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Flash Forward: Charizard VMAX, Mad Party, and Tsareena 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 more decks featuring cards from Japan's Explosive Walker expansion and other promotional releases. Let's get started with our first deck.

Charizard VMAX / Arcanine Deck

We'll start off this week by taking a look at a deck featuring Charizard VMAX, which was released in Japan in their VMAX Starter Sets. Let's start by taking a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Charizard V – Fire – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Claw Swipe: 80 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 220 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

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

Charizard VMAX – Fire – HP330
VMAX Pokemon (Gigantamax) – Evolves from Charizard V

[C][C][C] Claw Swipe: 100 damage.

[R][R][R][C][C] G-Max Wildfire: 300 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

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

While Charizard VMAX is the big attacker for this deck, utilizing its G-Max Wildfire attack can be a little slow since it requires five Energy to use. Because of that, it's better to think of Charizard VMAX as the finisher for this deck, while Arcanine UNB 22 is the initial attacker. Thanks to Arcanine UNB 22's Grand Flame attack, you'll be able to attach two Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokemon, in addition to dealing 120 damage. By using this attack, you'll be able to weaken your opponent's team while simultaneously building up your Charizard VMAX for the endgame. In order to get those much-needed Fire Energy 2 into your discard pile, make sure to discard Fire Energy 2 whenever possible when you play things like Quick Ball SSH 179 and Dedenne-GX UNB 57. While you may never need to deal 300 damage in order to Knock Out your opponent's Active Pokemon, it's nice to have available for when you do.

Mad Party Deck

Explosive Walker brings with it a new batch of Pokemon that share an attack that scales, much like Lost March. This attack is called Mad Party, and is featured on a handful of Pokemon. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Bunnelby – Colorless – HP40
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile with a “Mad Party” attack.

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

Dedenne – Psychic – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[P][C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile with a “Mad Party” attack.

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

Galarian Mr. Rime – Water – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Galarian Mr. Mime

Ability: Shuffle Dance
Once during your turn, you may choose 1 of your opponent’s face-down Prize cards and switch it with the top card from their deck. (Both cards remain face-down.)

[W][C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile with a “Mad Party” attack.

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

Sinistea – Psychic – HP30
Basic Pokemon

[C] Furtive Drop: Put 2 damage counters on your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1

Polteageist – Psychic – HP60
Stage 1 – Evolves from Sinistea

Ability: Tea Break
Once during your turn, you may discard a Pokemon with a “Mad Party” attack from your hand and draw 2 cards.

[C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage.  This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile with a “Mad Party” attack.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1

Lookalike Bell – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for a Pokemon with the same name as a Pokemon in your discard pile, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

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

The Mad Party attack deals 20 damage for each card in your discard pile that has the Mad Party attack. For that reason, you'll need to have a large number of Pokemon that have Mad Party in your deck. This deck includes full playsets of four different Pokemon that have this attack. That means the maximum damage you can deal with Mad Party will be 300 damage, and that's only if all of your Pokemon with Mad Party are in your discard pile, save one. It's much more common for you to deal 100 to 160 damage, so prepare for it to take a couple of attacks to score a Knock Out. Another thing to notice is that this deck only includes colorless sources of Energy, so only Bunnelby and Polteageist will be able to attack with Mad Party. That means you'll want to do whatever you can to discard your copies of Dedenne and Galarian Mr. Rime. There are ways to discard things from your hand, like Quick Ball SSH 179 and Professor's Research SSH 178, so don't fear having your hand get clogged with unplayable Pokemon. In the event that one of your attackers gets Knocked Out, you can use Lookalike Bell to find another copy from your deck to put into your hand. While I'm not sure how competitive this deck will be, it looks like a lot of fun and I'm excited to try it out.

Tsareena Energy Removal Deck

The final deck I have for you this week attempts to make it a miserable game for your opponent by making it so they can't perform their best attacks. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Bounsweet – Grass – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Synthesis: Search your deck for a [G] Energy card and attach it to 1 of your Pokemon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[G][C] Flop: 20 damage.

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

Steenee – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Bounsweet

[C] Captivate: Choose 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon and switch it with their Active Pokemon.

[G][C] Slap: 40 damage.

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

Tsareena – Grass – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Steenee

[C] Power Whip: Choose 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. This attack does 20 damage to that Pokemon for each Energy attached to this Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[G][C] Setback Kick: 100 damage. You may choose an Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon and return it to their hand.

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

Tsareena has the Setback Kick attack, which deals 100 damage as well as returning an Energy of your choice from the opponent's Active Pokemon to their hand. By using this attack, you'll be able to prevent them from using their more powerful attacks that usually require more Energy to use. Tsareena also has the Power Whip attack that can be used against an opponent's Benched Pokemon. So, even if they begin to power up a Benched Pokemon to use after you've inevitably Knocked Out their Active Pokemon, you can disrupt their plans. This deck also plays a few copies of Crushing Hammer SSH 159, which can help with your plan by discarding an Energy from any of your opponent's Pokemon. Since it's important to be able to evolve into Tsareena quickly, this deck uses the full assortment of things like Evolution Incense SSH 163 and Rare Candy SSH 180 normally seen in decks relying on Stage 2 Evolutions. This deck also benefits from playing Turffield Stadium RCL 170 as another means of finding those valuable Evolutions.

Wrapping Up

As you can see by the decks I've shown you this week, a variety of different types of decks can be made with the cards that will be released in America as part of our Darkness Ablaze expansion. When there's a variety of decks that are possible, Standard is usually in a good place.

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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