New Expansion, New Metagame!

serperior-fates-collide-fcl-7Everyone has to start out somewhere. Whether your first deck is something simple and fun, or incredibly competitive and filled with lots of high rarity cards, winning with your deck will make you come back for more – but where to start? Building your first deck will always be a daunting task, as you may not be comfortable with making these decisions on your own.

Fates Collide offered out three new simple but powerful Pokémon in the form of Delphox, Serperior and Reuniclus, each with their own different – but fun – strategies. All three appeared somewhere in this Fates Collide Set Review. So if you’re new to the Pokémon TCG, or a die hard veteran, check out these three cheap decks that will add a new dynamic to the metagame! First up is Delphox BREAK:

Delphox BREAK – XY-Fates Collide

Pokémon (16)

  • 2x Delphox BREAK (FAC #14)
  • 3x Delphox (FAC #13)
  • 1x Delphox (XY #26)
  • 2x Braixen (FAC #12)
  • 4x Fennekin (FAC #10)
  • 2x Entei (AOR #14)
  • 2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (33)

  • 4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)
  • 2x N (FAC #105)
  • 3x Blacksmith (FLF #88)
  • 1x Lysandre (FLF #90)
  • 1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)
  • 4x Ultra Ball (FLF #99)
  • 4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)
  • 4x Trainers’ Mail (RSK #92)
  • 2x Battle Compressor (PHF #92)
  • 4x Rare Candy (PRC #135)
  • 1x Super Rod (BKT #149)
  • 3x Scorched Earth (PRC #138)

Energy (11)

  • 7x Fire Energy (XY #133)
  • 4x Double Colourless Energy (XY #130)

Delphox (FAC) and Delphox (XY)

delphox-fates-collide-fcl-13Since the BREAKthrough expansion, one Kalos Starter Pokémon has had its family released every set, and Fates Collide presents us with the final of the three. Delphox has two nice attacks, the first being ‘Flickering Flames’, which does 40 damage and puts your opponent’s Active Pokémon to sleep for just a single Fire Energy; great in a pinch.

It’s the second attack – ‘Psystorm’ – that will be the main focus of the deck, however. For three Colourless Energy, Psystorm does 20 times the amount of Energy attached to all Pokémon in play. This includes both yours and your opponent’s, so as they attach Energy to pay for attacks, they’re inadvertently increasing your damage output. Other cards in the deck will also allow you to power up Psystorm, such as the Supporter Blacksmith, and Double Colourless Energy, as Psystorm requires no Fire Energy.

We’ll also be playing a single copy of the Delphox from XY, as it comes with an amazing ability called ‘Mystical Fire’, which lets you draw cards until you have six in your hand. That’s a Shaymin-EX’s Set Up every single turn of the game! It also comes with the attack ‘Blaze Ball’ – not unlike Keldeo-EX’s ‘Secret Sword’ or Raikou’s ‘Thunder Lance’ – which for three Colourless Energy does 50 plus 20 damage for each Fire Energy attached to Delphox, which is 110 with 3 Fire Energy.

Entei

entei-ancient-origins-aor-14The Entei we’ll be using is actually not the one with the Ancient Trait Theta Double, which is usually the more popular of the two. This Entei is a basic non Pokémon-EX attacker that can be powered up by a single use of Blacksmith, great for when we’re still evolving our Fennekin all the way to Delphox on the Bench. Its attack ‘Combat Blaze’ costs two Fire Energy and does 20 plus 20 damage for each of your opponent’s benched Pokémon. With a full bench, that’s 120 damage, a solid number to two hit knockout anything (except from Wailord-EX, of course). A great starting Pokémon to apply early pressure onto your opponent, as they will inevitably bench Pokémon to set up.

Delphox BREAK and Blacksmith

The main focus of the deck is to power up Delphox’s Psystorm by attaching lots of Energy to our Pokémon, and these two cards help achieve that. Delphox BREAK’s ‘Flare Witch’ ability allows you to search your deck for one Fire Energy and attach it to one of your Pokémon, adding 20 damage to Psystorm. Blacksmith attaches two Fire Energy from the discard pile to one of your Fire type Pokémon, adding 40 damage to Psystorm. Finally, attaching a Double Colourless Energy will add a final 40 damage, so by adding up the numbers, doing these three things will increase Psystorm’s damage output by 100! Imagine doing this every turn. If your opponent cannot keep up with you, then you’ll be able to hit them for massive damage over and over until you win the game.

Serperior – XY-Fates Collide

Pokémon (18)

  • 4x Serperior (FAC #7)
  • 4x Servine (FAC #6)
  • 4x Snivy (FAC #5)
  • 2x Ariados (AOR #6)
  • 2x Spinarak (AOR #5)
  • 2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (34)

  • 4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)
  • 2x N (FAC #105)
  • 1x Lysandre (FLF #90)
  • 1x AZ (PHF #91)
  • 1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)
  • 4x Ultra Ball (FLF #99)
  • 2x Level Ball (AOR #76)
  • 4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)
  • 4x Trainers’ Mail (RSK #92)
  • 4x Super Scoop Up (FFI #100)
  • 1x Revitalizer (GEN #70)
  • 2x Muscle Band (XY #121)
  • 4x Forest of Giant Plants (AOR #74)

Energy (8)

  • 8x Grass Energy (XY #132)

Serperior

This Pokémon reminds me a lot of Greninja from BREAKpoint. Both have a first single Colourless attack which does 40 damage, and a second single Grass/Water Energy attack which can do 80 damage. There are many things that make each card unique, though. Instead of blocking your opponent’s abilities, Serperior’s ‘Coil’ increases the damage of Serperior’s next attack by 60 damage the following turn. That’s an insane boost of power! Couple this with ‘Slashing Strike’, which already does a base of 80 damage (in exchange for being unable to use Slashing Strike the next turn), you’re doing a total of 180 damage, enough to take knockouts on Pokémon-EX for just a single energy attachment. The fact that you can use Forest of Giant Plants to put a Serperior onto the field on the first turn of the game allows you to threaten knockouts incredibly fast.

Although, it’s not just the Regal Pokémon itself which makes this deck work so well…

Servine

servine-fates-collide-fcl-6Paralysis is quite possibly the best status condition in the Pokémon TCG. Compared to Poison, Sleep and Confusion, it’s the one which constricts your opponent the most, as they are unable to flip out of it, retreat out of it, and most importantly, attack through it. However, to place this effect on your opponent, it usually requires you to attack using complicated means. Froakie’s ‘Bubble’ requires a coin toss to work, and it does no damage to your opponent. Accelgor from Dragons Exalted had the much more conventional ‘Deck and Cover’, which as well as certainly Paralyze, also Poisoned and did 50 damage, although the attacking Pokémon was forced to get shuffled in, meaning the player would have to keep searching out Accelgor to stream attackers.

The Grass Snake Pokémon Servine comes in with a new way to annoy your opponent with the ability ‘Serpentine Strangle’, which allows you to flip a coin when you evolve Snivy into Servine. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokémon is paralyzed! The best part though? You can abuse the stadium Forest of Giant Plants to use Serpentine Strangle over and over again with cards like Super Scoop Up and AZ. Usually, flipping a coin isn’t the most reliable strategy, but when you get multiple tries in the same turn, the odds start to lean into your favour.

Revitalizer

Originally, this card’s spot was taken up by a Super Rod. However, after evaluating how aggressive one could get with Servine’s ability, I quickly changed my decision. Revitalizer is a brand new card from the mostly reprint set Generations, which lets you take two Grass type Pokémon from your discard pile and add them to your hand. This will allow to use your Professor Sycamore’s more freely while having evolutions in hand, as you can easily retrieve them later on. Plus, Serperior is an incredibly efficient attacker, only needing a single Grass Energy to attack, so energy recycling cards will most likely never need to be used.

Ariados & Muscle Band

ariados-ancient-origins-aor-6Slashing Strike does a respectable 80 damage for a single energy. However, there will be times where we will not be able to take a knockout, but with Ariados and Muscle Band we can. Threats like Raichu, Bronzong and Reuniclus can be finished off with the use of Poisonous Nest, falling victim to poison damage between turns, while a Muscle Band buff sweeps through Zoroark, Pumpkaboo w/ Fighting Fury Belt, and most importantly, Vespiquen, as Poisonous Nest does not affect Grass types.

Combining the two ups the damage to 110, knocking out Trevenant and Shaymin-EX, and when we consider weakness, larger Pokémon such as Seismitoad-EX, Greninja BREAK and Zygarde-EX to be swiftly sent to the discard pile. So many more opportunities to take prizes open up with the inclusion of these two cards.

Reuniclus – XY-Fates Collide

Pokémon (16)

  • 3x Reuniclus (FAC #35)
  • 4x Duosion (FAC #34)
  • 4x Solosis (FAC #33)
  • 2x Octillery (BKT #33)
  • 2x Remoraid (BKT #32)
  • 1x Jirachi (XYPR #67)

Trainers (36)

  • 4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)
  • 2x N (FAC #105)
  • 2x Lysandre (FLF #90)
  • 1x Skyla (BKT #148)
  • 2x Brigette (BKT #134)
  • 1x Giovanni’s Scheme (BKT #138)
  • 1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)
  • 4x Level Ball (AOR #76)
  • 4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)
  • 4x Trainers’ Mail (RSK #92)
  • 3x Rare Candy (PRC #135)
  • 1x Escape Rope (PRC #127)
  • 1x Super Rod (BKT #149)
  • 2x Float Stone (BKT #137)
  • 4x Dimension Valley (PHF #93)

Energy (8)

  • 8x Psychic Energy (XY #136)

Reuniclus

reuniclus-fates-collide-fcl-35Have you ever wanted to do a flat 190 damage for a single energy? Well, now you can with Reuniclus’ ‘Link Fusion’, which receives damage buffs depending on what is in play on your field. With a base of 10, you can increase the damage output by individual values of 30, 60 and 90 by benching a Solosis, Duosion and a second Reuniclus respectively.

Octillery

Usually, Shaymin-EX is used to set up your board incredibly quickly; however, as it is impossible to do more than 40 damage on the first turn with this deck, we can resort to slower, more sustainable means of draw in the form of Octillery, which has the ‘Abyssal Hand’ ability, letting you draw cards until you have five in your hand. It is also not a Pokémon-EX, so it only gives up a single prize in comparison to the regular Set Up Pokémon.

Brigette

As there are no Pokémon-EX in this deck, we can use Brigette to set up quickly. We are able to search out two Solosis and a Remoraid, or a Jirachi if your opponent has a heavy reliance on Special Energy. In combination with cards like Level Ball and Rare Candy, you can start nuking your opponent from as early as turn two, swiftly taking your prizes with a one prize, one energy attacker.

Closing Remarks

Winning is a really great feeling, and Fates Collides provides access to this to all sorts of players; those who are looking to take their game to the next level, and those who are looking to sit back and enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Delphox BREAK, Serperior and Reuniclus are all decks that I believe can go toe to toe with the meta, whilst still allowing the user to have fun. Till next time readers!

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