Queendom was a popular competitive deck in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the 2004/2005 season. The deck was widely accepted as one of, if not the, best decks in the game, and even won a World Championship title, the highest possible honor for a player and their deck. Although the deck is now banned from Play! Pokémon, due to the Rotation of the deck's key cards, it still remains a staple deck in the history of competitive Pokémon TCG playing.
The deck is presumed to have been created some time in 2004, chiefly developed by Pablo Meza, Jeremy Maron, and Adam Capriola, three of the top players in the world at the time. Especially notable is Maron, who won Worlds with Queendom that year and finished with a Premier Rating of 2001.00, fifth in the world at the time. Meza also placed third in Worlds that year, also with Queendom.
After coming up with the idea for the deck, Meza, Maron, and Capriola playtested the deck intensely for months against almost every possible archetype of the time, so as to assure that Queendom had no unforeseen weaknesses. This clearly paid off, as the deck took two of the top three spots at the World Championships that season.
Like many of the best decks in the game's history, the strategy of Queendom is fairly straightforward. Pidgey is the ideal start so that the player can get a Pidgeot out as soon as possible. Pidgeot's Quick SearchPokémon Power reads that "Once during your turn (before your attack), you may choose any 1 card from your deck and put it into your hand." As can be assumed, this was chiefly used for setting up in the early game, and for getting any other cards needed in the late game. Quick Search in this deck was mainly meant to be used to set up at least one Nidoqueen as quickly as possible.
Nidoqueen is the deck's main attacker and cornerstone. In fact, the deck's name is clearly derived from Nidoqueen. Nidoqueen has two powerful attacks, Toxic and Power Lariat. Toxic Poisons the Defending Pokémon for only one energy. However, Toxic was especially good because instead of placing one damage counter on the Defending Pokémon between turns, like typical poison, it placed two damage counters. This was extremely good for the time. Power Lariat did more damage based on the number of Evolved Pokémon the Queendom player had in play. For an energy cost of only , it could do up to 90 damage. Again, this was spectacular for the time. Since Pidgeot's Quick Search helps the Queendom player evolve their Pokémon quickly, Power Lariat was an especially effective combo with Pidgeot.
In essence, the basic strategy of the deck is to use Quick Search and other effects to get out a Nidoqueen and other evolutions attacking as quickly as possible.
Nidoqueen is, as mentioned above, the main attacking Pokémon in the deck.
Nidoran♀ is, again, there to evolve into Nidoqueen. Its Call For Friends attack also makes it a viable starter Pokémon, since Basic Pokémon are a significant part of the deck's success.
Nidorina actually has a purpose other than evolving. Its Fast Evolution attack allows the player to search their deck for up to two evolution cards and add them to their hand. This is especially useful in Queendom because a centerpiece of the deck is, in fact, the concept of "fast evolution" so as to power up Nidoqueen's Power Lariat attack.
Celio's Network was a staple card in almost every deck at the time, due to its fantastic ability to search any Pokémon (except Pokémon-ex) from a player's deck. It speeds up Queendom and makes it easier to get out Nidoqueen and Pidgeot.
Queendom is also the name of the deck used by Jeremy Maron, Fifteen and Over Division Champion in the 2005 World Championships. It is one of the four 2005 World Championships Decks, released on October 31st, 2005. Each deck comes packaged with a 2005 World Championships Booklet. Each card features a silver border, Maron's signature, and limited edition 2005 World Championships back. None of the cards are tournament legal.
Jeremy Maron built a powerhouse of a deck! Nidoqueen for power, Pidgeot for card drawing, and Milotic for surprises. Nidoqueen's Power Lariat Knock Out your opponent's Pokémon, drawing strength from your Evolved Pokémon on the Bench and warming your Bench up for the battle!
The deck list below is based on Maron's deck from the World Championships. A player may wish to change any part of this deck when building his or her own version.
Since literally all the cards in the deck have been rotated out since the height of the deck's popularity, the deck is unplayable in sanctioned tournaments. Various "new-age" versions of the deck have been tried, centered around other Nidoqueen cards, but none have been quite so successful as the deck that won the 2005 World Championships.