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Lesage’s BDIF Pick, Lucmetal — The List, Breakdown & Matchups

Lesage's BDIF Pick, Lucmetal — The List, Breakdown & Matchups

You read the title – I firmly believe that Lucmetal is the best deck in format right now! It’s a bold statement, but I have the numbers to back it up. I picked up playing Lucmetal about a month ago after seeing the amount of success that Joshua Sutherland had seen with this deck. It seems like multiple times a week he makes top cut with “Broken Lucmetal” and I’ve watched him catch an impressive dub at a large Chill TCG event. When a player can consistently perform with a deck, it’s worthwhile to check out the deck that helped get them there.

Let me look at Sutherland’s list to start and I’ll explain why each card is important.

PTCGO Code

##Pokémon - 8
4 Zacian V SSH 195
2 Zamazenta V SSH 139
2 Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120
##Trainer Cards - 37
4 Marnie SSH 169
3 Boss's Orders RCL 154
2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
2 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
4 Tag Call CEC 206
4 Switch CES 147
4 Metal Saucer SSH 170
3 Metal Goggles TEU 148
3 Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197
2 Quick Ball SSH 179
2 Cape of Toughness DAA 160
1 Chaotic Swell CEC 187
1 Power Plant UNB 183
##Energy - 15
10 Metal Energy 8
3 Coating {M} Energy VIV 163
2 Capture Energy RCL 171

Upon looking at this deck, you might notice that the Pokemon line features only three Pokemon. No Dedenne-GX, no Crobat V, not even an Eldegoss V. This makes the deck linear at times, but you need to methodically pick a strategy to see the utmost success with this deck. I’ll explain the common strategies with this deck and how to identify when to use them.

Zacian V

Lucmetal decks are typically boasted as a defensive deck with a splash of offense. The natural inclusion of four copies of Zacian V compared to the combined four copies of Lucario & Melmetal-GX / Zamazenta V says otherwise. This deck thrives on attacking! Most games you need to use Zacian V as a combination of Energy acceleration, consistency crutch and a way to isolate Pokemon. Brave Blade can target down the most popular two-Prize Pokemon and threaten an immediate Knock Out. It’s as easy as attaching an Energy to Zacian V turn one, hitting an Energy off Intrepid Sword and following that up with a Brave Blade the following turn. This deck plays plenty of ways to reset Brave Blade to follow up another attack with Mallow & Lana, Switch and Lillie’s Poke Doll.

Lucario & Melmetal-GX

Lucario & Melmetal-GX is great at making this deck last more turns in a game, but it is completely matchup reliant. You either fortunately or unfortunately start with this card and that’s pretty much it. You only want to use Full Metal GX against most TAG TEAM decks because you want to lower their damage threshold so that Zacian V can clear an attack or two. Of course, you want to find opportunities to discard your opponent’s Energy if possible, but that’s where you sit back and plan the perfect opportunity to strike. If you are playing against a VMAX deck, you can easily forgo Lucario & Melmetal entirely and wall with Dauntless Shield. Steel Fist is a great way to set up a 2HKO with Zacian V on most TAG TEAM Pokemon (50 plus 230) and the added benefit of attaching at least the third Energy means you can Retreat into that strategy. Considering this card will likely have a Metal Goggles attached to it, don’t be afraid to tank a Heavy Impact plus Mallow & Lana strategy late game if the numbers work.

Lucario & Melmetal-GX (120)Lucario & Melmetal-GX (203)Lucario & Melmetal-GX (224)Lucario & Melmetal-GX (SM192)

Zamazenta V

I briefly touched on this above, but this card is mainly here for Dauntless Shield. Against many of the top decks in format, such as Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX, you can sit pretty with Zamazenta V in the Active Spot and stop their deck entirely. Sure, they can attack with Rapid Strike Urshifu V’s Hundred Furious Blows, but that is only a 2HKO that you can nullify with a Mallow & Lana. You also discard their Rapid Strike Energy which can force them to struggle to even attack with Hundred Furious Blows again. The same goes for Eternatus VMAX, Dragapult VMAX and a handful of other cards that see light play. Some cases where you use Zamazenta V instead of other attackers range from single-Prize decks and decks that play plenty of Special Energy. Assault Tackle doesn’t have the same “this Pokemon can’t attack during your next turn” clause which means if it’s hitting for an OHKO or 2HKO it can be a great choice. I would use Zamazenta V over Zacian V more times than not against Mad Party because I can use it repeatedly for OHKOs. I have found myself using this card against Mewtwo & Mew-GX decks that use Aurora Energy and Horror Psychic Energy to slow down their attacking options. When in doubt, this Pokemon is packing a fat stack of HP when you attach a Cape of Toughness to it which is tanky in itself – Zamazenta V is all about the defense.

Marnie

You’re already reducing their damage or hiding behind a Lillie’s Poke Doll using Intrepid Sword, you can use Marnie to disrupt their hand while setting up a strong future. They reduce their hand size to four and you get Marnie plus Intrepid Sword for eight – it’s a broken combination.

Boss’s Orders

In most cases you might use this card to take a valid OHKO with Zacian V, but you need to remember to keep your options open with this deck. Maybe your opponent powered up a Pikachu & Zekrom-GX with six Energy on the Bench which would be a prime target for discarding their Energy with Lucario & Melmetal-GX. Maybe you can isolate that Spiritomb on their Bench so that it can’t attack Zamazenta V forcing your opponent to lose – it happens more often than most think. Lucmetal usually takes more turns to win than other popular decks which means your opponent might use more resources to try and stay in a game. These resources often include Energy, Switch, Escape Rope and Scoop Up Net. You might be able to Boss’s Orders up a Pokemon and lock it in play while your opponent inevitably decks themselves out. Watch their resources, watch your openings for power plays and use Boss’s Orders as strategically as possible.

Cynthia & Caitlin

You can easily grab Cynthia & Caitlin off a Tag Call to draw three cards and have the bonus of getting a Supporter back. This allows you to advance your hand size to allow for more options in the future, allows you to balance resources and makes every play count. You can easily win a game as much as lose a game from selecting a Supporter card to bring back. Keep your mind clear and think about what your opponent will do to you next turn or what Supporter can you bring back for the big picture in a game. Foresight with this card is a must and understanding what your opponent can do versus what you need to do is game-changing.

Cynthia & Caitlin (189/236)Cynthia & Caitlin (228/236)

Guzma & Hala

Like other Cynthia & Caitlin, this card can get nabbed with Tag Call to search out what you need. If you need to bump your opponent’s Giant Hearth, grabbing a Chaotic Swell, Coating Metal Energy and Cape of Toughness sounds like a must. Other games you might search out a Capture Energy to search for a Zacian V to draw cards. Guzma & Hala is a large piece of the Tag Call engine because it opens a world where you can search for almost any card in your deck. Lucmetal is dissimilar to many decks in the format because it doesn’t play Professor’s Research to draw into cards, it uses Tag Call to directly open the deck up as much as possible.

Metal Saucer & Metal Energy

Metal Saucer allows you to power up your Pokemon in a pinch and that opens a realm of possibilities. You might let your Active Zacian V get Knocked Out, send up a Lillie’s Poke Doll and proceed to drop double Metal Saucer plus an Energy on a fresh Zacian V to take control of a game. In that same vein, you can branch that out into a Lucario & Melmetal-GX to remove your opponent’s Energy out of nowhere because you can power it up instantly. The amount of Metal Energy is the preferred blend with the necessary Special Energy in this deck to use Intrepid Sword. Remember, Intrepid Sword isn’t only about drawing cards, you can always rip an Energy or two to apply pressure. My pro tip is to attach Basic Metal Energy to your Pokemon whenever possible because if your opponent plays Crushing Hammer you can rebound with Metal Saucer. Additionally, Special Energy are searchable via Guzma & Hala whereas Basic Metal Energy aren’t.

Tag Call & Quick Ball

Both cards open the possibility to search your deck for cards. Tag Call is more versatile because it can search out more, but Quick Ball can raw search out any Pokemon you need. It can also assist in discarding a Basic Metal Energy to use with Metal Saucer. I’ve stated it above, but Tag Call opens your deck. It can freely search for a Lucario & Melmetal-GX and can help you thin cards out of your deck. There are plenty of games where I search two cards that I’ve determined I don’t need for a game, such as Lucario & Melmetal-GX and Guzma & Hala and use them as discard fodder for Mallow & Lana. The main appeal for me is the ability to search my deck for whatever I want. Guzma & Hala can search for a Stadium, Energy, Energy that search for Pokemon and Tools. Cynthia & Caitlin can grab back resources and draw cards. Mallow & Lana is a searchable faux switch and healing option. Most of these cards work by discarding cards which works great to discard unwanted clutter and Energy to use with Metal Saucer.

Lillie’s Poke Doll, Mallow & Lana & Switch

These cards either work to slow down the pace of a game or rebound a Brave Blade attack to bring on the offense attributes that lay within this deck. It should be noted that Lillie’s Poke Doll is a great way to sack a freebie Pokemon and use Intrepid Sword or to avoid decking out (because you can infinitely loop Dolls to the bottom of your deck).

Metal Goggles & Cape of Toughness

These cards are here to help clear attacks against your Pokemon. Remember that Cape of Toughness can’t be attached to Lucario & Melmetal-GX and that Metal Goggles can stop damage counters.

Chaotic Swell & Power Plant

Chaotic Swell is to declare victory over any Stadium “war” that exists because they will likely need to use more Stadiums to get around it. Power Plant is for those rare occurrences where decks don’t run a counter Stadium and you can stop your opponent from using their valuable Abilities. I’ve cut the Chaotic Swell from my Players Cup list for Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star because I like the value it brings in a format where lists are hidden, but more about that below.

Chaotic Swell (187/236)Power Plant (183)Power Plant (269/236)

Coating Metal Energy & Capture Energy

Coating Metal Energy is one of your only chances against Fire-type decks, but also functions as a searchable Metal-type Energy – something most players overlook. I’ve already gone over the uses of Capture Energy, but make sure you attach it to a Pokemon that can utilize it, aka not Zacian V.

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