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Post Rotation: Cruel Spores

With the rotation passing welcome to the last edition of Post Rotation! Until the next rotation comes of course. This article will be looking at a deck we think could see some success in the new format. We actually mentioned it in Predictions: Post Rotation World Championships (Part Two) which we highly recommend you read. Still, with that written we lack much for an introduction so let's dive right into this Pheromosa-GX deck!

Giant Bomb UNM 196We'll jump right to the point, this deck uses Parasect TEU 7 and Pheromosa-GX. This is another deck based on putting on extra damage using Parsect's ability Panic Spores: Put 2 damage counters on your opponent’s Confused Pokémon between turns. It only takes two Energy for Pheromosa to use Cruel Spike to confuse the opponent and get that ability going! 

Okay so if that sounds extremely basic and simple it's because it is. That's the beauty of it. Searching out Pokemon is incredibly easy in a format with few tools to do so. Net Ball, Cherish Ball, and even Beast Ball can be searched out with Apricorn Maker so you can snag multiple Pokemon a turn.Ultra Space helps to bring out all of your Ultra Beasts like Pheromosa or Kartana UNB 19, which we include for its useful attack and free retreat cost being so useful.

What about fire decks though? Well, we have a little bit of a spicy meatball in the form of a Giant Bomb to try and help with that. They may not be able to attack through confusion anyway, but they'll be even more afraid to if they deal enough damage to set off Giant Bomb! Getting an act of swift revenge knock out has never felt so explosively sweet. 

Everything else is still very straightforward! Cynthia and Lillie alongside Tate & Liza for draw power, Brock's Grit for Energy and Pokemon recovery, and just other basic cards to make the deck solid. Again, this is why we really think the deck is good. It's very straightforward and consistent, managing to deal good damage and hurt the opponent. Not all decks have to be wildly creative to thrive, this is the perfect example of that! Plus it's a great deck to give to players learning how to play that can still be successful.


So that's all we have today about our deck Cruel Spores! Now we want to know what you think. Could this deck work as well as we think in the post rotation world? Do we need to make some alterations to the deck? Tell us in the comments below or tell the deck maker herself over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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