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Flash Forward: Alakazam V, Shiftry, and Shedinja Decks

Hello and welcome to Flash Forward, the article series that provides you with a sneak peek of some decks that will be Standard legal with the release of the next upcoming set. With the release of Vivid Voltage nearly upon us, there's not much time left to take a look at some additional decks built with cards from Japan's Shocking Volt Tackle expansion. Let's get started.


Alakazam V / Omastar Deck

We start this week with a deck that gains an advantage by facing an opponent with a lot of cards in their hand. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Alakazam V – Psychic – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[P] Thought Spoon: Put 3 damage counters on your opponent’s Pokemon in any way you like.

[P][P] Mind Ruler: 30x damage. This attack does 30 damage times the number of cards in your opponent’s hand.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1

Thanks to the Mind Ruler attack of Alakazam V, you'll be able to deal additional damage for each card in your opponent's hand. By combining this with Omastar TEU 76's Fossil Bind Ability, you're able to potentially keep a fair number of cards trapped in your opponent's hand, enabling you to deal more damage. You'll also be able to capitalize on the Poltergeist attack of Gengar & Mimikyu-GX TEU 53 in a similar manner, which is a great way of finishing off the game.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, two cards will need to be changed. Wait and See Hammer LOT 192 can be replaced with Crushing Hammer SSH 159. Even though Crushing Hammer SSH 159 isn't guaranteed to discard an Energy from one of your opponent's Pokemon, it is able to be played at any point during the game. Fossil Excavation Map FLI 107 also needs to be replaced, and my choice for a replacement is an additional copy of Rare Candy SSH 180. That way, you're likely to be able to evolve an Unidentified Fossil CEC 207 into Omastar TEU 76 quickly.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Shiftry / Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX Deck

The next deck I have for you attempts to thwart its opponent's plans by changing the effect of its Supporter cards. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Seedot – Grass – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[G] Ram: 10 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Nuzleaf – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Seedot

[G] Razor Leaf: 40 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Shiftry – Grass – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Nuzleaf

Ability: Tengu’s Proxy
As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, the effect of each Supporter card in your opponent’s hand becomes “Draw 3 cards from your deck.”

[G][C] Fan Tornado: 110 damage. You may have your opponent switch their Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

With Shiftry's Tengu's Proxy Ability, as long as Shiftry is your Active Pokemon, each Supporter your opponent plays will have its text replaced with "Draw 3 cards from your deck." Since most decks rely on their Supporters to do various things to advance their gameplay, changing them all to draw three additional cards can make it difficult to utilize their deck properly. In order to set Shiftry up as quickly as possible, you'll want to attack with Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1's Super Growth attack right away. Doing this can help evolve a Seedot into a Shiftry in no time.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, there are a few cards that need to be changed. Counter Gain LOT 170 can be exchanged for a couple of copies of Boss's Orders RCL 154, allowing you to choose which Pokemon your opponent has in play to attack. Next, Net Ball LOT 187 can be replaced by Sonia RCL 167, as they both can find either Pokemon or Energy. Finally, Cynthia UPR 119 can be replaced by a couple of additional copies of Professor's Research SSH 178.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Shedinja / Galarian Slowbro V Deck

Our final deck this week has the means of taking out any Pokemon, no matter how many HP they have. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Nincada – Grass – HP40
Basic Pokemon

[G] Absorb: 10 damage. Heal 10 damage from this Pokemon.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Ninjask – Grass – HP60
Stage 1 – Evolves from Nincada

Ability: Shell Out
Once during your turn when you play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon, you may search your deck for a Shedinja and put it on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

[G] Absorb: 30 damage. Heal 30 damage from this Pokemon.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Shedinja – Psychic – HP30
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Wonder Shell
This card can only be put into play with Ninjask’s Shell Out Ability. (This card can’t even be put into play when setting up a match.)

[C][C][C] Squeeze Life: Put damage counters on your opponent’s Active Pokemon until its remaining HP is 10.

Weakness: none
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Thanks to Shedinja's Squeeze Life attack, no matter how many HP your opponent's Active Pokemon has, they'll end up with just 10 HP remaining once this attack is finished. That allows you to nearly Knock Out any opposing Pokemon, no matter how many HP they have or whether they have any damage reduction abilities in play. The question then becomes how to finish off those last 10 HP? This deck's answer is Galarian Slowbro V DAA 99. By making Galarian Slowbro V DAA 99 your Active Pokemon, you'll be able to Poison your opponent's Active Pokemon with the Rapid-Fire Poison Ability. By sequencing things correctly, you can Poison your opponent's Active Pokemon before attacking with Shedinja's Squeeze Life attack, and finish them off all at once.

There are two changes that need to be made to this deck to make it Standard legal. Counter Gain LOT 170 will need to be traded out, and my choice would be to add a copy of Switch SSH 183 and a copy of Boss's Orders RCL 154. Net Ball LOT 187 can be replaced with a pair of Sonia RCL 167.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Wrapping Up

As we near the end of the decks created with cards from Japan's Shocking Volt Tackle expansion, it is clear to see that when these cards are released in America, we'll have a wide variety of new decks to play.

What do you think of these decks? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Leave a comment below and let me know what Pokemon you'd like to see featured in next week's decks.

And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue showing you innovative decks using cards from upcoming sets. I'll see you then (in the future!).

- Mike Likes

 


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