decks receive a TON of support from Ultra Prism. No particular type got more love from the designers of PTCG than . We’ve already featured Alolan Dugtrio and written to the potential brokenness of Dialga GX, but there’s one other deck coming out of Ultra Prism that might rule over all.
- Dusk Mane Necrozma: perhaps the most anticipated Pokemon out of UP, this Ultra Beast has 190 HP and three attacks:
Yeah it’s pretty intimidating. And it has plenty of new friends to help it out.
- Dialga GX : I’ve already written about how broken this card’s GX attack is. The ability to take two consecutive turns will win you a lot of matches.
- Cobalion (Steam Siege 74): everyone forgets about this late game gem. If your opponent has taken five of your prizes, this card does 180 damage.
- Solgaleo Prism: also a new card from UP, this also has received much early acclaim:
Suddenly, it’s not very hard to get DM Necrozma or Dialga powered up. So I used to say, 160 or 220, those are great numbers, but if you can only use an attack during one turn and aren’t able to attack the next turn, it really only does 80 or 110. However, in today’s game where Acerola, Max Potion, and (my favorite although nobody else has figured it out), Super Scoop Up can completely waste a turn by removing all damage from a Pokemon, I’m starting to think that using a turn to get powered up isn’t such a bad thing – as long as you KO your opponent’s feature Pokemon during the turn you attack. And you don’t necessarily have to lose a turn between attacks either….
- Magnezone: … thanks to the new Magnezone, which does the same thing as the old Magnezone but for . With this Pokemon in play, you can attach as many energy as you have in hand anywhere you want. And as we saw with Alolan Dugtrio, there are tons of ways to get energy in hand now: Starmie, Ribombee, the new Mount Coronet, Fisherman, etc. Getting four energy on Necrozma and five energy on Dialga just isn’t going to be that hard.
- Mew (Fates Collide 29): This little guy could copy either Slogaleo Prism’s or DM Necrozma’s attacks. Plus, it has free retreat, a somewhat useful single attachment attack, and hits Pokemon for weakness. I definitely think this guy is a nice little tech in and might even be worth two slots.
- Max Elixirs: not totally sure on this, but you’ll have to run at least ten or twelve energy in this deck. Also not sure if there’ll be room for them in a 60 card list.
- Fighting Fury Belt: DM Necrozma becomes 230, Solgaleo Prism becomes 200. If you can get these to stick – and they probably will as people are running minimal counts of Leaf Blowers – you should probably consider some Max Potions as well.
- Rare Candy: probably a four of to ensure Magnezone as quickly as possible.
- Professor’s Letter: Definitely need one or two of these
- Mount Coronet: Personally, I think this is a four of, but most of the lists I’ve seen only run two or three. I think that’s a mistake – I think this will be a major engine for this deck. I’d even consider running a Lusamine so you can bring back a stadium or two and guarantee that this cornerstone of your strategy is available.
- Skyla: at least a couple of these so you can get Rare Candy and Mount Coronet on demand.
- Fisherman: At least one if not two of these, right?
- Cyrus: I’ve already written quite a bit about this card, it’s just devastating to think you could play Cyrus and then use Timeless GX. At the end of your second turn, your opponent might only have one Pokemon left in play. It’s theorymon, but it’s absolutely the most devastating theorymon anyone could possible come up with at this point.
Again, we won’t really know until we spend some time playing, but I would think that ten or twelve would be the best number. I don’t think eight will be enough – you just won’t be able to find enough energy – but 14 or 15 would be too much, there just won’t be room.
Overall, this is going to be a really good deck. There’s no question. I believe that it will even do well against Volcanion because of Timeless GX and Cyrus. I will definitely be testing this, and it’s definitely on the short list for Collinsville.