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Flash Forward: Amazing Yveltal, Zoroark, and Gengar 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, I have a few tournament-winning decks from Japan. We'll take a look at these decks to see if they can be modified to be played in America's Standard environment, or whether they're better off being played in Expanded. Let's get started.


Amazing Yveltal Deck

We start this week with a deck featuring Yveltal SHF 46. Let's being by taking a look at the deck.

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Yveltal SHF 46 has the Amazing Destruction attack, which can Knock Out any Pokemon your opponent has in their Active Spot, regardless of the amount of HP it has. The down side to this attack is that it requires a large amount of Energy, and multiple types of Energy as well. To help mitigate this, you have Turbo Patch DAA 172, Exp. Share BST 126, and Raihan EVS 152 to help keep the Energy you need to power Yveltal SHF 46's Amazing Destruction attack in play. To help set things up, try to start things off with Snorlax VIV 131 as your Active Pokemon, and be sure to use its Gormandize Ability to keep a full hand of seven cards.

While rotation affected some portion of this deck, not all is lost. Oricorio-GX CEC 95 can no longer draw us cards when one of our Pokemon is Knocked Out. Mew UNB 76 can no longer protect our Benched Pokemon from damage. Guzzlord CEC 136 can no longer be a backup attacker. We also lose Pokemon Communication TEU 152 and Reset Stamp UNM 206. However, the loss of Viridian Forest TEU 156 and Twin Energy RCL 174 will be the hardest losses of all. These two cards helped ensure that you had the Energy required for Amazing Destruction as quickly as possible, and their loss might make this deck best suited for Expanded.


Zoroark Deck

Next, I have a deck that recently came in First Place that relies on the transformation powers of Zoroark EVS 103. Let's take a look at it.

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Thanks to the Phantom Transformation Ability of Zoroark EVS 103, you can have Zoroark EVS 103 'transform' into any other Stage 1 Pokemon you have in your hand. Doing this allows you to maximize your chances of dealing additional damage by attacking into your opponent's Weakness. Even if that's not possible, you can transform into Appletun EVS 121 if your opponent is playing multiple Special Energy cards. Or, transform into Golisopod DAA 18 if your opponent has multiple Pokemon V in play. By transforming based on your opponent's conditions, you can aim for maximum damage when you attack.

Due to rotation, some of the Pokemon you could have transformed into are no longer available. Dewgong UNB 45, Mew UNB 76, and Aerodactyl TEU 130 will all need to be replaced. U-Turn Board UNM 211 has also rotated, as has Roxie CEC 205. None of these loses hurt this deck's chances as much as the loss of Twin Energy RCL 174 and Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190. Without these sources of multiple Energies, this deck likely isn't good enough to be played in Standard. You should give it a try in Expanded, though, as the customization it enables is a lot of fun.


Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX / Gengar Deck

The final deck I have for you this week is perfect for this Halloween season. It features Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75 as the main attacker, alongside some damage-moving hijinks from Gengar SSH 85. Let's take a look at the deck.

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As I mentioned earlier, Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75 is the main attacker in this deck. By using its Underworld Door Ability, you can accelerate the amount of Psychic Energy 5 you have in play. That will allow you to deal additional damage when you attack with Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75's Max Geist attack. In order to keep Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75 from getting Knocked Out, you can use the Life Shaker Ability of Gengar SSH 85 to move any damage Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75 has taken to another Psychic Type Pokemon. In this deck, Marshadow UNB 81 is a great choice to move damage to, as you can discard Marshadow UNB 81 to remove any Stadium in play. This will eliminate up to 70 damage. You can also heal that damage by playing Cheryl BST 123, but you'll have to be careful when doing this to avoid discarding any attached Energy.

This deck suffered a few loses with rotation. Dedenne-GX UNB 57, Gengar & Mimikyu-GX TEU 53, and Marshadow UNB 81 will all need to be replaced. You'll also have to upgrade Gastly UNB 67 and Haunter UNB 69 to their Sword and Shield versions or their versions from Chilling Reign. For Trainer cards, replacements will be needed for Pokemon Communication TEU 152, Reset Stamp UNM 206, and Viridian Forest TEU 156. You'll also need to replace Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213. All in all, this deck stands the best chance of all of the decks I've shown you this week to be playable in Standard.


Wrapping Up

Whether you upgrade these decks to be played in Standard or try them out in Expanded, I'm interested in hearing how you did. Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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.

Check out my other column, Searching Standard, for a look at exciting decks for our current Standard environment. 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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