This deck's heavy emphasis on
Fighting-type Pokémon enables several unique tricks that make it particularly
fun to play.
Buzzwole-GX is this deck's main attacker, of course, and its Jet Punch attack
may remind you of another successful member of past Fighting-type decks. Jet Punch lets you pressure both the opponent's Active Pokémon and one of
their Benched Pokémon by doing 30 damage for only a single Fighting Energy. Plus,
its Absorption-GX can be the one of
the most damaging attacks in the game—it's sure to show that Buzzwole-GX can lift even the stoutest Pokémon
straight into the discard pile.
Lycanroc-GX continues the fun with its Bloodthirsty Eyes, an
Ability that lets you switch one of your opponent's Benched Pokémon into the
Active spot. Tactically evolving your Rockruff will help you catch
easy prey in Lycanroc-GX's sights and
set up a Knock Out for Buzzwole-GX or
Zygarde-EX without playing
a Supporter card.
The Brooklet Hill Stadium
card allows you to search your deck for a Basic Water- or Fighting-type Pokémon
and put it onto your Bench each turn. Almost every Pokémon in the deck can take
advantage of this—only the Psychic-type Tapu Lele-GX and the Stage 1 Pokémon Lycanroc-GX and Octillery miss out.
This deck thrives on fast
offense and taking early Prize cards using Basic Pokémon, so Max Elixir is a perfect fit. However, the deck only includes nine basic Fighting
Energy, so try to avoid discarding too many while you still have Max Elixirs
left in the deck to maximize your odds of success.
This deck offers three
primary ways to increase your damage, and taking advantage of each is key to
keep up the pressure. Each Strong Energy attached to one of your
Fighting-type Pokémon adds 20 damage; putting Regirock-EX on your Bench will cause your Fighting-type Pokémon
to do an extra 10 damage; and Choice Band lets you do 30 more damage
to Pokémon-EX and Pokémon-GX.
One of the most fun and
challenging parts of this deck is combining those cards so their bonuses deal
just enough damage to pick up Knock Outs. For instance, you can Knock Out 60-HP
Pokémon like Ralts and Froakie as soon as you can attack.
Buzzwole-GX can do 60 damage for a
single Energy if it has a Strong Energy attached and Regirock-EX is on the Bench, and Zygarde-EX can do the same with a Strong Energy
and a Stadium card in play.
Octillery's Abyssal Hand
Ability is a perfect fit for this aggressive deck. You'll often take several Prize
cards early in the game, which can make N a bit of a buzzkill.
Abyssal Hand offers great protection from N, and it's a great way to keep cards
flowing into your hand while you go after your opponent's Bench with Guzma, too. You can read more about
first turns of the match will play out a little differently with this deck when
compared to most of the other popular decks in the Standard format. The deck
doesn't play Brigette—it uses Brooklet Hill to fill up the Bench instead.
You'll need to work at this for the first few turns, so be thoughtful about
which Pokémon you need to prioritize. Focus on getting Buzzwole-GX or Zygarde-EX into the Active spot, then consider whether you need Remoraid, Rockruff, Regirock-EX, or
a second attacker.
Buzzwole-GX's Absorption-GX attack dishes out damage based on how many Prize cards you have
remaining, so you'll ideally want to use it early in matches. Be careful,
though: Buzzwole-GX's Knuckle Impact prevents it from
attacking the next turn, so you may want to save Absorption-GX for a situation where you need to dish
out big hits in consecutive turns instead.
of this deck's strengths is that it has six cards that allow you to switch one
of your opponent's Benched Pokémon into the Active spot—four Guzma and two
Lycanroc-GX. You should use these
cards to Knock Out low-HP Pokémon and disrupt your opponent's attempts to power
up attackers. You can even try to strand a Pokémon with a high Retreat Cost as
the Active Pokémon while Jet Punch weakens your foes.
that your Pokémon have high Retreat Costs, too, and that Buzzwole-GX can't use Knuckle Impact on
consecutive turns without a quick trip to the Bench. Play your Guzma and three
Float Stones wisely to avoid leaving yourself unable to attack.
easy to just focus on Buzzwole-GX
every game, but don't forget about your other attackers. They don't share Buzzwole-GX's Weakness to Psychic, so lean on
them harder against Pokémon of that type. Lycanroc-GX's Dangerous Rogue-GX
is an efficient way to take down some troublesome foes, and Zygarde-EX can be a hero if you're able to set
up a quick Knock Out on Zoroark-GX using a Strong Energy and a Choice Band. Don't forget Zygarde 50%—it might not be as flashy as your other Pokémon, but it can be a key
contributor against Pokémon like Alolan Ninetales that are protected
from Pokémon-EX and Pokémon-GX.
Get out there and crush your
foes with Buzzwole-GX! If you're
looking for another spin on this deck, try combining it with different Pokémon
such as Garbodor, Zoroark-GX,
or Silvally-GX. You might
find the next great version of this deck by mixing it up a little. And don't
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