Doublade’s Tool Drop had a ton of hype behind it when it was initially released, but the deck fizzled out throughout 2019. However, it’s worth giving this deck another chance in 2020.
Tool Drop does “30 damage for each Pokemon Tool card attached to all Pokemon.” And Genect-GX’s Double Drive ability allows you to attach two Pokemon Tools to it.
These two Pokemon are the perfect match for each other, but it requires a lot of moving parts to make it work.
There’s one thing that’s glaringly obvious (and unfortunate) about Doublade — its attack cost. If Double Colorless Energy were still in format, we wouldn’t have to find alternative ways to attach Energy fast enough. But we’re going to have to be a bit creative here.
Fortunately, the answer lies within a Pokemon Tool: Counter Gain. With Counter Gain, Doublade only needs one Energy to attack if your opponent has taken more prize cards. That means you’re able to run Draw Energy, which lets you draw a card when you attach it to your Pokemon.
And Adventure Bag will help you find the Pokemon Tools you need.
This is where the deck can get a bit tricky.
Obviously, you’ll need a way to active your Counter Gain, and the fastest way to do that is by using Mismagius (Unbroken Bonds), which lets you knock it out in order to draw cards until you have 7 cards in your hand. This will give your opponent a prize card.
You can search for Mismagius, Misdreavus, and Honedge with Mysterious Treasure.
However, most decks that rely on Mismagius don’t run Jirachi (Team Up) — that’s not the case with this deck.
Jirachi gives you an excuse to run Escape Board, which will power up your Tool Drop. Jirachi also helps you find valuable Trainer cards, including other Pokemon Tools or important Supporters like Guzma & Hala.
This deck has the potential to win games at your local game store — its damage output is only limited by the amount of Pokemon Tools you can attach before your Pokemon are knocked out. If you set up fast enough, which isn’t difficult with Mismagius and Jirachi, you can snowball out of control.
Since Doublade will get one-shot by pretty much anything, the match-ups against most decks are about the same.
Being a Metal type, Doublade does two times damage to Gardeon, which is nice for that matchup.
However, it’s not fun to play against ADP Bird Trio, which can wipe out your board with the birds’ GX-move.
And surprisingly, the toughest matches I’ve had when testing this deck are matches against other off-meta/rogue decks, like Gengar & Mimikyu-GX, which does damage based on the number of Trainers in your hand. I’ve also struggled against disruption decks that turn off abilities or Pokemon Tools.
|Pokémon – 20
2 Genesect-GX LOT 130
|Trainer Cards – 32
4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
|Energy – 8
4 Draw Energy CEC 209
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