The Cosmic Eclipse format has turned out to be pretty diverse with five or six potential top decks.
One deck in particular has been turning heads: Doll Stall.
Ondrej Skubal took Doll Stall to 5th place in Brazil last month and Isaiah Williams made 4th place at the recent Daytona Beach Regionals.
So what’s in Doll Stall?
The core Pokemon
There are going to be variations from deck-to-deck, but each Doll Stall deck contains the four most important cards: Florges (Forbidden Light), Jirachi (Team Up), Munchlax (Unified Minds), and Lillie’s Poke Doll.
Lillie’s Poke Doll is a powerful stall card because it takes hits for you but gives your opponent no prizes. It counts as a Trainer while it’s not in play, but it counts as a Pokemon when it’s on the field.
Because Lillie’s Poke Doll counts as a Trainer when it’s in your deck, discard pike, or hand, it’s easy to search for. And that’s precisely what this deck does — search for Lillie’s Poke Doll over and over and over again.
If the Poke Dolls are in your deck, you can potentially find it with Jirachi. Jirachi is also super important in this deck because you’ll need a “buffer” Pokemon to put in the active position when your Poke Dolls are knocked out.
If your Poke Dolls have been knocked out already, you can use Munchlax and/or Florges to retrieve them with their useful abilities!
This deck relies on slew of fragile bench-sitters, so you’ll need an additional bench-sitter to protect yourself: Mew (Unbroken Bonds). Without Mew, this deck is incredibly susceptible to spread decks.
This deck also runs one copy of Latios-GX (Unified Minds) for its GX move, which stops your opponent from using any of their own GX moves throughout the game.
And in just in case you need to attack, this deck runs one copy of Spiritomb (Unbroken Bonds).
Of course, you can’t use Latios-GX or Spiritomb without an Energy card, so this deck runs one copy of Rainbow Energy, which you can retrieve with Munchlax if needed.
The core Trainers
This is one of the few decks that actually runs great with Steven’s Resolve: “Search your deck for up to 3 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. Your turn ends.”
Since you’re probably not going to be attaching anyway, there’s no downside to using Steven’s Resolve.
And as expected, you’ll need to run 3 copies of Rare Candy to evolve into Florges. Of course, only 3 copies because you can easily recycle them with Florges’ ability.
It’s also important to run a few copies of Bellelba & Brycen-Man so you’ll (almost) never deck out before your opponent.
So how do you beat it?
This deck has been able to thrive mainly because of one reason: Great Catcher.
With the introduction of Great Catcher, many decks have stopped playing Custom Catcher altogether. What that means for Doll Stall is that nobody will be able to switch around your Pokemon to avoid hitting your Poke Dolls.
If you want to counter Doll Stall, run Custom Catcher. Phione (Cosmic Eclipse) might also do the trick, but you won’t be able to choose the new active Pokemon.