With Dark Explorers on the horizon, it brings cards for all of my favorite starter Pokemon: Venusaur, Blaziken, and Empoleon. Unfortunately for me, only one of those three looks the least bit competitive. And that card would be Empoleon. In case you don't know what Empoleon does... After I saw Empoleon's ability, attack, and the low Energy cost for it, I immediately wanted to try and make as competitively viable a deck I could focused around the emperor penguin. Now the idea here is to try and load the bench up in order for Empoleon to be swinging for high damage consistently. That's where I got the idea for using Pichu. Pichu's playground is rather risky but I figured it might be worth it if I can get this going fast enough. Another problem for me is that Empoleon is still a Stage 2 which means going fast can be trouble. Another thing to worry about is Empoleon's Lightning weakness in a Lightning dominated metagame. This is where everyone's favorite Musketeer, Terrakion, comes in to nail Lightning types for the Fighting weakness. I also wanted to try and add a 1-1 Dodrio line just to soften up the retreat costs for both of my attackers. Without further ado, here's my preliminary deck list that I've been testing every so often against my Eel deck. <16 Pokemon> 4-2-4 Empoleon 2 Pichu 2 Terrakion 1-1 Dodrio <33 TSS> 4 PONT 3 Collector 3 Sage's Training 2 Twins 4 Rare Candy 4 Junk Arm 3 Pokemon Catcher 3 Pokemon Communication 3 Switch 2 PlusPower 1 Super Rod 1 Max Potion <11 Energy> 7 Water Energy 4 Fighting Energy I'd really appreciate any help or suggestions to make this as solid of a deck as possible.