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Post Rotation: Lycanroc & Alolan Persian

Alolan Persian LOT 119Welcome back to another edition of Post Rotation! In these articles we'll be examining what some popular decks, both budget and full price, will look like once the rotation hits August 15th. This deck made some small splashes in Japan, even placing highly at a few events, but eventually was forgotten. Looking at how the game might look after rotation, we think this deck has the potential to make a comeback, with some new tools to boot! The deck we're talking about is Lycanroc & Alolan Persian.

The main attacker in this deck comes in the form of Alolan Persian. Its main attack, Empty Threat, takes no energy and reads as follows: 

[-] Empty Threat: 90-
This attack does 30 less damage times the amount of Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

90 damage is pretty solid, especially without even having to attach! Of course with current meta threats like Reshiram & Charizard-GX or Pikachu & Zekrom-GX needing so much Energy to run it starts to look worse. It may look like its threat truly is empty considering cards like Welder can pile on Energy so quickly.

But what if we could take away all those Energy cards they kept trying to use? What if there was even a potential way to outright stop some of those firey friends in their tracks so they have no more Energy left to play? Thanks to those new tools we mentioned this is very possible. Let's take a look at the deck Post Rotation

Lycanroc-GX TEU 82It seems about time we need to mention the other half of the deck's namesake, Lycanroc! The reason this Lycanroc pairs so well with Alolan Persian is it's ability Twilight EyesWhen you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn, you may discard an Energy from your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

There we go, easy Energy removal! While searching it out isn't as easy post rotation with things like Ultra Ball and Great Ball out of the equation you still have PokeNav or even Cherish Ball. We didn't include the latter in this deck, but figured it needed mentioning for those that may want to tinker. With Devolution Spray also introduced into the game, there's a great way to be able to use its ability multiple times! At maximum, you can be discarding 8 Energy with it alone. Once we add in Crushing Hammer we've got the potential to yank away a total of 12 Energy! It does take a few lucky coin tosses, but that's still more Energy than most decks currently run.

Luckily, Lyncanrc-GX and Alolan Persian have prevolutions that aren't as badly affected by losing the typical Pokemon search cards. Professor Elm's Lecture can grab almost all of the Basic Pokemon in the deck excluding one, and with Pokemon Communication you can always grab some and trade them out for the Stage 1 Pokemon you need. Search it out with PokeGear 3.0 and you're doing great!

The previous version of this deck attacked a good bit with Lycanroc-GX, but without Double Colorless Energy this would be far too slow. Instead, we put more focus on attacking with Alolan Persian. Now we still do include Rainbow Energy for two attacks, Splintered Shards GX, and Frozen Lock.

Cryogonal UNM 46Wait, Frozen Lock? This is where the deck gets truly spicy. Want to stop cards like Fire Crystal or Energy Recycle System? Cryogonal UNM 46 could be your game changer! Frozen Lock reads as follows: Your opponent can’t play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn. So simply put, if you force them to discard enough Energy where they can't reasonably attack, you can stall them out for the win! With no way to get it back (outside of maybe Brock's Grit)) they may be put into a serious struggle. If you're lucky enough to have enough cards left, just use Unown LOT 91 to win yourself the game!

To top it all off, why not enjoy another taste of the freezing cold? Blizzard Town adds its own level of spice to the deck. Alolan Persian is rarely going to be pulling out a one hit knockout. However, with 90 damage and this stadium, Zapdos TEU 40 won't be attacking! There's several other pokemon you may be able to stall and stop a short while with this stadium, not to mention it just plain helps you keep the stadiums they need off the board. 

Of course, this deck isn't entirely immune to facing some issues of its own. You're going to run into some issues with decks involving Naganadel LOT 108 as well as Malamar FLI 51. There's no way to stop them recovering Energies forever, so what do you do? This one is going to take some targeted strikes. If possible, force them to bring out their Malamar for the one hit knockout. This deck could also include Custom Catcher for such a purpose. If not, make sure their Energies are low as possible when you attack, then get them low enough so that your Blizzard Town can help take over. 


We hope you enjoyed this edition of Post Rotation! We'd love to hear what you think about the deck. Could this make a splash after the rotation hits? Should we have switched some cards around? Tell us in the comments below or tell the deck maker herself directly on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

 


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