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Budget Blast: Kitty Fans ($20)

Welcome to another edition of Budget Blast where we show you decks that pack a punch without breaking your budget! Do you hate Energy cards for some reason with a burning passion? Do you wish to fuel those burning passions with fan power? Do none of those things apply and you just like cats a whole lot? Need a budget deck to use post rotation? If any of these apply to you then you're going to love today's deck! We're keeping this introduction short and sweet so let's take a look at today's deck!

Fan Rotom UPR 110As suggested, this deck plays without using a single energy! So how will your Pokemon launch their attacks? Let's start by tackling our first main attacker in the deck Fan Rotom. It's ability Roto Motor reads as follows: If you have 9 or more Pokémon Tool cards in your discard pile, ignore all Energy in the attack cost of each of this Pokémon’s attacks. So we don't need Energy after all to get attacking!

This explains the large amount of Pokemon Tool cards in the deck. Escape Board, Spell Tag, Stealthy Hood, and Counter Gain. Adventure Bag is also included to get them into your hand as quickly as possible. Once they are in your hand you have a myriad of ways to discard them while keeping your draw power strong. Ingo & Emmet, Sightseer, and TV Reporter all can do the trick. Acro Bike can get them out by choice when you pick which card to draw while speeding up the deck. You can even use a Viridian Forest if desperate to get one more Pokemon Tool in the discard.

Its attack, Spinning Fan, only deals 20 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon. How will it be able to land a strong enough final blow? Thankfully we have Espurr UNB 79 and its attack Ear KinesisThis attack does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon for each damage counter on that Pokémon. So thanks to Fan Rotom there should be a lot of damage for you to clean up with Espurr! Of course, we also have to make sure we don't need the Energy to do that themselves.

Here we look to Persian UNB 148 and its ability Gathering of CatsIgnore all Energy in the attack costs of each of your Pokémon in play that has the Caturday attack. Aren't we lucky that Espurr happens to have a Caturday attack? So with it on the field Espurr can smash the already damaged Pokemon and try to pull out a victory all with single prize attackers that don't need Energy!

Beef Up This Deck: An obvious choice to add to the deck if you already have some in your possession is Shrine of Punishment. It could help bring down a lot of extra damage you need in the game. Custom Catcher is becoming incredibly popular and expensive with the incoming rotation and it comes as no surprise that it too could help make the deck even stronger.

Weaknesses: This deck requires serious setup. You need nine Pokemon Tools in the discard pile to get spreading damage. You need Persian out on the field to use that damage you've been building up. If any of these things takes too much time, important cards end up prized, or you just have some bad luck you may find yourself getting stomped. Don't forget none of your Pokemon really have very high HP either, so they won't be holding out too long against your opponent.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Budget Blast! It's time for you to tell us what you think. Did we miss some good budget cards that could improve this deck? Did you try it out and find success? Tell us in the comments below or let me know directly on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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