Ninetales Milotic

So I have Googled Youtube and … uh … Google and I have been unable to find any decklists using the new Milotic (Crimson Invasion, 27/111) from Crimson Invasion.  I’ve been fooled several times this year by Pokemon that initially strike me as being amazing (Sableye (Guardians Rising, 80/145) and Sylveon GX (Guardians Rising, 92/145) being the most notable) and wind up disappointing, and I think that I might be on the verge of doing it again with Milotic, but I’m now 7 W 1 L in my last eight matches with this deck and 23 W 11 L overall.  I am 8 W 3 L against meta decks.  I’ve gone through a couple of different iterations with this deck, but this is where the list is right now:

To be honest, I haven’t even completely figured this deck out yet.  There are a couple of different paths to victory:

  1. Start Promo Koko, Flying Flip on your opponent a couple of times until there are damage counters on all of his Pokemon, and after Koko gets KO’d, bring up Milotic, use a Counter Catcher to bring some heavy retreat cost Pokemon into the active, and throw all of the benched Pokemon back into the deck.
  2. Start Vulpix, evolve into baby Ninetales, wall for awhile and chip away at his Pokemon while you get out Milotic and Ninetales GX.
  3. Start Vulpix, evolve into Ninetales GX, drop Ice Blades on feature Pokemon, use Ice Path GX at some point to KO an attacker, and then use Blizzard Edge and Ice Blade as needed.  Again, use Counter Catcher and Milotic as the opportunity arises.

It’s hard to tell which plan to go with.  Partially, it depends on what you start, but it also depends on what your opponent is playing.  You have to be like a quarterback reading defenses before the ball is snapped.  Is your opponent playing a deck with a lot of GX’s?  Maybe go with the wall in Baby Ninetales.  Do they have non-GX attackers (Volcanion, Garbodor)?  Get out Big Daddy Ninetales.  Can you strand something in the active and just fling Pokemon back into the deck?  Go with Milotic.

Something to realize: every time you put a Pokemon back into the deck, you’re not only taking a Pokemon out of play, you’re clogging up the deck as well.  Think about it: if you put Gardevoir GX back into the deck, and let’s say it has a couple energy and a Choice Band attached to it, that could be six cards back into the deck, and none of them are draw support.  Do that a couple of times, and you are dramatically reducing your opponent’s chances of top decking something that will help them get back into the game.  This strategy works A LOT!  Tapu Koko can spread damage, and that’s the preference to me, that’s why I have four in the deck, but Ninetales GX can do that too.

I don’t think that this is the final version of this decklist.  I’m sure I’ll refine it (I’ll probably post an article later in the week on how I track the cards I play in order to determine which cards are played more frequently), but it’s at least pretty good right now – it might actually be close to a top tier competitive deck.  Who knows?  Maybe this will be the next Heatmor Raichu rogue deck to surprise everyone.