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Caleb Gedemer

"That's Un-Fair(y)!" — an Examination of Gardevoir-GX

Caleb Gedemer takes you for a ride with the new Gardevoir-GX from Burning Shadows. The card already has some hype behind it from a tournament win in Japan, but will it uphold those lofty standards going into the World Championship?

16. 07. 2017 by Caleb Gedemer


Hey all you readers of 60cards! I’m back after lots of testing with a new deck, Gardevoir-GX. I’ve seen quite a few incorrect sentiments already being spread around the internet about this deck, so I’m here to set the record straight, you deserve it! When I first saw the scans for the new set, Burning Shadows, I was quick to jump on the Gardevoir-GX hype train. After seeing the results of the Japanese National Championship, the precedent this card had going for it was overwhelming. I was very eager to try it out for myself, and after a lot of games, I’m pleased to say that it really is as good as it was made out to be. Today I’ll be walking you over the deck’s matchups, all the things I’ve done to my deck, and even explaining my card choices as I made changes. Enjoy the read, folks!


First, let’s go over a quick translation of Gardevoir-GX to make sure you’re familiar with the card:

Gardevoir-GX – Fairy – HP230
Stage 2 – Evolves from Kirlia

Ability: Secret Spring

Once during your turn (before you attack) you may attach 1 [Y] Energy from your hand to 1 of your Pokemon.

[Y] Infinite Force: 30x damage. This attack does 30 damage times the amount of Energy attached to both Active Pokemon.

[Y] Twilight-GX: Search your discard pile for 10 cards, show them to your opponent, and shuffle them back into your deck. (You can only use one GX attack per game.)

When 1 of your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: Darkness (-20)
Retreat: 2

The highlights here are, well, pretty much everything! Its Ability is what makes everything tick, and it boasts two incredible attacks, including what I think is the best GX attack in the game right now. Looking at Infinite Force, you might notice some acute similarities to M Mewtwo-EX. Psychic Infinity was once a hugely feared attack, an attack that shaped the metagame for quite some time. Now, Gardevoir-GX is looking to reclaim the throne that M Mewtwo-EX left absent, and I for one think it’ll happen.

Twilight-GX is absolutely stunning at first sight. Remember Lysandre’s Trump Card? I’m sure you do; it was banned for being too good. Twilight isn’t quite the whole discard pile, but it can just about bring back every card you might want all at once. Every VS Seeker, multiple Energy, the options are endless! My favorite part about the GX attack is the fact that against Garbodor decks with Trashalanche, you can shuffle all, or most of, your Items back into your deck and completely sap your opponent’s damage output.

When you throw all of this onto one beefy card with 230 HP, you’re in for a good time. Its attacks are incredible, and once you get multiples out, you’re sure to really crank up the pressure on your opponent. The damage wracks up extremely fast with Infinite Force, so be sure to watch out if you’re not playing the deck yourself. Now, let’s get into my current deck list, and why I chose the cards that I did.

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