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7 Budget Decks to Play in Pokemon’s 2020 Standard Format

The Pokemon Trading Card Game can be expensive, but you don’t need an expensive deck to have fun. Consider building some budget decks instead.

The standard format is currently dominated by expensive “staple” cards Jirachi and Dedenne-GX. You might feel completely helpless to build a decent deck if you don’t own these costly cards.

Fortunately, Off Meta is here to hook you up with some budget decks — these decklists might not help you win Regionals, but they will help you be more competitive at your local game store without breaking your wallet.

And if you’re going to build a new deck, consider sleeving up with Prismatic Defender sleeves (and use code “OFF META” for 10% off Prismatic Defender sleeves). They’re affordable and make your cards look holographic.

With a halfway decent deck and snazzy new sleeves, you’ll be playing alongside your friends at your local game store in no time.

Here are 7 budget decks to play in Pokemon’s 2020 Standard Format.

1. Excadrill Decklist

This Excadrill budget deck relies on milling your own deck — weird, right? However, it works out great because Excadrill does more damage if you have three or fewer cards in your deck. The best part is that Excadrill can deal tons of damage with only one Energy!

Pokémon – 18

1 Ditto {*} LOT 154
1 Diancie {*} FLI 74
4 Drilbur CEC 114
4 Excadrill CEC 246
3 Blitzle LOT 81
3 Zebstrika LOT 82
2 Phione PR-SM 220

Trainer Cards – 36

3 Lillie’s Full Force CEC 196
3 Buff Padding TEU 136
4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
4 Clay CEC 188
4 Acro Bike PRC 122
4 Professor Oak’s Setup CEC 201
3 Cynthia UPR 119
2 Energy Recycler GRI 123
1 Switch ROS 91
1 Pal Pad FLF 92
3 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
4 Lana’s Fishing Rod CEC 195

Energy – 6

6 Fighting Energy

2. Nuzzle Decklist

Like the Excadrill budget deck, this Nuzzle deck focuses on single-prize attackers like Raichu. Use Pachirisu and Emolga to set up and then start doing massive damage with Raichu. Use Dedenne to snipe one of your opponent’s benched Pokemon if necessary.

Pokémon – 20

1 Reshiram & Zekrom-GX CEC 157
1 Mimikyu TEU 112
1 Dedenne LOT 84
4 Emolga TEU 46
3 Pachirisu UPR 49
4 Pikachu CEC 66
1 Tapu Koko {*} TEU 51
4 Raichu CEC 67
1 Marshadow UNB 81

Trainer Cards – 25

1 Energy Switch BLW 94
1 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Shrine of Punishment CES 143
2 Great Catcher CEC 192
4 Electropower LOT 172
2 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
1 U-Turn Board UNM 211
3 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
4 Volkner UPR 135
3 Bill’s Analysis TEU 133
2 Rosa CEC 204

Energy – 15

13 Lightning Energy
1 Fire Energy
1 Fairy Energy

3. Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor GX (EggRow) Decklist

EggRow is one of those weird budget decks with an extremely dedicated fanbase. The concept is simple — use Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX to set up Vileplume-GX and Leavanny. After setting up, just absorb tons of damage and attack with Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX.

Pokémon – 18

2 Oddish CEC 2
3 Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1
2 Sewaddle UNM 7
1 Treecko LOT 20
2 Gloom CEC 3
1 Grovyle LOT 21
2 Swadloon UNM 8
2 Leavanny UNM 9
1 Sceptile CES 10
2 Vileplume-GX CEC 211

Trainer Cards – 34

2 Great Potion UNM 198
2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
4 Net Ball LOT 187
1 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
2 Switch SUM 132
3 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
4 Tate & Liza CES 148
2 Choice Helmet LOT 169
1 Gardenia UPR 124
2 Cynthia UPR 119
1 Viridian Forest TEU 156
2 Great Catcher CEC 192
2 Tag Call CEC 206
4 Mixed Herbs LOT 184
1 Life Forest {*} LOT 180
1 Stealthy Hood UNB 186

Energy – 8

6 Grass Energy
2 Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213

4. Giratina & Garchomp-GX (RoxieChomp) Decklist

RoxieChomp seemed to come out of nowhere and made a huge splash at major tournaments. It’s a fun deck that relies on Misdreavus to setup, allowing Garchomp & Giratina-GX to use Karate Belt. Use Roxie to discard Weezing and place damage counters, allowing you to use Calamitous Slash.

But you might need to pick up your Giratina & Garchomp-GX cards soon — they’ll likely go up in price.

Pokémon – 16

4 Misdreavus UNB 77
3 Mismagius UNB 78
4 Weezing CEC 77
3 Garchomp & Giratina-GX UNM 146
1 Blacephalon CEC 104
1 Mimikyu CEC 97

Trainer Cards – 35

4 Green’s Exploration UNB 175
4 Roxie CEC 205
2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
1 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
1 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
1 Lt. Surge’s Strategy HIF 60
1 Faba LOT 173
4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
3 Reset Stamp UNM 206
3 Lure Ball CES 138
2 Tag Call CEC 206
1 Great Catcher CEC 192
1 Switch CES 147
1 Dusk Stone UNB 167
1 Energy Spinner UNB 170
2 Karate Belt UNM 201
1 Counter Gain LOT 170
2 Power Plant UNB 183

Energy – 9

4 Psychic Energy
2 Fighting Energy
2 Rainbow Energy CES 151
1 Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213

5. Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX Decklist

A friend of mine described Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX as a “dirty combo deck,” and that’s exactly what this deck is. Here’s a quick rundown of the combo. Use Misdreavus to let your opponent take two or three prize cards. Then use Beast Ring to set up Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX. You should also find a Beast Bringer to attach to your Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX. With Beast Bringer, you can take an additional prize for knocking out your opponent. Attempt to knock out a Tag Team Pokemon in order to take 4 prize cards. Then simply use Chaotic Order-GX to take the remaining two prize cards.

Pokémon – 11

4 Misdreavus UNB 77
4 Mismagius UNB 78
3 Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX CEC 158

Trainer Cards – 41

3 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
3 Bill’s Analysis HIF 51
2 Lt. Surge’s Strategy HIF 60
2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
1 Ultra Forest Kartenvoy UNB 188
4 Order Pad UPR 131
4 Dusk Stone UNB 167
4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
4 Tag Call CEC 206
4 Beast Ring FLI 102
3 Great Catcher CEC 192
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Acro Bike CES 123
1 Energy Recycler GRI 123
2 Beast Bringer UNB 164

Energy – 8

4 Psychic Energy
3 Darkness Energy
1 Beast Energy Prism Star FLI 117

Bonus memes

If you’re bold enough to try a deck that uses finicky and unique mechanics, these last two budget decks are for you. These particular budget decks don’t do well in tournaments, but they’re fun to play.

6. Kangaskhan-GX and Parasect Decklist

This deck has potential to do a lot of damage. Parasect puts 2 damage counters on Confused Pokemon in between turns. Kangaskhan-GX has an attack that does 80 damage plus an additional 80 more damage if your opponent is Confused. Use cards like Ear-Ringing Bell and Koga’s Trap to make your opponent Confused.

Pokémon – 12

4 Kangaskhan-GX PR-SM 188
4 Paras HIF 4
4 Parasect TEU 7

Trainer Cards – 37

2 Cherish Ball UNM 191
4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
3 Giant Hearth UNM 197
1 Energy Spinner UNB 170
4 Welder UNB 189
2 Pokémon Fan Club UPR 133
4 Cynthia UPR 119
1 Switch ROS 91
4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
4 Ear-Ringing Bell UNM 194
4 Net Ball LOT 187
2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
2 Koga’s Trap UNB 177

Energy – 11

11 Fire Energy

7. Alolan Marowak Decklist

Alolan Marowak is different from the other budget decks on this list because it does not require any Energy to attack. Alolan Marowak discards the top card of your opponent’s deck, and if it’s a Pokemon card, Alolan Marowak deals damage equal to the HP of the discarded Pokemon. This deck runs a ton of cards that manipulate your opponent’s deck.

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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