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Flash Forward: Umbreon VMAX, Jolteon VMAX, and Glaceon 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. Last week, Japan's newest expansion, Eevee Heroes, was released, so we'll be looking at some decks featuring these new cards. Let's get started.


Umbreon VMAX Deck

The first deck I have for you features Umbreon VMAX alongside Eternatus VMAX DAA 117. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Umbreon V – Darkness – HP200
Basic Pokemon (Single Strike)

[D] Mean Look: 30 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[D][C][C] Moonlight Blade: 80+ damage. If this Pokemon has any damage counters on it, this attack does 80 more damage.

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

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

Umbreon VMAX – Darkness – HP310
VMAX Pokemon (Single Strike) – Evolves from Umbreon V

Ability: Dark Signal
Once during your turn when you play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon, you may switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon with their Active Pokemon.

[R][C][C] Max Ark: 160 damage.

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

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

Galarian Moltres V – Darkness – HP220
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Bolstered Wings
Once during your turn, you may attach a [D] Energy from your discard pile to this Pokemon. You can’t use more than 1 Bolstered Wings Ability per turn.

[D][D][C] Aura Burn: 190 damage. This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

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

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

Adventurer’s Discovery – Trainer
Supporter

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.

It's no secret that Eternatus VMAX DAA 117 is a powerhouse in Standard. With its Eternal Zone Ability, you'll be able to expand the number of Pokemon allowed on your Bench to eight. With a full Bench, you'll be able to deal 270 damage with Eternatus VMAX DAA 117's Dread End attack. That will usually be enough damage to Knock Out any Pokemon your opponent has in their Active Spot.

However, you might run into situations where you could win the game easier if you were able to choose a Pokemon from your opponent's Bench to attack. With the help of Umbreon VMAX, you can. When you evolve into Umbreon VMAX, its Dark Signal Ability allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. By doing this, you'll be able to bring up a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX that will allow you to take multiple Prize cards when it is Knocked Out, enabling you to win games more quickly.


Jolteon VMAX Deck

The next deck I have for you features Jolteon VMAX pairing up with Inteleon VMAX. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Inteleon VMAX – Water – HP320
VMAX Pokemon (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Inteleon V

Ability: Double Shooter
Once during your turn, you may discard a [W] Energy from your hand. If you do, put 2 damage counters on 2 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon.

[W][C] G-Max Whirlpool: 70+ damage. You may return an Energy attached to this Pokemon to your hand. If you do, this attack does 70 more damage.

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

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

Jolteon V – Lightning – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[C] Jolt Arrow: This attack does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.

[L][C][C] Pin Missile: 60x damage. Flip 4 coins. This attack does 60 damage times the number of heads.

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

Jolteon VMAX – Lightning – HP300
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Jolteon  V

[L][C] Max Thunderclap: 100 damage. This attack does 100 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon that already has damage counters on it (don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon).

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

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

Elemental Badge – Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached.

If the Pokemon this card is attached to has Vaporeon V, Jolteon V, or Flareon V in its name, it pays 1 [C] less to use its attacks.

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

Melony – Trainer
Supporter

Attach a [W] Energy from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokemon V. Then, draw 3 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

The game plan for this deck is to use Inteleon VMAX's Double Shooter Ability to place two damage counters on two of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. Doing this, though, requires you to discard a Water Energy 3 from your hand. This can be done again and again with the help of Training Court RCL 169, which offers a means of getting Energy from your discard pile back into your hand. Alternatively, you can still make use of the discarded Energy with Melony. She'll allow you to attach a Water Energy 3 from your discard pile to one of your Pokemon V, like Inteleon VMAX.

The damage counters you've placed with Inteleon VMAX's Double Shooter Ability allow you to potentially Knock Out multiple Pokemon when you attack with Jolteon VMAX. Jolteon VMAX's Max Thunderclap attack deals 100 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and an additional 100 damage to one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon that already has damage counters on it. Knocking Out more than one Pokemon with an attack will give you quite an edge in taking Prize cards.


Glaceon VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you features Glaceon VMAX pairing up with Frosmoth SHF 30 for Energy acceleration. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Arctovish V – Water – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[W][C][C] Primordial Freeze: 80 damage. If the Defending Pokemon is a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX, it can’t attack during your opponent’s next turn.

[W][W][C][C] Giga Impact: 220 damage. This Pokemon can’t attack during your next turn.

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

Glaceon V – Water – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[W] Ice Ascension: Search your deck for a card that evolves from this Pokemon and put it onto this Pokemon to evolve it. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C][C] White Out: 120 damage. Discard any Stadium card in play.

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

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

Glaceon VMAX – Water – HP310
VMAX Pokemon – Evolves from Glaceon V

Ability: Crystal Veil
Prevent all damage done to this Pokemon by attacks of your opponent’s Pokemon VMAX (excluding Glaceon VMAX).

[W][C][C] Max Icicle: 150 damage. This attack does 30 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon (don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon).

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

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

Snow Leaf Badge – Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached.

If the Pokemon this card is attached to has Glaceon V or Leafeon V in its name, it has no Retreat Cost or Weakness.

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

For many months, Water Type decks have relied on Frosmoth SHF 30's Ice Dance Ability to accelerate the amount of Energy they have attached to their Pokemon. By using this Ability, you'll be able to power up Glaceon VMAX right away, allowing you to use its Max Icicle attack to deal 150 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and 30 damage to one of their Benched Pokemon.

Glaceon VMAX also has the Crystal Veil Ability which prevents all damage done to Glaceon VMAX by attacks from your opponent's Pokemon VMAX, unless that Pokemon is also Glaceon VMAX. Against some decks, this Ability will be crippling. This deck also has a few copies of Snow Leaf Badge which removes the Retreat Cost and Weakness from any Glaceon V (or VMAX). That allows your Glaceon VMAX to remain in the game longer, and offers you the mobility that would normally require the loss of a pair of Energy.


Wrapping Up

While Eevee Heroes is obviously centered around the Evolutions of Eevee, as you'll see in the upcoming weeks, there is more in this set than just those cards. It's an exciting set, and I'm looking forward to highlighting many more decks featuring cards from it.

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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