As long as I can remember since Claydol GE has become popular as draw support in decks, people have always been teching it in as a 2-2 line, being 2 Baltoy, and 2 Claydol. In the past few days, however, I have seen in some threads that people are starting to use 2-3 Claydol, meaning that there is one more Claydol in the deck then there is Baltoy. I was immediately baffled the first time I saw it, and had to ask someone why. They responded, saying that it made the Claydol more consistent and easier to get, and it lowers the chances of getting a Baltoy start. However, this doesn't make sense to me for a couple of reasons: 1. It doesn't really prevent Baltoy starts: Whether or not you have a third Claydol or not, the chances of getting a Baltoy as your only basic Pokemon still remain the same. The number of Claydols doesn't change how many Basic Pokemon you have in your deck at all, so the chances of Baltoy being in your opening hand are the same. 2. Dead cards: That third Claydol is a dead card. You could only possibly have 2 Claydol on the field at the same time, so that Claydol still lingers around somewhere, as a dead card. I believe that the best way to build a deck is so that at any given time, no matter what card you draw, that card can benefit you in some way. Sequentially, drawing a card that could not serve you any purpose in any way would b dangerous, as that wastes one more card you could have drawn, and it fills up your hand with a card you can't use. 3. Prize issue: Sure, 2-3 Claydol's effectiveness could be argued with the fact that it is less likely that a vital Claydol would be prized, but that doesn't make sense either. The odds of getting a Baltoy prized are pretty much the same, so it doesn't make much of a difference. If that Baltoy IS prized, then you are worse off then if a Baltoy was prized in 2-2 Claydol, as now you have 2 dead cards, not just 1. Could somebody explain to me exactly what the benefits of 2-3 Claydol are? Discuss.