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Pokémon TCG: Tournament Decks Part II

February 06, 2012

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Last time we featured two of the powerhouse tournament decks: Eelektrik + Magnezone, the deck that focuses on retrieving energy cards, and Six Corners, the deck that features different types of high hit point basic Pokémon. This time we will look at two other popular tournament decks: Durant and Chandelure.

Decking Out

Durant is an interesting Pokémon in that its attack doesn’t do that much damage, but instead focuses on discard the opponent`s cards from their decks. When someone runs out of cards to draw into, they lose the game regardless of the number of Pokémon on the bench and the number of prize cards left. For one metal energy card, Durant can use the attack Devour which discard the top card of the opponent’s card for each Durant in play. If you have 4 Durants in play, you can discard 4 cards from your opponent’s deck! This can really hinder your opponent’s setup and gameplay.

Cursed Shadow

Chandelure has the Ability called Cursed Shadow. It allows the active Chadelure to place 3 damage counters on the opponent`s Pokémon in any way. This means if you have a Dodrio on the bench which reduces Chandelure’s retreat cost to zero, you can free retreat into another Chandelure and put 6 damage in total without even attacking. Since Chandelure can place damage counters on any Pokémon, you don’t need Pokémon Catchers, thus it`s also a good idea to set up a Vileplume so your opponent can’t use Catchers or other Pokémon Trainer cards.

Looking Ahead

With Next Destinies, the next booster series, set for release in North America, there will be a lot of changes in the way people build their decks. Most likely many of the current powerhouse decks will no longer be as powerful unless modified to include the EX Cards that will be released with Next Destinies.

Have Your Say!

Did you go to a Next Destinies pre-release? How do you think the cards in Next Destinies will change the current powerhouse decks? Comment below to share your thoughts!

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