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Budget Blast: Life Enhancement ($16)

Seaking UNB 49Welcome back to Budget Blast where we show you decks that pack a punch without breaking your budget! Today's deck's main attacker is Seaking from the recently released Unbroken Bonds. With so many strong Fire Pokemon and tools to currently fuel them in the format, a Water Pokemon with the potential to deal some serious damage with weakness isn't something that can be ignored. When it only costs a single Energy, you start taking notice! Seaking's power comes from its attack Enhanced Horn:

[W] Enhanced Horn: 30×
Flip 2 coins. This attack does 30 damage for each heads. If this Pokémon has a Pokémon Tool card attached to it, flip 6 coins instead.

Having to flip for only 60 damage doesn't look exciting, but a chance at a maximum 360 damage is incredible! You won't even need that much if you're hitting for weakness, making it all the better. Still, you need to flip some coins. With the loss of Victini GRI 10 with the coming rotation, there would need to be a tool you could attach to make it worth it. With Choice Band also being lost to the rotation, what options are truly left?

Remember Life Dew? For those who love Lost Thunder you know where we're going. It's time to flip coins and deal your damage all without losing a prize! Want to see how it's done? Let's take a look at the deck!

Shedinja LOT 95The tool card we plan to use isn't a tool at all, it's a Pokemon! Yes we do have an Escape Board as well as a Stealhty Hood if you really need them, but the main goal is to use Shedinja's ability Vessel of Life

AbilityVessel of Life
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may discard all cards attached to this Pokémon and attach it to 1 of your Pokémon as a Pokémon Tool card. When the Pokémon this card is attached to is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 1 fewer Prize card.

Seaking doesn't exactly have a lot of HP making the combination of the two like bug butter and sea jelly! Professor Elm's Lecture is able to grab the entire set of Nincada and Shedinja as well as Goldeen which makes getting the Pokemon you need into your hand a piece of cake. Pokemon Communication gives you the option of trading a 60 HP Pokemon for the Seaking itself as well! With PokeNav and Janine included as ways to have a little more choice in what you draw, you won't have an issue getting the Pokemon you need.

Still, we have a few unique tools we can employ. You're going to lose your Shedinjas and Seakings eventually. Lure Ball can help tempt them from the grave as we no longer have Rescue Stretcher. Of course, there's always Brock's Grit to help as well in a pinch. To help keep your Pokemon on the bench from needing saving we include a couple Sky Pillar as well. We also have a single Power Plant just to help potentially stave off any Pokemon with odd effects that could get in your way. 

We also have typical budget draw power staples Lillie and Tate & Liza. There's also Alolan Meowth LOT 118 as a surprise Pokemon pick. Remember Pokemon Communication from earlier? It works well enough for this, but can also be called upon for a potential first turn snipe to really get you in the lead. 

Beef Up This Deck: We do have some cards that could make this deck stronger if you already happen to own a few. While Sky Pillar is helpful, Shrine of Punishment leaves far more potential to help take down decks with GX attackers. Cynthia or Erika's Hospitality also could provide a bit more draw power for a bit more cost. We even included Sabrina's Suggestion to try and snipe a lucky expensive card your opponent might be running so replacing it with something better would help.

Weaknesses: As mentioned, we no longer have 'Fliptini' after the rotation. You do have the potential to completely strike out and deal no damage whatsoever. While unlikely, it's a possibility that cannot be ignored. Even with Shedinja to help you not lose prizes, the low HP of Seaking is going to eventually get to you. There are only so many resources to work with and recover, so if you end up flipping poorly and can't deal enough damage fast enough eventually you'll still fall.


We do hope you enjoyed Life Enhancement! We'd love to hear if the deck enhanced your win streaks as well. Tell us about your thoughts on the deck in the comments below or tell the deck builder herself over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers! 

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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