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Flash Forward: Donphan, Banette, and Aegislash VMAX 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 only a couple of weeks away from America's release, Vivid Voltage. This expansion includes cards from Japan's most recent release, Shocking Volt Tackle, which is where the decks we're looking at this week will feature cards from. Let's begin.


Donphan / Galarian Runerigus Deck

We start this week with a deck that's not afraid of taking damage. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Phanpy – Fighting – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[F] Stampede: 10 damage.

[F][C] Return Attack: 30x damage. This attack does 30 damage times the number of damage counters on this Pokemon.

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

Donphan – Fighting – HP150
Stage 1 – Evolves from Phanpy

[F] Earthquake: 120 damage. This attack does 20 damage to each of your Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[F][C][C] Heavy Impact: 90 damage.

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

Memory Capsule – Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

The Pokemon this card is attached to can use any attack from its previous Evolutions. (You still have to pay for that attack’s Energy cost.)

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

Stone [F] Energy – Special Energy

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

If this Energy is attached to a [F] Pokemon, that Pokemon takes 20 less damage from your opponent’s attacks (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

With Donphan's Earthquake attack, you'll be able to Knock Out Pokemon such as Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 with a single attack. Doing this, though, comes with a cost, and the rest of your team will suffer 20 damage. You can use this damage to your benefit, though, with Galarian Runerigus RCL 102's Spreading Spite attack. This attack allows you to put twice the amount of damage counters on Galarian Runerigus RCL 102 onto your opponent's Pokemon in any way you'd like. Use this damage to pick off Pokemon with a low number of HP, and score some easy Prize cards. You can use Jynx UNM 76's Ominous Posture Ability to move damage counters around, enabling you to deal additional damage with Spreading Spite.

Since Japan's Standard rotation takes place a few months after ours, you'll need to make some changes to make this deck Standard legal. Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 doesn't have a great replacement, but I'm going to replace it with a copy of Great Ball SSH 164. That way it can help find any Pokemon I might need. I'll replace Escape Board UPR 122 with a couple of copies of Scoop Up Net RCL 165. Finally, the playset of Cynthia UPR 119 will be replaced with a copy of Marnie SSH 169, two copies of Professor's Research SSH 178, and a copy of Bird Keeper DAA 159.

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


Zacian V / Banette Deck

The next deck I have for you hits the opponent with a one-two punch, scoring Knock Outs that are unexpected. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Shuppet – Psychic – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[P] Haunt: Put 1 damage counter on your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

Banette – Psychic – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Shuppet

Ability: Devo Curse
Once during your turn, when you play this card from your hand to evolve a Pokemon, you may devolve 1 of your opponent’s Benched Evolved Pokemon and put the highest Stage Evolution card on it into your opponent’s hand.

[P][C] Spooky Shot: 40 damage.

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

Zacian V SSH 138 is no stranger to Standard, having been featured in many tournament-winning decks. With its Brave Blade attack, you'll deal 230 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, but will be unable to attack with Zacian V SSH 138 on the following turn. 230 damage is enough damage to Knock Out a majority of Basic Pokemon, but KO'ing an evolution could require multiple attacks. That's where Banette comes in. With its Devo Curse Ability, when you evolve Shuppet into Banette, you'll be able to devolve one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. If you manage to devolve a Pokemon that has already taken damage, you could score a Knock Out if the damage they took is greater than their remaining HP.

There are a couple of cards that need to be updated in order to make this deck Standard legal. The first is Escape Board UPR 122. Normally I would replace Escape Board UPR 122 with Scoop Up Net RCL 165, but this deck already has a full playset of this card. Instead, I've chosen to replace Escape Board UPR 122 with U-Turn Board UNM 211. While U-Turn Board UNM 211 doesn't allow Jirachi TEU 99 to retreat while Asleep, it can still offer a quick retreat once it wakes up. The other card to replace is Metal Frying Pan FLI 112, which I'll be replacing with Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120, thanks to its Full Metal Wall-GX attack, which mimics the damage reduction offered by Metal Frying Pan FLI 112.

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


Aegislash VMAX Deck

The final deck for this week features the team-up of Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156 with Aegislash VMAX. Let's take a look at this deck.

New Card Translations

Aegislash V – Metal – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[M][C] Slash: 50 damage.

[M][M][C] Sonic Edge: 130 damage. Ignore all effects on your opponent’s Active Pokemon when doing this damage.

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

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

Aegislash VMAX – Metal – HP320
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Aegislash V

[M][M][C] Giant Slash: 160+ damage. This attack does 30 more damage for each Prize card you’ve taken.

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

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

Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156 have torn up the tournament scene lately, and have proven themselves to be very powerful. This is in no small part thanks to their Altered Creation-GX attack, which allows all of your Pokemon's attacks to deal an additional 30 damage. This attack can also allow you to take an additional Prize card when you Knock Out your opponent's Active Pokemon with damage from one of your attacks. Taking the additional Prize card is especially helpful, as it increased the damage output of Aegislash VMAX. With Aegislash VMAX's Giant Slash attack, you'll deal a base damage of 160, plus an additional 30 damage for each Prize card you've taken this game. The maximum damage you can do with this attack is 340 damage, which includes the bonus 30 damage from Altered Creation-GX.

For this deck to become Standard legal, there's only one card that needs to be replaced. The single copy of Escape Board UPR 122 should be replaced with a copy of Scoop Up Net RCL 165. That will enable you to utilize Jirachi TEU 99's Stellar Wish Ability a little easier, even if it's not a perfect replacement.

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


Wrapping Up

As we near the release of Japan's next expansion, our time with decks featuring cards from Shocking Volt Tackle nears its end. Are there any Pokemon from this expansion you still would like to see a deck for? Let me know in the comments below.

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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