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Scizor/Cherrim (TCG)

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'''Scizor/Cherrim''' iswas a {{TCG|deck archetype}} in the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] that usescentered around {{TCG ID|Stormfront|Scizor|25}} and {{TCG ID|Stormfront|Cherrim|14}}, toboth dofrom athe fairly large{{TCG|Stormfront}} amount of damage for few energyexpansion. The deck is widelywas regarded as one of the best moderatelydecks competitiveof decksthe era for newer [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] players because of theits simplicity of itssimple strategy and theinexpensiveness. ease with whichAlthough it canwon beonly played.a handful Although it has won fewof tournaments, Scizor/Cherrim isvariants onewere of the longest surviving recognizeda archetypespart of itsorganized era, with variants springing upplay all the way from the {{TCG|Stormfront}} expansion's release tountil the present day. Theits listeventual shownrotation in this article is an aggressive one that would have been used in early 2010. Most builds runran a small Pokémon line to allow more room for {{TCG|Trainer card|Trainer}} and {{TCG|Supporter card}}s. Because of this, it iswas easily countered by decks such as {{TCG|DialgaChomp}} and {{TCG|VileGar}} which cancould impose a Trainer lock. The popularity of these archetypes means that Scizor/Cherrim is infrequently played.
[[File:RoseanneResearchSecretWonders125.jpg|thumb|left|{{TCG|Roseanne's Research}}]]
As mentioned above, Scizor/Cherrim employsemployed an extremely simplisticbasic strategy. The deck attemptsattempted to get many {{TCG ID|Stormfront|Scizor|25}} and {{TCG ID|Stormfront|Cherrim|14}} as quickly as possible, with {{e|Grass}}{{e|Grass}} and potentially {{TCG|Expert Belt}} attached to the former. One of Scizor/Cherrim's suffersdownsides fromwas athat, majorunlike restrictionmany ondecks itsof abilitythe to set up quicklyday, though,it becausecould thenot deckrely should not useon {{TCG|Poké-Power}}s. such Scizor's ''Pound Down'' attack does only 40 damage instead of 70 if the player has any Pokémon with Poké-Powers in play. This means the deck cannot abuseas {{TCG ID|Legends Awakened|Uxie|43}}'s ''Set Up'',. {{TCG ID|HeartGoldAs & SoulSilver|Sunflora|31}}'s ''Sunshine Grace''such, orits anyspeed otherwas Poké-Powersdependent thatcompletely couldon beTrainer very beneficial to the deckand ifSupporter includedcards. {{TCG ID|Legends Awakened|Unown R|77}} iswas an exception, since its ''Retire'' Poké-Power allowsforced the player to draw a card and discard Unown R after use, meaning it willdid not affect Scizor's damage output.
Scizor/Cherrim compensatescompensated for this handicap by utilizing a strong {{TCG|Trainer card|Trainer}} and {{TCG|Supporter card|Supporter}} {{TCG|engine}}. Cards such as {{TCG|Quick Ball}}, {{TCG|Luxury Ball}}, {{TCG|Poké Drawer +}}, and {{TCG|Pokémon Collector}} helphelped the deck set up quickly. As the deck cannotcould hitnot fordo as much damage as many other modern archetypes, suchof asthe {{TCG|Mother Flygon}}day, and doesdid not have waysthe todisruption disruptof thea opponent'sdeck strategysuch as decks like {{TCG|LuxChomp}} do, speed iswas its most essential aspect. The deck shouldaimed ideallyto have a Scizor ready to attack by turn two, at which point it attemptsattempted to take six prizes as quickly as possible so as not to prolong the game. Rather than keeping its main attacker alive, as {{TCG|Regigigas archetype|Regigigas}} and certain other decks dodid, an aggressive Scizor/Cherrim build sacrificessacrificed sturdiness for speed and power. When a Scizor is knocked out, {{TCG|Night Maintenance}} orand {{TCG|Palmer's Contribution}} isprovided useda tomeans shuffle it back into the deck, at which point the player can easily return it to the field using Trainerof cardsrecovery.
==Key Cards==
[[File:BrokenTimeSpacePlatinum104.jpg|thumb|right|{{TCG|Broken Time-Space}}]]
* '''{{TCG ID|Stormfront|Scizor|25}}''' - Scizor iswas the deck's main attacker. For {{e|Grass}}{{e|Grass}}, Scizor's ''Pound Down'' attack doesdid 70 damage if the player hashad no Pokémon with {{TCG|Poké-Power}}s in play. Factoring in the effects of Cherrim's ''Sunny Day'' {{TCG|Poké-Body}} and {{TCG|Expert Belt}}, ''Pound Down'' cancould hit for significant damage. Scizor's ''Accelerate'' attack, which costscost {{e|Colorless}}{{e|Colorless}}, doesdid a mediocre 30 damage. However, it iswas useful in that, if it knocksknocked out the Defending Pokémon, it preventsprevented all damage done to Scizor during the opponent's next turn. NotScizor toalso behad overlookeda isPoké-Body Scizor'scalled ''Honeycomb Defender'' Poké-Body, which effectively increases Scizor's HP by decreasingdecreased damage done to it by 40 when Scizor hasalready had six or more damage counters on it. Combined with Scizor's already decent 100 HP, which is considered good for a Stage 1 evolved Pokémon, and Expert Belt, which increasesincreased Scizor's HP to 120, ''Honeycomb Defender'' can makemade it difficult to knock Scizor out in two hits.
* '''{{TCG ID|Stormfront|Cherrim|14}}''' - Cherrim iswas the deck's mainprimary support Pokémon. Its ''Sunny Day'' Poké-Body allowsincreased eachthe damage dealt ofby the player's {{TCG|Grass|Grass-type}} Pokémon's attacks to doby 10 more damage. ''Sunny Day'' Bodies cancould be stacked, meaning a ''Pound Down'' with four Cherrim in play can dodid 110 damage without Expert Belt. Cherrim also makesmade a decent attacker in a pinch, with ''Salty-Sweet Pollen'' doing at least 20 damage, not factoring in ''Sunny Day'', for no energy cost. ''Salty-SweetThe Pollen''attack also removesremoved two damage counters from one of the Scizor/Cherrim player's Pokémon.
* '''{{TCG|Bebe's Search}}''' - Bebe's Search is simply a card that allowsallowed Scizor/Cherrim to set up faster by allowing the player to searchsearching out anya Pokémon out offrom the deck.
* '''{{TCG|Roseanne's Research}}''' - Since Scizor/Cherrim reliesrelied on {{TCG|Grass|Grass-type}} energies to attack. As such, Roseanne's Research iswas a versatile card that cancould be used to either grab the necessary energies to attack or search out necessary Basic Pokémon from the deck.
* '''{{TCG|Broken Time-Space}}''' - Scizor/Cherrim reliesrelied completely on Stage 1 evolution cards., and Broken Time-Space decreasesprovided thea timemeans neededto forget thethem deckout toquickly. set upInstead byof allowingwaiting thea playerturn to evolve, this {{TCG|Stadium ID|Stormfront|Scizor|25card}} andpermitted {{TCGplayers ID|Stormfront|Cherrim|14}}to one turnevolve fastertheir thanPokémon normalimmediately.
==Typical Decklist==
{{decklist/entry|1|{{TCG ID|Majestic Dawn|Unown Q|49}}|Psychic||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|4|{{TCG|Bebe's Search}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|2|{{TCG|Pokémon Collector}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG|Roseanne's Research}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|2|{{TCG|Pokémon Collector}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|2|{{TCG|Cynthia's Feelings}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|1|{{TCG|Professor Oak's New Theory}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|24|{{TCG|ExpertPoké BeltDrawer +}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|2|{{TCG|Pokémon Communication}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|1|{{TCG|Luxury Ball}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|2|{{TCG|Quick Ball}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|2|{{TCG|Night Maintenance}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|42|{{TCG|PokéExpert Drawer +Belt}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|1|{{TCG|Luxury Ball}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG|Broken Time-Space}}|Stadium||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|12|{{TCG|Grass Energy}}|Energy|Grass|None}}
==Possible Tech Cards==
[[File:ProfessorOakNewTheoryHeartGoldSoulSilver101UnownGGreatEncounters57.jpg|thumb|left|{{TCG ID|ProfessorGreat Oak'sEncounters|Unown New TheoryG|57}}]]
* '''{{TCG ID|Great Encounters|Unown G|57}}''' - Unown G prevents Scizor/Cherrim's Pokémon from being affected by the attacks of certain main archetypes of the day, such as {{TCG ID|Stormfront|Gengar|18}}'s ''Shadow Room'' attack and {{TCG ID|Stormfront|Machamp|20}}'s ''Take Out'' attack, from the {{TCG|Mother Gengar}} and {{TCG|Machamp archetype|Machamp}} archetypes, respectively.
* '''{{TCG|Professor Oak'sPokédex VisitHANDY910is}}''' or- {{TCG|ProfessorThis Oak'scard Newwas Theory}}a -plausible Thesealternative cardsto simplyPoké allowDrawer for+. extra drawingAlthough andPoké Drawer + provided a potentiallystronger fastereffect setup.when two Theywere areplayed moretogether, luck-reliantPokédex thancould searchingbe cardsplayed suchimmediately asand {{TCG|Bebe'swithout Search}},reservation. but canPlayers havewho aplayed betterPokédex over Poké Drawer + essentially sacrificed power for payoffconsistency.
* '''{{TCG|Victory Medal}}''' - Although Victory Medal was relatively difficult to obtain (it was available only to winners of [[Play! Pokémon#Battle Road Tournaments|Battle Road]] tournaments), it was another alternative to Poké Drawer +.
[[Category:Deck archetypes]]