“Steeling” the Show with Steelix Prime

by Pikkdogs ~ November 22nd, 2010.

Hi Everyone, this is Pikkdogs here.  I hope your preparations for Cities are going well.  I hope today you might learn something about possibly a deck to play, or a deck that you might play against.  City tournaments start in just a few days, so get ready for your final preparations.

Another housekeeping issue is that we at Team Omar wish you guys a Happy Thanksgiving.  I love Thanksgiving, it has a lot of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and pie; so what could be wrong with that?  So I hope you guys are able to go home and meet with your family to have a great Thanksgiving.

A final housekeeping issue is that next month will mark our first anniversary.  Ed and I are tossing ideas around to celebrate this mark.  We are trying to think of a good contest idea, but are having a little trouble.  If anyone has an idea of how to best celebrate our first year of operation, please leave the idea in the comment box.                                    

Okay, now onto the article.   At the end of the battle road season I wrote an article that reported my tournament results.  I played two decks for the BR season, Trainerlock and Steelix.  I posted my Trainerlock decklist, and wrote that I would post my Steelix decklist soon.  Well, I forgot to do that.  So now that Cities are coming up, now seems to be the perfect time to write the article.  It should help people prepare to face the deck, and it should help people who are still looking for a deck to play.

1.  How the Deck Works
I already explained how the deck works in my tourney report, so I won’t go into full detail here.  But, its a simple straightforward mostly auto-pilot like deck.  My deck relies on getting a Sableye start and trying to set up a Steelix for turn 2 or 3.  Once Steelix is out he mostly stays there attacking for a max of 120 per turn.  To make sure he stays there, the player would attach as many special metal energies as possible, and then heal Steelix.  Healing is preformed by Blissey Pt, Seeker, and Poke Healer +. Steelix has two attacks, “Energy Stream” and “Gaia Crush”.   “Energy Stream” does 30 damage for CC and lets you attach a metal energy from the discard pile to Steelix.  “Gaia Crush” does 100 damage for MMCCC and lets you discard the stadium card in play, which is an under-rated means of disruption.

2. The List
My list is fairly basic.  Most decklists that I have seen rely on getting a Skarmory Ud start, mine relies on a Sableye start instead.  Also, make sure to use the Platinum Chansey.  Because his attack “Pulled Punch” can OHKO a Garchomp C, and it can OHKO a Garchomp C X if Chansey is belted.  So Chansey does add some donk potential.  Here is the current list that I am using.

Pokemon- 17

  • 3- Onix (either La or Ul)
  • 3- Steelix Prime
  • 2- Chansey Pt
  • 2- Blissey Pt
  • 4- Sableye Sf
  • 2- Uxie La
  • 1- Shaymin Ud


  • 4- Pokemon Collector
  • 3- Bebes Search
  • 3- Engineer’s Adjustments
  • 3- PONT
  • 1- Copy Cat
  • 2- Seeker
  • 4- Poke Healer +
  • 3- Warp Point
  • 3- Energy Exchanger
  • 1- Luxury Ball
  • 3- Expert Belt
  • 1- Palmer’s Contribution
  • 2- Conductive Quarry


  • 4- Special Metal Energies
  • 4- DCE
  • 5- Basic Metal

As stated, that purpose is simple.  Get a fast Steelix, belt him, and don’t let him die.    You should be doing 120 damage by turn 3-4.  The list has a lot of supporters that will help speed this deck up.  PONT helps with handrefresh, and Engineers Adjustments lets you draw cards and put energies in the discard pile to fuel the “Energy Stream” attack.

3.  The Good Matchups
Steelix has come good matchups versus a lot of meta decks.  It can out tank Dialgachomp, and can run over a basic Luxchomp deck.  It also has good matchups against Trainerlock decks, Machamp builds, and Kingdra decks.  Most decks will be very intimidated against this 140 HP beast.

4.  The Bad Matchups
Well, simply stated anything that can do a lot of damage, or anything fire will be a tough matchup.  This means that Infernape 4, Blaziken FB, Entei/Raikou Legend, and Charizard Ar will be tough matchups.  The one card you will often see is Blaziken FB.  If you get a good start with 2-3 special energies on Steelix, you should have enough to withlast Blaziken FB.  But if the SP player can get a “Jet Shoot” going by turn 2-3, you might as well scoop.

5.  Is it a good play?
The answer to this question depends on your Metagame.  If everyone is playing SP decks with Blaziken, well then I would pass on this deck.  But, if SP players in your area are teching against Gyarados or trainerlock instead, you may want to give this is a play.  Its a very fearsome deck that can deal 120 damage easily.  It is an under-rated deck and should be played more then it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t a Pokemon Collector do more justice than Copy Cat?

    • Anonymous

      I think an even bigger priority for this deck than getting Pokemon up is getting energy on the board. (Steelix needs just two Pokemon cards, but four energy cards, to be hitting at full capacity.) I think the Copy Cat and the 3 PONT are intended to hunt the deck for energy as quickly as possible–maybe even more effectively than, say, Interviewer’s Questions, because you’re also cycling through Pokemon as well.

      Pikk can correct me if I’m wrong tho.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah it is a weird deck in that you can have 2 Pokemon on the field and be all setup. Energy is perhaps not a big as a problem as you would think. It all seems to work out through Engineers and conductive quarry, and energy stream. I don’t think I ever had any problem loading up Steelix with energies.

        The problem is getting Special Metals in right away, if your playing against Blaziken fb.

        • Anonymous

          I’m looking it over and I just feel like 4 Collectors is kind of over kill no?

          • Anonymous

            I just made the change and took out 1 collector.

            But I think its still important to get an early collector.

          • Anonymous

            I see what you mean. I have been running this kind of deck for about 3 weeks now. I noticed that abundant collectors later in the game seem to be a drag though.

            Then again, lol, I also played Copycat against a Gengar based deck. Silly me lol.

  • Ed

    I’m a proponent of pairing Junk Arm with any of the + cards (Poke Healer+ in this instance). On top of that, I like the Arm with the VS Seeker. So, I’d work in 2-3 Junk Arm and 1 VS Seeker. The VS Seeker can be easily worked in for an Engineer’s or PONT. The Junk Arms are a bit more difficult. Just off the cuff, I think I might…

    -1 Engineer’s Adjustments
    -1 PONT
    -1 Energy Exchanger
    +1 VS Seeker
    +2 Junk Arm

    • Anonymous

      I think you gave up on Shuppet and went to Junk Arm.

      Instead of every deck getting a shuppet, they all get a junk arm.

      But, seriously, I can see where you are coming from. I was thinking of that myself. But I just don’t want to cut down on any more supporters, so its hard to work it in, I probably should still do it.

      • Ed

        Shuppet doesn’t fit into everything. It really needs Psy Energy, Plus Powers, Expert Belts, etc. Junk Arm fits anywhere there’s already a trainer, and it really combos well with some stuff. Dropping a supporter or 2 isn’t all bad if you include that VS Seeker.

        • Anonymous

          Is that really Ed typing that sentence. You got the name “Shupp-Ed” for a reason.

          • Ed

            I was in love with Professor Oak, Item Finder, and Computer Search way before the first Shuppet was born/hatched. If they reprint any of them, I will still lead to an unhealthy infatuation. Junk Arm is basically a renamed Item Finder, so I’m all over it. Professor Oak is to be reborn as Professor Araragi, and I might consider stalking him. Computer Search is the only one left out, but there is so much search in the game now, that CPU Search isn’t as impactful as it once was.

          • Ed

            Oh wow. Thanks to the wonder that is Google, I now know that Professor Araragi is not a him. That makes for slightly less questionable stalking.

          • Anonymous

            Hey, nobody’s challenging your Pokemon bona fides here, Ed. But I agree with pikk–in that Tags list on the right, “Shuppet” is miiighty big.

          • Ed


      • Anonymous

        I like to carry Junk Arm with me. That way I can use it whenever I need. (Discard 2 Snorcoworkers, pick up Go Home Early.)

        • Ed

          It helps on days like today/tomorrow.

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