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Searching Standard: Greninja & Zoroark-GX / Weavile-GX Post Rotation Dark Box Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. As we gear up for Worlds, I continue my hunt for interesting decks that will be legal once Standard rotation happens. This week, I have for you a Darkness Deck that was posted to the PokeBeach Forums by a user named Wolfshadow. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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Greninja & Zoroark-GX UNB 107 is the main attacker in this deck, thanks to its Dark Pulse attack. Dark Pulse deals 30 damage plus an additional 30 damage for every Darkness Energy 7 attached to your Pokemon. That can add up to quite a lot of damage, fairly quickly.

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Weavile-GX – Darkness – HP200
Stage 1 – Evolves from Sneasel

Ability: Shadow Connection
As often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may move a basic [D] Energy from 1 of your Pokemon in play to another 1 of your Pokemon in play.

[D][D][C] Claw Slash: 130 damage.

[C] Night Order GX: Search your deck for any number of Basic Pokemon and put them on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 1

With Weavile-GX UNM 132's Shadow Connection Ability, you're able to move any of your energy in play to make sure that your Active Pokemon only has as much as is needed to attack. This protects you from losing too much energy to your discard pile in the event that your Active Pokemon gets knocked out. It also ensures that you'll be able to attack every turn. Weavile-GX UNM 132 should stay on your Bench unless you have no other Pokemon to attack with.

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Both Sneasel UPR 73 and Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 are included in this deck so you can make sure you're able to evolve into Weavile-GX UNM 132 as quickly as possible. Weavile-GX UNM 132 is very important to this deck being successful, so you'll want to get it into play right away.

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Naganadel LOT 108's Charging Up Ability helps you get any Energy cards that have gone to your discard pile back into play. With Naganadel LOT 108, you can only place the energy onto Naganadel LOT 108, but as long as you have Weavile-GX UNM 132 in play, you'll be able to then move that energy to any of your Pokemon in play.

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Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX – Darkness – HP280
Basic Pokemon (TAG TEAM)

[D][D][D][D][C] Greed Crash: 210 damage. If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is a Pokemon-GX or Pokemon-EX and is Knocked Out by damage from this attack, take 1 more Prize card.

[D][D][D][D][C]+ Gigafall GX: 250 damage. If you have 5 additional Energy attached to this Pokemon (in addition to this attack’s cost), discard 15 cards from the top of your opponent’s deck. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

When your TAG TEAM is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-2)
Retreat: 4

With Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM 126's Greed Crash attack, you have the potential to take four Prize cards if you manage to knock out an opponent's Active Pokemon that is a Tag Team Pokemon-GX. However, even if their Active Pokemon isn't a Tag Team Pokemon-GX, taking three Prize cards for a regular Pokemon-GX will help you win the game much quicker than usual.

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Umbreon & Darkrai-GX – Darkness – HP270
Basic Pokemon (Tag Team)

[D][D][C] Black Lance: 150 damage. This attack does 60 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon-GX or Pokemon-EX. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[C]+ Dead Moon GX: Your opponent can’t play any Trainer cards from their hand during their next turn. If this Pokemon has at least 5 extra Darkness Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Knocked Out. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

When your TAG TEAM is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

When you attack with Umbreon & Darkrai-GX UNM 125's Black Lance attack, you can deal 150 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon as well as dealing 60 damage to one of their Pokemon-GX that's on their Bench. This is a great way to set up Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM 126's Greed Crash attack. Umbreon & Darkrai-GX UNM 125 also has a nice GX attack in Dead Moon GX that has the ability to knock out an opponent's Active Pokemon automatically, in addition to preventing your opponent from playing any Trainer cards on their next turn.

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Dedenne-GX UNB 57 is a great way to draw a new hand of six cards thanks to its Dedechange Ability. You'll never be able to attack with Dedenne-GX UNB 57, which is why there's only one copy of it in this deck.

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The Pokemon TCG is all about drawing additional cards to gain an advantage. Lillie UPR 125 is great to use on your first turn, after you've played everything you can from your hand. She's also good later in the game as well. Cynthia UPR 119 helps you put unwanted cards from your hand back into your deck, while also drawing you a fresh hand of six cards. Acro Bike CES 123 offers you card selection, allowing you to keep the better of the top two cards of your deck. It also acts as a way to get Darkness Energy 7 into your discard pile so you can get it back with Naganadel LOT 108's Charging Up Ability.

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While there's not a lot of Supporter cards in this deck, Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 helps you find them quicker than normal. If there is one card that is able to be replaced in this deck, Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 is it.

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Mysterious Treasure FLI 113 serves a couple of purposes in this deck. It acts as a way to discard Darkness Energy 7 to your discard pile. It's also a great way to find either Naganadel LOT 108 or Poipole FLI 55, if you happen to have one but not the other.

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Cherish Ball – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for a Pokemon-GX, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

There's a lot of choices when you play Cherish Ball UNM 191. You'll want to make sure you get a Weavile-GX UNM 132 as quickly as possible, then search for the heavy hitters like Greninja & Zoroark-GX UNB 107 and Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM.

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If you don't have Weavile-GX UNM 132 in play and need to switch your Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from your Bench that has more energy attached to it, you'll be happy to use Switch CES 147 for this.

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Reset Stamp – Trainer
Item

Your opponent shuffles their hand into their deck. Then, your opponent draws a card for each of their remaining Prize cards.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before you attack).

Most of the new Standard decks are running a copy of Reset Stamp UNM 206 as a way to punish their opponent. As the game goes on, if your opponent has taken four or five of their Prize cards, you can really set them back by having them shuffle all of the cards in their hand and drawing a new hand of one or two cards.

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Viridian Forest TEU 156 helps you by allowing you to discard an Energy card in order to search your deck for another Energy card. While you can also discard other things, this is usually the optimal play, so you'll have Darkness Energy 7 to bring back with Naganadel LOT 108's Charging Up Ability.

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Since your main attackers are all Darkness Type Pokemon-GX, having Black Market Prism Star TEU 134 mitigates some of the risk of having one of your Pokemon get knocked out. You'll ultimately be able to take extra Prize cards thanks to Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM 126, while your opponent will take less Prize cards thanks to Black Market Prism Star TEU 134.

Wrapping Up

Weavile-GX UNM 132 allows for a lot of flexibility in Darkness Decks. I think it's going to see a lot of play in our new Standard.

Thank you to PokeBeach Forum user Wolfshadow for posting this decklist.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in the Pokemon TCG. I'll see you then!
 
— Mike Likes


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