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Post Rotation: All Out Granbull

Granbull LOT 138Welcome to Post Rotation! With the rotation scheduled to happen August 15th, several decks will be losing cards that really made them tick. We'll be taking a look at what some of these decks will look like after to see how they run. While Granbull got some cool tools after the release of Team Up, the rotation looks like it will be gutting most of what makes the current deck run. Ultra Ball, Great Ball, Nest Ball, and Oranguru SUM 113 just to start. Without the potential ease of using Apricorn Maker to search out some of those options as well, things don't look good. 160 Damage for one Energy is good, but if you can't consistently keep your hand empty you'll be struggling for the 2HKOs you'll need to be taking against the likes of Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Reshiram & Charizard-GX, or any other big hitters.

Of course, we wouldn't have written this article if we hadn't figured out another way to make this work! Detective Pikachu isn't just a great movie, it's a fun set of Pokemon cards as well! With it came the release of three separate Snubbull cards. One is poised to make Granbull decks not only able to survive the rotation but potentially thrive!

So what makes this Snubbull special? What changes need to be made to make this deck find success? Let's take a look at the decklist so we can show you how!

Snubbull PR-SM SM200Have you wanted to go to GameStop recently? If not we may have a reason for you. For a limited time GameStop is giving away a special Promo Card for Detective Pikachu as well as a cool poster for the film! So what does this have to with Granbull decks? No, it's not just a blatant advertisement of some kind! The Snubbull being given away at GameStop is different than any other that exists for one reason: it has 60 HP.

What does this mean? It puts it in range for Professor Elm's Lecture! At first this doesn't seem all that exciting. It's the other cards that also can be grabbed quickly that make things get a bit more exciting. In fact, the only Pokemon in this deck that cannot be found with Professor Elm's Lecture is Granbull itself but you can use Pokemon Communication to grab it if you need. As most of your Pokemon don't have much HP, Mew UNB 76 is wonderful to help them not get sniped. Ditto Prism Star is great as it can evolve into any Pokemon you need. 

The main Pokemon that can make this deck roll once again are Pidgey TEU 122 but more importantly Pidgeotto TEU 123. Its ability Air Mail reads as follows: Once during your turn (before your attack), you may look at the top 2 cards of your deck and put 1 of them into your hand. Put the other card on the bottom of your deck. What this allows you to do is have a lot more choice in what cards you are drawing. You need to have an empty hand to get the most out of All Out, and this can allow you to pick up the exact cards you need every turn while putting whatever you may not want at the time at the bottom of your deck. Acro Bike also gives you a little choice in drawing if needed as well. 

In the deck post rotation, Ultra Ball helped discard cards out of the hand to keep it clear while also grabbing Pokemon if needed. Great Ball could search for Pokemon but didn't necessarily have to take them if your bench was full. There's still some options that can try to make this work. For cutting cards from your hand both Electromagnetic Radar and Red's Challenge work. The former is just a simple item card that can help clean out your hand, but Red's Challenge comes with so much more. Viridian Forest TEU 156You can grab any card you need. Need an Energy? You've got it! Need a certain Pokemon? It's yours! Whatever you like, including tools to clean out your hand so you can deal all the damage you need.

Speaking of which, there are a lot of cards that can either rather grab cards you need or simply grab nothing at all if you choose, thus allowing you to keep your hand clean. The wording on these cards allows you to choose if you want to grab something from the deck, or sometimes you simply may not be able to like Great Ball. PokeNav, Pokegear 3.0, and Judge Whistle all potentially have these options. Plus they do have the chance to grab things you may need or to simply draw some cards! 

There's still a few more cards worth looking at. It's no Rescue Stretcher but Brock's Grit becomes one of the best Pokemon recovery cards left after the rotation so we included it here. Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star is a great tool to potentially slow your opponent down as your Granbull attacks. Finally, we chose to include Viridian Forest over the Shrine of Punishment that used to be used. It used to be able to get a few knock outs almost in one hit, but now most of the GX Pokemon in the meta have too much HP to make it worth using. Viridian Forest can not only help take cards out of your hand, it grabs an Energy card. You can always play at least one a turn which can potentially empty your hand. 


We hope you like this take on Granbull decks post rotation! This set up can also be played now and we highly encourage you to give it a try! We'd also love to hear if this deck worked well for you, or if you made any changes. Tell us about it all about it in the comments below or let the deck builder herself know over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers! 

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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