Today I’m taking a look at a deck that originated a few weeks back in the hands of Simon Trottier-Lacasse. Azul’s been playing it lately and I decided to take a look at the list he posted the other day. This is a little more similar to traditional Blacephalon decks but with a few more tricks and less of a focus on Fireball Circus itself. However, one notable thing, is that the lists have shifted towards playing a full four Fire Crystal to make the attack as potent as possible when it’s the move you go for. Things are rather standard outside of that, but the point I want to make most of all is that this is the future of Fire-type toolbox decks. For a while there’s been dissent from what should be the norm, there’s been 20-Energy Blacephalon decks, even Reshizard decks on their own – but this has been the best iteration of those decks I’ve seen. It’s fitting that it’s a blend of last year’s Welder Toolbox deck and the infamous Blacephalon deck.
##Pokémon - 18 4 Jirachi TEU 99 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57 2 Cramorant V SSH 155 2 Blacephalon UNB 32 1 Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20 1 Oricorio-GX CEC 95 1 Oranguru SSH 148 1 Mewtwo UNB 75 1 Marshadow UNB 81 1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 1 Dubwool V RCL 153 1 Crobat V DAA 104 ##Trainer Cards - 28 4 Welder UNB 189 1 Boss's Orders RCL 154 4 Switch CES 147 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165 4 Quick Ball SSH 179 4 Fire Crystal UNB 173 3 Pokémon Communication TEU 152 1 Cherish Ball UNM 191 3 Giant Hearth UNM 197 ##Energy - 14 14 Fire Energy 2
How Do I Play It?
Focus on using the best attacker for the situation. Very often you’re to lead with Reshizard to force your opponent’s hand. All it takes is a Welder and some Energy to start attacking. If you can swing with Double Blaze GX turn one for 200 damage, you immediately threaten more damage the following turn with Flare Blitz and that can make your opponent overextend to attack into it. There’s not many Pokemon (save Eternatus VMAX) that can one-shot something that’s got 270 HP. From there, you often just need one big Fireball Circus or two Spit Shot attacks.
Against decks where you have no hope of hitting early Knock Outs yourself you can prey on Dedenne-GX and/or Crobat V with Spit Shot. Galarian Zigzagoon makes a 160-damage snipe hit a little harder and finish some Knock Outs. Dubwool V is also another fantastic closer in any matchup. This deck is almost entirely tempo-based, hence the name; you want to start things up and then let your opponent’s move dictate where you go from there. You get the first attack in for big damage and then you clean up. It’s a solidly aggro deck that should be mapping out its Prizes in a clear and concise manner. Less is more – use as few attacks to win as possible.
With this many options you can find a line for almost every situation. Jirachi’s Stellar Wish sets you up early. Use it it to gain card advantage when there’s nothing better to do. I’m excited to see what this deck can do, it seems to do well against ADPZ in the current Standard already, but with the unofficial ADP bans on the horizon I figure this deck will continue to do well with lots of Lucmetal hype!