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Top 10 Dark Explorers Countdown

Dark Patch #93

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.0
Limited: 4.0

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Dark Explorers Countdown

#5 Dark Patch

Hello and welcome to the second part of our countdown of the top 10 cards from Dark Explorers, here on Pojo’s CotD. We’re getting to the really good stuff now.

We kick off the week with Dark Patch . . . a Trainer-Item that looks a bit like a sticking plaster. One thing it won’t do though is make your opponents feel any better!

Dark Patch’s effect is to take a Basic Dark Energy from your Discard Pile and attach it to a Benched Dark Pokémon. Pretty straightforward huh? It’s basically Eelektrik NV in Trainer form just for Dark Types. It also has brilliant synergy with Junk Arm: use Dark Patch to attach an Energy, play Junk Arm discarding more Dark Energy to get the Trainer back, then play it again to recover and attach the Energy you just discarded: voila! You have now just got some massive Energy acceleration from a couple of Trainers!

How important is Energy acceleration in today’s format? The easiest way to answer that is just to point out the decks that have used it recently: Zekrom/Pachirisu/Shaymin, Reshiram/Typhlosion, Celebi/Mewtwo, Zekrom/Eelektrik, Magnezone/Emboar . . . all have been absolutely top tier contenders at some point during the HGSS-on format. Before then, we had the SP decks abusing Energy Gain. In fact over the last few months, only a very few lock-based decks like The Truth have managed to be competitive without either running some form of acceleration or having cheap attacks (Durant, for example). Even decks like Quad Terrakion and Six Corners are only possible because of the pseudo-acceleration they get from Exp Share and/or Shaymin UL.

So now it’s Dark’s turn to benefit from some turbo-charged Energy attachments, and luckily there is a nice range of candidates that can benefit. The most obvious and most important is Darkrai-EX, but there’s also Zoroark DEX if you’re looking to build a competitive deck. You can also have fun using Dark Patch to power up things like Hydreigon NV and Krookodile DEX for more casual or League play.

This is the card that will make Darkrai-EX a top tier Pokémon, and ensure that Dark Pokémon are a force to be reckoned with in the future.


Modified: 4 (Is Dark now the best supported Type in the game?)

Limited: 4 (as long as you have some Dark Pokémon, obviously)

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