My Top 10 cards from Fates Collide
Karl talks about his top ten cards from the latest expansion, Fates Collide.
06/03/2016 by Karl Peters
Hey guys, it's Karl again. After German Nationals finished on the 22nd of May, Fates Collide is now legal for tournament play. There wasn't too much reason for me to test with the new set up until now, since it only now became relevant for every following tournament. I decided to take a closer look at the set to give you an insight on my Top 10 cards from Fates Collide.
#10 M Alakazam-EX
The regular version of Alakazam-EX barely missed the cut, simply because Night March is just too much of a force in the current metagame for any Psychic or Lightning-Weak Mega to gain a spot as one of the top decks, aside from maybe M Rayquaza-EX who is able to stay relevant thanks to Jolteon-EX. I still think that the Alakazam-EX line has a lot of potential to become a strong participant in the metagame, especially once we get Karen who will decrease the popularity of Night March by a lot. I don't necessarily think that M Alakazam-EX is an overlooked card. It's more like the opposite. It got a lot of attention when it first was released, especially because it has been so long since we last had a Alakazam in the game. Players just need to stay calm and wait until Night March decreases in popularity, because this is when M Alakazam's time to shine is going to start. So just stay patient and don't get frustrated if your Alakzam decks aren't working right now.
Zygarde-EX is proably the most hyped card of this whole set, which is why you might wonder why I placed it so far at the bottom, and not in the Top 3. The reasoning behind this is that I do think that Zygarde has a lot of potential, thanks to Power Memory, Regirock-EX and Carbink BREAK. But I don't think that Zygarde is going to be one of the top decks, mainly because the metagame has shifted into a direction that simply doesn't need these kind of decks. The current top-tier decks focus on either locking your opponent, like Trevenant and Vileplume do, on sneaky acceleration tactics that get a quick setup and are able to use a lot of different attackers, like Fairy and Water, or on blowing up your attackers in one hit like Night March does. If we take a look at these categories, Zygarde definatily doesn't fit into the lock deck part. Zygarde does have Energy acceleration, but loses at least a turn, because you have to use Carbink BREAK, whereas Water and Fairy keep their Energy in play and switch them around. The part where Zygarde fits the most is the one-shotting part, but that one is already reigned by Night March. Zygarde-EX has the same problem as Virizion/Genesect did when it was popular: it just loses badly to Night M
arch. As you can see there are simply better choices to run than Zygarde, but it's still a decent choice, which is why I included it as the 9th seed.
#8 Carbink (Safeguard)
Pretty much every Pokémon with Safeguard has seen play in tournaments so far. First we had Sigilyph who was amazing in decks like Darkrai/Hydreigon. Than we had Suicune who made a popular appearance in the Wailord deck that got 2nd at US Nationals last year. Now we have Carbink, who in my opinion is a whole lot better than the other two. The biggest reason for this is its BREAK, which I will talk about in a later part. Suicune and Sigilyph had a very big weakness, they didn't have decent attacks. All they did was trying to stall for some turns. Back then we had Pokémon Catcher and Garbodor to get rid of its effect. Now we have more cards to deal with these Safeguards. Cards like Lysandre and Hex Maniac are an important part of most decks, and its combination with VS Seeker allows your opponent to use them a lot. This is why it's very important that you're able to use the turns that Carbink is up front, and not just to wait a little bit.
#7 Carbink BREAK
Now we get to the card that helped Carbink to make this list. Carbink BREAK is one of the first BREAKs that evolve from Basic Pokémon and not from a Stage 1 or Stage 2, allowing you to set it up very quickly. Carbink BREAK also benefits a lot from its Basic part, because it helps to stay in the game for a longer time, because it doesn't get damaged by Pokémon-EX. But the real power of the Carbink line is the attack of Carbink BREAK. Being able to deal 20 damage which gets boosted by cards such as Strong Energy, Fighting Stadium and Regirock helps a lot. But this is of course no everything. On top of this damage, you're able to attach two Energy from your discard pile to one of your Fighting Pokémon. And yes you read right, this includes any Energy. Double Colorless Energy and Strong Energy will be the most popular one, depending on which attackers you decide to run with it. Being able to attach two Strong Energy to one of your Fighting Pokémon is reason enough to make this card popular, which is why I'm sure that we will see it being played in the future.
Glaceon-EX has so much potential if only the metagame would be in a different direction. It is very similar to Jolteon-EX, which had an $80 price tag at its peak. Sadly, Glaceon has the effect to block the attacks of Evolution Pokémon, unlike Jolteon-EX, who is able to block Basic Pokémon, which is why Glaceon is just at the wrong place. Maybe we will see a meta that revolves around Megas or Evolutions once Night March decreases in popularity, because recent BREAKs already proved that evolutions aren't completely gone. Cards like Trevenant and Greninja, or decks like M Mewtwo or M Rayquaza would be very strong targets for Glaceon, which is why I think that Glaceon will see a lot of play once Night March is gone. So keep an eye out for Glaceon, because I'm sure that we will see it in the future.
#5 Lugia BREAK
Lugia BREAK is a very interesting card, because it's a very bulky Basic BREAK with its 150 HP. But the real strength is in its attack. Being able to deal 150 damage for two Double Colorless Energy is nice, especially with Energy acceleration such as Bronzong in the format. Like Carbink, Lugia’s regular version also has a big part in why I chose to include it in this list. For three Energy you're able to deal 120 damage to an EX, which is by far not as good as the BREAK's attack, but still decent. The Ability of Lugia is what makes it so amazing. Reducing any damage by 20 quickly makes our 150 HP BREAK even bulkier than before. The typing of Lugia is also very beneficial for it, because you can include it in any kind of deck that has Energy acceleration that isn't bound to any type, or simply in decks that run Max Elixir. I'm not entirely sure if Lugia BREAK is going to see a lot of play, but I at least think that it has a lot of potential.
I feel like Umbreon-EX is by far the most overlooked card of this whole set. The first attack of it is not too important, but might be nice if you play against Item-lock decks, or if your hand is too bad. But the second attack on the other hand is amazing. As most people will probably know, Darkness is a very powerful force in the Expanded format, which is what already qualifies Umbreon-EX to at least be worth taking a look at. The next big reason is that cards like M Manectric, Groudon and M Rayquaza see a lot of play in the format as well. And this is what makes Jolteon such an amazing card. Being able to draw four(!) Prizes for a single knockout on a Mega makes it so amazing that I can almost guarantee you that most players will include it as a one of in their Dark decks. Almost like Glaceon, I believe that it will see even more play once we get rid of Night March, because this will also cause an increasing popularity of Mega decks.
Regirock-EX is by far my most favourite of the newly introduced fighting cards. Allowing you to boost your damage while sitting on your bench is just so strong, especially with cards like Hoopa and Sky Field. Most players probably expect it to see most of its use with Zygarde-EX, but I feel like it`s way better with cards such as Landorus-EX or Hawlucha from Furious Fists. Maybe this card is also going to make some cards viable that we haven`t seen before, or reintroduce cards such as Lucario-EX whom we haven't seen seeing play in quite a while. The Regirock Carbink Engine will be key for most Fighting decks, which is why you will always have to expect some Hoopa for three Regirock in upcoming tournaments.
N is by far the best card in this set, in my opinion. The only reason why I didn't give him the #1 spot was simply because it's a reprint. If this would have been the first set that we see N in, I would've definitely put him in the number one spot. N is the simple solution to anyone that complained about the lack of good draw Supporters, with cards like Shauna, Birch, and Judge in the game. Most of these cards are going to be replaced by N, making him one, if not the most meta influencing card of this whole set. You will once again have to learn keeping your resources in check and not leave to many dead cards in your deck, because N to one becomes a threat once again. This will also increase the amount of Shaymin that players will run, because who doesn't love to draw a Shaymin-EX out of his N to one or two? I can almost put my hands into the fire, that N will be the most played card of this set.
Last but definitely not least, we get to my number one cards from Fates Collide, which is Mew. The biggest reason why I put Mew in the number one spot, because it helps the already best deck in the format to get even stronger. Mew is a very good addition for a big number of reasons. The first one is of course its Ability. Being able to use all of you Benched Pokémon’s attacks for the necessary Energy costs, makes it an additional Night Marcher, as long as you can keep some of them onto your bench. The second reason why Mew is so amazing in Night March is its zero Retreat cost makes it a very amazing addition. Night March has always tried to find a way for a free Retreater. Some people tried to use Hawlucha for this spot, others started including Dunsparce, but all of them failed, simply because they don't have any use in the deck. When Milotic became popular in Night March, players started running float stones and AZ. AZ always used your Supporter spot, but Float Stone remains a staple in Night March decks until today. But as we all know Float Stone has to stay in play, meaning that the Pokémon with Float Stone shouldn't be knocked out of Megaphone’d/Scrapper’d away. Of course Mew will also be knocked out, but out of all these things, Mew is by far the best one, making it a staple in Night March decks from now on, for being a nice Retreater, but also an additional hitter.
I hope you enjoyed by look at Fates Collide and hopefully I was able to help your with your testing with the new set.
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