Deck Analysis: Magneboar

by Pikkdogs ~ July 4th, 2011.

A big hello to everyone in Omar-Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis.  We just got done with a long card analysis series, now that we’re done with that we can talk about decks again.  

Before we get to that, lets talk about Nationals.  It’s looking like me and the team omar crew will be going to Indy.  I would love to be able to meet some of you guys at Indy.  If you wanna get in touch with me, the best way to do it would be to send me a tweet.  My handle is “pikkdogs”, just tweet me.  And for those of you who are wanting to keep up on national news at home, I will be sure to tweet what I see.  You can either follow me now, or I will try to make my tweets public before the event.

Also, we should talk about the National tournament in the magical land of Can-a-da.  Those Canadians took a break from watching hockey and drinking maple syrup to play a couple games of Pokemon.  The popular card in Canada was Yanmega Prime.  The free attacking made the card very quick and versatile.  It was in a lot of the top 16 decks.  Kingdra was a card that also saw a lot of unexpected play.  Canada usually is a little more rogue than the U.S. and their nats is a lot smaller than the one south of the border.  I do not expect to see a lot more Yanmega because of the Canadian Nats, so don’t change your deck too much.  If you have a deck that does not have a favorable matchup towards Yanmega, you might wanna think about changing, but don’t overreact too much.  Players in the U.S. have a lot of money and will play more expensive decks like Magneboar and Reshiboar.


Magneboar is a really cool deck that is all about the one hit knock out.  It of course runs Emboar and Black and White, and Magnezone Prime.  Magnezone Prime’s “Lost Burn” attack does 50 damage times the number of energies that you move on the field to the Lost Zone.  Emboar is used to put more energies on your Pokemon so that Magenzone has more energies on the field to Lost Zone.  Most energies are attached to the Shuckle Promo so that you may draw an extra card thanks to his “Fermenting Liquid” Poke-Body.

Most decks start with Cleffa, but I prefer to use Stantler in this deck (to make sure you get Tepig and Magnemite out).  The first thing you try to do is try to setup Magnezone.  His “Magnetic Draw” Poke-Power lets you draw until you have 6  cards in your hand.  The extra cards will help you setup Emboar and other things in your deck.  After you setup Emboar, just try to get energies on the field so that you can keep getting knock outs.  But, make sure you keep an eye on how much energies you have in your Lost Zone because most decks run Rayquaza Deoxys Legend.

RDL is like a good closer in baseball.  RDL just needs to be within 2 prizes of the game, and he can knock anything out for 2 prizes thanks to his “Space Virus” Poke-Body.  His “Ozone Buster” attack does 150 damage for LFFC, which knocks out just about everything in the format.  But be careful not to use your closer to early, because Bouffalant can return the 2 prize knock out.  Also, be sure that you save enough energies to powerup RDL, you might wanna add things like Seeker or Energy Retrieval so you can get the energy on RDL when you need it.

The List

This is just my personal testing list.  It is not polished or anything, but it gives you a place to start in your testing.  If you think that this deck isn’t great, I agree, this deck is not Nationals ready, its just a list that you can start out with.


  • 3-Magnezone Prime 
  • 2-Magneton
  • 3-Magnemite
  • 1-1 RDL
  • 1-Shuckle promo
  • 2-Emboar
  • 1-Pignite
  • 2-Tepig
  • 3-Stantler
  • 1-Smeargle


  • 4-Communication
  • 3-Rare Candy
  • 3-Collector
  • 1-Energy Retrieval
  • 4-Juniper
  • 2-PONT
  • 1-Switch
  • 1-Dual  Ball
  • 2-Junk Arm
  • 2-ELMs


  • Fire-11
  • Lightning-6

Possible Techs

Here are some techs that you can add in here.

  1. “Badboar“-This is the other Emboar from Black and White.  It can do 150 damage for FFCC.  Its nice for a secondary attacker, in case you run into cards like Machamp Prime that can hit Magnezone for weakness.
  2. Ninetales– Anytime you run Fire energies you can run Ninetales.  Its a decent draw engine.  However, you already have 2 draw engines and those work well enough.  Its probably not worth it to run Ninetales.
  3. A Donphan counter– It is great to have an answer to Donphan.  You could run something like Azumarill HGSS that can OHKO Donphan.
  4. Yanmega Prime– You have a bad fighting matchup, Yanmega can counter that.  You would just need to put cards like Judge and Copycat in your deck instead of Juniper and PONT.

The Matchups

Magneboar is a nice fast deck, especially for one that relies on 2 stage 2’s.  It is susceptible to disruption early, but as long as you get setup and watch your energy counts, you should be okay.  Here are some of the matchups that it has.

Donphan Prime-Unfavorable

If you are playing a good Donphan deck, the game should be over by turn 4.  Donphan can OHKO Magnezone so early that this is not really a game.  If you are playing a crappy Donphan deck, you will still have troubles because you will need to Lost Zone 4 energies to knock out a Donphan.  To beat Donphan you will have to rely on Pokemon like Badboar and RDL.  Its possible to win here, but you need lots of luck.

Reshiboar-slightly favorable

You should have no trouble getting OHKO’s on Reshiram, while they will have trouble returning the favor.  The only way you lose is if they get started fast and you have energy problems.

ZPS- Even to Slightly Favorable

Zekrom can attack fast, and if he does its game over.  But, if he doesn’t attack till turn 3 or so, so you should have this game.  The matchup depends on the luck of the ZPS player and the decklist that he/she is running.  If you can make this a long game, you should be able to win.

Well that’s all I have to say about this deck.  Its a fun OHKO heavy deck that has a lot of draw support.  It is a pretty cool deck and it will do very well in competitive play.  So have fun testing it.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

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