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Searching Standard: Dragapult VMAX / Gengar Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 has been hyped as being one of the best Pokemon to come out of Rebel Clash. This weeks deck shows us just how good it is. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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With its Max Phantom attack, Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 can deal 130 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon for only two Energy. That's a pretty good rate of return. Max Phantom also puts five damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon in any way you like. You could place them on the opponent's Active Pokemon, effectively dealing a total of 180 damage, or you can put them onto one or more of the opponent's Benched Pokemon, spreading out the damage and allowing you to get multiple Knock Outs in a single turn.

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Gengar SSH 85's Life Shaker Ability allows us to keep Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 in the fray longer. It lets us move damage from any Psychic Type Pokemon (usually Dragapult VMAX RCL 93) to any of our other Psychic Type Pokemon. Since Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 has a very robust 320 HP, you'll be able to deal out 180 damage for quite a long time thanks to Life Shaker.

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These Pokemon are the targets of the damage we'll be moving from Dragapult VMAX RCL 93. By moving the damage onto Giratina LOT 97, you'll be able to knock it out. You can then bring it back to your Bench with its Distortion Door Ability, which will also allow you to place a damage counter on two of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. Marshadow UNB 81 can be used to soak up 70 damage before you discard it to discard any Stadium in play, thanks to its Resetting Hole Ability. Finally, Mewtwo UNB 75 has the Mind Report Ability, which allows you to put a Supporter card from your discard pile on top of your deck. All of these Pokemon also have attacks that can be used in a pinch, although none should be used as your primary attacker.

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Dedenne-GX UNB 57 serves one purpose only in this deck, and that is to allow you to draw additional cards with its Dedechange Ability. You'll never be able to attack with Dedenne-GX UNB 57, so only make it your Active Pokemon if you need to stall for a turn or two while building up the rest of your team.

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Once you have moved the damage away from Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 and placed it on one of your other Psychic Type Pokemon, you may not want to Knock Out that Pokemon and give your opponent a Prize card. If that's the case, you can use Scoop Up Net RCL 165 to put that Pokemon back into your hand. Doing so allows you another chance to use an Ability that happens when the Pokemon comes into play.

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You'll want to be able to find the Pokemon you need when you need them, and that's exactly what this next grouping of cards does. Quick Ball SSH 179 can only be used to find a Basic Pokemon, while Evolution Incense SSH 163 can only find an Evolution Pokemon. Mysterious Treasure FLI 113 can find both. Keep those limitations in mind when searching.

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By using Rare Candy SSH 180, you'll be able to evolve Gastly SSH 83 straight into Gengar SSH 85. Doing so helps speed things up, so you can start using Gengar SSH 85's Life Shaker Ability right away.

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This grouping of cards all allow you to draw additional cards from your deck. Cynthia UPR 119 and Marnie SSH 169 shuffle your current hand back into your deck, allowing you the chance to draw those cards again in the future. Professor's Research SSH 178 forces you to discard your hand prior to drawing seven new cards, so make sure to play everything you need to prior to playing Professor's Research SSH 178.

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In the event that some Pokemon or Basic Energy cards make their way to your discard pile, there is a single copy of Ordinary Rod SSH 171 that you can use to shuffle them back into your deck. 

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With Boss's Orders RCL 154, you can switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from their Bench. Since it's likely that you'll be placing damage counters on your opponent's Benched Pokemon, you can use this to set up an easy Knock Out.

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Power Plant UNB 183 is a great card against certain decks, and will have no effect against other decks. Since we've started seeing a shift from Pokemon-GX to more Pokemon V, this might end up being a card that you'll have no problems discarding when you play cards that require you to discard cards.

Wrapping Up

Dealing a total of 180 damage for only two Energy is no joke. As you can see, Dragapult VMAX RCL 93 seems to be the real deal, and in a deck like this, that's dedicated to keeping it in play for as long as possible, you should have no problems winning games.

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 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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