…or something like that. I don’t know. My brother watches Naruto, not me.
Welcome back, everyone. Today, I would like to showcase a deck that is actually very dear to me and one that works better than it should, especially right now. It’s also a deck that people never seem to understand and, therefore, always underestimates until you hit them for 300+ damage. Then, they usually scoop.
This is the forgotten deck of Ninetales BREAK.
Let’s get a list up here, shall we?
Pokemon – 15
4 Vulpix PRC
4 Ninetales EVO (Important)
4 Ninetales BREAK
2 Shaymin EX / Oranguru SM
1 Volcanion STS
Supporter/Item/Stadium – 33
4 Professor Sycamore
1 Professor Kukui
1 Brock’s Grit
4 VS Seeker
4 Ultra Ball
3 Bursting Balloon
3 Trainers’ Mail
1 Town Map
2 Scorched Earth
1 Silent Lab
Energy – 12
4 Burning Energy
8 Fire Energy
And here we are. So, for those of you who have no idea what Ninetales BREAK does, let me give you a quick summary. Its attack, Explosive Fireball, only requires a Fire and a Colorless Energy (RC). That seems low, right? Well… not exactly. When you use it, you discard all the Fire Energy attached to it, which normally sucks. But, when you do, it’ll do 60 per Energy Discarded. Yeah, you read that number correctly. So, what this means is that it scales incredibly well when it comes to damage and it starts off with a base damage of 10, meaning you do 70 + 60 per every energy discarded after the initial. Plus, because it’s a requirement of 2 Energy, you will, at the bare minimum, do 130 damage. So, let’s do some scaling, shall we?
Initial Attack (2 Energy): Base Damage 10 + 60 + 60 = 130
3 Energy: 130 + 60 = 190
4 Energy: 190 + 60 = 250
5 Energy: 250 + 60 = 310
6 Energy (This has happened before): 310 + 60 = 370
And so on. At 4 Energy, you literally take care of the Meta. Straight out. That’s insane, is it not?
But wait, there’s more!
While doing all that damage is nice and promising, it still requires a discard of everything. That is where Burning Energy comes in to play. When you would discard it for the effect of an Attack, you may re-attach it to that Pokemon. This means that if a Burning Energy is attached to Ninetales, it basically gets a free 60 damage. Free anything in Pokemon is good and this is no exception. Furthermore, if you really think about it, losing them to Energy Denial doesn’t really hurt the idea of the deck since you have to discard your Energy regardless, meaning you can play with a much more aggressive mentality. Good stuff.
Now, if you noticed, I put a special note next to the normal Ninetales. That is because Ninetales EVO is, at least for this strategy, superior to Ninetales PRC. Now, most of you will probably scratch your head if you’ve never read Ninetales EVO or have never seen DarkIntegralGaming’s videos, but allow me to explain what I mean. Ninetales EVO has an attack called Lure, which basically forces your Opponent to send something in, kind of like a Pokemon Catcher in Attack Form. The catch (bad pun) is that they cannot Retreat during the next turn. This means that, in certain situations, you can Lure in a Hoopa EX or something with a large Retreat Cost and simply stall. This works both for forcing your Opponent to deck out and for allowing a Ninetales to scale up, which we now know is absolutely detrimental to the Opponent. Also, something that is incredibly overlooked is Ninetales EVO’s attack, Fire Blast. It does 120 damage and only requires a single Energy Discard. This is important because, if you remember me mentioning Burning Energy about a minute or so ago, you can simply use that as your Discard Fodder and return it to Ninetales EVO herself. Free attacks at high damage is always great. Finally, if you noticed, Ninetales EVO has 100 HP in comparison to Ninetales PRC, who only has 90. Granted, if you want to stop Stadium plays, you can use Ninetales PRC to good use, but you will lose out on a lot of opportunities for KOs, which I will point out later.
So, where does that leave the rest of the deck? Oranguru does work well in here because, quite frankly, any extra draw is good for this deck. Granted, Shaymin is superior for this strategy, but if you’re the kind of person who loves Prize-trading strategies, then by all means, Oranguru is a great pick. Volcanion STS is icing on the cake. It’s a good starter, it can charge up Ninetales while simply sitting there, and it can apply small amounts of damage that really do make a difference. The rest of the build is pretty straightforward. Teammates is pretty obvious for a deck that runs nothing but non-GX/EX Pokemon (sans Shaymin EX). Town Map helps you pick out Ninetales Pieces and Silent Lab is just a nice tech to have. Brock’s Grit is a favorite of mine in BREAK decks because quite frankly, with all the Basic Energy and Pokemon you run, you may as well have a solid return option. It stops them from milling you as well, so that’s always a plus.
Now, finally, let’s talk about why this deck is remotely good in our current Meta. Ready?
– Ninetales EVO OHKOs Decidueye GX off of a single Fire Blast.
– Ninetales BREAK OHKOs Decidueye GX off of a 2 Energy Explosive Fireball.
– Both Ninetales OHKO Vileplume.
– Ninetales BREAK really doesn’t care about Lugia EX. It does kind of care about Tauros GX, however, so be aware of that. Granted, is forced to 3HKO Ninetales with Horn Attack if you play it smart, so keep that in mind as well.
– This deck doesn’t really worry about losing Items. You scale, you blow things up, you laugh.
– Ninetales is a Fox. Decidueye is an Owl. Foxes eat Owls… I think.
– After a Google Search, I confirmed that Foxes do indeed eat Owls. Thank you, Google.
So, as you see, you can do a lot of damage to the current fandom that is Decidueye GX / Vileplume and people will typically have no idea how to combat you all at the same time, which only makes things better. As for extra options for this deck, you can opt to add in Tauros GX because the card is really good. You can also add in a Fire Energy more if you would like, but I like even numbers. Besides that, personal Supporter Techs are always a thing for this kind of deck as it is fairly flexible.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed this article. I’m sure my lack of Naruto jokes have made a lot of you happy (it sure made me happy) and I’m honestly glad to be back to writing. After taking a break, I realized how much I missed this and I hope that I will be doing a lot more soon.
Until next time, take care and remember…
Keep the High Tide on the Flipside!