Discussion Double Theme Decks

Discussion in 'Pokémon Trading Card Game' started by OVERGRO, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Hey folks! I was recently looking at theme decks to try and get a young family member into the game, and remembered how it was a fun activity to double up on theme decks as a cheap way to get a slightly more competitive (or at least more fun than the plain theme deck anyways) for play at home.

    Do you ever do this? What are your fave doubled decks? Should we create deck lists for new ones as they come out?

  2. NaganadelIsBeast Pun Intended


    I think Mach Strike could be good. Probably something like this. (This is from only cards from double theme deck.)

    ##Pokemon: 22
    4 Gible
    4 Gabite
    4 Garchomp
    3 Riolu
    2 Lucario
    2 Solrock
    1 Spiritomb

    ##Trainers: 26
    4 Cynthia
    4 Nest Ball
    4 Timer Ball
    2 Pal Pad
    2 Professor Kukui
    2 Rescue Stretcher
    2 Escape Rope
    2 Looker
    2 Hau
    2 Escape Board

    ##Energy: 12
    12 Fighting

    This is probably one of the most optimal lists from double Mach Strike. Hau and Looker are there to add more pure draw Supporters, Solrock is for early draw if you don’t want to Asencion. Spiritomb is mostly for retuning Cynthias but you can stall a little bit if you need. I can give a competitive list if you want. Bye.
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  3. rewster1 Aspiring Trainer


    From 2x Tropical Takedown cards only:

    Pokemon 16

    4× Alolan Exeggutor
    4× Exeggcute
    3× Alolan Sandslash
    3× Alolan Sandshrew
    2× Oricorio

    Trainers 30
    1× Energy Loto
    1× Energy Retrieval
    2× Escape Rope
    2× Field Blower
    2× Lillie
    4× Hau
    4× Nest Ball
    4× Professor Kukui
    2× Rescue Stretcher
    4× Sophocles
    4× Ultra Ball

    Energy 14
    6× Grass Energy
    2× Darkness Energy
    2× Fighting Energy
    2× Psychic Energy
    2× Water Energy

    It's a bit off the optimal shuckle net ball version of alolan eggs, but it could still work. Onboard draw with sandslash is less than ideal but better than nothing, double field blower is nice in the current meta, and you have a couple discard options beyond retreat energy to set up your main attacker. Worst flaw is easily lack of a stadium. Printing off some proxies would make it much more competitive for casual play. Even going down to 1 of all the wrong energies and adding a few more in makes it more consistent.
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  4. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    @rewster1 and @NaganadelIsBeast those are awesome ideas! Really shows how you can learn to make some cheap decks but with some good variety (not the usual "got it from Youtube" budget decks).

    Probably good if you're a casual player on PTCGO too, because then you probably have some extra draw supporters and stadiums lying around you can throw in and see how it goes.
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  5. rewster1 Aspiring Trainer


    One of the reasons I love alolan eggs online is that it's so easy to get nearly all of your cards from theme decks (meaning you can use coins rather than trading)... zebstrika, shuckle, sightseer, cynthia, etc. Baby turtonator is another possibility, with naganadel from storm caller thrown in.
    Still a handful of cards to get elsewhere, like net balls for eggs and treasures for turt, but you are nearly there already and those aren't deal breakers.

    One I want to try next is spread with baby blaziken and welder.
  6. FourteenAlmonds NTernetttt ERXploerer


    I've always been a huge fan of Swampert, so here's my list...

    ****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

    ##Pokémon - 17

    * 2 Slugma CES 23
    * 2 Magcargo CES 24
    * 2 Frost Rotom UPR 41
    * 4 Mudkip CES 33
    * 4 Marshtomp CES 34
    * 3 Swampert CES 35

    ##Trainer Cards - 29

    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 2 Switch CES 147
    * 2 Timer Ball SUM 134
    * 2 Tate & Liza CES 148
    * 1 Lure Ball CES 138
    * 4 Nest Ball SUM 123
    * 2 Apricorn Maker CES 124
    * 2 Copycat CES 127
    * 2 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 2 Lillie UPR 125
    * 2 Escape Rope BUS 114
    * 2 Professor Kukui SUM 128
    * 2 The Masked Royal CES 139
    * 2 Hau CES 132

    ##Energy - 14

    * 14 Water Energy 3

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******

    It can be a little slow, but against other theme deck-based decks it should be fine. I've done some mild testing against the bots and it usually plays by sacrificing the first prize and sweeping from there. It has a lot of supporters and ball search, so it rarely bricks unless you get none of them in your opening hand (all you have to do is pretty much get Marshtomp+Magcargo by turn 2-3), but I guess that's just how most decks operate.

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