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Flash Forward: Alcremie VMAX, Victini VMAX, and Lapras VMAX Tournament Winning 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. This week, we're looking at some tournament decks from Japan that feature cards from expansions that haven't been released in America yet. Let's get started.

Alcremie VMAX / Dragapult VMAX Deck

We start with a deck that features a pair of Pokemon VMAX working together. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Energy Recycler – Trainer

Shuffle 5 basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Phoebe – Trainer

During this turn, damage from the attacks of your Pokemon VMAX aren’t affected by any effects on your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

Tool Jammer – Trainer

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokémon Tool to 1 of your Pokémon that doesn’t already have a Pokémon Tool attached.

As long as the Pokemon this card is attached to is in the Active Spot, Pokemon Tool cards attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon (excluding Tool Jammer) have no effect.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Psychic Type Decks don't have as much Energy acceleration since rotation happened, but this deck attempts to remedy that. Alcremie VMAX CPA 23 is able to potentially attach six Energy with its Adornment attack. Even if you attach less, though, any acceleration is better than none. Adornment allows you to search your deck for a Psychic Energy 5 for each of your Benched Pokemon, and then attach one to each of them. This can be a great way to enable future attacks from those Pokemon, or a way to power up Alcremie VMAX CPA 23's G-Max Whisk attack, which allows you to discard Energy from your Pokemon to deal 60 damage per Energy discarded to your opponent's Active Pokemon.

The other attacker in this deck is Dragapult VMAX RCL 93. By attacking with its Max Phantom attack, you'll deal 130 damage to your opponent's as well as placing five damage counters on your opponent's Benched Pokemon in any way you would like. This can be a great way to pick off a wounded Pokemon that your opponent has retreated in order to deny you Prize cards. One thing to note is that Alcremie VMAX CPA 23 has a Weakness to Metal Type Pokemon, while Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 has a Weakness to Darkness Type Pokemon. This allows you to have some amount of protection against certain attackers.

Victini VMAX / Whimsicott Deck

Our next deck uses an Ability to help you find anything you might need from your deck. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Victini VMAX – Fire – HP310
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Victini V

[C] Spreading Flames: Attach up to 3 [R] Energy from your discard pile to your Pokemon in any way you like.

[R][C] Victory Max: 100+ damage. If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is a Pokemon V, this attack does 120 more damage.

When your Pokemon VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Billowing Fan – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Return a Special Energy attached to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon to the bottom of your opponent’s deck.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

With Whimsicott UNM 144's Prowl Ability allows you to search your deck for any one card to put into your hand when you evolve into it. This offers you the ability to get what you need on the fly, and offers you the flexibility needed to change your plans as needed. You can continue utilizing the Prowl Ability by playing Scoop Up Net RCL 165 on Whimsicott UNM 144, which allows you to evolve it again.

The main attacker in this deck is Victini VMAX. By powering Victini VMAX up with Welder UNB 189, you'll be able to attack with its Victory Max attack, which will deal 100 damage to a non-Pokemon V. If your opponent has a Pokemon V (or VMAX) as their Active Pokemon, this attack will deal 220 damage instead. There's also a number of secondary attackers in this deck, including Heatran-GX UNM 25 and Talonflame V VIV 29, which can help you defeat your opponent.

Lapras VMAX / Frosmoth Deck

We end this week with a tournament-winning deck featuring Lapras VMAX. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Escape Rope – Trainer

Each player switches their Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon. Your opponent switches first. (If a player does not have a Benched Pokemon, that player doesn’t switch Pokemon.)

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Level Ball – Trainer

Search your deck for a Pokemon with 90 HP or less, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

This deck utilizes the popular Frosmoth SSH 64 'engine' of accelerating your Energy so that more powerful attacks can be used quickly. This involves activating Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability, which allows you to attach as much Water Energy 3 from your hand to any of your Benched Water Type Pokemon. You can also get help with this by using items such as Capacious Bucket RCL 156 and Supporters like Nessa VIV 157 to attach additional Energy cards.

With all of the Energy you're able to attach, you should be able to deal quite a bit of damage with Lapras VMAX SSH 50's G-Max Pump attack. This attack deals a base damage of 180 damage in this deck, 90 damage plus 30 damage three times since the only Energy in the deck is Water Energy 3. That base damage should be enough to Knock Out an opposing Pokemon in two hits, but you always have the option to add additional Energy to deal more damage.

Wrapping Up

I think it's pretty safe to say that our tournament scene will be shaken up once the Battle Styles expansion is released in America.

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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