Luxio has captured the interest of many players because of its single, Colorless attack Disconnect which, in addition to doing thirty damage, prevents your opponent from playing Item cards during their next turn.
Last year at this time, this would have been a great attack. This year, not so much. Especially early on in games. As you may or may not know, when I’m not playing Ninetales Milotic, I’m probably running Golisodor. I count my opponent’s Items in the discard like crazy with that deck, and you never see Items in there early in the game. It’s not until mid to late game when they just don’t have any choice and have to Sycamore away a hand full of Items that you see Items start to drop in there. That means that we can work around not having to use Item cards right now. I remember running a Greninja deck a few months back that only had Dive Balls and a couple other items. I think my total Item count was something like six Items. But that was back when people actually played GRI Garbodor.
So sorry for your luck, Luxio, but right now we live in an Item poor meta. No VS Seeker, no Trainers Mail, no Trick Coin, not even Lucky Skates. I wouldn’t be surprised if down the road a bit – maybe next year at this time – when we get more Items that are worth playing, then maybe this attack will become more relevant. And let’s not forget that the last year of Luxio’s time in the Standard format will be Trashalanche free, so it might very well be that this is one of those cards you stash in your binder. Maybe two years from now we’ll be cycling through old UP cards on PTCGO and remember that this card actually exists and might work great in an Item heavy format. But that day is not today.
If you do want to give little Lux a shot though, and maybe even want to pair him with Garbodor (because that worked so well with Noivern GX), there are a number of cards you might want to work into that potential deck list.
Shining Celebi – so you can add HP on to Luxio without having to break the Item lock.
Cobalion – I’ve seen this teched into a couple of lists. Definitely a Pokemon that’s getting overlooked in the Metal craze we’re currently experiencing.
Max Potion – it’s a single attachment attack. Those beg for Max Potions.
Counter Catcher – chances are your Luxio is going to get KO’d. Counter Catcher will help you stall for time to continue your development.
Counter Energy – definitely a possibility, especially since I think you’ll be trailing a LOT with this deck.
As you can tell, I’m not real hot on this archetype. I do believe that it may have a place in the meta at some point. Its being a Colorless attack definitely presents the opportunity for it to be splashed into a deck at some point down the road. I just don’t think this is a great deck right now.