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Flash Forward: Alolan Sandslash-GX, Zapdos, and Galarian Cursola V 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. We're continuing to look at decks made with cards from Japan's latest expansion, Infinity Zone. Let's get started.

Alolan Sandslash-GX / Decidueye Deck

The first deck I have for you this week features the unlikely pairing of Alolan Sandslash-GX PR-SM SM236 and the new Decidueye from Infinity Zone. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Decidueye – Grass – HP140
Stage 2 – Evolves from Dartrix

Ability: Forest Camouflage
Prevent all damage done to this Pokemon by the attacks of your opponent’s Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX.

[G][C] Split Arrow: 90 damage. This attack does 20 damage to 2 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance.)

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

Decidueye's Split Arrow attack deals 90 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon, and 20 damage to two of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. By using this attack a couple of times, you'll be spreading damage to your opponent's Benched Pokemon, making sure that every one of them has damage on it. You'll then be able to attack with Alolan Sandslash-GX PR-SM SM236's Spiky Storm-GX attack, which deals 100 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon with any damage counters on it. By using this one-two punch, you might be able to win immediately on the spot even if you are far behind in taking Prize cards.

Zapdos / Jirachi Deck

Our next deck took down a tournament in Japan recently and attempts to deal extra damage by keeping it's main attacker in motion. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Bird Keeper – Trainer
Supporter

Switch your Active Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon. Then, draw 3 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Piers  – Trainer
Supporter

Search your deck for 1 [D] Pokemon and any 1 Energy, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Toughness Cape – Trainer
Item

The maximum HP of the Basic Pokemon this card is attached to is increased by 50 (excluding Pokemon-GX).

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Thanks to Zapdos TEU 40's Thunderous Assault attack, you'll be able to deal 80 damage for a single Energy, as long as you can move Zapdos TEU 40 from your Bench to the Active Position during the turn. You can accomplish this easily, and also search for important Trainer cards, with the help of Jirachi TEU 99 when it has an Escape Board UPR 122 attached. You can also use Scoop Up Net RCL 165 as a way to return Zapdos TEU 40 from your Active Position to your hand, allowing you to play it again and get the added damage when attacking with Thunderous Assault.

Galarian Cursola V Deck

Our last deck this week punishes your opponent for playing Energy, while also being able to deal extra damage based on an opponent's Weakness. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Arctozolt – Lightning – HP130
Stage 1 – Evolves from Rare Fossil

Ability: Numbing Vortex
Whenever your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to 1 of their Pokemon, put 2 damage counters on that Pokemon.

[L][C] Electro Ball: 70 damage.

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

Galarian Cursola V – Psychic – HP190
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Eating Aura
As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, when your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to 1 of their Pokemon, put 3 damage to that Pokemon.

[P][C] Hallow Missile: 60 damage. Put 3 damage counters on your opponent’s Benched Pokemon in any ****ing way you like.

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

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2

Relicanth – Water – HP90
Basic Pokemon

[C] Fossil Search: Search your deck for up to 2 Rare Fossil cards and put them on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C] Surf: 40 damage.

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

Vikavolt V – Lightning – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[L][C] Paralyzing Bolt: 50 damage. Your opponent can’t play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn.

[L][L][C] Super Zap Cannon: 190 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

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

Bird Keeper – Trainer
Supporter

Switch your Active Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon. Then, draw 3 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Rare Fossil – Trainer – HP70
Item

Play this card as if it were a 70-HP [C] Basic Pokemon. At any time during your turn (before your attack), you may discard this card from play.

This card can’t retreat and isn’t affected by Status Conditions.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Spikemuth – Trainer
Stadium

Whenever a player’s Pokemon is moved from the Active Spot to the Bench during their turn, put 2 damage counters on that Pokemon.

This card stays in play when you play it. Discard this card if another Stadium card comes into play. If another card with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.

If you have Galarian Cursola V as your Active Pokemon, its Eating Aura Ability will deal 3 damage counters to any Pokemon your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to. That damage can quickly add up, since this deck uses things like Crushing Hammer SSH 159 and Team Yell Grunt SSH 184 to remove Energy from the opponent's Pokemon. This deck also includes a variety of different types of Pokemon that you can power up with Unit Energy LightningPsychicMetal UPR 138 as a way to try to attack with a type advantage, taking advantage of an opponent's Weakness to deal extra damage.

Wrapping Up

On July 10th, Japan's next expansion, Legendary Heartbeat, will drop. Until then we'll keep looking at decks utilizing its Infinity Zone set, which has shaped up to be pretty amazing. I'd love to hear what your favorite Pokemon from this set has been.

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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