I use the following draw line in Standard:
I keep Sycamore on the low end because my main deck is very combo based.
“Gengar” is my main deck.
Gengar is a Stage 2 Pokémon.
Stage 2 Pokémon have a lot of moving parts.
2x Scyamore gives me that extra surge of draw power, but it doesn’t over-discard my deck.
I run extra copies of some of my key cards.
However, I can’t afford to lose tons of combo pieces.
4x Scyamore would mess up my combo oriented deck.
You will discard way to many key cards.
You will draw faster with 4x Scyamore, but the card quality will suffer.
Drawing faster doesn’t help if all your combo pieces are in the discard pile.
4x Cynthia is the best option for my deck.
Cynthia is a shuffle draw option.
It gives me a nice fresh hand with out killing all my combo pieces.
This allows me to draw them later.
3x N is a very neutral middle ground.
You run N to interfere with your opponents hand.
My Gengar deck doesn’t really fall behind in prize cards.
It is very neutral.
Sometimes, I get ahead in prizes.
Sometimes, I am little behind in prizes.
I am usually even with my opponent most times.
For theses reasons, I run N at 3 which is a middle road amount.
Next Rotation, I feel Scyamore has several acceptable replacement options:
I feel the below cards are unacceptable Scyamore replacement options:
-Ultra Recon Squad
I am thinking about the following Standard line up for my deck:
-2 Tata&Liza or CopyCat
I would love to use Hala, but my Gengar deck doesn’t run many GX Pokémon.
I would never get the 7 fresh cards.
I would love to use Lillie, but my Gengar deck will have to use Pokémon Fan Club turn 1.
I would never get the 8 fresh cards.
The process of elimination gives me only 2 real candidates.
Tata&Liza is a Guarantee 5 cards.
CopyCat has a RNG card amount.
I’m still debating what to use.
It depends on my games.
If I notice a lot of my opponents are holding 5+ card hands, I will use CopyCat.
The card draw amount is KING for me!
I will use the card that gives me the most draws in the majority of my games.
T&L is guaranteed 5.
CopyCat has to beat 5 in the majority of my games.
Edited by Player_Jay, 28 July 2018 - 10:33 PM.
It is said that if Gengar is hiding, it cools the area by nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit.