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Flash Forward: Amazing Reshiram, Vikavolt, and Dhelmise VMAX 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. Now that we're officially in 2021, it's time to shake off all of the terribleness that 2020 was and focus on the goodness that is yet to come. Hopefully Standard in 2021 will be better than it was in 2020, and judging by the decks we're seeing from Japan, it has a good chance. This week I have a few more of these decks for you featuring cards that haven't been released in America just yet. Let's get started.


Amazing Reshiram / Butterfree Deck

Our first deck accelerates Energy quickly to power up an Amazing attack. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Reshiram – Fire – HP120
Basic Pokemon

[R][L][D] Amazing Blaze: 270 damage. This Pokemon does 60 damage to itself.

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

By utilizing Butterfree UNB 4's Triple Charge attack, you'll be able to search your deck for up to three Basic Energy cards that you can then attach to your Pokemon in any way you would like. This allows you to fully power up Reshiram. What's even more amazing is that Triple Charge only requires one Energy to use, so you'll be able to start the acceleration right away. Once powered up, Reshiram can use its Amazing Blaze attack, dealing 270 damage when it attacks. Reshiram will take 60 damage itself from using this attack, but since it only gives your opponent a single Prize when it gets Knocked Out, that 270 damage that it does can go towards Knocking Out a Pokemon V or VMAX, putting you ahead in the Prize race.

For this deck to be Standard legal, there are a couple of changes that need to be made. Energy Recycle System CES 128 needs to be replaced. In my opinion, the best choice is a pair of copies of Brock's Grit TEU 135. I could also see replacing it with Energy Retrieval SSH 160, but by using Brock's Grit TEU 135, you enable more uses of Butterfree UNB 4's Triple Charge attack. Cynthia UPR 119 also needs to be replaced, and my choice would be to add another copy of Marnie SSH 169.

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


Vikavolt / Whimsicott Deck

The next deck I have for you recently took first place at a tournament in Japan. Let's take a look at it.

The main attacker in this deck is Vikavolt UNB 59. With its Electricannon attack, you'll be able to deal 220 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. This damage can be increased by playing copies of Electropower LOT 172, increasing the damage by 30 for each copy played. This can allow you to Knock Out a Pokemon-GX or Pokemon VMAX in a single shot, providing you with multiple Prize cards. However, you'll notice there are zero copies of any Energy cards that will provide you with the Lightning Energy needed to use this attack. That's where Charjabug UNB 58 comes in. With Charjabug UNB 58's Battery Ability, you can attach it to Vikavolt UNB 59 as a Special Energy, and it will provide two Lightning Energy.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, quite a few cards would need to be changed, which would greatly reduce the effectiveness of this deck. With Electropower LOT 172 gone, it becomes nearly impossible to score enough OHKO's (One-Hit Knock Outs) needed to win the game before running out of resources. We also don't have a good replacement for Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191, which helped reduce the cost to use our attacks. We also don't have a good replacement for Lure Ball CES 138, which is an excellent way to get back discarded copies of Charjabug UNB 58. In my opinion, this deck can't be modified to be Standard legal, but it would be okay to play in Expanded.


Dhelmise VMAX / Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX / Rillaboom Deck

The final deck I have for you this week is a Grass Type Deck featuring the new Dhelmise VMAX. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Dhelmise VMAX – Grass – HP330
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Dhelmise V

[G] Chain Buzz: This attack does 30 damage times the amount of [G] Energy attached to this Pokemon to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.

[G][G][C] G-Max Anchor: 240 damage. This Pokemon can’t use G-Max Anchor during your next turn.

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

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

Thwackey – Grass – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Grookey

Ability: Familiar Ground
If you have a Stadium in play, this Pokemon has no Retreat Cost.

[G] Branch Poke: 20 damage.

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

With this deck, you'll want to try to get Rillaboom SSH 14 into play as quickly as possible, as this will allow you to use its Voltage Beat Ability to power up your team. You'll also be able to use Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1's Super Growth attack as a means of building up the rest of your team by evolving your Pokemon. Doing these things can set up Dhelmise VMAX as your main attacker. With Dhelmise VMAX's G-Max Anchor attack, you can deal 240 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. The caveat for this attack is that you can't use it again on your following turn. Luckily, Dhelmise VMAX has a second attack. Chain Buzz deals 30 damage for each Grass Energy attached to Dhelmise VMAX to any of your opponent's Pokemon in play. You can use this as a means of picking off a Pokemon that they have 'safely' on their Bench.

Only two cards need to be changed to make this deck Standard legal. Energy Recycle System CES 128 needs to be replaced, and my choice for a replacement would be another copy of Ordinary Rod SSH 171. Life Forest Prism Star LOT 180 is the other card that needs to be replaced, and my choice would be Training Court RCL 169. While Training Court RCL 169 doesn't heal your Pokemon like Life Forest Prism Star LOT 180 does, it would allow you an additional way of making sure you have the Energy needed to utilize your attacks.

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


Wrapping Up

While I could only provide you with two decks that you can use in our upcoming Standard environment, you can utilize all of these decks in Expanded format 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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