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Flash Forward: Decidueye, Centiskorch VMAX, and Vikavolt V Post-Rotation 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 we'll be looking at some decks that were recently posted to YouTube by different content creators. Each of these decks will be Standard legal after the upcoming rotation. Let's get started.

Post-Rotation Decidueye Deck

We begin this week by taking a look at a deck featuring the new Decidueye from Darkness Ablaze. This deck was featured on tablemon's YouTube channel. Here's the decklist.

New Card Translations

Rowlet – Grass – HP50
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Sky Circus
If you played Bird Keeper from your hand during this turn, ignore all Energy in the attack costs of this Pokemon.

[C][C][C] Wind Pebbles: This attack does 60 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance.)

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

Dartrix – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Rowlet

[G] Razor Leaf: 40 damage.

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

Decidueye – Grass – HP140
Stage 2 – Evolves from Dartrix

Ability: Forest Camouflage
Prevent all damage done to this Pokemon by the attacks of your opponent’s Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX.

[G][C] Split Arrow: 90 damage. This attack does 20 damage to 2 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance.)

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

With Decidueye's Forest Camouflage Ability, you're able to prevent all damage done to it by the attacks of your opponent's Pokemon V (which includes Pokemon VMAX) and Pokemon-GX. This Ability is very important for our upcoming Standard environment, as it will always need to be considered when new decks are created. Decks won't be able to rely on their ultra powerful Pokemon V/Pokemon-GX without having a backup plan that includes a Basic Pokemon and possibly its Evolutions.

Decidueye also has the Split Arrow attack that can deal damage to three of your opponent's Pokemon at the same time. While dealing 90 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon might not be a lot, if that Pokemon is unable to deal any damage back, you'll be able to Knock Out the majority of Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX within three attacks. You'll also be weakening your opponent's other Pokemon as well, making them easier to Knock Out once they become the Active Pokemon. By using Boss's Orders RCL 154, you can score a quick KO of a Pokemon that you've previously damaged.

(Note: In the video where this deck was featured, the deck originally had 62 cards in it. I removed one Scoop Up Net RCL 165 and one Switch SSH 183 to make it a legal, 60-card deck.)

Post-Rotation Centiskorch VMAX Deck

The next deck I have for you was featured on The Slowpoke Well's YouTube channel and it features Centiskorch VMAX as its main attacker. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Centiskorch V – Fire – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[R] Radiating Heat: 20 damage. You may discard an Energy from this Pokémon. If you do, discard an Energy from your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[R][R][R][R] Burning Train: 180 damage.

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

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

Centiskorch VMAX – Fire – HP320
VMAX Pokemon (Gigantamax) – Evolves from Centiskorch V

[C][C] G-Max Centiferno: 40+ damage. This attack does 40 more damage for each [R] Energy attached to this Pokemon. You may attach a [R] Energy from your discard pile to this Pokemon after calculating damage for this attack.

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

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

Heat [R] Energy – Special Energy

As long as this card is attached to a Pokemon, it provides [R] Energy.

The [R] Pokemon this card is attached to gets +20 HP.

By attacking with Centiskorch VMAX's G-Max Centiferno attack, you'll be able to Knock Out most opposing Pokemon with one shot. By using things like Volcanion UNB 25 Flare Starter attack combined with Welder UNB 189, you can have upwards of six Fire Energy 2 attached to Centiskorch VMAX as early as your second turn. With six Fire Energy 2 attached to it, you'll deal 280 damage when you use Centiskorch VMAX's G-Max Centiferno attack, which is enough to Knock Out most opponents.

It's important to keep the powered up Centiskorch VMAX in play as long as possible, since getting a second Centiskorch VMAX similarly powered up can be difficult to achieve. For that reason, you'll want to use things like Hyper Potion SSH 166 and Mallow & Lana CEC 198 to heal your fully powered Centiskorch VMAX whenever possible, so it can stay in the fight longer.

Post-Rotation Vikavolt V Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Vikavolt V and was shown on the YouTube channel of gyrosean. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Vikavolt V – Lightning – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[L][C] Paralyzing Bolt: 50 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, your opponent can’t play any Item cards from their hand.

[L][L][C] Super Zap Cannon: 190 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

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

Cape of Toughness – Trainer
Item

The Basic Pokemon this card is attached to gets +50 HP, except Pokemon-GX.

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

Turbo Patch – Trainer
Item

Flip a coin. If heads, attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Basic Pokemon that isn’t a Pokemon-GX.

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

The plan for this deck is to attack with Vikavolt V's Paralyzing Bolt attack. This attack deals 50 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon, which is a little unimpressive for two Energy, but, more importantly, it makes it impossible for your opponent to play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn. That means they can't play things like Switch SSH 183 to get their Active Pokemon out of trouble. They also can't play any of the various Poke Balls to find the Pokemon they need or other Items that help them find Energy from within their deck. Most decks run quite a few Items, so this attack can really paralyze them in their tracks.

One thing to remember with this deck is that Green's Exploration UNB 175 will not work if you have Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 in play. Since Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 is the only Pokemon with an Ability in the deck, this is the only negative interaction you need to remember. I agree with gyrosean's suggestion for this situation which is to only play Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 when you're planning on using its Dance of the Ancients Ability, and don't leave it sitting on your Bench for an extended period of time.

Wrapping Up

Darkness Ablaze releases on August 14th, and Standard rotation happens two weeks later on August 28th. This time of year is always both a little exciting (because new cards are being released and new strategies can be tried) and a little scary (because some established archetypes will no longer be playable). Here at Flash Forward (and in my other column, Searching Standard), I'll do my best to alleviate some of that scariness by presenting you more post-rotation decks for the next few weeks.

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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