07/17/2019 by Zach Lesage
What’s up 60 Cards readers, it’s your boy Zach Lesage here and I am back with my first article focusing on the Unified Minds metagame. I have probably invested 300 hours of my time into this format and my testing has been fruitful so far. In this article I will be focusing on Dark Toolbox, a deck that consists of Weavile-GX, Umbreon & Darkrai-GX, and Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX from the upcoming Unified Minds set. A big shoutout to my friend Michael Francione for coming up with the initial skeleton of this list to base my early testing off of. This deck reminds me of the Darkrai EX (DE; 63) / Hydreigon (DR; 97) deck that I played to success back in 2012 and I feel it has a chance to shine again! Out of all of the better decks right now, this deck is my current favourite so let’s jump into it!
Table of contents
This deck has energy acceleration, free Retreat, large attacks, and healing aspects. Usually one of those categories can make a great deck, but this deck has so much going for it that it seems like it has to be one of the best decks in the game right now. I will note that our site doesn’t have Unified Minds cards so I will manually typing this deck list out. For any cards that are from Unified Minds that you are unsure of what they do, feel free to search them up on Limitless. That being said, let’s check it out!
Pokémon - 17
2x Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UMI
2x Umbreon & Darkrai-GX UMI
2x Weavile-GX UMI
Trainers - 31
3x Night City UMI
4x Cherish Ball UMI
2x Reset Stamp
Energy - 12
Total - 60 Cards
As you can see, this deck looks super consistent on paper and that is how it has been playing out for me in my testing games. The strategy for this deck is to wall your opponent with your big attackers and use Sharpedo (UBO; 111) to expedite your Energy into play. After you have Energy in play, you can use Weavile-GX to move your Energy around to choose who you want to attack with.
Sometimes you can’t achieve an OHKO and Umbreon & Darkrai-GX’s Black Lance is your most efficient attack. Other games will have you watering at the mouth to use Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX’s Greedy Crush to draw an extra Prize Card out of nowhere. All good this is coupled with the mobility of Night City giving you free Retreat and Super Scoop Up (CLS; 146) giving you the option to heal. When you mix this all up, you have a competitive deck that is ready for Worlds. Let’s jump into some of the cards that we have in our deck to get into some more detail.
For this section of the article, I will list off some of the more important cards in the deck and explain them more than the general strategy above. Enjoy!
Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX
With a whopping 280 Hp, this Pokémon can be used as a wall while you set up a Sharpedo (UBO; 111) to get Energy and a Weavile-GX to move them around. I typically use this attacker after I have whittled some HP off my opponents Pokémon with Umbreon & Darkrai-GX’s Dark Lance. I usually only use Greedy Crush when I know I that I will draw an extra Prize Card, but it is hard for the opponent to get a KO in return. You can use the GX attack to Knock Out popular Pokémon like Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) , but it will be incredibly hard to have 10 Energy on it total to do its bonus effect. If you find yourself playing against a Shedinja (LT; 95) deck, you might have enough time to move your Energy around with Weavile-GX to deck out your opponent with the GX attack.
Umbreon & Darkrai-GX
I typically use this card as my main attacker because Dark Lance is one of the most efficient attacks in this deck costing only three Energy. You can use Dark Lance to two shot most Pokémon and the extra Bench damage can be great to setup future attacks. It’s GX attack is efficient at Knocking Out huge Pokémon like Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) or the new Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX. It also has the added benefit of stopping your opponent from using their Trainer Cards, yes all of them, for a turn.
Sharpedo and Darkrai Prism Star
As of right now, I have Sharpedo (UBO; 111) in my physical list, but I might want to switch it out for a Naganadel (LT; 108) to help recover Energy from the Discard Pile. Regardless of how the deck is played, that 3-3 slot in the deck is used to power up your Pokémon and move those Energy with Weavile-GX. Sharpedo (UBO; 111) isn’t too bad of an attacker either and with it being only worth a single Prize Card, it can help you bridge gaps in the game. Situations where you don’t want to sacrifice a Tag Team GX would be a great place to utilize Sharpedo (UBO; 111) as an attacker. Additionally, Darkrai Prism Star (UPR; 77) is a crutch at getting extra Energy in play and that’s about it. If you realize that your opponent has a lack of ways to get around double Asleep, you can always use it as a backup attacker in a pinch.
As you may have read above, this card is the glue that holds this deck together. It is used to move Energy around, but I have also attacked with it a few times in testing. I wouldn’t recommend using it as an attacker often, but if your opponent can’t come up with a reasonable response, I say go for it.
Black Market Prism Star
While this is a great Prism Star Stadium, I haven’t found too much value in this card with the games that I have played. Maybe it is just the matchups that I have played or the dominance of Stadium Cards in the current metagame, but this card does have uses. I try to play Black Market Prism Star (TM; 134) during the late game, when my opponent has burned through their Stadium Cards, to stop them from drawing Prize Cards. This works well with Tag Team GX Pokemon because they basically need to Knock Out a whole extra Tag Team (three Prizes, two Prizes from Black Market Prism Star (TM; 134) , and then anything). This can give you an extra turn that might end up allowing you to win the series.
Tate & Liza
While this spot in my list has fluctuated between Erika's Hospitality (TM; 140) and Tate & Liza (CLS; 148) , I am leaning more towards Tate & Liza (CLS; 148) at the moment to get around Special Conditions. With cards like Mareep (LT; 75) being played in Breloom and Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX being played in Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) , you don’t want to get stuck passing your turn. While we can move Energy around with Weavile-GX to use Super Scoop Up (CLS; 146) , I like having the extra option here.
Super Scoop Up
With Max Potion (GRI; 128) getting rotated, Super Scoop Up (CLS; 146) is the definitive best healing card for this deck! You can move your Energy around with Weavile-GX, use Super Scoop Up (CLS; 146) , and have a chance at wiping all of the damage off of your huge Tag Team Pokemon. Other uses include reusing Sharpedo (UBO; 111) , Darkrai Prism Star (UPR; 77) , or Dedenne GX (UBO; 57) . While flipping cards usually don’t make their way into my list, the rotation has made this card a must have in this deck!
If you find yourself needing to pull a move out of nowhere during the late game, you can always use Umbreon & Darkrai-GXs GX attack to stop your opponent from using Trainer Cards. If you pair that with a Reset Stamp to shuffle your opponent’s hand down to a few cards, you might just find yourself with a few extra turns. If I am forced to play Reset Stamp in the early stages of a game, I try to only use it if your opponent has more than six cards in hand. That situation usually happens after a few uses of Jirachi (TM; 99) or a Lillie (UPR; 125) .
While I am happy with the above list, there are a few cards that I have considered adding in the above deck. The biggest potential change is cutting the Sharpedo (UBO; 111) line for a Naganadel (LT; 108) line to change the direction of getting extra Energy. Sometimes I have found myself struggling to attach Energy due to a bad Sharpedo (UBO; 111) or maybe an early Knock Out has basically sent a few of my Energy to the Discard Pile forever. Naganadel (LT; 108) is more of the steady play, but that might be the consistency that this deck needs. If I added in Naganadel (LT; 108) , I would consider adding in a few Mysterious Treasure (FLI; 113) to help make that line more consistent. Acro Bike (CLS; 123) wouldn’t be a horrible idea either because I wouldn’t be so upset at getting Energy in my Discard Pile. I would also try and find room for another Dedenne GX (UBO; 57) to help get more Energy in my Discard Pile while boosting the consistency of the deck. Beyond that, I did speak about changing Tate & Liza (CLS; 148) over to an Erika's Hospitality (TM; 140) . It really depends on how strong Special Conditions become in our metagame, but that is something that only time will tell. The only other card that I would consider off the top of my head is Professor Elm's Lecture (LT; 188) because it can grab Carvanha (UBO; 110) , Sneasel (CLS; 86) , and Ditto Prism Star (LT; 154) . Looking at the history of Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) decks, most players can agree that Lillie (UPR; 125) has been the superior engine, but it might be different for this deck. Overall, I am super happy with above list and will continue to test it to my fullest ability. If I make any serious changes to the deck, it will be noted in a future article as bonus list.
That’s it for today 60Cards readers! I hope you enjoyed this article because it is one of my favourite decks heading into the World Championships. By the way, if you are considering playing at Worlds or the DC Open, I would recommend registering sooner than later (both are linked). As for me, I have been playing in League Cups and League Challenges to earn CP for the 2020 season and I am planning on maintaining my status as a pro player with another T16 run next season! I hope to see many of you readers at the events that I attend so if you see me at an event, feel free to say hi! If you wanna know more about what I am up to lately, feel free to follow me on my Social Media from the links below:
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Darkrai EX (DE; 63)
Hydreigon (DR; 97)
Max Potion (GRI; 128)
Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)
Super Scoop Up (SLG; 66)
Cynthia (UPR; 119)
Darkrai Prism Star (UPR; 77)
Lillie (UPR; 125)
Sneasel (UPR; 73)
Mysterious Treasure (FLI; 113)
Acro Bike (CLS; 123)
Sneasel (CLS; 86)
Super Scoop Up (CLS; 146)
Tate & Liza (CLS; 148)
Ditto Prism Star (LT; 154)
Mareep (LT; 75)
Naganadel (LT; 108)
Professor Elm's Lecture (LT; 188)
Shedinja (LT; 95)
Black Market Prism Star (TM; 134)
Erika's Hospitality (TM; 140)
Jirachi (TM; 99)
Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)
Pokemon Communication (TM; 152)
Darkness Energy (TM; null)
Sharpedo (UBO; 111)
Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)
Pokégear 3.0 (UBO; 182)
Dedenne GX (UBO; 57)
Carvanha (UBO; 110)
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