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Flash Forward: Beedrill, Zacian V, and Dragapult 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. This week, I've got a few more tournament winning decks from Japan. We'll take a look at how these decks work, and how they can be modified to be played in our Standard environment. Let's get started.

Beedrill / Galarian Weezing Deck

We'll get started by looking at a deck that is capable of Knocking Out any opposing Pokemon in one shot. Let's take a look at it.

Both of the versions of Beedrill in this deck have attacks that can score a One-Hit Knock Out. Beedrill CRE 3 has the Persist Sting attack that will Knock Out your opponent's Active Pokemon if they have any Special Energy attached to it. Beedrill TEU 5 has the Destiny Stinger attack which will Knock Out both Beedrill TEU 5 and the opponent's Active Pokemon as long as Beedrill TEU 5 has any damage counters on it. This deck also includes a couple of Pokemon that offer a little defense. Galarian Weezing RCL 113's Neutralizing Gas Ability will negate any Abilities your opponent's Pokemon have, as long as Galarian Weezing RCL 113 is in your Active Spot. Altaria CPA 49 has the Miraculous Charm Ability that prevents all damage done to Altaria CPA 49 by attacks from your opponent's Pokemon V and VMAX.

If you're hoping to play this deck in Standard, you'll need to make some changes. Both Kakuna TEU 4 and Beedrill TEU 5 will need to be swapped for more current versions. You'll probably want to include another copy of Beedrill CRE 3, but be aware that you won't always be able to score an easy Knock Out. You'll be dependent on your opponent attaching Special Energy for those guaranteed KO's.

Zacian V / Zamazenta V Deck

Our next deck features a pair of Legendary Pokemon from the Galar region. Let's take a look at the deck.

Zacian V SSH 138 continues to be a powerhouse in Standard. By using its Intrepid Sword Ability, you can quickly power it up. Once you have three Metal Energy 8 attached, you can begin attacking with Zacian V SSH 138's Brave Blade attack. This will deal 230 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, but is only usable every other turn. If your opponent happens to have a lot of Pokemon VMAX on their team, you'll want to make Zamazenta V SSH 139 your Active Pokemon. Due to its Dauntless Shield Ability, Zamazenta V SSH 139 will not be damaged by your opponent's Pokemon VMAX's attacks.

For this deck to be Standard legal here in America, only one card needs to be changed. Since Reset Stamp UNM 206 has rotated, you'll need to replace it. My usual suggestion for replacing this is Marnie CPA 56, as both cards offer the means of slowing down an opponent, and allowing you the chance to catch back up.

Dragapult VMAX / Greedent VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week teams up a pair of Pokemon VMAX, Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 and Greedent VMAX FST 218. Let's take a look at the deck.

Greedent VMAX FST 218 offers you the means of drawing a lot of Prize cards. If you manage to Knock Out an opponent's Basic Pokemon with the 30 damage that Greedent VMAX FST 218's Turn a Profit attack deals, you'll take an additional two Prize cards. While that sounds good, most Basic Pokemon have more than 30 HP, so you'll need some way to deal additional damage to those Basic Pokemon. One way is by attacking with Dragapult VMAX RCL 93's Max Phantom attack. This attack deals 130 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, plus you can put five damage counters on your opponent's Benched Pokemon in any way you'd like. Another way to get extra damage is with Inteleon CRE 43's Quick Shooting Ability, which allows you to put two damage counters on one of your opponent's Pokemon every turn.

For this deck to be Standard legal, a few cards need to be changed. U-Turn Board UNM 211 is no longer legal, so you might want to replace it with another copy of Switch SSH 183. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 has rotated, and my usual suggestion for a replacement is Great Ball SSH 164. Finally, Viridian Forest TEU 156 will need to be replaced, and my usual replacement choice for this is Training Court RCL 169. These two Stadiums are somewhat different, but both can help you with Energy issues you might have.

Wrapping Up

As you can see from the decks this week, whether your main Pokemon are regular Pokemon, Pokemon V, or Pokemon VMAX, you have the capability of winning a tournament. Each of these decks won their respective tournaments in Japan, which shows that their metagame is pretty balanced. While some modifications are needed to make these decks Standard legal here in America, I have no reason to doubt that each of these decks has the potential to win a tournament here.

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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