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Searching Standard: Entei / Clefable Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Now that Rebel Clash has officially been released, we're taking a look at some decks that can be built using these new cards. We continue that journey this week by taking a look at a deck featuring the combo of Entei LOT 47 and Clefable RCL 75. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Entei LOT 47 has the Eruption attack that will do 80 damage as a minimum. If you could somehow manipulate either your deck or your opponent's deck into having an Energy card on top of it, you'll be able to deal additional damage. I wonder if this deck is built to take advantage of this? (Hint: It is.)

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The way to ensure you can always deal a minimum of 140 damage with Entei LOT 47's Eruption attack is with the use of Clefable RCL 75's Prankish Ability. This Ability allows you to put an Energy that's attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon on top of their deck whenever you evolve Clefairy RCL 74 into Clefable RCL 75. Since this only works when you evolve, a few copies of Scoop Up Net RCL 165 are included to allow you to evolve additional times.

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This grouping of Pokemon are included in the deck for their Abilities that allow you to gain extra cards. Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability gives you the potential to deal 200 damage when you use Entei LOT 47's Eruption attack. It's also like having an extra card in your hand at all times. Jirachi TEU 99's Stellar Wish Ability can be used to help you find the Trainer cards you need to run smoothly. There's no Escape Board UPR 122 included in this deck, however, because you're not concerned about letting Jirachi TEU 99 get Knocked Out (as you'll see soon). Finally, thanks to Dedenne-GX UNB 57's Dedechange Ability, you'll be able to draw additional cards, allowing you the card advantage you'll need to win.

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As I mentioned earlier, you're not concerned if Jirachi TEU 99 gets Knocked Out thanks to the Revenge Blast attack of Dubwool V RCL 153. You have the potential to deal out a whopping 270 damage with this attack, which is generally enough to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon.

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Against some opponent's, Ninetales V RCL 26 is a threat like no other. With its Nine-Tailed Shapeshifter attack, you'll be able to use any of your opponent's Active Pokemon's attacks against them. That means for only three Energy, you have access to attacks that usually require much more Energy. By using this attack, you'll usually be able to score at least one Knock Out.

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Every deck needs ways to find the Pokemon you need in order to run smoothly. That's the purpose of this grouping of cards.

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Ordinary Rod SSH 171 allows you the ability to shuffle up to two Pokemon and two Energy from your discard pile into your deck. This can allow you additional uses of Clefable RCL 75's Prankish Ability or Dedenne-GX UNB 57's Dedechange Ability. It also helps you recover some of the cards you discard when you play things like Quick Ball SSH 179.

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Both Custom Catcher LOT 171 and Switch SSH 183 are tricks you can use to set up favorable attacks. Custom Catcher LOT 171 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, allowing you to bring up something weak. Switch SSH 183 allows you to bring up someone from your Bench to your Active Position, allowing you to bring in someone fully powered up with the Energy needed to perform huge attacks.

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I mentioned earlier that card advantage allows players to more easily win. Marnie SSH 169 helps you gain that card advantage by allowing you to draw additional cards, giving you more possibility to draw the cards you'll need to win.

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Since this deck utilizes Fire-Type Pokemon as it's main attackers, it should be no surprise to see this grouping of cards included in this deck. Welder UNB 189 is possibly the best Supporter currently in Standard, allowing you to draw additional cards as well as ramping up your Energy. Giant Hearth UNM 197 allows for easier access to Fire Energy 2. If you already have an abundance of Fire Energy 2, you can discard some of it to Heat Factory Prism Star LOT 178 as a way to draw additional cards. Just remember, Stadiums can be used by both players, so you might want to hold onto these if your opponent is also playing with Fire Energy 2.

Wrapping Up

It should come as no surprise that Fire-Type Decks are still powerful in the Rebel Clash era. All of the tools that enabled them are still prevalent, but the Pokemon they use can now be a bit more varied.

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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