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Fates Collide Deck Profile: Snorlax Teams Up with the Sleep Master

Finally, a decent Snorlax! From expansion to expansion, a few Snorlax cards were unveiled here and there, but none of them had the potential of being the star of a deck, until now.

In Fates Collide, the latest Pokémon TCG expansion for the XY series, a cool new Snorlax was released, one that has the potential of dealing a savage 120 damage. The only condition…the opponent’s active creature had to be asleep. Thanks to BREAKpoint, a very useful card was introduced, Hypno.

Snorlax

Pokémon – 13

  • 4x Snorlax (Fates Collide)
  • 2x Drowzee (Furious Fists)
  • 2x Hypno (BREAKpoint)
  • 3x Shaymin-EX (Roaring Skies)
  • 1x Swablu (BREAKthrough)
  • 1x Altaria (Roaring Skies)

 

Energy – 10

  • 4x Double Colorless
  • 6x Base Fairy

 

Trainers – 37

  • 4x Max Elixir
  • 4x Fighting Fury Belt
  • 3x Crushing Hammer
  • 3x Battle Compressor
  • 3x Fairy Garden
  • 3x Puzzle of Time
  • 2x Ultra Ball
  • 2x VS Seeker
  • 2x Professor Sycamore
  • 2x Super Scoop Up
  • 2x Trainer’s Mail
  • 2x Super Rod
  • 1x Delinquent
  • 1x Lysandre
  • 1x Winona
  • 1x Brigette
  • 1x Fisherman

Hypno

Overall, the deck is fairly simple to use, understand, and is composed of a couple of cards capable of protecting Snorlax. The basic play is primitive, yet crucial – it consists in setting up Snorlax as a main and Hypno on the bench. Thanks to Hypno’s “Goodnight, Babies” ability, he can put both active Pokémon asleep simultaneously. Given that Snorlax has enough energy to attack, his move would wipe out an easy 120 hit points. For the best results, and survival potential, equipping this huge normal type with Fighting Fury Belt will spike his health from 140 to 180HP, and will deal 130 damage instead of 120. This is enough to take out quite a few Pokémon out there.

In theory, the Snorlax/Hypno combination has three major weaknesses: facing ground/fighting-type decks, has a heavy retreat cost main Pokémon, and has a bench supported with relatively weak creatures. For this deck, a swap engine consists of Fairy Garden was incorporated – since the deck runs with Fairy Energy, Snorlax’s retreat cost drops down to 0 if a single energy of said type is attached to it. Super Scoop Up were also added to aid with healing, or recovering Shaymin-EX from the bench.

As for the deck’s main weakness, the addition of Altaria ensures that Snorlax doesn’t take double damage from his weakness-type. However, if on the good occasion you are not facing a ground/fighting deck, then you can simply use a Battle Compressor to take out Swablu and Altaria early on and increase your chances of drawing something that won’t hinder your game.

 

Xerneas to the Rescue!

Xerneas

The Snorlax/Hypno combo deck is already a fun one to play, not to mention that it can be very strong if the requirements are met early on. However, to make things a little more dangerous for the opponent, a Xerneas variation can be the answer. Since the deck already runs on Fairy Energy and has a great cost-free retreat engine, setting up Xerneas on the bench and slowly powering it up can be devastating. The trick is simple, switch out Swablu and Altaria, as well as a Fairy Garden, and add Xerneas and a single All-Night Party stadium. When you will be ready to execute, switch in the legendary Pokémon, use Hypno’s ability, heal and wake yours up using the stadium and end your turn dealing a devastating 160 damage.

I implore you to be cautious while playing this variation, since it slows down your game drastically. However, if you really want to add in a legendary creature in this deck, Xerneas would be the best bet!

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2 Comments on "Fates Collide Deck Profile: Snorlax Teams Up with the Sleep Master"

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the dude
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u understud it rong it works if snorlax iz asleep

the dude
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oh wait nevr mind