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Professor’s Corner – Deck Analysis: Darkrai-Hydreigon (for BLW-BCR format) 12/14/2012

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG, TCG Strategy.
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I have had the pleasure of running this deck for the 2012-2013 City Championships and it has succeeded in winning me the Championship at Birmingham, AL on December 9, 2012. In order to understand the tournament report I will post shortly, please take a moment to understand the contents of the deck I used.

My decklist:
3 Sableye (DEX)
3 Deino (DRX #94)
1 Zweilous (DRX #96)
3 Hydreigon (DRX #97)
3 Darkrai EX (DEX)
1 Sigilyph (DRX)
1 Virizion (EPO)
1 Keldeo EX (BCR)

1 Super Rod
2 Tool Scrapper
2 Eviolite
3 Max Potion
3 Rare Candy
3 Ultra Ball
3 Dark Patch
3 Pokémon Catcher
1 Computer Search

3 Skyla
4 N
4 Professor Juniper

1 Tropical Beach

8 Darkness Energy
3 Blend Energy GRPD

Why it works:

  1. Virizion EPO is my choice for a defensive tech as with the current format, the heavy hitters appear to be Terrakion, Terrakion EX, Keldeo EX and other engines that have weaknesses to Grass. Another defensive tech include Tornadus EX (DEX) 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 Virizion’s Sacred Sword attack as necessary.
  3. Sigilyph, another defensive tech, is really used for anti-Mewtwo EX, although I have found a few random situations where it won me a few games. It’s been a card on the rise as it has given several EX cards a run for their money due to it’s Safeguard ability, which blocks all damage and attack effects from all EXs.
  4. Keldeo EX is a tricky card to use, but can also prove to be very useful. With its Rush In ability, it can act as an effect canceller for Virizion’s Sacred Sword attack, where you can conveniently attach or use Hydreigon’s Dark Trans ability to move Darkness Energy to it for the free retreat with Darkrai EX in play, allowing you to repeat the Sacred Sword attack. Also it can function as a Paralyze condition canceller if Darkrai EX or any of your other attackers gets Paralyzed so you can continue to attack. This card won’t particularly impress with damage against those with weakness to Water because this deck doesn’t contain Water Energy, but it will definitely give Landorus EX and Groundon EX players something to think about should you manage to attack with Keldeo EX.
  5. 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 or otherwise cannot attack this turn. If you cannot run Tropical Beach, I recommend substituting for a Trainer Card that hasn’t reached its maximum deck allowance of four (4) (and abviously isn’t an Ace Spec card).
  6. With the addition of Skyla Supporter Card (BCR) to the tournament format, it has become a staple for Trainer Card searches in this deck as you can grab that Catcher, Ultra Ball, Dark Patch, Rare Candy, Max Potion, or even Tropical Beach to establish or maintain your strategy and/or gain the upper hand in Prizes!
  7. Speaking of Computer Search, it is a necesary Ace Spec to the point of being a must for a lot of decks. You can think of it as a fourth Ultra Ball except you can search your deck for any card and not have to show it to your opponent until you play it. Just don’t forget that you are only allowed to have ONE Ace Spec card total in your deck!

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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