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Budget Blast: MalaMill ($26)

Welcome to another edition of Budget Blast where we show you decks that pack a punch without breaking your budget! There's a lot of control decks in the format that use Pidgeotto TEU 123 and even stall decks utilizing Keldeo-GX and Bronzong TEU 101. However there's not really a strong deck made specifically to mill the opponent's deck. Today we plan to fix that at a price your wallet is going to love with this fun new Malamar variant! Without further ado, let's take a look at MalaMill! 

Mill, Rinse, Repeat

Rhydon UNB 94Giovanni's Exile HIF 57Mewtwo UNB 75

This deck is a milling deck, so for those that don't recognize the term this deck doesn't seek to knock out the opponent's Pokemon nor does it seek to take a single prize. Its main goal is to force the opponent to have no more cards left to draw thus winning you the game! With this in mind there's probably no better Pokemon for the job than Rhydon. For two colorless Energy its attack Dirty Work discards a single card from the top of the deck unless you play Giovanni's Exhile during the turn. In that case it discards five cards instead. 

Five cards can be a lot, especially with certain decks having vital cards in the current format. Knock out something like a Welder or Thunder Mountain Prism Star and you might throw an entire deck into disarray. Every deck has vital cards it needs and this deck does its best to deny your opponent the chance to use them.

So how do we keep the combo going so that Giovanni's Exhile is hopefully used every attacking turn? There's always hoping PokeGear 3.0 hits but we have a more surefire way. Mewtwo's ability Mind Report is perfect for this, making sure it will be your top draw next turn. Plus it's perfect fodder to use Giovanni's Exhile on itself! That's another important thing, there needs to be Pokemon you can discard every turn. Giratina LOT 97 is perfect for this as it can return itself to the bench each turn thanks to its ability Distortion Door. 

Keep The Mill Rolling

Ear-Ringing Bell UNM 194Malamar FLI 51Recycle Energy UNM 212

Since the plan is to attack with a Stage 1 Pokemon we have to be sure it has its two Energy attached each turn smoothly. Malamar does this easily with Psychic Recharge. If you have a Recycle Energy in hand you only need a single Malamar on the field to keep the combo going! It allows for a more flexible bench space this way, not requiring as many Malamars to run as other variants do. 

It would be nice however if Rhydon wasn't knocked out each turn right? Thankfully Ear-Ringing Bell can help with this. Attach it to Rhydon and the opponent is forced to deal with Confusion. They may have to waste resources switching out or possibly even attempt to attack and fail on the coin flip if you're lucky! It's a small tool that's great to extend some longevity to the attackers in the deck.

Surge Strongly

Lt. Surge's Strategy HIF 60Poke Maniac UNM 204Tate & Liza CES 148

Unless the opponent is also running a mill deck there's a great chance you'll be behind on prizes during the game. This allows you to use Lt. Surge's Strategy to the fullest! Not only can you play Giovanni's Exhile during a turn this way but you can also then play your other draw supporters, use something like Tate & Liza to switch Pokemon if needed, or search out your next attackers with Poke Maniac! 

As a small note, this deck could drop the potential for Lt. Surge's Strategy and instead use far more item-based draw cards. We just found that style of build worked but was a bit more expensive. This is Budget Blast after all, we want to make the deck affordable! Still if you have plenty of Acro Bike and Judge Whistle available you can certainly try to tweak the current build and make it work.

We hope you enjoyed this fun cheap way to use Malamar to mill the opponent's deck! We'd love to hear how any games went for you testing out the deck. Tell us about them in the comments below and get a discussion going. 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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