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Patriarch's Palace

After yet another long hiatus, caused by hours of Marching Band, school, and debate, I give you...this lurvely Cacturne deck, from Joseph!

"Pokemon (25):
3x Zubat (Hidden Legends)
3x golbat (hidden legends)
3x crobat(hidden legends)
3x cacnea (poison payback hidden legends)
1x cacturne (hidden legends)
2x wynaut (hidden legends)
2x dunsparce (hidden legends)
2x spinda
2x tropius

Trainers (16)
2x ancient tm rock
2x tv reporter
2x rare candy
1x mr. Britney’s compassion
2x energy recycle system
4x steven’s advice
2x lanettes’s net search
1x copycat

Energy (19)

3x multi
12x grass
4x psychic


My strategy is to get out crobat and triple poisen then futter trick (if want to use it) then send out cacturn to take out the bench ounce most of their pokemon have at least 3 damage counters on them. I also use my wynauts and other pokemon get the cards I want.The only problem is that this deck does horribly against psychic pokemon."

Well, I like the deck idea; it's clever and unique. However, to win, it needs much more focus. Let's start from the top:

"3x Zubat (Hidden Legends)
3x golbat (hidden legends)
3x crobat(hidden legends)
3x cacnea (poison payback hidden legends)
1x cacturne (hidden legends)
2x wynaut (hidden legends)
2x dunsparce (hidden legends)
2x spinda
2x tropius"

First off, a big problem is trying to convenience the often-useless Wynaut, as seen in your energy list. Take those out, as the trainers will do the job much better. Considering that Cacturne is a focus, you need more. Spinda also takes away, and tropius is not superior to the best option for this kind of deck. Paras from red/green is almost like dunsparce, only it's complimented by parasect, an evolved form of Dragons Roselia. What a two-in-one deal!

-2 wynaut
-2 dunsparce
-2 spinda
-2 tropius
+2 Cacturne
+4 Paras
+4 Parasect

"Trainers (16):
2 ATM Rock
2 TV Reporter
2 Rare Candy
1 Mr Briney's Compassion
2 Energy Recycle System
4 Steven'd Advice
2 Lanette's Net Search
1 Copycat"

First, take out CC, so you can make this Ruby/Sapphire-on. That done, we seriously have to do something about your draw engine. Celio for searching, Reporter/Steven for draw, and VS Seeker for versatility in either pulling draw from the discard, or something like the one briney you have. Also, reinforce your deck to combat the format. For this, ancient tomb or desert ruins are key! To avoid yoy getting one-hit KO'ed, let's use the other one for now:
-1 Copycat
-2 Lanette
-2 ERS
-2 Rare Candy
-1 ATM Rock
+1 TV Reporter
+2 VS Seeker
+4 Celio's Network
+1 Switch
+2 Warp Point
+2 Ancient Tomb

Now, we just need to tweak your energy a bit to make the list solid: take out all the psychics and multis, and fill in all but two of those spots with Grass Energy.

Pokemon (23):
3 Zubat (HL)
3 Golbat (HL)
3 Crobat (HL)
3 Cacnea (Poison Payback)
3 Cacturne
4 Paras (RG)
4 Parasect (RG)

Trainers (20):
4 Steven's Advice
4 Celio's Network
3 TV Reporter
2 VS Seeker
2 Ancient Tomb
2 Warp Point
1 Switch
1 ATM Rock
1 Mr. Briney's Compassion

Energy (17):
17 Grass

I have tested the new list, and it works quite nicely! I wish you the best of luck in the new format, and a Happppppppy New Year! (Of Pokemon Organized Play, that is =P)
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