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Flash Forward: Lost March, Nidoqueen, and Minccino Decks

Hello and welcome back 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 Sword and Shield releasing today, this will be the last Flash Forward focusing on decks featuring cards from this set. Starting next week, we'll be taking a look at decks created with cards from VMAX Rising, Japan's newest set release. Those cards should be included in our Rebel Clash expansion releasing on May 1. However, that's for next week and I still have a few decks for you today that you can start playing immediately. Let's get started.

Lost March Deck

The first deck I have for you features Pokemon that have the Lost March attack. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Sobble - Water - HP60

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Growl:

During your opponent's next turn, any damage done by attacks from the Defending Pokemon is reduced by 20 (before applying Weakness and Resistance).

[W] Rain Splash: 10

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Drizzile – Water – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Sobble

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

[W][C] Water Drip: 30 damage.

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

Inteleon – Water – HP160
Stage 2 – Evolves from Drizzile

Ability: Shady Dealings
When you play this Pokemon 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 them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C] Aqua Bullet: 120 damage. This attack also does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

Zacian V – Metal – HP220
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Intrepid Sword
Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 cards of your deck and attach any number of [M] Energy you find there to this Pokemon. Put the other cards into your hand. If you use this Ability, your turn ends.

[M][M][M] Brave Blade: 230 damage. During your next turn, this Pokemon can’t attack.

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

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 2

Bede – Trainer
Supporter

Attach a Basic Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Evolution Incense – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for an Evolution Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Marnie – Trainer
Supporter

Both players shuffle their hands without looking and put them at the bottom of their decks. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Ordinary Rod – Trainer
Item

Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

People have had varying degrees of success with Lost March decks for some time now. The basic foundation of Pokemon hasn't changed, but the supporting cast has. With the Shady Business Ability of Drizzile SWSH 56 and the Shady Dealings Ability of Inteleon SWSH 58, you'll have a much easier time finding the Trainer cards you need for this deck to run smoothly. You also can use the Intrepid Sword Ability on Zacian-V SWSH 138 to draw additional cards if you need to, even though using it ends your turn.

Inteleon / Nidqueen Deck

The next deck I have for you features the power of Evolution Pokemon. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Sobble – Water – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[W] Water Gun: 20 damage.

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

Drizzile – Water – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Sobble

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

[W][C] Water Drip: 30 damage.

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

Inteleon – Water – HP160
Stage 2 – Evolves from Drizzile

Ability: Shady Dealings
When you play this Pokemon 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 them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C] Aqua Bullet: 120 damage. This attack also does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

Air Balloon – Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

The Retreat Cost of the Pokemon this card is attached to is [C][C] less.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Evolution Incense – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for an Evolution Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Marnie – Trainer
Supporter

Both players shuffle their hands without looking and put them at the bottom of their decks. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Pokemon Catcher – Trainer
Item

Flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with their Active Pokemon.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

This deck offers the one-two punch of Nidoqueen TEU 56 and Meganium LOT 8, you'll be able to search for any of your Evolution Pokemon and put them into play with ease. Then you can attack with Nidoqueen TEU 56's Power Lariat for up to 260 damage. In order for this combo to work, though, you'll need to evolve Chikorita LOT 5 into Meganium LOT 8 with Rare Candy CES 142, so make sure you're able to find those pieces as quickly as possible. While there's a lot of moving parts that you need to get into play in the right order, this deck has the tools needed to perform well. If you're looking for a challenging deck to try out, I'd suggest giving this deck a try.

Minccino Mill Deck

The final deck I have for you this week is a "Mill' deck, which attempts to run your opponent out of cards in their deck by placing cards from it into their discard pile. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Minccino – Colorless – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Tail Whap: 30 damage.

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

Cinccino – Colorless – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Minccino

Ability: Thrifty
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, draw 2 cards.

[C] Energy Assist: 40 damage. Attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

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

Oranguru – Colorless – HP120
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Ape Wisdom
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may switch a card from your hand with the top card of your deck.

[C][C][C] What Down: 70 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Zacian V – Metal – HP220
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Intrepid Sword
Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 cards of your deck and attach any number of [M] Energy you find there to this Pokemon. Put the other cards into your hand. If you use this Ability, your turn ends.

[M][M][M] Brave Blade: 230 damage. During your next turn, this Pokemon can’t attack.

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

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 2

Air Balloon – Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

The Retreat Cost of the Pokemon this card is attached to is [C][C] less.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Evolution Incense – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for an Evolution Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Ordinary Rod – Trainer
Item

Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Quick Ball – Trainer
Item

You must discard 1 card from your hand in order to play this card. Search your deck for a Basic Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

In addition to playing the Pokemon TCG, I also play Magic the Gathering. So, when I heard this was a 'Mill' deck, I was very interested in trying it out. I'm a big fan of decks that offer alternative ways to win. This deck really takes advantage of the many ways to draw additional cards so that you're able to cycle through your deck quickly. This allows you to find cards like Bellelba & Brycen-Man CEC 186 that you can use to try to 'mill' your opponent's deck into their discard pile. Use the Resource Management attack of Oranguru UPR 114 along with cards like Pal Pad UPR 132 and Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 to get additional uses out of Bellelba & Brycen-Man CEC 186 and run your opponent out of cards. This is another challenging deck, but it can be a lot of fun.

Wrapping Up

All of the decks I've shared with you this week are a little different than your normal tournament-worthy Pokemon decks. They each have a unique strategy, so if you're looking for a deck that can provide you with a challenge when playing it, try one of these decks out.

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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