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Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX Gives New Life to Malamar Decks

Malamar decks are decent in the current Standard meta, but they are outclassed by bigger, meaner decks like Reshizard and Pikarom — however, Malamar players now have one new card to put their hopes and dreams in: Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX.

Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX has it all; disruption, high HP, and an insanely broken GX move.

For three psychic energies, Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX does 150 damage, and you send two random cards from your opponent’s hand back to their deck.

If you didn’t think Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX was busted enough, maybe its GX move will change your mind.

For one psychic energy and one colorless energy: “At the end of your opponent’s next turn, the Defending Pokemon will be knocked out. If this Pokemon has at least 1 extra psychic energy attached to it … discard all Energy from your opponents active Pokemon.”

But as broken as Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX may appear to be, it needs a little help to set up. The success of disruption decks depends on the player’s ability to get ahead of their opponent and oppress them throughout the match.

That’s precisely why Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX works well with Malamar and Jirachi.

While it’s important to get set up fast in a disruption deck (as with any deck, really), it’s not the end of the world if your opponent gets set up before you. Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX’s Pale Moon GX includes a tremendous comeback mechanic. Discarding all energies from your opponent’s active Pokemon and guaranteeing a knock-out (unless, of course, your opponent switches or evolves) will always put you in a good position to start oppressing your opponent with Night Watch.

When it comes to disruption, Mars and Judge is the way to go. Mars gives you a little bit of draw and a little bit of disruption — it will help you further cement your lead.

Judge is incredibly frustrating to play against normally, but Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX’s Night Watch makes it even more oppressive by leaving your opponent with only two cards.

One might be compelled to consider Chip-Chip Ice Axe and run this deck like the typical disruption deck, but it won’t be much use with Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX. Night Watch forces your opponent to shuffle their deck, which nullifies the effect of Chip-Chip Ice Axe.

Other cards to consider that didn’t make the cut:

  • Lillie (for strong turn 1)
  • Judge Whistle
  • Great Potion
  • Power Plant

Example decklist for PTCGO:

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

##Pokémon – 14

* 3 Jirachi TEU 99
* 4 Inkay FLI 50
* 3 Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX PR-SM 217
* 4 Malamar FLI 51

##Trainer Cards – 35

* 4 Mars UPR 128
* 2 Cherish Ball UNM 191
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 3 Viridian Forest TEU 156
* 2 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 3 Coach Trainer UNM 192
* 4 Acro Bike PRC 122
* 1 Tate & Liza CES 148
* 2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 4 Escape Board UPR 122
* 2 Judge BKT 143

##Energy – 11

* 11 Psychic Energy SMEnergy 14

Total Cards – 60

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