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Flash Forward: Mewtwo & Mew-GX, Rhyperior V, and Charizard 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. As we start to wrap up our look at decks featuring cards from Japan's Infinity Zone expansion, there's still a few more decks I have to share with you. Let's get started.

Flame-Type Mewtwo & Mew-GX Deck

We start this week by taking a look at a deck that won the Remote Kentee Cup back in May that features Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Big Parasol – Trainer
Item

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

As long as the Pokemon this card is attached to is your Active Pokemon, prevent all effects of your opponent’s attacks, except damage, done to all of your Pokemon (existing effects are not removed).

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

Decks featuring Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 have been successful in Standard for quite a while. This deck proves that even though rotation will be happening soon, Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 can still be quite effective. While this deck does lose Solgaleo-GX PR-SM SM104 and the Weakness removal its Shining Mane Ability provides, there are still quite a lot of attacks that can be used with Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71's Perfection Ability. Even though the number of Pokemon-GX is shrinking, the power of Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 still shines.

Rhyperior V / Torkoal V Deck

The next deck I have for you features a pair of attackers that make it difficult for your opponent to attack back. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Rhyperior V – Fighting – HP230
Basic Pokemon

[F][C][C] Drill Run: 80 damage. Discard 1 Energy from your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[F][C][C][C] Heavy Rock Cannon: 210 damage. This Pokemon can’t use this attack during your next turn.

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

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Night Asset
Once during your turn, when you play this Pokemon from hand to your Bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Night Asset Ability during your turn.

[D][C] Poison Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

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

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

Bird Keeper – Trainer
Supporter

Switch your Active Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon. Then, draw 3 cards.

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

Toughness Cape – Trainer
Item

The maximum HP of the Basic Pokemon this card is attached to is increased by 50 (excluding Pokemon-GX).

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

The main attacker in this deck is Rhyperior V. By using its Drill Run attack, you can deal 80 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, while also discarding an Energy card from that Pokemon. You can also use Torkoal V SSH 24's Steam Crush attack which does more damage and discards two Energy from the opponent's Active Pokemon, but it does require one additional Energy to use. With any luck, you'll be able to jump start your Pokemon's Energy with Volcanion UNB 25's Fire Starter attack. Also, make sure to use Energy Search SSH 161 to find the Fighting Energy 6 you need, since there's only a few in the deck. One card you'll need to replace in this deck is Energy Recycle System CES 128, since it will rotate from Standard. A possible replacement will be Ordinary Rod SSH 171, as it can return Energy to your deck, but not to your hand.

Charizard VMAX / Volcarona-GX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Charizard VMAX. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Charizard V – Fire – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Claw Swipe: 80 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 220 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Charizard VMAX – Fire – HP330
VMAX Pokemon (Gigantamax) – Evolves from Charizard V

[C][C][C] Claw Swipe: 100 damage.

[R][R][R][C][C] G-Max Wildfire: 300 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

When your Pokemon VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

File:RotomPhoneCharizardVMAXStarterSet11.jpg

Rotom Phone – Trainer
Item

Look at the top 5 cards of your deck. Choose a card you find there, shuffle your deck, then put that card on top of your deck.

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

If you're looking for a deck that can deal a lot of damage with each attack, look no further. Charizard VMAX can deal 300 damage by using its G-Max Wildfire attack. That's usually enough to Knock Out nearly any opposing Pokemon. In the event that you need a little more help, you can use Volcarona-GX CEC 35's Flaming Shot Ability as a means of dealing two extra damage counters. This deck can be played as it is, but we're not sure yet if Rotom Phone will be released in our Darkness Ablaze set when it releases in August. If it's not included, you'll need to find something to replace Rotom Phone with, even if that replacement ends up being a little less versatile than Rotom Phone.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, decks utilizing Fire Energy have the tools to do well once rotation happens.

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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