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Flash Forward: Snorlax, Raichu, and Inteleon 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. With the recent release of Japan's newest set, Rebellion Crash, this will be the final week of decks from the VMAX Rising era. However, just because these decks don't have any cards from Rebellion Crash in them doesn't mean they can't be competitive when the cards are released to America on May 1. Let's get started by taking a look at the first deck.

Snorlax VMAX / Unknown [Damage] Deck

The first deck I have for you features some Pokemon with a lot of HP and an alternate way to win. Let's take a look at the decklist.

New Card Translations

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For the third week in a row, I've brought to you a deck that has taken First Place in a tournament that has no cards from the newest release in it. This deck can be built and taken to a tournament today. This deck can win in a couple of ways. First, you have some powerful attacks that can deal out major amounts of damage. Snorlax VMAX SSH 142 can potentially deal 210 damage by attacking with its G-Max Fall attack, assuming you have a full Bench. But that's assuming you want to win the game the normal way. If you want extra style points, your goal will be to win via Unown LOT 90's DAMAGE Ability. To do so, you'll need to amass a total of 66 damage counters on the Pokemon you have in play and have Unown LOT 90 as your Active Pokemon. To do this, you'll want to have your beefiest Pokemon in play (Snorlax V SSH 141, Snorlax VMAX SSH 142, and Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166). You'll also want Mew UNB 76 on your Bench. Its Bench Barrier Ability will ensure your damaged Pokemon that you've retreated to the safety of your Bench aren't picked off with attacks that deal damage to any Pokemon in play. You'll probably also want to get a copy or two of Buff Padding TEU 136 into play, as these will increase the HP of a Pokemon with a Retreat Cost of exactly four by +50 HP.

Raichu / Boltund V / Reshiram & Zekrom-GX Deck

The next deck I have for you takes the Nuzzle attack to new heights. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Boltund V - Lightning - 200 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[L] Electrify

Search your deck for 2 [L] energy and attach them to your benched Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[L][C] Lightning Storm

This attack does 30 more damage times the amount of [L] Energy attached to your Pokemon.

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Sonia

Trainer - Supporter

Search your deck for 2 Basic Pokemon or for 2 Basic Energy, reveal them and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

The game plan for this deck is to get Emolga TEU 46 into play so that you can begin building a force thanks to its Nuzzly Gathering Ability. Next, once you have a team of Pokemon with the Nuzzle attack, you'll want to use Pachirisu UPR 49's Snuggly Generator attack. This will attach a Lightning Energy 4 to each Benched Pokemon you have with the Nuzzle attack. That extra Energy will help you deal extra damage when you use Boltund V's Lightning Storm attack or Raichu CEC 67's Powerful Spark attack.

Inteleon VMAX / Inteleon Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Inteleon SSH 59 alongside its Inteleon V and Inteleon VMAX brethren. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Inteleon V - Water - 200 HP

Pokemon - Basic

[W] Sharpshooting

This attack does 40 damage to 1 of your opponent's Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[W][W][C] Aqua Report: 130

Your opponent reveals his or her hand.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Inteleon VMAX - Water - 320 HP

Pokemon - VMAX

[W] Hydro Snipe: 60

You may return an energy from your opponent's active Pokemon to their hand.

[W][W][C] Die Barrett: 160

This attack does 60 damage to 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

Full Bucket

Trainer - Item

Search your deck for 2 [W] energy, reveal them and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Sonia

Trainer - Supporter

Search your deck for 2 Basic Pokemon or for 2 Basic Energy, reveal them and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

While playing this deck, your game plan should be to deny your opponent the Energy they need to utilize their more powerful attacks. You can manage this with the Hydro Snipe attack that both Inteleon SSH 59 and Inteleon VMAX have. By using this attack turn after turn, you'll force your opponent to stop placing Energy on their Active Pokemon, making them want to place it on their Benched Pokemon so they'll be able to attack effectively after their Active Pokemon gets Knocked Out. You can avoid this by using the Die Barrett attack of Inteleon VMAX to target your opponent's Benched Pokemon, KO'ing whichever one gets the most Energy attached to it. Further these plans by making it more difficult for your opponent to attack by playing Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star TEU 158.

Wrapping Up

While these decks are only utilizing a portion of the cards that will compose our Rebel Clash expansion, I believe these decks still have the possibility of being competitive. Next week, we'll be looking at some decks that include cards from Japan's Rebellion Crash set. Be sure to join me then.

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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