Two things, with the release of Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick and the current trend toward Mega EX battles I really think Lucario EX has a solo career ahead of him. I know the first thought in everyone’s mind is why not use Landorus EX too? Well the answer is simple, it doesn’t have a Mega.
These two comments got me thinking a lot about the card Lucario EX and his Mega form.
- The Mega only needs 3 energy instead of 4 like most other Megas.
- The Mega is a fighting pokemon and has all that great fighting support.
- There is no Spirit Link.
- Mewtwo EX (physic types) wreck it.
I read Andrew Wamboldt’s article about Tricks and Balls, and was shocked that Mega Lucario EX wasn’t even considered…probably because there is no Spirit Link.
Well I’m writing this to tell you guys that a Spirit Link isn’t needed for Mega Lucario EX to be a threat, Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick is the secret key.
Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick
Keep Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick (133/160) around in case your hand starts to get low on cards. If it’s the last card you’re holding and you play it, you get to draw five cards and put any Fighting-type Pokémon from your discard pile onto your Bench! For example, if Primal Groudon-EX gets Knocked Out, you can use Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick to get it back in play—and avoid the rule that ends your turn!
Here is the list I have been testing:
3 Lucario EX
2 Mega Lucario EX
2 Landorus FFI
2 Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick
1 Lysandre’s Trump Card
3 VS Seeker
2 Ultra Ball
2 Repeat Ball
2 Muscle Band
2 Silver Bangles
2 Focus Sash
2 Weakness Policy
1 Professor Letter
1 Startling Megaphone
1 Battle Compressor
1 Computer Search
1 Fighting Stadium
1 Silent Lab
1 Scorched Earth
4 Strong Energy
6 Fighting Energy
The one card I was wanting when I played this deck was Switch, but I just didn’t know if it was necessary, as long as when you bench Lucario EX you attach an energy, switch really shouldn’t be needed. Also Hawchlua has free retreat and that is a major help too.
About the strategy, if you read Andrew’s article he tells you that the best way to maximize Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick is to use cards such as Battle Compressor, Junpier, Ultra Ball, Computer Search to get 2 things into the discard, Mega Lucario EX and Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick. From then on you are trying to get you hand down to only a VS Seeker, so you can use Maxie, by-pass the Mega Evolution Rule and draw 5 fresh cards!
Of course now you have an energy-less Mega on your bench waiting to attack. This is where I bring in Landorus FFI, attach and energy to the Mega for turn, use Shout of Power to get the second energy on the Mega, then next turn retreat the Landorus FFI, attach third energy for turn and start swinging.
This deck so far is extremely fast, you can start hitting your opponent turn 2 for up to 70 dmg with just one energy and continue to apply pressure all game. The best thing I discovered was the interaction between Hawchlua and Silent Lab. With Silent Lab in play you can use Hawchlua to attack EX’s for weakness, which is incredibly powerful. Also Hawchlua with a Focus Sash can survive 2 hits, which means he can place 120+ dmg on the board for just 1 energy, provided you don’t get lasered, also really powerful. I included 2 Weakness Policies and they have helped a lot to negate Con#2 above. Give it a try and let me know what you guys think. Thanks.