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MetaByss (TCG)

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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|weaknessesWeaknesses}} and were able to take advantage of the weaknessesWeaknesses 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 & Sapphire|Blaziken|3}} and {{TCG ID|EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua|Blaziken ex|89}} in the metagame (although the latter was also weak to Metagross itself), 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|60}} 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 for 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.
[[File:DunsparceEXSandstorm60.jpg|thumb|right|200px|{{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Dunsparce|60}}]]
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross|11}}''' - Metagross was one of the deck's two main attackers. Pending favorable coin flips, it was capable of doing large amounts of damage with 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, the deck's other primary attacker, served as a hard counter to {{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Blaziken|3}} and {{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.
* '''[[Metal Energy (Neo Genesis 19)|Special Metal Energy]]''' - Special Metal Energy reduced 10 damage done by attacks to the {{TCG|Metal|Metal-type}} Pokémon it was attached to. Thus, a Metagross with one or more Metal Energy attached was difficult for many decks to knockKnock outOut in one or even two attacks.
* '''{{TCG|Double Rainbow Energy}}''' - Double Rainbow Energy provided a way to power up either Metagross's ''Metal Juncture'' or Gorebyss's ''Mystic Water'' in fewer turns than usual.
[[File:MetagrossexEXHiddenLegends95.jpg|thumb|left|200px|{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross ex|95}}]]
''The following cards were often used in MetaByss in place of certain cards included in the above list.''
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross ex|95}}''' - While Metagross ex was incapable of hitting {{TCG|Psychic}}-weak Pokémon like its non-ex counterpart, and gave up two [[Appendix:Glossary (TCG)#Prize Card|Prize Cards]] when Knocked Out, some MetaByss players chose to include it as a way to deal surefire damage without the coin flips the non-ex Metagross required to attack.
* '''{{TCG|Magnetic Storm}}''' - Although Psychic-type Resistances were uncommon at the time, a MetaByss player playing in an unusual metagame may have wished to include one or two copies of Magnetic Storm.
* '''{{TCG|Ancient Tomb}}''' - Ancient Tomb, which negated the Weaknesses of each Pokémon in play, may seem counterintuitive given MetaByss' focus on taking advantage of opposing Weaknesses. However, it was useful against the {{TCG|Aqua archetype}}, which saw occasional play, and made it safer to use {{TCG ID|EX Hidden Legends|Metagross|11}} as an attacker in a pinch against {{TCG|Fire|Fire-type}} decks.
* '''{{TCG|Wally's Training}}''' - Wally's Training was favored by some as a search {{TCG|Supporter}} over (or in conjunction with) {{TCG|Professor Elm's Training Method}}. They served effectively the same purpose.
* '''{{TCG|Mr. Briney's Compassion}}''' - For many decks, a Metagross with one or more [[Metal Energy (Neo Genesis 19)|Special Metal Energy]] attached could prove difficult to Knock Out in one or even two attacks. Mr. Briney's Compassion allowed the MetaByss player to pick up a damaged Metagross,
* '''{{TCG|Professor Oak's Research}}''' -
* '''{{TCG|Pokémon Retriever}}''' -
* '''{{TCG|Celio's Network}}''' - Upon its release in {{TCG|EX FireRed & LeafGreen}}, Celio's Network replaced Professor Elm's Training Method and/or Wally's Training in most decks based around non-ex Pokémon.
==See also==