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Flash Forward: Inteleon VMAX, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, and Blacephalon 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. Japan's next set is Shining Star V, which only has a few new cards, so I'll be taking a look at some decks that have recently done well in Japan, and showing you how to modify them to be Standard legal in America. Let's get started.


Inteleon VMAX / Frosmoth Deck

The first deck I have for you this week features Inteleon VMAX RCL 50 and attempts to slow things down for your opponent. Let's take a look at the deck.

Thanks to Inteleon VMAX RCL 50's Hydro Snipe attack, you'll be able to deal a little damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon in addition to returning an Energy attached to that Pokemon to your opponent's hand. That can slow things down for your opponent, as they will be forced to decide whether to replay the Energy to their Active Pokemon or to start building up one of their Benched Pokemon instead. As a backup attacker, you have Suicune DAA 37. Its Aurora Loop attack can deal 130 damage, but also requires you to put two Water Energy 3 attached to Suicune DAA 37 back into your hand. You'll be able to make up for this momentum sapper with the help of Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, there are a couple of cards that will need to be replaced. Since Adventure Bag LOT 167 and Escape Board UPR 122 are no longer Standard legal in America, they'll need to be replaced. My suggestion is to replace them with a pair of Scoop Up Net RCL 165. By using Scoop Up Net RCL 165, you'll be able to return Jirachi TEU 99 to your hand after using it's Stellar Wish Ability.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard-legal.


Pikachu & Zekrom-GX Deck

Our next deck is an Electric Type Deck featuring Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33. Can this Tag Team still be a contender in Standard? Let's take a look at the deck.

This deck features a couple of routes to victory. The first features Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 using their Full Blitz attack as a means of setting up the rest of your team with the Energy they need to attack effectively. Alternatively, you can use Vikavolt V DAA 60's Paralyzing Bolt attack, which deals 50 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and makes it impossible for them to play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn. This can make it difficult to get things rolling, as many decks rely on Items in order to find the Pokemon and Energy cards they need to run smoothly.

In order to make this deck Standard legal, four cards need to be changed. To be able to deal extra damage, two copies of Electropower LOT 172 can be replaced with Leon VIV 154. You'll be limited to a damage boost of 30 extra damage per turn with this change, but extra damage is extra damage. The other two copies of Electropower LOT 172 will be replaced by Boss's Orders RCL 154. The single copies of Escape Board UPR 122 and Eneporter FLI 106 will both be replaced with Scoop Up Net RCL 165, allowing for easier use of Jirachi TEU 99's Stellar Wish Ability. Finally, Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191 doesn't have a great replacement, so I'll choose Chaotic Swell CEC 187 to take its place.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard-legal.


Blacephalon / Whimsicott Deck

Our last deck this week proves that Fire Type decks will continue to be a threat for the foreseeable future. Let's take a look at the deck.

With its Fireball Circus attack, Blacephalon UNB 32 has the capability to Knock Out any opposing Active Pokemon in one hit. The catch is that you'll need to make sure you have a handful of Fire Energy 2 that you can discard. In order to make sure you have enough Fire Energy 2 in hand to get the job done, you can use Whimsicott UNM 144's Prowl Ability to help you with this. This Ability allows you to search your deck for any one card to put into your hand when you evolve into Whimsicott UNM 144. By using Scoop Up Net RCL 165, you'll be able to repeatedly evolve into Whimsicott UNM 144 multiple times, offering you more opportunities to find Fire Energy 2, or any other card you might need at the time.

You'll need to swap out three different cards in order to make this deck Standard-legal. The first change I'll make is to exchange Blacephalon-GX LOT 52 for a copy of Talonflame V VIV 29. Thanks to Talonflame V VIV 29's Fast Flight attack, you'll have the potential to draw a new hand of six cards, offering you a chance of drawing the Fire Energy 2 you need. Next, I will swap the three copies of Fiery Flint DRM 60 for an equal amount of Energy Spinner UNB 170. Finally, since Heat Factory Prism Star LOT 178 isn't Standard legal any longer, I would swap it for a copy of Training Court RCL 169.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard-legal.


Wrapping Up

That's all the time I have this week to look at some new, exciting decks from Japan's tournament scene. Let me know in the comments if there's a Pokemon you would like for me to focus on in an upcoming article.

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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