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MetaByss (TCG)

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|caption={{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross|11}} and {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Gorebyss|18}}
|cards={{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross|11}}, {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Gorebyss|18}}, [[Metal Energy (Neo Genesis 19)|Special Metal Energy]], and {{TCG|Double Rainbow Energy}}
'''MetaByss''' was a [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] {{TCG|deck archetype}} that saw success toward the end of the 2003-2004 season, after the release of {{TCG|EX Hidden Legends}} in June 2004. Its name is a blend of {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|MetaGrossMetagross|11}} and {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Gorebyss|18}}, the deck's two main attackers. MetaByss was one of several popular deck archetypes of the era to include Gorebyss, the others being {{TCG|CroByss}}; {{TCG|Jumpluff/Gorebyss}}; and a number of decks focusing on {{TCG|Stage 1 Pokémon|Stage 1}} attackers. <!--If you have information about MetaByss' tournament performance, please include it here!-->
The prime reason {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross|11}} and {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Gorebyss|18}} were used in tandem was not for any inherent synergy in their effects, but in their {{TCG|Type|typing}}. Together, they covered each other's {{TCG|Weakness|weaknesses}} and were able to take advantage of the weaknesses of many other attackers of the era. Furthermore, each were capable of abusing {{TCG|Double Rainbow Energy}} to attack faster. As a dual {{TCG|Psychic}}/{{TCG|Metal|Metal-type}}, Metagross attacked for increased damage against popular Pokémon such as {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Walrein|15}}, {{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Gardevoir ex|96}}, and {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Crobat|3}} (a frequent fixture in other Gorebyss decks). Metagross was weak to {{TCG|Fire}}, which was problematic due to the prevalence of {{TCG ID|EX Ruby and& Sapphire|Blaziken|3}} and {{TCG ID|EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua|Blaziken ex|89}} in the metagame, so Gorebyss served to counter Fire-types.
Although the primary goal of the deck was simple (attack as soon and as often as possible with either Metagross or Gorebyss, depending on the matchup), there was no clear-cut path on how to optimally accomplish this. A particular area of contention involved which {{TCG|Beldum}} to use. There were three options: [[Beldum (EX Hidden Legends 28)]], [[Beldum (EX Hidden Legends 29)]], and [[Beldum (EX Hidden Legends 54)]]. The first had a {{TCG|Poké-BODY}}, ''Levitate'', that granted it free retreat if it had any {{TCG|Energy card|Energy}} attached. This was useful both in tandem with a starter Pokémon such as {{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Dunsparce|4}} or {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Jirachi|8}}, as it provides a way to easily retreat Beldum and attack with a preferable Pokémon instead. ''Levitate'' was particularly useful given Metagross's ''Metal Juncture'' {{TCG|Poké-POWER}}, which could be used to move {{TCG ID|Neo Genesis|Metal Energy|19}} used to retreat off of Beldum and onto an attacking Metagross later in the game. The second Beldum, numbered 29, had a Poké-POWER called ''Magnetic Call'' that allowed the user to flip a coin once during his or her turn, and (upon a successful flip) search his or her deck for another Beldum and place it onto the Bench. The third Beldum, numbered 54, had a ''Call Forfor Family'' attack for a cost of {{e|Colorless}}, which searched the deck for one {{TCG|Basic Pokémon}} and placed it onto the user's Bench. Unlike the other two Beldum, which were {{TCG|Metal|Metal-type}}, this Beldum was {{TCG|Psychic|Psychic-type}} and thus not weak to Fire, giving it greater staying power against Blaziken-based decks.
MetaByss lists also often differed in their choice of starting Pokémon. Like most decks of the era, MetaByss often relied on {{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Dunsparce|60}}'s ''Strike and Run'' attack to set up, but a more aggressive player may have felt that Dunsparce was redundant when included in a deck already running either the ''Magnetic Call'' or ''Call for Family'' Beldum and opted to run {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Jirachi|8}} instead. The list below runs both, making it less consistent but more versatile.
==Key cards==
[[File:DesertShamanSkyridge123DunsparceEXSandstorm60.jpg|thumb|right|200px|{{TCG ID|DesertEX ShamanSandstorm|Dunsparce|60}}]]
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross|11}}''' - CrobatMetagross was one of the deck's two primarymain attackers. Pending favorable coin flips, it was capable of attackingdoing forlarge onlyamounts oneof ordamage twowith its ''Squared Attack'', as well as abusing the effects of both [[Metal Energy. (Neo Genesis 19)|Special Metal Energy]] and {{TCG|Double Rainbow Energy}}.
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Gorebyss|18}}''' - Gorebyss served as, the deck's other primary attacker, and served as a hard counter to {{TCG ID|EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua|Blaziken ex|89}}.
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Dunsparce|60}}''' - Dunsparce was the deck's ideal starter Pokémon. With its ''Strike and Run'' attack, Dunsparce could instantly give the player a strong setup; most decks of the time relied on Dunsparce early in the game.
* '''{{TCG[[Metal Energy (Neo Genesis 19)|DesertSpecial Shaman}}Metal Energy]]''' - DesertSpecial ShamanMetal providedEnergy areduced means10 fordamage CroByssdone toby downsizeattacks to the opponent's{{TCG|Metal|Metal-type}} hand,Pokémon whichit was particularlyattached effective in combination with either of Crobat's attacksto. Because CroByss wasThus, a quickMetagross deckwith thatone oftenor setmore upMetal beforeEnergy itsattached opponent,was adifficult Desertfor Shamanmany earlydecks into theknock gameout wasin typicallyone muchor moreeven disastroustwo for an opponent than for the Crobyss playerattacks.
* '''{{TCG|Double Rainbow Energy}}''' - Double Rainbow Energy provided a way to power up either CrobatMetagross's ''TripleMetal PoisonJuncture'' or Gorebyss's ''Mystic Water'' in onlyfewer oneturns turnthan usual.
==Typical decklist==
{{decklist/entry|4|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|CrobatMetagross|311}}|GrassPsychic|Metal|Rare Holo}}
{{decklist/entry|32|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|GolbatMetang|3644}}|GrassMetal||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|43|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|ZubatBeldum|8354}}|GrassPsychic||Common}}
{{decklist/entry|1|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Beldum|29}}|Metal||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Gorebyss|18}}|Water||Rare}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Clamperl|58}}|Water||Common}}
{{decklist/entry|43|{{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Dunsparce|60}}|Colorless||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|41|{{TCG ID|DesertEX ShamanHidden Legends|Jirachi|8}}|SupporterPsychic|Metal|UncommonCommon}}
{{decklist/entry|4|{{TCG|Steven's Advice}}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG|Professor }}|Supporter||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG|Pokémon Reversal}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}
{{decklist/entry|3|{{TCG|Fast Ball}}|Trainer||Uncommon}}