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Searching Standard: Galarian Cursola V Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. As we march toward Halloween, I'm continuing to look at some decks in Standard that feature scary Pokemon. This week, I have a deck for you that features Galarian Cursola V CPA 21. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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With Galarian Cursola V CPA 21, you'll want to make it your Active Pokemon as soon as possible so you can take advantage of the damage potential that the Gnawing Aura Ability offers. With it, you'll deal three damage counters to any of your opponent's Pokemon to which they attach an Energy card from their hand. You'll also be able to attack with Galarian Cursola V CPA 21's Hollow Missile attack, which deals 60 damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon, and puts three damage counters onto your opponent's Benched Pokemon in any way you'd like. Use this to score a Knock Out on an already damaged Benched Pokemon and Knock Out multiple Pokemon at once.

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Thanks to the Twilight Eyes Ability, when you evolve Rockruff CEC 123 into Lycanroc-GX TEU 82, you'll be able to discard an Energy that is attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon. By discarding Energy that's already attached, you'll put your opponent into a position where they may need to attach another Energy in order to utilize one of their attacks, setting them up perfectly to take three damage counters from Galarian Cursola V CPA 21's Gnawing Aura Ability. Twilight Eyes also sets up a powerful Splintered Shards-GX attack, which deals 30 damage for each Energy card in your opponent's discard pile.

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This group of Pokemon are all great attackers. Garchomp & Giratina-GX UNM 146 can OHKO (One-Hit Knock Out) nearly any opposing Pokemon with its Calamitous Slash attack, which will deal 240 damage as long as the opponent's Active Pokemon has any damage counters on it. You can also use its Linear Attack attack to deal damage to one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. Lucario V CPA 27 can also deal damage directly to a Benched Pokemon with its Aura Sphere attack. This is another attack that deals damage to both the Active Pokemon and a Benched Pokemon at the same time, allowing you to score multiple Prize cards at once. Marshadow & Machamp-GX UNB 82 can use its Revenge attack to deal 120 damage to an opposing Active Pokemon if one of your Pokemon were Knocked Out on the previous turn.

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This group of Pokemon are typically non-attackers, and are included for their Abilities. Crobat V DAA 104 is a premier means of drawing additional cards, thanks to its Dark Asset Ability. You can use the Happy Match Ability of Eldegoss V RCL 19 to be able to use a Supporter an additional time. Finally, thanks to Mr. Mime TEU 66's Scoop-Up Block Ability, your opponent's Pokemon that have any damage counters on them will be stuck in play, unable to be returned to their owner's hand.

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Both Crushing Hammer SSH 159 and Team Yell Grunt SSH 184 help Galarian Cursola V CPA 21 deal additional damage. With Crushing Hammer SSH 159 and a little luck, you can discard an Energy from any of your opponent's Pokemon. This can help delay their plans, making it easier for you to gain the upper hand. Team Yell Grunt SSH 184 returns an Energy that is attached to any of your opponent's Pokemon to their hand, allowing you to get additional damage in with Galarian Cursola V CPA 21's Gnawing Aura Ability.

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This group of Trainer cards all assist you in finding what you need when you need it. With Quick Ball SSH 179, you'll be able to search your deck for any of your Pokemon except Lycanroc-GX TEU 82. Piers DAA 165 helps you find a copy of Crobat V DAA 104 and any Energy card you might need (not just a basic Energy). Finally, Bede SSH 157 lets you attach an additional basic Energy card from your hand to one of your Pokemon. Since this is in addition to your normal allowance of attaching one Energy card per turn, this will help ramp your Energy up and allow you access to attacks that are more powerful quickly.

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Most decks need ways to draw additional card. This deck is no exception, and it includes full playsets of both Professor's Research SSH 178 and Marnie SSH 169 for this reason.

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Both Boss's Orders RCL 154 and Switch SSH 183 do similar things. Boss's Orders RCL 154 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. Switch SSH 183 does the same thing with your own Pokemon. Both of these cards can be used to help set up easier Knock Outs. Air Balloon SSH 156 offers you the ability to retreat for less Energy. It will be best when it's attached to a copy of Galarian Cursola V CPA 21, allowing it to retreat for free.

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Since attacking is vital to achieving a win, this deck includes a couple of cards that help you attack more effectively. Karate Belt UNM 201 allows you to use attacks with less Energy than normal, as long as your opponent has taken more of their Prize cards than you have. Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 offers a boost to your attack's damage, which increases if your opponent has taken more Prize cards than you have. Both of these cards are terrific when you fall behind during a game.

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Speaking of cards you want when you're behind during a game, Reset Stamp UNM 206 is the best means of catching up to a level of parity with your opponent. Not only does it reset their hand, but it can also slow down their momentum as they might have difficulty finding cards that will allow them to draw even more cards. Reset Stamp UNM 206 can help buy you the time you need to take over during a game.

Wrapping Up

This deck has the potential to be truly terrifying to play against. Imagine needing one more Energy to be able to attack, but not being able to attach that Energy due to Galarian Cursola V CPA 21's Gnawing Aura Ability. That's the ultimate feeling of hopelessness.

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

- Mike Likes

 


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