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Flash Forward: Decidueye, Blissey V, and Galarian Rapidash 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. We're almost at the end of decks featuring Japan's latest releases, Silver Lance and Jet-Black Spirit, but I have a few more for you this week, so let's get started.


Decidueye / Path to the Peak Deck

The first deck I have for you features a new Stadium that negates the Abilities of Pokemon that have a Rule Box. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Path to the Peak – Trainer
Stadium

Each player’s Pokemon in play with a Rule Box has no Abilities.

This Stadium stays in play when you play it. Discard it if another Stadium comes into play. If a Stadium with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.

Path to the Peak is the Stadium I referred to before the decklist. With it in play, any Pokemon that has a Rule Box will have no Ability. That includes all Pokemon V, Pokemon VMAX, and Pokemon-GX. Since this deck has no Pokemon with a Rule Box, Path to the Peak is meant as a safety measure for you. It works great against those decks running Crobat V DAA 104 or Dedenne-GX UNB 57 as a means of drawing additional cards.

The main attacker of this deck is Decidueye SHF 8. By ramping a copy of it into play with Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1's Super Growth attack, you'll be able to make Decidueye SHF 8 your Active Pokemon. This offers you additional protection against Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX, since Decidueye SHF 8 has the Deep Forest Camo Ability. This Ability allows Decidueye SHF 8 to prevent all damage done to Decidueye SHF 8 by attacks from Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. If you can keep a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX as your opponent's Active Pokemon, you can pick off the Pokemon from their Bench by attacking with Decidueye SHF 8's Splitting Arrow. This can allow you to win the game without taking any damage from your opponent's Pokemon.


Blissey V / Porygon-Z Deck

The next deck I have for you has the potential to utilize a ton of Energy from your hand and discard pile. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Blissey V – Colorless – HP250
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Natural Cure
Whenever you attach an Energy from your hand to this Pokemon, remove all Special Conditions from this Pokemon.

[C] Blissey Bomber: 10+ damage. This attack does 30 more damage for each Energy attached to this Pokemon. After doing damage, you may attach up to 3 Energy cards from your discard pile to this Pokemon.

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

Lucky Energy – Special Energy

This card provides 1 [C] Energy while attached to a Pokemon.

If the Pokemon this card is attached to is your Active Pokemon and is damaged by an opponent’s attack, draw 1 card.

Blissey V will be the main attacker in this deck. Due to its Natural Cure Ability, it can be nearly impossible for your opponent to affect Blissey V with any Special Conditions. Blissey V also has the Blissey Bomber attack that will deal a base of 10 damage. In addition, this attack will deal 30 additional damage for each Energy attached to Blissey V. Once the damage is dealt, you can attach up to three Energy cards from your discard pile to Blissey V. One thing to note is that this Energy does not need to be Basic Energy.

Any time a deck gains a bonus from being able to play Special Energy, you'll want to look for Porygon-Z UNB 157. That's because Porygon-Z UNB 157 has the Crazy Code Ability, which allows you to attach as many Special Energy cards as you would like from your hand to your Pokemon, as you see fit. So, attach a lot of Special Energy from your hand to Blissey V and deal a ton of extra damage.


Galarian Rapidash V / Metagross VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Galarian Rapidash V PR-SSH SWSH111, a new promo that has recently been released. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Galarian Rapidash V – Psychic – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Libra Horn: Put damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon until it has 100 HP remaining.

[P][P] Psychokinesis: 60+ damage. This attack does 30 more damage for each Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

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

Metagross V – Metal – HP220
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[M] Bullet Punch: 20+ damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 20 more damage for each heads.

[M][C] Syncrohammer: 60+ damage. If this Pokemon and the Defending Pokemon have the same number of Energy attached, this attack does 90 more damage.

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

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 3

Metagross VMAX – Metal – HP330
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Metagross V (Rapid Strike)

[M] Magnetic Pull: Search your deck for up to 2 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[M][C] G-Max Rush: 100 damage. During your next turn, this Pokemon’s G-Max Rush does 150 more damage.

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

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 3

Galarian Rapidash V PR-SSH SWSH111 is able to attack with its Libra Horn attack, which will reduce the HP of your opponent's Active Pokemon to 100. However, since there is no Psychic Energy 5 in this deck, you'll be unable to finish off your opponent's Active Pokemon by attacking alone with Galarian Rapidash V PR-SSH SWSH111. That's where Giant Bomb UNM 196 can help out. If you have a Giant Bomb UNM 196 attached to Galarian Rapidash V PR-SSH SWSH111, and it takes 180 or more damage from an opponent's attack, you'll be able to put 10 damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon, which happens to be the exact amount you need to Knock Out that Pokemon.

Alternatively, once you drop your opponent's Active Pokemon down to having 100 HP, you can bring up Metagross VMAX. You can then attack with its G-Max Rush attack, which deals 100 damage the first turn you use it. If you continue attacking with G-Max Rush, your additional attacks will end up dealing 250 damage, which is enough to Knock Out a lot of opposing Pokemon. This deck also employs Bronzong BST 102 as a means of ensuring you'll have the Energy needed for all of your attacks.


Wrapping Up

Today marks the release of Japan’s Eevee Heroes, so we'll start taking a look at decks featuring those cards next week. I think the cards from Silver Lance and Jet-Black Spirit will be great additions to our Standard environment once they release in America.

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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