This Deck is Adventurous!

Hey Pokémon Trainers, I am back with another juicy article that will hopefully whet your appetite for the newest deck on the block. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Zach Lesage, and I most recently placed first at the Players Cup II. My goal for this article is to showcase the strengths of this new Control deck and explain how it works! As a super awesome bonus, you can acquire the cards for this deck cheaper by using code zlesage5 here at! Without further ado, let’s look over this amazing concept!

Alolan Muk / Retreat Lock Control Deck

Before I post the deck here, I do want to give a huge shoutout to ProcioneKiller03 who piloted this deck to a finalist position at the recent GGToor x ChillTCG Event with over 200 participants. I’m not sure if they are the original creator of this deck, but they certainly had to have played it correctly in order to beat most of the competition. This deck focuses on countering many decks in the format by having many different technical cards. It might look messy at first, but let’s look at the deck:

Pokémon: 16
3 Snorlax VIV 131
2 Alolan Grimer UNM 127
2 Alolan Muk TEU 84
2 Munchlax UNM 173
2 Absol TEU 88
1 Aipom PR-SM 244
1 Mawile-GX UNM 141
1 Giratina UNM 86
1 Mewtwo UNB 75
1 Oricorio-GX CEC 95

Trainers Cards: 42
3 Boss's Orders RCL 154
3 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
2 Bill's Analysis HIF 51
2 Lt. Surge's Strategy HIF 60
2 Will CEC 208
2 Koga's Trap HIF 59
1 Bird Keeper DAA 159
1 Giovanni's Exile HIF 57
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
4 Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197
4 Crushing Hammer SSH 159
4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
1 Pal Pad SSH 172
1 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
1 Tool Scrapper RCL 168
1 Ordinary Rod SSH 171
1 Surprise Box UNB 187
2 Galar Mine RCL 160
1 Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star TEU 158

Energy: 2
1 Capture Energy RCL 171
1 Recycle Energy UNM 212

Total Cards: 60

Now, I know this deck looks like a jumbled up mess, but let me explain it all really quick...


This deck relies on using Boss’s Orders (Rebel Clash) to drag up one of your opponents heavier Retreaters and keep it in the Active Spot for the rest of the game. While that sounds easy enough to get around, the deck runs plenty of disruption, and can even add to your Retreat Cost. How might it add to the Retreat Cost? This deck runs Absol (Team Up) and Galar Mine (Rebel Clash) to add up that Retreat Cost. Now you might be thinking of a few strategies, but this Control deck is reactive and well equipped with answers...

“What if I play Switch (Sword and Shield)?
Well, this deck will use Boss’s Orders over and over because it can eventually get it back with Cynthia & Caitlyn (Cosmic Eclipse), Pal Pad (Sword and Shield), and Munchlax (Unified Minds) to keep on bringing up that Pokémon. This deck also can use Allan Muk (Team Up) and Scoop Up Net (Rebel Clash) to continuously try and mill your deck of Switch. This also helps with the eventual end goal of running your opponent out of resources and decking them out. If you have an Air Balloon (Sword and Shield) this deck also runs Tool Scrapper (Rebel Clash) to take that away too!

“What if I don’t Bench Pokémon at all?”
That’s a great question, but I gotchu there too! This deck can use Mawile-GX (Unified Minds) to bring heavy Retreaters out of your hand. You might be one step ahead and try to keep Pokémon out of your hand by discarding them, but this deck can also add Pokémon back to your hand by using the often undervalued Surprise Box (Unbroken Bonds). Even if they already used Mawile-GX, they can still use Giovanni’s Exile (Hidden Fates) to discard their Mawile-GX, and get it back with Ordinary Rod (Sword and Shield).

“What if I have an ideal attacker in the front and just keep attacking?”
This is another solid answer, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that this deck doesn’t have answers to that either. Between Crushing Hammer (Sword and Shield) and Wondrous Labyrinth (Team Up), this deck can rip your Energy off your Active in a pinch. Koga’s Trap (Hidden Fates) is also an answer because you can Poison and Confuse your opponents Active Pokémon. This can slow down their attacks and it can even draw you Prize Cards from Poison eventually. Giratina (Unified Minds) in combination with Scoop Up Net is another way around Energy if your opponent plays Special Energy.

“What if I hold important cards in my hand and what for an ideal turn to play them?
This is an excellent last question! This deck plays Aipom (Promo) which can Yank Out by discarding random cards from your opponent’s hand until they have 5 cards in their hand. They can also play Reset Stamp (Unified Minds) to always shuffle your hand back in your deck if Aipom isn’t a viable option.

Overall, your setup each game is based around using Snorlax (Vivid Voltage) to draw cards with Gormandize and to wall out Knock Outs with Lillie’s Poké Doll (Cosmic Eclipse) so that you can stall your opponent from drawing Prize Cards. This will give you time to get your game plan in place to continuously get a Pokémon that you want in your opponents Active Spot. The goal is to then start reacting to each of your opponents plays by discarding their Energy, gusting up their heavy Retreaters, and taking away their resources. The main goal is to trap something in the Active Spot and eventually win! Use all of your recovery cards to bring back valuable resources that will help you win with your tailored game plan for each match. If any of your Pokémon were Knocked Out, don’t forget that Oricorio-GX (Cosmic Eclipse) is always a consistency crutch that can gather you back cards. Once you are in a dominant position, keep on gather back resources to keep that position until you win the game or your opponent concedes when they run out of all options. Do keep in mind that this deck takes more time than most decks so make sure that you are making your decisions at a brisk pace to allow for more turns in the game.

Start Controlling!

That strategy should be able to help you learn this crazy control deck and start playing it in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online! I hope you are able to try out some of these super fun strategies and maybe even win a game or two online! This deck is a great place to start exploring our current Standard format and a great way to enjoy playing PTCG Online! If you are missing any of the cards for any of the above decks, use code zlesage5 at to save 5% on your next order of codes. Every bit counts right? Thanks again for reading and I can’t wait to be back soon with another article!

About the Writer

Zach LesageZach Lesage
Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokémon TCG since 2005 and currently creates Pokémon content as his full time career. Under the moniker theloneblown, he creates YouTube content, Twitch streaming, and runs PTCGO events. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist and the 2019 Collinsville Regional Champion, he certainly has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can find him at most large Pokémon events and follow him on Twitter @theloneblown.