Pokemon TCG

Venusaur & Snivy-GX Is a Busted Card and It’s Severely Underplayed

Even though Venusaur & Snivy-GX (Cosmic Eclipse) hasn’t seen much play since its release, it’s a broken and versatile card.

Venusaur & Snivy-GX has everything built-in — a broken gusting ability, 270 HP, healing, and a decent attack.

Venusaur & Snivy-GX’s ability, Shining Vine, allows you to switch your opponent’s Pokemon each time you attach a grass energy to it.

Its primary attack, Forest Dump, has a high Energy cost of one Grass Energy and three Colorless Energy, but it does 160 damage.

For three Colorless Energy, Solar Plant-GX does 50 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon and if you have two more Energy attached, heal all damage from each of your Pokemon.

With fire decks dwindling away, it might be time to give Venusaur & Snivy-GX a fair chance.

Venustall

Venusaur & Snivy-GX is the perfect candidate for a stall deck. Its Shining Vine ability has built-in gusting, allowing you to make your opponent waste resources on keeping the right Pokemon in the active position.

You can make it even more difficult for your opponent by using Absol (Team Up) to increase your opponent’s retreat cost. And Jirachi (Team Up) will let you find disruption Trainer cards like Crushing Hammer and Reset Stamp.

If your opponent does manage to attack you, you’ll likely survive anyway — Venusaur & Snivy-GX also has the perfect typing for stall, allowing it to utilize cards like Shaymin (Lost Thunder) and Life Forest Prism Star (Lost Thunder).

Each Shaymin will heal 20 damage from your active Grass Pokemon and Life Forest Prism Star will heal 60 damage.

Since you’re going to be stalling your opponent, it’s possible that you’ll run out of cards in your deck. That’s why you might want to run one copy of Phione (Cosmic Eclipse) just in case. And since this deck has so many different types of Basic Pokemon, Professor Oak’s Setup will help you find everything you need.

Much of the Trainer line is up to personal preference — you might want to include Tag Call and Mallow & Lana. However, I find that the healing from Mallow & Lana is unnecessary.

Deck Rating: B-

Even though this deck is slow to set up its attacks (if it even attacks at all), its disruption is extremely strong and can easily take an unprepared opponent off guard. While this deck won’t show up at any major tournaments, it could easily make a splash at local league challenges.

This deck’s worst match ups are slowly leaving the metagame, as people transition away from Reshiram & Charizard-GX (Unbroken Bonds) and other Fire decks.

And this deck isn’t as affected by Keldeo-GX (Unified Minds) as other Pokemon-GX because Shining Vine allows Venusaur & Snivy-GX to avoid Keldeo-GX all together.

However, it’s still possible to run into Victini Prism Star (Dragon Majesty), which could easily land a one-shot. You’ll also need to look out for Mimikyu (Cosmic Eclipse) shutting down your ability.

Despite its counters and weaknesses, this deck has the potential to be one of the most sturdy stall decks in the format.

Decklist

Pokémon – 12

1 Absol TEU 88
3 Shaymin LOT 33
3 Venusaur & Snivy-GX CEC 1
4 Jirachi TEU 99
1 Phione CEC 57

Trainer Cards – 36

2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
4 Crushing Hammer EPO 92
4 Coach Trainer UNM 192
2 Chaotic Swell CEC 187
3 Professor Oak’s Setup CEC 201
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Choice Helmet LOT 169
4 Cynthia UPR 119
3 Escape Board UPR 122
1 Switch ROS 91
4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
4 Net Ball LOT 187
1 Life Forest {*} LOT 180

Energy – 12

11 Grass Energy
1 Weakness Guard Energy

Weldersaur

Venusaur & Snivy-GX doesn’t need to be a stall deck — you can easily go on the offensive and take prize cards by utilizing Welder. Venusaur & Snivy-GX’s primary attack requires three Colorless Energy, allowing you to use Welder’s powerful Energy acceleration.

To help you get those Fire Energy, this deck runs Jirachi (Team Up), which will help you find Giant Hearth and Energy Spinner.

You can also find Grass Energy by using Net Ball. Net Ball could also be used to find Shaymin Prism Star (Team Up), which is great at finishing off the game by dealing tons of damage.

Shaymin Prism Star does 30 damage for each Energy attached to all your Pokemon, and its attack only costs two Grass Energy. To get Shaymin Prism Star set up fast, you can run one copy of Energy Switch.

Since Welder is so important in this deck, it’s useful to run Cynthia & Caitlin to retrieve it whenever necessary.

And you might as well fully abuse Tag Call by running other Tag Team cards like Mallow & Lana and Guzma & Hala.

Deck Rating: B+

This deck doesn’t hit the hardest, and it’s not the fastest to set up, but its good enough and the Shining Vine ability more than makes up for those shortcomings.

It was hard to enough to play against cards like Guzma when they were in format — but Venusaur & Snivy-GX can gust any Pokemon without even needing to use a Supporter. Combined with the Welder Energy acceleration, this deck can easily chose its victims and claim prize cards while your opponent struggles to take control of their field.

As I wrote earlier, this deck’s biggest counter — Reshiram & Charizard-GX — is slowly leaving the metagame.

Of course, you’ll still have to deal with counters like Victini Prism Star and Mimikyu, but running into those cards won’t result in an insta-loss.

This list might need to be refined, but Venusaur & Snivy-GX has some serious potential.

Decklist

Pokémon – 8

1 Shaymin {*} TEU 10
3 Venusaur & Snivy-GX CEC 1
4 Jirachi TEU 99

Trainer Cards – 37

3 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
1 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
2 Giant Hearth UNM 197
4 Coach Trainer UNM 192
1 Energy Spinner UNB 170
2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
4 Welder UNB 189
1 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Choice Helmet LOT 169
3 Escape Board UPR 122
1 Switch ROS 91
4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
1 Energy Switch BLW 94
4 Net Ball LOT 187
3 Tag Call CEC 206
1 Life Forest {*} LOT 180

Energy – 15

9 Fire Energy
5 Grass Energy
1 Weakness Guard Energy


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1 comment on “Venusaur & Snivy-GX Is a Busted Card and It’s Severely Underplayed

  1. Anonymous

    Truly love the decks you guys make!

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