Black Ballista! You deal 200 damage, KO an EX Pokémon, and take two prizes. Two more attacks and you will win the game! Surely, Black Kyurem EX’s power is unrivaled in the metagame, as 200 damage will KO just about anything! And with the ability to attack each turn, victories with a Blastoise deck can be quite swift. I still believe Blastoise deserves a spot in the current metagame. It lost no cards with rotation to Next Destinies-on, and it has been successful throughout the 2013 tournament season, even finishing 3rd at this year’s Pokémon World Championships! Let’s take a look at a list:
|Pokémon (13)||Trainers (34)||Energy (13)|
|4 Squirtle||4 Professor Juniper||10 Water Energy|
|3 Blastoise||4 N||3 Lightning Energy|
|3 Black Kyurem EX (PLS)||4 Skyla|
|3 Keldeo EX||4 Rare Candy|
|4 Superior Energy Retrieval|
|3 Pokémon Catcher|
|3 Ultra Ball|
|3 Tropical Beach|
|2 Tool Scrapper|
|1 Heavy Ball|
|1 Level Ball|
|1 Computer Search|
Even with Virizion EX/Genesect EX a newfound deck in the format, it is important to have a Pokémon on your field that can retreat for two whenever you need to. Keldeo EX also makes a great attacker against Kyurem (PLF). For four energies on a Keldeo, you can KO a Kyurem turn after turn.
Ultra Ball is the ball of choice in just about every deck for one reason; you can search for any Pokémon you’d like. Ultra Ball’s utility is unmatched. Why 1 Heavy Ball and 1 Level Ball? There are many games where I use Skyla to get a Level Ball or Heavy Ball because there are very important cards in my hand that I can’t afford to discard. Level Ball is great for early game Squirtle search and Heavy Ball has the nice utility of being able to search out Blastoise as well as Black Kyurem EX.
Computer Search is the unrivaled Ace Spec card for this version of the deck. Early game it helps you get whatever you need to try to get the coveted Blastoise out on turn two. Throughout the game, Computer Search will always help you find what you need, and turn one or two, it is magical.
Two Tool Scrapper provides some excellent defense against the cards that can give the Blastoise deck a major headache. Against a Garbodor deck, this will allow you to get rid of the tool on Garbodor more often, in turn, allowing you to Deluge more often. If you can keep Deluging, you can keep winning. Tool Scrapper also provides some very nice defense against Silver Bangle. With Silver Bangle off their Pokémon, they have to find some way to do that extra damage to your EX Pokémon, usually meaning another turn your Pokémon aren’t KO’d!
The rest of the deck remains in large the same to most Blastoise lists, and will continue to be represented well in many tournaments. I recommend Blastoise to new players, as I think it is one of the easier competitive decks to play, albeit one of the more expensive decks due to Tropical Beach. Also, doing 200 damage is super fun!
Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments, or ask me on Twitter- @TopCutBen