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Flash Forward: Garbodor VMAX, Tsareena V, and Butterfree 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'll be taking a look at a few new decks from Japan that were created using cards from their latest expansion, Fusion Arts. Let's get started.


Garbodor VMAX / Granbull Deck

We begin with a deck that uses the Ability of a new Granbull to gain an advantage. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Granbull – Psychic – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Snubbull

Ability: Grasp
When you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may put up 2 to Pokemon Tool cards from your discard pile into your hand.

[C][C][C] Bite: 90 damage.

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

For this deck, your main attacker will be Garbodor VMAX EVS 101. With its Rubbish Collecting Ability, you're able to attach two Pokemon Tools to it instead of the usual one. If you attach a pair of Rugged Helmet CRE 152s to Garbodor VMAX EVS 101, you'll be able to return two Energy attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon when Garbodor VMAX EVS 101 is in your Active Spot and damaged by your opponent's attack. Even better, you can attach two Giant Bomb UNM 196s and deal 200 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon if they attack you for 180 damage or more. The new Granbull from Fusion Arts allows you to return up to two Pokemon Tools from your discard pile to your hand when you evolve into Granbull, thanks to its Grasp Ability.

Because Giant Bomb UNM 196 has rotated from Standard, you'll need to find some new Pokemon Tools to use if you want to play this deck in Standard. Some good choices are Spirit Mask EVS 160, Exp. Share BST 126, and Air Balloon SSH 156. You'll also need to swap out some other cards that have rotated. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 can be replaced by another copy of Crobat V DAA 104. That's an easy replacement. Unfortunately, there are no easy replacements for Mew UNB 76, Lillie's Poke Doll CEC 197, or Chaotic Swell CEC 187. This deck still has potential in Standard with a little work, or it can be played, as is, in Expanded.


Tsareena V / Yamper / Galarian Zigzagoon Deck

Next, I have a deck featuring Tsareena V, who gets a bonus to its damage when you discard Benched Pokemon. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Tsareena V – Grass – HP200
Basic Pokemon

[G][C] Queen’s Order: 20+ damage. Discard any number of your Benched Pokemon. This attack does 40 more damage for each Benched Pokemon you discarded in this way.

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

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

By attacking with Tsareena V's Queen's Order attack, you can deal a base of 20 damage, plus an additional 40 damage for each Benched Pokemon you discard. This means that the Pokemon you play to your Bench need to have some sort of effect when played and you need to make sure you have the means to find Pokemon from your deck to put onto your Bench. Due to its Headbutt Tantrum Ability, Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 offers a small bit of damage when you play it to your Bench. Yamper BST 52's Ball Search Ability lets you put a copy of both Poke Ball CPA 59 and Great Ball SSH 164 from your discard pile into your hand. By using these Items, you can search your deck for additional Pokemon to put onto your Bench.

As usual, there are changes that will need to be made in order to make this deck Standard playable in America. First, the two copies of Dedenne-GX UNB 57 need to be replaced. The usual replacement will be Crobat V DAA 104, but you could replace them with any other Basic Pokemon in order to avoid having too many Pokemon in play that could give your opponent multiple Prize cards if they were Knocked Out. Brock's Grit HIF 53 also needs to be replaced, as do Chaotic Swell CEC 187 and Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213. Since the heart of this deck remains intact, I believe this would be playable in Standard.


Salazzle / Butterfree Deck

The final deck I have for you this week relies on Special Conditions to deal a ton of extra damage. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Butterfree – HP120
Stage 2 – Evolves from Metapod

Ability: Tricolor Scales
When you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may leave your opponent’s Active Pokemon Burned, Confused, and Poisoned.

[G][C] Gust: 90 damage.

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

The new Butterfree from Fusion Arts allows you to leave your opponent's Active Pokemon with three different Special Conditions. When you evolve into Butterfree, your opponent's Active Pokemon will become Burned, Confused, and Poisoned. Those Special Conditions will deal some additional damage during Pokemon Checkup, but that's not the main reason for giving your opponent's Active these Special Conditions. By attacking with Salazzle BST 28's Derisive Roasting attack, you'll deal 90 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon for each Special Condition affecting it. That can be enough damage to Knock Out the majority of Pokemon.

Only three cards need to be replaced in order to make this Standard legal in America. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 can be replaced by another copy of Crobat V DAA 104. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 needs to be replaced, and a decent replacement is Great Ball SSH 164. The final card that needs to be replaced, unfortunately, doesn't have a good replacement. Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 is no longer Standard legal, and it might be difficult to replace without also removing a few other cards to allow more room for extra Energy cards. Training Court RCL 169 could be a good addition to this deck, enabling you to reuse Energy that has gone to your discard pile.


Wrapping Up

As you can see, since Japan and America have slightly different pools of cards for their Standard environments, modifications need to be made when playing a deck from Japan. While there aren't terrific replacements to be found all of the time, you can still often get these decks to work.

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.

Check out my other column, Searching Standard, for a look at exciting decks for our current Standard environment. 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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