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Flash Forward: Post-Rotation Toxtricity, Scizor VMAX, and Metal Box 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 a few more decks that are Standard legal post-rotation. Let's get started.

Post-Rotation Toxtricity / Alolan Muk Mill Deck

We get started this week by taking a look at a deck featuring Toxtricity DAA 63 that was posted to YouTube by ZapdosTCG. Let's take a look at the deck.

Toxtricity DAA 63 has the Risk Taker attack that deals no damage, but instead mills cards from the top of a player's deck. The term mill means to take a card from the top of your deck and put it into your discard pile. Whether Risk Taker mills your opponent or you is dependent on whether you win a coin flip, though. You can help your odds by having Glimwood Tangle DAA 162 in play as your Stadium. This will allow you to re-flip the coin if you don't get the results you want. You also have Alolan Muk TEU 84 and its Adventurous Appetite Ability, which can remove up to six Item cards from your opponent's deck when it evolves. While getting six Items would be extremely lucky, you're more likely to get only one or two, but even that little bit can help run your opponent's deck out of cards, providing you with a victory.

Post-Rotation Scizor VMAX Deck

Our next deck is a deck that wants to reduce the amount of damage your opponent can do. Let's take a look at it.

By using Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall-GX attack as early as possible, you'll enable the majority of your team to be able to take 30 damage less from your opponent's attacks. By switching to Scizor VMAX DAA 119 as your main attacker, you can reduce the damage it takes by an additional 30 points by attacking with its Hard Scissors attack. For those turns where you're unable to Knock Out a Pokemon that can deal more than 60 damage with its attacks, you can attach Metal Core Barrier UNB 180, preventing an additional 70 damage. This deck proves the old adage that sometimes the best offense is a good defense.

Post-Rotation Metal Box Deck

The final deck I have for you this week is similar to the previous deck, but goes a bit wider. Let's take a look at the deck.


This deck is what is commonly known as a Box Deck. Box is short for toolbox, which implies that the deck has a 'tool' for any situation that might come up. Box Decks typically employ single copies of Pokemon and usually have specific Trainer cards that are useful in different situations. Much like the previous deck, this deck wants to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall-GX attack as early as possible as a means of protecting the entire team. After that, you'll be able to choose your most effective attacker between Zacian V SSH 138, Zamazenta V SSH 139, Galarian Stunfisk V DAA 128, and others.

Wrapping Up

Now that Darkness Ablaze has been released and Standard rotation has happened, people will begin the task of trying to figure which deck is the best in Standard. Is it one of these decks, or something else?

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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