Pokémon TCG: Best Staple Tools to Put in XY Standard Decks
Building decks around your favorite Pokémon is fun and all – building strong competitive decks is as interesting. In both cases, it is important to take careful consideration of the support cards you put in. Whether they are creatures, Supporters or even Items, they can drastically change the flow of a battle and put you in a winning or losing position in the blink of an eye.
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When it comes to Tools, setting up your creatures with the best ones is without any doubt the best thing you can do. However, it is important to know when to play them, and how to properly use their effect. Showing your hand too early can cost you the game, so keep in mind that Tools aren’t only good to support your team, but also to give you that needed edge.
Spirit Link are indeed very powerful Tools used to allow Mega Evolution without having to end your turn. It is like having an extra turn to attack and dealing massive damage, mainly due to the fact that Mega Evolutions are stronger than their regular form.
At the time being, only a few of the Mega Evolution-able Pokémon have access to a dedicated Spirit Link card: Mawile, Gengar, Manectric, Aggron, Gardevoir, Groudon, Kyogre, Gallade, Latios, Rayquaza, Ampharos, Sceptile, Tyranitar, Glalie, Houndoom, Mewtwo, Gyaradosm Scizor, Alakazam, Altaria and Audino.
More have been confirmed to be printed in upcoming expansions.
In any deck, having a minimum of draw power is important; you don’t want to be stuck pulling a single card per turn that isn’t of any help. Also, you don’t want to overdo it and draw too much. At the end of the day, how many cards you draw all depend on the deck you are running.
This is when Lucky Helmet comes in handy. If you are short of cards, or play a heavy HP deck, you can add a couple of these to ensure that you draw enough extra cards to give you an edge on your next turn. In some cases, opponents will no attack you with fear of what you will draw!
As you know, every Pokémon in the game has a retreat cost – an amount of colorless Energy required to be paid in order to send it back to the bench. Of course, the cost has to come from attached Energy. Only a few creatures don’t have any cost.
Float Stone allows you to switch out your active without sacrificing any Energy. This can be great if you wish to stall your opponent a little, or even retreat in order to heal – I can also be helpful as preparation for another strategy you might have.
If there is any card that can break the momentum of a game, it has to be Bursting Balloon. Its effect is quite simple to apprehend: if you equip this Tool to one of your Pokémon and it is attacked directly by your opponent on the next turn, the opposing attacker will take 60 HP of damage.
Bursting Balloon can be used virtually in any deck. If used properly, it can prevent your opponent from attacking you on a said turn, thus giving you a chance to have an extra turn to counter attack, or set up. On many occasions I have seen mistakes being made because someone was facing this card – in any card game, a mistake can cost you the match!
Picking between Muscle Band and Fighting Fury Belt wasn’t an easy task. In one hand, you have a Tool that grants 40 HP and 10 extra damage, but only works on basics, while the other works all around and grants 20 extra damage. Since the meta nowadays features a lot less basics and EX, and more evolved Pokémon, picking Muscle Band as a staple instead of the belt is a better choice.
Next time, I will tackle Stadiums and Supporters. Stay tuned!
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