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Alolan Marowak Can One-Shot Your Opponent With ZERO Energy

Remember that weird Alolan Marowak card from Unified Minds that nobody played? Some players are starting to give the card another chance with a few additions from Cosmic Eclipse.

Alolan Marowak has insane damage potential with a 0 Energy cost. Alolan Marowak’s Spirit Smash reads: “Discard the top card of your opponent’s deck. If the card you discarded is a Pokemon, this attack does damage equal to that Pokemon’s HP to your opponent’s active Pokemon.”

Alolan Marowak (Unified Minds UNM 75)
Alolan Marowak (Unified Minds UNM 75)

Alolan Marowak’s Spirit Smash also applies Weakness and Resistance, meaning it does double damage to cards weak to Psychic like Mewtwo & Mew-GX.

But Alolan Marowak can’t do it alone. This deck is packed with a ton of cards that manipulate your opponent’s deck.

Manipulate Your Opponent’s Deck

Alolan Marowak’s damage solely relies on the top card of your opponent’s deck, so you’re going to have to do a little bit of deck manipulation.

Fortunately, there are a few Trainer cards that will help you out. The most notable example is Chip-Chip Ice Axe, which lets you look at the top three cards of your opponent’s deck and chose one to put on top of their deck.

And in case your opponent decides to hoard a lot of Pokemon cards in their hand, you should run at least one copy of Reset Stamp.

You can also use cards like Morty and Return label to put cards from your opponent’s discard pile back into their deck. Don’t go overboard on these cards though — you only need one copy or so of each. Remember: it only takes two knockouts on Tag Team Pokemon to win the game.

There are also a few Pokemon that will help you manipulate your opponent’s deck.

Aipom (Cosmic Eclipse) has an ability that allows you to put the top card of your opponent’s deck on the bottom of their deck without looking at it once during your turn.

But how is Aipom useful without knowing what card is at the top of your opponent’s deck? That’s where Lanturn (Cosmic Eclipse) comes in — Lanturn’s ability allows you to look at the top card of your opponent’s deck as often as you’d like.

You can also use Trumbeak (Lost Thunder) to look at the top card of your opponent’s deck and put it in the Lost Zone if its a Supporter.

Keep Things Rolling

This deck requires some patience and restraint because you’re not going to be able to do damage every turn. And some turns, you’re better off not attacking at all, which is why you should run Steven’s Resolve. Steven’s Resolve allows you to search your deck for any 3 cards and then end your turn.

After you’ve exhausted all your Aipoms and you know that you’re unable to attack, use Steven’s Resolve to find cards that will get you set up next turn.

Cards like Jirachi (Team Up) and Cynthia will also help you keep your deck rolling when you seem to be completely stuck.

You might have noticed that this deck runs a lot of Pokemon, which can make things feel a bit clunky. Professor Oak’s Setup will make sure you have all the Pokemon you need.

To search for important Stage 1 Pokemon like Alolan Marowak and Lanturn, use Pokemon Communication. Consider running Evolution Incense if you’re building this deck in the future.

Deck Rating: C+

This deck is very finicky with a lot of moving parts, and it requires a bit of luck.

Alolan Marowak does well against Tag Team decks that run a lot of Pokemon, where you can easily pull of Spirit Smash and trade prizes. The best example of this match-up would be Mewtwo & Mew-GX, which Alolan Marowak also has a type advantage over.

However, this deck seems to preform poorly against single prize decks or decks with few Pokemon — it’s hard to pull off Spirit Smash consistently in these instances.

Alolan Marowak definitely has potential, and this deck might get better if cards released in later sets synergize with Spirit Smash. It’s a card to keep tabs on in the future just in case.


Pokémon – 20

4 Aipom CEC 169
1 Ditto {*} LOT 154
1 Trumbeak LOT 165
4 Cubone UNB 90
2 Chinchou CEC 71
2 Lanturn CEC 72
2 Jirachi TEU 99
4 Alolan Marowak UNM 75

Trainer Cards – 40

4 Chip-Chip Ice Axe UNB 165
1 Return Label TEU 153
4 Spell Tag LOT 190
4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
2 Switch CES 147
3 Steven’s Resolve CES 165
4 Professor Oak’s Setup CEC 201
1 Reset Stamp UNM 206
4 Cynthia UPR 119
1 Morty LOT 186
2 Escape Board UPR 122
4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
3 Great Catcher CEC 192
2 Shrine of Punishment CES 143
1 Lana’s Fishing Rod CEC 195

Energy – 0

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