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Flash Forward: Galarian Stunfisk V, Galarian Runerigus, and Dracozolt 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. I'm still looking at decks created with cards from Japan's Peerless Fighters expansion, and I have a few new decks for you this week. Let's get started.


Galarian Stunfisk V / Bronzong Deck

We start by taking a look at a deck that utilizes the Energy engine of Bronzong BST 102. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Galarian Breastplate – Trainer
Item

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

If the Pokemon this card is attached to has “Galarian” in its name, it takes 30 less damage from your opponent’s attacks (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Galarian Stunfisk V DAA 128 is the main attacker in this deck. With its Trapping Bite attack, you'll deal 60 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon while also making it detrimental for your opponent to attack Galarian Stunfisk V DAA 128. This is because Trapping Bite will put 12 damage counters on your opponent's Attacking Pokemon if any damage is dealt to Galarian Stunfisk V DAA 128 by an attack. Galarian Stunfisk V DAA 128 has a modest amount of HP, coming in at 200, and it gets an additional 20 HP for each Metal Energy 8 attached to it, but there are ways that you'll be able to make those HP's last a lot longer.

By using the Full Metal Wall-GX attack of Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120, you'll allow all of your Metal Type Pokemon take 30 less damage from your opponent's attacks. There are also three copies of a new card, Galarian Breastplate, which allows a Galarian Pokemon that has it attached to take 30 less damage from your opponent's attacks. Finally, since Galarian Stunfisk V DAA 128 is a Basic Pokemon, it will benefit from having a copy of Circhester Bath VIV 150 in play. This Stadium allows all Basic Pokemon to take 20 less damage from attacks. With all of these defenses in play, you can potentially take 80 less damage from your opponent's attacks, allowing Trapping Bite to work more effectively.


Galarian Runerigus / Greedent Deck

The next deck I have for you features a hit-and-run strategy paired up with the potential for massive damage. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Galarian Runerigus – Fighting – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Galarian Yamask

Ability: Spiteful Lithograph
If this Pokemon is in the Active Spot and is damaged by an attack from your opponent’s Pokemon VMAX (even if this Pokemon is Knocked Out), put damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon equal to the damage done to this Pokémon.

[C][C][C] Energy Press: 60+ damage. This attack does 20 more damage for each Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

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

Much of the time, the main attacker in this deck will be Greedent DAA 153. By using its Smack and Run attack, you'll be able to deal 100 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. This attack also places Greedent DAA 153 and all attached cards into your hand, keeping Greedent DAA 153 safe. This allows you to repeatedly attach a single copy of Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 to Greedent DAA 153 to power its attack, as the Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 will return to your hand as a result of the attack.

If your opponent is using a deck that focuses on Pokemon VMAX, you'll want to make Galarian Runerigus your Active Pokemon. Galarian Runerigus has the Spiteful Lithograph Ability, which will deal damage to an Attacking Pokemon that deals damage to Galarian Runerigus. If your opponent is hesitant to attack you, you can use Galarian Runerigus's Energy Press attack, to put additional pressure on them.


Dracozolt VMAX / Cinccino Deck

The final deck I have for you utilizes an attack that can make your opponent reluctant to attack. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Dracozolt V – Lightning – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[L] Rumble Beak: 30 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, your opponent can’t attach Energy from their hand to the Defending Pokemon.

[L][L][C] Mountain Swing: 180 damage. Discard the top 3 cards from your deck.

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

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

Dracozolt VMAX – Lightning – HP330
Pokemon VMAX – Evolves from Dracozolt V

[L] Trap Spark: 60 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, if this Pokemon is damaged by an attack (even if this Pokemon is Knocked Out), put 12 damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon.

[L][C][C][C] Max Impact: 200 damage.

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

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

The main attacker in this deck is Dracozolt VMAX. By using its Trap Spark attack, you'll be able to deal 60 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, which is not all that impressive. This attack also adds that if Dracozolt VMAX is damaged by an attack on your opponent's next turn, their Attacking Pokemon will receive 12 damage counters. That makes the total damage done by this attack 180 damage, which is great for just requiring a single Energy. If Dracozolt VMAX isn't Knocked Out by your opponent's attack, you can heal it up with Cheryl BST 123, which is a card that normally has you scrambling to move Energy to non-Evolution Pokemon. However, in this case, since you'll only need one Energy to attack with, discarding it isn't such a big deal.

Cinccino SSH 147 plays a supportive role in this deck. With its Make Do Ability, you'll be able to discard a card you don't need from your hand in order to draw two cards. This can help you find what you need easier. Things to look for are Crushing Hammer SSH 159, which works well when used in conjunction with Dracozolt V's Rumble Beak attack, and Giant Bomb UNM 196. When played at the right time, Giant Bomb UNM 196 allows you to swing games in your favor, as you can keep your opponent from attacking if they don't want to lose their main attacker.


Wrapping Up

In other weeks, we've seen some aggressive decks featuring cards from Japan's Peerless Fighters expansion, but this week featured builds that are more defensive. That shows that Peerless Fighters has something for everyone.

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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