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Flash Forward: Wailord V, Charizard, and Alolan Persian-GX 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. Japan's Shocking Volt Tackle expansion continues to bring us gems, so let's get started.


Wailord V / Starmie Deck

Our first deck relies on flipping coins to deal a ton of damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Wailord V – Water – HP280
Basic Pokemon

[W] Pump Up: Attach up to 3 [W] Energy from your discard pile to this Pokemon.

[W][W][W][W] Ocean Wave: Flip 3 coins. This attack does 120 damage times the number of heads.

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

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

The main attacker in this deck is Wailord V. With its Ocean Wave attack, you'll flip three coins and deal 120 for each heads you flip. This means you can deal a potential maximum of 360 damage, which is enough to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon with a single attack. Besides requiring you to win three coin flips, the other downside of using this attack is its cost. With it requiring four Energy to use, you'll need to rely on Wailord V's Pump Up attack and the Strange Wave attack of Starmie TEU 65 to power up Wailord V quickly. Once you're powered up and ready to go, make sure to have a copy of Glimwood Tangle DAA 162 in play to maximize the effectiveness of your coin flips.

To make this deck Standard legal, there are a couple of cards that will need to be replaced. Switch Raft DRM 62 can be replaced with an additional copy of Switch SSH 183. Adventure Bag LOT 167 is the other card that needs to be replaced, and this is more difficult. I'm choosing to replace it with another copy of Guzma & Hala CEC 193, but I can see the argument for replacing it with a copy of Skyla RCL 166 instead.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Leon's Charizard Deck

The next deck I have for you features the Champion of the Galar region, Leon, and his Charizard. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Charizard – Fire – HP170
Stage 2 – Evolves from Charmeleon

Ability: Battle Sense
Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 card of your deck. Put 1 of them into your hand and then discard the other cards.

[R][R] King Blaze: 100+ damage. This attack does 50 more damage for each Leon in your discard pile.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Snorlax – Colorless – HP130
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Fatten Up
Once during your turn, if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, you may draw cards until you have 7 cards in your hand. If you use this Ability, your turn ends.

[C][C][C][C] Body Slam: 100 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Leon – Trainer
Supporter

During this turn, your Pokemon’s attacks do 30 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

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

Leon allows you to deal an additional 30 damage with your Pokemon's attacks the turn you play him. Once played, Leon will go to your discard pile. Charizard has the King Blaze attack, which deals 100 damage plus an additional 50 for each copy of Leon in your discard pile. That means, if you have no copies of Leon in your discard pile at the beginning of your turn, you'll be able to deal 180 damage with the King Blaze attack on the turn that you also play Leon. That's not too shabby. This deck also includes Inteleon SSH 58, who has the Shady Dealings Ability. This Ability allows you to search your deck for up to two Trainer cards on the turn that you evolve into Inteleon SSH 58. By getting two copies of Leon, you can make sure your King Blaze attacks hit for a ton of damage.

To update this deck for Standard, there are a few changes the need to be made. Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 is tough to replace, but I've decided to replace it with an additional copy of Evolution Incense SSH 163. Professor Elm's Lecture LOT 188 can be replaced with Sonia RCL 167 as a means of finding Basic Pokemon to put into play. Unit Energy GrassFireWater UPR 137 and Super Boost Energy Prism Star UPR 136 will both be replaced with Aurora Energy SSH 186.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Altaria / Alolan Persian-GX Deck

The final deck I have for you features a pair of creatures that you normally wouldn't expect to work together, a bird and a cat. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

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This deck is looking to minimize the amount of damage your Active Pokemon will take from your opponent's attacks. If your opponent has a Pokemon V (including Pokemon VMAX) or a Pokemon-GX as their Active Pokemon, you'll want to have Altaria CPA 49 as your Active Pokemon. That's because Altaria CPA 49 has the Miraculous Charm Ability, which allows it to take no damage from attacks of Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. Alolan Persian-GX CEC 129 has a similar Ability, Smug Face, which prevents all effects of attacks, including damage, done to it by Tag Team Pokemon (including Tag Team Pokemon-GX) and Ultra Beasts. With these Abilities, you can choose either Pokemon to be your Active Pokemon, and possibly be able to take no damage from your opponent's attacks.

This deck can be built in paper right now, but does require a couple of changes in order to make it Standard legal. Alolan Meowth LOT 118 can be replaced easily with Alolan Meowth CEC 128. Counter Gain LOT 170 doesn't really have a good replacement, so I would replace it with an additional copy of Twin Energy RCL 174. Alternatively, you could also replace it with a copy of Recycle Energy UNM 212.

Here's my version of this deck with changes made to make it Standard legal.


Wrapping Up

Whether you prefer decks with Pokemon V, Pokemon-GX, or decks with regular Pokemon, there's sure to be something for you to play when Japan's Shocking Volt Tackle expansion comes to America.

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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