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The Great Dark Box Revival — Galarian Moltres Makes All the Difference

Hello again readers, I’m back with you today with another deck that has had new life breathed into it with Chilling Reign. Some of you might remember when Weavile-GX first game out at Worlds 2019, Dark Box was one of the more hyped-up decks, but ultimately ended up flopping due to not being strong or consistent enough. Recently we’ve seen a decent number of players revisit the archetype with the addition of Galarian Moltres V as an additional way to accelerate Energy and provide a decent attacker that isn’t weak to Fighting or Psychic. Like Grass M3w before the previous format, Dark Box is something that has always been in the back of my mind, but always falling short of being good enough. So naturally, I’m going to jump on the chance for the deck to be playable.

We’ve already seen a few different ways of building the deck, some with Silvally-GX, others without it. The common denominator between them all is Red & Blue and Weavile-GX. Before Galarian Moltres V was released, this combo was just not enough to accelerate the number of Energy needed to be competitive. However, it’s more than just Galarian Moltres V that has made this deck better than it was in the past. The meta has shifted quite a bit and Dark-type Pokemon are suddenly hitting one of the best Weaknesses in the game with Shadow Rider Calyrex. Not only that, Mewtwo & Mew-GX allows the deck to hit for Psychic Weakness into Urshifu decks. Finally, it’s not very hard to splash the new Galarian Zapdos V and some Aurora Energy into the deck to deal with other Dark types, specifically Eternatus VMAX. This is a deck that can hit all the major Weaknesses of the best VMAX cards in the game.

For today’s list, I’ve opted against the Silvally-GX line, mostly because I don’t like the idea of wanting to have multiple Stage 1 Pokemon-GX essential to my strategy. Silvally does provide draw power, as well as a second Red & Blue target, but it’s also another Bench space that’s taken up, when Dedenne-GX or Crobat V do the same thing, it does, but immediately instead of requiring a turn to evolve. Silvally also takes up more space in the deck, something that will always come at a premium. With that said, let’s get into today’s list:

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