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Searching Standard: Altaria / Kangaskhan Anti-Meta Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week, we'll be taking a look at a deck originally shared by YouTuber, Flex Daddy Righteous. It's a deck you'll want to try out if your local meta is overrun with Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. Let’s get started by taking a look at the deck.

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In our current Standard environment, there are a lot of Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX that can deal a ton of damage. With Altaria CPA 49's Miraculous Charm Ability, none of that damage will matter. This Ability prevents all damage done to Altaria CPA 49 by an opponent's Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. Because of this Ability, you can make it virtually impossible for your opponent to win, assuming they are only playing these heavy-hitters.

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There will be times that your opponent doesn't have a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX as their Active Pokemon. They might have a Basic Pokemon that is able to deal damage to Altaria CPA 49, thereby Knocking it Out. For these times, you'll be happy to see Kangaskhan DAA 133. Kangaskhan DAA 133's Rally Back attack deals 120 damage on the turn after one of your Pokemon was Knocked Out. This is usually enough damage to KO most opposing Pokemon that aren't Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX.

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This batch of Pokemon are all included in this deck for their helpful Abilities. Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability allows you to deal one damage counter to any of your opponent's Pokemon when you play it to your Bench. This can help you score an easy KO on a Pokemon that has taken some damage, or help to set up a future attack. Mewtwo UNB 75's Mind Report Ability allows you to use a Supporter from your discard pile another time. Phione CEC 57's Whirlpool Suction Ability offers you a way of switching your opponent's Active Pokemon with one of your choice from their Bench.

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Jirachi TEU 99's Stellar Wish Ability provides some early game consistency, allowing you to find the Trainers you'll need to make this deck run smoothly. Once you use Stellar Wish, Jirachi TEU 99 will fall Asleep, so you'll want to return it to your hand by playing a Scoop Up Net RCL 165. This also helps prevent it from being the target of an opponent's Switch SSH 183 and getting Knocked Out.

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With both Professor's Research SSH 178 and Marnie CPA 56, you'll be able to draw additional cards, allowing you to find what you need to succeed quicker. Just remember that Professor's Research SSH 178 has you discard your current hand, so those cards you discard might be gone for the remainder of the game.

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Since it's important for this deck to have certain Pokemon in play at various times, you can use Quick Ball SSH 179 and Pokemon Communication TEU 152 to help you find the Pokemon you need when you need them.

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With Boss's Orders RCL 154, you can make sure you'll be attacking the Pokemon you want to attack. Use it when your opponent has a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX on their Bench and you have an Altaria CPA 49 as your Active Pokemon. Or use it to set up a KO with Kangaskhan DAA 133 after suffering a KO of your own.

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Bird Keeper DAA 159 brings a lot of value when you play it. Not only does it allow you to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench, but you'll also get to draw three cards when you do. That's a lot of value from this Supporter.

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This group of cards all offer special benefits that you can use to your advantage. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 allows you to return up to two Pokemon from your discard pile to your deck. This can be a great way to be able to play another copy of Altaria CPA 49 after one gets Knocked Out. However, in order to make it more difficult to Knock Out, you could attach Big Charm SSH 158 to it, providing an additional 30 HP. Finally, Big Parasol DAA 157 provides a measure of protection for your Benched Pokemon when it is attached to your Active Pokemon.

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Tool Scrapper RCL 168 can be used against most decks, getting rid of a couple of Pokemon Tools of your choice. It's most important to use this against Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 decks using Metal Goggles TEU 148, though, because otherwise you might not be able to deal any damage with Altaria CPA 49's Speed Dive attack.

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Since there's not a Stadium that helps this deck when it's played, there are a couple of copies of Chaotic Swell CEC 187 that you can play to make sure your opponent doesn't put a Stadium into play that benefits them.

Wrapping Up

As you can see from this deck, there are certain cards that counter other strategies. But playing those cards doesn't make you undefeatable. It instead opens you up to other cards and decks that are built to prey upon your vulnerabilities. That's what makes for a balanced environment.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Also, check out my other column, Flash Forward, where we take a look at decks using cards from upcoming releases.

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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