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Flash Forward: Post-Rotation Kartana / Galarian Slowbro V, Mad Party, and Eternatus 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. We're once again looking at some more decks from YouTube content creators this week. Each of these decks will be Standard legal after the upcoming rotation. Let's get started with our first deck.

Post-Rotation Kartana / Galarian Slowbro V Deck

We get started this week by taking a look at a deck that was brought to us by YouTuber, The Slowpoke Well. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Galarian Slowbro V – Darkness – HP210
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Quick Draw Poison
Once during your turn, if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, you may leave your opponent’s Active Pokemon Poisoned.

[D][D][C] Stranding Shot: 130 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, the Defending Pokemon can’t retreat.

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Glimwood Tangle – Trainer
Stadium

Once during each player’s turn, after that player flips any coins for an attack, they may ignore all results of those coin flips and begin flipping those coins again.

This card stays in play when you play it. Discard this card if another Stadium card comes into play. If another card with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.

* Note: The video for this deck originally had 61 cards. I removed one copy of Marnie SSH 169 to make it Standard legal.

Kartana UNB 19 has the ability to nearly Knock Out any Pokemon it attacks. Thanks to its False Swipe attack, you can bring any Pokemon down to 10 HP with a single attack. Since this attack requires three Energy to use, you'll want to set things up by using Rillaboom SSH 14's Voltage Beat Ability. This will allow you to search your deck for two Grass Energy 1 that you can attach to one of your Pokemon, usually Kartana UNB 19.

So, you've gotten your the opponent's Pokemon down to 10 HP, but what's next? There's a few different ways to finish them off in this deck. You could play Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 to your Bench to deal 1 damage counter to an opponent's Pokemon thanks to its Headbutt Tantrum Ability. You could also use Galarian Slowbro V's Quick Draw Poison Ability to poison the opponent's Active Pokemon, which will deal 1 damage counter between each player's turn. Each of these ways will help you finish off a Pokemon you've left at 10 HP.

Post-Rotation Mad Party Deck

The next deck I have for you comes from YouTuber, Rare Candy. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Bunnelby – Colorless – HP40
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile that has the Mad Party attack.

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

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Dark Asset
When you play this Pokemon from your hand onto your Bench during your turn, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Dark Asset Ability each turn.

[D][C] Venomous Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

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

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

Dedenne – Psychic – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[P][C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile that has the Mad Party attack.

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

Galarian Mr. Rime – Water – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Galarian Mr. Mime

Ability: Shuffle Dance
Once during your turn, you may choose 1 of your opponent’s face-down Prize cards and switch it with the top card from their deck. (Both cards remain face-down.)

[W][C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile that has the Mad Party attack.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Sinistea – Psychic – HP30
Basic Pokemon

[C] Furtive Drop: Put 2 damage counters on your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

Polteageist – Psychic – HP60
Stage 1 – Evolves from Sinistea

Ability: Tea Break
You must discard a Pokemon that has the Mad Party attack from your hand in order to use this Ability. Once during your turn, you may draw 2 cards.

[C][C] Mad Party: 20x damage.  This attack does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile that has the Mad Party attack.

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

This deck attempts to get a lot of mileage out of the Mad Party attack. With Mad Party, you'll deal 20 damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile that has the Mad Party attack. Since there are complete playsets of four Pokemon that have the Mad Party attack, you'll be able to deal a maximum of 300 damage when you use this attack. Doing that will be extremely unlikely, though, since you'd need fifteen Pokemon that have Mad Party in your discard pile, leaving only one that you could attack with. More likely, you'll be able to deal 120-160 damage.

Since there is only colorless Energy in this deck, you'll never be able to attack with Dedenne and Galarian Mr. Rime. Feel free to discard these Pokemon when you're required to discard from your hand for things like Quick Ball SSH 179 and Professor's Research SSH 178. This deck looks like a blast to play, so I'm hopeful this deck finds a home in Standard.

Post-Rotation Eternatus VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you features Eternatus VMAX, and it is from YouTuber tablemon. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Dark Asset
When you play this Pokemon from your hand onto your Bench during your turn, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Dark Asset Ability each turn.

[D][C] Venomous Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

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

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

Eternatus V – Darkness – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[C] Power Accelerator: 30 damage. You may attach a [D] Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

[D][C][C][C] Dynamax Cannon: 120+ damage. If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is a Pokemon VMAX, this attack does 120 more damage.

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Eternatus VMAX – Darkness – HP340
VMAX Pokemon (Eternamax) – Evolves from Eternatus V

Ability: Eternal Zone
If all of your Pokemon in play are [D] type, you can have up to 8 Pokemon on your Bench, and can’t put non-[D] Pokemon into play. (If this Ability stops working, discard Pokemon from your Bench until you have 5.)

[D][C] Dread End: 30x damage. This attack does 30 damage for each of your [D] Pokemon in play.

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Eternatus VMAX is the star of this deck. This Pokemon is one of only a few other Pokemon that have 340 HP, the highest amount currently in Standard. As such, it can be difficult for your opponent to succeed in Knocking Out Eternatus VMAX with a single attack. Because of this, you'll likely be able to attack with Eternatus VMAX at least a couple of times before it gets Knocked Out.

Since every Pokemon in this deck is a Darkness Type Pokemon, you'll be able to benefit greatly from Eternatus VMAX's Eternal Zone Ability. This Ability allows you to break the normal rules of the game and have a maximum of eight Pokemon on your Bench. That allows Eternatus VMAX's Dread End attack to deal a maximum of 270 damage when you have a full Bench. That's enough damage to Knock Out a majority of opposing Pokemon with one attack.

Wrapping Up

Darkness Ablaze goes on sale next week. Hopefully these decks have given you a look at some of the possibilities that will be available in Standard soon.

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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