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Creative Concepts: Bye Bye Waily

Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166Welcome to another edition of Creative Concepts! These articles take a look at decks that take creative combinations of cards and bring them together to form a potentially powerful deck. Sometimes it's just fun to watch an opponent squirm in agony as they try to kill your Pokemon to no avail. You have too much HP, they can't take you down, and you just keep healing. There's a lot of Pokemon that make this quite the fun possibility and one of the more recent decks to Stall and Wall involves Celebi & Venusaur-GX

But what happened to the card that struck fear into the hearts of many when it was first shown? The card to have the highest HP ever seen on a Pokemon card? We're talking about Magikarp & Wailord-GX! Right now it's looking a bit better than the Grass Type above as it lacks a weakness to the current popular Fire Type and Lightning Type attackers in the current meta.

Still, the traditional Stall and Wall decks have lost some strength as of late due to the release of Mr. Mime TEU 66 making it harder to use Acerola to bring damaged Pokemon back into the hand so you don't lose prizes. There's only so many healing cards, eventually, you just run out. Unbroken Bonds however, paved the way to have an unlimited healing resource to fully heal all of your Pokemon. This makes the bulk of Magikarp & Wailord-GX, especially with Buff Padding attached, scarier than ever before.

So which cards made this work? How do they all combine together? Let's take a look at this creative deck!

Butterfree BUS 3The idea of Butterfree's attack Bye-Bye Heal has always looked lovely. Heal all damage from all of your Pokémon. Shuffle this Pokémon and all cards attached to it into your deck. However, as a Stage 2 Pokemon it hasn't had a great way to get onto the field fast enough to be effective. That is at least until Unbroken Bonds was released! 

Caterpie UNB 2 and Metapod UMB 3 have the abilities Pupate and Emerge respectively. Essentially what these do is with a lucky coin flip allow you to instantly evolve from one to another, to that amazing Butterfree with the attack that will make your opponents cry! After potentially healing a full 340 HP from your big beefy wall of fish it goes back into the deck for it to start all over again. No need to worry about decking out while your opponent does so themselves! It does take a bit of luck, but you can always just manually evolve as well. Net Ball is also great to help grab Caterpie if you have to or to get the Energy you need. 

It's not too hard to get Butterfree out in the active so it can attack as well. There is Acerola if the opponent didn't tech for it, but Switch Raft can be infuriating as it heals all on its own. Guzma is also an option that can even drag out something your opponent doesn't want out either. Plus there's always the good old fashioned Tate & Liza if needed. Of course, you may not need to switch at all. Max Potion itself can help keep things going without ever needing to attack. 

Did the Creative Concepts in this deck get you excited enough to give it a try? We'd love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments below or tell the lady who built the deck herself over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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