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Deck Challege #1
What do pokémon gaming legonds Satoshi, Crash, and Bondi
have in common? (scroll down)
I’ll give you a couple seconds to think about it…..
OK, other than being deck mechs on this site (this is also a
Given up yet?
OK, I’ll give you a little more time then.
Tired of scrolling yet?
OK, here’s the answer.
Answer: They all ran deck challenges of some sort while also
fixing decks excellently (I recommend reading some of
Crash’s work along with
the others. Great
So, now to the real point. All these great mechs ran a
challenge of some sort to get their readers and many players
to start thinking outside of the box. And, personally, with
me leaving in two days for a month, I believe a deck
challenge is in order.
One thing that has grabbed my attention over the past couple
months has been Wizards of the Coast and, my first gaming
love, Magic: the Gathering. Any of you aware of the
goings-on of other major TCGs are quite aware of the release
of the most recent core set for M:tG, 9th edition. Needless
to say, this looks like one of the strongest corsets to come
out in quite some time. Also, this release coincided with
the announcement of the new format for the coming year.
But anyway, onto the challenge. This stems from a recent
discovering in my game backpack. I found an old playmate
that was made by Wizards after the release of Fossil. The
playmate explained turn order, set the bench limit, and
showed you where to place your deck and discard pile. But
the mat wasn’t what I was interested in. I was interested in
what was on the back. On the back was a mat that was
supposed to help you build a competitive deck. All it really
showed was more or less how they constructed some of the
base theme decks.
The equation was simple. Choose two pokémon types and added
28 energy, 14 of each type chosen. Then you decided on the
pokémon you were going to use. For a “balanced deck”, you
had 16 basic pokémon and two evolution lines. One evolution
line included 4 of the above listed basics and just two
Stage 1 pokémon. The other contained 4 of the above basics,
two stage 1 pokémon, and one stage 2. After you had all your
pokémon in, you chose 11 trainers to best compliment your
deck. After you did all this, you had a “balanced deck” and
could go compete against other trainers.
While this build sounds extremely basic and easily beatable
by any deck created by someone else, I used this design over
three years ago to create my “Blank Canvas” deck that later
became my tourney winning Wigglytuff/Clefable deck. But,
when you bought the precon, or theme, decks, you only got
two Rare cards. This becomes part of the challenge you will
However, for this challenge, you’re going to have more
modifiers than just the ones listed above.
DECK BUILDING CHALLENGE #1:
Format: Hidd-on (HL-on)
You deck must contain two types of pokémon and colorless
pokémon if you choose to use them.
Your deck must contain 28 energy, 14 of each different type.
Basic energy only.
Your deck must contain two evolution lines, one for each
type of pokémon used.
Of the evolution lines, one must contain 4 basics and 2
The other evolution line must contain 4 Basics, 2 Stage 1s
and 1 Stage 2.
Your deck must contain 8 more basic pokémon, at least one of
You deck must contain 11 trainers.
Your deck may contain a maximum of 2 rares.
Other parts of the challenge: If you could take out any five
cards from the deck and add in five other cards from the
Hidd-on format, what would they be and what cards in your
current deck would you take out? Please list after your
The winner of the challenge will receive a signed card from
me. The winner will also be contacted by me to arrange the
mailing, other issues, etc. So this isn’t just an empty
contest like the other challenges by the other mechs. This
one actually has a small prize attached to the winning deck.
As usual, submit your decks to Cardz2004@hotmail.com.
Also, there’s another reason behind doing this challenge.
I’m going to be away from any computer access for about a
month. For those of you who want to know, I’ve volunteered
to help at a choir camp in Ohio and won’t be near a computer
for quite some time. For those of you from Ohio, I’ll be
working somewhere at the State Fair. SO you may end up
seeing me up there. Chances are you won’t, though, as I’ll
be working mostly behind the scenes. However, I felt you all
deserved to know where I’d be for the next month and not be
expecting to see a fix.
That said, you’ve got until the end of August to get your
deck ideas in. Good luck with your attempts.