We lost Sycamore and N, and one big question that confronted the meta was, “Will Copycat be an adequate replacement for those two draw supporters?”  Initially, it looked as if it might slide right in as the heir apparent, but we actually have a number of other Supporters that have stepped up to give it some competition:

  • Apricorn Maker (it’s had some discussion lately, especially as a great way to get Zoroark GX and Magcargo turn 2)
  • Hala (Tempest, Big Wheel, Sol Burst, Algorithm, I’ve seen tons of early GX strategies lately)
  • Judge (although it may not be as disruptive as people think it is)
  • Lillie
  • Mallow (especially with Oranguru)
  • Steven’s Resolve
  • Tate & Liza

So how does Copycat stand up when compared to these alternatives?  I’ve thought that it would largely depend on exactly how many cards it gets you per play.  If it only gets you something like five and a half cards on average, Tate & Liza might be the better card as that also provides a switching option.

I tracked Copycat for every time that I played it and when my opponent played it as well.  I started last Tuesday when the new rotation kicked in, I wanted to make sure any tracking wasn’t potentially skewed from being in the old format.  Here’s what I found:

  • In 72 plays, Copycat averaged 5.39 cards per play.
  • It drew six cards or more 53% of the time (38 times in 72 plays)
  • When it drew five or more cards, it averaged 6.5 cards per play.
  • It drew six or seven cards 40% of the time.
  • It drew three or more cards 92% of the time

Here’s a breakdown of the stats:

Row Labels Sum of Card Running Total
1 1 1%
2 5 7%
3 6 8%
4 13 18%
5 9 13%
6 15 21%
7 14 19%
8 7 10%
9 2 3%
Grand Total 72

So there you go – there are the numbers for you.  You decide whether or not you want to run it, and how many copies you want to play.  Clearly, it can put a LOT of cards in your hand.  And if you’re running double Oranguru, drawing only a couple of cards isn’t really that bad because Instruct can then potentially grab you a couple more.  So you make the call, and let me know what you think!


  1. Is honestly think Copycat is a great draw supporter in this new format (I still have yet to pull one on pctgo) and honestly better than most, because those zoroark plays are amazing

  2. I sent you a private trade Red Ninja for the Copycats. If you want to counter it with something other than the coin, that’s fine, or if you want to offer another trade back for the coin either, that’s fine too.

    MarquisEXB has a great video here about how to trade Pikachu Avatar boxes for Trainers and less expensive Pokemon:

  3. Thanks for the copycats and the link! (Lack of poke coins kills me) I’ll be sure to trade some avatar collection boxes for my blazikens and kokos, already put one up for trade. Be sure to watch the vid. 🙂

    1. I know you probably seen this vid or heard of something pertaining to it, but I would strongly suggest saving every token you earn in matches and Trainer Challenges for Lost Thunder in November, because basically Japan’s meta is incredibly diverse, and Lost Thunder is the set that will give rise to multiple decks later this year, many of which might go on to win tournaments.

      White Kyurem, Lost March, Sceptile GX, Cofagrigus, and Zeraora are some of the ones to rise from the set. The next Solgaleo GX we get later this year will revive the Steel Sun Lion deck, the Zebstrika coming out will pump up Alolan Exeggutor (the grass one that attacks for every different energy in your discard pile) due to you being able to use Lady to get 4 different energy cards from the deck to your hand, and then discard your entire hand to draw 4 more (that’s 80 more damage for your pokemon right there). And Decidueye has a presence overseas as well, which is pretty interesting.

      I know it’s not easy to get your tokens up, but do your best! One tip I can give you is to access your Pokemon Trainer Club account and earn some of those Medals (or stickers…whatever they are), because by doing so you earn more tokens that you will see in PTCGO after logging in later on. For example, some things are easy to do (like staring at Meowstic’s pokedex entry on the site, or watching episodes of pokemon online as well. And you don’t need to sit and watch all 20 minutes of them either: just click, then go to the next one when it loads). Plus you get to use those tokens to get gear for your Trainer avatar online as well (for fun of course).

      But yeah….trust me: its always a grind to save up and earn (the struggle was real for me back in the day: I remember the Mental Might deck I had and the scrub deck I made when I pulled some good cards and EX’s at the time: with that deck I played over 600 games in Expanded before finally giving it up to play Standard for good later down the line). But these days you can totally go budget and actually get things going more smoothly.

      For example, on reddit if found this neat Registeel deck that was pretty fun to try out. Here’s the link and the decklist below:

      Pokémon – 12

      * 4 Regirock CIN 53

      * 4 Registeel CES 96

      * 4 Dhelmise GRI 59

      Trainer Cards – 37

      * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130

      * 4 Metal Frying Pan FLI 112

      * 1 Switch SLG 67

      * 2 Sophocles BUS 123

      * 2 Pal Pad UPR 132

      * 1 Fisherman CES 130

      * 4 Tate & Liza CES 148

      * 4 Nest Ball SUM 123

      * 1 Escape Rope PRC 127

      * 4 Cynthia UPR 119

      * 1 Field Blower GRI 125

      * 2 Guzma BUS 115

      * 3 Last Chance Potion CES 135

      * 3 Shrine of Punishment CES 143

      * 4 Acro Bike CES 123

      Energy – 11

      * 4 Double Colorless Energy SLG 69

      * 7 Metal Energy 8

      Total Cards – 60

      Only advice I can give is to swap one or two Registeels for the one with Turbo Arm, but yup: straightforward strategy, zero GX’s, and this wrecks Fairies big time.

      Wishing you the best!

  4. I finally played a shrine deck for once, I’m proud of myself.

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

    ##Pokémon – 14

    * 1 Murkrow GRI 78
    * 1 Murkrow UPR 71
    * 2 Sneasel UPR 73
    * 1 Sneasel BUS 85
    * 1 Honchkrow GRI 79
    * 2 Weavile BUS 86
    * 3 Trubbish GRI 50
    * 3 Garbodor GRI 51

    ##Trainer Cards – 37

    * 2 Lusamine CIN 96
    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 3 Crushing Hammer EPO 92
    * 4 Enhanced Hammer GRI 124
    * 3 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 2 Pokémon Fan Club UPR 133
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 1 Escape Rope PLS 120
    * 3 Copycat CES 127
    * 4 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 1 Energy Recycler GRI 123
    * 1 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 2 Switch ROS 91
    * 4 Ultra Ball FCO 113
    * 1 Shrine of Punishment CES 143

    ##Energy – 9

    * 2 Psychic Energy Energy 5
    * 3 Rainbow Energy SUM 137
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy SUM 136

    Total Cards – 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******

    so yeah only one shrine.. only one I own but with Lusamine it’s no problemo

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