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Deck Highlight — Standard Attacking Excadrill

This deck popped up over two weeks ago now and I had written it off until I played it recently. There’s something here! Excadrill has mostly spent its lifespan as a meme, but recently it won a major tournament with help from Altaria. This isn’t a control deck. In fact, it’s about as aggro as a Stage 1 can get. You’re looking to discard your deck down to just four cards as soon as possible, unlocking Eleventh Hour Tackle’s damage bonus. 180 damage comfortably two-shots any Pokemon VMAX, but notably one-shots Eternatus while also obliterating a Pikarom or Chuchu. Altaria’s Miraculous Charm shores up a few other matchups, Lucario & Melmetal most of all. ADP remains difficult, I think it’s the deck’s worst matchup and it’s a bad one to have at that. Centiskorch VMAX is beatable also. That’s the big five! With a good chance against them all, save ADPZ, you’ve got the foundation for a viable deck.

PTCGO Code

##Pokémon - 22
4 Drilbur CEC 114
4 Excadrill CEC 115
3 Minccino SSH 145
3 Cinccino SSH 147
2 Swablu CPA 48
2 Altaria CPA 49
1 Phione CEC 57
1 Oricorio-GX CEC 95
1 Mew UNB 76
1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
##Trainer Cards - 31
4 Professor's Research SSH 178
3 Hapu UNM 200
2 Marnie SSH 169
2 Boss's Orders RCL 154
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
4 Ordinary Rod SSH 171
4 Great Ball BCR 129
3 Pokémon Communication HS 98
2 Pal Pad FLF 92
1 Great Catcher CEC 192
2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179
##Energy - 7
7 Fighting Energy 6

Barring the appearance of Aegislash V, you can even beat ADP under the right circumstances. You’ll need to very aggressively discard Basic Pokemon from your hand and ideally wind up with a single Altaria in play. Mawile-GX will burn you if you’re not careful though! Here’s a great example of a game where I wasn’t quite able to dump all my Basics, but just one was perfectly fine. Some lists play two Mawile, but that’s become rare.

Once you have the Altaria ready, you’ll slowly grind them down with 60 damage smacks. Beware of Oranguru – you’ll want to get the first hit on it or it can two-shot your Altaria. The Centiskorch can be winnable as a Prize trade as you’re just naturally ahead with single-Prize typing. LMZ is a free win if there’s no counter to Altaria and Pikarom as well as Eternatus are quickly won by swinging for Weakness.

This deck is fun to play as a whacky choice and many decks aren’t prepared for it. Play it if you like aggressive decks with a quick and focused strategy in mind. If you like alternative win conditions this deck might also appeal to you and the defensive Altaria option is a neat way to score victories as well. This deck sometimes backfires on itself by discarding too many recovery cards via Drill Bazooka, but with four Ordinary Rod and two Pal Pad, it’s not often that happens. Try it out!

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