Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Big Three

Hello all!

Today I'm going be talking about three different decks: Darkrai EX/Hydreigon, Altaria/Garchomp, and Rayquaza/Eelektrik, also known as The Big Three.

First I'll start off with Darkrai/Hydreigon, so take a look at my list:


  •    Pokemon (14)
  • 3 Darkrai EX
  • 3 Hydreigon DRX
  • 1 Zweilius NVI
  • 3 Deino NVI
  • 2 Sableye DEX
  • 1 Shaymin EX
  • 1 Sigilyph DRX 
  •    Trainers (33)
  • 4 Professor Juniper
  • 4 N
  • 2 Cheren
  • 4 Rare Candy
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Random Receiver
  • 4 Pokemon Catcher
  • 3 Dark Patch
  • 3 Max Potion
  • 1 Eviolite 
  •    Energy (13)
  • 4 Blend LFPD
  • 9 Dark

This deck I currently have built and have been testing for the last two months. I won't go deep into the strategy as this deck is one of the most talked about decks on the Internet.

The basic strategy is to quickly set up Hydreigon DRX on your bench.
Once Hydreigon is set up, use it's Dark Trance ability to move the energy off of your active Darkrai EX, then use Max Potion to heal it of all damage. After using Max Potion, use Dark Trance again to move those Dark energy back to The active Darkrai, and attack. Dark Trance can also be used with Dark Patch, because after using Dark Patch to get an energy from your discard pile on to a bench benched Dark type, you can use Dark Trance to move that energy to your active. And after you've used up your Max Potion and Dark Patch supply, use Sableye DEX to get them back.

Dark Trance and Max Potion make Darkrai EX almost unOHKOable, making for great matchups against any deck that doesn't run Dragon or Fighting types. It can deal with EX based decks fairly well because of the Sigilyph tech. Also, Shaymin EX can help sway things your way when loosing to a Fighting type deck.

That's all for Darkrai/Hydreigon, up next; Garchomp/Altaria.

For Garchomp/Altaria, I'll be going off of info gathered from battling my brother Shane, and watching him play the deck, since he has a Garchomp/Altaria deck that he hopes to take to Nationals this season. But for competitive reasons, he would not like to share his exact list publicly online. I have, however, created my own Garchomp\Altaria list specifically for this article so that you will understand more about the strategy. Here it is:


  •    Pokemon (21)
  • 4 Garchomp DRX
  • 3 Gabite DRX
  • 4 Gible DRX
  • 3 Altaria DRX
  • 3 Swablu DRX
  • 3 Emolga DRX
  • 1 Terrakion NVI
  •    Trainers (29)
  • 4 Professor Juniper
  • 4 N
  • 2 Bianca
  • 2 Random Receiver
  • 2 Energy Search
  • 3 Rare Candy
  • 3 Pokemon Catcher
  • 2 Switch
  • 3 Level Ball
  • 2 Ultra Ball
  • 2 Super Rod      
  •    Energy (10)
  • 4 Blend WLFM
  • 3 Water
  • 3 Fighting

The strategy here is to outnumber and outgun your opponent while at the same time not losing too much when a Garchomp gets KOed. Since Garchomp is not an EX Pokemon, when it gets knocked out, your opponent only draws a single prize, and since Garchomp only takes two energy to attack for 100 or more damage, which happens to 2HKO any EX Pokemon, this can be very hard for any other deck to keep up with.

Another great card that makes this deck strong is Altaria DRX.
Its Fight Song Ability adds 20 damage to all of your Dragon Pokemon's attacks. And since Altaria itself is a Dragon type, it's searchable by Gabite's  Dragon Call Ability, which
 brings me to our next card; Gabite DRX 89. Once per turn, per Dragon Call Ability in play, you can choose to search your deck for any Dragon type Pokemon and put it in your hand. What makes this so good is that Garchomp, Altaria, Gabite and Gible are all Dragon type Pokemon, and any other Pokemon that you might want is searched for by Ultra Ball or Level Ball.

For added consistency, I threw in a few Emolga DRX so if you draw him in your opening hand, on your first turn you can use it's Call For Family attack which lets you not only search out two basic Pokemon, but you also get to put them on to your bench as well.

And last but not least; Terrakion NVI. Because Garchomp needs a Fighting energy to use its attacks, Fighting energies have to be in the deck, so might as well tech in a Terrakion, which OHKOs a Darkrai EX given one of your Pokemon have been knocked out your opponents last turn.

And that is all for Garchomp/Altaria. next up;Rayquaza\Eelektrik AKA RayEels.

This deck has very even match ups all around. And because of Rayquaza DRX and Rayquaza EX, it has a weakness advantage to Garchomp, Altaria, and  Hydreigon. Another thing that makes Rayquaza DRX faster is it's a Basic, and also requiring some Lightning type energy to attack with both Dragon Pulse and Shred, which make it even faster with the help of Eelektrik's Dynamotor Ability. There are other cards worth mentioning in the deck though, as we will talk about some after you've seen my list.


  •    Pokemon (16)
  • 4 Rayquaza DRX
  • 2 Rayquaza EX
  • 2 Raikou EX
  • 4 Tynamo DEX
  • 4 Eelektrik NXD
  •    Trainers (31)
  • 4 Professor Juniper
  • 4 N
  • 3 Bianca
  • 4 Energy Switch
  • 4 Pokemon Catcher
  • 3 Level Ball
  • 3 Ultra Ball
  • 3 Switch
  • 2 Random Receiver
  • 1 Skyarrow Bridge
  •    Energy (13)
  • 8 Fightning
  • 5 Fire
 The key card for energy acceleration in this deck is Eelektrik NXD.

After using a Professor Juniper or an Ultra Ball, or even after a Pokemon gets knocked out, it is possible that Lightning energy cards may somehow get into your discard pile. After that, It's up to Eelektrik's Ability Dynamotor to get them back on to your benched Pokemon like Rayquaza EX or a regular Rayquaza.

So all in all, the strategy is to first search for Eelektrik using Ultra Ball to discard Lightning energy while still saving some to attach to a Rayquaza DRX. Then, use Dynamotor to quickly set up Rayquaza DRX. After Rayquaza is loaded with enough energy, start attacking with it and attaching energy on a Rayquaza EX, just in case your opponent whips out a high HP EX Pokemon so you can easily OHKO it with Dragon Burst discarding 3 Lightning energy for 180 damage; leading into another quick set up on Rayquaza DRX with Dynamotor. That's all for RayEels.

These three decks are all very good, but which is best? Tell me which one you think is the best and why in the comments section below. That's all for now -Tyler



1 comment:

  1. Hey it's jack, heres the finals at the source saturday.


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