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    Discussion Regirock-EX: a liability?

    High retreat cost + expensive attack = huge potential liability against Trev BREAK. All they'd have to do is Lysander up a benched Regi and it's stuck there while they silent fear their way to victory. This seems like something that should be teched against. I'm thinking either running more...
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    Discussion Trevenant BREAK After Rotation

    If item lock Trevenant is rotated out of standard, what would happen to Trevenant BREAK decks? Obviously, the item lock is what makes Trevevant decks so deadly, but I think it's one of those decks that still has enough going for it even without the item lock. Trevenant – Psychic – HP110...
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    Discussion XY11 Xerneas BREAK Deck

    Crazy deck idea. 4 of these, 4 Geomancy Xerneas (it's being reprinted this set), 12-14 basic fairy energy, 4 Max Elixir, some energy switch, 4 Exp Share and several draw and search cards (items and supporters). Ideally, you'd go second so you can attack first. Get as many Elixirs off as...
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    Discussion Barbaracle

    Barbaracle – Water – HP100 Stage 1 – Evolves from Binacle Ability: Hand Block You can use this ability if you have a Stadium card in play. As long as this Pokemon is in play, your opponent can’t attach any Special Energy cards from his or her hand. [W][W][C] Claw Swipe: 70 damage. Weakness...
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    Discussion Expanded Idea: Jumpluff

    Anyone remember Jumpluff DRX? It's a 90HP stage 2 with a flippy attack and an ability that lets you return it and all cards attached to it to your hand. Well, with Forest of Giant Plants, you can return it and evolve it back on the same turn. The only problem is figuring out how to use this...
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    Discussion Evolutions Being Neglected Again

    2 of the best cards in the last set, the fighting belt and max elixir, have came with a specific caveat that they only work on basic pokemon. We've seen something similar in the Black and White era with Eviolite, Prism Energy, and Skyarrow Bridge. In a format where evolutions were already...
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    Discussion Mew Combo's

    ] Essentially, it's Mew EX with 50HP, but gives up one prize and can only copy your own basics. One of my favorite combos was using Mew EX with dimension valley and using another Pokemon's attack for one C energy less. For example, you can use Manectric EX Overrun for free and with one...
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    Discussion Empoleon Combos

    Empoleon – Water – HP140 Stage 2 – Evolves from Prinplup Ability: Noble Power As long as this Pokemon is in play, your Basic Pokemon’s attacks do 20 more damage. [W][C] Hydro Splash: 70 damage. Weakness: Grass (x2) Resistance: none Retreat: 2 -----------------------------------------------...
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    Discussion Seaking Discussion

    I tested a deck using this, Rainbow Energy, Jynx, and Dugtrio (which I might post in deck garage). Dugtrio and Rainbow Energy put damage counters on Seaking for Jynx to heal and allow wet horn to do 90 for 1. Dugtrio can also serve as an attacker and if all else fails, there's assault (which...
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    Discussion Marowak BREAK

    So it's been a few days since Breakthrough was added to TCGone. Of all the decks I've tried, my Marowak Break deck has been the most successful. Much of this has to do with it being fighting and benefiting from all the support. Instead of having to build the deck around Marowak, you can just...
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    Fun Notable Evolving Stage 1s.

    Evolving stage 1s (ES1) are usually very forgettable, but every so often, we get some exceptions to that rule. Expanded -Eelektric (NV): Arguably the best ES1. The only one to have spawned it's own archetype. Energy acceleration = good. I don't think I need any more elaboration. -Gabite...
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    Discussion Strange Win Conditions

    Because sometimes, it's these little details that make all the difference. A few days ago, I was playing a match on playtcg. I was using a fairy deck with Xerneas EX and Lugia EX as my main attackers. Opponent was using a Lucario/Hawlucha/Bats deck and I was getting destroyed. I made a...
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    Discussion Best EX's XY-On

    (as in basic EX's, not megas) I think the number one is Shaymin. It's become a staple for it's draw power. Any deck that doesn't have it will struggle to keep up. A close second is Mewtw- I mean Lugia. From there, I don't know. I think toad is still good (it's at least splashable), but it...
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    Discussion The Break Mechanic

    The newest mechanic in the upcoming XY8 set are Break Pokemon. These are kind of like megas for non EX's. The difference is that you don't lose a turn when you evolve. Also, you retain the attacks, abilities, and bottom stats of the pokemon you evolve from in addition to any new abilities and...
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    Standard Entei / Charizard EX / Pyroar

    Pokemon: 15 3 Entei (Ancient Trait AO14) 1 Entei (AO15) 3-3 Pyroar (Flash Fire) 2 Charizard EX (Combustion Blast) 3 Shaymin EX (RS77) Trainers/Supporters/Stadiums: 34 4 Professor Sycamore 2 Blacksmith 2 Lysandre 1 Teammates 4 Battle Compressor 4 VS Seeker 2 Trainer Mail 2 Switch 4 Ultra Ball...
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    Discussion Healing Scarf

    This new tool card heals 20 HP every time you attach an energy from your hand to the Pokemon. I already see some potential with the Dragon Mega Rayquaza's damage reduction ancient trait. It could also be good with Primal Kyogre's ancient trait. Healing is an overlooked tactic, but it comes...
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    Playable Stage 2s

    I think part of the problem, aside from the toad, is that stage 2s require so much deck space. Even a 3-1-3 line is a 6th of your deck. With deck space tight enough as it is, most stage 2s are just not practical. That said, I think that with the right build, stage 2s can be put into winning...
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    If the First Turn Rule Didn't Exist

    I'm glad that rule exists. Could you imagine getting toad locked turn one? Or being hit with Landorus + Strong Energy + Muscle Band + Virbank Laser? Or even something like Charizard EX + Blacksmith + DCE + Muscle Band. At that time, we thought plasma decks were pretty broken, but I think...
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    Rayquaza EX

    We're getting TWO Rayquaza EX AND a Mega and they're all colorless! Below are the translations from the Pokebeach main page. I like these a lot. We were well over due for some strong, fighting resistant colorless Pokemon. Aero Scream provides a splashable big hitter and Rising Burn is...
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    Discussion Could Blastoise Make a Comeback?

    With Dive Ball giving water Pokemon a search item that's not ultra ball, the rotation of level ball should no longer be an issue for Blastoise. The toad is still a problem, but with the inclusion of something like Mewtwo EX (or even a toad of your own), you can go toe to toe while not deviating...
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