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Flash Forward: Charizard, Morpeko V, and Reshiram & Zekrom-GX 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. Now that Vivid Voltage has released, it's time to focus on the next expansion from Japan, Shiny Star V. Since Shiny Star V is comprised of mostly reprints, for the next couple of months most of the decks I'll be bringing to you will be tournament winning decks. Since these decks are from Japan, and their list of Standard legal cards is different from our list in America, there may be some changes I will suggest in order to play these decks in your local tournaments. Let's get started.


Charizard / Silvally-GX Deck

We begin this week by taking a look at a deck features one of the most popular Pokemon, Charizard. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Charmander – Fire – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[R] Collect: Draw a card.

[R][R] Flame: 30 damage.

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

Charmeleon – Fire – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Charmander

[R] Slash: 20 damage.

[R][R] Mountain Munch: 60 damage. Discard 3 cards from the top of your deck.

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

Charizard – Fire – HP170
Stage 2 – Evolves from Charmeleon

Ability: Battle Sense
Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 card of your deck. Put 1 of them into your hand and then discard the other cards.

[R][R] King Blaze: 100+ damage. This attack does 50 more damage for each Leon in your discard pile.

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

Talonflame V – Fire – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[C] Fast Flight: If you go first, you can use this attack on your first turn. Discard your hand and draw 6 cards.

[R][R][C] Crimson Wings: 160 damage. Discard an Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 0

Leon – Trainer
Supporter

During this turn, your Pokemon’s attacks do 30 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

With Charizard's Battle Sense Ability, you'll be able to put an extra card into your hand each turn, while also placing two cards into your discard pile. This can allow you to find what you need for your deck to run smoothly fairly easily. It also allows you to put extra copies of Leon into your discard pile, allowing Charizard's King Blaze attack to deal a maximum of 300 damage. That's enough damage to Knock Out the majority of Pokemon your opponent could play.

This deck also uses the Disk Reload Ability of Silvally-GX CEC 184 to draw additional cards. This can be very useful because this deck relies on having enough Energy attached to your Pokemon in order to use their attacks effectively. This is especially true of Talonflame V and its Crimson Wings attack. This attack deals 160 damage, but requires you to discard an Energy when you use it, so being able to draw extra cards will allow you to find Energy more easily.

This deck has no cards that are not Standard legal, so no changes will need to be made to play this deck.


Morpeko V / Shiftry Deck

Our next deck features Morpeko V SSH 79 / Shiftry combo that can make your opponent very frustrated. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Seedot – Grass – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[G] Ram: 10 damage.

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

Nuzleaf – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Seedot

[G] Razor Leaf: 40 damage.

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

Shiftry – Grass – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Nuzleaf

Ability: Tengu’s Proxy
As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, the effect of each Supporter card in your opponent’s hand becomes “Draw 3 cards from your deck.”

[G][C] Fan Tornado: 110 damage. You may have your opponent switch their Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon.

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

Jirachi – Metal – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Dream Oracle
Once during your turn, if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, you may look at the top 2 cards of your deck. Put 1 of them into your hand and return the other 1 on top of your deck.

[P][F][M] Amazing Star: Search your deck for up to 7 Basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 1

The goal of this deck is to attack with Morpeko V SSH 79's Electro Wheel attack, dealing 150 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. This attack also requires you to discard an Energy from Morpeko V SSH 79, and doing this switches Morpeko V SSH 79 with one of your Benched Pokemon. Whenever possible, you'll want to switch places with Shiftry in order to maximize the effectiveness of its Tengu's Proxy Ability. This Ability effectively nullifies all of your opponent's Supporter cards, replacing their effect with only a draw three effect. You can use Trainer cards like Bird Keeper DAA 159, Switch SSH 183, and Air Balloon SSH 156 to help the rotation of Morpeko V SSH 79 back to your Active Position on your turn.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, there are a few cards the will need to be replaced. Volkner UPR 135 can be replaced with an equal number of copies of Sonia RCL 167, as this will still allow you to find the Energy you'll need to run smoothly. We also need to replace Electropower LOT 172, which was usually the Item you would find with Volkner UPR 135. My replacement for Electropower LOT 172 is a pair of Switch SSH 183s. I'll also replace the single copy of Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191 with a copy of Switch SSH 183, giving us a full playset. Finally, even though it doesn't need replacing due to rotation, I would replace two copies of Capture Energy RCL 171 with an equal amount of Recycle Energy UNM 212, since Sonia RCL 167 can help us find our Basic Pokemon from our deck.

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


Reshiram & Zekrom-GX / Marshadow & Machamp-GX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week uses a pair of Pokemon-GX on its route to victory. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Talonflame V – Fire – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[C] Fast Flight: If you go first, you can use this attack on your first turn. Discard your hand and draw 6 cards.

[R][R][C] Crimson Wings: 160 damage. Discard an Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 0

Bea – Trainer
Supporter

Discard the top 5 cards from your deck. Attach all Energy cards discarded in this way to your Benched [F] Pokemon in any way you like.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Telephoto Scope – Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

The attacks of the Pokemon this card is attached to do 30 more damage to your opponent’s Benched Pokemon V and GX.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

The main attacker in this deck is Reshiram & Zekrom-GX CEC 157. With its Fabled Flarebolts attack, you can deal a maximum of 270 damage, provided that you can discard three Fire Energy 2 or Lightning Energy 4, or a combination of the two, from your Benched Pokemon. In order to get a lot of Energy attached to your Benched Pokemon, you'll want to get a copy of Marshadow & Machamp-GX UNB 82 onto your Bench. Once this is accomplished, begin playing your copies of Bea. With Bea, and a little luck, you'll be able to attach up to five Energy cards to Marshadow & Machamp-GX UNB 82, which you can use to fuel Reshiram & Zekrom-GX CEC 157's Fabled Flarebolts attack.

There's only one card that needs to be replaced in order to make this deck Standard legal. That card is Giratina LOT 97. While it doesn't have a repeatable effect like Giratina LOT 97's Distortion Door Ability, I'd replace it with a copy of Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117. A single-use of its Headbutt Tantrum Ability can give you the tiny bit of extra damage you need for the victory.

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


Wrapping Up

Even though their Standard-legal pool of cards might not match ours, Japan's tournament scene has plenty of decks that we can use as building blocks for our own tournaments.

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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