Metagross-GX Deck List

////Metagross-GX Deck List

Metagross-GX Deck List

Looking for a powerful deck featuring a tank that can consistently deal heavy damage and deny prizes by abusing Max Potion? Try Metagross-GX!

Metagross-GX main attack, Giga Hammer, does 150 damage (180 with Choice Band–enough to OHKO a Tapu Lele/Bulu/Koko/Fini, Darkrai, Necrozma, and more). As with most other GX’s main, powerful attacks, there’s a downside. Like with Lapras-GX and Ho-Oh-GX, Metagross can’t use Giga Hammer the following turn.

Metagross Strategy

The strategy here is to get multiple Metagross set up (ideally 3. 4 may be a little overkill but if you do manage it, awesomesauce), and after you attack with Giga Hammer, retreat Metagross into another (paying the full 3 energy retreat cost) and use all of your Metagross’ Geotech System ability to grab an energy from the discard and attach it to your new Active Metagross.

After you’ve retreated your Metagross and discarded its energy, throw a Max Potion to fully heal it without penalty! Seeing how Metagross has a whopping 250 HP, it’ll take your opponent a while to knock it out (unless they’re running your weakness: Volcanion).

If you’re in a pickle where you only have 1 Metagross up and are stuck where you can’t retreat into another one, you can always throw down a Pokemon Ranger to nullify the effect, or do a Guzma play to get your Metagross out of the Active. If you don’t have an energy to attach to your now-Active Lele/Vulpix/Beldum/Metang, use your one Metagross’ Geotech System to move a discarded energy up, retreat, and attack again!

Lastly, Metagross’ GX attack, Algorithm GX, only costs 1 colorless energy. It allows you to search for up to 5 cards from your deck and put them into your hand. If you’re stuck and don’t have enough energy attached, it can be a life-saver. Unfortunately you’re just asking your opponent to play an N (which if you’re stuck anyway, may not be so bad….nah, it is).

Strengths

Now that Gardevoir-GX is looking to one of the best decks, Metagross may see some more play–as Gardevoir is weak to metal. Both the Alolan Ninetales-GX and “baby” (non-GX) Alolan Ninetales are also seeing some play and are fortunately weak to Metal, too. Unfortunately the baby Ninetales is immune to all damage from GXs and EXs, so you’ll need to attack with a Metang. If you see your opponent’s playing Ninetales, make sure not to Rare Candy all of your Beldums.

Weaknesses

But beware, Metagross players, Volcanion-EX is still a very popular deck and can eat Metagross alive. Fortunately you can still survive if you get set up fast. Fortunately a Giga Hammer plus Choice Band is enough to OHKO a Volcanion-EX, but not a Turtonator-GX or Ho-Oh-GX, which many Volcanion users are adding.

****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

##Pokémon – 16

* 4 Beldum GRI 83
* 3 Metang GRI 84
* 4 Metagross-GX GRI 85
* 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
* 3 Alolan Vulpix GRI 21

##Trainer Cards – 34

* 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 1 Skyla BKP 122
* 3 Rare Candy SUM 129
* 1 Pokémon Ranger STS 113
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
* 1 Karen PR-XY XY177
* 1 Brigette BKT 134
* 1 Teammates PRC 141
* 3 Field Blower GRI 125
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
* 3 N FAC 105
* 3 Choice Band GRI 121
* 1 Float Stone BKT 137
* 3 VS Seeker PHF 109
* 2 Max Potion GRI 128

##Energy – 10

* 1 Psychic Energy 5
* 9 Metal Energy 8

Total Cards – 60

****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******

Metagross / Necrozma

With the release of Burning Shadows, one interesting tech card to add to Metagross is Necrozma-GX.

Since Metagross’ ability works with both Metal and Psychic energies, tech’ing in a powerful Psychic attackeris a great idea. This helps with both Metagross’ Fire weakness and to have an easier time with Psychic-weak decks like Espeon-GX and Garbodor.

Necrozma’s attack–Prismatic Burst–costs 3 colorless energies and does 10 base damage and discards all Psychic energy attached, plus 60x each Psychic energy discarded. With 3 Psychic energy, Necrozma-GX does 190 damage, or 220 with Choice Band. Even though the Psychic energy gets discarded, Metagross can get the energy back from the discard.

All you need is 2 Metagross and a manual attachment, or even better–3 Metagross to attack non-stop. If you’re up against a Stage 2 GX with 240 or 250 HP, just attach 4 Psychic to Necrozma with a Choice Band and it can OHKO anything. Another tactic with Necrozma is to attach a Metal energy that won’t get discarded (but will decrease its damage by 60) to ensure you can get an attack off with only 1 or 2 Metagross.

Necrozma’s GX attack Black Ray GX does a flat 100 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon-EX and -GX (not affected by Weakness or Resistance). If you’re up against a full bench of EXs and GXs, Black Ray GX can spread up to 600 damage!

It’s also worth noting that Necrozma’s Light’s End ability makes him immune to damage from Colorless Pokemon (but only damage, not effects), like Drampa-GX and Tauros-GX. Keep in mind Necrozma’s weak to Psychic and has 180 HP, so Garbodor can make quick work of him.

In my deck example below, I only have 1 Necrozma-GX, but you may want to consider cutting another card to add in another Necrozma (like a Metang, Vulpix, or Field Blower).

****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

##Pokémon – 16

* 4 Beldum GRI 83
* 3 Metang GRI 84
* 4 Metagross-GX GRI 85
* 1 Necrozma-GX BUS 63
* 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
* 2 Alolan Vulpix GRI 21

##Trainer Cards – 30

* 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 1 Skyla BKP 122
* 3 Rare Candy SUM 129
* 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
* 1 Brigette BKT 134
* 2 Field Blower GRI 125
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
* 3 N FAC 105
* 3 Choice Band GRI 121
* 1 Float Stone BKT 137
* 3 VS Seeker PHF 109
* 2 Max Potion GRI 128

##Energy – 14

* 6 Psychic Energy 5
* 8 Metal Energy 8

Total Cards – 60

****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******

By | 2017-08-12T23:12:38+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Deck Lists, Standard Deck Lists, Tier 2|0 Comments

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