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Budget Blast: Steel Wool Stall ($14)

Whimsicott UNM 144Welcome back to Budget Blast where we show you decks that pack a punch without breaking your budget! Let's be fair, we know a lot of people really don't enjoy stall decks, especially playing against them. However it's a perfectly valid way to play and for those that enjoy the kind of slow thinking styled games that these decks provide we wanted to provide you an awesome budget choice for the new Standard Format. 

This deck for the most part is going to revolve around a very unlikely attacker, Whimsicott! No, not Whimsicott-GX, we're not flipping coins here, just plain Whimsicott! What makes this our Pokemon of choice? It's all thanks to its ability Prowl:

When you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn, you may search your deck for a card and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Simple right? Just search out a single card the moment you evolve so you're ready to go! But where might this come in handy most? If you guessed we're using Fairy Charms you may be right! Still that's not all this deck has to offer, so let's take a full look at Steel Wool Stall!

Bronzong TEU 101So yes, it's obviously awesome we can snag out Fairy Charms from the deck quickly. If you're clever and the opponent lacks a solid variety of Pokemon types in their deck? You've gotten them beat. We've even got Giovanni's Exhile so you can get rid of Pokemon off the field if needed so not even Custom Catcher can get your opponent a prize. Don't forget too that Sky Pillar can help protect against cards that may try to hit your bench. Of course we also just have Adventure Bag to grab what you need potentially so your evolution can go to grab another important card.

One of those important cards might be Janine. The reason? One of the only types you can't stop with Fairy Charm is going to be Fire Types and let's face it, those are more than popular. Maybe you get lucky and have Janine on your first turn to set up, but if not? This can help you pull out Brozong and Bronzor whenever you may need. Of course it can also snag you Magearna UPR 91 which can come in handy when you have to try and change which Fairy Charm you may be using for opponents that have several different types of Pokemon to attack with. 

The searching power doesn't stop here, however. It's so much easier to grab Professor Elm's Lecture to fill up your bench if needed, snag Diantha if the opponent did manage a knockout, basically anything you need! Once you're ready you either slowly chip away with Gust or if you're using Bronzong hit them with Shady Stamp

Beef Up This Deck: We've got an extra special treat for you all today, we actually made the full budget deck! It's still pretty cheap at only $38 dollars, so be sure to check it out. As a general summary, we buffed up some of the draw power cards but also added some Pokemon that make things even better. Ditto Prism Star is helpful for flexibility in evolving your two evolution lines, and Mew UNB 76 is also faster to search out than [[Sky Pillar] so we included it as well. Finally we have PokeGear 3.0 as it's simply a wonderful card in almost any deck.

Weaknesses: This deck isn't exactly dealing a ton of damage, let's get that straight. You may even have to deck out your opponent which can be very grueling. There's also a lot of decks with plenty of different typed Pokemon running around. Fire decks can run Eevee & Snorlax-GX as an example to get around Bronzong and Malamar decks have a lot of potential for what they power up. It's not always going to be easy to stop the opponent, and when you can't this deck will fall apart. 

We hope you enjoyed our Steel Wool Stall deck! We'd love to hear what you've got to think on the deck. Did you try it and find success? Think it needs some tweaks? Tell us in the comments below or grill the deck builder herself over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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