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Searching Standard: Doublade / Greedent Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Every week I look for exciting, innovative decks for you to play. This week is no exception, and I have a deck for you that deals additional damage based on the amount of Pokemon Tools in play. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck itself.

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With Doublade TEU 108's Tool Drop attack, you'll be able to deal 30 damage for each Pokemon Tool card attached to any Pokemon in play. For that reason, you'll want to make sure that you have as many Pokemon Tools attached to your team as possible. That way, you can guarantee dealing 180 damage as long as you have a full bench and a Pokemon Tool attached to each of your Pokemon. If your opponent also has any Pokemon Tools attached to their team, you'll get additional bonus damage.

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In order to make sure you're able to put six Pokemon Tools in play, you will want to use Greedent RCL 152's Greedy Tail Ability. This will allow you to search your deck for a Pokemon Tool to put into your hand. There are a variety of Pokemon Tools in this deck, which we'll go over later on, and you should have no problem finding one to play.

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Since this deck relies on Evolution Pokemon, we have a copy of Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 that can be used for an easy evolution. You can use it to evolve into Doublade TEU 108 or Greedent RCL 152. Just try to make sure that you have a copy of each of these Evolution's so your deck will run smoothly.

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Mew UNB 76 is included in this deck as a means of protecting the Pokemon on your Bench. Thanks to its Bench Barrier Ability, damage cannot be done to your Benched Pokemon by your opponent's attacks. In a pinch, you can also attack with Mew UNB 76's Psypower attack, but this should only be done as a last resort since it only deals 3 damage counters and all of the Energy in this deck provides multiple Energy for the more powerful attacks.

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These 14 cards are all of the Pokemon Tools in this deck. Even if you were to find yourself with all six of your Prize cards being Pokemon Tools, there will still be an abundance left in your deck for you to find. Each Pokemon Tool provides a different function, so when choosing which to find, you'll want to consider the game state carefully. There's usually no one correct choice that can be made, but there could be many incorrect choices that will do nothing for you currently.

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Since this deck wants to get specific Pokemon into play as quickly as possible, we have a variety of cards that can help find the Pokemon you need when you need it. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find a Basic Pokemon. Evolution Incense SSH 163 can help you find the Evolution Pokemon you need. And, Great Ball SSH 164 can find either a Basic Pokemon or an Evolution Pokemon. Keep those restrictions in mind when searching with Great Ball SSH 164.

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Since all decks need ways to draw additional cards, this next batch of cards have been included. Both Cynthia UPR 119 and Marnie SSH 169 allow you to shuffle your current hand back into your deck before drawing a new hand. Professor's Research SSH 178, though, forces you to discard your current hand prior to drawing new cards. Make sure you play everything from your hand before playing Professor's Research SSH 178, as there aren't many ways to get cards back from your discard pile.

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Speaking of getting cards back from your discard pile, Ordinary Rod SSH 171 does just that. There's only two copies of Ordinary Rod SSH 171 in this deck, though, so you'll only be able to return a few Pokemon and a few Energy back to your deck.

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Shrine of Punishment CES 143 is a Stadium that you can play as a way to remove an opponent's Stadium from play. It can also be used if you find yourself against a deck using any Pokemon-GX, but there are now a variety of decks that don't use Pokemon-GX in favor of playing only Pokemon V's or even regular non-GX/non-V Pokemon, so this card might not have any effect when you play it.

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Normally I don't discuss the Energy found within decks, but I'm making an exception for this deck. Whenever possible, you'll want to attach the Twin Energy RCL 174 to Doublade TEU 108 and the Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 to Greedent RCL 152. Remember, though, that the Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 will be discarded at the end of the turn that it is attached, so don't attach it unless you plan on attacking with Greedent RCL 152's Tail Smack attack that turn.

Wrapping Up

While you can only guarantee that you'll have Pokemon Tools attached to your Pokemon, when you run across another deck that takes advantage of having a lot of Pokemon Tools in play, you won't forget it. If you try this deck out, let me know in the comments what the most damage you get up to when using Doublade TEU 108's Tool Drop attack.

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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