Leafeon/Golisopod – Outrun, Outlast, Hit’em Quick Get Out Fast!

One of my favorite Discount Decks from my youtube channel was Mega Altaria EX. Those birds were quite flexible, with high HPs, a fair amount of attacking damage, and the ability to heal other pokemon. It made a formidable deck that could match up against just about any deck.

Breath of the Leaves

If this Pokémon is your Active Pokémon, once during your turn (before your attack), you may heal 50 damage from 1 of your Pokémon that has any Energy attached to it.

Leafeon GX seems to be similar, with it’s ability Breath of the Leaves. However the meta has changed, with much tougher decks and a lot of OHKOing. So while Altaria could live largely on its own, Leafeon needs a little more oomph to be successful. Alone, it’s a little too slow to attack and hits a little too light.

Enter Golisopod GX.

Golly pairs nice with uh — Leafy? It provides a fair amount of punch early. For just 1 energy you get 120dmg (given the right conditions), and later in the game it can hit for more (150). Additionally the two work well with Golisopod needing to go back to the bench to reset First Impression, and Leafeon being able to heal it on the bench.

To make the most of that dynamic, I litter the deck with Escape Ropes, Guzmas, and Float Stones. You’ll find you’re able to heal your pokemon with Leafeon, and pick off pokemon off your opponent’s bench.

Yet the ability to switch pokemon offers a strategy with this deck: eliminate your enemy’s supporter ‘mon. You can take out their draw cards (Octillery, Oranguru), energy accelerators (Malamar, Magnezone, Vikavolt) or even that sneaky attacker they’re keeping on the bench (Empoleon, Honchkrow, etc.)

Taking out the auxiliary makes this deck feel like you’re a general cutting supply lines, stealing contraband, picking and choosing your battles, and places to take a stand.

I’ve had pretty good success with this guy, so if you have some Golisopod gathering dust on the shelf, blow them off and team them up with Leafeon, for a pleasant surprise.

****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

##Pokémon - 17

* 4 Eevee SUM 101
* 2 Oranguru SUM 113
* 3 Wimpod BUS 16
* 3 Golisopod-GX BUS 17
* 3 Leafeon-GX UPR 13
* 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

##Trainer Cards - 30

* 3 Hala GRI 126
* 1 Timer Ball SUM 134
* 1 Lillie SUM 122
* 1 Acerola BUS 112
* 1 Super Rod BKT 149
* 3 Brigette BKT 134
* 3 Escape Rope PRC 127
* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 2 Field Blower GRI 125
* 3 Guzma BUS 115
* 1 Pal Pad FLF 92
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
* 1 N FCO 105
* 2 Float Stone BKT 137

##Energy - 13

* 4 Double Colorless Energy FCO 114
* 9 Grass Energy 1

Total Cards - 60

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