goal of this deck is to combine Bonnie with Zygarde-GX to pump out damage while maintaining Verdict-GX's added effect—preventing all damage
done to Zygarde-GX by attacks from
opposing Pokémon-GX and Pokémon-EX during the next turn. Verdict-GX makes Zygarde-GX impervious to the attacks of almost every prevalent attacker in
the Standard format, creating quite a conundrum for your opponents.
As you might
expect, such a powerful combination is tough to execute. You'll need Zygarde-GX as your Active Pokémon with enough
Energy attached, as well as a fresh Bonnie and Stadium card in play each turn.
This deck includes plenty of cards to make sure you can find what you need at
the right time.
Two copies of
Scorched Earth and Parallel City help make sure the requisite
Stadium is in play. Both cards provide quick benefits before Bonnie dismantles
them. Scorched Earth gets you cards by discarding Fighting Energy, which helps
Zygarde-GX power itself up with the Cell
Connector attack, and Parallel City can force your opponent to discard valuable
Benched Pokémon—or allow you to discard your own unwanted Benched Pokémon, like
You'll need to
play Bonnie as often as possible to execute your strategy, so you'll need a way
to draw cards without using up your Supporter for the turn. Enter Zoroark-GX—a pack of them can
quickly thin your deck with their Trade Ability, which lets you discard one
card to draw two. Aggressive use of Trade will hopefully find the cards you
need, and you can even retrieve them from the discard pile if Zoroark-GX digs up two Puzzle of Time.
Zoroark-GX can also function as a
secondary attacker in this deck, setting it apart from other Pokémon that help
you draw cards like Octillery.
The focus on
cards to help Zygarde-GX chain its GX attack makes it tough to fit high
counts of the supportive cards common in other Fighting-type decks. Diancie Prism Star shines in this tough spot—it lets Zygarde-GX and the deck's lone Buzzwole-GX do an extra 20 damage with each attack, and the decision about how
many copies to put in the deck is out of your hands (since it's a Prism Star
card, you can only include one). The deck's sole Strong Energy, two
Choice Band, and two Max Elixir may feel a little sparse,
so use them carefully and get them back with Puzzle of Time if you can.
Your ideal start with this
deck is to play a Brigette on turn one, netting you Zygarde-GX and Zorua, so search it
out with Tapu Lele-GX if you need to.
Start attaching Energy to Zygarde-GX,
and try to discard some Fighting Energy with Ultra Ball, Professor Sycamore, or Zoroark-GX's Trade
if you want to use Cell Connector. Professor Sycamore and Cynthia are
best used once your Bench is full of Pokémon, but before you're ready to start
Max Elixir can target only Benched
Pokémon, so you'll need to keep a Zygarde-GX
or Buzzwole-GX on your Bench if
you're looking to make use of that Item card. Try to avoid attaching Energy to Zorua
in this way unless you're concerned about your opponent using cards like
Enhanced Hammer to destroy your Special Energy. Zoroark-GX can attack with only a Double Colorless Energy attached, and you'll have a much more difficult
time fully powering Zygarde-GX.
Our example deck includes only
two copies of Bonnie, but it has some tricks available to help find them.
Zoroark-GX will ideally save you from
spending additional resources to get Bonnie by finding her with Trade. If Trade
fails, remember that you can search Bonnie out by playing Tapu Lele-GX—and you can search it out with an Ultra Ball. Be careful
about playing Tapu Lele-GX recklessly,
however—a well-timed Guzma to send Zygarde-GX to the Bench is a big threat to your strategy.
This deck doesn't excel at
stacking damage boosts to the same extent as decks focusing on Buzzwole-GX, but Zygarde-GX can do 220 damage with help from a Choice Band, Strong Energy,
and Diancie . This is a serious boon against Lucario-GX and even Golisopod-GX. Remember that Zygarde-GX has a Weakness to Grass-type Pokémon, so you may be better off
letting Buzzwole-GX and Zoroark-GX take a heavier role on offense
against Golisopod-GX and other Grass-type
Zygarde-GX and Bonnie combine for a fun strategy that plays differently
from every other deck. Try to see how many GX
attacks you can get off in one game with this combination! We look forward to
seeing how players use these exciting cards, and we hope you check back at Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon TCG and
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