Deck archetype (TCG)

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A deck archetype is a deck, built by players of the Trading Card Game, that utilizes one set structure, although various players may have slight differences between their own decks of the same archetype.

An example of a now-defunct archetype is Haymaker, which commonly used Base Set Hitmonchan and Electabuzz, and Fossil Magmar. While these cards are usually a staple of the Haymaker archetype, they are not required to make a Haymaker deck. For example, instead of using the Fossil Magmar, a player may choose to instead focus on the Fighting-type in the deck, and utilize Fossil Hitmonlee. The exact number and kinds of Trainers used with an archetype may also differ, with some users of Haymaker preferring the drawing power of Professor Oak despite its disadvantage of discarding the entire hand, while others would choose Bill instead.

List of well-known archtypes

Note that variants of some archetypes may have been played in multiple seasons of play. These will be listed during the most recent format in which they were viable.

Base Set-onward

Team Rocket-onward

Neo Genesis-onward

EX Ruby & Sapphire-onward

EX Hidden Legends-onward

EX Deoxys-onward

EX Holon Phantoms-onward

Diamond & Pearl-onward

Majestic Dawn-onward

Black & White Era onward