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Flash Forward: Greninja V-UNION, Leon's Charizard, and Coalossal 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. This week, I'll be looking at three decks from Japan's tournament scene that all recently took First Place. Let's get started.

Greninja V-UNION / Suicune V Deck

The first deck I have for you this week features Greninja V-UNION as its finisher. Let's take a look at the deck.

During the early turns of a match, you'll want to set things up to have Suicune V EVS 31 as your main attacker. With its Blizzard Rondo attack, you can deal a fair amount of damage for only two Energy. Utilize the Make Do Ability of Cinccino SSH 147 to find the pieces of Greninja V-UNION and get them into your discard pile. Once that happens, you can bring Greninja V-UNION onto your Bench and begin attaching Energy to it so you can attack with it to finish off your opponent.

Since our Standard format doesn't include as many sets as Japan's does, there are some changes that will need to be made before you can play this in America's Standard environment. Both Marshadow UNB 81 and Mew UNB 76 need to be replaced. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 has also rotated from Standard, but could be replaced by another copy of Crobat V DAA 104. A few Trainers also need to be replaced, including U-Turn Board UNM 211, Pokemon Communication TEU 152, and Reset Stamp UNM 206. Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 and Viridian Forest TEU 156 also will need replacing. Some suggestions for replacements are Air Balloon SSH 156, Adventurer's Discovery FST 224, and Training Court RCL 169.

Leon's Charizard / Inteleon Deck

Next, I have a deck featuring Charizard VIV 25 alongside Leon VIV 154. Let's check it out.

This deck is all about dealing as much damage as possible with Charizard VIV 25. Its Royal Blaze attack deals 100 damage at its base level, plus an additional 50 damage for each copy of Leon VIV 154 in your discard pile. Leon VIV 154 can also help increase the amount of damage you deal if you play him as your Supporter for the turn. The rest of the deck includes various methods of searching for specific Supporter cards, as well as other Trainer cards.

For this deck to be playable in our Standard, some modifications will need to be made. The combo of Welder UNB 189 and Giant Hearth UNM 197 have rotated, so you'll need to find another way to ensure you have a pair of Fire Energy 2 to attach to Charizard VIV 25. Oricorio-GX CEC 95 is gone, as is Reset Stamp UNM 206. Because of this, it might be more difficult to recover when one of your Pokemon gets Knocked Out. Consider adding in a couple of copies of Marnie CPA 56 to help with this. Finally, Pokemon Communication TEU 152 will need to be replaced, and generally I will use Great Ball SSH 164 in its place.

Coalossal VMAX / Cinccino Deck

The final deck I have for you features a bit of top-deck shenanigans. Let's take a look at it.

Coalossal VMAX VIV 99 is the main attacker in this deck. By attacking with its Eruption Shot attack, you can potentially deal 130 damage for a single Energy, plus you'll get to attach an Energy in the process. The only problem is that this attack will only deal 40 damage if the top card of your deck isn't an Energy card. The trick is to set the top card with one from your hand by using Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability. By doing this, you can always make sure the top card will be an Energy card. Once you have four Energy attached to Coalossal VMAX VIV 99, feel free to attack for 240 damage with its G-Max Boulder attack instead.

For this deck to be playable in our Standard environment, you'll need to replace a few cards. Gone are U-Turn Board UNM 211, Karate Belt UNM 201, and Buff Padding TEU 136. Reset Stamp UNM 206 has also rotated, so you might want to consider adding another copy of Marnie CPA 56. Mallow & Lana CEC 198 and Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 are also gone, and will need to be replaced. While that might seem like a lot of cards to replace, the main core of the deck is still intact, so this deck should still be playable. Alternatively, this could be a good deck to try out in Expanded.

Wrapping Up

As you can see from this week's decks, there are numerous decks from Japan that can be modified to be played in our Standard. These decks all won tournaments there. Can they repeat that feat here in America?

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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