. Typically this matchup is an auto-loss unless your opponent is very unlucky with their coin flips. Luckily, this deck is very underplayed at the moment.

Finally, there are some games where you will be hoping and praying for your opponent to N you. This deck plays three Colress, which are terrible in the early game; however, they become very powerful once you are fully set up and have a full bench. I know that throughout States I used Colress several times to draw 9-10 cards.

Potential Changes

landorus ex boundaries crossed 89Since the tournament, I have realized that this deck does not really have that much of a favorable matchup against RayEels. Since then I have been testing Landorus-EX over Victini NVI and have been having a good amount of success with it.

Overall, this deck still has a good matchup against Klinklang PLS/Cobalion-EX because it has several attackers that are able to hit for significant damage against this deck. Additionally, you have the advantage because of that fact that you play Max Potion.

Other than that one change, I have no current changes that I want to make to the deck. Of course there are cards that I would love to fit in; however, there is simply no room.


In conclusion, this deck is really fun to play and has a fairly favorable matchup against just about any deck in the format right now. I hope you’ll give it a try and that you’ll have as much fun playing with it as I have over the past month or so.

If you have any questions or comments about the deck, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to get back to you ASAP! Thanks for reading and good luck at your upcoming tournaments!

Reader Interactions

15 replies

  1. Laurent Straten

    Running a Dakrai Hammers/Lasers duo, cycling enhanced would be so much fun here.
    It’s definitely an interesting build though, full of a diverse range of material. Taking Klingklang out of it’s very restricted role seems like a good idea, to be honest.

  2. Joseph Baggs

    I really like the article, but i was disapointed that you did not go into your ACE SPEC reasoning, I have a klinklang deck very similar to yours but i use Dowsing Machine instead of Computer search, Comp search is great but this is a deck that does not want to discard cards, and your list already runs 4 ultra ball! this is also a deck that is forced to run alot of 3 ofs instead of the 4ofs it wants, and dowsing machine has bridged that gap for me. It alows me to reuse skyla, max potion, catcher, switch(i still dont understand how you dont run atleast 1…) but i dont have as much expierence/testing with the deck as you do, so i guess i would just like to know your reasoning. Great Article +1!

    • Adam Miller  → Joseph

      As for my reasoning about the ACE SPEC, I play Computer Search purely because of the fact that it enables me to search out Prism Energy. Without Prism, I cannot do many of the tricks that make this deck so versatile and effective. I can definitely see an argument being made for Dowsing Machine being a great choice, but I personally have found that Computer Search is my favorite.

      And as for the Switch, I don’t play it because once the deck is set up, Keldeo EX effectively does the exact same thing as Switch. Switch would also take up a valuable spot in this already tight deck list. If you have any more questions, just let me know!

  3. erick

    KK BLW are mostly included in the KK PLS deck either as a 1of or 2/2 split, so the deck is always around.. it’s just another variation of the deck – yes darkrai/keldeo etc isn’t a new thing. Some weird choices include sigilyph (I would rather play another KK PLS), 2 skyla?, no beach? mewtwo etc.. but whatever works for you man :D

  4. +kale chalifoux

    No Beach, and no max Skyla.
    Your list is bad, and you should feel bad.

    • Sang Park  → +kale

      says the guy with the name badguy
      seriously, if you think it is bad, than don’t comment or comment nicely, quoting what to take out for what

  5. Adam Waddell

    With all those pokemon, why not run Pokemon Communication instead of revive? This deck has awful consistency. I mean look at cobalion plasmaklang. it relied heavily on beach to get setup, but it is at least a little more consistant and once plasmaklang gets setup, its pretty difficult for an opponent to come back from that. The only thing I like about this is keldeo rush in and retreat with a prism with darkrai on the bench. But you have no way to search for pokemon other than heavy ball. Not every pokemon can be useful in every matchup and what happens when you get N’d and you have no way to clean out the clutter of your deck? Plus cut the mewtwo. Not very helpful in the deck. Needs a tropical beach.

    • Adam Miller  → Adam

      I have four Ultra Ball to search out Pokemon. Also, Pokemon Communication doesn’t do the same thing as Revive. The best thing about Revive is that it allows me to get back a Pokemon that can usually hit the opposing Pokemon for weakness. And as for the Tropical Beach, they’re pretty difficult to come by, haha. If I had access to them, I would probably put two in the deck.

    • Gerardo Del Toro  → Adam

      It seems to me that you completely overlooked Ultra Ball, which goes against your point of “no way to search pokemon other than heavy ball”. Also, since you are worried over having useless Pokemon in the deck, wouldn’t Ultra Ball be more useful than P-Com? Ultra Ball helps alleviate the clutter by getting rid of resources you won’t need, unlike P-Com, which only helps clutter your deck. Not saying P-Com is a bad idea, but it just goes against one of your other points.

      Also, Revive is a nice inclusion. Since Adam is running so many single Basics, being able to get them on the bench from the discard is beneficial. Imagine a surprise Terrakion or the return of Benchtini against Plasmaklang, points Adam made.

      And people keep throwing around the need for Tropical Beach. Of course it is incredibly helpful for this deck, but not everyone can get a copy of such a pricey card. So, I think we shouldn’t bag on Adam for not having one. Like he said, he would put it in if he had one…

      • Mark Hanson  → Gerardo

        A point someone once mentioned, which I do agree with, is that a deck analysis article should always be complete. If you’re posting a list, build it as you would play it if you could. There is no reason not to. If this was a tournament report, that’s another story. But this is literally just “here is a decklist, try it out.” Giving out lists you know to be inferior, is not something that should be done on the Front Page.

        • Adam Miller  → Mark

          I understand your point, but I would hardly call this list inferior. I’ve been testing it on PTCGO and it’s fared very well against most decks. I also made T8 with this list at Virginia’s state championship. If nothing else, readers can understand the concept of the deck and get an idea of how it fits in with the rest of the decks on the tournament scene right now.

        • Mark Hanson  → Adam

          You just admitted you would run 2 if you could. Can’t have it both ways man.

        • Adam Miller  → Mark

          I’m just saying that the list that I’ve shared has had a lot of success so far. Is there room for improvement? Sure. But all in all, I’ve found this list to be very good.

        • Mark Hanson  → Adam

          Sure. But it’s still not the list you would play if you could. Thus inferior, thus somewhat inappropriate for the front page.

          I mean… If we were talking about klink DEX, rather than beach, and you posted a list without klink DEX and said “it’s worked for me,” that wouldn’t cut it either

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