Been around for a while, and gonna be around for another while too. The deck is quite simple, fast, and scarily efficient. Doesn’t have any direct counters, and can beat any deck out there. Does it have flaws? Read more to find out!

Introduction

Introduced in the BreakPOINT set, Darkrai EX has been a recipe in a lot of decks and tried in a lot of different setups, some more successful than others. Even though the different setups have their specific strengths, the turbo Darkrai decklist and setup i am reviewing here today, is by far the best way to go, in any regard.

It doesn’t rely on abilities nor on special energy. So it isn’t countered by Enhanced Hammer or Garbodor/Silent Lab. It doesn’t need some crazy setup evolving different types of Pokémon either. All you need is Darkrai EX as your only attacker, and lots of Energy on the board.

The deck revolves around the following three cards:

Darkrai EX 74/122

Has good HP and high damage output thanks to Dark Pulse. The more energy you have on the board on all your Pokémon, the more damage it does. It only needs two energy to do the attack. Its second attack will not be used ever. Moreover, it gets even stronger with a Fighting fury belt, as any other basic Pokémon would.

Darkrai EX will cost you about 3 packs to get online and about $ 7 in real life. 

Yveltal – 65/114

This Yveltal can do a lot of good things for you. It can soften your opponent’s Pokémon up with Oblivion wing. But, even more importantly, it can get energy from your discard pile and attach them to your Pokémon on the bench. This means, that with your elixirs, you could potentially be adding 4 (or even more depending on your Elixirs) energy in one turn! That brings Darkrai EX to a 100 damage! Neat!

Yveltal will cost you about 1-2 packs to get online and about $ 0.90 in real life.

Costs

If you don’t want to spend too much money, but still need a deck that can win you tournaments, this is the way to go. It is less expensive than most other tier 1 decks but works just as well. It still needs the 2 Shaymin EX and Hoopa EX, but any strong deck does honestly, so if you think getting the Shaymin EX is too expensive to get, you will probably never have a chance getting wins in tournament matches anyways.

Decklist

Pokémon - 16

Trainers - 27

Energy - 17

2 Shaymin-EX ROS 774 Professor Sycamore STS 11412 Darkness Energy GEN 81
4 Darkrai-EX BKP 742 Fighting Fury Belt BKP 99
2 Yveltal STS 652 Lysandre AOR 78
1 Hoopa-EX AOR 364 VS Seeker PHF 109
1 Parallel City BKT 145
2 Escape Rope PRC 127
1 Hex Maniac AOR 75
4 Ultra Ball DEX 102
3 N DEX 96
1 Switch EVO 88
2 Silent Lab PRC 140
4 Max Elixir BKP 102
1 Float Stone PLF 99
1 Team Flare Grunt XY 129
1 Pokémon Center Lady FLF 105
3 Trainers’ Mail ROS 92
1 Enhanced Hammer PHF 94
2 Exp. Share NXD 87

 

Alternatives

There aren’t really alternatives to this deck that are considerable in the Pokémon department. However, if you are afraid of getting locked or paralysed, Olympia will work to retreat. If you are scared to face Jolteon EX, which can block attacks from basic Pokémon and will pretty much give an autowin to your opponent with the current list, play Pokémon Ranger. Adding these cards will increase your odds against some decks, but will significantly reduce the speed of which you can set up. Therefore, if you want to play this deck, you should play it with this particular decklist at all times.

How-to-Play

The difficulty of playing this deck is “Medium”.

Put down as many Darkrai EX as you possibly can on your bench, preferably starting with Yveltal as your active so you can discard some energy to put on your benched Pokémon for faster, higher damage. It is that simple, the more energy you will be able to put down in your first turns, the more damage you will be able to do. If you don’t need to use Hoopa EX, just don’t, it will give you a disadvantage especially against Psychic decks due to its weakness. Furthermore, be careful with your Shaymin EX against lightning decks as well, as Shaymin EX will provide them with free prize cards.

This time we are using a video by the Meta Deck to show how the deck works and how it could work in a tournament. A great channel, be sure to check out their other videos as well!

Strengths

It is simply quick, does great damage too, thats pretty much all there is to say about that. It is also fairly good against any tier 1 deck out there, so it gives a good matchup most of the time.

Quick

Getting energy across the board, especially with Yveltal as your active, can go really quick. Try to get some card draws right from the start and seek out those Max Elixirs as quickly as possible. As you play 12 energy in the deck, which is quite a lot comparing o most other decks, the Max Elixirs will hit pretty much all the time.

In theory, as there are 4 Max Elixirs in the deck, with Yveltal adding a discarded energy as well, adding a single energy and using four Elixirs in one turn could end up in 6 energy, in one turn! That would mean you would be able to output 140 damage! Now, that doesn’t necessarily happen that often because you probably won’t draw four Elixirs on your first turn. However, hitting two and getting four energy up in the first turn is usually done quite easily. So this means you would have a damage output of 100, which is not bad either. Furthermore, as Darkrai EX is a basic and won’t Mega Evolve, using Fighting Fury Belt is ideal as well.

Great Damage

Getting two-shot potential from the very start is a breeze with this deck. Furthermore, as the game unfolds you will be able to get more and more energy on the field, causing for an constant increase in damage, which might lead to one-shot potential as well. Thus, as there are 12 energy in this deck, the maximum damage potential would be 270 including Fighting Fury Belt.

Matchups

As stated before, the deck doesn’t rely on special energy nor abilities, which are often hard countered in most decks. Therefore, your opponent will most likely have resources in their deck to counter these two factors, which hurts their consistency and are pretty much dead cards. In your case, however, you don’t care about abilities that much, because you will doing crazy amounts of damage anyway and won’t have any dead cards so your consistency will be a lot better than your opponent, in most cases.

Weaknesses

Every deck has their strengths, but unfortunately (and especially fortunately or the game will get boring real quick) also their weaknesses. For this deck, these are the following; Fighting/Zygarde EX and 50/50 Fatigue.

Zygarde EX

Quite obviously, a fighting deck is strong against Darkrai due to its weakness to it. Simple enough, decks based on Zygarde EX are pretty much the only fighting deck strong enough to be used in the meta right now, so calling Zygarde out as a weakness sounds legit. However, Zygarde itself has a lot of bad matchups as well, so you shouldn’t really be that scared off about this deck, as the chances that you will matchup against it are slim.

50/50 Fatigue

This is a weakness purely based on tournament play and not for TCG Online play. Because, the fact that most matchups are 50/50, will ask full concentration and dedication to win every single match. As tournament play is also a marathon with a lot of games in a row to be played, getting a game in between that is either an auto-win or auto-loss will at least give you a moment of rest to catch your breath. If you are having trouble with the time-length and intensity of tournament play, do not play this deck, as it will fatigue you completely. Because, having to be concentrated every single game is just a huge disadvantage to make it far in a tournament, which is probably the main reason why this deck isn’t winning as much as i think it should.

Verdict

Really consistent, strong deck that gives a crazy amount of 50/50 matches in the current meta. Great to use for online play, not so much to win tournaments with. Not because it can’t win you matches in the tournament, but mostly due to the fact that it will completely drain you, because every match will cost you loads of energy. Not only actual energy in play, but your physical energy as well. On the other hand, if you feel like you you can handle that (with the help of a couple of Red Bull), this deck can be a serious contender to make it to the end of the tournament. Especially if you are a player that really wants each match to be a game that allows for the best player to win, there is no other deck better suited for you out there.

 


Strengths

+ Quick

+ Great Damage

+ Matchups

Weaknesses

– Fighting/Zygarde EX

– 50/50 Fatigue

 


Deck Score

9.5/10


Next Deck Review: Zebstrika / Vespiquen

Previous Deck Review: Yveltal EX / Garbodor

Looking to buy the cards to build this deck? You can find the cards here!

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5 Comments
  1. Harambe 4 years ago

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    @cardcollector84 What do you think of this decklist? I saw your name in chat so i figured you like Darkrai EX 😀

  2. tcgKINGler 4 years ago

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    I think this is the best deck, even without any sun & moon cards added to it. However, i do play 1 or even 2 more energy to make sure the elixirs hit all the time. Hitting elixirs is a vital part in this deck and i found that they simply miss too often with 12 energy. I know 12 is alot… but they just miss too much so i’d play 13 or even 14 .. no more missing then :).

    • StanBrown344 4 years ago

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      DOesn’t that hurt the consistency tremendously?

  3. mol 4 years ago

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    nice job and another solid deck
    this is a great site with a solid community

    • StanBrown344 4 years ago

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      This site is great for sure… i see more and more members everyday but the community is still not so big yet 🙁 But i am sure it will keep growing.

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