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Professor’s Corner – Deck Analysis: Darkrai-Hydreigon 09/19/2012

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG, TCG Strategy.
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This article is a supplementary commentary to Gryphon’s competitive deck article on Darkrai-Hydreigon and is not intended to reiterate the overall strategy already explained in her article but rather to discuss my choices in cards that make this deck effective.

I have had the pleasure of running this deck for the 2012 Fall Battle Roads and it has its successes in a 17-4 overall record through 4 BR events and granting me the following finishes:

Statesboro – 4-1 for 4th Place
Macon – 4-1 for 2nd place
Franklin – 5-1 for 3rd Place
Newnan – 4-1 for 6th place

My decklist:
3 Sableye (DEX)
3 Deino (NVI)
1 Zweilous (DRX #96)
1 Hydreigon (NVI)
2 Hydreigon (DRX #97)
3 Darkrai EX (DEX)
1 Mewtwo EX (NXD)
1 Shaymin EX (NXD)

1 Super Rod
2 Tool Scrapper
2 Pokémon Communication
2 Eviolite
3 Max Potion
3 Random Receiver
3 Rare Candy
3 Ultra Ball
3 Dark Patch
3 Pokémon Catcher
4 N
4 Professor Juniper
1 Tropical Beach

8 Darkness Energy
3 Blend Energy GRPD

Why it works:

  1. Shaymin EX is my choice for an offensive tech against fighting types, namely Terrakion and Terrakion EX because of their weakness to grass types. For Revenge Blast to maximize its attack potential against these Pokémon, your opponent must have taken at least two prizes. The risk with running Shaymin EX is its low HP compared to most other EXs. Other players would run Tornadus EX (DEX) as a defensive tech against Terrakions, but it all comes down to player preference when it comes to choice techs.
  2. Blend Energy GRPD can be moved via Hydreigon’s (DRX) Dark Trance Ability and fuel Shaymin EX’s Revenge Blast attack as necessary.
  3. Hydreigon’s (NVI) Berserker Blade can OHKO or 2HKO most benched Pokémon between 40 to 80 HP making it ideal against popular strategies like Garchomp-Altaria (aka Fluffychomp) and some Eelektrik decks (generally a 3HKO). Another Bench sniper of choice would be Registeel EX (DRX) who could possibly 3HKO three (3) Eelektriks at one time with its Triple Laser attack.
  4. Mewtwo EX is really used for anti-Mewtwo EX, although I have found a few random situations where it won me a few games. It is not recommended to bench Mewtwo EX early on if it can be avoided so you don’t find yourself on the receiving end of the Mewtwo “war” in a crucial situation.
  5. I preferred Pokémon Communication over Level Ball as I have found myself in situations where my starting hands contained Hydreigons that I could be forced to discard because of a Professor Juniper as my only Supporter card in hand. This card allows me to grab a different Pokémon from the deck without having to discard that crucial Hydreigon.
  6. Tropical Beach is a very useful Stadium Card that is very difficult to obtain as it is a World Championships promo card from 2011 and 2012, however it is not necessary to have in order to make similar Darkrai-Hydreigon builds work. Tropical Beach allows you to draw cards from your deck until you have seven (7) in your hand, but the result ends your turn. This is useful if you are willing to sacrifice one turn to replenish your hand especially if your Active Pokémon is Asleep or Paralyzed and cannot attack this turn. If you cannot run Tropical Beach, I recommend substituting either three (3) Cheren or Bianca in lieu of the Random Receivers to keep your Supporter line for this deck sustained.

This is a lot of information to absorb, but this deck can be very effective if you employ your strategy and your techs at the right moments. Let me know if you have any questions about this deck!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty – N/A

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