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Searching Standard: Decidueye / Galarian Obstagoon Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. I'm always on the lookout for decks that offer some interesting and innovative gameplay. This week's deck comes from Youtuber, tablemon. It offers the possibility of completely denying your opponent the chance to deal any damage to your Pokemon. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Many of the decks I bring to you offer the chance to Knock Out an opponent's Active Pokemon with a single attack. This deck does not do that. Instead, this deck slowly deals damage and spreads it around to your opponent's team of Pokemon. This is done by attacking with Decidueye DAA 13's Splitting Arrow attack, which deals 90 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and 20 damage to two of their Benched Pokemon. Often, Decidueye DAA 13 will be your main attacker, especially in situations where your opponent's Active Pokemon is a Pokemon V (including VMAX's) or a Pokemon-GX. That is due to the Deep Forest Camo Ability of Decidueye DAA 13, which prevents all damage done to Decidueye DAA 13 by attacks from Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. So, if our opponent has a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX in their Active Position, you'll want to have Decidueye DAA 13 as your Active Pokemon. What if they have a different type of Pokemon there instead?

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Never fear, Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119 is here! By attacking with Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119's Obstruct attack, you'll deal 90 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, and if that Pokemon is a Basic Pokemon, their attacks will deal no damage back to Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119 in return. Unfortunately, this attack only protects you from the damage from an opponent's Basic Pokemon, so Evolution Pokemon will still be able to hurt Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119, but some protection is better than none. One other thing to note is that you'll need to use Rare Candy SSH 180 to evolve from Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 into Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119, as there is no Galarian Linoone in this deck. This is because Galarian Linoone doesn't deal damage to an opponent's Pokemon when you play it like both Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 and Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119 do.

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Snorlax VIV 131 offers you a way of stalling for a turn or two, as well as a way to replenish your hand. By using Snorlax VIV 131's Gormandize Ability, you'll be able to draw cards until you have seven cards in hand, at the cost of ending your turn. While using this Ability will often lead to Snorlax VIV 131 getting Knocked Out, it only provides your opponent one Prize card and will help set up the possibility of you playing Rosa CEC 204, which can help you find the Rare Candy SSH 180 you'll need to run more smoothly.

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This batch of Pokemon are all included as supporting staff. With Jirachi TEU 99, you can use its Stellar Wish Ability to find a Trainer card that's within the top five cards of your deck to put into your hand. Mew UNB 76's Bench Barrier Ability protects your Benched Pokemon from taking any damage from your opponent's attacks. Phione CEC 57 can use its Whirlpool Suction Ability to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Pokemon of your choice from their Bench. Use this Ability to help set up an easy Knock Out (or two).

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This group of cards are all included to help you find the Pokemon you need for your deck to run smoothly. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find a Basic Pokemon from anywhere within your deck. Great Ball SSH 164 can help you find any Pokemon, as long as that Pokemon is in the top seven cards of your deck. Finally, you can use Pokemon Communication TEU 152 to trade any Pokemon from your hand for any other Pokemon from your deck. These cards are usually found in most decks due to their versatility.

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Playing Scoop Up Net RCL 165 is a great way to get multiple uses from the Untamed Shout Ability of Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119 or the Headbutt Tantrum Ability of Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117. You can also play Scoop Up Net RCL 165 on Snorlax VIV 131 if it has some damage on it, as a way of setting that damage back to zero.

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By drawing additional cards, you'll be able to find the cards you need more easily. Both Professor's Research SSH 178 and Marnie SSH 169 offer you the ability to draw additional cards, and are found in most decks. Marnie SSH 169 can also help you reset your opponent's hand after they've searched their deck for specific cards.

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Both Boss's Orders RCL 154 and Bird Keeper DAA 159 perform similar functions, just to different sides of the arena. With Boss's Orders RCL 154, you'll be able to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. This can help you set up an attack that will Knock Out multiple Pokemon. Bird Keeper DAA 159 switches your own Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from your Bench, allowing you to bring up a Decidueye DAA 13 if your opponent's Active Pokemon is a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. It can also allow you to bring up a Galarian Obstagoon SSH 119 if your opponent's Active Pokemon is a Basic Pokemon. As an added benefit, Bird Keeper DAA 159 also allows you to draw three cards, increasing your chances of drawing the cards you'll need to claim victory.

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Ordinary Rod SSH 171 allows you to shuffle back two Pokemon or two basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck. This makes it possible to replay a Pokemon that has gotten Knocked Out, which can be especially helpful since there aren't full playsets of any of your main attackers in this deck.

Wrapping Up

This deck has the potential to catch people off guard, making it the perfect deck to play occasionally. Once your friends have gotten used to playing against this deck, they'll likely switch their decks up to make your deck less effective. At that point, you can switch to a different deck and surprise them again.

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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