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Mismagius' Brew: Fliptini Barrage

Hello, and welcome to the first ever Mismagius' Brew! This series of articles is dedicated to crazy decks that are made purely for Timmys and Johnnys everywhere! Insane combo decks? Powering up large Pokémon? Powering up weak Pokémon? We've got you covered.


The Deck

Today, we'll be going over an old classic, and also one of my favorite brews that I have ever played in Expanded! Featuring our favorite gimmick helper:

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Everyone loves Victini GRI 10! Its Ability, Victory Star, lets us try again to flip a coin for an attack if we didn't like the outcome. For example, if we had Blissey LOT 153 and we flipped 3 tails for its attack and we had Victini on the Bench, we can choose to try again!

So, what card could I possibly have in mind to pair up with Victini?

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Torchic PRC 26 seems like a very non-threatening card at first. Although Barrage is a great Ancient Trait (as seen in Medicham PRC 81 decks), it doesn't seem very usable on Torchic. Flare Bonus is essentially Scorched Earth on an attack, and Claw can attack for 40 if we get 2 heads. This is where Victini comes in! We can reflip one of our Claw tails to try and get heads! Now we're talking, 40 damage is more feasible!

...Except 40 damage is still pretty bad. So, why don't we beef up Torchic a bit more?

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Choice Band works on each individual Claw, so if we're attacking into an EX or GX Pokémon, Torchic can deal 100 damage with two Claw! And, while we're at it, we can fuel Torchic even more with Volcanion-EX's Steam Up Ability! Hypothetically, if we get 4 Volcanion-EX on the Bench and pitch 4 Fire Energy to Steam Up, that's 120 extra damage per hit of Claw, and combine that with Choice Band, Torchic is hitting for 170 damage per heads flip! (We'll probably never get 4 Volcanion-EX on Bench because we need a couple extra other supporting Pokémon on the Bench) On top of that, Torchic can string two knockouts in one turn by knocking out the opponent's Active Pokémon, and knocking out the incoming Pokémon from the Bench with two separate Claws.

Now, the only problem is that, with Torchic's rare use of Flare Bonus and Volcanion-EX's Steam Up, we're going to be discarding a lot of Fire Energy. What's the best way to get Fire Energy out of our discard pile?

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Of course, Starmie EVO 31! Starmie's Ability, Space Beacon, lets us pitch any card in our hand to grab 2 basic Energy cards from our discard pile and put it back into our hand. We can also fetch Staryu with Brooklet Hill, which can also fetch Volcanion-EX, since they're both Water-Types! Now, we've got ourselves a deck going here!

With everything in mind, here's my decklist for Fliptini Barrage:

The Tech Cards

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Some players might ask why I didn't add Tapu Lele-GX or Shaymin-EX ROS 77 into the deck. Simply put, we don't have the Bench space to spare to put them down! We need space for Volcanion-EX, Starmie EVO 31, and Victini GRI 10 so our Torchic can do work. Tapu Lele-GX and Shaymin-EX drastically decreases our efficiency or damage output, so we can't afford to Bench them, and therefore their slots can be taken by other cards.

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Garbotoxin Garbodor, like Garbodor BKP 57, also have a pretty big impact on our deck. That's why we're running a single copy of Field Blower and Faba to deal with Pokémon Tools. Faba also helps our matchups against Zoroark-GX by sending their Double Colorless Energy to the Lost Zone. Handy!

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We're also not running any copies of Ultra Ball since Level Ball searches up everything in the deck except for Volcanion-EX, which can be searched up off of Brooklet Hill. Plus, we want to save cards in our hand so we can pitch them to Starmie's Space Beacon later on in the game, since we're already running 4 copies of Professor Juniper/Professor Sycamore in the deck to speed through it.

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So, many new players look at Computer Search and go, "Wow that card is really expensive, do I really need it?" The answer is no, you don't need it, although it's really nice to have if you can get your hands on a copy. If you don't have Computer Search, you can replace it with another copy of Float Stone to drastically reduce the cost of the deck.

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Speaking of Float Stone, it's still a great card, especially since we're probably never attacking with Volcanion-EX or Victini! In the case that they get stuck in the Active, we want ways to get them out of there, and Float Stone, along with Guzma, are our best ways of freeing up our Active Pokémon for Torchic.


Conclusion & Poll!

That's it for the first ever Mismagius' Brew! Do you like these kinds of decks? What kinds of crazy cards would you like to see me build a deck on in the future? For next week, we're diving back into Standard, so I have a Strawpoll with a few options for you all to vote on! Thanks for tuning in, don't forget to message me on @adischordintime, and I'll see you all next week for another Mismagius' Brew!

~Kobe "Dischord" Phan


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