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Searching Standard: Copperajah / Magnezone Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. While many of us are practicing social distancing, this is the perfect time to try out new decks on PTCGO (the Pokemon TCG Online). This week I have a new deck that features Copperajah SSH 137 and Magnezone UPR 83. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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For three Energy, Copperajah SSH 137 can deal 220 damage by using its Muscular Nose attack. The down side of this attack is that it will do nothing if Copperajah SSH 137 has eight or more damage counters on itself. Luckily, it also has the Dig Drain attack, which will deal 60 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon while simultaneously healing 30 damage from Copperajah SSH 137. Damage control is a big part of playing this deck, so playing Hyper Potion SSH 166 to heal Copperajah SSH 137 of up to 120 damage can be quite worth it, allowing you to use your more powerful attack more often at the cost of two Energy. Fortunately for us, we have a way to restore that Energy easily.

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By using Magnezone UPR 83's Magnetic Circuit Ability, you'll be able to attach as much Metal Energy 8 to your Pokemon as you'd like. It's best to attach this Energy to Copperajah SSH 137, but in a pinch you might need to attach it to Magnezone UPR 83 in order to use its Zap Cannon attack. You won't want to do this unless you have no other options, though, since dealing 130 damage every other turn for four Energy is a terrible rate of return.

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Since it's very important to be able to draw the cards you need quickly, using Dedenne-GX UNB 57's Dedechange Ability will be useful. That's all Dedenne-GX UNB 57 is good for, though, since there's no way to use either of its attacks.

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This next group of cards also helps you be able to draw the cards you need. Use these to find the Pokemon and Energy you need to keep things running smoothly. Alternatively, you can use Tate & Liza CES 148 to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench, allowing you to bring in a fresh attacker when you need it.

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Quick Ball SSH 179 helps you find the Basic Pokemon you need to get things started. While it would be nice to also be able to find Evolution Pokemon, that's simply not possible with this card, but there might be a way with other cards in this deck. Find the Basic Pokemon you need, put them on your Bench, and then dump your hand and draw a new one with one of the various card drawing cards to keep things going.

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Since the main Pokemon you need for the deck to run smoothly are both Evolution Pokemon, you'll need to make good use of both Evolution Incense SSH 163 and Rare Candy SSH 180. Evolution Incense SSH 163 allows you to find the Evolution Pokemon you need from your deck. Rare Candy SSH 180 allows you to evolve Magnemite UPR 81 into Magnezone UPR 83, skipping the Stage 1 Evolution entirely.

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There are a lot of cards that require you to discard other cards in order to play them. For that reason, it's great to have a couple of copies of Ordinary Rod SSH 171 in the deck. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 will allow you to shuffle back into your deck up to two Pokemon and two Energy cards. This allows you to get additional uses out of Pokemon that have been Knocked Out and a way to get back Energy for your Pokemon to use.

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Mt. Coronet UPR 130 offers another way to get use out of cards that have been discarded. It allows each player to return up to two Metal Energy 8 from their discard pile to their hand. You can then utilize that Energy right away thanks to Magnezone UPR 83's Magnetic Circuit Ability.

Wrapping Up

Since all sanctioned Pokemon events have been cancelled through May 14th, I plan on using the next few weeks as an opportunity to try out new decks on PTCGO. Leave me a comment below letting me know how you plan to pass the time during this period of social distancing.

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 mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. 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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