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Searching Standard: Cinderace Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week we'll be taking a look at a deck that came in first place at a tournament in Japan earlier this year. It features a new Pokemon from Sword and Shield, Cinderace SSH 34. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Cinderace SSH 34 is the main attacker in this deck. With its Flare Striker attack, you can hit your opponent for 190 damage. The drawback is that you'll need to discard two Energy from Cinderace SSH 34 when you use this attack. However, thanks to a couple of tricks, you can mitigate this drawback fairly easily. The first trick is that you can discard Recycle Energy UNM 212, which happens to return to your hand when discarded from play. The other trick is through the use of Cinderace SSH 34's Libero Ability, which allows you to attach up to two Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to Cinderace SSH 34 when it moves from your bench to your Active Spot on your turn. Since Cinderace SSH 34 has a Retreat Cost of one, you can often retreat and then become Active once again with no net loss of Energy.

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In a pinch, Ninetales TEU 16 can act as a secondary attacker with its Flame Tail attack, although you'll deal 100 damage less than you would with Cinderace SSH 34's Flare Striker attack for a similar amount of Energy. The upside is that no Energy will be discarded by using Flame Tail. You might also find yourself in a situation where you can utilize Ninetales TEU 16's Nine Temptations Ability, allowing you to discard two Fire Energy 2 from your hand to be able to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench.

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Jirachi TEU 99 is a Standard staple card, allowing you to look at the top five cards of your deck to find a Trainer that you might need. Doing so will put Jirachi TEU 99 to sleep, but if you have an Escape Board UPR 122 attached to it, you can still retreat for free even while asleep.

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Thanks to Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability, you effectively have an extra card in your hand at all times. By using this Ability, you'll always be able to put your weakest card from your hand back on top of your deck, while drawing a card in return.

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Quick Ball SSH 179 is a great Item to use to find the Basic Pokemon you need when you need it, for the low, low price of discarding one card from your hand. You might be able to utilize that card later on, especially if it's a Fire Energy 2.

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Since this deck relies on Evolution Pokemon, both Evolution Incense SSH 163 and Rare Candy SSH 180 will be needed to make things run smoothly. Evolution Incense SSH 163 helps you find the Evolution Pokemon you need, and Rare Candy SSH 180 helps them evolve more efficiently.

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Both Ordinary Rod SSH 171 and Fire Crystal UNB 173 help you make use of things that have gone to your discard pile. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 lets you shuffle back into your deck both Pokemon and Energy from your discard pile, while Fire Crystal UNB 173 returns up to three Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile directly to your hand. Reusing resources like this will help you progress towards victory.

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Pokegear 3.0 SSH 174 and Bill's Analysis HIF 51 both allow you to look at the top seven cards of your deck. Pokegear 3.0 SSH 174 then allows you to put any single Supporter you find there into your hand, while Bill's Analysis HIF 51 allows you to put up to two Trainers found there into your hand. Keep that slight difference in mind when you play these cards to ensure you get what type of card is needed most.

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Both Switch SSH 183 and Tate & Liza CES 148 allow you to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. This can be a great way to allow an Active Cinderace SSH 34 to go to your Bench, while bringing a copy of Jirachi TEU 99 with an Escape Board UPR 122 attached to it to your Active Spot. You can then get the full benefit of Cinderace SSH 34's Libero Ability. Alternatively, if you happen to have things in control, you can use Tate & Liza CES 148's other function to get a new hand of five cards.

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Speaking of getting a new hand of cards, that's exactly what Professor's Research SSH 178 is for. By using Professor's Research SSH 178, you can cycle through your deck faster in an attempt to get the cards you need when you need them.

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As you can see, finding your Fire Energy 2 quickly is important to winning with this deck. With a copy of Giant Hearth UNM 197 in play, you won't need to rely on luck to find those Fire Energy 2 you need.

Wrapping Up

While this deck might not be able to attack for as much damage in one shot as other Fire Type decks, once things are set up, it can be quite consistent. Give it a shot and see for yourself.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or email me directly at 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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