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Searching Standard: Aegislash Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. With all of the recent announcements about the upcoming Pokemon: Sword and Pokemon: Shield video games, I'm excited to see what the Galar region has to offer. With a name like Pokemon: Sword, many people are expecting to see Pokemon like Aegislash featured. However, there's no need to wait, because Aegislash UNM 95 can be used in the Pokemon Trading Card Game right now. PokeBeach forum user ForeverRanger91 recently posted this week's deck that looks to be a lot of fun. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Aegislash UNM 95 is the main attacker in this deck. By using its Trash Slash attack, you can deal up to 130 damage when you attack, for only one Energy. You do need to have a lot of Items in your discard pile for maximum effectiveness, though, but this deck offers plenty of items and ways to make sure you can get them into your discard pile if playing them isn't possible. Aegislash UNM 95 also has the Durable Blade ability that allows you the possibility of always being able to keep Aegislash UNM 95 in play.

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You have full playsets of both Doublade and Honedge in this deck, and you'll always want to make sure you have a Doublade UNM 94 available to evolve into Aegislash UNM 95. If your opponent is playing a deck that can spread out damage to your Benched Pokemon, you might only want to have one copy of Doublade UNM 94 in play at a time, so they don't ruin your chances of keeping a copy of Aegislash UNM 95 in play.

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In most decks that play Stage 2 Pokemon, you'll find a copy of Ditto Prism Star LOT 154. This deck is no exception. Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 is a great way to be able to evolve your Pokemon easier as it acts as an additional copy of any Basic Pokemon in your deck.

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Hoopa UNM 140 is included in this deck specifically as a way to counter Malamar FLI 51 decks. With Hoopa UNM 140's Evil Admonition attack, you can deal a maximum of 130 damage for a single Energy. That can devastate some decks.

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Do you need a way to find the Pokemon you need? Of course, you do. That's why Mysterious Treasure FLI 113, Pokemon Communication TEU 152, and Dusk Stone UNB 167 are included in this deck. Mysterious Treasure FLI 113 also performs double duty by also acting as a discard outlet for you to get Item cards into your discard pile if playing them will not be advantageous.

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Acro Bike CES 123 not only gives you one card, but it also allows you to put an Item (itself) into your discard pile. You might even be able to put a second Item into your discard pile with it, which allows your Aegislash UNM 95 to deal additional damage.

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Both Spell Tag LOT 190 and Switch CES 147 offer you an advantage in combat. Spell Tag LOT 190 allows you to put four damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon when the Psychic-Type Pokemon that it is attached to is knocked out by an opponent's attack. Use that damage to either knock out Pokemon that already have damage on them or use those damage counters to set up a knock out on a future turn. You'll want to use Switch CES 147 to bring in one of your Benched Pokemon that can knock out your opponent's Active Pokemon. It also allows you to keep your current Active Pokemon from being knocked out on the following turn.

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Reset Stamp UNM 206 is the ultimate card to play to slow down an opponent that has gotten in a few early knock outs. If you play it when your opponent only has one Prize Card remaining, you effectively slow them down to a snail's pace since they'll need to draw a card that allows them to continue drawing additional cards to advance their game plan. Use that time to press your advantage so you can take a few Prize Cards of your own.

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With so many Items in your deck, you should have no problems finding something you can use when you play Adventure Bag LOT 167. Plus, once you play it, it will go to your discard pile allowing for additional damage with Aegislash UNM 95's Trash Slash attack.

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Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie UPR 125 are both the premier cards in Standard that allow a player to draw additional cards. They're also the only Supporter cards in this deck. Don't let that stop you from playing Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 to try to find them, though. Even if you don't find either of them, by playing Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 you'll be able to deal more damage when you use Aegislash UNM 95's Trash Slash attack.

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Since this deck plays no Pokemon-GX, you won't have to worry about damaging your own Pokemon when you play Shrine of Punishment CES 143. Even if your opponent isn't playing any Pokemon-GX of their own, you can always play Shrine of Punishment CES 143 to discard a Stadium they have played that is useful to their strategy.

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Recycle Energy UNM 212 will always come back to your hand if it is discarded from play. Since Trash Slash only needs one Energy, Recycle Energy UNM 212 helps ensure you'll always have the Energy needed to attack. Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213 also provides Colorless Energy, while removing Aegislash UNM 95's weakness to Fighting Type Pokemon. The lone copy of Fire Energy 2 is included in the deck in the event that your opponent plays Heat Factory Prism Star LOT 178. If that happens, you'll have one chance to draw three cards, which could help swing the game in your favor.

Wrapping Up

This deck featuring Aegislash UNM 95 looks to be a fun deck that can potentially deal out a lot of damage. I don't think it's a tier-one deck, but you can certainly catch your opponent off-guard by playing it. If you try this deck out, I'd love to know how you fare with it.

Thank you to PokeBeach Forum user ForeverRanger91 for posting this decklist.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? 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 next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in the Pokemon TCG. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes


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