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Top 10 XY Cards

#3 - Trevenant

- XY

Date Reviewed:
February 19, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified:
Limited:

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

#3 Trevenant 

Ok, so we all remember what a nasty and successful deck Gothitelle/Accelgor/Dusknoir was last year, right? Getting a one-sided Item lock and combining that with Paralysis is devastating for any deck that doesn’t have an answer on hand. One of the big issues that deck faced was the clunkiness that comes from running multiple Stage 2s . . . well, now that problem is solved because Pokémon have gone and put a Stage 2’s Ability on a Stage 1 Pokémon, and that is why Trevenant takes the #3 spot on our top 10 countdown. 

Yep, Forest Curse is exactly the same Ability as Magic Room: when this Pokémon is active, your opponent cannot play Item cards from their hand.  That is a very powerful effect, and combined with the right support, it makes for one of the most annoying decks you will ever face. You can’t use switching cards to get out of Paralysis; you can’t attach Tools to fight back with Garbodor; you can’t use Rare Candy to evolve or a Ball Item to search . . . it’s enough to make most decks grind to a dead halt as long as you can maintain the Status lock with Accelgor. The fact that we have this on a Stage 1 is incredible: it leaves so much more room for techs and consistency cards. Oh and Trevenant also boasts a much better attack than Gothitelle as well, not that you will use it much. 

Of course, the deck does have several exploitable failings. Virizion EX can prevent the Status Condition lock; Keldeo EX can switch out of it with Rush In, and Trevenant itself is Weak to the almighty Type that is Dark. Nevertheless, the release of Trevenant means that we now have what is effectively a ‘speed’ version of the old Gothitelle deck (relatively speaking), and if you aren’t packing any hard counters to it, you has better hope the pairings are kind and you can somehow dodge it in a tournament. This will be played. 

Rating 

Modified: 4 (They made a Stage 2 into a Stage 1, and that says it all)

Limited: 2.75 (Item Lock is more or less useless in limited, but the attack isn’t horrible) 


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Trevenant  #55

Modified.
Whenever this type of Ability is printed, it sees some competitive play. Locking your opponent out of any aspect of the game will always be powerful and with all the high-quality Items printed since B&W, Trevenant will be preventing some good cards hitting the table.
Fairly recently, Gothitelle with the same Ability and Accelgor that could hit, Paralyse and shuffle back into the deck formed the basis of a powerful lock deck. This hit-and-run lock strategy can be recreated with even simpler pieces in the XY format replacing Stage 2 Gothitelle with Stage 1 Trevenant and Basic Palkia EX add some series bulk whilst hitting and running with its Strafe attack.
Trevenant isn’t just all Ability though, its attack is pretty decent, being able to go off for just a Psychic and a DCE 60 and two 20 snipes is pretty good and can help soften up benched Pokémon for KOs later similar to how Darkrai EX is used.
The exact build may change over the season but if you’re a fan of lock decks, then Trevenant is sure to be highly playable throughout.

Unlimited 150.
I’ve seen this Pokémon sneak into some lists already, being just a Stage 1 makes it fairly easy to tech in as a 1-1 line. Like every evolved Pokémon from the new generation it should only get better as more versions come out though. Hit and run tactics can also be used in this format but it’s also possible to use Trevenant as an attacker when it doesn’t have to compete with 180HP Basics.  Another point in its favour is simply being a Ghost Pokémon allows it to hit Gardevoir for Weakness whilst not taking Weakness damage back. It also resists Fighting allowing it to take hits off Gallade better.
Once it gets a couple more cards it’s another contender for a build-around Pokémon, but for now it can be a solid addition to any lock or spread deck just as a 1-1.

Ratings.
Modified: 4
Unlimited 150: 3.5


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