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Flash Forward: Dragapult VMAX, Amazing Kyogre, and Cryogonal 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. Japan's latest release, Shiny Star V, doesn't have a lot of new cards, so we'll also be taking a look at some decks that have recently done well in tournaments in Japan. Let's get started.


Dragapult VMAX / Barraskewda Deck

We start this week by taking a look at a deck that can pick apart an opponent's team by targeting the weakest Pokemon in play. Let's take a look at the deck.

 

Dragapult VMAX RCL 93's Max Phantom attack deals 130 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, plus you get to distribute five damage counters to your opponent's Benched Pokemon in any way you would like. You can follow this attack up with Barraskewda VIV 42's Targeted Skewer attack, which deals 20 damage to an opponent's Benched Pokemon for each damage counter on that Pokemon. By using attacks like this that can single out Pokemon that have less HP's, you can score some easy Knock Outs and take Prize cards more easily.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, a couple of changes need to be made. Since Escape Board UPR 122 has rotated, I would replace it with two additional copies of Switch SSH 183. This will still allow us to move Jirachi TEU 99 to the Bench after using its Stellar Wish Ability. We'll also need to replace the playset of Mysterious Treasure FLI 113. For that, my choice would be a playset of Great Ball SSH 164, which still allows us to find any Pokemon from our deck, with the caveat being that the Pokemon found must be in the top seven cards of our deck.

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

 


Amazing Kyogre / Dragonite Deck

Next, we have a deck that relies on Energy acceleration to help provide spread damage. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Kyogre – Water – HP120
Basic Pokemon

[W][L][M][C] Amazing Surge: This attack does 80 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

This deck utilizes the Hurricane Charge Ability as a means of placing Energy onto Kyogre. This allows Kyogre to attack with its Amazing Surge attack. This attack deals 80 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon, and ignores Weakness and Resistance. By attaching a copy of Telescopic Sight VIV 160 to Kyogre, you'll add an additional 30 damage to any Benched Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX they have in play. This deck also includes a copy of both Dragonite TEU 119 and Dragonium Z: Dragon Claw CEC 190. Since Dragonite TEU 119 has the Dragon Claw attack, you can attach Dragonium Z: Dragon Claw CEC 190 to it, allowing you to use the Destructive Drake GX attack, which can deal a ton of damage.

For this deck to be Standard legal, we'll need to replace a handful of cards. I'm choosing to replace Adventure Bag LOT 167 with a copy of Rotom Phone CPA 64. While this won't allow you to put two Tool cards into your hand, it's a little more versatile since you can put any card you want from the top five cards of your deck onto the top of your deck, allowing you to draw that card next turn (or sooner). The playset of Cynthia UPR 119 is easily replaced by a playset of Professor's Research SSH 178. Lance Prism Star DRM 61 is more difficult to replace, but my choice will be another copy of Rare Candy SSH 180.

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


Cryogonal / Persian Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Cryogonal UNM 46, an appropriate Pokemon for winter here in America. Let's take a look at the deck.

With Cryogonal UNM 46's Frozen Lock attack, you'll deal a whopping 10 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. However, more importantly, you'll prevent your opponent from being able to play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn. Combine this attack with Persian TEU 126's Make 'Em Pay attack, and you can force your opponent to discard cards from their hand until they have exactly four cards of your choosing. Not having access to item cards can make it difficult for a deck to get rolling, so your opponent might not have a means of finding the Pokemon they need or a way of getting the Energy from their deck. They'll be forced to rely on the luck of their draw. You can slow things down for them even further with the cards in this deck that force them to discard Energy cards from their Pokemon.

As usual, there are a couple of cards that will need to be replaced in order for this deck to be Standard legal. First, I'll replace Articuno-GX CES 31 with a copy of Tornadus VIV 142. While Tornadus VIV 142's Jet Draft attack can only discard a Special Energy from your opponent's Active Pokemon, there's no Pokemon in Standard that has an attack like Articuno-GX CES 31's Cold Crush GX attack, but Jet Draft comes closest. Tate & Liza CES 148 also needs to be replaced, and my choice of replacement is a copy of Marnie SSH 169.

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


Wrapping Up

That wraps up another episode of Flash Forward. I hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season this year, and I'll see you back here next year for more decks that will be playable in the near future.

- Mike Likes

 


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