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Flash Forward: Rayquaza, Togekiss VMAX, and Alcremie 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. This week we're beginning to look at decks made with Japan's Legendary Heartbeat expansion. Let's get started.

Rayquaza / Butterfree Deck

The first deck I have for you features Rayquaza from Legendary Heartbeat. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Rayquaza – Colorless – HP120
Basic Pokemon

[G][L][F] Amazing Burst: 80x damage. Discard all basic Energy from this Pokemon. This attack does 80 damage for each type of basic Energy you discarded in this way.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 2

The plan with this deck is to use Butterfree UNB 4's Triple Charge attack as a means of fully powering up Rayquaza in one shot. Then move Rayquaza to your Active Position and attack with its Amazing Burst attack. Since this deck only includes Basic Energy, you'll deal 240 damage with this attack every time. After that, you'll be able to use things like Turbo Patch DAA 172 to reuse that Energy that is now in your discard pile.

Since this deck comes from Japan and their Standard rotation usually doesn't happen until November, there are a couple of cards that you will need to replace. Net Ball LOT 187 can be replaced with Great Ball SSH 164 or Pokemon Communication TEU 152. These cards are fine if you only use Net Ball LOT 187 to search for a Pokemon, but if you were using it to search for a Grass Energy 1, neither of these will do the trick. Instead of replacing Net Ball LOT 187 with a different Item, you could instead replace it with a Supporter, like Sonia RCL 167.

The other card to replace is Cynthia UPR 119. Most people will be fine replacing Cynthia UPR 119 straight up with Marnie SSH 169, which works for two of the copies of Cynthia UPR 119. For that third spot, you could add another copy of Crobat V DAA 104, or add a copy of Dedenne-GX UNB 57 if you're not worried about discarding your hand.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Togekiss VMAX / Florges Deck

The next deck I have for you features Togekiss VMAX from Legendary Heartbeat. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Togekiss V – Colorless – HP200
Basic Pokemon

[C] White Wind: 20+ damage. If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is an Evolved Pokemon, this attack does 70 more damage.

[C][C][C] Speed Wing: 130 damage.

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

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

Togekiss VMAX – Colorless – HP310
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] MAX Glide: 120 damage. You may search your deck for up to 2 cards and put them in your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

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

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 0

The goal of this deck is to attack with Togekiss VMAX's MAX Glide attack, which allows you to search your deck for any two cards to put into your hand. This will allow you to find Florges CEC 152 and pre-evolutions of it. The goal will be to eliminate your opponent's hand by evolving with multiple copies of Floette CEC 151 and Florges CEC 152 in the same turn. Doing so will certainly slow down your opponent's progress and enable you to take the upper hand in the battle.

This deck has a few cards that are no longer legal in our Standard format. Cynthia UPR 119 can be replaced with a couple of copies of Professor's Research SSH 178. Alternatively, you might want to forego the card drawing power of Cynthia UPR 119 in favor of a pair of additional Boss's Orders RCL 154, which will allow you an easier time attacking the Pokemon of your choosing once you whittle your opponent's hand away.

This deck also loses Flabebe FLI 83 and Florges FLI 86. While having access to Flabebe FLI 83 allowed this deck to evolve quicker than usual, Flabebe FLI 83 can be replaced on a one-for-one basis with Flabebe CEC 149. Florges FLI 86 offered the potential of getting Items back from your discard pile with its Wondrous Gift Ability, and that's simply not replaceable. The best we can hope for is to replace Florges FLI 86 with another copy of Florges CEC 152.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Alcremie VMAX / Porygon Z Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Alcremie VMAX and looks pretty sweet (pun intended). Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Alcremie V – Psychic – HP170
Basic Pokemon

[P] Scattered Sugar: Heal 30 damage from each of your Benched Pokemon.

[P][C][C] Sweet Splash: 100 damage. If the Defending Pokemon is a Basic Pokemon, if can’t attack during your opponent’s next turn.

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

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

Alcremie VMAX – Psychic – HP310
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Alcremie V

[C] Decorate: For each of your Benched Pokemon, search your deck for a [P] Energy and attach it to that Pokemon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[P][P] G-MAX Finale: 60x damage. You may discard any number of Energy attached to your Pokemon. This attack does 60 damage for each Energy card discarded in this way.

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

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

The objective of this deck is to load up your Alcremie VMAX with Special Energy cards thanks to the Crazy Code Ability of Porygon-Z UNB 157. Doing so can allow you to Knock Out any size of opposing Pokemon thanks to Alcremie VMAX's G-MAX Finale attack. Alcremie VMAX can also use the Sweet Splash attack of Alcremie V if you have a copy of Memory Energy LOT 194 attached to it, which can cause many decks to find themselves in a position where attacking is not possible.

Because of rotation, this deck loses a few cards. Cynthia UPR 119 can be replaced by either Blue's Tactics UNM 188 or Kabu DAA 163. The rest of the cards lost are Special Energy cards, which are more difficult to replace. Unit Energy LightningPsychicMetal UPR 138 can be replaced with Aurora Energy SSH 186, which will keep your count of Psychic Energy sources up.

The other Special Energy we lose is Memory Energy LOT 194. This is the Energy that allows us to use the attacks of a Pokemon's previous Evolutions. Once Shocking Volt Tackle gets here, we'll have access to Memory Capsule, which is a Pokemon Tool that lets the Pokemon that it is attached to use any attack from its previous Evolutions. Since that's not available yet, I would replace Memory Energy LOT 194 with Capture Energy RCL 171.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Wrapping Up

As you can see, Legendary Heartbeat will bring some cool, new Pokemon to use. While these decks might not end up being their final forms, they're good starting points for you to use in your local meta.

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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