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Hello all in Pojoland! ‘Tis the Patriarch once again, with a deckfix, of all things!

In an e-mail from Mr. Monte:

“Hello Mr. Patriarch
I need some help with my deck..I am just starting to get back into Pokemon..due to the lack of strategy needed to win in Yu Gi Oh. I bought a Team Aqua Starter deck and modified it with some of my own cards. This is Modified format FYI.

25x Pokemon
4x Spheal
4x Carvana
2x Sealeo
2x Kyogre
4x Poochyena
4x Chinchout
1x Walrein
2x Lanturn
2x Mightyena

11x Trainers
2x Potion
2x Aqua Team Schemer
2x Aqua Team Conspirator
2x Aqua Team Ball
1x Aqua Team Technical Machine 01
1x Energy Search
1x Warp Point

24x Energies
16x Water Energy
8x Lighting Energy

This deck has done pretty good on Apprentice testing. I have a HUGE possibility of drawing 1/3 of my deck in the first 2-3 turns. If my opponent draws maybe 2-3 pokemon then I can easily bench him since I have the ability to load up my bench fast with Mightyena.
-Monte Eads

Patriarch Says:
Hmmm, okay, as usual, we shall break down your list in Pokemon, Trainers, and Energy:

“4x Spheal
4x Carvana
2x Sealeo
2x Kyogre
4x Poochyena
4x Chinchou
1x Walrein
2x Lanturn
2x Mightyena”

Well, without Sharpedo, there is no need for Carvanha, so remove all of those. Despite Mightena’s potential for these kind of decks, let’s take the whole line out. With those 10 extra spots, we’ll reinforce the TA Lanturn and TA Walrein lines big time! Last of all, 4 Dunsparce for good measure, and REALLY good swarming potential.

-4 TA Carvanha
-4 TA Poochyena
-2 TA Mightyena
-1 TA Kyogre
+2 TA Sealeo
+3 TA Walrein
+2 TA Lanturn
+4 Dunsparce

Now, the trainers:

“2x Potion
2x Aqua Team Schemer
2x Aqua Team Conspirator
2x Aqua Team Ball
1x Aqua Team Technical Machine 01
1x Energy Search
1x Warp Point”

Well, if your draw is doing you as good as you say it is, then we’ll just have to kick it up a notch or two! You don’t have much draw, and even less straight draw. So we’ll mix it around until a proper number shows up:

-2 Potion
-2 TA Schemer
-1 TA Techincal Machine
-1 Energy Search
-2 Team Aqua Ball
+4 TV Reporter
+2 Copycat
+2 Steven’s Advice
+2 Archie
+2 Professor Elm’s Training Method
+1 Warp Point
+1 Mr. Briney’s Compassion

Since you run no Pokemon ex, it is not a bad idea at all to change your tech card from the Aqua TM to Briney’s Compassion. Switching cards are popular in this format still, so Aqua TM will not be of much use in competitive areas.

“16x Water Energy
8x Lighting Energy”

Basically, to accomodate room purposes:

-8 Water Energy
-2 Lightning Energy
+2 Double Rainbow Energy
+2 Aqua Energy

The final list:

Pokemon (25):
4 TA Spheal
4 TA Sealeo
4 TA Walrein
4 TA Chinchou
4 TA Lanturn
4 Dunsparce
1 TA Kyogre

Trainers (17):
4 TV Reporter
2 Copycat
2 Steven’s Advice
2 Team Aqua Conspirator
2 Archie
2 Warp Point
2 Professor Elm’s Training Method
1 Mr. Briney’s Compassion

Energy (18):
8 Water
6 Lightning
2 Double Rainbow
2 Aqua Energy

I have a feeling that this revamped version of the Team Aqua deck could do you much more than what the current version is. Best of luck with the deck!

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