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Flash Forward: Coalossal VMAX, Centiskorch VMAX, and Galarian Perrserker 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. We're continuing to look at decks featuring cards from Japan's newest set, Shining Star V, and tournament winning decks from Japan. Let's get started.


Coalossal VMAX / Rotom Deck

We get started this week by taking a look at a deck featuring Coalossal VMAX VIV 99. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Rotom – Lightning – HP80
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Rotochoice
Once during your turn, when you play this card from your hand onto your Bench, you may search your deck for up to 2 Item cards with “Rotom” in their name, reveal them, and put them in your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[L][C] Thundershock: 30 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

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

Thanks to Coalossal VMAX VIV 99's Eruption Shot attack, you'll be able to deal 130 damage for a single Energy. The difficult part will be finding a way to ensure that the top card of your deck is always an Energy card. Luckily, Shining Star V gave us an answer to this conundrum. Rotom's Rotochoice Ability allows you to search your deck for up to two Item cards with 'Rotom' in their name to put into your hand when you play Rotom onto your Bench. By getting Rotom Phone CPA 64, you stand a decent chance of finding that Energy in the top five cards of your deck. This deck also runs a pair of Oranguru SSH 148 that you can use to put Energy from your hand onto the top of your deck, thanks to the Primate Wisdom Ability.

There is but a single card that we'll need to change in order to make this deck Standard-legal here in America. That card is Diancie FLI 74. Unfortunately, Diancie FLI 74 allowed our Fighting Type Pokemon to deal an additional 20 damage with their attacks when Diancie FLI 74 was on our Bench. Since we don't have anything that boosts the damage of Fighting Type Pokemon in Standard any longer, the best replacement will be an additional copy of Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179.

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


Centiskorch VMAX Deck

Next, we have a Fire Type Deck featuring Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34 that can really dish out a ton of damage. Let's take a look at it.

By attacking with Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34's G-Max Centiferno attack, you'll find yourself being able to Knock Out opposing Pokemon with a single attack. This attack requires two Energy to use, and since the only Energy in this deck is Fire Energy 2, you're guaranteed to deal a minimum of 120 damage with this attack. As you attach more Energy, the ceiling of this damage only goes higher and higher. You also have a pair of great back up attackers in this deck in Heatran-GX UNM 25 and Talonflame V VIV 29. All of these Pokemon benefit greatly from playing Welder UNB 189, which has already proven itself to be one of the premier Supporters in Standard.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, only one card needs to be changed. That card is Escape Board UPR 122. My choice to replace it will be Scoop Up Net RCL 165, as this will allow us to remove Jirachi TEU 99 from the Active Position once it has fallen Asleep after using its Stellar Wish Ability. Alternatively, you could choose to replace both Escape Board UPR 122 and Jirachi TEU 99 with a couple of copies of Jirachi VIV 119. While this version of Jirachi doesn't dig as deeply into your deck, it also doesn't fall Asleep on its own either.

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


Zacian V / Galarian Perrserker Deck

Our final deck this week teams up a pair of Galarian Pokemon in a deck that can ramp up the damage. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Rusted Sword – Trainer
Item – Tool

Attach a Pokémon Tool to 1 of your Pokémon that doesn’t already have a Pokémon Tool attached.

The attacks of the Zacian V this card is attached to do an additional 30 damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

It's no secret that Zacian V SSH 138 is one of the best Pokemon V currently in Standard. With its Brave Blade attack, you can deal 230 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. The drawback is that this attack can't be used on the following turn. And while 230 damage is good, it's often not enough to Knock Out an opposing Pokemon with one hit. Thankfully you can attach a copy of Rusted Sword to Zacian V SSH 138, which will increase Zacian V SSH 138's damage by 30, bringing Brave Blade up to 260. You can further increase your damage potential by having copies of Galarian Perrserker SSH 128 on your Bench. Galarian Perrserker SSH 128's Steely Spirit Ability increases the damage of your Metal Type Pokemon by 20. So, with a couple of copies of Galarian Perrserker SSH 128 on your Bench and a Rusty Sword attached, Zacian V SSH 138 can deal 300 damage with ease, which is enough to Knock Out most Pokemon.

There are no cards in this deck that aren't Standard legal, so there are no changes that need to be made before playing this deck at a local event.


Wrapping Up

Even though Shining Star V doesn't have very many new cards, two of the decks this week show that these new cards will still make an impact on Standard. And it looks like some of the existing archetypes we know today will still be around as well.

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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