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Searching Standard: Altaria-GX Disruption Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week I have for you a deck that I found on the forums of Forum user Laurier_Ex posted their version of a deck featuring Altaria-GX, a Pokemon that doesn't see much play. Let's take a look at the deck.

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Altaria-GX DRM 41 is a good Stage 1 Pokemon that has no fear of an opponent's Pokemon-GX (or Pokemon-EX in other formats) thanks to its Bright Tone Attack. For those times you find a non-Pokemon-GX (or non-Pokemon-EX) as your opponent's active Pokemon, Altaria-GX DRM 41 can use its Sonic Edge Attack to get a guaranteed attack that will deal a minimum of 110 damage.

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In order to get your Altaria-GX DRM 41 into play, you'll need to evolve the lone copies of either Swablu DRM 57 or Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 in this deck. There's only one copy of each, so try not to squander them.

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In the event that you get either your Swablu DRM 57 or Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 onto your Bench but don't have a copy of Altaria-GX DRM 41 in hand, you might want to evolve into Altaria DRM 40. While it's better to play Altaria DRM 40 after you already have an Altaria-GX DRM 41 in play, there are times when you may not have a choice. One thing to keep in mind is that Altaria DRM 40's Fight Song Ability will affect all of your Dragon type Pokemon including itself. That will at least make its Pierce attack deal 40 damage instead of the pitiful 20 Damage indicated on the card.

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So you might be asking yourself, if this is a deck featuring Altaria-GX DRM 41, why are there so few ways to get Altaria-GX DRM 41 into play. Well, have no fear because there is another way. Lance Prism Star DRM 61 will allow you to search your deck for up to two Dragon type Pokemon and put them into play. Remember, this searches for any Dragon type Pokemon, not just Basic Pokemon. Lance Prism Star DRM 61 allows you to put both copies of your Altaria-GX DRM 41 directly into play without the need for evolution, as long as they're both in your deck.

If you have already played an Altaria-GX DRM 41 and it's been knocked out, you can use Rescue Stretcher GRI 130 to shuffle it back into your deck and then find it with Lance Prism Star DRM 61, putting it directly onto your bench. Normally I'm a big advocate of using the first ability on Rescue Stretcher GRI 130 to get the specific Pokemon you need, but in this case the second ability is much better suited for a deck like this one.

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While Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132's Mysterious Guidance Ability is the main reason to play it, it also doubles as a great attacker in this deck. Hit the opponent's Active Pokemon for 70 damage and one of their Benched Pokemon for 30 damage with the Snowy Wind attack to possibly knock out two Pokemon in the same turn.

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Not much needs to be said about the impressiveness of Zoroark-GX SLG 53. In a pinch, you might be able to get in some damage by using its Riotous Beating attack. However, most of the time you'll want to keep Zoroark-GX SLG 53 on your Bench to take advantage of its Trade Ability.

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Lycanroc-GX GRI 74 is a card you'll want to hold in your hand until you need to play it. Lycanroc-GX GRI 74's Bloodthirsty Eyes Ability will let you switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with any of their Benched Pokemon when you evolve into Lycanroc-GX GRI 74, so make sure you're playing it to maximum effect and bringing up a Pokemon you can easily KO for a quick Prize.

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Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 is another Pokemon featured in a lot of decks. Typically you'll want to play Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 to your Bench so you can utilize its Wonder Tag Ability which allows you to put any Supporter from your deck into your hand. Energy Drive is a suitable attack if you have no other alternative, but it's not as reliable for sheer damage output as some other attacks can be.

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The final Pokemon in this deck is a single copy of Marshadow SLG 45. Its primary function is to disrupt your opponent's hand. Try to play it after your opponent has searched up a card but not yet played it, or when they have more than four cards in their hand. It can also help replenish your hand once you go below four cards or help you potentially draw something you need but can't find via other methods. Judge FLI 108 has a similar effect to Marshadow SLG 45's Let Loose Ability, with the exception being that having each player shuffle their hand into their deck and drawing four new cards with Let Loose is optional, while with Judge FLI 108 it is not.

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I described this deck as a disruption deck. Both of these hammers are great ways to disrupt your opponent's plans by discarding essential Energy from their Pokemon.

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Both Guzma BUS 115 and Switch SUM 132 provide disruption by allowing you to change your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. Guzma BUS 115 has the added bonus of switching your opponent's Active Pokemon in a similar manner. Use both of these to disrupt your opponent's plans for future attacks.

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The two main trainers used for card drawing are both found here in this deck. It's no surprise to find both Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie SUM 122 in the deck as they really are the best Supporters to draw additional cards with.

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If you find your Pokemon is about to be knocked out, you can rely on Acerola BUS 112 to bail you out. She also acts as a way to move energy from the Pokemon that has gone back to your hand to a new Pokemon currently in play. Acerola BUS 112 allows you to slow the game down and prevents your opponent from drawing as many Prize cards.

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Both Bodybuilding Dumbbells BUS 113 and Choice Band GRI 121 allow your Altaria-GX DRM 41 to live longer and deal additional damage. They also work well with Zoroark-GX SLG 53, Lycanroc-GX GRI 74, and Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132 as well. Devoured Field CIN 93 boosts the damage output of the majority of your Pokemon, but it will also boost your opponent's Pokemon too, so don't play it if they'll get more use out of it than you will.

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Both Mina LOT 183 and Mallow GRI 127 allow you to search your deck for something you might need. While Mina LOT 183 can only search for a specific card, Mallow GRI 127 offers a lot of flexibility by allowing any two cards to be searched for, but that comes at the cost of waiting to draw these cards on future turns.

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By having such a variety of Pokemon in your deck at low numbers, you'll need a way to find what you need at any given time. Mysterious Treasure FLI 113, Nest Ball SUM 123, and Ultra Ball SUM 135 are all guaranteed ways to find whatever Pokemon you happen to be searching for.

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The lone copy of Pal Pad UPR 132 is here to offer you the opportunity to be able to play an important Supporter again in the future. Remember though, the Supporters get shuffled back into your deck and you'll need to draw them (or find a way to search for them) to use them again.

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Field Blower GRI 125 acts as another form of disruption in the event that your opponent is playing any Pokemon Tools or Stadiums. If you don't need it, you can always pitch it when paying the cost to play Ultra Ball SUM 135 or Mysterious Treasure FLI 113.

Double Colorless Energy SUM 136 Rainbow Energy SUM 137 Unit Energy FightingDarknessFairy FLI 118

With only one copy of Double Colorless Energy SUM 136 in this deck, you'll want to make sure you use it wisely. Your best choices will be Zoroark-GX SLG 53, Lycanroc-GX GRI 74, and Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60, likely in that order.

As this deck offers a variety of different Pokemon types, the use of Rainbow Energy SUM 137 makes a lot of sense. Unit Energy FightingDarknessFairy FLI 118 works well in this deck since it supports all of your major attackers.

Wrapping Up

If you're looking to play a deck that features a Pokemon that your opponent might not be expecting, give this deck a shot. While it has many of the best and most frequently played Pokemon, Altaria-GX DRM 41 hasn't seen much play and will most likely surprise your opponent.

Thank you to Forum user Laurier_Ex 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 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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