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Budget Blast: Giovanni's Accountant ($17)

Rhydon UNB 94Welcome back to Budget Blast where we show you decks that pack a punch without breaking your budget! With the release of Unbroken Bonds many players have been excited for a new milling deck! Both Giovanni's Exile and the new Rhydon can force your opponent to discard a lot of cards thanks to its attack Dirty Work.

[C][C] Dirty Work:
Discard the top card of your opponent’s deck. If you played Giovanni’s Exile from your hand during this turn, discard the top 5 cards instead.

Five cards at a time for possibly a single Energy attachment? Welcome back the era of milling! There's only a few problems. The first is that many tools that make it as powerful as it is look like they may be lost post rotation. The second is that many of the cards used in current builds are incredibly expensive. Tapu Lele-GX and Dedenne-GX are two of the cards usually listed, both very powerful but at a large monetary cost.

So what if you want to try this deck concept without the major investment? Have we got the deck for you! We hired the best accountant from Team Rocket to take a look at the books and help us come up with a far cheaper deck! Are you ready to see how it works? Let's take a look at the decklists!

Delcatty CES 121Normally these milling decks are based around having a lot more draw power to gain back lost Giovanni's Exile cards as well as Pokemon that card knocks out. However as mentioned previously, those cards can be quite expensive. So how do we get around it? It's no Persian, but Delcatty can do the trick marvelously! It's ability Search for Friends you can pick up two supporter cards from the discard pile to return to your hand. We have our way to snag Giovanni's Exile!

But there is a limited number, we'll certainly need to do this a few times? Thankfully with tools like Rescue Stretcher you can exhile them and grab them back from the deck. There is still another option: Devolution Spray Z! With this card you can simply return Delcatty to the deck and search it out with the likes of PokeNav, Pokemon Communication, and even Great Ball. This adds some extra synergy with Rhyperior BUS 67 as well. You can reuse its ability Toppling Wind several times to help mill even more of the opponent's deck!

Of course, Rhyperior has other uses as well. It has greater bulk than Rhydon, so it can be useful to evolve and still be able to use it for attacks. Shining Celebi makes that possible. If you lose it and can't get it back, you can always use Devolution Spray Z to help get your Rhyhorns attacking again. As you aren't dealing damage to take prizes, you can also use Counter Energy alongside Double Colorless Energy to have a single attachment to get rolling.

Beefing Up This Deck: We already have mentioned that there is a full budget build floating around for this deck. If you'd like to see a full analysis on it we highly reccomend this video from OmniPoke on the subject. On this build in particular however, an added Shining Celebi could be useful. There's also the possibility of scratching those for the riskier Memory Energy if you already have those in your possession.

Weaknesses: You don't have the strongest of Pokemon to attack with which can cause a problem. There are a lot of heavy hitters right now in the current meta so they may be knocking out your main attackers fast. You need to be milling as much as possible every turn, and slow turns can really hurt you. It's awesome forcing the opponent to lose valuable tools, but if they have strong ways to recover them in their decks you've got a tougher battle ahead.

We hope you enjoyed this awesome budget deck! Now it's time to share what you think. Did we miss some budget cards that would work well? Did you try this deck and find success? Let us know in the comments below or tell me directly on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers! 

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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