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Flash Forward: Single Strike Urshifu, Mawile-GX, and Galarian Sirfetch’d 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. Last week, we started looking at some decks from Japan containing cards from their latest expansion, Peerless Fighters. We're continuing that look this week, so let's get started.

Single Strike Urshifu / Houndoom Deck

We start this week with a deck featuring a new version of Single Strike Urshifu. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Kubfu – Fighting – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[C] Discipline: Search your deck for a basic Energy card and attach it to this Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C][C] Elbow Strike: 60 damage.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Single Strike Urshifu – Darkness – HP140
Stage 1 (Single Strike) – Evolves from Kubfu

[D][C] Field Crush: 50 damage. If your opponent has any Stadium in play, discard it.

[D][D][C] Carnage Knuckle 100+ damage. If this Pokémon has any damage counters on it, this attack does 100 more damage.

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

Karen’s Conviction  – Trainer
Supporter (Single Strike)

During this turn, your Single Strike Pokemon’s attacks do 20 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon for each Prize Card your opponent has already taken.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

In this deck, you'll want Single Strike Urshifu as your main attacker each turn. With its Field Crush attack, you'll be able to deal a meager 50 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. Perhaps more importantly, you'll also be able to discard an opponent's Stadium if they have one in play. A better attack to use is Single Strike Urshifu's Carnage Knuckle attack. This attack does 100 damage normally, but if there are any damage counters on Single Strike Urshifu, the attack will do an extra 100 damage. That's a good amount of damage from a Stage 1 Evolution Pokemon.

In order to make sure that Single Strike Urshifu has a damage counter on it, you'll want to rely having Houndoom BST 96 on your Bench. With its Single Strike Roar Ability, Houndoom BST 96 will allow you to attach a Single Strike Energy BST 141 from your deck to Single Strike Urshifu. Doing this will put two damage counters on Single Strike Urshifu, enabling it to deal 200 damage when it attacks.

Golisopod / Mawile-GX Deck

Next, we have a deck that gets more dangerous when the opponent has a full Bench. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Echoing Horn – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Put a Basic Pokemon from your opponent’s discard pile onto their Bench.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

This deck's main attacker is Golisopod DAA 18. By attacking with its Hard Times Slash attack, you can do a maximum of 330 damage. That is a terrific amount of damage for an attack requiring only two Energy. The drawback to this attack is that in order to deal a lot of damage, you need to have your opponent's Bench full of Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. Plus, if you have Golisopod DAA 18 in play, your opponent will be less likely to play Pokemon of these types. Luckily, there's a solution for this problem.

Mawile-GX UNM 141 has the Captivating Wink Ability. This Ability triggers when you play Mawile-GX UNM 141 from your hand onto your Bench, and it allows you to look at your opponent's hand and put any Basic Pokemon you find there onto their Bench. Once you begin Knocking Out those Pokemon, you can bring them back to your opponent's Bench with the use of Echoing Horn. By bring out multi-Prize Pokemon, you'll be able to take your last Prize card after just a few attacks.

Galarian Sirfetch’d / Houndoom Deck

The final deck I have for you this week gets a bonus from Item cards. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Galarian Sirfetch’d – Fighting – HP130
Stage 1 (Single Strike) – Evolves from Galarian Farfetch’d

[F] Peck: 40 damage.

[F][C][C] Leek Strike: 70+ damage. If this Pokemon has a Pokemon Tool attached, this attack does 90 more damage and this attack’s damage isn’t affected by Resistance.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Let's begin this discussion by talking about the main attacker in this deck, Galarian Sirfetch’d. With its Leek Strike attack, you'll do a minimum of 70 damage. That's not a great amount for an attack that requires three Energy to use. However, if you have an Item attached to Galarian Sirfetch’d, Leek Strike will do an additional 90 damage, bringing the total up to 160 damage. As a bonus, the damage from this attack isn't affected by Resistance.

In order to increase the damage output of Galarian Sirfetch’d, you'll want to attach a copy of Single Strike Energy BST 141. This will increase the amount of damage you do when you attack by 20 damage. And what better way is there to find the copies of Single Strike Energy BST 141 you'll need from within your deck than by using Houndoom BST 96's Single Strike Roar Ability.

Wrapping Up

Peerless Fighters might only add a single card to two of the decks this week, but those cards are vitally important. I consider it a good sign that you might only need one or two new cards to create an all-new build that could become the next big thing.

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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