The Pokemon TCG is becoming very exciting for players who love playing control decks.
Recently, control decks have been a topic of discussion with decks like Pidgeotto Control and Doll Stall making a huge splash in major tournaments.
But what about decks that are specifically meant to mill your opponent’s deck? Cosmic Eclipse gave us a huge mill tool with Bellelba & Brycen-Man, and Sword & Shield will deliver another great mill card: Centiskorch!
Centiskorch is a Stage 1 Pokemon with only 130 HP, but it mills a lot more cards than other Pokemon in the Standard format.
For one fire energy, Centiskorch’s Flame Spread reads: “Discard a card from the top of your opponent’s deck for each Fire Energy attached to this Pokemon.”
It goes without saying that this card pairs nicely with Welder.
But a deck is more than just two cards — Centiskorch certainly can’t stand on its own with a measly 130 HP.
Here are a few options to consider when testing decks around Centiskorch.
We already have a working formula for fire decks — Green’s ReshiZard. And as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.”
Volcanion would be an obvious candidate for a Centiskorch because of its Flare Starter ability — if you go second, you could theoretically get up to 5 Energy (or 7 with Welder) on a single Centiskorch by your second turn, allowing you to mill 5 cards!
Obviously, you might not want to put all your eggs in one basket (or all your Fire Energy on one fragile Centiskorch), but there’s some serious mill potential here.
Also consider a new card coming out in Sword & Shield, Evolution Incense, which allows you to “search your deck for an Evolution Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand.”
And later in the game, Green’s Exploration could help you find a key late-game Item coming to the Pokemon TCG: Fishing Rod. “Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.
Even running one copy Evolution Incense in your deck to search with Green’s Exploration would ensure that you’re able to get a Centiskorch in your hand.
If you’re playing Centiskorch, then you’re aiming to disrupt your opponent, and might be tempted to try building a riskier version of this deck.
In the best case scenario, you’d be able to use a Welder and 4 Mismagius on your first turn. That would leave your opponent with only 2 cards in their hand while you start serious disruption on your second turn with Centiskorch’s attack and Bellelba & Brycen-Man.
With any luck, you’ll be able to set back your opponent to the point of no return.
Trap your opponent
Another way to keep your Centiskorch alive is by gusting Pokemon around — you need to keep useless Pokemon in the active position while you whittle away at your opponent’s deck.
Fortunately, there are a ton of options in Standard format.
Ninetales would be particularly good if you’re already running a few copies of Evolution Incense. But Custom Catcher would be the best choice if you’re using a Green’s Exploration build.
Of course, your opponent will just use Mallow & Lana to counter your gusting shenanigans, but they’ll be using their supporter for turn to switch instead of finding cards in their deck — I see that as a positive.