Delta Eggs DEC
Unheard of ideas always seem to win large events. For two years in a row, a deck nobody thought of has won the World Championship. This year's National Championship was no exception. Yet again, a relatively unknown deck completely caught everyone off guard and won the 2006 National Championship. Using an unlikely combination of two overlooked cards, the deck took everyone by surprise. Fresh off a first and second place performance, here is the hottest deck on the Pokémon TCG scene: Delta.
4 Exeggcute d (EX: Holon Phantoms)
4 Exeggutor d (EX: Holon Phantoms)
4 Pikachu d (EX: Holon Phantoms)
4 Raichu d (EX: Holon Phantoms)
4 Holon's Castform (EX: Holon Phantoms)
3 Holon's Magnemite (EX: Delta Species)
1 Latios d (EX: Holon Phantoms; Dual Aura)
1 Latias d (EX: Holon Phantoms; Combustion)
4 Holon Transceiver (EX: Delta Species)
4 Cursed Stone (EX: Legend Maker)
3 Holon Mentor (EX: Delta Species)
2 Rocket's Admin. (EX: Team Rocket Returns)
2 Mary's Request (EX: Unseen Forces)
2 Protective Orb (EX: Unseen Forces)
2 Holon Researcher (EX: Delta Species)
2 Pokémon Retriever (EX: Team Rocket Returns)
2 Swoop! Teleporter (EX: Team Rocket Returns)
1 Scott (EX: Emerald)
1 Holon Scientist (EX: Delta Species)
1 Holon Adventurer (EX: Holon Phantoms)
2 Double Rainbow
All right, let's begin by going over the Pokémon. First, you have Raichu d.
After looking at the 70 HP on Raichu, you're probably thinking, “Wow, that looks extremely weak. How can anyone use that?” However, you have to look deeper into the card; its attacks are amazingly strong. First, you have Zzzap. For only one Colorless Energy, you can hit any Pokémon that has a Poké-Power or Poké-Body for 20 damage. In the current format, nearly everything has a Power or Body! In addition, since you run no Pokémon with a Power or Body (except for Latios d, which you'll hardly ever have in play), you will only be hitting your opponent's Pokémon! Basically you're doing 20 damage to most of your opponent's Pokémon for one Energy. Nasty!
Let's move on to the next attack, Metallic Thunder. Although it may seem like an average attack, with a Scramble Energy or Double Rainbow Energy, you can really catch your opponent off guard and do a lot of damage quickly! A lot of the time your opponent will forget that you have this attack! Having the ability to hit a Pokémon for 90 damage for only a Scramble Energy is great. You can turn your harmless little Pikachu into a buff attacker in an instant!
Even though Raichu d is a great Pokémon on its own, its partner in crime makes the deck even stronger. Next, you have Exeggutor d.
With 80 HP, Exeggutor seems like another typical Stage 1 Pokémon. Wrong! Look at Delta Circle! For only two Colorless Energy, you can do up to 70 damage! That's uncommonly strong for only an uncommon Pokémon! Having such a powerful attack for a low Energy cost allows you to put pressure on your opponent early if necessary. Additionally, Fighting Weakness is very common in the metagame. With Delta Circle, you can Knock Out a lot of Pokémon in one hit.
However, Delta Circle isn't the only reason Exeggutor is good. The second attack, Split Bomb, is just as useful. For three Energy, you choose two of your opponent's Pokémon and do 30 damage to each of them. Now, that may not seem like much damage, but it adds up very fast!
The concept of the deck is very simple; you have two Stage 1 Pokémon that can spread damage (via Zzzap or Split Bomb) or go aggressive with straight out attacks (via Delta Circle or Metallic Thunder). Probably the biggest strength of this deck is the fact that you have multiple strategies to work with. Depending on the match-up, you can adjust your strategy. For example, against a Lunatone/Solrock deck, you will want to probably spread damage, since their entire deck has a Poké-Body. Using Zzzap will damage their entire field! You will take six prizes in no time. As long as you figure out the right strategy, you have the ability to beat any deck!
Though it may not look like it, Holon's Castform is your best starting Pokémon. By using Delta Draw, you can find pretty much everything you need and set up in no time. With the use of Swoop! Teleporter, you can catch your opponent off guard and turn that seemingly harmless Castform into an Exeggutor or Raichu. Just remember, Delta Drawing is your BEST start!
While not completely necessary, the Latios and Latias d are very helpful. Now, the main use for these is simply to add damage to Exeggutor's Delta Circle at the end of the game when you have run out of Basics. However, they also have an added bonus! Being able to shut off Poké-Bodies is helpful in a few match-ups. The first one that comes to mind is Rock Lock. With Dual Aura, you are able to shut off Sand Damage and Darkest Impulse; these two things are what make your Rock Lock match-up difficult in the first place! Another time where Dual Aura will help is against anything playing Wobbuffet, such as Jynx or Mew Lock. Shutting off Wobbuffet essentially turns off their entire strategy and lets you win easily. Do not forget you have these in your deck!
Now, obviously this is a Delta deck. As a result, you get to abuse all of the Holon Trainers. Obviously, Holon Transceiver is the most important one, allowing you to access any of your Holon Supporters. Firstly and most importantly, Holon Mentor is the heart of the deck. Not only does it allow you to find your Basics, but it grabs Energy as well (in the form of Holon's Magnemite or Holon's Castform)! Being able to grab your Energy and Basics at the same time is amazing. You no longer have to depend on drawing Energy; you can search for it! Next, you have Holon Researcher. Not only does it grab your Evolutions, but it can also grab Metal Energy in a pinch! Holon Scientist and Holon Adventurer are just extra draw cards that fit in the deck.
Ok, now you know about the Holon Trainers, but there are still other Trainers in the deck that are just as important. I'll list them off and explain their purpose:
Cursed Stone – Not only does it help your strategy of spreading damage against some decks, Cursed Stone allows you to get rid of those pesky Gyms your opponent might have, such as Giant Stump or Rocket's Hideout. With Cursed Stone, Zzzap, and Split Bomb, your opponent's Pokémon won't last long if they have any Poké-Powers!
Rocket's Admin. – Even if it may not seem like it fits too well in the deck, I'm a firm believer that every deck needs at least one Rocket's Admin. Not only does it provide you a fresh hand of six on a bad start, it is very useful for disrupting your opponent in the late stages of the game. After you play a Cursed Stone, an Admin. for only a few cards can be devastating to your opponent if he/she is unable to counter it!
Mary's Request – It never hurts to have more draw cards in the deck. Mary's Request just gives you three cards.
Protective Orb – Although it may seem unnecessary to people, Protective Orb is very useful. The Weaknesses in this deck are very common types in the current metagame; Fighting and Psychic Pokémon are everywhere! Orb allows you to avoid getting Knocked Out in one hit by those Pokémon (sometimes). Because of this, you can get another attack in before your Pokémon gets Knocked Out. That can be a game changer!
Pokémon Retriever – Since you only run 10 Basic Pokémon and Exeggutor needs more Pokémon in play to use Delta Circle, you need to have a way to put Pokémon back in the deck. This is your answer.
Swoop! Teleporter – If you start with a Holon's Magnemite, this is how you get rid of it. Switch that unwanted Pokémon with the one you want. As previously mentioned, it can be used to turn a seemingly harmless Pokémon into a Raichu or Exeggutor.
Scott – Sometimes it can be hard to find Stadiums or other Supporters. This is a simple answer to that problem.
Now, let's take a look at the Energy. The reasons for Metal Energy are simple; it works with Raichu, can be attached to any Basic, and is searchable with Holon Researcher. However, Scramble Energy is probably the most important Energy in the deck. After your opponent Knocks Out one of your Pokémon, you can immediately respond with an attacker. Usually this is most useful with Metallic Thunder or Split Bomb. Double Rainbow Energy can be used for a quick attack with Exeggutor or Raichu as well. Both are very essential to the deck!
Well, that's about it.
If you have any questions, just ask!
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