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Flash Forward: Golurk, Chandelure, and Clefable 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. With the release of the Explosive Walker expansion in Japan this week, this will be our last week looking at decks comprised of cards currently legal in Standard plus VMAX Rising and Rebellion Crash. Let's get started by taking a look at the first deck.

Golurk Deck

The first deck I have for you this week took First Place at a Japanese tournament in March, and it features Golurk CEC 90. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Applin - Grass - 40 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[G][C] Continuous Tumble

Flip a coin until you get tails. This attack does 30 more damage for each heads.

Weakness: Fire
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Appletun - Grass - 90 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Delicious Fragrance

Once during your turn, you flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent's benched basic Pokemon with their active Pokemon.

[G][C] Solar Beam: 70

Weakness: Fire
Resistance: None
Retreat: 3

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.

This deck is built around using Golurk CEC 90's Fist of Antiquity attack, which will only deal its 160 damage if there are no Supporter cards in your discard pile. Because of this restriction, you'll want to utilize Zebstrika LOT 82's Sprint Ability and Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability every turn in order to draw additional cards. You also won't have the option to play cards like Boss's Command as a way to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. You'll need to rely on other means like Custom Catcher LOT 171 and Appletun's Delicious Fragrance Ability for this effect.

Chandelure Deck

The next deck I have for you wants to capitalize on the Spirit Burner Ability of Chandelure UNM 30. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Lampent - Fire - 80 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Top Entry

When you draw this card as the first card of your turn, if your bench isn't full, you may put it onto your bench before adding it to your hand.

[R] Re-Baked: 20

Attach a [R] energy from your discard pile to 1 of your benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Water
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Boss's Command

Trainer - Supporter

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

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Rotom Phone

Trainer - Item

Look at the top 5 cards of your deck. Choose a card you find there, shuffle your deck, then put that card on top of your deck.

Scoop Up Net

Trainer - Item

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

Lampent has the Top Entry Ability, which allows you to place it onto your Bench if it's drawn as the first card of your turn. Because of this, and the help of Dusk Stone UNB 167, you'll be able to evolve into Chandelure UNM 30 quickly. This allows you to attack for a potentially large amount of damage with Chandelure UNM 30's Spirit Burner attack. This attack also allows us to include Evolution Pokemon in small numbers, that have no ordinary way to evolve, since they can be placed directly onto your Bench if revealed with the Spirit Burner attack. There is one card that will need to be replaced if you decide to play this deck, though, as Rotom Phone doesn't appear to be a part of our upcoming Rebel Clash expansion.

Lickilicky / Clefable Deck

The final deck I have for you this week attempts to slow down your opponent's momentum by discarding cards from their hand as well as Energy from their Pokemon. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Clefairy - Psychic - 60 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Shining Finger

Your opponent's Active Pokemon is now Asleep.

[P] Magical Shot: 10

Weakness: Metal
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Clefable - Psychic - 110 HP

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Mischievousness

When you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon, you may choose 1 energy attached to your opponent's active Pokemon and put it on top of their deck.

[P][C] Moon Kick: 60

Weakness: Metal
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Scoop Up Net

Trainer - Item

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

Lickilicky UNM 162's Licks Go Crazy attack only deals 90 damage, but it also discards a random card from your opponent's hand, discards the top card of your opponent's deck, and discards an Energy from your opponent's Active Pokemon. Clefable's Mischievousness Ability allows you to put an Energy from your opponent's Active Pokemon on top of their deck. These effects help slow down your opponent's momentum, allowing you to continue dealing damage to them while they struggle to maintain enough Energy for the smallest of attacks. You can get additional uses out of Clefable's Mischievousness Ability thanks to the use of Scoop Up Net, allowing you to further punish your opponent.

Wrapping Up

While we won't be focusing on decks featuring VMAX Rising and Rebellion Crash here anymore, you can still find decks featuring these sets in my Searching Standard column, which will begin showcasing decks from the Rebel Clash era. Next week we'll start taking a look at decks created with cards from Explosive Walker here in Flash Forward.

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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