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Flash Forward: Orbeetle VMAX, Pikachu VMAX, and Greedent 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. This week we're starting to look at decks made with Japan's Shocking Volt Tackle expansion. Let's get started.

Orbeetle VMAX Deck

Our first deck this week features Orbeetle VMAX. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Orbeetle V – Grass – HP180
Basic Pokemon

[G] Flatter: 20 damage. You may switch this Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

[G][C] Mystery Wave: 50+ damage. This attack does 30 more damage for each Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

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

Orbeetle VMAX – Grass – HP310
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Orbeetle V

Ability: Wonder Beam
Once during your turn (before your attack), if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, you may put 1 damage counter on each of your opponent’s Pokemon.

[G][C] G-Max Wave: 50+ damage. This attack does 50 more damage for each Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

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

Thanks to Kartana UNB 19's False Swipe attack, if we're lucky with our coin flip, we can reduce the HP of our opponent's Active Pokemon to just 10 HP. To maximize the potential of this happening, you'll want to try to play Glimwood Tangle DAA 162 right away, as it will allow you to re-flip the coin if you should fail. On the following turn, you can use Orbeetle VMAX's Wonder Beam Ability to put one damage counter on each of your opponent's Pokemon in play. The one-two punch of Kartana UNB 19 and Orbeetle VMAX is powerful enough to take down any opponent, no matter how big they are. Mimikyu DAA 81's Heal Jamming Ability can also be used to make sure your opponent isn't able to heal their Benched Pokemon.

There are three cards that need to be replaced due to rotation, though. Net Ball LOT 187 can be replaced by Sonia RCL 167, as this will still allow you to search for either a Basic Pokemon or the Energy you need in order to make an attack. Beast Ring FLI 102 doesn't have an easy replacement. I would replace Beast Ring FLI 102 with Bede SSH 157, as it offers a way of accelerating your Energy, similar to Beast Ring FLI 102, (although not nearly as effective). Finally, the two copies of Cynthia UPR 119 can be replaced by another copy of Marnie SSH 169 and a copy of Bird Keeper DAA 159.

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


Pikachu VMAX Deck

Next, we have a deck featuring our favorite mouse Pokemon, Pikachu VMAX. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Pikachu V – Lightning – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[L] Charge: Search your deck for up to 2 [L] Energy and attach them to this Pokemon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[L][L][C] Thunderbolt: 200 damage. Discard all Energy from this Pokemon.

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

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

Pikachu VMAX – Lightning – HP310
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Pikachu V

[L][L][L] G-Max Volt Tackle: 120+ damage. You may discard all Energy attached to this Pokemon. If you do, this attack does 150 more damage.

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

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

Electrode – Lightning – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Voltorb

Ability: Buzzap Generator
Once during your turn (before your attack), if this Pokemon is in your Bench, you may Knock Out this Pokemon. If you do, search your deck for up to 2 [L] Energy and attach them to your [L] Pokemon in play in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[L][L][C] Electric Ball: 100 damage.

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

Pikachu VMAX has the G-Max Volt Tackle attack which deals 120 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon when you use it. If you decide you want to deal extra damage, you can choose to discard all Energy attached to Pikachu VMAX when you use this attack to deal an additional 150 damage, for a total of 270 damage. You can quickly power up Pikachu VMAX by using Boltund V RCL 67's Electrify attack. You can also use Boltund V RCL 67's Bolt Swarm attack to deal a decent amount of damage if you find yourself with a lot of Energy in play.

Lightning Type decks, such as this one, took a big hit at rotation. While it's fairly easy to replace Cynthia UPR 119 with a couple of additional copies of Marnie SSH 169 and an additional copy of Bird Keeper DAA 159, finding replacements for the other cards that have rotated from Standard is more difficult. Even though there's just a single copy of Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191 in this deck, it can really help you use higher powered attacks easier, so I am replacing it with a full playset of Turbo Patch DAA 172. This will allow you to reuse some of the Energy that has gone to your discard pile. We also lose a playset of Electropower LOT 172, but there's only one spot left in the deck, so I'll be adding a copy of Leon, which is also coming out in Shocking Volt Tackle. Leon states, "During this turn, your Pokemon’s attacks do 30 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon." This way you'll still be able to deal 300 damage with Pikachu VMAX, but that will be the limit, since you can only play one Supporter per turn and Leon is a Supporter.

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


Greedent / Altaria Deck

The final deck I have for you features a couple of Pokemon that might be difficult for your opponent to Knock Out. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Altaria – Colorless – HP110
Stage 1 – Evolves from Swablu

Ability: Miracle Guard
Prevent all damage done to this Pokemon by attacks from your opponent’s Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX.

[C][C] Mach Flight: 60 damage.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1

Electrike – Lightning – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Collect: Draw a card.

[L][C] Bite: 20 damage.

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

Manectric – Lightning – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Electrike

Ability: High Speed
Once during your turn when you play this card from your hand to evolve a Pokemon, you may draw 3 cards.

[L][C][C] Lightning Ball: 100 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

Let's start with the new Altaria. This Pokemon has the Miracle Guard Ability, which allows it to take no damage from an opponent's Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX. Against certain decks, this Ability will be amazing and can make it difficult for those decks to beat you. That's one way you can prevent your opponent from Knocking Out your Pokemon. Greedent DAA 153 is the other Pokemon that can be a bit tough to get rid of. Greedent DAA 153 has the Smack and Run attack which will deal 100 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. Once you use this attack, you'll put Greedent DAA 153 and all cards attached to it into your hand. Your opponent will never have the chance to Knock Out Greedent DAA 153 because of this attack. Even better, if you power Greedent DAA 153 up with Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190, the Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 will go back to your hand when you use Smack and Run, so you'll always have enough Energy to attack with.

This deck does lose a couple of cards due to rotation. Swablu DRM 56 can easily be replaced with any new version of Swablu that is released alongside this new version of Altaria. The other loss comes from Ditto Prism Star LOT 154. While not an exact replacement, I would replace it with a copy of Pokemon Communication TEU 152 so that you can ensure you'll be able to find any Pokemon you need.

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


Wrapping Up

That wraps up our first week of looking at decks made with Japan's Shocking Volt Tackle expansion. I'll be back next week with a few more.

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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