When we last left off, I had just finished participating in my first ever Pokemon event. I placed middle of the road and fell in love. So where am I now? Well with the Pokemon Worlds Competition right around the corner, I am mostly just biding my time and learning everything that I can about Pokemon cards.
Since I last wrote to you all (here) I have gotten into deck building. This is just what it sounds like, building decks. A deck consists of 60 cards. While Pokemon themselves suggest a split of 20 Pokemon cards, 20 Item cards, and 20 Energy cards, it is actually more common to find decks with upwards of 30 or more Item cards and a smaller selection of Pokemon cards and Energy. This allows you to utilize those item cards in order to get the cards you actually want and need to beat your opponent via search and draw mechanics. I actually just finished my first fairly unique deck that is still in the some-what competitive range. Before now I had followed what others had posted on forums and Youtube. Let me tell you more.
The Deck – Dark Dreams
The deck I’ve made consists primarily of Dark Pokemon cards and revolves mostly around a Pokemon named Darkrai EX. His main attack, Dark Head, does 80 damage, plus an additional 80 damage if your opponent is asleep. So to help this along, I am also playing a couple lines of Drowzee to Hypno; this allows me the ability to put my opponent (and myself) to sleep at any point during my turn. I would then rely on All-Night Party to wake myself up and attack my opponent for 160, or more with the help of other cards (but we wont dive in that deep quite yet, we are all learning together).
For some additional help, I am also playing a couple Zoroark (to help with moving Pokemon around), a couple Shaymin EX (to help get what I need), an Yveltal (to get energy and attack if needed), and an Yveltal EX (for the ability to move energy around, and for some decent back up damage if needed). Of course a deck isn’t all about the Pokemon; there is a lot that goes into choosing Item cards as well. That is something we can dive into down the road; for now I’ll post my deck list below so you can poke around and see what may be helpful in what situations!
Darkrai-Hypno-Zoroark-Yveltal Deck List:
More Fun With The Cube
As I wait for the 2017 season to start, which happens this month, I have been participating in a lot more of the Cube matches I spoke about in my last article. Though I have yet to win one, I have continued to build my skills and confidence in deck building (see how this ties in). Each time we Cube I become more and more familiar with the cards involved. This not only makes me a stronger Cube player, but helps me to make connections in Standard play and Expanded play as well. The connections should help me to build decks for sanctioned events in the future.
I have actually gotten my wife and brother to participate in Cube matches now too! Playing with people you know and enjoy makes the experience great. Hopefully this will lead to more content to write about. Going forward, I am hoping to touch on the recent rotation changes to the Standard Format and how that will effect the game moving forwards, as well as sharing my experiences in sanctioned play as I progress through my journey.
Thanks for listening.