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Flash Forward: Blastoise VMAX, Togekiss VMAX, and Chandelure 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. I'm back again this week with a few new decks that have recently done well in tournament play in Japan. Let's get started.


Kyogre / Blastoise VMAX Deck

We start this week off by looking at a deck featuring Blastoise VMAX, which is set to be released here in America on March 19. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Blastoise V – Water – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[W] Water Gun: 30 damage.

[W][W][W] Torrent Cannon: 200 damage. This Pokemon can’t use Torrent Cannon during your next turn.

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

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

Blastoise VMAX – Water – HP330
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Blastoise VMAX

[W][W][W] Grand Falls: 120 damage. Search your deck for up to 3 [W] Energy and attach them to your  Benched Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][W][W][W] G-Max Bombard: 220 damage. This attack does 30 damage to 2 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

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

This deck includes a cool combo that is no longer legal in our current Standard. The combo revolves around Jirachi Prism Star CES 97 and its Wish Upon a Star Ability. With this Ability, if you took Jirachi Prism Star CES 97 as your Prize card after Knocking Out an opposing Pokemon, you could place Jirachi Prism Star CES 97 on your Bench and draw an additional Prize card. You can then reset this trick with the use of Scoop Up Net RCL 165, Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability, and Mr. Mime DET 11's Pantomime Ability. The deck also relies on a combination of Kyogre CEC 53's High Water attack and Blastoise VMAX's Grand Falls attack as a means of powering up your Benched Pokemon.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, three cards have to be switched, and there another couple that could be. Escape Board UPR 122 can be replaced with an additional copy of Scoop Up Net RCL 165. Jirachi Prism Star CES 97 was the star of our combo, but it's no longer legal in Standard, so it needs replaced. I would replace both it and 1 Adventure Bag LOT 167, along with most of our other combo pieces (1 copy of Oranguru SSH 148 and Mr. Mime DET 11) with a pair of Snom SSH 63 and Frosmoth SSH 64.

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


Togekiss VMAX / Flapple Deck

The next deck I have for you features multiple ways of dealing extra damage to your opponent's Pokemon. Let's check it out.

With Togekiss VMAX VIV 141's Max Glide attack, you'll be able to deal 120 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, but more importantly you'll also be able to search your deck for any two cards to put into your hand. This allows you to play a wider variety of cards than most decks, as you only need to include a single copy or two of most cards. Two cards that you might be on the lookout for are Flapple RCL 22 and Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117. These two Pokemon allow you to place damage counters directly onto your opponent's Pokemon. Doing this can help you set up Yveltal-GX FLI 79's Doom Count-GX attack, which can Knock Out any opposing Pokemon with a single attack.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, only one card needs to be changed. However, that card is Yveltal-GX FLI 79, so you'll be losing out on the ability to easily Knock Out any opposing Pokemon with a single attack. There's not a good replacement for Yveltal-GX FLI 79, so in order to potentially utilize the Darkness Energy 7 that was needed for Yveltal-GX FLI 79, my choice for a replacement would be Absol TEU 88.

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


Chandelure / Inteleon Deck

The final deck I have for you this week goes against the typical way decks are built and includes a whopping 50 Pokemon. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Manaphy – Water – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Ocean Search
Once during your turn (before your attack), if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, you may look at the top 6 cards of your deck. Choose 1 Pokemon you find there, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle the other cards back into your deck.

[W][C] Water Splash: 30 damage.

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

This deck revolves around using Chandelure UNM 30's Spirit Burner attack. This attack requires only a single Fire Energy 2 to use. It deals 10 damage and requires you to put the top five cards of your deck into your discard pile and add an additional 60 damage for each Pokemon you discarded. You can also put any number of Fire Type Pokemon found there onto your Bench. It's especially important to put a copy of Incineroar UNB 29 onto your Bench, as Incineroar UNB 29's Strong Cheer Ability will add an additional 30 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. While the majority of this deck is comprised of Pokemon, there are a few Trainer cards as well. This deck uses the Inteleon SSH 58 line of Pokemon for their Shady Dealings Ability as a backup means of finding the cards you need to get the victory.

In order to make this deck legal in Standard, there are a couple of Pokemon that will need to be changed. Jirachi Prism Star CES 97 and Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 have both rotated from Standard, so they will need to be replaced. The best replacements will be Pokemon, since that will keep the number of Pokemon in this deck at 50 and allow the damage potential from Chandelure UNM 30's Spirit Burner attack to remain high. I am choosing to replace these two Pokemon with an additional pair of Eldegoss V RCL 19, due to its Happy Match Ability that allows you to reuse a Supporter card from your discard pile.

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


Wrapping Up

While we won't see these new cards in America's Standard for a while, I'm happy to see that there will continue to be fun and innovative decks for us to 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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