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Going Rogue: Alolan Exeggutor

Alolan Exeggutor TEU 114Welcome to Going Rogue where we take a look at rogue decks that places well in tournaments and analyze what makes them successful! Alolan Exeggutor decks have been considered a simple budget deck for quite some time. Not too expensive, nothing that flashy, nothing turning heads. That was at least until Ignacio Miramon was able to take an Alolan Exeggutor deck and place third at the Special Event Argentina #2! The tournament didn't just have wild decks either, Ignacio faces many meta threats and skilled players on his way to the top.

For those who don't know the basics of the deck, here's the main strategy. Your main attack is going to come in the form of Tropical Shake.

[G] Tropical Shake: 20+
This attack does 20 more damage for each type of basic Energy card in your discard pile. You can’t add more than 100 damage in this way.

There are tools that make it very easy to get up to its maximum 100 damage quickly. Shuckle LOT 16 quickly can pull three out of the deck and get them in the discard just from being played onto the field. A potential 100 damage for a single energy attachment is excellent, especially with this consistency. Still, this deck hasn't seen success in a tournament until now. Why is this the case?

We were able to hunt down Ignacio's decklist and saw that he used some new tools and strategies to take this deck and make it a powerhouse worthy of tournament play. Here's the decklist!

Mr. Mime TEU 66One of the first new tools to stand out in this deck is Mr. Mime TEU 66. Its ability makes it so the opponent can bring Pokemon back to their hand with Acerola or even Super Scoop Up if they have damage. With several decks using Regigigas CIN 84 and Hoopa SLG 55 to try and stall opponents out this is incredibly handy. Unless the opponent has a healing card in hand, Alolan Exeggutor can take them out in two easy hits. Plus it takes minimal energy for the attack so cards like Crushing Hammer and Plumeria can't stall it out as long.

Still there are plenty of other meta decks like Zapdos decks or decks with Pikachu & Zekrom-GX. How would Alolan Exeggutor tackle these? Zapdos has 110 HP, just out of range for Tropical Shake's full damage output. Professor Kukui can help cover this extra bit of damage. Also, as Alolan Exeggutor only gives up one prize upon defeat, it can keep up with Pikachu & Zekrom-GX. With Choice Band and Shrine of Punishment it can deal enough damage to still get a two hit knock out for three prizes! 

This can also work to deal with Zoroark-GX. Lycanroc-GX goes down in two hits easy as does Blacephelon-GX without any extra help added. Included on the list of easy meta two hit knockouts is Ultra Necrozma-GX, Giratina, Buzzwole, Buzzwole-GX, and Rayquaza-GX Jirachi TUE 99 which is seen in many decks also is an easy one hit knock out. Truthfully the hardest target for it to take out would be Celebi & Venusaur-GX with its massive HP and healing support in decks that run it. 

So we've shown it has the potential to reasonably take down several meta threats. What other unique tools does Ignacio's build include? Mysterious Treasure not only makes searching out Mr. Mime easy, but Alolan Exeggutor itself. It also makes it easy to get energy cards discarded to power up Tropical Shake. There's also Marshadow SLG 45 that can be searched for as well. The added disruption it provides can give players time to get all the cards they need in the discard pile so they'll be fully set up. There's also the lesser seen Custom Catcher in the deck. This card can provide a bit of draw power when needed while also helping pull out threats Alolan Exeggutor may be able to take down faster on the bench. As long as there's two in hand of course. It's got some solid flexibility but isn't seen nearly as often as cards like Guzma

As you can see, Ignacio Miramon was able to take a very basic deck and turn it into something ready to take on tournaments. We'd love to see what you have to think about the concept! Are there changes you would make to increase its effectiveness? Do you think this deck could pop up at other major tournaments and do well? Tell us in the comments below or let me know over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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