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Searching Standard: Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX Fairy Type Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. A few weeks ago, an announcement was made regarding Standard rotation. It's happening on September 10, 2021, and will leave cards marked with D & E Set Legality Symbols as our Standard card pool. It was also announced that as of this date, Fairy Energy 9 will no longer be playable in Standard. This shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone playing the TCG, though, as Fairy Type Pokemon have been reclassified as other types since the release of Sword and Shield. For those of you that want to make the most out of the time you have remaining with Fairy Type Pokemon, I have a deck for you to try out. It comes from YouTuber, The Slowpoke Well, and it features Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130. Let's take a look at the deck.

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Obviously, Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130 is the main attacker in this deck. By using its Fairy Song attack, you'll be able to accelerate the Energy attached to your other Benched copies of Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130. Its Kaleidostorm attack will be the attack used most often, though, and it will deal a modest 150 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. This attack also allows you to move any Energy attached to your Pokemon to your other Pokemon in any way you'd like. This allows you to ensure that you'll always have a backup attacker powered up and ready to go.

Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130 also has the Magical Miracle-GX attack that you can use. This attack will deal 200 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. As long as you have a minimum of six Fairy Energy 9 attached to Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130, this attack will also force your opponent to shuffle their hand into their deck. If you're able to use this attack at the right time, you can seriously disrupt your opponent's plans, potentially leaving their team with no means of attacking.

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After leaving your opponent without a hand, thanks to Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130's Magical Miracle-GX attack, you'll want to keep them from being able to attack. You can do this with the help of Fan of Waves BST 127 and Crushing Hammer SSH 159. Both of these Items allow you the chance to remove an Energy that has been attached to one of your opponent's Pokemon. With a little luck, you can leave your opponent helpless for a few turns, allowing you to keep up the pressure by attacking each turn.

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This next pair of cards help you control the amount of Energy you have in play. Energy Spinner UNB 170 is best played on your first turn if you go second, but it's still worth playing if you can't meet this requirement. With Tag Switch UNM 209, you'll be able to move up to two Energy from one of your Pokemon to another, without the need of attacking with Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130's Kaleidostorm attack.

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Both of these next cards help you in combat. Vitality Band SSH 185 allows you to deal an additional 10 damage when you attack. That can help make sure you're able to Knock Out most other Pokemon with two attacks. Island Challenge Amulet CEC 194 lowers the HP of the Pokemon it is attached to by 100 HP, but it also will reduce the number of Prize cards your opponent will take when they Knock Out the Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130 it's attached to by one.

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Our next pair of cards offer you the ability to choose which of your opponent's Pokemon will be their Active Pokemon. Boss's Orders RCL 154 is the more versatile of these two cards, allowing you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with any Pokemon from their Bench. Great Catcher CEC 192, while similar, can only move a Pokemon-GX from their Bench to their Active Spot. Great Catcher CEC 192 does allow you the ability to discard two cards, which might prove to be useful in corner cases, but not often. If I were to make any changes to this deck, I would replace Great Catcher CEC 192 with another copy of Boss's Orders RCL 154.

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This group of cards all help you move your Pokemon around. By playing Mallow & Lana CEC 198, you'll be able to move your Active Pokemon to your Bench, healing them of 120 damage if you discard two cards from your hand. Switch SSH 183 simply allows you to swap the places of your Active Pokemon and a Pokemon from your Bench. Finally, with a copy of Air Balloon SSH 156 attached to Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130, you'll be able to retreat for free.

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There are a lot of Supporter cards in this deck that you might want to play again and again. You can do this with the help of Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189. Playing this Tag Team Supporter is also a great way to draw three additional cards. Speaking of drawing cards, Coach Trainer UNM 192 will always allow you to draw four cards when played in this deck.

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We've reached the part of this deck that focuses on Stadium cards. While Power Plant UNB 183 can help you against certain decks that attempt to utilize the Abilities of their Pokemon-GX (most notably the Dedechange Ability of Dedenne-GX UNB 57), you might find this Stadium to be useless against other decks. Conversely, Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star TEU 158 will almost always make your opponent's attacks require additional Energy to use. With the help of Guzma & Hala CEC 193, you'll be able to search your deck for a Stadium card to put into your hand. It's usually beneficial to discard two other cards when you play Guzma & Hala CEC 193 to be able to also search for a Pokemon Tool and a Special Energy card as well.

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Since Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130 doesn't have an Ability, you'll be free to play Green's Exploration UNB 175 at any time. This allows you to search your deck for any two Trainer cards to put into your hand. This can be a great way to find a pair of Crushing Hammer SSH 159's to keep Energy away from your opponent's Pokemon. Tag Call CEC 206 can be a great way of finding a copy or two of Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130 if you need them, but it can also help you find the Tag Team Trainer cards that will help this deck run better.

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The final two cards in this deck are included for certain situations. Reset Stamp UNM 206 helps you catch up if you fall behind on taking Prize cards. You can often mount a comeback by playing this card, as it limits the number of cards in your opponent's hand and they will usually need to rely on the luck of their draw to find the things they need. Tool Scrapper RCL 168 can really help you out against a deck that attaches a lot of Pokemon Tools, but against other decks, it might be useless.

Wrapping Up

Whether or not you're a fan of the Fairy type, I encourage you to give this deck a try. When things go according to plan, playing against this deck can be extremely frustrating.

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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