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Flash Forward: Three Metal Type 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. Infinity Zone, Japan's latest expansion, is now available and brings with it a ton of new cards. This week we'll be taking a look at a few new decks built with these cards that are also Metal Type Decks. Let's get started.

Zacian V / Zamazenta V Deck

We'll begin this week by taking a look at a deck featuring the duo of Legendary Pokemon that were introduced in the Pokemon: Sword & Shield series. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Night Asset
Once during your turn, when you play this Pokemon from hand to your Bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Night Asset Ability during your turn.

[D][C] Poison 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

Turbo Patch – Trainer
Item

Flip a coin. If heads, choose a basic Energy card from your discard pile and attach it to 1 of your Basic Pokemon (excluding Pokemon-GX).

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

As more and more expansions are released, we've begun to see an increase in the amount of Pokemon VMAX that people are playing. The goal of this deck is to act as a way to counter those decks with Zamazenta V SSH 139. Thanks to Zamazenta V SSH 139's Dauntless Shield Ability, if your opponent is attacking with a Pokemon VMAX, you'll be able to prevent all damage that will be dealt to Zamazenta V SSH 139 by those attacks. You can then use Assault Tackle to attack for 130 damage, while also discarding a Special Energy from the opponent's Active Pokemon. If you find yourself facing a deck that's running Pokemon-GX, you'll be able to use Zacian V SSH 138's Brave Blade attack as a more effective attack. You can power up both of these Pokemon with some help from cards such as Metal Saucer SSH 170 and Turbo Patch, which both allow you to attach Energy cards from your discard pile to your Pokemon. Using these Items can allow you to begin attacking right away, enabling you to force your opponent into a more defensive position.

Copperajah / Spikemuth Deck

The next deck I have for you features Copperajah and can deal a lot of damage with a single attack. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Cufant – Metal – HP100
Basic Pokemon

[M][C][C] Strength: 60 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 3

Copperajah – Metal – HP190
Stage 1 – Evolves from Cufant

Ability: Antibacterial Skin
This Pokemon can’t be affected by Special Conditions.

[M][M][C][C] Revenge Stomp: 120+ damage. If any of your Benched Pokemon have any damage counters on them, this attack does 120 more damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 4

Spikemuth – Trainer
Stadium

Whenever a player’s Pokemon is moved from the Active Spot to the Bench during their turn, put 2 damage counters on that Pokemon.

This card stays in play when you play it. Discard this card if another Stadium card comes into play. If another card with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.

Turbo Patch – Trainer
Item

Flip a coin. If heads, choose a basic Energy card from your discard pile and attach it to 1 of your Basic Pokemon (excluding Pokemon-GX).

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

Similar to the previous deck, this deck also looks to take advantage of the Energy acceleration that the combination of Metal Saucer SSH 170 and Turbo Patch offer. For this deck, though, the payoff for this is the use of Copperajah's Revenge Stomp attack. This attack normally deals 120 damage, but it will deal a total of 240 damage if any of your Benched Pokemon have any damage counters on them. While we would normally need to wait for an opponent to attack our Pokemon for them to be damaged, that's no longer the case thanks to Spikemuth. This Stadium causes two damage counters to be placed on a Pokemon that moves from the Active Spot to the Bench. Feel free to Retreat with any non-Cufant/Copperajah member of your team by paying its Retreat Cost, getting a couple of damage counters, and returning that Energy you discarded to another teammate.

Scizor VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you features Scizor VMAX, who has a huge amount of HP and an attack that allows it to take less damage that normal. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Scizor V – Metal – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[M] Tear Off: 30 damage. Discard 1 Pokemon Tool and 1 Special Energy from your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[M][M][C] Slash Claw: 140 damage.

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

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 2

Scizor VMAX – Metal – HP320
VMAX Pokemon (Gigantamax) – Evolves from Scizor V

[M][C] Hard Scissors: 90 damage. During your next turn, this Pokemon takes 30 less damage from attacks.

[M][M][C] Max Steelspike: 190 damage.

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

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 2

Kabu – Trainer
Supporter

Shuffle your hand into your deck and draw 4 cards. If you only have 1 Pokemon in play, draw 8 cards instead.

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

Scizor VMAX is the main attacker in this deck. With its Hard Scissors attack, you can deal 90 damage while also taking 30 less damage from attacks during the opponent's turn. You also have the ability to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall-GX attack as a means of further preventing damage. When you combine this damage prevention with other items that offer damage prevention, such as Metal Goggles TEU 148 or Metal Frying Pan FLI 112, you might be find yourself in a position where your opponent's attacks can deal no damage to you. This will be the normal play pattern for this deck. However, if you find yourself facing a Fire Type Deck, you'll want to consider using Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156's Altered Creation-GX attack as a way to speed things up for you, dealing additional damage with your attacks and taking additional Prize cards when you score a Knock Out.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, Infinity Zone offers the potential to play many different Metal Type Decks. While each of these decks shares some things in common, they offer much different play experiences.

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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