2007 Decks

Absolutions:

17.1 Absolutions

Pokémon (22) Trainers (22) Energy (16)
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
3x Professor Elm’s Training Method
2x Mary’s Request
1x Scott
4x Super Scoop Up
3x Windstorm
1x Giant Stump
7x Lightning Energy
4x Psychic Energy
3x Darkness Energy
2x Multi Energy
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This deck dominated the end of the season, winning UK Nationals, US Nationals and the World Championships. It had lots of utility, speed and power and rewarded smart play, providing a large range of attackers and attacks to choose from. Super Scoop Up allowed you to re-use a lot of powerful abilities and set up cheap prizes across the board.

 

 

Ambush:

23. Ambush

Pokémon (19) Trainers (27) Energy (14)
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
3x Celio’s Network
3x Wally’s Training
2x Castaway
1x Steven’s Advice
1x Copycat
1x Scott
1x Mr. Briney’s Compassion
2x Cessation Crystal
1x Cursed Powder
4x Cursed Stone
11x Water Energy
3x Scramble Energy
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The appropriately named “Ambush” made a surprise appearance at US Nationals with multiple finishes in the T32 or better. It relied on playing from behind while spreading with Prinplup and Empoleon so it could abuse cards like Scramble Energy and play around cards like Rayquaza ex. Marowak provided type coverage against Lightning Pokemon which could give the deck trouble as well as giving a more powerful snipe option. Cards like Cessation Crystal and Cursed Stone helped with disruption making it a headache for the opponent to ever take 6 prizes.

 

 

Banette:

1. Banette

Pokémon (14) Trainers (31) Energy (15)
2x TV Reporter
2x Scott
2x Castaway
2x Professor Elm’s Training Method
2x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
4x Holon Transceiver
3x Pokemon Reversal
3x Buffer Piece
1x Warp Point
1x Energy Switch
1x Crystal Shard
1x Strength Charm
3x Crystal Beach
1x Phoebe’s Stadium
8x Psychic Energy
4x Rainbow Energy
2x Cyclone Energy
1x Fighting Energy
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Jeremy Scharff-Kim won the Senior Division World Championship with this variant of Banette. Relying on simplicity and consistency, it could reliably get its main goal of a high damage output on turn 2 of each game. The small LunaRock package allowed for both a bit of disruption but also a secondary attacker which didn’t give up 2 prizes.

 

 

Banette / Vaporeon:

13. Banette Vaporeon

Pokémon (18) Trainers (26) Energy (16)
4x Professor Elm’s Training Method
4x TV Reporter
3x Holon Mentor
2x Castaway
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Scott
4x Holon Transciever
1x Crystal Shard
1x Buffer Piece
2x Crystal Beach
2x Battle Frontier
6x Psychic Energy
4x Rainbow Energy
3x Water Energy
3x Multi Energy
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This variant of Banette focuses on using Vaporeon ex’s Evolutionary Swirl to limit the opponent’s hand while hitting hard with Banette ex. Vaporeon ex was one of the only methods of hand control in this format, so decks often weren’t built to deal with it, especially multiple times in a game.

 

 

Delcatty/Electabuzz:

9. Delcatty Electabuzz

Pokémon (17) Trainers (20) Energy (23)
4x TV Reporter
4x Professor Elm’s Training Method
4x Holon Transceiver
3x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Adventurer
2x Holon Lass
1x Holon Farmer
9x Fighting Energy
4x Darkness Energy
4x Cyclone Energy
4x Boost Energy
2x React Energy
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Created by Jake Burt and piloted to a Top 8 States finish, this deck was designed to take advantage of a format which shied away from Fighting type attackers. The deck is designed to be fast and powerful, making yourself draw as many energy cards as possible each turn with Electabuzz, Sableye and Delcatty, then discarding them with Delcatty ex’s Constrain Poke-Power. Then you can use Upstream to deal a devastating amount of damage each turn, or use Tail Slap with Boost Energy.

 

 

Destiny:

2. Destiny

Pokémon (18) Trainers (27) Energy (15)
3x Castaway
2x Scott
1x Lanette’s Net Search
1x Copycat
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Researcher
4x Cursed Stone
2x Giant Stump
3x Cessation Crystal
2x Warp Point
4x Lightning Energy
4x Psychic Energy
4x Multi Energy
2x Scramble Energy
1x Fighting Energy
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A deck designed by Jimmy Ballard, it dominated through the State Championships. This list was taken from Adam Hawkins after winning the UK National Championships in the Seniors division. A lot of the inclusions changed between variations of the deck, and complimented how versatile and disruptive the deck had the ability to be.

 

 

Electivire:

14. Electivire

Pokémon (24) Trainers (24) Energy (12)
4x Celio’s  Network
3x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
4x Holon Transceiver
3x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Researcher
1x Holon Farmer
1x Mr. Briney’s Compassion
2x Holon Ruins
9x Lightning Energy
3x Scramble Energy
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This list is a modern take on an archetype that Shawn Gettys piloted to a Top 8 finish at the US National Championships which took full advantage of the lack of hand control present in the format. Holon Castform and Electabuzz allowed you to draw a lot each turn to set up quickly, and Electivire’s attack was often too much for opponents to deal with turn after turn. Rayquaza pokemon-star-symbol could easily take unsuspecting opponents by surprise, especially in combination with well placed Thunder Spears from Elekid early in the game. Dragonite also could double as an out to the Fighting type decks which were running rampant.

 

 

Empoleon:

3. Empoleon

Pokémon (16) Trainers (29) Energy (15)
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Scientist
2x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Farmer
4x Celio’s Network
4x Cursed Stone
3x Cessation Crystal
3x Rare Candy
2x Castaway
1x Steven’s Advice
1x Mr. Briney’s Compassion
11x Water Energy
3x Scramble Energy
1x Double Rainbow Energy
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Tsuguyoshi Yamato carried this deck to a 3rd place finish at the World Championships, losing out to Tom Roos’s Absolutions deck. The deck relied a lot on Prinplup to set up damage across the board with Aqua Shower and Brine, allowing Empoleon to sweep up the end of the game with high HP and Scramble energies. The Infernape line was primarily for the Scizor ex decks which were popular amongst the other Japanese players at the tournament.

 

 

Flariados:

5. Flariados

Pokémon (18) Trainers (29) Energy (13)
4x Professor Elm’s Training Method
4x Holon Transceiver
4x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
2x Holon Farmer
3x Mary’s Request
4x Super Scoop Up
3x Giant Stump
2x Windstorm
6x Grass Energy
4x Multi Energy
2x Fire Energy
1x Lightning Energy
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This list was used by John Silvestro to place 3rd at US Nationals. It primarily uses Flareon ex’s Evolutionary Flame in combination with Ariados’s Reactive Poison to deal large amounts of damage to the opponent. Super Scoop Up, Giant Stump and Holon Farmer all give more outs to reuse Flareon’s ability. Ariados can also use Spider Trap as well as the other Eeveelution’s Poke-Powers to disrupt and damage the opponent more to hit better numbers, also providing secondary attackers.

 

 

Flygon:

6. Flygon

Pokémon (22) Trainers (27) Energy (11)
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
2x Pluspower
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Researcher
1x Holon Farmer
3x TV Reporter
2x Giant Stump
2x Warp Point
1x Switch
4x Boost Energy
3x Rainbow Energy
3x React Energy
1x Lightning Energy
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Steffen From managed to place 2nd at the World Championships with this Flygon ex deck which was somewhat popular in Europe at the time. Another deck which relied heavily on Holon Castform’s Delta Draw to set up, it could eventually become a deadly force hard for most decks to deal with if it set up. Magcargo and Nidoqueen meant you could get everything you needed each turn, to set up Flygon ex’s powerful attacks turn after turn, while holding combos in your hand. Flygon ex’s Poke-Power “Emerge Charge” also meant that energy acceleration was never an issue, and Giant Stump gave you opportunities to heal damaged ex’s and disrupt your opponent.

 

 

Flygon / Delcatty:

12. Flygon Delcatty

Pokémon (20) Trainers (25) Energy (15)
4x Professor Elm’s Training Method
3x TV Reporter
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Lass
4x Holon Transceiver
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
2x Warp Point
4x Lightning Energy
4x Boost Energy
4x React Energy
3x Rainbow Energy
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This Flygon variant relies on Delcatty as both draw support, as well as a way to get energy cards into the discard pile to combo with Flygon ex’s Emerge Charge Poke-Power. Flygon’s ability to repeatedly abuse Boost Energy and React Energy allows it to hit 100 damage efficiently, while being hard to knock out itself.

 

 

Flygon / Eevees:

22. Flyvees

Pokémon (25) Trainers (25) Energy (10)
3x Copycat
3x Professor Elm’s Training Method
3x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Researcher
4x Holon Transceiver
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
2x Warp Point
6x Psychic Energy
4x Lightning Energy
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Flyvees was a common deck in lower age divisions, and tried to abuse the strength of Flygon ex’s Psychic Pulse attack and Sand Damage Poke-Body. Flygon allowed for energy acceleration and the Eeveelutions provided powerful support with both their abilities and attacks. Holon Castform gave the deck early draw power, as well as a way to use the decks wide range of attacking options.

 

 

Grumpig:

24. Grumpig

Pokémon (15) Trainers (35) Energy (10)
4x Root Fossil
4x Claw Fossil
4x Mysterious Fossil
4x Mary’s Request
3x Scott
2x Lanette’s Net Search
2x Island Hermit
2x Celio’s Network
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Farmer
1x Holon Transceiver
4x Cursed Stone
2x Giant Stump
5x Water energy
3x Holon Energy WP
2x Psychic Energy
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Andrea Ceolin took this “hit and run” archetype to 2nd at Italy Nationals, before Diamond and Pearl’s release changed how fossils worked. Functioning similarly to Politoed Stall, Grumpig allowed the deck to function with a Stage 1 non ex Pokemon, and allowed more space for tech cards avoiding the problem of a linear strategy.

 

 

Infernape:

4. Infernape

Pokémon (17) Trainers (27) Energy (16)
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Farmer
1x Holon Lass
4x Celio’s Network
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
3x Pluspower
2x Warp Point
12x Fire Energy
4x Double Rainbow Energy
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A deck which dominated the Battle Roads upon the Release of Diamond & Pearl, and cropped up at US Nationals. Infernape provided a possibility of a Turn 1 80 Damage with Double Rainbow Energy and Flare Blitz, which could easily overwhelm opponents. Delcatty provided both draw power, and combo’d well with both Infernape Lv.X and Delcatty ex. Delcatty ex also allowed you to disrupt opponents relying on building up large hands.

 

 

Lucario/Eevees:

10. Lucario Eevees

Pokémon (21) Trainers (25) Energy (14)
4x Professor Elm’s Training Method
3x Mary’s Request
3x Castaway
2x Steven’s Advice
1x Holon Mentor
1x Copycat
3x Dual Ball
3x Strength Charm
2x Cessation Crystal
1x Crystal Shard
2x Windstorm
8x Fighting Energy
4x Multi Energy
1x Water Energy
1x Psychic Energy
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This deck provided a great starter in a Best of 1 format, with Riolu’s Wild kick having the potential to donk popular starters like Holon’s Castform and Eevee turn 1. Beyond that the deck had great power and speed, leaving some decks unable to catch up, as well as disruption with the Eeveelutions and Cessation Crystal. It could also abuse Vaporeon ex, which was one of the only viable forms of Hand Control in this format. This deck managed to place Top 16 at both US Nationals and the World Championships.

 

 

Lucario Tech:

11. Lucario Tech

Pokémon (14) Trainers (32) Energy (14)
3x Castaway
3x Celio’s Network
3x Holon Mentor
2x Copycat
2x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Scott
4x Holon Transceiver
3x Pluspower
2x Cessation Crystal
1x Strength Charm
1x Buffer Piece
1x Warp Point
1x Crystal Shard
4x Cursed Stone
9x Fighting Energy
4x Multi Energy
1x Psychic Energy
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Piloted by Gino Lombardi, this take on Lucario focused on techs to deal with as many matchups as possible. Riolu preyed on the formats reliance on fighting weak “starter” pokemon like Eevee, Castform and Skitty, allowing for cheap wins in a Best of 1 format.

 

 

Machamp:

8. Machamp

Pokémon (18) Trainers (27) Energy (15)
4x Castaway
4x Celio’s Network
3x Steven’s Advice
4x Rare Candy
2x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Scientist
2x Copycat
2x Crystal Shard
2x Strength Charm
1x Pluspower
11x Fighting Energy
4x Double Rainbow Energy
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Another archetype punishing the formats reliance on Fighting weak starters like Castform and Eevee, Machamp provided a bit more longevity in the game with a high HP tank which could stream powerful attacks for low energy costs. Nidoqueen provided more consistency to the deck while also providing a powerful late game attack to clean up.

 

 

Metagross / Meganium:

26. Meganium

Pokémon (27) Trainers (23) Energy (10)
3x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Researcher
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Farmer
4x Holon Transceiver
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
3x Pluspower
1x Strength Charm
6x Psychic Energy
4x Metal Energy
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Performing well at Regionals earlier in the season, Bobby Malec took this interesting archetype to T16 at Worlds in the Senior Division. Meganium D provided both consistency with its Poke-Power and a great attacker with Delta Reduction making it hard to KO especially with the other Meganium’s Poke-Body. Metagross allowed a constant string of attackers, especially tech attackers like the Mews when combined with Holon’s Castform. This unique energy and Pokemon acceleration allows the deck to tech a variety of different techs for any expected meta.

 

 

Metanite:

16. Metanite

Pokémon (27) Trainers (22) Energy (11)
4x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Researcher
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Farmer
1x Mr Briney’s Compassion
4x Holon Transceiver
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
1x Warp Point
1x Giant Stump
7x Lightning Energy
4x Metal Energy
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Metanite got a bit of a boost in 2007 with the rotation of Rocket’s Admin meaning Holon’s Castform could help the deck set up even faster without fear of disruption. Metagross let the deck set up quickly with its Delta Control Poke-Power, picking out key cards to setup your ideal board state of Dragonites and more Metagross. Dragonite’s Delta Charge could then fill your board with energy allowing Metagross’s Crash and Burn attack to do lots of damage. The decks energy acceleration paired with its reliance on Holon’s Castform also meant you could include an interesting range of attackers like Dragonite ex and Latios pokemon-star-symbol.

 

R-Gon:

21. R-Gon

Pokémon (25) Trainers (26) Energy (9)
2x Lanette’s Net Search
1x Mr. Briney’s Compassion
4x Holon Transceiver
2x Holon Mentor
2x Holon Researcher
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Farmer
4x Rare Candy
3x Windstorm
2x Pluspower
1x Strength Charm
2x Giant Stump
4x Delta Energy
2x Lightning Energy
1x Fire Energy
1x Grass Energy
1x Metal Energy
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R-Gon was a deck popularised by Ross Cawthon and his team towards the end of the season. It relied on Flygon’s powerful Delta Supply Poke-Power, which allowed you to accelerate energy to any Delta attacker that would fare best against the opponent. Holon’s Castform sets up the deck easily, while providing you with more energy, and Chimecho’s Delta Support means you can always get any energy you need from your discard pile. Ross Cawthon finished Top 16, and Austin Reed managed a Top 8 finish at the World Championships.

 

 

Robquaza:

19. Robquaza

Pokémon (12) Trainers (32) Energy (16)
4x Castaway
4x Mary’s Request
2x Copycat
2x Lanette’s Net Search
1x Scott
4x Energy Removal 2
3x Pokemon Reversal
2x Warp Point
1x Cessation Crystal
1x Strength Charm
1x Balloon Berry
1x Oran Berry
3x Crystal Beach
2x Cursed Stone
1x Giant Stump
4x Multi Energy
4x δ Rainbow Energy
4x Lightning Energy
2x Water Energy
1x Psychic Energy
1x Fire Energy
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Robquaza is a  rogue toolbox created by Rob Downs to a Top 4 finish at US Nationals. Rayquaza allowed this deck to constantly play from behind, setting up favourable board states for minimal energy costs, and preventing opponents from using cards like Scramble Energy. Having the main strategy only take up 4 slots allowed for lots of space for tech Pokemon and trainers to disrupt and sometimes completely shut an opponent out of the game. Castaway and Scott made it easily possible to get the most disruptive Tool or Stadium in any given situation.

 

 

Scizor:

7. Scizor

Pokémon (8) Trainers (36) Energy (16)
4x Copycat
3x Professor Elm’s Training Method
2x Steven’s Advice
2x Castaway
2x Professor Oak’s Research
4x Cursed Stone
4x Pokemon Reversal
4x Energy Removal 2
4x Pokedex Handy910is
4x Pluspower
2x Strength Charm
1x Crystal Shard
4x Metal Energy (Basic)
4x Metal Energy (Special)
4x Cyclone Energy
4x Boost Energy
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Yuki Akimura managed to achieve 4th place at the World Championships with a simple yet powerful deck from Japan. Scyther’s Twin Play always meant you always set up a decent board from the first turn, and both of Scizor ex’s attacks as well as its powerful “Danger Perception” Poke-Body often proved too much for opponents. With only 8 Pokemon in the deck, this provides you with a large amount of Trainers to either disrupt your opponent, amplify your damage, or add consistency. The deck has no real bad matchups other than decks which can abuse its Fire weakness.

 

 

Scizorgross:

20. Scizorgross

Pokémon (23) Trainers (25) Energy (12)
3x Professor Elm’s Training Method
3x Copycat
2x Steven’s Advice
2x Holon Mentor
1x Holon Adventurer
1x Holon Scientist
1x Holon Researcher
4x Holon Transceiver
4x Rare Candy
2x Pokemon Reversal
1x Pluspower
1x Strength Charm
8x Psychic Energy
4x Metal Energy