i have wanted to play Ampharos since i first read the card, but in a game dominated by Gallade i could never make it work. that is, until now. in many regards i regard this as my version of Arithmetic, in the sense that i have been inspired by that counter metagame deck. A2Z (Ampharos, Aerodactyl, Zapdos) 3 Zapdos 2-2 Claydol 2-2 Aerodactyl 2-2-2 Ampharos 1 Pachirisu 1 Phione 1 Rotom MD 20 total pokemon 4 Quick Ball 4 SSU 4 Bebe's Search 4 Professor Birch 3 Crystal Beach 2 Windstorm 2 Night Maintenance 1 Holon Fossil 2 Switch 25 total trainers 4 call energy 2 multi energy 9 lightning energy 15 total energy strategy: zapdos and aerodactyl are the main fighters. do as much damage spread as possible with powers, bodies and attacks so to bring opposing pokemon into easy KO range. use old amber to absorb zapdos' recoil, don't bring ampharos up to attack until gallade cannot OHKO it. SSU badly wounded pokemon or zapdos' to re-apply its' poke power. the matchup against empoleon is self-explanatory. it feels like the deck could stand at least one more crystal beach but i don't know what corner to cut for it. maybe a lightning energy, maybe one of the balls.