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Searching Standard: Detective Pikachu / Pikachu & Zekrom-GX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. It's been almost a month since the movie, Detective Pikachu, was released. I saw it opening weekend and thought it was very good. With the release of the movie came the release of a small set of cards based on the Pokemon in the film. While doing my usual research, searching various websites for interesting decklists to share, I came across a few decklists featuring cards from this movie-based set. This week, I'll be sharing the deck built around the main character himself, Detective Pikachu PR-SM SM194. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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While Detective Pikachu is the star of the movie, Detective Pikachu PR-SM SM194 plays more of a supporting role in this deck. While not being able to deal any damage offensively, Detective Pikachu PR-SM SM194's Brilliant Deduction attack helps you filter through your deck for the specific cards you need. Since you can find any type of card with this attack, it is quite versatile.

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Once Pikachu loses his deerstalker hat and teams up with his newfound friend, Zekrom, the two of them are able to handle nearly any situation. Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 can use their Full Blitz attack to deal out 150 damage while simultaneously powering up one of your Pokemon with up to three Lightning Energy 4. While you can attach that Energy to anyone on your team, powering up Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 can be worthwhile as you will enable its Tag Bolt GX attack, which deals 200 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and 170 to one of their Benched Pokemon. With that much damage, you're likely to knock out two opposing Pokemon and draw quite a few Prize cards.

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Targeting Tapu Koko PR-SM SM30a as the recipient of the Energy gotten with Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33's Full Blitz attack can also be quite useful. That will enable you to use either of Tapu Koko PR-SM SM30a's attacks. Electric Ball will deal 100 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon, while Flying Flip deals 20 damage to each Benched Pokemon your opponent has. That means there's no safe place for your opponent, as you have the potential to knock out their Pokemon anywhere on the battlefield.

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Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 serves two roles in this deck. With its Dance of the Ancients Ability, if you find yourself in a position where you need additional Energy for your team and the Discard Pile is the only place you can get it from, you can send Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 to the Lost Zone. Alternatively, if you're not hurting for Energy, power Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 up and use Mach Bolt to deal out 120 damage.

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While there are a number of ways to search your deck for specific types of cards, Lillie UPR 125 is the only way this deck has to draw cards unconditionally. She's a staple card in Standard for a reason and is a great way to replenish your hand once you've played everything from it that you can.

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Since only Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 has an Ability, you'll generally have no problems playing Green's Exploration UNB 175. With it, you can find any two Trainer cards from your deck and put them into your hand. Similarly, Bill's Analysis TEU 133 also finds you any two Trainer cards, but only searches the top seven cards of your deck for them. There are a lot of great Trainer cards in this deck to find, but my favorite would be Missing Clover UPR 129.

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Both Volkner UPR 135 and Lisia CES 137 are additional cards that help you find specific things from your deck. Volkner UPR 135 helps you find any Item card along with a Lightning Energy 4. That Item can be any of the various Poke Balls in this deck that can be used to find a Pokemon that you're in need of, or perhaps an Electropower LOT 172 that can help you get a quick KO. With Lisia CES 137, you're limited to finding Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 and Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191. By playing Lisia CES 137, you can easily determine if either of these Prism Star cards are in your Prize cards.

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Obviously, the ultimate goal with Missing Clover UPR 129 is to play all four copies at once so you can take one of your Prize cards. If you somehow end up with a copy of Missing Clover UPR 129 in your discard pile, don't hesitate to start playing them individually instead.

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With Pokemon Catcher SUM 126 and Switch CES 147, you can try to set up advantageous attacks. Use these to attack an opponent's Pokemon that already has damage on it, or bring up a fresh Pokemon of your own that has the Energy needed to get the KO.

Guzma BUS 115 is a combination of both Pokemon Catcher SUM 126 and Switch CES 147. The same principles apply for using him. However, please be aware that Guzma BUS 115 wasn't originally in this decklist. The original decklist only included 58 cards, so I added Guzma BUS 115 because of his versatility in Standard. If you have any cards that you think would be better, please feel free to swap out Guzma BUS 115 for them.

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Both Electropower LOT 172 and Choice Band GRI 121 help you deal additional damage when attacking. While Electropower LOT 172 can be used against any Pokemon, Choice Band GRI 121 only works against an opponent's Pokemon-GX. You can use both of them in conjunction with each other when facing a Pokemon-GX for a massive amount of bonus damage.

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Nest Ball SUM 123 and Ultra Ball SUM 135 are currently Standard staples that are in most decks for their versatility in finding the Pokemon you need whenever you need them. Enjoy them while you can because Standard rotation will be happening soon.

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Once you've used the Tag Bolt GX attack of Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33, you'll want to move some of that extra Lightning Energy 4 off to your other Pokemon. Energy Switch SUM 117 is here just for that purpose. It can also help you in those situations where you find yourself a little short on Energy and need to move some around in order to attack favorably.

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Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191 helps by making all attacks of Lightning Type Pokemon cost one Lightning Energy 4 less. Remember that this affects both players, so your opponent might be able to take advantage of this benefit as well.

Wrapping Up

Even though Detective Pikachu PR-SM SM194 isn't the star of this deck, it is great to see a card from a small supplemental set featured so prominently in this deck. This deck looks like a lot of fun to play and offers the challenge of trying to play all four copies of Missing Clover UPR 129 at once.

Thank you to the folks at poke-cardmanjr.com for posting this decklist.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. Also, feel free to share this article with your friends anywhere on social media.  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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