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Going Rogue: Lucario & Melmetal-GX

Welcome to another edition of Going Rogue where we take a look at rogue decks that place well in tournaments and analyze what makes them successful! A Metal deck doing so well in a format with so many Fire decks came as a serious surprise at the Knoxville Regionals. Even more surprising was how it placed. John Mostowy was able to pilot the deck to an impressive 11th place with a 10-2-3 record! So how did this deck work? What exactly made it find so much success? Let's take a look at the deck and find out!

All Attackers

Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120Hoopa UNM 140

One of the main things that makes this deck so solid is just how streamlined it is with only two Pokemon to need to worry about at all in the deck. For the most part, you'll also only ever need to really focus on the Lucario & Melmetal-GX but having Hoopa to help against ability heavy decks like Mewtwo & Mew-GX, Ability Reshiram & Charizard, and Malamar decks is always a positive. Less moving parts in general keeps a deck more consistent. It's also good having a single prize attacker to try and force the opponent to take three knockouts instead of just two to win.

With such a small bench potentially as well you remove the opponent's ability to use gusting effects to really stop you. With healing cards like Great Potion and Mixed Herbs alongside how much added defense you have there's often not a reason to fill up your bench until you're ready to fully set up your next attacker. 

Setting Up For Success

Welder UNB 189Green's Exploration UNB 175Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182

Welder is likely the best card in the entire format in a way and it being used in this deck is no mistake. It gets Lucario & Melmetal-GX ready to attack quickly, and with a single Metal Energy to attach alongside it it brings Full Metal Wall-GX into the fray immediately reducing the damage you take. Green's Exploration can bring out just about any card you need from the Welder to Custom Catcher, Mixed Herbs, Fiery Flint, Energy Spinner, and any other supporting card in the deck. With PokeGear 3.0 you'll be able to find these, or even your Coach Trainer with ease. The consistency this deck offers is brilliant and part of what makes it so strong.

Lucario & Melmetal-GX Impacts The Meta

Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 224

What makes this deck work so well is how this card manages to really stop a lot of the meta in its tracks. With Metal Frying Pan not only stopping Fire Decks from dealing weakness damage but also reducing damage by 30 you can seriously curtail opponent's damage output. Reshiram & Charizard-GX might be able to break through it with Double Blaze-GX but every other attack it offers slows it down so it can only take a two-hit knock out just like Lucario & Melmetal-GX will. With the added healing power this deck provides however the attacks may take even longer. Not to mention with Full Metal Wall-GX you can eliminate all of the Energy placed by Welder without effort forcing them to power up again. 

Pidgeotto TEU 123Mewtwo & Mew-GX decks are going to struggle even worse. With your GX attack, Metal Frying Pan, and a resistance to Psychic Types they will deal 80 less damage with every attack they try to launch. They'll be struggling as you easily hit two-hit knockouts and keep yourself healed. Malamar decks swinging for maybe 50 damage maximum a turn as well will simply have no way to keep up, especially if Hoopa gets involved.

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX also face issues. First, Tag Bolt-GX may not even have a big bench to try and hit do deal damage. Second, without Electropower they begin having issues keeping up with your damage output yet again. They do have a Metal resistance which makes it harder than the other matchups but it's not something this deck can't overcome. 

Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX decks will be decimated as you deal weakness damage. With the control decks in the format, things may get tougher but most games against them are.

The Play For Paris?

Paras TEU 6

Before the format changes in a big way with the release of Cosmic Eclipse, we have one last big event, the Special Event Paris. Is this a deck that should be considered a good play for the event? If players aren't teching to try and stop it, absolutely. It's a rogue deck that only a single player brought to the event so it seems unlikely players will be prepared unless a lot of people give it a serious look. John Mostowy showed just how well it can do and with its strengths in the current format, it's a solid deck. Pikachu & Zekrom-GX decks are keeping popular which may cause it issues however so that needs to be kept in mind. Overall this is a deck that should be thoroughly tested and not ignored. 

We hope you enjoyed our analysis of this wonderful rogue deck! To see this deck in action you can check out the stream VODs from Top Cut Network here. You can also see it played by Tablemon in a recent video. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this deck, would you bring it to a tournament? Tell us in the comments below and get that conversation started. Until next time, stay lit trainer! 

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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