Written by Pokemon TCG trainer on 1/27/2022 at category Deck Lists
Hello everybody! I hope you had a great holiday filled with lots of family time and safe ventures. As a continuing series on PTCGO Store, I’ve enjoyed writing about Gym Leader Challenge (GLC) content! Today, I’ve written about my favorite GLC deck, Colourless Control. Spoiler alert: this deck is not for beginners or the faint of heart. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s hop to it!
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Rules of the Gym Leader Challenge (GLC) Format:
- Only one type of Pokemon can be included in your deck.
- No Rule Box Pokemon; e.g. V, GX, EX, TAG TEAM, Prism Star, BREAK Pokemon
- The format is Black & White on, meaning all cards in the Black & White block, XY block, Sun & Moon block, and finally the Sword and Shield block.
- The regular Expanded bans do NOT apply, meaning you can play Chip Chip Ice Axe, Lt. Surge's Strategy, Forest of Giant Plants, and many more you wouldn't usually be able to play in the Expanded Format!
- You can include Pokemon with Alpha traits as those are not considered Rule Boxes.
- Lysandre’s Trump Card and Oranguru UPR are banned.
- And finally, one of the most important rules you cannot have more than one of every card in your deck except for Basic Energy, even if the cards have different attacks; same name, same card!
NOTE: This deck is extremely difficult to pilot to success, and I’d only suggest taking it to a tournament if you are well-versed with Control-style decks! That being said, please practice lots to ensure you understand the ins and outs of this deck.
The ultimate goal of this deck is to deck out our opponent by trapping a Pokémon active and using Bellelba & Brycen-Man over and over. We recycle resources with Bunnelby and drawback into them with Pidgeotto. Here’s a walkthrough of what to do in phases, because that is probably the best way to describe it:
EARLY TURNS: Check your Prize Cards on your first search to find out what you don’t have access to. Begin using search Supporters and draw Supporters to setup Pidgeotto as well as Cincinno. Try to amass a lot of cards in your hand as soon as possible, hiding behind non-key Pokémon like Snorlax or Shining Arceus (or perhaps Lillie’s Poke Doll / Robo Substitute). Try to fetch key cards (the cards listed below) out of the Prize Cards using Gladion and Peonia.
MID GAME: When the opponent has drawn three Prize Cards, you can begin initiating our game plan (provided you have the cards to do so). Ensure you have all key cards, and that your deck doesn’t have anything key left in it.
Step 1 - Play Reset Stamp. Ensure there is a Stadium card in play, and use Delinquent to get the opponent down to 0 cards. Evolve into Delcatty to get back Lt. Surge and another Supporter of choice. Play Scoop Up Net on Delcatty, and bench back down Skitty.
Step 2 - Play Counter Catcher on a Pokémon that can’t currently attack, and has at least a retreat cost of two. If they have less than that, play Galar Mine.
Step 3 - Evolve into Delcatty to get back Lt. Surge and another Supporter of choice. Play Scoop Up Net on Delcatty, and bench back down Skitty.
Step 4 - Ensure you have used all abilities in play. Play down Hex Maniac (you can skip this part if your opponent doesn’t have any valuable abilities in play). Play down Bellelba & Brycen-Man. Use Chip-Chip Ice Axe and give the opponent the worst possible card depending on the situation. Use Bunnelby to Rototiller back in Chip-Chip Ice Axe and Scoop Up Net.
Step 5 - Your deck should have two cards left when you begin this turn. Draw for a turn. Use Pidgeotto to Air Mail into your last card in the deck.
LOOP - Repeat Steps 3-5 until the opponent decks out efficiently. They should be ability-locked and hand-locked out of the game, with you controlling their top-deck each turn.
Pokemon - 10
1 Minccino LTR 104
1 Cinccino SSH 147
1 Pidgey TEU 121
1 Pidgeotto TEU 123
1 Skitty CES 120
1 Delcatty CES 121
1 Bunnelby PRC 121
1 Munchlax UNM 173
1 Shining Arceus SLG 57
1 Snorlax VIV 131
Trainer Cards - 47
1 Gladion CIN 95
1 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
1 Escape Rope BUS 114
1 Hapu UNM 200
1 Peonia CRE 149
1 Hex Maniac AOR 75
1 Lt. Surge's Strategy HIF 60
1 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
1 Milo RCL 161
1 Field Blower GRI 125
1 Team Flare Grunt GEN 73
1 Brigette BKT 134
1 Sightseer LOT 189
1 Captivating Pokepuff STS 99
1 Delinquent BKP 98
1 Winona ROS 96
1 Bellelba & Brycen-Man CEC 186
1 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
1 Ingo & Emmett TEU 144
1 Pokémon Ranger STS 104
1 Faba LOT 173
1 Chip-Chip Ice Axe UNB 165
1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
1 Trainers' Mail ROS 92
1 Acro Bike CES 123
1 Robo Substitute PHF 102
1 Reset Stamp UNM 206
1 Hiker CST 133
1 Nest Ball SUM 123
1 Quick Ball FST 237
1 Battle Compressor PHF 92
1 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
1 Pal Pad SSH 172
1 Counter Catcher CIN 91
1 Rescue Scarf DRX 115
1 Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197
1 Ultra Ball SLG 68
1 Pokégear 3.0 SSH 174
1 Tag Call CEC 206
1 Ball Guy SHF 65
1 Lusamine CRI 96
1 VS Seeker PHF 109
1 Echoing Horn CRE 136
1 Float Stone BKT 137
1 Sky Pillar CES 144
1 Tropical Beach PR-BLW 50
1 Galar Mine RCL 160
Energy - 3
1 Recycle Energy UNM 212
1 Capture Energy RCL 171
1 Fire Energy 2
Key TCG Cards
1 Bunnelby - The heart and soul of our deck, this card was once banned within this format for having an “Alpha Trait”, which can be perceived as a Rule Box (which goes against the rules of the GLC format). However, it’s been unbanned now, and its predecessor, Oranguru, was banned in place. Bunnelby is very fragile, however, it can recycle the two cards (using Rototiller x2 [because of the Alpha Trait allowing it to attack twice]) we’ll need to complete our lock: Scoop Up Net and Chip-Chip Ice Axe. Burrow is also unique because it can expedite our strategy to win once our opponent has 8 cards in the deck - we can use Lt. Surge’s Strategy, Brycen Man & Bellelba, VS Seeker, and double Burrow to mill our opponent!
1-1 Cincinno - A very aggressive draw Pokemon that will aid us in drawing through our deck. It can also potentially take KOs provided you need to take a Prize Card.
1-1 Pidgeotto - Pidgeotto is a less aggressive drawer than Cincinno, however, it has an extremely important purpose: once you get your deck down to 0 cards, and Rototiller two cards back into your deck with Bunnelby, you’ll need to use Air Mail + the card you draw for your turn in order to redraw into the resources you just shuffled back in. If you used Cincinno’s Make Do ability, you would need to discard a card each time to draw; this would very quickly run you out of cards in hand to discard, and you would lose the game within a finite amount of turns. Pidgeotto provides longevity and the ability to have an infinite amount of turns to outlast the opponent.
1-1 Delcatty - A Pokémon lime that can infinitely recycle Supporter cards with Scoop Up Net.
1 Shining Arceus - A key card to buy time with against the likes of Amazing Raikou and Amazing Kyogre.
1 Snorlax - A searchable way to draw cards very easily.
1 Munchlax - A way to get back key resources that have been discarded. I only use this Pokémon if I’m not attacking or using Snorlax’s Gormandizer ability.
1 Peonia / 1 Gladion - These are vital because you need a few key pieces to establish our “lock” with this deck. Peonia is the most efficient way of getting these pieces out of the Prize Cards. If you only have one key piece in the Prize Cards, Gladion is awesome to fetch it out - sometimes, you even need to Gladion for your Peonia! These are essential since we don’t deal damage in our deck, therefore we can’t take Prize Cards reliably.
1 Reset Stamp / 1 Delinquent - A key combo that must be utilized in order to get our opponent’s hand down to zero cards. Keep in mind Delinquent requires a Stadium in play to use.
1 Chip-Chip Ice Ace / 1 Hiker - Ice Axe is one of the most important cards in our deck. It allows us to control our opponent’s top deck, and feed them cards that aren’t Supporters or useful energy. Hiker does the same thing, but it also can be a “safety net” on the off chance that Ice Axe sees multiple good cards for the opponent.
1 Scoop Up Net - This card allows us to reuse Delcatty’s ability over and over, giving us infinite Supporters.
1 Lt. Surge’s Strategy - A perfect card for a deck that will theoretically always be behind in Prize Cards. This card helps us achieve an impossible lock for the opponent to get out of.
1 Hex Maniac - The first of two Supporter cards you’ll want to loop. Spamming Hex Maniac is necessary against decks that play draw Pokémon, such as Octillery in Water decks.
1 Bellelba & Brycen-Man - Once we whittle our deck down to no cards, we can play this card with effectively zero drawbacks! It expedites the milling process as well. This card is the 2nd Supporter card we play after Lt.Surge.
1 Echoing Horn / 1 Captivating Pokepuff - These are what I like to deem our “trap cards”. These are essential for any opponent who may know how to play against Control decks effectively: by not playing down any Pokémon that we can trap easily. Both of these cards will help us by limiting the degree to which our opponent can play around with our strategy. Eventually, we can force a Pokémon onto our opponent’s bench either from their discard pile or their hand.
1 Galar Mine - A great Stadium to trap Pokémon in the action with either free retreat or a single retreat cost. This card isn’t essential in all games, but it makes it so that any Pokémon can be a possible target.
1 Field Blower - A vital card against the likes of Air Balloon and Float Stone as well as if the opponent is playing Garbodor GRI to shut down our abilities.
- Professor’s Sycamore
- Ingo & Emmet
- Cynthia & Caitlin
You’ll notice something in common with all of these cards: none of them are shuffle-draw cards! We don’t want to waste any time by shuffling our hand back into the deck: we would much rather dig deeper into our deck by playing straight-draw cards. Many of these cards attempt to emulate playing multiple copies of Professor Sycamore within this singleton format. It works quite well at achieving our goal of hitting the bottom of our deck.
- Ball Guy
- Guzma & Hala
These are cards to help us swiftly setup our Pidgeotto as well as our Cincinno as quickly as possible. This will aid our draw engine and help us get to the bottom of our deck.
- 1 Recycle Energy - An amazing card in a Control deck in order to keep looping attacks with Bunnelby. We’re going to get KO’ed a lot, so this card gives us access to infinite energy in theory.
- 1 Capture Energy - A great option for setup, and it’s searchable via Guzma & Hala.
- 1 Fire Energy - This is the 60th card in this deck. It’s in here to ensure we don’t lose to Faba. It’s Fire-type because it can be searched out via Giant Hearth or discarded via Scorched Earth if the opponent plays either of those.
This format is a labor of love from the people who love to play this game the most; every single match is just played in the spirit of Pokemon, and it really shows how creative people can get in the middle of a pandemic. I would suggest trying this format out with your friends and I’d consider trying out different types of pokemon online decks (as well as different types of cards). The whole expanded format is your oyster, so choose your slots wisely! The decks discussed in this article require some new stuff from some new sets, as well as some old stuff from previous expanded expansions, so you should check out our shop for your PTCGO codes. I’d suggest nabbing some PTCGL codes and building some GLC format decks online because this format will only get more popular as more online tournaments are released for it. Until next time, have fun!
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