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Flash Forward: Decks from the Future

Hello and welcome to a new weekly column called Flash Forward. The goal of Flash Forward is to provide you with a sneak peek of some decks that will be Standard legal with the release of the next upcoming set. That means this is the place to find decks that are built using cards that are expected to be in the Pokemon TCG: Sword and Shield expansion when it releases on February 7, 2020. Many of these decks will be tournament winning decks from Japan. Some will be decks that performed well in Japanese tournaments. Others will simply be new decks created by various Japanese websites to showcase the new cards. While Japan plays a best-of-one format instead of best-of-three, you can use these decks as-is or as a starting point when creating your own deck for your local meta.

If you're familiar with my other column, Searching Standard, you'll know that I generally try to break down the decks that I show you and explain how they work. I won't be doing that with the decks in Flash Forward since I want to provide you with multiple decks each week. I'll still discuss certain cards and go over cool combos in the decks, but with less detail than you might be used to from me. I'll also be asking for your feedback in the comments section regarding these decks, as well as letting me know what Pokemon you'd like to see decks built around for upcoming articles.

NOTE: For those of you that wish to remain spoiler free, this will not be the column for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy seeing what new cards are coming out and want to see decks utilizing them, you'll want to stop back each week.

Without further ado, let's get started by taking a look at the first deck.

Tapu Koko-V / Pikachu & Zekrom-GX Deck

The first deck I have for you this week features one of the new Pokemon-V cards, Tapu Koko-V. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations


   

Tapu Koko-V - 200 HP - [L]
Pokemon - Basic

[L] Spike Draw: 20
Draw 2 cards.

[L][L][C] Thunderbolt: 200
This Pokemon can't attack during your next turn

Pokémon-V rule: When your Pokémon-V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 0

 

   

Oranguru - 120 HP - [C]
Pokemon - Basic

Ability: Shallow Cleverness
Once during your turn, you may swap 1 of your hand cards with the top card from your deck.

[C][C][C] Whap Down: 70

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

 

 

   

Big Amulett
Trainer - Item

The Pokemon this card is attached to has 30 more HP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Professor's Research
Trainer - Supporter

Discard your hand and draw 7 cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Quick Ball
Trainer - Item

You can only use this card if you discard another card from your hand.
Search your deck for a basic Pokemon, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
(Reprint)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tapu Koko-V offers Lightning Type decks another great attacker that can deal enough damage with one attack to Knock Out quite a few other Pokemon. Combine this attack with the free retreating that Zeraora-GX LOT 86 provides and you have a Pokemon that can move and jab with the best of them. Plus, three Energy is all that's needed to use Tapu Koko-V's Thunderbolt attack, which happens to be the same amount of Energy you can attach when you use Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33's Full Blitz attack.

Victini-V / Mewtwo & Mew-GX Fire Box Deck

The next deck I have for you combines Fire and Psychic types into a deck that can dish out a ton of damage. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations


   

Victini-V - 190 HP - [R]
Pokemon - Basic

[C] Spread Flame
Attach up to 3 [R] energy from your discard pile to your Pokemon in any way you like.

[R][R] Energy Burst: 30x
Does 30 damage times the amount of Energy attached to this Pokemon and the Defending Pokemon.

Pokémon-V rule: When your Pokémon-V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

 

   

Oranguru - 120 HP - [C]
Pokemon - Basic

Ability: Shallow Cleverness
Once during your turn, you may swap 1 of your hand cards with the top card from your deck.

[C][C][C] Whap Down: 70

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

 

 

 

   

Marnie
Trainer - Supporter

Both players put their hand cards face down, shuffle them and put them on the bottom of their deck. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Pokemon Catcher
Trainer - Item

Flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent's benched Pokemon with their active Pokemon.
(Reprint)

 

 

 

 

 

   

Professor's Research
Trainer - Supporter

Discard your hand and draw 7 cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Quick Ball
Trainer - Item

You can only use this card, if you discard another card from your hand.
Search your deck for a basic Pokemon, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
(Reprint)

 

 

 

 

 


Victini-V has the potential to set Standard on fire. With its Energy Burst attack, you'll be able to deal a minimum of 60 damage when you use it. The ceiling on this attack makes dealing upwards of 300 damage entirely possible. It also has the Spread Flame attack that you can use to power up the rest of your team if it looks like Victini-V is going to get KO'd. Luckily this deck is also running Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 so you can continue using Energy Burst to pummel your opponent's Active Pokemon with.

Oricorio-GX / Blacephalon Fire Deck

The final deck I have for you this week also uses Psychic and Fire Type Pokemon, but mixes in a dash of Pidgeotto TEU 123 to help find the cards you need in a hurry. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations


   

Energy Retrieval

Trainer - Item

Put up to 2 basic energy from your discard pile into your hand.
(Reprint)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 


Technically there are no brand new cards in this decklist, so it's possible to sleeve up a copy of this deck and start playtesting with it right away. While I said this deck is both Fire and Psychic Type, in truth the Psychic Type Oricorio-GX CEC 95 is only included in the deck for the use of its Dance of Tribute Ability. Since there's no Psychic Energy 5 included in the deck, there's no way to use either of Oricorio-GX CEC 95's attacks. That shouldn't matter, though, since Blacephalon UNB 32 and Blacephalon-GX LOT 52 can usually take out most opponents with ease. As you can see, Fire Type decks should remain very competitive once Sword and Shield releases.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, many of the same archetypes that are in today's Standard are sticking around. New cards help reinforce some of our current decks, making them better and more consistent in the process. Be sure to join me again next week where we'll look at more future decks. And if there's a Pokemon you'd like to see in a deck here at Flash Forward, let me know by leaving a comment below. I'll see you next week (in the future!).

- Mike Likes


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