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Searching Standard: Charizard / Leon Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. With summer starting to heat up here in America, there's no better time to bring you a red-hot deck featuring Charizard VIV 25 that's capable of dealing tremendous amounts of damage. This deck was recently played on YouTube by Tricky Gym. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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With Charizard VIV 25's Royal Blaze attack, you'll deal a base amount of 100 damage. This damage will be increased by 50 for each copy of Leon VIV 154 in your discard pile. That allows you to deal a possible 300 damage, assuming you have four copies of Leon VIV 154 in your discard pile. One way to get copies of Leon VIV 154 into your discard pile is by using Charizard VIV 25's Battle Sense Ability. This Ability allows you to put one card from the top three cards of your deck into your hand, and the other two into your discard pile. While you could choose the Leon VIV 154 to go to your hand, there will be times that you want to play a different Supporter that turn instead.

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In order to evolve into Charizard VIV 25, you'll need to get a copy of Charmander TEU 12 into play. Once you do, you'll often need to play Rare Candy SSH 180 to evolve, skipping the Charmeleon TEU 13 evolution entirely. This will be a much faster way to go from Charmander TEU 12 to Charizard VIV 25, but there's still a single copy of Charmeleon TEU 13 in case you're not able to play or find a Rare Candy SSH 180.

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This next group of Pokemon are included in this deck for their card drawing Abilities. Cinccino SSH 147 has the Make Do Ability, which allows you to discard a card from your hand once per turn in order to draw two cards from your deck. When Snorlax VIV 131 is your Active Pokemon, you can use its Gormandize Ability to draw cards until you have a hand of seven cards. This will end your turn, but it's a great way to refill your hand after you've played a lot of cards from it.

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The last Pokemon in this deck is Mew UNB 76. Mew UNB 76's main purpose is to sit on your Bench and allow its Bench Barrier Ability to protect your Benched Pokemon from taking any damage from an opponent's attacks. If necessary, you can use Mew UNB 76's Psypower attack, but this isn't something you should try to do unless you're desperate.

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Both Giant Hearth UNM 197 and Welder UNB 189 are key Trainer cards to play in a Fire Type Deck, such as this one. With Giant Hearth UNM 197, you can discard a card from your hand in order to search your deck for up to two Fire Energy 2 cards to put into your hand. You can then play Welder UNB 189, which allows you to attach up to two Fire Energy 2 cards from your hand to one of your Pokemon and draw three additional cards. This can be a great way to fully power up Charizard VIV 25 in one shot.

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Every deck needs to be able to find its important Pokemon right away. Both Quick Ball SSH 179 and Level Ball BST 129 are included in this deck to help with that. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find any Basic Pokemon to put into play, while Level Ball BST 129 can be used to find any of your Pokemon except Charizard VIV 25 or Snorlax VIV 131.

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The next batch of cards I have for you all help you attack with maximum efficiency. Boss's Orders SHF 58 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from their Bench. By doing this, you can choose a Pokemon that you'll be sure to Knock Out with your next attack, or move someone up that won't have enough Energy attached to be able to attack for a couple of turns. Bird Keeper DAA 159 and U-Turn Board UNM 211 offer you easy ways to move a Pokemon of your choice from your Bench to your Active Spot. Bird Keeper DAA 159 also allows you to draw a few extra cards to boot.

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The last pair of cards in this deck are definitely helpful cards, but not game breaking. Pokegear 3.0 SSH 174 can be played to help you find a Supporter card from within the top seven cards of your deck. Since Charizard VIV 25 deals more damage when there are copies of Leon VIV 154 in your discard pile, you'll often want to find him. Alternatively, if there's not a Leon VIV 154 in sight, finding a copy of Welder UNB 189 can be the next best thing, as it offers you a lot of Energy acceleration. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 gives you a way to reuse Energy cards that have gone to your discard pile. Using Ordinary Rod SSH 171 for this is what allows this deck to have such a low Energy count.

Wrapping Up

This deck can get off to some blazing starts (pun intended), and if you manage to find multiple copies of Leon VIV 154 right away, you can win before your opponent gets a chance to set their plan up.

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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