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Flash Forward: Surfing Pikachu VMAX, Flying Pikachu VMAX, and Pikachu V-UNION 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, I have three new decks for you that all took first place in tournaments in Japan and all feature different versions of Pikachu. Let's get started.

Surfing Pikachu VMAX Deck

We get started with a deck that features Surfing Pikachu VMAX CEL 9 from Celebrations. Let's begin by taking a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Battle VIP Pass – Trainer

You can use this card only during your first turn.

Search your deck for up to 2 Basic Pokemon and put them onto your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn.

Surfing Pikachu VMAX CEL 9 is the main attacker in this deck. With its Max Surfer attack, you'll deal 160 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and an additional 30 damage to each of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. This allows you to Knock Out nearly any opposing Pokemon with two attacks while setting up an easier KO for whichever Pokemon they bring up as a replacement. Supporters like Melony CRE 146 and Rose DAA 168 along with Froslass CRE 36's Frost Over Ability allow you to quickly power up Surfing Pikachu VMAX CEL 9 so you can attack right away.

This deck can easily be played in our current Standard environment. You will need to replace Snorunt CEC 47 with a pair of Snorunt CRE 35. A replacement will also need to be found for Battle VIP Pass. Sonia RCL 167 could be a good replacement, but other things could be tried. Those are the only replacements needed.

Flying Pikachu VMAX Deck

Next, we'll take a look at a deck where Pikachu has traded in his surfboard for a bunch of balloons. Let's check out the Flying Pikachu VMAX CEL 7 deck.

New Card Translations

Boltund VMAX – Lightning – HP320
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Boltund V

[L][C] Lightning Storm: 30+ damage. This attack does 30 more damage for each [L] Energy attached to all of your Pokemon.

[L][L][C] Max Bolt: 240 damage. This Pokemon can’t use Max Bolt during your next turn.

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

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

Flying Pikachu VMAX CEL 7's Max Balloon attack deals 160 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, which also will equate to scoring a Knock Out of virtually any other Pokemon with two attacks. Max Balloon also prevents all damage done to Flying Pikachu VMAX CEL 7 by attacks from Basic Pokemon during your opponent's next turn. You can charge this attack up easily with the help of Flaaffy EVS 55's Dynamotor Ability.

In order to make this deck Standard legal for us in the USA, there are a couple of cards that will need to be replaced. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 has rotated from our Standard, but you could replace it with Crobat V DAA 104. This will allow you the card draw without the ability to attack, if needed. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 also needs to be replaced, and a good choice will be Great Ball SSH 164. While not quite as versatile as Pokemon Communication TEU 152, you'll still be able to find a good variety of Pokemon with Great Ball SSH 164.

Pikachu V-UNION Deck

The final deck I have for you features Pikachu V-UNION. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Pikachu V – Lightning – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[L][L][C] Volt Tackle: 210 damage. This Pokemon also does 30 damage to itself.

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Adventurer’s Discovery – Trainer

Search your deck for up to 3 Pokemon V, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

In a couple of weeks, when Full Fusion releases, we'll finally have access to Adventurer's Discovery. This card will help enable any deck utilizing V-UNION cards, allowing them to be more reliable. This deck features all sorts of versions of Pikachu, but none are as exciting as Pikachu V-Union. With its Union Gain attack, you'll be able to fully power up any attack that Pikachu V-UNION has. You can then choose whether to use the Disconnect attack, stopping your opponent from playing Item cards on their next turn, or Electro Ball Together, which will deal a whopping 250 damage.

In my opinion, it is best to wait until after Full Fusion releases on November 12th to build this deck. When that happens, you'll still have a few cards that need to be replaced. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 can be replaced with Crobat V DAA 104. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 can be replaced with Great Ball SSH 164. Reset Stamp UNM 206 can be replaced with another copy of Marnie CPA 56. Finally, a replacement will need to be found for Viridian Forest TEU 156. My suggestion would be replacing it with Training Court RCL 169, even though the two Stadiums get Energy cards from different places.

Wrapping Up

As the mascot of everything Pokemon related, Pikachu is loved the world 'round. Each of these decks utilizes different versions of Pikachu, yet all of them are tournament winners. That, in my mind, makes the love that people have for Pikachu well deserved.

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.

Check out my other column, Searching Standard, for a look at exciting decks for our current Standard environment. 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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