Hey guys, Andrew here. I realize it’s been quite a while since I posted my Plasma Klang deck before the Colorado State Championships. Sadly I did not make it into the Top 16, but there will always be more tournaments.
This last weekend was the U.S. National Championships held in Indianapolis Indiana. The turn out for Nationals was pretty crazy! There were 234 juniors, 344 seniors and a whopping 927 masters! This is very clear evidence that the TCG is still going strong.
The winners can all be found here at The Official US National Championships page. I’m going to go ahead and cover the deck that won the Masters division for the US. The most played deck in the format was the Thunderous EX/Deoxys EX/Kyurem deck which can be found on google or other various sites. The gist of the deck is to use Thunderous EX to help attach special energies from the discard pile onto your Kyurem. Using Keldeo EX and Float Stone you’re able to Rush In/Retreat which negates the condition of Kyurem’s attack being unavailable next turn. Deoxys EX just sits on the bench acting like a Plus Power. Despite the popularity of this deck, another deck ended up seeing equal play and while it was certainly not a direct counter to T/D/K, it was the popular alternative.
The Gothitelle/Accelgor deck is a rather unique deck for how it’s played. The overall goal of the deck is to use Gothitelle’s Magic Room ability to prevent your oponent from using item cards like Switch, potions, Hypnotoxic Lasers and all tool cards as well. You get your Accelgor set up on the bench, but he will just stay there. It will be Mew EX doing your attacking for you. Mew EX will use Deck and Cover from Accelgor. This paralyzes your opponents Pokemon which prevents them from being able to attack you next turn while also poisoning them. Mew EX and a Double Colorless Energy will go back into your deck. On your next turn, you will use Dusknoir’s ability to move all the damage you did last turn onto your opponents benched pokemon. You do not want to knock out their active pokemon until their bench is cleared first. You keep repeating this process until your opponents bench is empty and thus knocking out the active Pokemon will win you the game regardless of how many prizes you’ve taken. All the trainers in this deck are designed to search out very specific stuff while discarding things out of your deck that you don’t need. You actually want to get your deck so thin that every time you use Musharna‘s ability, you will simply draw either your Mew EX or your Double Colorless Energy to set up every turn.
This deck utilizes several mechanics from the game to make a versatile attacker out of one of the least used EX Pokemon in the game. I’m very amazed to see this deck do so well considering it’s extremely inexpensive to put together and it proves that you can not simply buy your self the best deck and win. I’m very excited to see if this deck will make an appearance for World Championships in August. The next entry will be previewing the Plasma Cannon set that is due to come out soon! Thanks again for reading, I hope you enjoyed!
4x Gothitelle (Emerging Powers)
2x Accelgor (Dark Explorers)
4x Mew EX
1x Dusknoir (Boundaries Crossed)
2x Munna (Long-Distance Hypnosis)
4x Professor Juniper
1x Computer Search
4x Ultra Ball
2x Level Ball
4x Float Stone
4x Rare Candy
1x Super Rod
1x Town Map
1x Tool Scrapper
1x Pokémon Catcher
4x Double Colorless Energy
Decklist from PokeGym Forums.
by Andrew Pomponio
Plasma-Klang: Steel the Game
This Saturday on March 16th in Colorado Springs is the Colorado State Championship for Pokemon. The event is being held at Norris Penrose Event Center (http://www.norrispenrose.com/) and registration is from 8AM-9:45AM. The event is free.
I have been looking forward to this event and am bringing a new deck to the tournament that utilizes cards from the latest set released last February, Plasma Storm. Klinklang has been around since the first Black & White set with an ability to move metal energy from Pokemon to Pokemon. The new Klinklang from Plasma Storm has an amazing poke ability that reads, “Prevent all damage done to your (steel) Pokemon by attacks from your opponent’s Pokemon-EX.” In the current format, Pokemon-EX cards are used in virtually every deck including anti-EX decks like the Sigilyph deck mentioned in my last article. Plasma-Klang is another example of anti-EX strategy, however we do need an attacker that can step up to the likes of Keldeo EX, Darkrai EX and others.
Enter Cobalion EX, a new Pokemon EX from Plasma Storm and the second metal type EX to appear in the format, the other being Registeel EX. Cobalion has a unique attack for 1 metal that deals 30 damage and allows you to discard a special energy attacked to the defending Pokemon. His Steel Bullet hits for 100 regardless of circumstance, it even ignores Plasma Steel on Klinklang. This solid and dependable 100 damage can 2-shot all EX Pokemon.
The non-EX Cobalion is there as a tech against Sigilyph and Klinklang itself and it’s Iron Breaker attack prevents your opponent from attacking next turn. He also has a decent 120HP so he can withstand a hit from the likes of Keldeo and Darkrai. I also included a single Keldeo EX to be able to use his ability Rush In after being hit by a Hypnotoxic Laser. Hypnotoxic Laser is a highly popular card that poisons the active Pokemon. You then flip a coin and if it lands on heads the Pokemon is also asleep. Using Keldeo’s Rush In with Switch allows you to shake the poison and sleep right off. The only other Pokemon worth mentioning is the other Klinklang that allows you to shift metal energy around. This can be extremely useful since the deck lacks energy acceleration, and you can clear the energy off your Pokemon before you use Max Potion to heal all your damage.
The trainers for the deck are straight forward. Heavy Ball is used to help you set up your Plasma-Klang. I used the Klink and Klang from Dark Explorers because they have the retreat cost of three colorless energy which allows them to be searched out by heavy ball. N, Juniper, and Colress are all draw support cards and Skyla is there to fetch Rare Candy and Heavy Ball out of your deck. The Ultra Ball is best saved for Keldeo since he can’t be brought out with Heavy Ball. I put in 2 tool scrapper for the increase in Garbodor that I’ve seen online and in YouTube videos of other Sate Championships. Garbodor can cripple this deck very quickly so Tool Scraper is an essential tech card.
This deck is a bit more manageable to build cost wise since there is now a tin that contains Keldeo EX and the Klinklang from Team Plasma is a fairly common pull. I’m excited to see how the deck performs against the best players in the state of Colorado. Hope to see you there! Click here for the deck list.
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by Andrew Pomponio
It’s been a grand length of absence prior to me getting back into the world of Pokémon TCG and over the past month or two I’ve been rediscovering the world of collecting, competitive play and casual league nights. The various elements that have changed over the years give the game more depth and strategy requirements. Pokémon now have more HP, we have the EX Pokémon available that bring next level ferocity to a deck, and trainers also now include things such as tools and stadiums.
When I started playing again my main desire was to attend some tournaments. Pokémon League nights offer a great environment to play casually and trade but they lack the sheer volume of opponents and the thrill of attaining a prize. Upon researching decks and cards that were tournament legal I had noticed the cost of singles are far higher than in my youthful days of the early millennium. Some Pokémon EX cards can go for as high as $40.00 and even the uncommon card Pokémon Catcher, a staple in almost every deck, can fetch $15 apiece. Recently though, a new build of deck has emerged in the competitive world and it can be put together for a fairly modest price.
Sigilyph is a basic psychic Pokémon from the set Dragons Exalted with 90hp, 1 attack, 1 ability and a retreat of 1 colorless with weakness to psychic. It’s the ability of this Pokémon that makes it formidable against heavy hitters like Darkrai and Landerous. Safeguard reads, “Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokémon by Pokémon-EX”. This simple ability can completely disable some of the decks currently in competitive play which focus on using EX’s to win the game and has placed 1st in various tournaments around the world. The deck focuses on 4 Sigilyph and several Mewtwo EX as the versatile counter to your opponent’s non-EX Pokémon.
The deck uses your standard trainers to search out cards; Professor Juniper, N, Skyla, Ultra Ball, Computer Search and Level Ball. It also uses the Skyarrow Bridge to reduce Sigilyph’s retreat cost to nothing so that you can retreat without sacrificing energy. The most expensive card in this deck is Pokémon Catcher, a card that allows you to switch your opponent’s active Pokémon with one of their benched Pokémon of your choosing. This will help keep their EX Pokémon active when battling Sigilyph, and can bring out their non-EX Pokémon when you have Mewtwo EX active. The deck also makes use of Crushing hammer and Enhanced Hammer to discard your opponent’s energy, slowing them down further. You can substitute in other various trainers in varying quantities such as Tool Scrapper, Eviolite to protect your Sigilphs, Energy Switch to move your energy around on both attackers as well as Pluspower to help you with killing blows. I would also recommend Super Scoop Up to provide potential healing for your damaged Pokémon.
In the end, this deck can be built for less than or close to $100.00 and utilizes the creative use of non-EX Pokémon in a powerful and clever way.
4 Sigilyph (Dragons Exhaulted) 52/124
2 Mewtwo EX (Next Destinies) 54/99
8 Psychic Energy
4 Double Colorless Energy
4 Professor Juniper
4 Pokemon Catcher
4 Energy Switch
4 Crushing Hammer
2 Enhanced Hammer
3 Ultra ball
2 Level Ball
2 Tool Scrapper
2 Skyarrow Bridge
1 Super Rod
1 Computer Search