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Cosmic Eclipse: FlorsBuck & Doll Stall

Welcome 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 decks based around a Florges FLI 86 and Lillie's Poke Doll combo: FlorsBuck and Doll Stall! We'll be discussing how each of these deck works then discuss their matchup spreads in the current format. Let's make our start with Doll Stall!

Stallin & Dollin

Florges FLI 86Lillie's Poke Doll CEC 197Munchlax UNM 173

Most decks can't win if they can't take prizes and this deck's goal is to exploit that to the furthest extreme. It has no Energy and never needs to attack; it only needs to make sure the only 'Pokemon' the opponent gets to knock out is Lillie's Poke Doll. As it gives no prizes when knocked out it leaves the opponent stuck. With a lucky coin flip, Florges can return one to the top of the deck with its ability Wondrous Gift to keep the cycle going. Munchlax can help do the same with Snack Search but also can grab any other card you may need to save as well. As you're never attacking, Steven's Resolve makes card search incredibly easy as well. 

Still trying to speed up the opponent decking is nice. While not as focused on Belleba & Brycen-Man mill as the other decks we featured recently, it still uses the card to help get the game to its end as there's going to be turns where you simply don't flip a single heads. In those emergencies, once your deck is fully empty, Phione CEC 57 can be a lifesaver thanks to its ability Whirlpool Suction placing it on the bottom of the deck. It's also useful to pull up Pokemon the opponent can't attack with to make your stalling easier. 

Matchup Spread

Beheeyem UNM 91Omastar TEU 76Pidgeotto TEU 123

This deck can have some seriously polarizing matchups. The ones it loses it can lose hard with little recourse. As you absolutely need Lillie's Poke Doll to work, any deck that removes it from the equation is going to smash through you. Any style of Omastar Item Control or decks utilizing Beheeyem are going to be difficult. Goomy FLI 91 might help against the latter but the deck only really has room for one. If it's prized be prepared to scoop. Pidgeotto Control decks, as long as they include their own Belleba & Brycen-Man, are also going to beat you every time. You may be able to force them to discard cards, but they have much more hand discarding control to make you lose vital recycling tools eventually. Not to mention there are also decks that happen to tech in Girafarig LOT 94 to remove your dolls and other cards from the stalling equation. 

Two other potentially hard matchups come from Ability ReshiZard and MewBox decks. The former is mostly because if they set up Ninetales TEU 16 before you can utilize Stealthy Hood properly they may be able to cruise through your deck. This only works when they have an explosive setup however. MewBox decks, or really any deck that has Espeon & Deoxys-GX can also demolish your board and result in a loss. Sure they have to play around Sky Pillar but there's only so many that can fit into a deck. Decks utilizing Volcorona-GX can sometimes manage to snipe out your tools before you can use Stealthy Hood to get protected and have room to add in Lysandre Labs to make things a bit scarier. 

Finally, decks that can manage spread damage or hit the bench on purpose can be annoying. It still can take a long time to deal enough damage to actually win as most of these attacks will be dealing 40 damage a turn at most 

However, when it comes to other matchups, this deck can just sit and the opponent slowly loses. It can do solidly against some meta mainstays like PikaRom or Green's Reshizard and has some extremely good matchups against decks like Blacephalon-GX, Tangrowth Beasts, Alolan NineTools, and Gardeon. Don't let that big paragraph of negativity get to you, against a large number of decks this deck is going to do well. 

Damage Dealing

Sawsbuck CEC 16

The first Sawsbuck card printed in eight years and it has use in a meta deck! Here is where the main strategy of these two decks begins to differ strongly as this deck does take prizes. Its ability Seasonal Blessings is wonderful for drawing the one card Florges places, but its attack is the main draw. Bounce sends Sawsbuck back to the bench forcing the opponent to hit Lillie's Poke Doll unless they have Custom Catcher to work with. Decks without Florges, Oranguru UPR 114, or the almost never seen Lanturn LOT 94 won't have the power to get enough back to win the game.

With the ability to take prizes it's less scary having a potential tool you need prized at the beginning of the game. Still you're only dealing 60 damage a turn so realize that these prizes you're taking will come slowly. Using your own Custom Catcher is also vital as the opponent can retreat out of your way much easier. It's very likely at some point Tate & Liza will be used to simply bring the deck back up to size! 

Matchup Spread

Guzzlord CEC 136Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156

This deck has some of the same issues with the item lock-styled decks above, but let's talk about some other minor vulnerabilities. As you do have a few more attackers and puzzle pieces that can drop prizes, the deck can be vulnerable to things like DarkBox with Guzzlord and Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX. The ability to take those extra prizes simply puts you in a difficult position when you can only deal 60 damage back and you're losing Pokemon fast. 

This style of deck does gain some better matchups as well. With the ease of recycling Lana's Fishing Rod, Energy Recycle System, and Mew UNB 76 you can snipe out Pidgeotto decks far easier. It also is less likely to get taken down by decks with their own milling power teched in. While some decks may have serious healing power, even without milling, at some point the opponent eventually just loses their tools or draws out their entire deck. It's strong matchups stay mostly unchanged as well. 

Either of these decks are strong, they each have a slightly different gameplan. Will they find success in the current meta? To put it bluntly, we can't see a meta where several of these decks aren't at a tournament. With the previous success of Pidgeotto Control, it's hard to imagine another flavor of this kind of deck won't find success. Will it dominate the metagame? Only time can tell but we'd love to hear if you think so! Tell us about it in the comments below and let us know if you tried any of these two decks. 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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