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Searching Standard: Centiskorch VMAX / Silvally-GX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week, I have a deck for you from YouTuber, ZapdosTCG. He recently did a video where he played the deck that Pedro Torres used at the Chill Series 15 to bring home 1st Place. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34's G-Max Centiferno attack brings the pain. Since this deck only includes Fire Energy 2, you'll deal a minimum of 120 damage when you use this attack. If you have any Fire Energy 2 in your discard pile, you'll be able to attach one with this attack, allowing you to deal additional damage on future turns. In next to no time, you'll be able to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon, no matter how many HP they have.

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Thanks to its Disk Reload Ability, Silvally-GX CEC 184 is generally a supporting Pokemon in this deck. Disk Reload allows you to draw cards from your deck until you have five cards in your hand, once per turn. This allows you the ability to cycle through your deck faster, allowing you to see more cards and have more options available to you.

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Both Volcanion UNB 25 and Heatran-GX UNM 25 make great secondary attackers. With Volcanion UNB 25's Flare Starter attack, you'll be able to accelerate your Energy faster than your opponent can, allowing you to deal more damage than they can. It's High-Heat Blast attack will deal 110 damage as long as you have at least four Fire Energy 2 attached to any of your Pokemon. Heatran-GX UNM 25's Burning Road Ability allows it to be immediately powered up whenever it moves from your Bench to your Active Position. While its Steaming Stomp attack is just okay, its Hot Burn-GX attack has the potential to OHKO (One Hit Knock Out) any opposing Pokemon. Don't be afraid to discard three Energy to retreat Heatran-GX UNM 25 in order to deny your opponent the chance of Knocking it Out, as you have plenty of ways to reuse Energy from your discard pile.

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This group of Pokemon is all support Pokemon for the rest of your team. Both Dedenne-GX UNB 57 and Crobat V DAA 104 allow you to draw additional cards, providing you the cards you need as the game goes on. Eldegoss V CPA 5 is included for its Happy Match Ability, which allows you the opportunity of using a Supporter card an additional time. None of these Pokemon should have any Energy attached to them, except in the direst of situations.

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This group of cards is usually found at the heart of any Fire Type deck. Welder UNB 189 allows you an amazing amount of Energy ramp. As long as you attach any Fire Energy 2 from your hand, you get to draw three additional cards, helping to set up a future Welder UNB 189 play. Fire Crystal UNB 173 offers you a way of returning Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to your hand. Giant Hearth UNM 197 offers you a way of discarding extra cards from your hand in order to search your deck for up to two Fire Energy 2 to put into your hand. All of these cards help ensure that you're never without the necessary Fire Energy 2 you need to deal a ton of damage.

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Every deck needs cards that help you find the Pokemon you need when you need them. With Quick Ball SSH 179, you'll be able to find any Basic Pokemon from your deck. This can help you find Centiskorch V DAA 33 if you're lacking one. Cherish Ball UNM 191 helps you find a Pokemon-GX from your deck, so this can be a good way to find Silvally-GX CEC 184. Finally, you can use Pokemon Communication TEU 152 to trade any unneeded Pokemon from your hand for any other Pokemon from your deck.

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At its heart, the Pokemon TCG is all about attacking, and this group of cards helps you set up favorable attacks. Since you're able to deal a ton of damage, you can use Boss's Orders RCL 154 to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from their Bench that you can easily Knock Out (preferably one that will reward you with multiple Prize cards). Switch SSH 183 allows you to bring a fully powered Pokemon from your Bench to your Active Position so it can begin bringing the pain. It also allows you to save a wounded Pokemon from being Knocked Out. You can also use Mallow & Lana CEC 198 to prevent a Knock Out from occurring, as this Tag Team will be able to heal your wounded Pokemon of up to 120 damage.

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The final pair of cards we have are situational cards. With Reset Stamp UNM 206, you'll have a chance to slow down your opponent's momentum if you find yourself falling behind during a game. Air Balloon SSH 156 can be attached to a Pokemon like Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34 to allow it to retreat for a single Energy, or it can allow a copy of Silvally-GX CEC 184 that your opponent forced into your Active Position the ability to retreat for free.

Wrapping Up

Fire Type Decks, such as this one, continue to show that they are powerhouses in the current Standard format. Until our next rotation, this will likely continue. Congratulations on your 1st Place finish, Pedro!

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 year as I continue my search for innovative decks in the Pokemon TCG. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes

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