pokemon.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.
Pokémon – 16
Trainers – 33
Energy – 11
Klink 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Colress: 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.
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.
pokemon-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.
Garbodor 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.
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.
Since 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!