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Alt. Format Pollution Bad (Galarian Cursola V)

Discussion in 'PTCG Deck Garage' started by John InCENAroar, May 20, 2020.

  1. John InCENAroar Praising the Vish, Praying for Sableye V
    John InCENAroar


    I am scared of this deck, plain and simple. It's a gimmick, to be sure, but I think it has the tools to be worth respecting after its introduction.

    Pokemon (14):
    3 Galarian Cursola V
    Galarian Cursola V – Psychic – HP190
    Basic Pokemon

    Ability: ‪Eating Aura
    As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, when your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to 1 of their Pokemon, put 3 damage to that Pokemon.

    [P][C] Hallow Missile: 60 damage. Put 3 damage counters on your opponent’s Benched Pokemon in any ****ing way you like.

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

    Weakness: Darkness (x2)
    Resistance: Fighting (-20)
    Retreat: 2
    4 Arctozolt
    Arctozolt – Lightning – HP130
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Rare Fossil

    Ability: Numbing Vortex
    Whenever your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to 1 of their Pokemon, put 2 damage counters on that Pokemon.

    [L][C] Electro Ball: 70 damage.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2
    3 Crobat V
    Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
    Basic Pokemon

    Ability: Night Asset
    Once during your turn, when you play this Pokemon from hand to your Bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Night Asset Ability during your turn.

    [D][C] Poison Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

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

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1
    2 Porygon UNB
    2 Porygon Z UNB
    Trainer (34):
    2 Marnie
    4 Prof.’s Research
    3 Piers
    Piers – Trainer

    Search your deck for 1 [D] Pokemon and any 1 Energy, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

    You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).
    4 Rare Fossil
    Rare Fossil – Trainer – HP70

    Play this card as if it were a 70-HP [C] Basic Pokemon. At any time during your turn (before your attack), you may discard this card from play.

    This card can’t retreat and isn’t affected by Status Conditions.

    You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).
    2 Boss’ Orders
    4 Quick Ball
    3 Rare Candy
    2 Team Yell Grunt
    2 Chaotic Swell
    3 Pokemon Communication
    2 Evolution Incense
    2 Air Balloon
    4 Crushing Hammer
    Energy (12):
    4 Horror [P]
    4 Speed [L]
    1 Hide [D]
    Hide [D] Energy – Special Energy

    As long as this card is attached to a Pokemon, it provides [D] Energy.

    The Retreat Cost of the [D] Pokemon this card is attached to is 0.

    The gimmick of this deck is punishing you for attaching energy from your hand. Galarian Cursola V, your ideal Active, drops three damage when an energy gets attached from hand, while Arctozolt drops 2 per. Arctozolt's ability is not limited to 1 charge per turn, so with four on the bench, and Cursola V in the active, you can passively deal 110 damage to a pokemon whenever an energy gets attached from hand to it. Due to the way the card is worded, this damage is triggered twice after the use of a Welder. While it is unlikely that all 4 Arctozolt will be put into play at the same time, the average will likely turn out to be 2, which still grants 70 *passive* damage per energy. This damage will completely invalidate some decks, namely Baby Blowns, which generally lacks the healing required to sustain attaching three energy, or one, even, since it'll be in KO range from Cursola's attack when it attaches that first energy to use Blazer, which has limited charges to begin with. Furthermore, using cards like Yell Grunt and Crushing Hammer, I can attempt to remove energy from my opponent's board and force them to take even more damage reattaching them.

    The stupidest part of this deck imo is the ability to utilize the bonus effects of both Horror [P] *and* Speed [L] energy, two of the most broken energy cards ever printed. Cursola V uses Horror Psychic, in addition to the ability and attack that drops counters on the bench, to spread at levels akin to Dragapult VMAX, while Arctozolt can use Speed Lightning as a tertiary draw because it's a [L] type pokemon. Of course, with additions like Piers which can search out these energies, and the 2-0-2 Porygon Z line to attach multiples of these energy, I feel as though this deck could charge up incredibly quickly once passing the hump of the first Arctozolt.

    Though match-ups against TAG TEAMS or VMAX pokemon can get dicey if they are quick to set up before you, as are matchups where pokemon have high HP and low attack costs (for instance, Eternatus VMAX is pretty much an auto-loss, given Weakness and only needing 2 energy to attack), the sheer ability to completely counter less fortunate decks, specifically Welder decks, is utterly terrifying to me.

    Humanity has been killing the planet with waste from our energy production. Now, nature seeks to take vengeance upon us by attacking us at the roots of that production. God help us all.
    Last edited: May 23, 2020 at 2:39 PM

  2. Sword.N Aspiring Trainer


    I'll consider adding some energy removal, namely Hammers and Team Yell Grunts, in order to force the opponent to attach energies continuously. Cut the amount of energy cards and Canned Goods to make room for that.
  3. John InCENAroar Praising the Vish, Praying for Sableye V
    John InCENAroar


    After thinking about it some more, I definitely do see the denial aspect being key here.

    Replacing 2 Cans, 3 Psychic, and 1 Chaotic Swell for 4 Hammer and 2 Yell Grunt
  4. Dravinator Poké Fanatic


    I love this deck! It reminds me of Gengar CRI decks but better!

    I am not sure abut your Piers line, as the only Pokemon it can search for is Crobat V. The only reason I would keep it over adding Sonia would be that it can search for any energy, not just basic.
    Is this move supposed to say that? I am sure you'll know what I mean if you read it.

    EDIT: Nevermind, WPM has a sense of humor
    Last edited: May 28, 2020 at 7:22 PM

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