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Flash Forward: Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Torkoal-V, and Beast Box 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. This week we have a few new decks to look at featuring some of the cards from the upcoming Sword and Shield release. Let's get started.

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX Tag Team Deck

Our first deck this week features Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 alongside their new pal, Tapu Koko-V. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Tapu Koko-V - 200 HP - [L]

Pokemon - Basic

[L] Spike Draw: 20

Draw 2 cards.

[L][L][C] Thunderbolt: 200

This Pokemon can't attack during your next turn

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 0

Oranguru - 120 HP - [C]

Pokemon - Basic

Ability: Shallow Cleverness

Once during your turn, you may swap 1 of your hand cards with the top card from your deck.

[C][C][C] Whap Down: 70

 

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Balloon

Trainer - Item

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

Big Amulett

Trainer - Item

The Pokemon this card is attached to has 30 more HP.

Energy Switch

Trainer - Item

Move a basic Energy from 1 of your Pokemon to another of your Pokemon.

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.

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 work wonderfully alongside Tapu Koko-V. With their Full Blitz attack, you're able to fully power up Tapu Koko-V's Thunderbolt attack. Since using Thunderbolt makes Tapu Koko-V unable to attack on the following turn, you can retreat it for free (since its Retreat Cost is 0) and bring Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 back to the Active position. You can continue using Full Blitz to power up the remaining members of your team or attach the extra Energy to itself so you'll be able to use the Tag Bolt GX attack.

Oranguru is an upcoming Pokemon that looks like it will be a staple in many decks. Its only attack, Whap Down, conveniently requires three Energy to use. That's the same amount you can attach when you attack with Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33's Full Blitz attack. The real selling point of Oranguru is its Shallow Cleverness Ability, which basically increases your hand size by one by allowing you to swap one of the cards from your hand with the top card of your deck.

A couple of new Items are also often played in many of the upcoming decks from Japan. Big Amulett is an Item that increases the HP of the Pokemon it is attached to by 30. Those extra HP can be the difference between being knocked out by an opponent's attack and staying alive for one more turn, allowing you the possibility of Knocking Out the opponent's Active Pokemon. Balloon is an Item that reduces the Retreat Cost of the Pokemon that it's attached to by two Energy. That means that a lot of Pokemon will have no Retreat Cost. This allows you to move your Pokemon around each turn, keeping a fresh Pokemon in the Active position, making it more difficult for your opponent to get a Knock Out.

Torkoal-V / Magcargo Deck

The next deck I have for you proves that Fire decks will still have what it takes to compete. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Torkoal-V- 210 HP - [R]

Pokemon - Basic

[R][R][C] Flame Pillar: 90+

Discard the top card from your deck. If that card is a [R] energy, this attack does 90 more damage

[R][R][R][C] Steam Crash: 120

Discard 2 energy from your opponent's active Pokemon.

Weakness: Water
Resistance: None
Retreat: 4

Oranguru - 120 HP - [C]

Pokemon - Basic

Ability: Shallow Cleverness

Once during your turn, you may swap 1 of your hand cards with the top card from your deck.

[C][C][C] Whap Down: 70

 

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Balloon

Trainer - Item

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

Lucky Egg

Trainer - Item

If the Pokemon this card is attached to is knocked out by an attack from your opponent's Pokemon, draw cards until you have 7 hand cards.

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.)

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.

Vital Band

Trainer - Item

The attacks of the Pokemon this card is attached to do 10 more damage against your opponent's active Pokemon.

Welder UNB 189 continues to show how dominant it can be in the future. It allows you to fully power up Torkoal-V's Flame Pillar attack. This attack has the potential to deal 180 damage, with a little luck. One additional Energy opens up the Steam Crash attack, which deals a good amount of damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon while also weakening them by discarding two Energy from it.

This deck also features Magcargo CES 24. We haven't seen much out of Magcargo CES 24 for a while, but it used to be in a lot of the Fire decks in the not-too-distant past. With its Smooth Over Ability, you'll be able to set up your deck so that you'll get exactly what you need the next time you draw a card. By combining that Ability with Torkoal-V's Steam Crash attack, you'll be setting yourself up for victory while simultaneously weakening your opponent's Pokemon.

Marnie is a new Supporter that allows you the possibility of drawing a better hand than your current one, while also foiling any plans your opponent might have for the cards they have in their hand. Marnie also allows you to draw a new hand of five cards, while your opponent only draws four cards. As we've seen before, drawing more cards than your opponent generally allows you greater options, which can make winning easier.

Beast Box Deck

The final deck I have for you this week utilizes the power of Ultra Beasts. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Zacian-V- 220 HP - [M]

Pokemon - Basic

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 from 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

This Pokemon can't attack during your next turn

Weakness: Fire
Resistance: Grass
Retreat: 2

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.

First things first. This deck has one card that is unknown. I was not able to decipher what the card was from the image of the deck that I saw, so therefore this deck is slightly incomplete. That shouldn't discourage you from trying this deck out, though, as one card generally won't make or break a deck. Please leave a comment below letting me know what card you think would be best played as this missing card.

As you can see, this deck only uses a few new cards. Quick Ball can help you find any non-Naganadel Pokemon from your deck, allowing you to find whatever Pokemon you need when you need it. Since this deck features a variety of different types of Pokemon, you can use this to set up some type advantage attacks if your opponent's Pokemon have any Weakness you can exploit.

The only other new card in this deck is Zacian-V. Since there is no Metal Energy 8 in this deck, you'll never be able to attack with Brave Blade. The main reason for the inclusion of Zacian-V is the use of its Intrepid Sword Ability. This Ability allows you to basically draw three cards to end your turn. Send Zacian-V to the Active position and let him soak up some damage while you draw additional cards and set up the rest of your team. Then you'll be able to dominate once Zacian-V is either Knocked Out or you're able to send him to your Bench.

Wrapping Up

If you've followed this series over the past few weeks, you can start to see some trends in which cards are seeing play in multiple decklists. It won't be long until we have these cards in hand and can begin actually playing with them, for which I can hardly wait.

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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