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My Top Ten Cards from Unified Minds

Hello and welcome. Today, I'll be taking a look at my Top Ten cards from Unified Minds. These are the cards that I think look the most fun to play and that I'm most excited to start brewing with. Let's get started.

Honorable Mentions

The first two cards I'll be discussing landed just outside of my Top Ten. I think they have a lot of potential.


HM-01

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Giant Hearth
Trainer — Stadium

Once during each player’s turn, that player may discard a card from their hand. If they do, that player searches their deck for up to 2 [R] Energy cards, reveals them, and puts them into their hand. Then, that player shuffles their deck.

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.

This is the card that every Fire Type deck needed to become a credible threat...  Oh, wait. Fire Type decks were already good and, certainly, powerful enough to compete. Giant Hearth UNM 197 makes those decks even better. It's definitely a hot time to play Standard right now.


HM-02

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Reset Stamp
Trainer — Item

Your opponent shuffles their hand into their deck and draws a card for each of their remaining Prize cards.

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

Some of you may remember when N DEX 96 was legal in Standard. Reset Stamp UNM 206 is a one-sided N DEX 96. While it doesn't affect both players, it can hinder your opponent pretty effectively. I'm expecting to see this card in most decks, but only as a 1- or 2-of.


And now, on to the official Top Ten.


# 10

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Chandelure — 140 HP — [R]
Stage 2 — Evolves from Lampent

[R] Spirit Burner: 10+
Discard the top 5 cards of your deck. This attack does 60 more damage for each Pokémon you discarded in this way. Then, put any number of [R] Pokémon you discarded in this way onto your Bench.

weakness: [W]×2
resistance:
retreat: 2

Any time you can get something for nothing is a good time. That's what Chandelure UNM 30 offers: Something for nothing. Well, technically you're able to get up to five Fire Type Pokemon onto your Bench and up to 310 damage for the cost of attacking with Chandelure UNM 30. That has a lot of potential. I've already shown off one deck featuring Chandelure UNM 30 recently, and that could be just the start.


# 9

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Drifblim — 100 HP — [P]
Stage 1 — Evolves from Drifloon

Ability: Tag Transport
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may switch your Active TAG TEAM Pokémon with 1 of your Benched Pokémon.

[C][C][C] Spinning Attack: 70

weakness: [D]×2
resistance: [F]-20
retreat: 1

With Drifblim UNM 81's Tag Transport Ability, you're able to switch your Active Tag Team Pokemon with any Pokemon from your Bench. Since the majority of Tag Team Pokemon have a retreat cost anywhere between two to four energy, you can save a lot of discarded Energy by using this ability. It also allows you to bring up a different Pokemon-GX or Tag Team Pokemon from your Bench that you've been building up while using a Tag Team Pokemon to soak up a few attacks from your opponent.


# 8

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Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX — 270 HP — [G]
Basic — TAG TEAM

[-] Super Growth
Search your deck for a card that evolves from 1 of your [G] Pokémon and put it onto that Pokémon to evolve it. If that Pokémon is now a Stage 1 Pokémon, search your deck for a Stage 2 Pokémon that evolves from that Pokémon and put it onto that Pokémon to evolve it. Then, shuffle your deck.

[G][G][C] Calming Hurricane: 150
Heal 30 damage from this Pokémon.

[G][G][G][+] Tropical Hour-GX: 200
If this Pokémon has at least 3 extra Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), your opponent shuffles all Energy from all of their Pokémon into their deck. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

TAG TEAM rule: When your TAG TEAM is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

weakness: [R]×2
resistance:
retreat: 3

A very powerful deck featuring both Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1 and Meganium LOT 8 has the potential to allow you to outclass your opponent's Pokemon very quickly. If the right tools can be found to search up any evolution needed as well as the Energy required for attacking, you could see Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1 taking down tournaments soon.


# 7

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Heatran-GX — 190 HP — [R]
Basic

Ability: Burning Road
Once during your turn, when this Pokémon moves from your Bench to become your Active Pokémon, you may move any number of [R] Energy from your other Pokémon to it.

[R][R][C] Steaming Stomp: 130

[R] Hot Burn-GX: 50×
This attack does 50 damage times the amount of [R] Energy attached to this Pokémon. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

Pokémon-GX rule: When your Pokémon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

weakness: [W]×2
resistance:
retreat: 3

Heatran-GX UNM 25 slots in nicely into existing Fire Type decks giving you another way to deal an amount of damage only limited by the amount of Fire Energy 2 you have in play with its Hot Burn GX attack. It's a more budget-friendly card that can replace Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20 if you don't have any.


# 6

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Alolan Marowak — 120 HP — [P]
Stage 1 — Evolves from Cubone

[-] Spirit Smash
Discard the top card of your opponent’s deck. If the card you discarded is a Pokémon, this attack does damage equal to that Pokémon’s HP to your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

[P][C] Bone Beatdown: 60

weakness: [D]×2
resistance: [F]-20
retreat: 2

I think Alolan Marowak UNM 75's Spirit Smash attack is amazing. It requires zero Energy to use, but has the potential to deal out a maximum of 300 damage, depending on the Pokemon your opponent is playing. If you manage to discard the same Pokemon as your opponent's Active Pokemon, you get to knock it out. How cool is that? The worst-case scenario is that you discard a card that's not relevant to the current game-state and leave yourself open to a knock out next turn. The reward is worth the risk for me, especially since I'll only give up a single Prize card if Alolan Marowak UNM 75 were to get knocked out.


# 5

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Celebi — 80 HP — [G]
Basic

[G] Time Spiral
Devolve 1 of your opponent’s evolved Pokémon by removing the highest Stage Evolution card from it. Your opponent shuffles that card into their deck.

[G] Mind Bend: 20
Your opponent’s Active Pokémon is now Confused.

weakness: [R]×2
resistance:
retreat: 1

With Celebi UNM 4's Time Spiral attack, you can devolve any evolved Pokemon your opponent has in play, whether it's their Active Pokemon or one on their Bench. Imagine a scenario where you've dealt enough damage to your opponent's evolved Active Pokemon that they've decided to retreat it to their Bench. If you attack with Celebi UNM 4 with Time Spiral, you'll be able to knock out that Pokemon as long as the damage you've dealt exceeds the HP of the Pokemon you devolved. Celebi UNM 4 is a card I want to see someone build a great deck around.


# 4

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Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX — 260 HP — [L]
Basic — TAG TEAM

[L][L][C] Tandem Shock 80+
If this Pokémon was on the Bench and became your Active Pokémon this turn, this attack does 80 more damage, and your opponent’s Active Pokémon is now Paralyzed.

[L][L][C]+ Lightning Ride GX: 150+
Switch this Pokémon with 1 of your Benched Pokémon. If this Pokémon has at least 2 extra [L] Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), this attack does 100 more damage. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

TAG TEAM rule: When your TAG TEAM is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

weakness: [F]×2
resistance: [M]-20
retreat: 2

With its Tandem Shock you're able to deal 160 damage if Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 became your Active Pokemon this turn. Combine that with the free Retreat Cost that Zeraora-GX LOT 86 provides with its Thunderclap Zone Ability, and you have the potential for a hard-hitting deck that switches its Attacking Pokemon around at will.


# 3

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Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX — 280 HP — [D]
Basic — TAG TEAM

[D][D][D][D][C] Greedy Crush: 210
If your opponent’s Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX is Knocked Out by damage from this attack, take 1 more Prize card.

[D][D][D][D][C]+ Gigafall-GX: 250
If this Pokémon has at least 5 extra Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), discard the top 15 cards of your opponent’s deck. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

TAG TEAM rule: When your TAG TEAM is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

weakness: [F]×2
resistance: [P]-20
retreat: 4

Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM 126's Greedy Crush attack allows you to take an additional Prize card when you knock out an opponent's Pokemon-GX with this attack. Taking three Prize cards for a regular Pokemon-GX and four Prize cards for a Tag Team Pokemon-GX can help you end the game quickly. While this attack does take a lot of Energy, it's definitely worth it.


# 2

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Keldeo-GX — 170 HP — [W]
Basic

Ability: Pure Heart
Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokémon by your opponent’s Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX.

[W][W][C] Sonic Edge: 110
This attack’s damage isn’t affected by any effects on your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

[W][W][C] Resolute Blade-GX: 50×
This attack does 50 damage for each of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

Pokémon-GX rule: When your Pokémon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

weakness: [G]×2
resistance:
retreat: 2

Keldeo-GX UNM 47 is the ultimate nullifier. Its Pure Heart Ability prevents the effects of any attacks done to it by your opponent's Pokemon-GX, except damage. Its Sonic Edge attack can't have its damage affected by any effects on your opponent's Active Pokemon. Keldeo-GX UNM 47 plays fairly and expects its opponent to do the same.


# 1

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Weavile-GX — 200 HP — [D]
Stage 1 — Evolves from Sneasel

Ability: Shadow Connection
As often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may move a basic [D] Energy from 1 of your Pokémon to another of your Pokémon.

[D][D][C] Claw Slash: 130

[C] Nocturnal Maneuvers-GX
Search your deck for any number of Basic Pokémon and put them onto your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

Pokémon-GX rule: When your Pokémon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

weakness: [F]×2
resistance: [P]-20
retreat: 1

The Shadow Connection Ability of Weavile-GX UNM 132 gives your Darkness Energy 7 the ultimate fluidity. When paired with Naganadel LOT 108, you're able to bring back Darkness Energy 7 from your discard pile and essentially move it to any of your Pokemon to use. When you combine that with Viridian Forest TEU 156, you have an engine that can power up your Darkness Type moves very quickly. Weavile-GX UNM 132 definitely will have a big place in our new Standard environment.


Wrapping Up

There you have it, my top ten cards from Unified Minds. These are the cards that I'm most looking forward to playing. All of these cards may not see tournament play, but some of them have the potential to. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on my list as well as what cards you like best from this upcoming set. Let me know by leaving a comment below or you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. And be sure to join me here again as I continue my search for innovative decks in my Searching Standard series. I'll see you then!

— Mike Likes


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