Why is Garde/lade so good?

Discussion in 'Cards: Strategy and Rulings Discussion' started by ShotoCloneX, Feb 13, 2008.

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  1. ShotoCloneX

    ShotoCloneX New Member

    I'm not new to pokemon but im new to this particular modified set and I haven't got a chance to play against some of the upper tiered decks of the format. But when I was reading the "what won cities" thread I was surprised at how many tourneys were taken by the hands of gallade/garde with magmortar varients comming in at a close second. So my question is what is it about these decks that make them top tier for the current format and what are their weak points?

    Thanks guys!

  2. (TYranitarFReak)

    (TYranitarFReak) New Member

    Ok, i'll give you your answers in point form so that you can easily get it.

    1) Gallade has a GOOD weakness - there's not much good :psychic: decks out there

    2) Gallade's attack is so versatile - High HP? ok, sonic blade. Low HP? Ok, the prize flipping attack

    3) Gardy & gardy X's powers - gardy speeds up the deck, and gardy X's teleportation works wonders with sonic blade

    4) Gallade is :fighting: type - well, lots of pokemons have :fighting: weak

    5) The deck has good starters - absol or furret or even stantler. They're all awesome to kick start the game.
  3. ~`Flygon`~

    ~`Flygon`~ New Member

    He got it right.

    It setups itself,it can do a max of 160 damage,and can shut you down at the same time.

    Funny thing is that Banette can beat this deck pretty easily if they T2 u and run rampant by takin 2-3 early prizes.
  4. Turtok

    Turtok New Member

    It's funny that you say that, because I figure that at least part of the reason that Gardevoir and Gallade are so over-used is that not only is it a good deck, it's also a decent to good counter to itself, seeing as how the main hitters of the deck have :psychic: weakness and one is :psychic: type.

    (For the record, Gardevoir is one of my favorite pokémon ever, and Gallade is one of my least favorites, so if I ever sound bitter in regards to a G&G deck, it's because Gallade seems to take the spotlight too often.)
  5. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    I'll make it simple. They share an evolution line, which reduces the space needed to put them into a deck. One can deal massive damage for OHKO, while the other accelerates the deck with its Poke-Power. The Lv.X can sweep up junk that was hit with Sonic Blade.

    A weak point to the deck is when a Lake Boundary or Crystal Beach is in play. Lake Boundary exploits their mono-weakness of psychic, and Crystal Beach wrecks their Double Rainbow Energy and Scrambles. The problem is that most GG decks I know don't play any Windstorm or counter Stadiums.
  6. vadrake

    vadrake New Member

    Because, beyond Gardelade itself, the only thing with an advantage on it is steel, which is sadly lacking.

    Its a shared evolution line, less you have to dig for, and rosane's becomes godly.

    Multi types easily supported allows for a quick answer to many things. You don't care whats hitting you so much as most problems will be knocked out in one shot.

    Galades attacks have been talked about, so has Gardeviors powers, but if you'v ever been hit with a Psylock at the right time, it really hurts.
  7. pichu bros. rox

    pichu bros. rox New Member

    Also, if half the tourny plays it, it is almost bound to win :thumb:
  8. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    Yeah, I think that is the main contribution to its success rate. The amount of play it sees. I find myself more successful with Magmortar/Typhlosion/Delcatty. And that deck is less popular, so it sees less victories. But say Magmortar was played as often or more than Gallade, then it would likely see a similar amount of victories.
  9. helghast101

    helghast101 New Member

    agreed. 100%
  10. Dom

    Dom New Member

    That's true most of the time.

    Gallade/Gardevoir is an amazing deck but in most formats there are decks that are MUCH better than those that are played most, that just go undiscovered/kept secret until the important tourneys. That's currently more true than ever. So this deck will continue to be played and continue to win for now even with people getting very concerned about Unown G's effect, which is definately overemphasised. Why is it good? Well obviously Gallade as an individual card is way above average in terms of power. It has the OPTION to OHKO pretty much anything once and 2HKO anything anytime, along with VERY big HP. W/ Gardy that can get you a second Supporter AND shut down powers in the same evo line, it doesn't take a genius to figure out there's something special there.

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