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Searching Standard: Donphan / Altaria Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. With this being the final Searching Standard of 2020, I can't help but reflect on this past year. However, since 2020 was quite a dumpster fire of a year, maybe looking back isn't such a good idea. Instead, let's take a look at a deck featuring Memory Capsule VIV 155, giving us a link to the past as well as something to focus on in the future. This deck was created by YouTuber, Flex Daddy Righteous. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck

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Donphan VIV 87 can deal 120 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon with its Earthquake attack, which requires a single Energy to use. This attack also deals 20 damage to each of your own Benched Pokemon, though. However, with a copy of Phanpy VIV 86 on your Bench, you can turn this negative into something positive. That's thanks to Phanpy VIV 86's Strike Back attack, which deals 30 damage for each damage counter on Phanpy VIV 86. You can use this Strike Back attack even after you've evolved Phanpy VIV 86 into Donphan VIV 87 by attaching a Memory Capsule VIV 155 to it, allowing you to deal out a maximum of 420 damage with the Strike Back attack.

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Thanks to Altaria CPA 49's Miraculous Charm Ability, you can stop an opponent in their tracks if they are relying on the attacks of Pokemon V (including Pokemon VMAX) and Pokemon-GX. This Ability allows Altaria CPA 49 to take no damage from the attacks of these types of Pokemon.

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This deck doesn't rely on Pokemon like Dedenne-GX UNB 57 or Crobat V DAA 104 as a means of drawing additional cards, because you don't want to give your opponent the opportunity to Knock Out these Pokemon and draw multiple Prize cards. Instead, you'll want to rely on the card drawing power of Marnie SSH 169 and Professor's Research SSH 178, and the Dreamy Revelation Ability of Jirachi VIV 119 to draw additional cards throughout the game.

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Another way you can find the Pokemon you need is the use of any of these cards. Evolution Incense SSH 163 can help you find an Evolution Pokemon from your deck. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find a Basic Pokemon from your deck. Great Ball SSH 164 can help you find any Pokemon, but only if it is in the top seven cards of your deck. If you keep these limitations in mind, you won't have problems finding the Pokemon you need when you need them.

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Boss's Orders RCL 154 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from their Bench. This allows you to determine which Pokemon you'll be attacking, and, unless your opponent has ways of switching their own Pokemon's positions, which of your opponent's Pokemon will be attacking you. Remember this for when you have an Active Altaria CPA 49 and your opponent has a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX on their Bench.

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This final batch of cards are general all-purpose Items that you can use to further your chances of winning. Tool Scrapper RCL 168 can be very helpful against decks that attempt to raise the HP of a Pokemon or reduce the amount of damage a Pokemon takes. Use it to remove things like Cape of Toughness DAA 160 or Metal Goggles TEU 148.

Air Balloon SSH 156 allows you to retreat any of your Pokemon, with the exception of Donphan VIV 87, for free.

Big Charm SSH 158 gives an additional 30 HP to the Pokemon that it is attached to. This can be beneficial by allowing your Donphan VIV 87 to stay in the fight longer, or it can cause your opponent headaches because their combat math is now messed up.

Ordinary Rod SSH 171 is a great way to be able to get additional uses out of your Pokemon that have gotten Knocked Out. Since all of your Pokekmon only provide your opponent with a single Prize card when they get KO'ed, you might find yourself in a spot where you'll need to shuffle Donphan VIV 87 and Phanpy VIV 86 back into your deck to continue the fight.

Finally, Scoop Up Net RCL 165 is great to use to return a copy of Altaria CPA 49 to your hand after it has Knocked Out an opponent's Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX. Use Scoop Up Net RCL 165 to deny your opponent the chance to KO Altaria CPA 49 with a Pokemon that can actually deal damage to it.

Wrapping Up

The combination of Donphan VIV 87, Phanpy VIV 86, and Memory Capsule VIV 155 work very well together, providing a combination of attacks that you can use toward victory.

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 year as I continue my search for innovative decks in the Pokemon TCG. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes


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