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Flash Forward: Post-Rotation Blaziken, Centiskorch VMAX, and Cinderace 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. Since we're currently in the period of time between the latest release and the next Standard rotation, we'll be taking a look at some more post-rotation Darkness Ablaze decks. This week, all of our decks are Fire-Type decks. Let's get started.

Blaziken Deck

We'll start this week by taking a look at a deck featuring Blaziken DAA 24. It was originally posted to YouTube by Rare Candy. Let's take a look at it.

This deck has a lot of potential due to the fact that Blaziken DAA 24 has the Double Type Ability which allows it to be both a Fire-Type and a Fighting-Type Pokemon when it is in play. That means you'll be able to score double damage on many more Pokemon due to weakness. It also has a decent attack, Turbo Drive, which deals 130 damage and attaches a Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to any one of your Pokemon in play. This deck also features the Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 / Scoop Up Net RCL 165 combo. With these cards, you'll be able to ping any Pokemon your opponent has in play with one damage counter, thanks to Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability. Scoop it back into your hand with a Scoop Up Net RCL 165, and do it all over again. By doing this, you'll be able to pick off a Pokemon that is wounded or make it possible to Knock Out a Pokemon that has 270 or 280 HP, without requiring you to make a third attack.

Centiskorch VMAX Deck

Our next deck is another deck from YouTuber, Rare Candy. It features Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34 and has the potential to deal a ton of damage. Let's take a look at the deck.

Thanks to the G-Max Centiferno attack from Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34, you'll have the potential to score a One-Hit Knock Out (OHKO) against any opposing Active Pokemon. Since there is no colorless Energy in this deck, this attack will deal a minimum of 120 damage if you only have two Fire Energy 2 attached to Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34. It also sets up your next attack to deal even more damage if you're able to attach a Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile. This deck also plays all of the Trainer cards typically found in a Fire-Type deck (Welder UNB 189, Giant Hearth UNM 197), but it's also playing a Stadium you probably wouldn't expect. Since Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34 has the ability to attach Energy when it attacks, your deck won't be as hindered when you have a copy of Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star TEU 158 in play. This Stadium makes all attacks of non-Fairy-Type Pokemon cost one additional Energy to use. Since you're likely to have a surplus of Energy on your Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34, you'll likely be able to attack like normal, but your opponent may not be able to.

Cinderace VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week comes from YouTuber tablemon. It features Cinderace VMAX RCL 36 as its main attacker and offers numerous ways to keep it alive. Let's take a look at the deck.

Cinderace VMAX RCL 36 has two attacks that are both useful during the game. With Counter, if your opponent's Active Pokemon dealt damage to Cinderace VMAX RCL 36, you'll deal the same amount of damage back plus 30 more. Cinderace VMAX RCL 36 also has the Max Pyro Ball attack, which deals 170 damage as well as Burning your opponent's Active Pokemon. This means you'll be able to score a Knock Out with two attacks almost every time. You'll be able to keep Cinderace VMAX RCL 36 in the game longer by healing it with things like Hyper Potion SSH 166 and Mallow & Lana CEC 231 whenever possible and dent your opponent the possibility of taking three Prize cards. One thing to note is that this deck was originally posted with cards that are rotating from Standard, so I replaced one copy of Heat Factory Prism Star LOT 178 and one copy of Escape Board UPR 167 with two Air Balloon SSH 156s. This allows you to retreat Cinderace VMAX RCL 36 for free, continuing the denial of Prize cards for your opponent.

Wrapping Up

Fire-Type decks continue to be quite powerful now that Darkness Ablaze is Standard legal. I think that trend will continue once Standard rotation happens next week.

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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