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Flash Forward: Blaziken VMAX, Rapid Strike Urshifu, and Galarian Moltres 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. I'm continuing to look at decks created with cards from Japan's Peerless Fighters expansion, a set that's really making a splash. Let's get started.

Blaziken VMAX / Bronzong Deck

We start this week with a deck featuring the Energy manipulation of Bronzong BST 102. Let’s take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Blaziken V – Fire – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[C][C] High Jump Kick: 50 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 210 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Blaziken VMAX – Fire – HP320
Pokemon VMAX (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Blaziken V

[R] Clutch: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[C][C] Max Blaze: 130 damage. Attach an Energy card from your discard pile to up to 2 of your Benched Rapid Strike Pokemon.

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

Blaziken VMAX is a great attacker to use in this deck. By using its Max Blaze attack, you'll be able to deal 130 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon while simultaneously ramping up the Energy attached to your other Pokemon. The fact that the Max Blaze attack only requires colorless Energy makes Blaziken VMAX a Pokemon that can go into a variety of different decks.

Since you already have a plan for accelerating your Energy, why not put that extra Energy to work by moving it to one of your other Pokemon, such as Aegislash V VIV 126, Zacian V SSH 138, or Zamazenta V SSH 139? Each of these Pokemon can become great attackers in their own right. Aegislash V VIV 126 can use its Sonic Edge attack, which isn't affected by any effects on your opponent's Active Pokemon. Zacian V SSH 138 can deal a ton of damage with its Brave Blade attack. Zamazenta V SSH 139 has the Dauntless Shield Ability, so you will prevent all damage done to Zamazenta V SSH 139 by attacks from your opponent's Pokemon VMAX. Use whichever of these Pokemon to attack that best suits your needs.

Rapid Strike Urshifu / Octillery Deck

Our next deck is a Water Type deck featuring Rapid Strike Urshifu. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Kubfu – Fighting – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[C] Discipline: Search your deck for a basic Energy card and attach it to this Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C][C] Elbow Strike: 60 damage.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Rapid Strike Urshifu – Water – HP140
Stage 1 (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Kubfu

[C] Slashing Claw: 40 damage.

[W][C] Slash Rapid Bullet: Does 30 damage for each of your Rapid Strike Pokemon in play.

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

Sobble – Water – HP60
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[C] Continuous Call: Search your deck for up to 3 Rapid Strike Basic Pokemon and put them on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C] Double Spin: Flip 2 coins, this attack does 20 damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Echoing Horn – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Put a Basic Pokemon from your opponent’s discard pile onto their Bench.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Rapid Strike Urshifu is the main attacker in this deck. With its Slash Rapid Bullet attack, you'll deal 30 damage for each Rapid Strike Pokemon you have in play. That means you'll want to fill up your Bench with Rapid Strike Pokemon in order to deal the maximum damage possible, 180 damage. Helping you with your quest to fill your Bench with Rapid Strike Pokemon is Octillery BST 37. With Octillery BST 37's Rapid Strike Search Ability, you'll be able to search your deck for a Rapid Strike card to put into your hand.

You can ensure that Rapid Strike Urshifu stays in play as long as possible by attaching a Giant Bomb UNM 196 to it. While Rapid Strike Urshifu only has 140 damage, many Pokemon have attacks that deal considerably more damage. Some decks won't have much of an option and will need to attack for a large amount of damage, as their secondary attack deals very little. If your opponent does attack Rapid Strike Urshifu for 180 damage or more, Knocking it Out in the process, the 10 damage counters you place on the attacking Pokemon can be enough to allow you to Knock it Out with your next attack.

Eternatus VMAX / Galarian Moltres V Deck

Our final deck this week features Galarian Moltres V, one of the Legendary Bird Pokemon from the Galar region. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Galarian Moltres V – Darkness – HP220
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Bolstered Wings
Once during your turn, you may attach a [D] Energy from your discard pile to this Pokemon. You can’t use more than 1 Bolstered Wings Ability per turn.

[D][D][C] Aura Burn: 190 damage. This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

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

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

By now, most people have seen the power of Eternatus VMAX DAA 117. With its Eternal Zone Ability, you're able to put up to eight Pokemon onto your Bench if all of the Pokemon you have in play are Darkness Type Pokemon. This allows you to deal a maximum of 270 damage when you attack with Eternatus VMAX DAA 117's Dread End attack.

Galarian Moltres V is a team player in this deck. By using its Bolstered Wings Ability, you'll be able to attach a Darkness Energy 7 from your discard pile to Galarian Moltres V each turn. You can then move that Energy card to Eternatus VMAX DAA 117 with the help of Energy Switch SSH 162, and by doing this you'll be able to use the Dread End attack as quickly as possible.

Wrapping Up

Peerless Fighters provides us with a ton of new cards, which enables a lot of new decks to be built. What new decks will I have for you next week?

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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