Pokemon TCG: Vespiquen & Yanmega Buzz Buzz Damage [STANDARD]
Steam Siege’s release pushed players into making quite magnificent decks. Now that Night March is out of the rotation, it’s time for Vespiquen to find a new mate.
Vespiquen and Yanmega work along like a charm. With the current meta favoring grass-type Pokemon among others, this deck builds fast, burns through Trainers at an amazing speed, and deals tremendous damage. The longer the match, the deadlier the poison becomes!
Pokemon – 25
- 4x Combee (Ancient Origins)
- 4x Vespiquen (Ancient Origins)
- 4x Yanma (Steam Siege)
- 4x Yanmega (Steam Siege)
- 3x Yanmega BREAK (Steam Seige)
- 4x Unown (Ancient Origins)
- 2x Shaymin-EX (Roaring Skies)
Trainers – 31
- 4x VS Seeker
- 4x Ultra Ball
- 4x Forest of Giant Plants
- 4x Bursting Balloon
- 2x Professor Sycamore
- 2x Judge
- 2x Trainer’s Mail
- 1x Parallel City
- 1x Hex Maniac
- 1x Special Charge
- 1x Pokemon Ranger
- 1x Professor Birch
- 1x N
- 1x Revitalizer
- 1x Lysandre
- 1x Delinquent
Energy – 4
- 4x Double Colorless
The idea behind the deck is quite simple. As soon as you can, you must set up Forest of Giant Plants and have Yanmega BREAK on the field. The beauty about this BREAK is that Yanmega can attack without even attaching a single energy. This is great against lock decks, but also works fine when you don’t have any resources. The only hiccup, however, is that you much have exactly four cards in your hand.
Given that this is your first and main attack, the supporters focus on getting you four, or as close to four as possible. Judge in this case is a very consistent way to shuffle your cards in the deck and draw the perfect amount needed. Shaymin-EX is also there for that extra draw power, without having to put too much cards in your hand – it is easier to set up using this EX rather than relying on Sycamore.
In the first turns, Yanmega will be the star of the show, but as you burn through your deck and send Pokemon to the discard pile, Vespiquen takes over.
As a late game sweeper, Vespiquen’s damage depends on the number of Pokemon discarded. With 25 Pokemon in the deck, having enough to one-shot EXs won’t take long.
Don’t Squash My Bugs!
This deck requires very little maintenance. It is low-cost and in the worst cases, you will have to attach a Double Colorless or two if you wish to push the game in your favor. Thanks to the stadiums, you can evolve without losing a turn, thus granting you a BREAK on the first turn. Parallel City in this case is used to Discard Pokemon from the bench in order to make Vespiquen stronger.
That being said, this deck has a heavy weakness, Garbodor and Giratina-EX. Because of their locking potential, Yanmega BREAK can find itself unable to attack. Also, since both require Double Colorless, Giratina-EX can pretty much destroy the bugs. Pokemon Ranger was added for that reason – it is important to have it in your discard pile so you can pick it up with VS Seeker whenever you need it.
It’s all About Math
In Pokemon TCG, calculating damage prior to attacking is crucial. If you miscalculated, you might leave your opponent open for another attack, which can cost you the game. Playing Vespiquen requires a little more attention since you always have to know how much Pokemon you have in your discard pile. Knowing whether to play Vespiquen and go for a kill or leave Yanmega BREAK is key to mastering this deck.