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Budget Blast: Evens & Odds ($27)

Welcome back to another edition of Budget Blast where we show you decks that pack a punch without breaking your budget! Isn't it great when the opponent can't deal damage? Some folks might prefer to use things like Alolan Ninetales TEU 111 for this purpose but that's limited to only GX Pokemon. What if we could eliminate the opponent's ability to deal damage no matter what Pokemon they've played? This fun budget build based around Mr. Mime-GX does just this! How does it work? Let's take a look at Evens & Odds to find out.

Making Magic 

Mr. Mime-GX CES 56Mr. Mime-GX TEU 67

With two different Mr. Mime-GX we have to look at their two different effects! First there's Magical EvensPrevent all damage done to this Pokémon by your opponent’s attacks if that damage is exactly 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, or 260. Second there's Magical OddsPrevent all damage done to this Pokémon by your opponent’s attacks if that damage is exactly 10, 30, 50, 70, 90, 110, 130, 150, 170, 190, 210, 230, or 250.

Magearna UPR 91Okay we just threw a lot of numbers at you so let's simplify: One prevents any amount of even damage done under 260, the other prevents any amount of odd damage done under 250. So the goal is to keep the correct Mr. Mime out front so the opponent simply can't deal damage! 

We do have some Pokemon to help facilitate this and potentially block in their own way. If the damage from attacks hits 270, which is possible these days, you'll need to use Magical Evens and a Choice Helmet to help keep things good. This can also protect Magical Odds from taking even amounts of damage as well! If the opponent plays Mimikyu 97 CEC and spread damage onto you a Stealthy Hood may be what you need. Maybe you need U-Turn Board to help with retreat as well. This is why we include Magearna! It helps keep all of the tool changes you may need available to you thanks to its ability Change Clothes

If you need to block damage in other ways we have other options! Goomy FLI 91 not only stops any zero Energy decks that Cosmic Eclipse has brought to the format but also slows an opponent down. Your own Mimikyu 97 CEC can stop things like Mewtwo & Mew-GX or SilVolc decks dead in their tracks as well.

The Engine

Erika CEC 191Professor Oak's Setup CEC 201Blaine's Quiz Show UNM 186

As you can see this deck contains many Pokemon of different types to work which makes Professor Oak's Setups phenomenal for the deck! Mix this in with Mysterious Treasure and it's not difficult to have a full bench with every Pokemon you could potentially need ready to go quickly. 

Despite the deck trying to prevent damage, this deck doesn't intend to stall, it wants to deal damage! Both Mr. Mime-GX have the attack BreakdownFor each card in your opponent’s hand, put 1 damage counter on their Active Pokémon. With this in mind we want to build the opponent's hand up to deal more damage. This allows us to use two cards for draw power that almost no other deck would use. Both Erika and Blaine's Quiz Show give the potential for the opponent to draw cards. Will the opponent be tempted and help you deal more damage hoping to get a card they need or will they choke their hands while you draw to your hearts content? Either way that's a victory for you!

This deck doesn't like to see Power Plant so Chaotic Swell is here to help! There's also the issue if the opponent plays their own Stealthy Hood to stop your ability from working. In this case having Lysandre Labs can save the day. This also helps to bump stadiums the opponent is using which is very helpful for you as well.

Matchup Spread

Malamar FLI 51Turtonator DRM 50

Certain decks are only capable of dealing even amounts of damage or odd amounts of damage. It likely comes as no surprise you'll be able to crush these decks easily! Most attackers for Malamar may end up stumped and as long as you keep your Stealthy Hood around there won't be shenanigans to shut down your abilities. Many Tag Team-GX decks that only focus on a single attacker will fall prey to this especially well.

Things get much harder for decks with either a wide variety of attackers or the ability to deal either even or odd damage as they please. Turtinator as an example could deal 50 damage one turn then 100 the next. Decks like these break down your locking power and simply make the deck easy to beat without some godlike guessing power for what your opponent plans to do. 

This deck isn't going to overthrow the meta game but at a budget price, it can seriously drive the opponent insane with its control and mind games. We hope you enjoyed seeing this fun budget build! Tell us your thoughts on the deck in the comments below and let us know if you gave it a try. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps is a 27-year-old mom and Pokemon fan that loves breaking down games. She loves to talk games and creative decks when she isn't being a smoking hot grill on the internet or off traveling on adventures. Follow her on Twitter for Pokemon TCG news, early looks at deck concepts, and to just say hello!

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