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What is 8-Axis?
8-Axis is the name given to a series of going second decks that forgoes any particular archetype of cards in favor of an amalgamation of generic going second cards and hand-traps. The result is an extremely flexible series of decks that is able to adapt itself for specific decks via silver bullets, or play a generic set of cards that make it fit to face anything in the field.
Picking Your List
8-Axis lists feature more variance than most archetypal decks. Very rarely do lists look the same even if they are focused around the same goals. So, in order to better understand what goes into 8-Axis deck building I'll cover some of the popular 8-Axis variants, including their strengths and weaknesses so that you can make an informed decision about what you want to build.
With that in mind the following elements will be covered in the guide:
But before we get to the specific lists lets discuss the basic elements of 8A decks.
Part 1 - The Level 8s
8-Axis is a level 8 focused XYZ deck at its core, and to facilitate that gameplan, we obviously run fair number of them. Here are the most common ones and some small tips on utilizing them: