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Flash Forward: Boltund VMAX, Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX, and Mew 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 have three more tournament winning decks from Japan's tournament scene. 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.

Boltund VMAX / Flaaffy Deck

We get started this week with a Lightning Type Deck featuring Boltund VMAX FST 104 that can deal a ton of damage. Let's check it out.

Boltund VMAX FST 104 has a pair of powerful attacks. First is its Max Bolt attack, which can deal 230 damage, but comes with the cost that Boltund VMAX FST 104 can't use Max Bolt on your next turn. Usually that will be okay, because Boltund VMAX FST 104's other attack, Bolt Storm, has the potential to deal a lot of damage. It deals 30 damage as its base damage, plus an additional 30 damage for each Lightning Energy 4 attached to your Pokemon. In order to maximize the amount of damage you can deal with this attack, you can use Flaaffy EVS 55's Dynamotor Ability to put any Lightning Energy 4 in your discard pile to good use.

For this to be playable in our Standard environment, a few changes need to be made. First, Dedenne-GX UNB 57 will need to be replaced. Usually, my choice of replacement for this will be Crobat V DAA 104, as both of these Pokemon have Abilities that allow you to draw extra cards. The downside to this is that Crobat V DAA 104 isn't a Lightning Type Pokemon, so it's not on-theme. Two other cards also need to be replaced. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 can generally be replaced by Great Ball SSH 164. Viridian Forest TEU 156 can be replaced by Training Court RCL 169, although it's not a perfect replacement by any means.

Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX / Suicune V Deck

Next, I have a deck featuring Suicune V EVS 31 that loves it when both players have a lot of Pokemon in play. Let's take a look at it.

By attacking with Suicune V EVS 31's Blizzard Rondo attack, you'll deal a minimum of 20 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. This attack will deal an additional 20 damage for each Benched Pokemon in play, regardless of whether it's on your Bench or on your opponent's Bench. Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 46 has a similar attack in Ride of the High King, but instead of dealing additional damage for all Benched Pokemon, it instead deals a base of 10 damage plus an additional 30 damage for each of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. Both of these attacks will make your opponent leery to fill their Bench, making it easier for you to win.

Three cards will need to be replaced in order to make this Standard legal. A replacement will need to be found for Marshadow UNB 81. Unfortunately, there's not a great replacement. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 also needs to be replaced, and my usual choice for replacing it is Great Ball SSH 164. Finally, Reset Stamp UNM 206 has rotated, but a couple of additional copies of Marnie CPA 56 can generally help to reset your opponent's hand and allow you time to catch back up.

Mew VMAX / Genesect V Deck

The final deck I have for you features Mew VMAX FST 114, one of the hottest cards currently in Standard. Let's take a look at the deck.

By attacking with Mew VMAX FST 114's Cross Fusion Strike attack, you'll be able to have a variety of attacks you can use for just two Energy. That versatility is what makes Mew VMAX FST 114 such a powerhouse in today's Standard. By pairing Mew VMAX FST 114 up with Genesect V FST 185, you get an amazing amount of card draw each turn. That's because of Genesect V FST 185's Fusion Strike System Ability. With all of the extra cards and attacking ability, this deck needs little more to win, but it does include Toxtricity FST 108 for its Maximum Downer Ability to make scoring Knock Outs on your opponent's Pokemon VMAX even easier, as this Ability reduces the HP of your opponent's Pokemon VMAX by 30 HP.

A few cards will need to be replaced in order to make this Standard-legal in America. As mentioned previously, Great Ball SSH 164 can be a suitable replacement for Pokemon Communication TEU 152. Reset Stamp UNM 206 can be replaced by another copy of Marnie CPA 56. The last two cards in need of replacements will be more difficult to replace, as there simply aren't any cards currently in Standard that replicate their effects. They are Chaotic Swell CEC 187 and Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213. Once replacements are found, though, this deck should have no problem doing well.

Wrapping Up

Whether you're looking for a deck to play at a local tournament near you or just against your friends, you're likely to find something to your taste right here in Flash Forward. Japan's tournament scene is ripe with great decks that you can modify to be Standard legal here in America. I look forward to continuing to bring you more of these decks in the future.

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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