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Flash Forward: Inteleon, Blaziken VMAX, and Galarian Slowking 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, we're starting our look at decks created with cards from Japan's latest expansion, Peerless Fighters. Let's get started.


Vikavolt V / Inteleon Deck

We start with a deck featuring a new version of Inteleon, with no copies of Sobble or Drizzile in sight. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Inteleon – Water – HP150
Stage 2 (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Drizzile

Ability: Quick Shooter
Once during your turn, you may place 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.

[C][C] Waterfall: 70 damage.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Kricketune V – Grass – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Stage Elation
Once during your turn, you may draw cards until you have 3 cards in your hand. If this Pokemon is in the Active Spot, you may draw cards until you have 4 cards in your hand. You can’t use this Ability if you’ve used another Stage Elation this turn.

[G][C][C] X-Scissor 80+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 80 more damage.

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

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

Mustard Rapid Strike Stance – Trainer
Supporter (Rapid Strike)

You can only play this card if it’s the only card in your hand. Put a Rapid Strike Pokemon from your discard pile onto your Bench. Then, draw 5 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

Inteleon offers a unique means of damaging your opponent's Pokemon with its Quick Shooter Ability. This Ability allows you to place two damage counters on one of your opponent's Pokemon, once per turn. If you manage to get out multiple copies of Inteleon, you'll be dealing a fair amount of damage, all without attacking. However, since there are no copies of Sobble or Drizzile in this deck, how do you expect to get Inteleon into play? The answer is by playing Mustard Rapid Strike Stance. This Supporter allows you to put a Rapid Strike Pokemon from your discard pile onto your Bench and then draw five cards from your deck. You can only do this, though, if Mustard Rapid Strike Stance is the only card in your hand.

The rest of the deck has many ways to allow you to discard cards from your hand. Ultimately, you'll want to make Vikavolt V DAA 60 your Active Pokemon, as its Paralyzing Bolt attack makes your opponent unable to play Item cards from their hand on the following turn. By utilizing the Energy removing effects of Crushing Hammer SSH 159, you can lock your opponent's Active Pokemon in place, dealing 50 damage to it each turn with Vikavolt V DAA 60's Paralyzing Bolt attack and dealing additional damage to whatever Pokemon you want with Inteleon's Quick Shooter Ability.


Blaziken VMAX / Cinccino Deck

Our next deck utilizes Energy from your discard pile very effectively. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Blaziken V – Fire – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[C][C] High Jump Kick: 50 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 210 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Blaziken VMAX – Fire – HP320
Pokemon VMAX (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Blaziken V

[R] Clutch: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[C][C] Max Blaze: 130 damage. Attach an Energy card from your discard pile to up to 2 of your Benched Rapid Strike Pokemon.

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

Cheryl – Trainer
Supporter

Heal all damage from each of your Evolution Pokemon. Then, discard all Energy attached to the Pokemon you healed in this way.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

Tower of Waters – Trainer
Stadium (Rapid Strike)

The Retreat Cost of each Rapid Strike Pokemon in play is [C][C] less.

This Stadium stays in play when you play it. Discard it if another Stadium comes into play. If a Stadium with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.

Rapid Strike Energy
Special Energy (Rapid Strike)

This card can only be attached to a Rapid Strike Pokemon.

While this card is attached to a Pokemon, it provides [W] and [F] Energy, but provides only 2 Energy at a time.

(If this card is attached to anything other than a Rapid Strike Pokémon, discard this card.)

When Blaziken VMAX attacks with its Max Blaze attack, you'll be able to attach an Energy card from your discard pile to up to two of your Benched Rapid Strike Pokemon. In this deck, though, the only Rapid Strike Pokemon is Blaziken VMAX, so you'll effectively be able to power up a replacement for your Active Pokemon when you use this attack.

In addition to some of the Trainer cards in this deck that allow you to discard cards, Cinccino SSH 147's Make Do Ability allows you to discard one card each turn in order to draw two cards. This is a very effective way to ensure you have the Energy cards in your discard pile to attach to your Benched copies of Blaziken VMAX.


Galarian Slowking VMAX / Croagunk Deck

The final deck I have for you this week takes Poison to a new level. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Galarian Moltres V – Darkness – HP220
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Bolstered Wings
Once during your turn, you may attach a [D] Energy from your discard pile to this Pokemon. You can’t use more than 1 Bolstered Wings Ability per turn.

[D][D][C] Aura Burn: 190 damage. This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

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

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

Galarian Slowking V – Darkness – HP220
Basic Pokemon (Single Strike)

[C] Mixing: Discard a card from your hand. Then, draw 3 cards from your deck.

[D][C] Doom Word: The Defending Pokemon is Knocked Out at the end of your opponent’s next turn.

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

Galarian Slowking VMAX – Darkness – HP320
Pokemon VMAX (Single Strike) – Evolves from Galarian Slowking V

[D][C] Max Toxin: 10 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned. During Pokemon Checkup, put 12 damage counters on that Pokemon instead of 1.

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

Kricketune V – Grass – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Stage Elation
Once during your turn, you may draw cards until you have 3 cards in your hand. If this Pokemon is in the Active Spot, you may draw cards until you have 4 cards in your hand. You can’t use this Ability if you’ve used another Stage Elation this turn.

[G][C][C] X-Scissor 80+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 80 more damage.

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

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

Bruno – Trainer
Supporter (Single Strike)

Shuffle your hand into your deck, then draw 4 cards. If any of your Pokemon were Knocked Out during your opponent’s last turn, draw 7 cards instead.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

Level Ball – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for a Pokemon with 90 HP or less, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

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

Galarian Slowking VMAX's Max Toxin attack only deals 10 damage when you use it. However, this attack makes your opponent's Active Pokemon Poisoned and will cause your opponent to place twelve damage counters on that Pokemon in between turns. That means if your opponent is unable to stop the Poison, their Active Pokemon will take 250 damage by the time you're able to attack again. That can be enough damage to Knock Out a lot of opposing Pokemon.

For some Pokemon, though, you'll need to deal just a little bit more damage. You can achieve this by having a copy or two of Toxicroak SSH 124 on your Bench. Toxicroak SSH 124 has the More Poison Ability, which will place an additional two damage counters on your opponent's Poisoned Pokemon during Pokemon Checkup. That can be an additional 40 damage by the time it is your turn again for each Toxicroak SSH 124 you have in play.


Wrapping Up

Japan's Peerless Fighters expansion has a lot of new cards that will have an impact on Standard when they are released 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.

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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