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Flash Forward: Galarian Cursola V, Gardevoir VMAX, and Centiskorch VMAX 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're taking a look at some decks that were recently posted to the pokebeach forums that will be Standard legal after the upcoming rotation. Let's get started.

Galarian Cursola V / Arctozolt Deck

We start this week by looking at a deck that features Galarian Cursola and Arctozolt that punishes your opponent for attaching Energy cards. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Galarian Cursola V – Psychic – HP190
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Eating Aura
As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, when your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to 1 of their Pokemon, put 3 damage to that Pokemon.

[P][C] Hallow Missile: 60 damage. Put 3 damage counters on your opponent’s Benched Pokemon in any way you like.

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

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2

Arctozolt – Lightning – HP130
Stage 1 – Evolves from Rare Fossil

Ability: Numbing Vortex
Whenever your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to 1 of their Pokemon, put 2 damage counters on that Pokemon.

[L][C] Electro Ball: 70 damage.

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

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Night Asset
Once during your turn, when you play this Pokemon from hand to your Bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Night Asset Ability during your turn.

[D][C] Poison Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

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

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

Piers  – Trainer
Supporter

Search your deck for 1 [D] Pokemon and any 1 Energy, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Rare Fossil – Trainer – HP70
Item

Play this card as if it were a 70-HP [C] Basic Pokemon. At any time during your turn (before your attack), you may discard this card from play.

This card can’t retreat and isn’t affected by Status Conditions.

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

Hide [D] Energy – Special Energy

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

The Retreat Cost of the [D] Pokemon this card is attached to is 0.

This deck features a couple of ways to deal damage to your opponent's Pokemon whenever they attach an Energy card. The first is by having Galarian Cursola V as your Active Pokemon. Thanks to its Eating Aura Ability, while Galarian Cursola V is your Active Pokemon, you'll deal 3 damage counters to any Pokemon that your opponent attaches an Energy to. The other Pokemon that deals damage in a similar manner is Arctozolt. Arctozolt has the Numbing Vortex Ability, which deals 2 damage counters to any Pokemon that your opponent attaches an Energy from their hand to.

Since you have the potential to have all four copies of Arctozolt on your Bench, you'll be able to deal a maximum of 110 damage whenever your opponent attaches their Energy for the turn. While you won't typically have all four copies of Arctozolt in play at the same time, it's likely that you'll have a couple of copies in play and will be able to deal 70 damage fairly easily. Against some decks, your opponent might find themselves unable to attach an Energy they need in order to make an attack, due to the damage they will take for doing so.

Gardevoir VMAX / Mismagius Deck

The next deck we'll look at features Gardevoir VMAX, and attempts to keep it in the fight as long as possible. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Gardevoir V – Psychic – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[P] Magical Shot: 30 damage.

[P][P][C] Overflowing Wave: 120+ damage. This attack does 80 more damage if you healed any damage from this Pokemon during this turn.

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

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

Gardevoir VMAX – Psychic – HP320
VMAX Pokemon (Dynamax) – Evolves from Gardevoir V

[P][P][C] Max Cure: 180 damage. Heal 50 damage from this Pokemon.

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

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

Dubious Canned Goods – Trainer
Item

Heal 80 damage from 1 of your Pokemon with a [P] Energy attached to it. Then, discard a [P] Energy from that Pokemon.

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

Rose – Trainer
Supporter

Choose up to 2 Basic Energy from your discard pile and attach them to 1 of your Pokemon VMAX. Then, discard your hand.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Rose Tower – Trainer
Stadium

Once during either player’s turn, that player may draw cards from their deck until they have 3 cards in their hand.

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

Gardevoir VMAX's Max Cure attack deals 180 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon, while simultaneously healing 50 damage from Gardevoir VMAX. Because of this effect, you'll be able to use Gardevoir VMAX to attack more times before being Knocked Out than you can with most other Pokemon. By also using things like Dubious Canned Goods and Mallow & Lana CEC 198, you'll be able to keep healing Gardevoir VMAX throughout the game, while also Knocking Out your opponent's Pokemon. Rose helps you accelerate your Energy so you can attack right away or after you've discarded an Energy due to Dubious Canned Goods. After you've discarded your hand due to playing Rose, you can immediately refill it with Mismagius UNB 78's Mysterious Message Ability. This allows you to find additional ways to heal Gardevoir VMAX back up and keep it fighting fresh.

Centiskorch VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you features a Pokemon that can hit for a huge amount of damage. Let's take a look at the deck.

 

New Card Translations

Centiskorch V – Fire – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[R] Burning Emissions: You may discard 1 Energy from this Pokémon. If you do, choose 1 Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon and discard it.

[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

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Night Asset
Once during your turn, when you play this Pokemon from hand to your Bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Night Asset Ability during your turn.

[D][C] Poison Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

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

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

Heat Fire Energy – Special Energy

This card provides 1 [R] Energy while it’s attached to a Pokemon.

If this card is attached to a [R] Pokemon, its maximum HP is increased by 20.

The plan for this deck is to load up Centiskorch VMAX with as much Fire Energy as possible in order to deal One Hit Knock Outs to your opponent's Pokemon. To do this, you'll want to attack with Victini V SSH 25's Spreading Flames attack, which will allow you to attach up to three Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to Centiskorch VMAX. There's also a full playset of Welder UNB 189 in the deck to help with this acceleration. Finally, simply by using Centiskorch VMAX's own G-Max Centiferno attack, you'll be able to attach a Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to it, helping you deal more damage with your next attack.

Wrapping Up

When Darkness Ablaze releases on August 14th, there will be a ton of new options for decks. With rotation happening two weeks later, some archetypes will disappear while others will be created.

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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