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Flash Forward: Galarian Runerigus, Hatterene, and Greedent 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 I have a few decks for you that feature cards from Japan's newest set, Rebellion Crash, which released there on March 6. These decks will be great starting points once our next set releases here in America. Let's get started.

Whiscash / Galarian Runerigus Deck

We'll get started this week with a deck featuring Whiscash that looks to turn a disadvantage into something positive. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Barboach - Fighting - 70 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[F] Razor Fin: 10

Weakness: Grass
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Whiscash - Fighting - 140 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Submerge

As long as this Pokemon is on your Bench, prevent all damage done to this Pokemon by attacks (both yours and your opponent's).

[F][F] Earthquake: 140

This attack does 20 damage to each of your Benched Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

Weakness: Grass
Resistance: None
Retreat: 3

Galarian Yamask - Fighting - 70 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[C][C] Reckless Charge: 50

This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

Weakness: Grass
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Galarian Runerigus - Fighting - 100 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

[C][C] Grudge Spread

For each damage counter on this Pokemon, put 2 damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon in any way you like.

[F][C][C] Mad Hammer: 120

This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

Weakness: Grass
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Boss's Command

Trainer - Supporter

Switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with 1 of his or her Benched Pokemon.

Scoop Up Net

Trainer - Item

Put a Pokemon (except Pokemon V or GX) into your hand. Discard all cards attached to it.

Twin Energy

Energy - Special

While this card is attached to a Pokemon it provides [C][C].

If this card is attached to a Pokemon-V or Pokemon-GX, this card provides [C] instead.

For a mere two Energy, Whiscash can deal 140 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon with its Earthquake attack. This attack will also, unfortunately, deal 20 damage to each of your own Benched Pokemon. In order to turn this penalty into something positive, there are a couple of copies of Galarian Runerigus in this deck. With Galarian Runerigus, you can attack with its Grudge Spread attack, which allows you to place two damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon in any way you would like for each damage counter on Galarian Runerigus. You can use that damage to pick off wounded Pokemon on your opponent's Bench, scoring some easy Prize cards. If needed, Galarian Runerigus can also use its Mad Hammer attack, which will deal 120 damage and 30 damage to itself, furthering your plans to use Grudge Spread.

Hatterene / Purugly Discard Deck

The next deck I have for you features some Pokemon that attempt to control the game by discarding cards from your opponent's hand. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Hatenna - Psychic - 60 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Find a Friend

Search your deck for a basic Pokemon, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C] Psyshot: 20

Weakness: Darkness
Resistance: Fighting
Retreat: 1

Hattrem - Psychic - 80 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

[C] Calm Mind

Heal 30 damage from this Pokemon.

[C][C] Hard Swing: 30+

Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 30 more damage.

Weakness: Darkness
Resistance: Fighting
Retreat: 1

Hatterene - Psychic - 150 HP

Pokemon - Stage 2

Ability: Mind Hat

Once during your turn, you may use this Ability. Both players discard a card from their hand. (Your opponent discards first. If a player has no hand cards, they don't discard.)

[P] Droplets Of Regret

Put a damage counter on your opponent's active Pokemon for each Pokemon in your discard pile.

Weakness: Darkness
Resistance: Fighting
Retreat: 2

Twin Energy

Energy - Special

While this card is attached to a Pokemon it provides [C][C].

If this card is attached to a Pokemon-V or Pokemon-GX, this card provides [C] instead.

With Hatterene's Mind Hat Ability, both players will discard a card from their hand. That will allow you to attack with its Droplets Of Regret attack, which will place a damage counter on the opponent's Active Pokemon for each Pokemon you have in your discard pile. Glameow UNB 159 has the Stray Cat Dash attack that can be used to discard one (or two) cards at random from your opponent's hand. Because of Mind Hat and Stray Cat Dash, you'll be able to keep your opponent's hand size in check and their options will be limited. You'll also want to try to get a copy of Power Plant UNB 183 into play as quickly as possible to ensure the opponent can't use Abilities like Dedenne-GX UNB 57's Dedechange Ability to replenish their hand.

Doublade / Greedent Deck

The final deck I have for you takes advantage of both players having a ton of Items in play. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Skwovet - Colorless - 70 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Tackle: 10

[C][C] Bite: 20

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Greedent - Colorless - 120 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Greedy Tail

Once during your turn, you may search your deck for a Pokemon Tool, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C][C] Tail Smack: 80

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Twin Energy

Energy - Special

While this card is attached to a Pokemon it provides [C][C].

If this card is attached to a Pokemon-V or Pokemon-GX, this card provides [C] instead.

The goal of this deck is to be able to deal as much damage as possible when using Doublade TEU 108's Tool Drop attack. This attack deals 30 damage for each Pokemon Tool card in play, including Pokemon Tools attached to your opponent's Pokemon. With six different types of Pokemon Tools in this deck and fourteen cards that are Pokemon Tools, you can potentially deal 180 damage even if your opponent has no Pokemon Tools in play. Greedent has the Greedy Tail Ability, which allows you to search your deck for a Pokemon Tool to put into your hand once per turn. By using this, you'll be able to ensure that you can deal the maximum amount of damage when attacking with Doublade TEU 108's Tool Drop attack.

Wrapping Up

Each of these decks takes a different aspect of the game and attempts to use it to win. Whether you want to win by dealing extra damage because of having certain cards in play, or if you just want to control your opponent's options through discarding their cards, you can find a deck to suit your needs.

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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