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Flash Forward: Noctowl, Excadrill, and Indeedee-V 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. I'm back again with more decks that feature cards from the upcoming Sword and Shield expansion. Without further ado, let's get started.

Noctowl / Pidgeot Deck

Even though Pokemon-V are the next big thing in Pokemon, not every deck needs to run any of them. The first deck I have for you this week is such a deck. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Hoothoot - 70 HP - [C]

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Send Back

Your opponent switches the Defending Pokemon with 1 of his or her Benched Pokemon.

[C][C] Wing Attack: 20

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: Fighting
Retreat: 1

Noctowl - 110 HP - [C]

Pokemon - Stage 1

[C][C] Wing Attack: 40

[C][C][C] Take Away The Mountain

Choose 1 of your opponent's benched Pokemon. Your opponent shuffles that Pokemon and all cards attached to it into their deck and you shuffle this Pokemon and all cards attached to it into your deck. (If your opponent has no benched Pokemon, this attack does nothing.)

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: Fighting
Retreat: 1

Balloon

Trainer - Item

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

Evolution Incense

Trainer - Item

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

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.)

Between Pidgeot TEU 124's Spin Storm attack and Noctowl's Take Away The Mountain attack, your opponent might have a difficult time powering up their Pokemon to use any of their more powerful attacks. Phione CEC 57's Whirlpool Suction Ability will allow you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, allowing you to use Take Away The Mountain most effectively.

Excadrill / Spiritomb Deck

The next deck I have for you this week is another deck that doesn't include any Pokemon-V. Instead, it uses the power of a couple of unconventional attacks to deal large chunks of damage. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Balloon

Trainer - Item

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

Evolution Incense

Trainer - Item

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

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.

Excadrill CEC 115 has a pair of attacks that are most unusual, but work well in conjunction with each other. Drill Bazooka deals 120 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon while forcing you to discard the top four cards from your deck into your discard pile. By using this attack alongside the Sprint Ability of Zebstrika LOT 82, you can cycle through your deck pretty quickly. The goal will be to get three or fewer cards in your deck so you can attack with Excadrill CEC 115's Eleventh Hour Tackle for maximum damage (180 damage).

Whimsicott-GX / Indeedee-V Deck

The final deck I have for you this week combines the power of Pokemon-GX with Pokemon-V. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Indeedee-V - 180 HP - [P]

Pokemon - Basic

Ability: Watch Over

Once during your turn, you may heal 20 damage from your active Pokemon.

[P][C][C] Psychic: 10+

This attack does 60 more damage times the amount of Energy attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon.

Weakness: Darkness
Resistance: Fighting
Retreat: 2

Sobble - HP - [W]

Pokemon - Basic

[W] Water Gun: 20

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Sobble - 70 HP - [W]

Pokemon - Basic

[C] Pound :10

[W][C] 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

Evolution Incense

Trainer - Item

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

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.

Aurora Energy

Energy - Special

In order to attach this card to 1 of your Pokemon, you have to discard a card from your hand.

While in play, this card provides every type of Energy but provides only 1 Energy at a time.

Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 has already proven itself to be tournament worthy thanks to its Fluffy Cotton Ability. This Ability can allow you to slow down games, giving you the extra time needed to set up the pieces of this deck. Indeedee-V helps with this plan thanks to its Watch Over Ability, healing your Active Pokemon of 20 damage each turn. Ultimately, you'll want to get Porygon-Z UNB 157 into play so you can start using its Crazy Code Ability. This allows you to attach multiple Special Energy cards to your Pokemon during your turn. With all of that Energy, you'll be able to use Whimsicott-GX UNB 140's Energy Blow attack to deal a ton of damage.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, even though Pokemon-V are powerful, there will be decks that still do well without them. I'll do my best to provide you with plenty of options that both have and don't have Pokemon-V so that everyone can find a deck that suits them best.

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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