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Flash Forward: Three Types of Mew 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, I'm looking at three decks from Japan that all feature Mew VMAX FST 114, with each of them having a different type of Energy. Let's get started.


Mew VMAX Psychic Type Deck

The first deck I have is a fairly standard deck Mew VMAX FST 114 that utilizes mainly Psychic Energy 5. Let's take a look at it.

Thanks to Mew VMAX FST 114's Cross Fusion Strike attack, you'll be able to use one of your Benched Fusion Strike Pokemon's attacks for just two colorless Energy. That's why getting a copy of Genesect V FST 185 onto your Bench will be important. Genesect V FST 185 has the Fusion Strike System Ability, which allows you to draw cards until you have as many cards in hand as you have Fusion Strike Pokemon in play. Even if you're only drawing a couple of extra cards per turn, every little bit helps. Genesect V FST 185 also has the Techno Blast attack, which will deal 210 damage to your opponent's Pokemon. Using this attack will leave that Pokemon unable to attack on your next turn, so be sure to have a back-up attacker you can move to your Active Spot.

If you want to make this deck Standard legal here in America, there are a few changes you'll need to make. Marshadow UNB 81 isn't Standard legal any longer, nor is Chaotic Swell CEC 187, so you'll need to consider packing a Stadium or two that you can play to counter an opponent's Stadium. Dyna Tree Hill CRE 135 is a safe choice, but you could choose something else. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 has also rotated, so consider replacing it with copies of Great Ball CPA 52. Finally, you'll need to replace Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213, but there's no great equivalent in Standard. Perhaps Capture Energy RCL 171 would do.


Mew VMAX Fighting Type Deck

The next deck I have for you adds a bit of Fighting Energy 6 to the mix and brought home a tournament win in Japan. Let's take a look at the deck.

By including Fighting Energy 6, you make it possible to add Galarian Zapdos V CRE 80 as a back-up attacker. Against a deck with numerous Pokemon V in play, you'll be able to attack with Galarian Zapdos V CRE 80's Thunderous Kick attack with relatively little Energy attached. That's thanks to its Fighting Instinct Ability. Fighting Energy 6 also allows you to add a copy of Latias FST 193 to the deck, providing you with the ability to attack with its Dyna Barrier attack. This attack deals 70 damage, but it also protects it from all damage from your opponent's Pokemon VMAX attacks. Plus, since Latias FST 193 is a Fusion Strike Pokemon, Mew VMAX FST 114's Cross Fusion Strike attack can copy this attack and protect Mew VMAX FST 114 from harm.

In order to make this Standard legal, a number of cards will need to be replaced. Marshadow UNB 81 doesn't have a great replacement, but I would consider adding another copy of Latias FST 193. Reset Stamp UNM 206 can be replaced by another couple of copies of Marnie CPA 56. While Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 is able to benefit more than one of your Pokemon, it could be replaced with a pair of Vitality Band SSH 185. Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213 also needs replaced, possibly with Capture Energy RCL 171.


Mew VMAX Lightning Type Deck

The final deck I have for you this week focuses on Lightning Energy 4 and the incredible Energy acceleration this type of Energy offers. Let's check it out.

Thanks to Flaaffy EVS 55's Dynamotor Ability, you'll be able to attach a Lightning Energy 4 card from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokemon each turn. This can allow you access to bigger, more powerful attacks before your opponent has access to theirs. Since this deck has no Psychic Energy 5, you'll have to get the most out of using Mew VMAX FST 114's Cross Fusion Strike attack. With both Latias FST 193 and Latios FST 194 as other Fusion Strike Pokemon, you'll be able to use either the Dyna Barrier attack, shielding Mew VMAX FST 114 from any damage your opponent's Pokemon VMAX would deal to it, or the Luster Purge attack, dealing 210 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon at a cost of discarding two Energy.

If you want to make this deck Standard legal, changes will be needed. Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 will need to be replaced, and I would suggest replacing them with a copy of Genesect V FST 185. Reset Stamp UNM 206 can be replaced by a copy of Marnie CPA 56. Mallow & Lana CEC 198 doesn't have a good replacement, but if you think healing your Mew VMAX FST 114 is needed, you can try adding a copy of Cheryl BST 123. Finally, like the other decks, I would replace Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213 with Capture Energy RCL 171.


Wrapping Up

There's no doubt that Mew VMAX FST 114 is a powerhouse. Each of these decks were played in tournaments in Japan and each did well. If it fits within your budget, you can do well here in America by playing a deck featuring Mew VMAX FST 114, even though it is quite expensive.

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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