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Flash Forward: Post-Rotation Whimsicott-GX, Galarian Sirfetch'd, and Amoongus 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. Darkness Ablaze has just released, bringing with it a slew of new decks to try out. Since Standard rotation is happening in two weeks, I'll be bringing you more decks that can be played after rotation happens. Let's get started.

Whimsicott-GX Deck

We get started this week by taking a look at a deck by a YouTuber named Portland City Gym. They're playing one of my favorite Pokemon-GX's, Whimsicott-GX UNB 140. Let's take a look at the deck.

While this deck doesn't use any new cards from Darkness Ablaze, it's a fun choice to play post-rotation. If you don't mind testing your luck, you should give this deck a try. Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 has the Fluffy Cotton Ability, which has the chance of preventing Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 from taking any damage it would be dealt by an opponent's attacks. With a bit of luck, you'll be able to withstand numerous attacks from your opponent's Pokemon and remain unscathed. Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 also has the Energy Blow attack, which deals 10 damage plus 30 damage for each Energy attached to Whimsicott-GX UNB 140.

By using the Crazy Code Ability of Porygon-Z UNB 157, you're able to attach as many Special Energy cards from your hand to one of your Pokemon during your turn. You can use that Ability to attach Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190, Draw Energy CEC 209, and Recycle Energy UNM 212 to Whimsicott-GX UNB 140, allowing it to attack for a fair amount of damage.

Galarian Sirfetch'd Deck

The next deck I have for you this week comes from YouTuber, The Slowpoke Well. It features the Galarian version of Farfetch'd. Let's take a look at it.

While this deck could technically be played when Rebel Clash was released, to truly make it a Darkness Ablaze deck, you'll want to use the versions of Galarian Farfetch'd RCL 94 and Galarian Sirfetch'd RCL 95 found in the Darkness Ablaze Theme Deck. The plan will be to attack with Galarian Sirfetch'd RCL 95's Meteor Assault attack, which deals 180 damage. The downside of using this attack is that you can't use Meteor Assault again until Galarian Sirfetch'd RCL 95 leaves the Active Spot. With the help of an attached Air Balloon SSH 156, however, you can retreat for free. If you have two such Galarian Sirfetch'd RCL 95s with Air Balloon SSH 156s, you can avoid this problem with ease.

While 180 damage is enough to Knock Out a lot of Pokemon, sometimes you'll want to deal just a little more. When you have a copy of Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 in play, you'll be able to deal either 190 damage (if you're winning the Prize card race) or 220 damage (if you're losing). 220 damage is enough to Knock Out a majority of non-Tag Team-GX or non-VMAX Pokemon. For the rest, you'll need to rely on being able to move around the combat arena freely via the use of Air Balloon SSH 156s.

Vikavolt V / Amoonguss Deck

The final deck I have for you this week is a deck that was posted to Twitter by a user named Talonitex, and was posted on YouTube by Celio's Network. Let's have a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Vikavolt V – Lightning – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[L][C] Paralyzing Bolt: 50 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, your opponent can’t play any Item cards from their hand.

[L][L][C] Super Zap Cannon: 190 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

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

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

Mimikyu – Psychic – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Heal Stop
Your opponent’s Benched Pokemon can’t be healed.

[P][C] Claw Slash: 30 damage.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 1

Bird Keeper – Trainer
Supporter

Switch your Active Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon. If you do, draw 3 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Turbo Patch – Trainer
Item

Flip a coin. If heads, attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Basic Pokemon that isn’t a Pokemon-GX.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

The plan with this deck is to get a copy of Amoonguss UNM 14 into play as quickly as possible. Doing so will allow you to benefit from its Bursting Spores Ability. With this Ability, any time you play a copy of Foongus UNM 13, the only Pokemon in this deck with the Spore attack, you'll be able to leave your opponent's Active Pokemon Asleep and Poisoned. With them Poisoned, Amoonguss UNM 14's Venoshock attack will deal 90 damage when you use it. However, you generally won't be attacking with Amoonguss UNM 14 if you can help it.

Instead, you're main attacker will be Vikavolt V. By attacking with its Paralyzing Bolt attack, you'll deal 50 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. More importantly, your opponent won't be able to play any Item cards from their hand on their next turn. That will make it more difficult for them to deal with being Asleep and Poisoned. To keep the status conditions going, you can use Scoop Up Net RCL 165 as a means of being able to play Foongus UNM 13 additional times.

Wrapping Up

With Standard rotation happening in a couple of weeks, there's only a small amount of time to test out the new cards from Darkness Ablaze before the next shake-up happens. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be bringing you more post-rotation decks that you can use when tournament play begins again.

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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