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Cosmic Eclipse: Bellelba & Brycen-Man Mill

Bellelba & Brycen-Man CEC 186Welcome to another article on Cosmic Eclipse! Need to know what decks you'll see on the ladder or at tournaments now that Cosmic Eclipse has been released? Looking for new decks to try yourself? Then these articles are just what you need! Today we'll be looking at two builds of Bellelba & Brycen-Man Mill has the goal of forcing the opponent to deck out. We'll be discussing how each build of the deck works then discuss the deck's matchup spread in the current format.

Before we get to the deck lists, let's take a look at what the main card in both builds does. It reads as follows: Discard 3 cards from the top of each player’s deck. When you play this card, you may discard 3 other cards from your hand. If you do, each player discards their Benched Pokémon until they have 3 Benched Pokémon. Your opponent discards first.

So the main goal of both of these decks is to play the card for its first effect every turn, sometimes twice a turn with help from Lt. Surge's Strategy to mill the opponent's deck while recovering your own cards with Oranguru UPR 114. We know you're excited to see the deck builds proper so let's start with the first build!

Burn It Down

Salazzle UNB 31Heat Factory Prism Star LOT 178Acro Bike CES 123

With Fire Energy comes the potential to burn it down and draw incredibly huge amounts of cards each turn. Much like Pidgeotto Control, you want to get rid of the cards in your own deck to hit Bellelba & Brycen-Man with Lt. Surge's Strategy as much as possible. Our Tag Team Supporter helps remove three cards on its own each turn but adding Salazzle and Heat Factory Prism Star can crank up the thinning power of your deck by insane amounts. Fire Crystal can help you recover those Energy and keep the ball rolling. We also have Acro Bike to try to take things even faster.

As your goal is to force the opponent to deck out before they can take all of your prizes, speed is of the most importance in this deck. Using different types of Salazzle makes Professor Oak's Setup even more potent in this deck and alongside Professor Elm's Lecture, your deck should be thinned out and your Basic Pokemon on the bench in no time.

Now that we've seen this build for the deck, let's take a look at the second build!

Different Draws

Pidgeotto TEU 123Judge Whistle TEU 146Oricorio-GX CEC 95

Salazzle could draw three cards each time, whereas the main draw power for the deck, Pidgeotto, can only draw one. This is slightly fixed by getting to choose which cards you pull into your hand but it does require extra speed. With this in mind, Judge Whistle is included and it's likely all the more important to get Oricorio-GX onto the field quickly. As you may be losing more prizes in the interim as well, Lillie's Poke Doll can help keep the opponent stopped from getting prizes a bit longer. Articuno-GX is also a bit more vital in this setup to be sure the opponent can't get one Pokemon built up strong enough to take you out. 

While Tag Call is helpful in this deck too, Pokegear 3.0 is added in full force to try and help search things out a bit faster as well since you won't be charging through your entire deck as quickly. Finally, this build includes an extra Pal Pad since it's likely you may lose more cards you need from Bellelba & Brycen-Man by not drawing as much on turns. 

Matchup Spread

Alolan Ninetales CEC 145Beheeyem UNM 91Florges FLI 86

Before we talk about these two deck's matchups we have to explain one thing about this deck. Much like Pidgeotto Control these decks don't focus as much on what the opponent is doing and more on making sure your own board is working. You work your own strategy and for the most part, the opponent isn't going to have a way to stop what you're doing. You simply try to win by deck out before they can win by taking prizes.

Lillie's Poke Doll CEC 197With this in mind, this deck does get some strong matchups against decks that have vital tools they cannot lose. Things like Beheeyem's Triple Acceleration Energy, any Prism Star cards like Thunder Mountain Prism Star, and Tapu Koko Prism Star in 'PikaRom' decks, or things like Unidentified Fossil and [[Pokemon Research Center] in FossiBox decks. Any deck that has a card it can't go without has a tough matchup against this deck. Just imagine an opponent with all of their Welder in the discard pile early because you tossed them away! Any deck that also needs to dig deep and discard cards to get going may find themselves out of luck.

When it comes to decks that make this one have a harder time the new Alolan Ninetales deck that came with Cosmic Eclipse will just appreciate having more tools potentially discarded to get more one-hit knockouts. Mewtwo & Mew-GX decks have tools they need seeing and Pokemon ditched into the discard pile for them never hurts. Imagine this with Malamar decks or any deck with Naganadel giving the opponent potentially free Energy to use. Without Lillie's Poke Doll you essentially speed their decks up for them. Also imagine playing against Pidgeotto Control where you help get the opponent's deck down to a smaller size but they have more pure control cards; it's not pretty.

You also have to watch out for decks that have plenty of recovery options. While not as bad as some of the decks above, the new 'FlorsBuck' deck with its ability to return cards to the top of the deck easily makes things a bit tougher. Finally, any deck that runs a way to mill cards themselves can end this deck. You'll usually end up with three cards left in the deck so an opponent using Magcargo-GX's GX attack could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. 


So are mill decks back in the Standard Format? As the deck can have problems with a few powerful decks, things may look difficult but these styles of decks have already won tournaments in Japan. With several choices for this style of deck in control forms this deck might not blow up in popularity but not seeing it being played would be a serious surprise with how many solid matchups it has in the current metagame. If you have ideas on how this deck could be improved or comments after trying it out yourself tell, us in the comments below. 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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