Zoroark Decidueye SUM-TEU


Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. I have included external links to Bulbapedia for new cards. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised. 

This deck did very well at the event held on the 16th of December [I am not sure which tournament this is referring to...]. It came 2nd, piloted by Hisashi. It is a well refined list with with a great winning percentage.


Decklist

Pokemon (23)
4 Zorua
4 Zoroark GX
3 Rowlet
1 Dartrix
3 Decidueye GX
1 Sneasel
1 Weavile
1 Baby Buzzwole
1 Yveltal GX
2 Tapu Lele GX
1 Marshadow
1 Ditto Prism Star

Trainers (30)
2 Ultra Ball
3 Rare Candy
1 Rescue Stretcher
1 Switch
1 Pal Pad
2 Choice Band
3 Professor Elm’s Lecture
2 Cynthia
1 Tate and Liza
1 Lillie
3 Guzma
2 Acerola
1 Nanu 
2 Devoured Field

Energy (7)
4 Double Colourless Energy
3 Rainbow Energy

Commentary

The basic strategy of this deck is to use Zoroark GX’s Trade to fill up your hand to get the pieces that you need and then using Decidueye GX’s Feather Arrow to snipe opposing Pokemon. It is a deck that has had great showings at tournaments due to its power.

The card that gives this deck an advantage in the current meta is Yveltal GX. It’s “Doom Count GX” attack allows an automatic knock out on any Pokemon that has exactly four damage counters on it. If you use Feather Arrow on a Pokemon twice, that Pokemon will fall prey to Doom Count GX. You can even take down the Pokemon with hefty HP, such as Pikachu & Zekrom GX and Celebi & Venasaur GX for three Prize Cards.

Another extremely powerful card is a card which was released in Tag Bolt: Pokemon Communication. Traditionally, lists ran four copies of Ultra Ball, but in this deck the number of Ultra Balls was reduced to two, as we run four Pokemon Communications. As in all Zoroark decks, it is important to set up as many Zoroark GXs as you can in the early game and increase your hand size with Trade. However, if you play Ultra Ball to get out your Zoroark GXs, you are trading three cards for one. If you use Pokemon Communication, you are essentially trading one card for one. The Pokemon returns to the deck so you have the chance to redraw it later in the game. It is different to Timer Ball in that you can also get Tapu Lele GX (and then a Supporter).

With this decklist, we have had an 80 per cent win rate so far in my testing group.
Depending on the meta, I think this is a very powerful deck, so I strongly suggest you try it out for yourself!

Credit to: https://pokemoncardmemo.com/deck/article2018-768/ for the original Japanese-language article.

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