2008 Decks

Ampharos / Bronzong:

13. AmphyZong

Pokémon (21)Trainers (24)Energy (15)

4x Bebe’s Search
3x Roseanne’s Research
3x Steven’s Advice
2x Copycat
1x Celio’s Network
3x Rare Candy
3x Warp Point
2x Windstorm
1x Night Maintenance
2x Lake Boundary

4x Lightning Energy
4x Call Energy
4x Double Rainbow Energy
3x Scramble Energy
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This deck focused on spreading damage across the board with Ampharos and Bronzong, so it could play from behind and abuse powerful special energy cards like Scramble Energy. This allowed for Ampharos and Bronzong to continuously hit for weakness with their second attacks against the formats biggest decks – Gardevoir/Gallade and Empoleon, with Lake Boundary and the spread damage allowing for easy knockouts.

 

 

Banette / Blissey:

12. BanBliss

Pokémon (16)Trainers (31)Energy (13)
4x Roseanne’s Research
4x TV Reporter
3x Celio’s Network
2x Copycat
2x Castaway
2x Steven’s Advice
4x Warp Point
4x Cessation Crystal
2x Night Maintenance
4x Crystal Beach
10x Psychic Energy
2x Water Energy
1x Multi Energy
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Also named “Sausage” by Jimmy Ballard, he piloted this deck to T16 of US Nationals. This variant of Blissey focused on sacrificing consistency and disruption the straight version provided in favour of a much better Gardevoir matchup with the heavy Banette line. 

 

 

Blissey:

2. Blissey

Pokémon (10)Trainers (36)Energy (14)
4x Castaway
4x Celio’s Network
1x Scott
3x TV Reporter
2x Roseanne’s Research
2x Team Galactic’s Wager
4x Crystal Beach
4x Cessation Crystal
3x Pokedex Handy901is
3x Pluspower
3x Energy Removal 2
1x Warp Point
1x Night Maintenance
1x Time-Space Distortion
9x Fire Energy
4x Holon Energy FF
1x Fighting Energy
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Blissey was a dominant force early in the season, and came back for a strong 2nd place finish at the World Championships piloted by Khanh Le. His deck focused on sheer consistency and power, including Holon Energy FF to deal with Blissey’s glaring weakness to Gallade. Cessation Crystal, Crystal Beach and Energy Removal 2 would also punish the formats over-reliance on strong Poke-Powers and Special Energy cards.

 

 

Dusknoir:

3. Dusknoir

Pokémon (21)Trainers (23)Energy (16)
4x Celio’s Network
4x Roseanne’s Research
3x Steven’s Advice
3x Moonlight Stadium
3x Rare Candy
4x Super Scoop Up
2x Windstorm
6x Psychic Energy
4x Double Rainbow Energy
3x Call Energy
2x Cyclone Energy
1x Scramble Energy
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While it didn’t place too highly at large tournaments, Dusknoir had a lot going for it when it got released, and this deck showcases how disruptive it could be as a main attacker. The Duskull being able to evolve Turn 1 into Dusclops allows you to punish the formats reliance on Special Energy with it’s Cursed Glare Poke-Body. Meanwhile Dusknoir had good typing, weakness and resistance to deal with the format which nicely complimented its powerful Dark Palm Poke-Power and strong attack, which would only become harder to deal with later in the game.

 

 

Eeveelutions:

11. Eeveelutions

Pokémon (21)Trainers (24)Energy (15)
4x Roseanne’s Research
3x Celio’s Network
3x Steven’s Advice
2x Copycat
2x Bebe’s Search
3x Warp Point
2x Windstorm
2x Night Maintenance
3x Lake Boundary
3x Double Rainbow Energy
3x Scramble Energy
3x Grass Energy
3x Psychic Energy
2x Water Energy
1x Lightning Energy
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Orion Craig took 1st place in the Senior Divison at US Nationals with this colourful deck. Scramble Energy and Double Rainbow energy both allowed a variety of strong attackers that could hit for weakness against the popular decks of the format, but also served as a way to power up Leafeon Lv.X’s powerful Verdant Dance attack. Lake Boundary allowed you to both replace the troublesome Crystal Beach, but also take OHKOs on Pokemon like Gardevoir and Empoleon.

 

 

Empoleon:

5. Empoleon

Pokémon (23)Trainers (24)Energy (13)
3x Steven’s Advice
2x Bebe’s Search
2x Celio’s Network
2x Roseanne’s Research
1x Copycat
1x Castaway
4x Rare Candy
3x Cessation Crystal
3x Warp Point
2x Night Maintenance
1x Windstorm
6x Water Energy
3x Call Energy
3x Scramble Energy
1x Double Rainbow Energy
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While this variant of Empoleon started to fall out of favour with the release of Bronzong, it still performed well even taking 1st and T4 in the Senior Division at Worlds. While it sacrificed an easy answer to cards like Gardevoir and Gallade, it gained space for powerful tech cards like Dusknoir and important consistency cards like a heavy Claydol line. It focused on playing from behind while using its powerful spread attacks to get maximum use out of cards like Scramble Energy while denying opponents use of it, and hoped to sweep the game with high HP single prize Pokemon.

 

 

EmpoZong:

4. EmpoZong

Pokémon (20)Trainers (24)Energy (16)
4x Roseanne’s Research
4x Celio’s Network
3x Steven’s Advice
3x Copycat
3x Rare Candy
3x Cessation Crystal
2x Warp Point
1x Night Maintenance
1x Moonlight Stadium
6x Water Energy
4x Call Energy
4x Scramble Energy
1x Double Rainbow Energy
1x Psychic Energy
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Seen as one of the only decks that could consistently compete with Gardevoir, EmpoZong had multiple strong showings at major tournaments. Dylan Lefavour won the World Championships in the Seniors division with the deck, and Alex “Big Chuck” Brosseau managed to go 15-0 through both the Grinder and the Swiss Rounds of the Masters division. The deck rewarded smart play, focusing on spreading with both Prinplup and Empoleon, allowing you to play from behind with Scramble Energy while planning KO’s multiple turns in advance. Bronzong also helped with spread, while providing a strong answer for both Gardevoir and Gallade.

 

 

Garchomp:

1. Garchomp

Pokémon (24)Trainers (23)Energy (13)
3x Rare Candy
4x Crystal Beach
4x Roseanne’s Research
4x Celio’s Network
2x TV Reporter
1x Team Galactic’s Wager
1x Holon Mentor
1x Night Maintenance
1x Time-Space Distortion
1x Strength Charm
1x Pluspower
4x Lightning Energy
3x Psychic Energy
3x Water Energy
2x Fighting Energy
1x Metal Energy
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An interesting deck which Sami Sekkoum used to achieve 2nd at the UK National Championships. It took advantage of multiple decks weaknesses with Garchomp’s Rainbow Scale Pokebody, with Garchomp Lv.X’s Poke-Power allowing you to hit crucial numbers, as well as setting up more attackers. Phione and Rotom allowed the deck to set up while Crystal Beach served as a way to slow down your opponent and Dugtrio gave you an answer to Empoleon.

 

 

Gardevoir/Gallade:

7.1 Gardevoir Gallade

Pokémon (21)Trainers (24)Energy (15)
4x Celio’s  Network
4x Roseanne’s Research
2x Bebe’s Search
4x Rare Candy
2x Team Galactic’s Wager
2x Steven’s Advice
2x Lake Boundary
2x Windstorm
2x Warp Point
4x Call Energy
4x Double Rainbow Energy
3x Scramble Energy
3x Psychic Energy
1x Cyclone Energy
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This deck was the dominant deck throughout the season and managed to take 1st Place at both the US National Championships played by Gino Lombardi, and the World Championships piloted by Jason Klaczynski. Gardevoir’s Psychic Lock proved devastating for most decks in the format, especially in conjunction with Team Galactic’s Wager, while Telepass aided your setup and recovery. Meanwhile, Gallade’s Psychic Cut allowed the deck to hit KO’s on any Pokemon in the format. The formats abundance of strong special energies did nothing but compliment this deck and allowed the “Support” Pokemon to attack.

 

 

Glaceon:

6. Glaceon

Pokémon (16)Trainers (30)Energy (14)
4x Team Galactic’s Mars
3x Bebe’s Search
3x Castaway
2x Island Hermit
2x Roseanne’s Research
2x Celio’s Network
4x Energy Removal 2
3x Crystal Beach
3x Cessation Crystal
2x Night Maintenance
1x Strength Charm
1x Team Galactic’s Wager
7x Water Energy
4x Call Energy
2x Multi Energy
1x Psychic Energy
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Esa Juntunen managed to play this deck to a surprise Top 8 finish at the World Championships, and ended Alex “Big Chuck” Brosseau’s incredible run along the way. It primarily focused on disrupting the opponent as much as possible, with ways to control both the hand and the board. Absol’s Baleful Wind attack  could severely hinder opponents early game setup, alongisde Team Galactic’s Mars and Cessation Crystal, while Glaceon, Crystal Beach and Energy Removal 2 made it as annoying as possible for your opponent throughout the rest of the game.

 

 

Honchkrow:

10. Honchkrow

Pokémon (17)Trainers (30)Energy (13)
4x Celio’s Network
4x Team Galactic’s Mars
3x Castaway
2x Roseanne’s Research
2x Steven’s Advice
2x Team Galactic’s Wager
4x Cessation Crystal
2x Warp Point
1x Windstorm
1x Premier Ball
1x Night Maintenance
1x Time-Space Distortion
3x Crystal Beach
4x Darkness Energy
4x Dark Energy
3x Call Energy
2x Warp Energy
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Also known as “Featherweight”, Tomi Sjöblom made T32 at the World Championships with this rogue archetype. The deck focused on disrupting the opponent’s hand as much as possible with cards like Absol and Team Galactic’s Mars, allowing for you to potentially remove up to 3 key cards in a single turn. This made it more likely for disruptive cards like Cessation Crystal and Crystal Beach to stay in play, while you set up a Honchkrow. Honchkrow and Honckrow Lv.X allowed you to use Murkrows to further control the game by either removing cards from their hand, sniping the bench or getting key resources back with Darkness Wing.

 

 

Scizor:

9. Scizor

Pokémon (13)Trainers (34)Energy (13)
4x Roseanne’s Research
4x Celio’s Network
4x Castaway
3x Steven’s Advice
2x Copycat
1x Team Galactic’s Wager
1x Scott
4x Crystal Beach
4x Cessation Crystal
4x Energy Removal 2
2x Pokedex Handy910is
1x Time-Space Distortion
5x Metal Energy
4x Metal Energy (Special)
4x Lightning Energy
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Similar to the “Intimidation” Deck, Dylan Bryan focused more on just Scizor in his deck to achieve Top 8 at the World Championships in Seniors. Scizor’s Special Blow attack punished the formats reliance on Special Energy, doing an incredible 80 damage for 1 energy, and its resistance to Psychic and ability to abuse Special Metal Energy made it particularly annoying for most decks to deal with a swarm of them. Ontop of this the deck had plenty of disruption with Cessation Crystal, Crystal Beach and Energy Removal 2 to severely hinder opponents setup. Electrode allowed the deck to have a better answer to Empoleon, while also having a big attack, and Sableye increased the deck’s consistency a little bit while also providing an answer to Blissey.

 

 

Torterra:

8. Torterra

Pokémon (20)Trainers (27)Energy (13)
4x Bebe’s Search
3x Celio’s Network
3x Roseanne’s Research
3x Steven’s Advice
4x Rare Candy
4x Super Scoop Up
2x Warp Point
2x Night Maintenance
2x Crystal Beach
9x Grass Energy
4x Call Energy
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Colin Moll managed to take this archetype all the way to T4 at US Nationals. The decks slow setup allowed it to play from behind, denying cards like Scramble Energy while it slowly built up multiple walls in Torterra. Sceptile’s Wild Growth also doesn’t get shut down against Gardevoir’s Psychic Lock, making it easy to string attacks against them while healing each turn with Leaf Storm. Unfortunately the deck fell out of favour once Cessation Crystal started becoming widely used again in decks.

 

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