I’m not so sure about the Absol, I undresatnd your reasoning, but I think that just water would be better. Also you should just remove the pips and prinplups all together and add in 4 acro bike to add consistency. You should try:
+2 Jirachi EX
+4 Acro Bike
+1 VS Seeker
+1 ACE SPEC
You still have to deal with the problem of getting Empoleon out. There will be a point where Empoleon will start getting KO’d turn after turn. I doubt this deck can pull off 3-4 Archie’s in a game, much less by mid-game.
Pip and Prinplups are needed.
12 Energy isn’t needed in an Empoleon deck, too. 6-9 should suffice.
Than your thinking of a different strategy than me. I’m thinking of a turbo Empoleon that gets quick KOs for cheap. However, your argument makes sense, but I feel Miltank and/or Dusknoir would serve that position much better.
The problem is that other decks are also fast and brutal, so an early Empoleon will only have a few turns to survive. Relying on Archie to give you another Empoleon in time is risky. If you don’t get a back-up into play fast, you’ll just have a field of Robo Subs and Eggs that are getting sniped and pulverized. Running a Pip/Prinplup line in the deck will give you a greater chance of setting up more Empoleons while the first one attacks.
I also don’t see why 4 Eggs is necessary. Don’t you want to be thinning your hand out for Archie? I would run 1-2 at most, and try out Miltank FLF to make up for the lack of Basics.
I wasn’t talking about starting subs, I was talking about starting eggs. And once again, I’m talking about adding in other Pokes like Miltank, Dusknoir, and Leafeon as your back up attackers after Empoleon dies.