With so many popular deck lists this meta relying on Special Energy and Stadiums, Mega Scizor-EX from XY-BREAKpoint finally gets his day! This deck list just might be the Anti-Meta deck, aimed at energy disruption and discarding Stadiums.
[M][M] Iron Crusher 120
You may discard a Special Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon or a Stadium card in play.
With Mega Mewtwo-EX relying mostly on DCEs and the Shrine of Memories Stadium, and Mega Rayquaza-EX also using DCEs and the Sky Field Stadium, Mega Scizor can be more than annoying. Also, Xerneas Rainbow Road not only uses DCEs and Sky Field, but is weak against Metal! Rainbow Road doesn’t stand a chance against Mega Scizor!
However, this deck doesn’t do much base damage: only 120. That means it’ll two-shot most EXs and Megas. Because of that (and its weakness to Fire with Volcanion Decks becoming popular), it’s still currently rated as a Tier 2.
Basic Mega Scizor-EX Strategy
The strategy with Mega Scizor is pretty straightforward. Set up your Scizor-EXs with Spirit Links and 2 Metal energies, evolve, and attack.
Hoopa-EX can really help in this deck to grab some Scizors and a Shaymin-EX for even more draw support.
Mega Scizor’s Iron Crusher attack does 120 damage and discards a special energy attached to the Opponent’s Active Pokemon or a Stadium card in play.
That means for most match-ups, M Scizor will need to 2-shot almost everything (unless it’s a Fairy Deck or some Water (Ice) Decks, which are weak to Metal). However, many popular decks rely on special energy (like DCEs, Double Dragon energy, Strong Energy, etc.) and Stadium cards. Discarding one or the other can really set your opponent back.
Remember that you can only have 4 of each special energy card in a deck, and if Mega Scizor is discarding 1 each turn, it can be devastating. In fact, only 1 card brings back special energy–Special Charge (well, so do cards like double Puzzle of Time). Super Rod, Energy Retrieval, and Fisherman won’t cut it.
There’s two main ways to approach this deck. You can either focus on all-out disruption by throwing in Garbodor to shut down Abilities, as well as throw in some more Enhanced Hammers, Crushing Hammers (coin flips, though…), Delinquent, and even Team Flare Grunt. Tech in some Parallel City to either shrink your opponent’s Bench or bump your own Shaymins and Hoopa and decrease your opponent’s damage. Then again, take that approach and no one will ever want to play against you again.
However, going for all-out disruption may make your deck a little clunky. After all, Enhanced Hammers and Delinquent are a little overkill, as M Scizor already can discard special energy or stadiums. However, if you want a chance at doing both each turn, you can.
Throw in the Crushing Hammers and you have a chance to discard another (even basic) energy. Team Flare Grunt is guaranteed to discard any energy attached to your Opponent’s Active, but at the cost of using your supporter that turn.
For a more consistent approach, drop the hammers, Delinquent, and Team Flare Grunt, but keep the Parallel City and Garbodor and throw in some more cards for consistency, like more Trainers’ Mail (that you likely had to cut), Skyla, Escape Rope, Pokemon Ranger, some Mega Turbo, and a Super Rod.
After all, M Scizor already disrupts the opponent plenty. Any more and you’ll make enemies. 😀
Some decks may also throw in another attacker, like Cobalion, or tech-in Magearna-EX for Special Condition immunity.
However, you may find that Magearna-EX doesn’t see much play, as Special Conditions aren’t that popular right now.
You may also want to consider throwing in some healing items like a Max Potion for some prize-denial. (Retreat and Heal!)
M Scizor-EX Stengths and Weaknesses
Any Deck that relies heavily on special energy, like DCEs, or too much on their Stadiums (I’m talking about you, Sky Field) is going to have a bad day facing M Scizor.
Mega Rayquaza relies so much on both Sky Field and DCEs that M Scizor has the advantage. Mega Mewtwo can also have a tough time, but can still overcome Mega Scizor with the right build. As a bonus, M Scizor resists Psychic type. Still, RIP to those DCEs and Stadium cards.
Also any Deck with a Metal weakness, like Xerneas Rainbow Road, Mega Gardevoir-EX, and Mega Glalie-EX, prepare to be wrecked.
Decks that use other Special Energy cards, like Darkrai/Giratina can be shut-down, too. Sure, Giratina’s ability may make it immune to Megas, but with Garbodor, not a problem. Chaos Wheel doesn’t hurt M Scizor much, either, especially if you don’t play Shield Energy.
Primal Groudon is starting to see some play, as is Machamp-EX/Ariados. Discarding Strong Energy as well as shutting down Ariados’ ability is really going to hurt these decks, too.
Greninja BREAK? RIP to Giant Water Shuriken…
All in all, M Scizor has great match-ups against most popular Standard Decks this meta.
To top it off, M Scizor doesn’t take long to set up, either. Two turns and you’re ready to go with only a 2-energy cost.
Mega Scizor needs to take 2-shots to get the KO on most EX decks (except those weak to Metal). This can really pose a problem. Sure, special energy cards and Stadiums are becoming more popular.
Still, there are some decks out that that don’t rely on special energy cards. The mirror match can be difficult as well.
Even though this deck was designed to be trouble for the popular meta decks, M Mewtwo can still pose a threat. By using more basic Psychic energy, Mega Turbo, and timing those Shrine of Memories to Damage Change, it can be trouble.
One threat still looms large: Volcanion/Volcanion-EX. M Scizor is weak against Fire, and even a lowly Power Heater from baby Volcanion, along with a couple Steam Ups, will OHKO M Scizor.
Heck, before you can even Mega Evolve, Volcanion’s going to wreck your Scizor-EXs… That deck also doesn’t rely on special energy or too much on Stadiums, either (maybe Scorched Earth, but it’s not essential).
Watch it in Action
Here’s another one of my favorite YouTubers and Twitch Streamers, YellowSwellow using M Scizor-EX.
M Scizor-EX (Consistent) Deck List
****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******
##Pokémon – 15
* 2 Shaymin-EX ROS 106
* 1 Cobalion STS 74
* 4 Scizor-EX BKP 119
* 3 M Scizor-EX BKP 120
* 1 Hoopa-EX AOR 89
* 2 Trubbish BKP 56
* 2 Garbodor BKP 57
##Trainer Cards – 36
* 1 Escape Rope PLS 120
* 4 Professor Sycamore STS 114
* 4 Ultra Ball PLF 122
* 1 Skyla BKP 122
* 1 Pokémon Ranger STS 113
* 1 Super Rod BKT 149
* 4 Scizor Spirit Link BKP 111
* 4 VS Seeker ROS 110
* 1 Max Potion PLF 121
* 2 N NVI 101
* 2 Parallel City BKT 145
* 2 Lysandre FLF 104
* 3 Float Stone BKT 137
* 2 Mega Turbo ROS 86
* 4 Trainers’ Mail AOR 100
##Energy – 9
* 5 Metal Energy CL 95
* 4 Shield Energy PRC 143
Total Cards – 60
****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******
M Scizor-EX Skeleton List
- 4 Scizor-EX
- 3 M Scizor-EX
- 2 Shaymin-EX ROS 77
- 1 Hoopa-EX AOR 36
- 4 Professor Sycamore
- 3 N
- 2 Lysandre
- 1 Team Flare Grunt
- 4 VS Seeker
- 4 Ultra Ball
- 4 Trainers’ Mail
- 3 Scizor Spirit Link
- 3 Mega Turbo
- 2 Float Stone
- 1 Super Rod
- 2 Parallel City
- 10 Metal Energy
Open spots: 7
- Popular additions include Ability disruption including Garbodor BKP and Hex Maniac.
- Additional Energy disruption like Crushing Hammer and Enhanced Hammer is also a common addition.
- Some lists choose to run Shield Energy in place of some basic Metal Energy.
What do you Think?
Have you used Mega Scizor-EX yet? What type of deck list did you use? How are the match-ups?
What deck lists do you want to see next?
So far we’ve added:
- Xerneas Rainbow Road
- Trubbish Tool Drop (Legacy)
- Mega Mewtwo-EX Y
- Mega Rayquaza-EX (col.)
- Greninja BREAK (Standard and Expanded)
Up Next? Maybe Darkrai/Giratina, Fight-Alone Lucario, or Primal Groudon. What do you want to see added?
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