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Jose Marrero

"Lions in the Wild" - A Look at Lurantis-GX/Solgaleo-GX

Jose introduces another new deck from Sun and Moon, Lurantis-GX/Solgaleo-GX.

16. 02. 2017 by Jose Marrero

Introduction

Hello again, 60cards readers! Here I'll be doing one last article on another new deck post-Sun and Moon before Anaheim Regionals this weekend. I chose to talk about Lurantis-GX paired with Solgaleo-GX as I feel it's a strong deck that lots of players probably missed. I first heard about this deck from Ahmed Ali, and apparently, the deck was recommended in the Sun and Moon Elite Trainer Box, which I thought was pretty funny. I've seen Ahmed play the deck online, and to be honest it does have a lot of potential going into Anaheim. Of course, since the deck relies solely on Pokémon that are weak to Fire-types, Volcanion will likely be the biggest threat. But if you are okay with the loss to Volcanion then maybe you can go far with this deck if you dodge enough of them. I'll be going over some more card options so that you can choose how you want to run the deck.

With that said, below is a starting list you can go by, as I'm sure it could be better from more testing.

Analysis

4-2-3 Solgaleo-GX

Solgaleo-GX is honestly underrated right now. This is particularly due to it being a Stage 2 Pokémon, as is Lunala-GX. But let's take a closer look at Solgaleo-GX: With a whopping 250 health, it's a monster to take down if you're not hitting it for weakness. On top of that its ability, Ultra Road, is ridiculous: It's an upgraded Rush In ability in that it lets you switch your active Pokémon with one of your benched Pokémon, not needing a Float Stone to free retreat out. As long as you are not ability locked, you can basically run any heavy retreat Pokémon without any consequence in theory. Now, it's first attack, Sunsteel Strike has a base of 230 damage and forces you to discard all Solgaleo-GX's energy. This attack is extremely strong because 230 damage basically one-hit KOs most relevant Pokémon in the format. Having to discard the energy is okay because this makes Solgaleo-GX less vulnerable to Yveltal-EX and Lugia-EX. Let's not forget Sol Burst GX, which lets you search your deck for up to five energy cards and attach them to your Pokémon in any way you like for a single Metal Energy. The deck wants to run a couple Cosmoen just in case Vileplume decks see play which makes Rare Candy useless. Let's now talk about why Lurantis-GX is a nice partner with Solgaleo-GX.

3-3 Lurantis-GX

Now that we know what Solgaleo-GX does, and knowing that Sunsteel Strike forces all its energy to be discarded, let's see where Lurantis-GX comes in. Lurantis-GX's first attack, Flower Supply, does 40 damage and lets you attach two Basic Energy from your discard to your Pokémon in any way you like. This attack is perfect for fueling Solgaleo-GX to spam Sunsteel Strike as often as possible to take one-hit KOs. Lurantis-GX's second attack, Solar Blade, isn't too bad as well since it does a solid 120 damage which can two shot most Pokémon and heals itself for 30. Now, it's GX attack, Chloroscythe GX, does 50 damage times the amount of Grass Energy on Lurantis-GX. So if you attach enough Grass Energy onto Lurantis-GX then it can do some serious damage thanks to Flower Supply. Just remember you can only use one GX attack per game so chose wisely on which you are wanting to use. You are most likely wanting to use Sol Burst GX since you power up Solgaleo-GX faster.

1 Cobalion STS

This card is mainly a means to counter Glaceon-EX seeing as both Solgaleo-GX and Lurantis-GX are evolution Pokémon. Quick Guard can help stall for a bit since it prevents all damage done to Cobalion by Basic Pokémon next turn. However, you can't use Quick Guard next turn unless you use Solgaleo-GX's ability, Ultra Road, to refresh it. Cobalion's second attack, Revenge Blast, is what can do lethal damage to Glaceon-EX due to weakness (if they have taken one prize then Cobalion is doing 60 damage but with weakness, it's doing 120 damage). So it can two-shot Glaceon-EX while surviving a hit, or if they take two prizes then now Cobalion is doing 90 damage or 180 with weakness which is enough to one shot Glaceon-EX. Once Glaceon-EX is dealt with, then you can use Lurantis-GX and Solgaleo-GX to clean up up the rest of the prizes if need be.

2 Skyla

Being able to search out for the Rare Candy to evolve into Solgaleo-GX is all the deck really needs to get going since Lurantis-GX is a Stage 1 Pokémon. Skyla can basically grab anything that's not an energy which helps with consistency early on.

4 Rare Candy

Once Rare Candy is found is when it's clobbering time. You want to max Rare Candy out since you want at least two Solgaleo-GX but you could do with one depending on the matchup. With running two Cosmoen and four Rare Candy you shouldn't have trouble setting up multiple Solgaleo-GX.

4 Trainers' Mail

Consistency, consistency, consistency. You are going to want to dig for Rare Candy at some point (unless you are using Skyla to search it out).

2 Level Ball

A couple Level Ball can't hurt since they can search out Fomantis as well as the first and second stages of Solgaleo-GX. You need to be able to get a couple Cosmog and Fomantis turn one--which Level Balls will help with for sure.

2 Float Stone

Even though Ultra Road doesn't need Float Stone, it's still nice to have a couple just in case you do get ability locked by Garbodor or Hex Maniac.

1 Super Rod

You might need to get back a line of Solgaleo-GX or Lurantis-GX or even some energy, so having a least one copy of Super Rod is ideal especially when running a heavy evolution based deck.

Other card options

Alolan Muk:

Because this Pokémon doesn't need a Tool like Garbodor does, it's less prone to Lysandre stalls given that Ultra Road can bail you out at a moment's notice. Alolan Muk's ability shuts off all Basic Pokémon's abilities including Pokémon in play, in each player's hand, and in each player's discard. Meaning Alolan Muk does shut off Volcanion's Steam Up ability, making it harder for them to one-shot you with a non-EX Volcanion. However, because Volcanion-EX does 130 damage, it's still enough to one-shot both Solgaleo-GX and Lurantis-GX. But shutting off opposing Hoopa-EX's or whatever Basic Pokémon you think will see a moderate amount of play can make Alolan Muk not as bad as some might think.

Ariados AOR:

Since Lurantis-GX does 120 with its Solar Blade attack, it's just 10 damage shy of one-hit KO-ing Pokémon with 130 health such as Yveltal, and Volcanion. Ariados helps with some of those math numbers and you can even Poison then just Ultra Road out. However, you probably won't be using Solar Blade that much anyway. This deck is likely either spamming Flower Supply or Sunsteel Strike.

Tauros-GX:

Having a different attacker that's not weak to Fire can come in handy against Volcanion and decks with Eeveelutions specifically Flareon. Tauros-GX can act as a shield for a turn if need be while threatening lethal damage if attacked into.

Lugia-EX:

Another non-Fire-weak Pokémon. This time Lugia-EX can actually abuse Flower Supply to do more and more damage. But again, Sunsteel Strike just seems way better against non-Fire decks. It's really up to you if you want to make your Fire matchup better or not. You may lose no matter what you tech but that's where testing comes in.

Octillery BKT or Oranguru SAM:

It's up to you whether or not you want to run one of these cards. Both have draw effects which can make for less vulnerability to N. If I were to play one, I would probably go with Octillery since it draws more cards and Ultra Road can keep it out of the active spot.

Pokémon Center Lady:

Since both Solgaleo-GX and Lurantis-GX have hefty HP, Pokémon Center Lady can potentially turn a two shot into a three shot and with Solar Blade healing 30 damage off Lurantis-GX you now can heal 90 damage which is enough to nullify a previous Y Cyclone from Yveltal-EX.

Professor Kukui:

The extra 20 damage Professor Kukui provides is enough to one-hit KO an opposing Solgaleo-GX or Lunala-GX with your own Solgaleo-GX. Or as I mentioned, Solar Blade now goes to 140 damage enough to one-hit KO Yveltal and Volcanion non-EX without having to use Solgaleo-GX's, Sunsteel Strike attack.

Delinquent:

The deck as you can see does not currently run any form of stadium card meaning any stadium the opponent puts down will stick forever. The only real threatening one is, of course, Parallel City so maybe having Delinquent isn't the worst thing.

Weakness Policy:

You are likely to still take the loss to Volcanion because they can still do triple Steam Up to one-hit KO a Lurantis-GX. However, Weakness Policy is more for the decks that play Eeveelutions preferably Flareon in which Weakness Policy will surely come in handy in.

Max Potion:

Healing off a hurt Lurantis-GX or Solgaleo-GX to full can be clutch especially since once you attack with Sunsteel Strike all Solgaleo-GX's energy are forced to be discarded anyway so really Max Potion has no drawback on Solgaleo-GX even then you can just Flower Supply the energy back. Skyla can search out Max Potion as well which is nice.

Timer Ball:

This deck has plenty of evolutions making Timer Ball useful. Having a Rare Candy then using Timer Ball can be pretty clutch.

Professor's Letter:

As I mentioned, Skyla can grab anything that's not an energy, however, with Professor's Letter Skyla can now search out energy if need be.

Forest of Giant Plants:

You don't really need this stadium in this deck since you don't necessarily need a turn one Lurantis-GX attacking, however having some form of a stadium is nice just to get rid of opposing stadiums, namely Parallel City. Not to mention if you are playing against a deck that plays Forest of Giant Plants you can just take advantage of theirs. This also means all other Forest of Giant Plants are useless for your opponent which means they have 2-3 dead cards in their deck.

Closing Thoughts

That's all I have for you guys until after Anaheim Regionals. I'm hoping these past few articles helped you with deck ideas or anything in general. I believe this deck is a strong contender if you dodge enough Fire decks. As I said in my last article, I will definitely be at Anaheim Regionals this weekend, so if you see me come say hello. If you are attending Anaheim Regionals this weekend then good luck to you. With that said, don't forget to check out The Chaos Gym on YouTube and Twitch for updates and player interviews, as well as live streaming from Grafton Roll and Rahul Reddy.

As always, be sure to check out Team ARG's Pokémon page on Facebook for tons of deck lists and interviews from some great players. If you have any questions about this list--or deck in general--then please feel free to leave me a comment below or message me on Facebook and I'll be sure to get to them as soon as possible. As usual, if you enjoyed reading this article, then please consider giving it a thumbs up. If you want to see a specific type of article or topic next time, don't hesitate to give me ideas down below and I'll consider them, or if you have any other deck ideas and want to see an analysis on it, then, by all means, post it and I'll take a look. As always, keep an eye out for more articles to come. Until next time!

-Jose

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