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Ruin Your Opponent's Day: Decidu-Ire

Huh.  They banned Mismagius UNB 78.  That's not that bad.  At least it's not a card that features heavily in all the current decks I'm working on.  I mean, at least they didn't ban Bellelb...

TPCI Announcement: "Control decks and mill decks (strategies that try to discard all the cards from the opponent's deck) have a place in the Pokémon TCG, but when they become too powerful, the play environment becomes less enjoyable. Bellelba & Brycen-Man has been identified as the card that makes these decks highly effective in tournament play. In an effort to reduce the strength of control decks and mill decks, Bellelba & Brycen-Man has been banned."

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The Rant

THEY BANNED Bellelba & Brycen-Man CEC 186!  WHY?  Why would they do that?!  They haven't banned a supporter in yeaaaars.  In fact, the last time they banned  a supporter in standard was 2015 when they banned Lysandre's Trump Card PHF 99.  That card was banned because it allowed control/mill decks to essentially burn through their entire deck, play 4 hammers, 4 flare grunts, and a bunch of disruption cards.  Then shuffle their discard back into their library and repeat.  It was phenomenally oppressive.  But B&BM?  How oppressive was that?  They cite that it was because mill and stall was too powerful in the meta.  TOO POWERFUL?!  It was TWO PERCENT of the meta.  It's never won a tournament.  It doesn't even see day two anymore.  No.  No that is not why they banned it.  I'll tell you why they banned it.  Eternatus VMAX DAA 117.  Eternatus has the ability Eternal Zone: If all of your Pokémon in play are Darkness type, you can have up to 8 Pokémon on your Bench, and you can’t put non-Darkness Pokémon into play. (If this Ability stops working, discard Pokémon from your Bench until you have 5.)  Couple this with it's attack which, for a darkness and a colorless, does 30 damage times how many darkness Pokemon you have in play, and you can hit 270 damage if you have a full bench.  For 2 energy.  

Bellelba & Brycen Man was discarded because its second effect lets you discard two cards to force your opponent to discard pokemon off their bench until they only have three.  This basically destroys Eternatus, and is the single best-tech you could play against the deck.  So they ban Bellelba & Brycen Man.  Well fine.  If they want their precious V's and VMax's and TagTeams to be so special, then we're just going to do what we do best.  Ruin our Opponent's Day.  

NO I'M NOT BITTER. 

Anyway, here's my deck.

THE DECK

There, are you happy now, Pokemon?  Is this what you wanted?  Utter spite and villainy?  I didn't want to do this.  I didn't want to be that guy. But you just had to keep pushing.  I promised I was going to try to make fair, fun decks.  But you had to make me go back to my old ways.

I've seen many other versions of the deck that try to squeeze in Bird Keeper DAA 159 and Rosa CEC 204.  Also Big Charm SSH 158.  But our goal in this deck is pure speed.  We want to turbo out as many Decidueyes as possible.     

THE GAMEPLAN

The idea of this deck is simple.  Everybody is playing V/GX decks right now.  V's and GX's are the main focal point of decks.  And the techs are not really "attacking" techs — except one,  which we'll get to.  So we have arrived in a format where if you can somehow negate the GX/TagTeamGX/V/VMax's in your opponent's deck, they probably won't have much left.  That's where Decidueye DAA 13 comes in.  Deci is a new card from Darkness Ablaze which combines the power of a really good ability with a really good attack.  Specifically, it is immune to all damage from Pokemon V's and GX's.  This means that it can't be damaged by Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 162Eternatus VMAX DAA 117, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156, Zacian V SSH 138, or Vikavolt V DAA 180.  Those savy among you may recognize this list as basically every deck that is played right now, everywhere.  So, the only thing that most decks will be able to hit you with is their tech option.  Which you should have no trouble dealing with.  Well, except one.  We'll get there.   

THE POKEMON

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Decidueye is the main attacker here.  In fact, let's not mince words.  It's the only attacker.  But what an attacker it is.  Decidueye combines the power of a great ability with the power of a fantastic attack.  It's rare that we get an "immune to damage" pokemon that also has a really good attack.  Cards like Hoopa SLG 55 and Alolan Ninetales BUS 28 had the same ability (with the added benefit of also being immune to effects of attacks not just damage), but had pretty 'meh' attacks.  Decidueye trades the "immunity to effects of attacks" for having a great attack in SPLITTING ARROW which, for a grass and a colorless, does 90 damage to the active, as well as 20 to each of two benched Pokemon.  

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Now some of you may be looking at the inclusion of this particular Rowlet and asking yourself "why not the other Rowlet DAA 11?  that does 60 damage to ay pokemon?"  You know, the good one?  Well, this is a valid question.  We run this version because we don't run Bird Keeper DAA 159.  Many of the variants of this deck run keeper in order to get a free 60 damage.  However, we forego this strategy in favor of trying to turbo out as many Rowlets as we can so we can set up redundant decidueyes.  In a pinch, Hide & Seek can buy you a turn by completely protecting itself. 

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Jirachi is here for consistency.  That's pretty much it.  

THE SUPPORTING CAST

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Professor's Research SSH 178 and Marnie SSH 169 are here for consistency, with the added bonus of Marnie being a good bit of disruption.  Boss's Orders RCL 154 is a good gusting card, which is very useful in a deck such as this.  Erika's Hospitality TEU 140 is a one of, and is handy to help you draw a few extra cards.  

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Quick Ball SSH 179, Pokemon Communication TEU 152, Capture Energy RCL 171, and Turffield Stadium RCL 170 are our search options.  Hopefully, we get something like an Ultra Ball SUM 135 one day.  But for now, these are the best options we have.  

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Rounding out the important cards, we use Lillie's Poke Doll CEC 197 to buy us turns.  Finally, Big Parasol DAA 157.  Decidueye's ability only protects him from Damage, not effects.  So your opponent could still take the KO with poison or paralyze you with something like Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54.  Big parasol protects you from "effects of damage."  importantly, this means you are also protected from things like Blacephalon CEC 104 and Mew UNB 76.  Remember, "putting damage counters on" is not the same thing as "damage."

Rare Candy SSH 180 helps us evolve faster. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 is recovery.  Scoop Up Net RCL 165 to pick up Jirachi or some damaged Decidueyes.    

MATCHUPS

There are many decks out there that just fold to you.  Decks like ADP and Zacian V, that don't usually run non-V/GX pokemon, just scoop to you.  Decks like Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 162, Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 194, Eternatus VMAX DAA, and Centiskorch VMAX DAA 191 which primarily rely on GX or V, but run some non-V techs to help set up (such as Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 or Volcanion UNB 25) can take you out if they rely on their tech pokemon.  But those are pretty easy to deal with as long as you plan ahead.  

Non-GX/V fire decks (such as Blacephalon UNB 32 will just run right through you.  

CONCLUSION

In short, I believe for the foreseeable future, straight Decidueye (not paired with Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119) is poised to really hurt the meta right now.  Everybody is so fixated on big shiny cards.  They won't expect you.  And even if they do, they are forced to play an sub-optimal version of their deck to take you out. 

Remember, the key in any kind of immunity deck is to always be aware of what parts of their deck you are immune to.  Concentrate your resources on taking out the couple pokemon that can hurt you.  Don't worry about their Blacephallon if you have your Giant Parasol out.  In the early game, you don't go for the big KO's.  Whittle them down.  They will be forced to attack you with pokemon that aren't really in the deck to attack.  And even if they plan for you, you have the resource advantage.  They may tech one pokemon to go against you.  Once you take out that Pokemon, you can run rampant on them.  Play smart.  Have fun.  And go easy on your opponent.  They didn't ask for this.  


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