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Flash Forward: Lapras-VMAX & Snorlax-VMAX Decks

Hello and welcome to a new weekly column called Flash Forward. The goal of Flash Forward is to provide you with a sneak peek of some decks that will be Standard legal with the release of the next upcoming set. That means this is the place to find decks that are built using cards that are expected to be in the Pokemon TCG: Sword and Shield expansion when it releases on February 7, 2020. This week I have for you a couple of decks featuring the new Pokemon-VMAX as well as one deck featuring a proven tournament winning Pokemon Tag Team. Let's get started by looking at our first deck.

Lapras-VMAX Deck

The first deck I have for you features a ton of upcoming cards. Let's take a look at the decklist.

New Card Translations

     

Lapras-V - 210 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Wave Back

Attach an [W] energy from your hand to this Pokemon. Then, switch this Pokemon with 1 of your benched Pokemon.

[W][W][W][C] Ocean Loop: 210

Return 2 [W] Energy attached to this Pokemon to your hand.

Pokémon-V rule: When your Pokémon-V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Lapras-VMAX - 320 HP - [W]

Pokemon - V-MAX

[C][C][C] G-Max Pump: 90+

This attack does 30 more damage times the amount of [W] Energy attached to this Pokemon.

Pokémon-VMAX rule: When your Pokémon-VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 3

Sobble - 60 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Basic

[W] Water Gun: 20

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Drizzile - 90 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Shady Dealings

When you play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may search your deck for a Trainer card, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C] Water Drip: 30

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Inteleon - 160 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Stage 2

Ability: Shady Dealings

When you play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may search your deck for 2 Trainer cards, reveal them and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C] Aqua Bullet: 120

This attack does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Snom - 50 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Ram: 10

Weakness: Metal
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Frosmoth - 90 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Stage 1

Ability: Dance Of Ice And Snow

As often as you like during your turn, you may attach a [W] energy from your hand to 1 of your benched [W] Pokemon.

[W][C] Aurora Beam: 30

Weakness: Metal
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Energy Retrieval

Trainer - Item

Put up to 2 basic energy from your discard pile into your hand.

Evolution Incense

Trainer - Item

Search your deck for an evolution card, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Great Ball

Trainer - Item

Look at the top 7 cards of your deck. Reveal a Pokemon you find there and put it into your hand. Shuffle the remaining cards, into your deck.

Lucky Egg

Trainer - Item

If the Pokemon this card is attached to is knocked out by an attack from your opponent's Pokemon, draw cards until you have 7 hand cards.

Marnie

Trainer - Supporter

Both players put their hand cards face down, shuffle them and put them on the bottom of their deck. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

Normal Rod

Trainer - Item

Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck. (You may choose only Pokemon or only Energy.)

Professor's Research

Trainer - Supporter

Discard your hand and draw 7 cards.

Quick Ball

Trainer - Item

You can only use this card, if you discard another card from your hand.
Search your deck for a basic Pokemon, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Lapras-V starts off as a basic Pokemon with 210 HP. While it takes a while before it can attack for damage, using its Wave Back attack helps accelerate your Energy. You can evolve into Lapras-VMAX, gaining an additional 110 HP as well as an attack that can consistently hit for 180 or more damage. That's pretty good, especially since you can have this as early as your second turn.

This deck also features the evolution line of Sobble. Both of its evolutions, Drizzile and Inteleon, have the Shady Dealings Ability, which allows you to find Trainer cards from your deck when you evolve into these Pokemon. Being able to search your deck for whatever Trainer(s) you need can grant you quite an advantage.

I mentioned earlier how Lapras-V is capable of accelerating the amount of Energy attached to it. If you want to really be able to power up your Pokemon quickly, you'll want to evolve Snom into Frosmoth as quickly as possible. With Frossmoth's Dance Of Ice And Snow Ability, you can attach as many Water Energy 3 from your hand to any of your Benched Pokemon as you would like. This allows you to get the jump on your opponent by having a fully powered Pokemon faster than they can.

Snorlax-VMAX Deck

The second deck I have for you this week features Snorlax-VMAX, which boasts the highest amount of HP of any Pokemon currently. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Snorlax-V - 220 HP - [C]

Pokemon - Basic

[C][C][C] Swallow: 60

Heal from this Pokemon the same amount of damage you did to your opponent's Active Pokemon.

[C][C][C][C] Falling Down: 170

This Pokemon is now Asleep.

Pokémon-V rule: When your Pokémon-V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 4

Snorlax-VMAX - 340 HP - [C]

Pokemon - V-MAX

[C][C][C] G-Max Fall: 60+

This attack does 30 more damage for each of your benched Pokemon.

Pokémon-VMAX rule: When your Pokémon-VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None
Retreat: 4

Torkoal-V - 210 HP - [R]

Pokemon - Basic

[R][R][C] Flame Pillar: 90+

Discard the top card from your deck. If that card is a [R] energy, this attack does 90 more damage

[R][R][R][C] Steam Crash: 120

Discard 2 energy from your opponent's active Pokemon.

Pokémon-V rule: When your Pokémon-V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water
Resistance: None
Retreat: 4

     

Normal Rod

Trainer - Item

Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck. (You may choose only Pokemon or only Energy.)

Let's get started by talking about Snorlax-V. By using its Swallow attack, you'll deal 60 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and heal Snorlax-V of 60 damage. This can help Snorlax-V stay in the game longer since it'll probably have taken a fair amount of damage before getting the three Energy needed to attack with.

If you evolve Snorlax-V into Snorlax-VMAX, you'll have a Pokemon that will usually take a few hits to Knock Out. Clocking in at 340 HP, Snorlax-VMAX has the highest amount of HP of any Pokemon so far. We'll see how long this record lasts, though, since each set has been trying to top the last set released in terms of pure power. Snorlax-VMAX can attack with its G-Max Fall attack for a potential 210 damage, assuming you have a full Bench of allies.

Normally, Snorlax-V and Snorlax-VMAX would just be so-so since their attacks require a lot of Energy to use. Since we currently have Welder UNB 189 in Standard, Energy acceleration is much easier than normal, making it very possible to power up either version of Snorlax in no time.

Mewtwo & Mew-GX Deck

The final deck I have for you features the Tag Team Pokemon that recently became the World Champion. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

     

Oranguru - 120 HP- [C]

Pokemon - Basic

Ability: Shallow Cleverness

Once during your turn, you may swap 1 of your hand cards with the top card from your deck.

[C][C][C] Whap Down: 70

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Balloon

Trainer - Item

The retreat cost of the Pokemon this card is attached to is [C][C] less.

Marnie

Trainer - Supporter

Both players put their hand cards face down, shuffle them and put them on the bottom of their deck. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

Professor's Research

Trainer - Supporter

Discard your hand and draw 7 cards.

Quick Ball

Trainer - Item

You can only use this card, if you discard another card from your hand.
Search your deck for a basic Pokemon, reveal it and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Rainbow Flower

Trainer - Item

The Pokemon-GX this card is attached to has 20 more HP and does not get damage from your opponent's Pokemon's attacks while it's on your bench.

In a world filled with Pokemon-GX, Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 has the power to reign supreme. Thanks to the Perfection Ability, Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 can copy any attack of any Pokemon-GX on their Bench or in their discard pile. That offers them a lot of versatility in their attacks. This deck has a ton of other Pokemon-GX that can help Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 continue their dominance.

One thing to note is the lack of new Pokemon-V or Pokemon-VMAX in this deck. Since Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71's Perfection only works with Pokemon-GX (or Pokemon-EX in older formats), it's pretty unlikely that you'll see a deck featuring both Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 and any Pokemon-V.

As you can see, this deck has a single copy of a card that has thus far only been released as a promo in Japan, and it doesn't look like it will be released in the rest of the world any time soon. that card is Rainbow Flower. If I were to play this deck when Sword and Shield releases, I would consider replacing Rainbow Flower with Mew Unbroken Bonds UNB 76. While you don't gain any extra HP for one of your Pokemon, you'll still be able to protect your Benched Pokemon with its Bench Barrier Ability.

Wrapping Up

Another week has gone by and we're one week closer to the release of Sword and Shield.

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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