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'''Sceptile/Muk''' was a [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] {{TCG|deck archetype}} that saw moderate success during the 2003-2004 season, though it had largely fallen out of favor by the {{TCG|2004 World Championships}}, due in part to its relatively poor matchups against {{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Blaziken|3}}-based decks and {{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Gardevoir ex|96}}-based decks (such as {{TCG|RAMBO}} and {{TCG|Gardevoir/Magneton/Delcatty}}, respectively). Depending on the opponent's deck and the state of the field, Sceptile/Muk focused either on 1) locking down opposing {{TCG|Poké-POWER|Poké-POWERS}} and {{TCG|Poké-BODY|Poké-BODIES}} with {{TCG ID|EX Dragon|Muk ex|96}}'s ''Toxic Gas'' or 2) attacking the opponent with {{TCG ID|EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua|Sceptile ex|93}} while using a combination of the non-ex {{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Sceptile|20}}'s ''Energy Trans'' and {{TCG|Pokémon Nurse}} to prevent it from being Knocked Out.
 
==Strategy==
[[File:WurmpleEXDragon81.jpg|thumb|left|200px|{{TCG ID|EX Dragon|Wurmple|81}}]]
Depending on the opponent's deck and the state of the field, Sceptile/Muk focused either on 1) locking down opposing {{TCG|Poké-POWER|Poké-POWERS}} and {{TCG|Poké-BODY|Poké-BODIES}} with {{TCG ID|EX Dragon|Muk ex|96}}'s ''Toxic Gas'' or 2) attacking the opponent with {{TCG ID|EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua|Sceptile ex|93}} while using a combination of the non-ex {{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Sceptile|20}}'s ''Energy Trans'' and {{TCG|Pokémon Nurse}} to prevent it from being Knocked Out. Many decks of the era relied heavily on Poké-POWERS and Poké-BODIES, so ''Toxic Gas'' could greatly hamper an opponent's strategy. Muk ex, though a mediocre attacker on its own, could provide enough of a hindrance to buy time for the user to set up Sceptile ex on the bench. Because ''Toxic Gas'' only functioned while Muk ex was active,
 
==Key cards==