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Creative Concepts: Darkness O'er Haverland

Guzzlord-GX CIN 63Welcome 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. If the Collinsville Regional showed us anything it is there is still some room for going a bit rogue. Kyle Haverland made a deck that got everyone talking once it made day two. A deck that used Guzzlord-GX. Outside of occasional meme decks with just Guzzlord-GX and Darkness Energy, it hasn't really seen use. 

The most tempting part of using Guzzlord-GX has to be from its GX attack: Glutton GX

[D][D][D][D][D] Glutton GX: 100
If your opponent’s Pokémon is Knocked Out by damage from this attack, take 2 more Prize cards. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

It takes a lot of Energy to play, but there's no doubt that taking two extra prize cards is amazing. Imagine using this against a Tag Team-GX and almost winning in one knock out: it's tempting beyond belief. 

Now we won't lie, this deck was only able to place 61st at the event. This may not be a high placement, but by making day two it obviously showed it has some potential and may deserve more looks. It also is incredibly creative, and that's exactly what this series of articles is all about! So let's take a look at this deck that we've decided to playfully call Darkness O'er Haverland! 

Umbreon LOT 120One of the main attackers for this deck comes from Umbreon. Its attack Retaliate can take down a lot of current meta mainstays very quickly including Zapdos and Hoopa in one hit, and manage to two hit knock out almost any other threat like Vileplume. The only tough part is that a Pokemon has to be knocked out. Umbreon itself almost plays into this however, as it doesn't have a lot of HP itself, and likely will get itself knocked out.

There's even more synergy however. With Alolan Ninetales TEU 111 you can block common GX attackers like Pikachu & Zekrom-GX or Blacephelon-GX. If they switch to a non-GX attacker to take it down, here comes Umbreon to take the hit to knock it out. 

The synergy doesn't stop here however. This deck expects you to get some Pokemon knocked out so Umbreon can do its thing. But it also slowly gets you set up to use Beast Ring so you can actually launch your serious attack and try to take a big batch of prizes at once to win with Guzzlord-GX. By the time the prize count is right, it's likely you can have enough prizes to sweep the game with a bit of luck. Alolan Ninetales-GX can quickly grab those Beast Rings from the deck as well, getting your Energy count high enough to actually launch the attack fast!

There's a few other cards that are very useful for the deck as well. Devoured Field helps hit those pesky 130 HP Pokemon with Retaliate and lets Guzzlord-GX hit a Zapdos with a single hit of Glutton GX. Energy Recycle System is very helpful if you just need a small Energy boost to get Guzzlord's attack going. The rest of the deck is mostly standard, with several cards to search out Pokemon and draw cards, all of which do their jobs nicely.

We hope this deck has given you some creative ideas for building decks and brings you success if you give it a try! Can you think of ways to improve this concept? Tell us in the comments below or let me know directly on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers! 

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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