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From: SIRxSk8er@aol.com
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 23:13:54 EST

plz help make it tourney potential and give me an overal score.  THANX!!!!!
>4x Hitmonchan
>4x Electabuzz
>3x Magmar
>3x Ditto
>8x Fighting
>8x Electric
>8x Fire
>3x Double Colorless
>4x PlusPower
>3x Bill
>3x Scoop Up
>3x SER
>3x ER
>2x GOW


A good deck, full of good Pokemon and Trainers.  A quick once over thru "Aaron's School of Pokemon" and this deck could be Tier One!  Lets get to work!

My "Fix"

4 Electabuzz
3 Ditto
3 Hitmonchan
3 Fossil Magmar

7 Electric
7 Fighting
7 Fire

3 Energy Retrival
4 Bill
3 Professor Oak
3 Scoop Up
3 Gust of Wind
3 Item Finder
1 Mr. Fuji

Note I didn't make any major changes to the Pokemon...Electabuzz is obviously the best so the deck centers around him.  Hitmo, Magmar, and Ditto gaurantee you EXCELLENT pokemon to fall back on. 

I removed the Plus Power after much thought.  With a wide variety of big bruisers this deck is sure to quickly get out a Pokemon that can deal plenty of damage to the opponent.  Because of this I chose the disruption aspects of Gust/Scoop to keep yourself offensive instead of Plus Power. 

Of course, We mechanics still see TONS of decks that need more card drawing...this deck is no exception.  Simply put, decks with no card drawing get beat by decks that have it...end of story.  This added card drawing also makes drawing the correct energy more likely, and the addition of Energy Retrieval ensures you'll be able to keep your Pokemon powered up.

You may ask why the lone Mr. Fuji?  Most times I say use multiples of a card, or not at all... but there are always exceptions to the rules(see rule #5)!  With 3 Item Finders in a deck, just 1 Fuji can buy you plenty of extra turns to help you draw that last prize at the end of a game if needed.  And, since there's only 1 Fuji in the deck, you won't have the chance of getting a 3 Mr. Fuji "Bad" opening hand!

Hope this helps...have fun!