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Flash Forward: Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Alolan Muk, and Grimmsnarl 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. We're continuing our look at some decks from Japan featuring cards from their latest expansion, VMAX Rising. This week, we'll be taking a look at three decks that all came in 1st Place at tournaments in Japan recently. Let's get started.

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX Deck

The first deck I have for you features a Pokemon-GX that has proven to be both very popular and very good in tournament play. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Boltund V - Lightning - 200 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[L] Electrify

Search your deck for 2 [L] energy and attach them to your benched Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[L][C] Lightning Storm: 10+

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

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

With the release of Sword and Shield, we got an amazing attacker. Tapu Koko V SSH 72 can attack for 200 damage every other turn. Combine that damage with the additional damage that Electropower LOT 172 provides, and you have the potential of getting a one-hit Knock Out on most Pokemon. With the use of Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33's Full Blitz attack, you'll be able to power up your team and keep the pressure on by utilizing your most powerful attacks turn after turn. This will also allow your Boltund V to dish out a lot of damage with its Lightning Storm attack.

Alolan Muk Deck

The next deck I have for you came in first place, but has no cards from VMAX Rising, so it could be played today in a tournament by you. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

None.

This deck took 1st Place at a Japanese tournament around a month ago, even though it had zero cards from the newest set. Because of that fact, this is a deck you can build right now to play in our current Standard environment. This deck utilizes cards like Alolan Muk TEU 84 and Bellelba & Brycen-Man CEC 186 to discard cards from your opponent's deck. You'll also be using Shedinja LOT 95's Vessel of Life Ability to deny your opponent of Prize cards they've earned by Knocking Out your Pokemon.

Grimmsnarl Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features the adorable Pokemon, Impidimp, along with its less adorable evolution, Grimmsnarl. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Impidimp - Darkness - 70 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[D] Beat: 10

[D][C] Stampede: 20

Weakness: Grass
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Grimmsnarl - Darkness - 170 HP

Pokemon - Stage 2

Ability: Pharmaceutical Evil

While this is your active Pokemon, the attacks from your opponent's active Pokemon cost [C] more.

[D][C][C] Energy Press: 100+

This attack does 30 more damage times the amount of Energy attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon.

Weakness: Grass
Resistance: None
Retreat: 3

Twin Energy

Energy - Special

While this card is attached to a Pokemon it provides [C][C].

If this card is attached to a Pokemon-V or Pokemon-GX, this card provides [C] instead.

This deck really capitalizes on a couple of new cards from VMAX Rising. Grimmsnarl has the Pharmaceutical Evil Ability, which makes the attacks of your opponent's Active Pokemon cost one additional Energy. This makes it's Energy Press attack deal additional damage, since this attack deals 30 additional damage for each Energy attached to the opponent's Active Pokemon. You'll be able to attack with this attack as quickly as turn two by using another new card, Twin Energy.

Wrapping Up

VMAX Rising has added a lot of new cards for the Japanese tournament scene. Whether or not these decks can compete in the American tournament scene is not clear, but even if they're not perfect, they'll be good starting points from which to build on.

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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