Deck Analysis: Mewtwo, Pikkdogs Tries the New CMT (Celebi Prime, Mewtwo EX, and Tornadus)

by Pikkdogs ~ February 26th, 2012.

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis for you.  I finally got along to test a Mewtwo deck, I tried the new CMT version of the Mewtwo EX deck.  The old CMT deck was around in Battle Roads and it was like Stage 1 Rush, but it had Mew Prime in it.  This deck is nothing like it, but it does have Tornadus in it, just like the original CMT.  This deck also has Celebi Prime and Mewtwo EX. Before we get to the article, let us welcome my sidekick Pedro. What do you have for us today Pedro?

Well I have some news in the field of Biology.  Fox News is reporting the researchers who are studying a group of Blacktip Reef Sharks are reporting that the sharks make friends with other sharks. Researchers state that the Sharks form groups with similar sharks based on age and other factors. Kind of like a clique in high school.  They use the group for protection and to increase their chances at survival.  Are you surprised to hear that Sharks make friends Pikkdogs?

Well of course they make friends, how else would Nemo have been able to get home if all the marine life didn’t get together to help him?

I guess.

I’m just saying that they could have saved a lot of time and money, by just watching Finding Nemo. Let’s just move onto the article.

 

Introduction

I know that I have talked about this deck for a while, so I won’t talk about it too much, just give a little run down of the basics.  Celebi Prime is there for his “Forest Breath” Poke-Power.  When he is active, you can attach a Grass energy to any of your Pokemon.  You can use the card Sky Arrow Bridge to give Celebi free retreat.  Mewtwo EX is your main attacker.  His “X-Ball” attack does 20 damage times the number of energy on him and the defending Pokemon.  Your goal is just to use Celebi Prime to get a lot of energy on Mewtwo EX.  He should be able to attack for a lot and fairly quickly.  Tornadus is there to cover the weakness of Mewtwo EX.  Without Tornadus, Mewtwo EX would get overwhelmed by a card like Mew Prime, but Tornadus does have a good matchup against Mew.  Tornadus can also attack early is you really need him too.

Setup is very important for this deck, and what determines setup is your initial starting hand.  You could get a God Hand and be able to end the game very quickly.  A God hand would probably be Celebi Prime, Skyarrow Bridge, Mewtwo EX, a DCE, a grass, a Pokemon Catcher, and a Supporter.  If you get something like this you could probably use Pokemon Catchers to knock out basic Pokemon before they evolve and just control the board from there.  A bad start would be a start with Tornadus and a bunch of energy.  The deck usually does not run a lot of Pokemon search cards, so if you get really unlucky, your opponent might be able to take advantage.  You are going to need to get a Mewtwo EX out fairly quickly to be as fast and disruptive as you need to be.  Your starting hand is very important with this deck, so make sure to build your deck so you can get the best start possible.

A CMT deck player must always be vigilant of what is happening on the field.  Since what your opponent has active effects your damage output, you can’t afford to make a Brain Fart and miscalculate the damage.  It is easy to think that you are about to hit for 140, but instead hit for 120.  Just 20 damage could be the difference between a knockout on Reshiram, and 140 damage coming your way next turn. Another thing you have to watch is playing against the Non-EX versions of the Unova Dragons.  “Outrage” can put Mewtwo EX into range to be knocked out next turn, so you don’t want to mess around with that.  You always have to be vigilant of what energy is on the dragons and if they have an Eviolite on them, if they ever stray into the 140 damage range, than you gotta knock them out.  If not, it can be hard to take them out without fear of giving up two prizes yourself.  You have to think about sacrificing Tornadus in order to take down those guys.

While I admit that I haven’t played this deck a lot, I do think that this is a very good way to build this deck.  It is very fast and very disruptive.  If your opponent is playing an evolution deck and does not get a great start, you will have a great chance of controlling the game early and knocking things out before they evolve.  Yes it can be hard to get all of the pieces you need like Celebi and Skyarrow Bridge out early, but that’s why you just need a good polished list.  I also really do like Tornadus is in this list.  I think you need someone like Tornadus just so your opponent can’t start whipping you with something like Mew Prime.  Tornadus can also attack fast and bring out some pain early, though Mewtwo EX is preferable, Tornadus is still good.  I have heard about people playing Terrakion in their Mewtwo/Celebi deck, and while I do see a reason to put him in there, I see Tornadus as a preferable alternative.  I just don’t want to have to start with a Pokemon that has that kind of retreat cost.  You need a great start with this deck to be good, and I don’t want to put that in danger.  It is something to test out against the best decks in your area, but for a good vanilla build I would say just stick with Tornadus.

Decklist.

Here is what I put together for a decklist.  I will admit that I didn’t get to test this deck out that much, but I did test it out a little.  It is not a polished and teched out decklist, just a vanilla list. I hope you guys will test the list and make it better.  So here it is.

Pokemon-11

  • 4-Celebi Prime
  • 3-Mewtwo EX
  • 3-Tornadus EP
  • 1-Shaymin UD

Trainers-36

  • 3-Skyarrow Bridge
  • 3-Switch
  • 4-Dual Ball
  • 1-Poke Gear 3.0
  • 4-Junk Arm
  • 4-Pokemon Catcher
  • 4-Professor Oak’s New Theory
  • 4-Professor Juniper
  • 2-Sage’s Training
  • 2-N
  • 3-Eviolite
  • 2-Plus Power

Energy-13

  • 4-Double Colorless Energy
  • 9-Grass Energy-9 seems to be the number of grass energies that people use, it seems to be good.

 

Matchups

Like I said, I haven’t played this deck a heck of a lot of times, but I do know a little bit about the matchups.  So I can talk about the matchups a little.

  • ReshiphlosionFavorable-If you get a good start you should be able to knock out a lot of Cyndaquils and Quilavas, and if they don’t have a lot of Typhlosion Primes out it can be a tough game for them.  As long as you don’t get a very slow start you should be having a good matchup here.
  • 6 CornersFavorable-The bad thing about 6 Corners is that there is no big Pokemon that can hit Mewtwo for weakness.  Cobalion is a problem for Mewtwo EX, but you can probably knock it out once or twice, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.  Cobalion is a problem for Mewtwo, but you need to have about 3 or 4 of them in a deck to stop Mewtwo, you can’t just throw it in a deck and hope to win.
  • Magnazone Prime/EelektriksFavorable-Mewtwo EX should be able to control the Eels early on, and if the Eels don’t survive till late in the game, it will be hard for Magnezone to keep up with you.  If the Magnezone player is able to consistently attack you, than you can have problems, but you should be able to control the game by controlling the Eels or the basic and stage 1 forms of Magnezone.
  • The TruthFavorable–  I have not tested this matchup, but I do imagine that they will have a hard time setting up with Mewtwo EX around being that fast and disruptive.  Both the Reuniclus and Vileplume lines have Psychic weaknesses, so if you are able to draw into some Pokemon Catchers you should be able to control the board easily.
  • ZekromEven?– I have not tested this matchup, and I am curious to find out what happens in it.  Zekrom can hit hard early on, and if you can take down 2 Mewtwo EX’s you have just about won the game.  If the other deck runs the Eels, you should be able to take care of them fairly easily.  Both decks will be fast and hard hitting.  So this would be a cool match-up.  I wish I could say more than that.

Well that’s all I got today.  What do you have for us to close things up Pedro?

Well today is the anniversary of the baptism of English Renaissance Playwright Chrsitopher Marlowe.  He is known as perhaps the 2nd best author of his time next to old Billy Shakespeare.  Do you like the Christopher Marlowe Pikkdogs?

Well, not really, but I do like his version of Dr. Faustus.  A man who sold his soul to the devil for lots of knowledge and worldly pleasures.  What worldly pleasure would you like Pedro?

A chance to renew my rivalry with Tom Bosley.  Back to Marlowe, Marlowe was also accused of being a spy. But before they could try and convict him,  he was killed in a bar fight after he refused to pay his tab.  I always thought that this was the way that you would go Pikkdogs.

No, not about a bar tab.  Possibly about my tab at Arbys. Beers not worth dying for, Roast Beef just might be.

 True,  especially with the Arby’s sauce and the cheese type stuff.  Anyway, have a good night everybody. 

 

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  • Anonymous

    Good article, good to see a review of CMT as there are only a couple other for free.

  • Ed

    It’s worth noting that this deck has lots of donkability.  If your opponent starts with just 1 basic, then you can use DCE, multiple Forest Breath (with Switch/Skyarrow), Plus Power, etc.  Tornadus can easily do 80 turn 1, but so can Mewtwo EX.

    The builds I’ve seen seem to usually run 4 Tornadus and 2 Mewtwo EX.  I can’t say what’s best, though.  Also, I think I would play 4 N and 0 Sage.

    • Anonymous

      my thinking is that Tornadus is more of a backup plan,and its not the best to start with him.  So 3 would be a good number cause you don’t wanna start with them.  I haven’t tried it with just 2 mews, but I think 3 should be better.  I like sage’s better because it helps you more, N is just a gamble for both players each time.  But it is more disruptive.

      • Ed

        Actually, in this build, I think you don’t want to reply on Mewtwo EX in the early game unless Tornadus can’t get KOs.  If you start Tornadus, then you can retreat with Skyarrow (or Switch) for the Celebi.  After that, you hope to hit a Switch, so Tornadus can come back to attack.

        I believe that you can go for more of a Mewtwo EX strategy, but then I think you’d want 2 or fewer Tornadus.

        It seems like a very subtle change, but it’s more of a strategy shift.  If you think the meta is very Mewtwo EX heavy, then your strategy may be to have more and play a double-prize race.  Otherwise, I think you use Mewtwo EX as a situational attacker and stick with Tornadus whenever possible.

  • Anonymous

    “Fox News is reporting the researchers who are studying a group of Blacktip Reef Sharks are reporting that the sharks make friends with other sharks.”

    Typical, knee-jerk right-wing reporting. I’m surprised Pedro didn’t include a liberal media voice on this issue–I’m sure the story would have sounded entirely different if he had. Maybe Pedro is being supported by a conservative shark tank? Does he need to disclose a conflict of, umm, fin-terest?

    Okay, maybe I took it a bit too far.

    • Ed

      You’ve got to love context-based advertisements.
      http://www.onehitko.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/SharkBiteShirt.png

      Also, how come it seems that only conservatives get think tanks?  Is that a commentary on liberals, that they can’t organize their thoughts?

      • Anonymous

        The Center for American Progress is the liberal one that comes to mind…but I’m sure there are plenty of others.

        • Ed

          If I wanted a real answer, I would have asked a real question. [SIGH while pinching bridge of nose]

          • Anonymous

             whatevs

    • and how is that conservative? has nothing to do with politics.

      • Anonymous

        thats the joke. 

  • Anonymous

    Magneel is not a favorable matchup for you, since they will just have one or two energies on their active zone and dynamotor and lost burn every turn for kos.
    Reshiphlosion should n t be favorable for you either, reshiram only stays with one energy at the end of their turn, so I think that is rather bad for this deck. They also have Typhlosion Prime who discards your and their own energy so thats not any good for you either. In addittion they may run a Mewtwo Ex tech and accomplish some  crutial revenge kos

    • Anonymous

      Oh look Pikks another who shares my thoughts…

      • Ed

        Airhawk!  It’s been a while, buddy.

      • a hahn!

  • you seemed to forget the matchup for a specific article you recently wrote about everyones’ favorite ant.

  • why didn’t you just test the list that won the ecc? lot more consistant and had better results.

    • Anonymous

      didnt have a good list, or any confidence that whatever deck I could bring forth would be a representation of a good deck. 

  • in the whole ‘best way to go’ section, you forgot the ‘g’ in ‘fight’

    • Ed

      Okay, Balasar.  It’s time for you to write an article.  You’re obviously good with the grammar.  What will the topic be?

      • Anonymous

        We can’t get good writers in here, that’s against everything we stand for.  Plus if someone goes on here and knows how to write, that will just leave the readership dissapointed when I still bring my sucky writing style. 

        • Ed

          Actually, I’m thinking differently.  Our readers are used to this style.  Maybe they read here because it makes them feel smart.  If we got someone that noo how to spel, then maybe readers would be disappointed with their good writing.  You’d be there to save the day!

          • i’m not so much used to the style as correcting pikkdogs. let’s clear this up. you’re afraid of getting 6p ug quality articles on your site? makes no sense what-so-ever.

          • Ed

            No, it’s more just self-deprecating humor.  Such content would always be welcome here.  It’s just more our style to present the information we have and not take ourselves too seriously.

        • i see no difference either way. bad grammar does not always = funny.

      • i’ve wanted to write an article for the longest time. i’m just not the best writer. i’m an awesome editor and poet, i just can’t write.

        • Ed

          It’s settled, Balasar.  Your first article will be an errorless poem!

        • Anonymous

          It would be great to hear from ya, all ya gotta do is send me an email (pikkdogs@yahoo.com) with your name and I will set you up with an account.  If ya consider yourself a poet, do some poetry, that would be amazing.  Or if not, just do whatever ya feel like talking about, it should be cool to hear from someone else. 

          • fine. i’ll send you a shout.

        • NO POETRY! POKEMON AND POETRY DON’T MIX!!!

  • pedro seems like he would be the first to die in a mafia game.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t played this much, but I do know something about the match ups…. lolololololololol

    • Anonymous

      what you expect quality here………….. hahahaha

      You’re on the wrong website for that buddy. 

    • Anonymous

      people don’t come here for serious Pokemon Journalism.  They all know I suck at the game, and that I suck at writing, but in 2 articles I will mention a news story that involves hot girls and jetpacks.  Thats what people come here for, a little pokemon banter, and then all the breaking news about hot girls and jetpacks. 

      • Ed

        Good news!  HOTGIRLSANDJETPACKS.COM is available.
        I know we already talked about the self-deprecating humor, but don’t sell yourself too short, Pikk.  I don’t believe what you said here.  I think people do come for informative articles!  I think the delivery is quite different than elsewhere, and that’s a draw, too.  Now, if they stay for the hot girls and jetpacks, that’s great.

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