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Flash Forward: Zeraora V, Castform, and Tornadus 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. Now that Peerless Fighters has been released in Japan, we'll begin looking at some decks featuring cards from their next releases, Silver Lance and Jet-Black Spirit. Let's get started.


Blaziken VMAX / Zeraora V Deck

We start with a deck that pairs up a couple of Rapid Strike Pokemon very effectively. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Blaziken VMAX – Fire – HP320
Pokemon VMAX (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Blaziken V

[R] Clutch: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[C][C] Max Blaze: 130 damage. Attach an Energy card from your discard pile to up to 2 of your Benched Rapid Strike Pokemon.

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

Blaziken V – Fire – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[C][C] High Jump Kick: 50 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 210 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Zeraora V – Lightning – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[L][C][C] Cross Fist: 100 damage. If any of your other Rapid Strike Pokemon used an attack during your last turn, this attack does 160 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

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

Passimian – Fighting – HP110
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

Ability: Throwing Coach
All of your Rapid Strike Pokemon’s attacks do 30 more damage to your opponent’s Benched Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX. You can’t use more than 1 Throwing Coach Ability at a time.

[F] Fling: This attack does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

Echoing Horn – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Put a Basic Pokemon from your opponent’s discard pile onto their Bench.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

The plan of attack for this deck is to make Blaziken VMAX your Active Pokemon, so you can attack with its Max Blaze attack. This attack can be used for just two colorless Energy, so by attaching a copy of Rapid Strike Energy BST 140 to Blaziken VMAX, you'll be fully powered. This attack will deal 130 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, but perhaps more importantly, it will also allow you to attach an Energy card from your discard pile to up to two of your Benched Rapid Strike Pokemon. You'll want to try to attach a copy of Rapid Strike Energy BST 140 in this way to a Benched Zeraora V, if possible. That helps to set up your next attack.

On your next turn, you can discard the Rapid Strike Energy BST 140 attached to Blaziken VMAX to pay for its Retreat Cost. This sets up the future possibility of attaching that Rapid Strike Energy BST 140 with another Max Blaze attack. By retreating Blaziken VMAX, you can make Zeraora V your Active Pokemon. When you attack with Zeraora V's Cross Fist attack, you'll deal 100 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, and, as long as another Rapid Strike Pokemon attacked on your previous turn, Zeraora V will also deal 160 damage to one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. This damage can be increased with things like Passimian's Throwing Coach Ability and Telescopic Sight VIV 160. You can also use Echoing Horn as a means of scoring an easy Knock Out with this attack.


Castform 0-Energy Deck

Next, I have a deck for you that requires no Energy. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Castform – Colorless – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Forecast
If you have 8 or more Stadium cards in your discard pile, ignore all Energy in the attack cost of each of this Pokemon’s attacks.

[C][C][C] Weather Force: 80 damage. Draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand.

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

Castform Rainy Form – Water – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Forecast
If you have 8 or more Stadium cards in your discard pile, ignore all Energy in the attack cost of each of this Pokemon’s attacks.

[W][C] Rain Shower: This attack does 20 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon.

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

Castform Snowy Form – Water – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Forecast
If you have 8 or more Stadium cards in your discard pile, ignore all Energy in the attack cost of each of this Pokemon’s attacks.

[W][W][C] Frost Typhoon: 120 damage. This Pokemon can’t use Frost Typhoon during your next turn.

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

Castform Sunny Form – Fire – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Forecast
If you have 8 or more Stadium cards in your discard pile, ignore all Energy in the attack cost of each of this Pokemon’s attacks.

[R][R][C] Anticyclone Blast: 150 damage. You must discard a Stadium card in play in order to use this attack.

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

Dyna Tree Hill – Trainer
Stadium

Pokemon in play (both yours and your opponent’s) can’t be healed.

Castform and its many forms all share the Forecast Ability in common. This Ability allows you to ignore all Energy requirements in the attacks of these Pokemon, but only if you have eight or more Stadium cards in your discard pile. Being able to attack without needing to ensure that you have the right amount of Energy means that you'll never face a turn where you're unable to attack, which allows you the potential to deal more damage than your opponent does.

With a total of twenty Stadium cards in this deck, you should be able to get eight of them into your discard pile fairly easily. To help with this, there are a few cards you can use. Quick Ball SSH 179 allows you to discard a card in order to search your deck for a Basic Pokemon. With Milo RCL 161, you can discard up to two cards while also drawing two cards for each card discarded. This helps you draw more Stadiums from your deck. Duskull CEC 83 allows you to discard three cards per turn with its Spiritborne Evolution Ability. When you use this Ability, you will always fail to find Duskull CEC 83's Evolution, so you'll be able to utilize this Ability on future turns. Finally, both Professor's Research SSH 178 and Dedenne-GX UNB 57 offer a means of discarding your entire hand; however this will leave a vulnerable Dedenne-GX UNB 57 on your Bench. By playing Giovanni's Exile HIF 57, you can discard Dedenne-GX UNB 57 from your Bench, denying your opponent the chance of scoring two Prize cards by Knocking it Out.


Tornadus VMAX / Houndoom Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features a Colorless attacker that could find its way into other decks. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Tornadus VMAX – Colorless – HP320
Pokemon VMAX – Evolves from Tornadus V (Single Strike)

[C][C] Blast Wind: 60 damage.

[C][C][C][C] Max Fujin: 120+ damage. If there is a Stadium card in play, this attack does 120 more damage. Then discard that Stadium.

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

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 2

Tornadus V – Colorless – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Single Strike)

[C] Blow Through: 20+ damage. If there is a Stadium in play, this attack does 20 more damage.

[C][C][C][C] Blast Hammer: 180 damage. Discard an Energy from this Pokemon.

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

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 2

Tornadus VMAX has the potential to be played in many decks. Both of its attacks require Colorless Energy to use, allowing it to mesh with many different strategies. However, these attacks do require a fair amount of Energy to use, so Tornadus VMAX will likely be seen in a deck like this one that has the ability to accelerate Energy attachment onto your Pokemon. This is done with the help of Houndoom BST 96's Single Strike Roar Ability, which allows you to search your deck for a copy of Single Strike Energy BST 141 that can then be attached to one of your Single Strike Pokemon. The Pokemon that receives this Energy will then receive two damage counters, but since Tornadus VMAX has 320 HP, this is but a minor annoyance.

With a pair of Energy attached, Tornadus VMAX can attack with its Blast Wind attack. This will deal 60 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, which is fairly mediocre. Once you have four Energy attached, you can attack with Tornadus VMAX's Max Fujin attack. If either player has a Stadium in play, this attack will deal a total of 240 damage and the Stadium will be discarded. Talk about bringing down the house with this attack! This damage will also be increased by having one or more copies of Powerful Colorless Energy DAA 176 attached to Tornadus VMAX, bringing the total a potential of 320 damage. It's even possible to reach 340 damage if there's a copy of Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 in play when you make the attack.


Wrapping Up

Even though the cards in Japan's Silver Lance and Jet-Black Spirit expansions won't be released in America for a few months, it's great to see that a variety of new decks will be possible.

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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