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==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 benchBench. Because ''Toxic Gas'' only functioned while Muk ex was activeActive, the Sceptile/Muk player could elect to move Muk ex to the Bench should he or she wish to use ''Energy Trans''. Sceptile/Muk decks typically played a high count of switching cards such as {{TCG|Switch}} and {{TCG|Warp Point}} to maximize the deck's ability to move Muk ex to and from the Active position at will.
 
Switch and Warp Point also supported Sceptile ex, the deck's main attacker. By using a combination of one of these {{TCG|Trainer card|Trainer cards}} and retreating, the player could use Sceptile ex's ''Slashing Strike'' (which did 100 damage, enough to knock out most non-{{TCG|Pokémon-ex|ex}} and {{TCG|Basic Pokémon|Basic}} ex Pokémon of the era) on consecutive turns. Sceptile ex's other two attacks, ''Green Heal'' (which heals 40 damage from each of the user's Pokémon with {{e|Grass}} attached) and ''Poison Ring'' (which does 40 damage and prevents the targeted Pokémon from retreating) also make good use of Switch and Warp Point. Switching between attackers can allow for more healing with ''Green Heal'', and Warp Point can potentially force the opponent to promote an undesirable Pokémon which can then be locked in the Active position with ''Poison Ring''.
 
Sceptile/Muk's consistency engine was slightly different than most decks of the era in that it did not rely on {{TCG ID|EX Sandstorm|Dunsparce|60}} in the early game. Because it utilized exclusively {{TCG|Grass|Grass-type}} Pokémon, {{TCG ID|EX Dragon|Wurmple|81}} was a better option. Wurmple's ''Call for Friends'' attack could fill up the user's Bench, while Dunsparce's ''Strike and Run'' searched out only three Basic Pokémon. The {{TCG|Supporter card|Supporter cards}} used were a hodgepodge of drawing Supporters, combined with {{TCG|Professor Elm's Training Method}} (as the deck relied so heavily on {{TCG|Evolution card|Evolution cards}} and {{TCG|Oracle}}. Though Sceptile/Muk could not abuse Oracle to the same degree as a deck that ran Trainer- or Poké-POWER-based draw such as {{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Delcatty|5}}, it was still useful in preparing for the following turn. The only semi-common card that would negate this strategy was {{TCG|Desert Shaman}}, which was played relatively sparingly compared to hand disruption cards of later eras such as {{TCG|N}} and {{TCG|Judge}}.
 
==Key cards==
* '''[[File:PokemonNurseExpedition145.jpg|thumb|right|200px|{{TCG ID|EXPokémon Team Magma vs Team Aqua|Sceptile ex|93Nurse}}''' - ]]
* '''{{TCG ID|EX RubyTeam &Magma Sapphirevs Team Aqua|Sceptile ex|2093}}''' - Sceptile ex was the deck's main attacker in most matchups. With three attacks, it was quite versatile: ''Green Heal'' was useful for healing damaged Pokémon, ''Poison Ring'' did moderate damage and prevented the opponent from retreating, and ''Slashing Strike'' was capable of Knocking Out many opposing Pokémon in one hit. With 150HP, Sceptile ex could withstand at least one attack from most Pokémon, giving the option to heal it with ''Green Heal'' or Pokémon Nurse. It also resisted {{TCG|Water|Water-type}} Pokémon, giving it an advantageous matchup against decks such as {{TCG|Wailord/Fossils}} and {{TCG|Walrein/Milotic}}. However, its Weakness to {{TCG|Fire|Fire-type}} Pokémon made it near-worthless against {{TCG|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Blaziken|3}}-based decks, which were very popular at the time.
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Dragon|MukRuby ex& Sapphire|Sceptile|9620}}''' - The non-ex Sceptile was not a particularly strong attacker, but its ''Energy Trans'' {{TCG|Poké-POWER}} (along with the obvious fact that it utilized the same evolution line as Sceptile ex) justified its inclusion in the deck. The Energy movement effect Sceptile provided was useful for switching between attackers and negating the downside of Pokémon Nurse.
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Dragon|WurmpleMuk ex|8196}}''' - Muk ex provided the deck a secondary strategy alongside the attacking/healing strategy provided by the Sceptile line. Its ''Toxic Gas'' Poké-BODY was capable of shutting down many decks that relied on Poké-POWERS and Poké-BODIES; even relatively poor matchups like {{TCG|RAMBO}} struggled when deprived of Delcatty's ''Energy Draw'' and Blaziken's ''Firestarter''. Though not a particularly strong attacker in a vacuum, Muk ex's moderate damage output combined with ''Toxic Gas'' was enough to overrun some decks, or at least provide the Sceptile/Muk player with enough time to set up Sceptile ex and Sceptile.
* '''{{TCG ID|PokémonEX NurseDragon|Wurmple|81}}''' - Wurmple was the deck's ideal starter; it could fill the user's Bench with Grass-type Pokémon for one Energy with its ''Call for Friends'' attack.
* '''{{TCG|Pokémon Nurse}}''' - Pokémon Nurse provided an identical effect to {{TCG|Max Potion}}, a heavily played card in more recent years, though in Supporter form. It healed all damage from one of the user's Pokémon, but discarded all Energy attached to said Pokémon. Combined with ''Energy Trans'', the latter effect could be avoided.
* '''{{TCG|Rare Candy}}''' - Rare Candy was used to accelerate the deck's ability to get Sceptile and Sceptile ex into play.
* '''{{TCG|Switch}}''' and '''{{TCG|Warp Point}}''' - Switch and Warp Point were useful for a variety of reasons: switching a Muk ex out of the Active position to use ''Energy Trans''; moving damaged attackers to the Bench to heal with ''Green Heal''; using ''Slashing Strike'' multiple turns in a row; and forcing the opponent to promote an undesirable Pokémon to lock active with ''Poison Ring''.
 
==Typical decklist==
 
==Possible tech cards==
[[File:SceptileEXRubySapphire11.jpg|thumb|rightleft|200px|{{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Sceptile|11}}]]
''The following cards were sometimes used in Sceptile/Muk in place of certain cards included in the above list.''
* '''{{TCG ID|EX Ruby & Sapphire|Sceptile|11}}''' -