Along with Mega Mewtwo-EX Y, this is the deck to beat for the 2016-2017 Standard Format.
Mega Rayquaza-EX (colorless) is scary-fast and can easily OHKO nearly any Pokemon in the game.
It has two things going for it: It can setup (including evolving) and have the energy needed to attack in 1 turn. Also, it’s Emerald Break attack can do massive damage, up to 30 * 8 = 240 damage. The only Pokemon that can survive 1 attack is…Wailord-EX.
Basic Mega Rayquaza-EX Strategy
With Rayquaza-EX in the active, your goal is to find a Spirit Link, evolve Rayquaza (no need to wait a turn due to its Ancient Trait delta Evolution), put up a Sky Field, and fill up your bench with the help of Hoopa-EX and Shaymin-EX.
[C][C][C] Emerald Break 30x
This attack does 30 damage times the number of your Benched Pokemon.
For M Rayquaza-EX’s attack, Emerald Break, you’ll need 3 energy. A DCE and a basic energy will suffice. If you attach a DCE and manage to discard a basic energy, use a Mega Turbo to bring it back and have a Mega Ray fully-evolved and powered-up. If it’s your first turn (and you went second), attack!
Emerald Break does 30x damage for each Pokemon you have on the Bench (not your opponent’s). With a standard, max Bench size of 5, this attack would do 150 damage. Powerful, but not enough to OHKO many EXs or Mega -EXs.
With the help of Sky Field you can max out your Bench size to 8, where Emerald Break could then do a max of 30 * 8 = 240 damage!
Because M Ray’s Emerald Break requires only colorless energy, you can use any type of energy along with DCEs. Because of that, you can tech-in many different Pokemon to help M Ray.
The most common two tech-ins using a specific type are Magearna-EX and Manaphy-EX.
Magearna-EX’s ability prevents any Pokemon with a Metal Energy attached to be affected by any status conditions. Manaphy-EX’s ability allows any Pokemon with a Water Energy attached to have free retreat.
Both abilities are very useful, and it’s completely up to you to decide which one is best.
M Rayquaza Strengths and Weaknesses
Fast and Powerful. Scary, too.
Again, M Ray can set up in 1 turn and deal 240 max damage. That’s a OHKO for nearly every Pokemon in the game. Mega Mewtwo-EX? OHKO. Mega Scizor-EX? OHKO. Wailord-EX? 2 hits…
For these reasons, Mega Ray is a force to be reckoned with.
One glaring weakness stands out in this deck. Bench size is critical, and to OHKO anything, you’re going to want a Sky Field up. If your opponent plays a Parallel City…your day just got wrecked.
Parallel City can knock your Bench size from 5 or 8 down to 3. That would max Mega Ray’s Emerald Break damage to a lowly 90. Not to mention all those helpful Pokemon on your bench: Hoopa-EX and Shaymin-EX as well as your supporter Pokemon, Magearna-EX or Manaphy-EX, or maybe even your backup Rayquazas are now in the discard pile.
With your resources spent and your Bench size cut, it can be hard to recover. Sure, there’s Super Rod, but that’ll only get 3 Pokemon/Energy back. What to do? Karen. (Get it from the Battle Arena Deck: Rayquaza vs Keldeo.)
The all-new Karen supporter can be a godsend in the event of a devastating Parallel City. Each player shuffles every Pokemon in their discard piles back into their decks. Now you just need another Sky Field and Ultra Ball to get Hoopa-EX back up and running.
Use all your Ultra Balls? Sky Fields? That’s why Puzzle of Times are included. If you have 2 Puzzles in your hand, you can play them both to get any 2 cards from your discard pile right back into your hand.
M Rayquaza-EX Deck List
****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******
##Pokémon – 13
* 4 Rayquaza-EX ROS 75
* 3 M Rayquaza-EX ROS 76
* 3 Shaymin-EX ROS 106
* 1 Magearna-EX STS 110
* 2 Hoopa-EX AOR 36
##Trainer Cards – 36
* 1 Escape Rope PLS 120
* 4 Professor Sycamore STS 114
* 4 Ultra Ball PLF 122
* 3 Mega Turbo ROS 86
* 1 Hex Maniac AOR 75
* 2 Switch PRC 163
* 1 Pokémon Ranger STS 113
* 2 Super Rod NVI 95
* 3 N PR-BLW BW100
* 3 Rayquaza Spirit Link ROS 87
* 2 VS Seeker ROS 110
* 2 Lysandre FLF 104
* 4 Sky Field ROS 89
* 4 Trainers’ Mail AOR 100
##Energy – 11
* 7 Metal Energy Energy 8
* 4 Double Colorless Energy XY 130
Total Cards – 60
****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******
Watch it in Action
Back with another awesome YouTube video is DarkIntegralGaming, this time with the Steel Mega Rayquaza Magearna Deck.
M Rayquaza-EX Skeleton Deck List
- 4 Rayquaza-EX ROS 75
- 3 M Rayquaza-EX ROS 76
- 4 Shaymin-EX ROS 77
- 2 Hoopa-EX AOR 36
- 3 Professor Sycamore
- 2 N
- 2 Lysandre
- 2 Hex Maniac
- 4 VS Seeker
- 4 Ultra Ball
- 4 Trainers’ Mail
- 3 Rayquaza Spirit Link
- 3 Mega Turbo
- 2 Super Rod
- 1 Special Charge
- 4 Sky Field
- 4 Double Colorless Energy
- 4 Basic Energy
Open spots: 5
- M Rayquaza-EX can run with support Pokemon of any type. Popular inclusions include Metal for Magearna-EX and Water for Manaphy-EX.