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Searching Standard: Glaceon-GX / Welder Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. As time marches closer to the release of Sword and Shield, I continue my search for fun, innovative decks to play in Standard. This week, I have for you a deck that was posted to the PokeBeach Forums by a user named Pokeman. They shared this deck because they've had such good luck with it. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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Glaceon-GX UPR 39's Freezing Glare Ability is the ultimate nullifier of other Pokemon-GX Abilities. If you have a bunch of Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 decks in your area, Glaceon-GX UPR 39 will give you an edge playing against them. With Frost Bullet, you'll be able to attack your opponent's Active Pokemon while also dealing damage to one of their Benched Pokemon as well. You can use that damage to set up Polar Spear GX on a later turn.

The Ascension DNA Ability of Eevee-GX PR-SM SM174 allows you to heal all of the damage Eevee-GX PR-SM SM174 has taken when you evolve it by playing an evolution from your hand. That allows you the possibility of negating the damage of an attack or two from your opponent.

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Sylveon CEC 155's Moonblast attack allows you to deal a little damage and avoid taking a little damage on your opponent's turn. Its Beloved Pulse attack has the ability to deal 160 damage if you happen to play one of your three Tag Team Supporters on that turn. Sylveon CEC 155 is best used against decks featuring Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156.

With Vaporeon CEC 42 your Glaceon-GX UPR 39 will get an extra 60 HP with it in play, thanks to the Vitality Cheer Ability. Vaporeon CEC 42 also can use Refreshing Rain to deal 60 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon while simultaneously healing each of your Pokemon in play of 30 damage. This can allow your team to stay alive longer than normal which can put a strain on your opponent's resources. You can even outlast an opponent that you might otherwise have trouble defeating.

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Jirachi TEU 99 is one of the most used cards currently in Standard, and for good reason. Its Stellar Wish Ability allows you to find any Trainer from the top five cards of your deck and put it into your hand. While you can only use this Ability if Jirachi TEU 99 is your Active Pokemon, you can easily switch Jirachi TEU 99 with one of your Benched Pokemon thanks to the help of Escape Board UPR 122. Escape Board UPR 122 will allow Jirachi TEU 99 to retreat for free even while Asleep. Stellar Wish is the only reason for Jirachi TEU 99 , though, as you don't have any necessary Metal Energy 8 needed to attack with its Slap attack.

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With Alolan Ninetales TEU 111, you'll be protected from any of the attacks of your opponent's Pokemon-GX. Against Pokemon like Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130, you'll be able to have quite an advantage. While Aurora Beam only deals 80 damage for three Energy, that damage will add up over time, especially against decks playing lots of Pokemon-GX. Keep in mind that the only way to get Alolan Ninetales TEU 111 into play is by evolving Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 since there are no copies of Alolan Vulpix in this deck.

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With Giratina LOT 97's Distortion Door Ability, you'll be able to place 2 damage counters on one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon when you play Giratina LOT 97 to your Bench from your discard pile. This is a great way to spread damage counters around various Pokemon on your opponent's team.

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If you've managed to put damage counters on some of the Benched Pokemon of your opponent's team, it can be tough for them to decide which Pokemon to make Active, especially with Mimikyu-GX LOT 149 in play. Let's Snuggle & Fall can deal out a lot of damage if the opponent's Active Pokemon has a few damage counters already on them. Keep this attack in mind when deciding where to place damage counters on your opponent's Benched Pokemon.

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Dedenne-GX UNB 57 serves one purpose only in this deck and that is hand replenishment. Since you'll never be able to attack with Dedenne-GX UNB 57, you'll want to make the most out of using its Dedechange Ability.

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Marshadow UNB 81 is another situational Pokemon in this deck. Against decks that require having a specific Stadium card in play, you'll want to utilize Marshadow UNB 81's Resetting Hole Ability to allow you to discard any Stadium in play. If your opponent happens to be playing a deck filled with Ultra Beasts, using Marshadow UNB 81's Red Knuckles attack allows you to deal out 70 damage for a single Energy.

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Unless you're new to the game, it should come as no surprise that Welder UNB 189 has proven itself to be quite possibly the best Supporter card in Standard. Energy acceleration plus card draw is extremely powerful. There are a couple of other options that allow you to draw cards in this deck, though. Cynthia UPR 119 allows you to shuffle back an otherwise sub-optimal hand into your deck for six new cards. Erika's Hospitality HIF 56 is a bit more situational, dependent on the amount of Benched Pokemon your opponent has in play.

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Both Cherish Ball UNM 191 and Pokemon Communication TEU 152 offer you the ability to search your deck for specific Pokemon you need. Since you're limited to only finding Pokemon-GX with Cherish Ball UNM 191, you'll likely want to find the other Pokemon you need with Pokemon Communication TEU 152, unless you absolutely need to find a Pokemon-GX.

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Viridian Forest TEU 156 offers you a way to find the specific type of Energy you need at the cost of discarding a card from your hand. When possible, you should discard Giratina LOT 97 for this cost, since you can play Giratina LOT 97 to your Bench from your discard pile.

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Since you'll want to be able to accelerate your Energy as much as possible, you'll want a way to find your copies of Welder UNB 189 as quickly as possible. That's where Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 comes into play. It can also help find other important Supporter cards as well, but you'll probably use it most often to find Welder UNB 189 since it both ramps up your Energy and draws you additional cards.

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Both Mallow & Lana CEC 198 and Switch CES 147 allow you to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. Use this to set up favorable attacks or to keep one of your Pokemon from being Knocked Out. With Mallow & Lana CEC 198, you can also heal 120 damage from the Pokemon you move to your Bench by discarding two other cards. This allows you to get specific cards into your discard pile and extend the life of your Pokemon in play.

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By using Great Catcher CEC 192, you'll be able to move one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon-GX to the Active Pokemon position. Use this to set up a favorable attack that will allow you to take multiple Prize cards.

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Since this deck plays three different types of basic Energy, you can use Energy Recycle System CES 128 to make sure you always have the Energy you need when you need it. It works best in conjunction with Viridian Forest TEU 156, but in a pinch you can use it to get a single Energy back from your discard pile.

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Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 will most often be used to get a copy of Welder UNB 189 from your discard pile back into your hand so you can play it again next turn, but there are honestly a lot of other great Supporters you could get back if you wanted to. Lana's Fishing Rod CEC 195 is another card that allows you to return cards from your discard pile to your deck, which is helpful if you needed to discard something early in the game that could be very useful later on.

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Reset Stamp UNM 206 is a Standard staple, appearing in most decks. It allows you to halt your opponent's progress when they're ahead, allowing you the chance to catch up.

Wrapping Up

As this deck proves, Welder UNB 189 is one of the most powerful Supporters currently in Standard. It allows decks like this one that have no Fire Type Pokemon to play a full playset of Welder UNB 189 along with some Fire Energy 2 to power up these non-Fire Type Pokemon. We'll have to see if decks in the future remain as reliant on this powerful Supporter. (Speaking of the future, check out my new column, Flash Forward, to see some decks that will be Standard legal with the release of the next upcoming set.)

Thank you to PokeBeach Forum user Pokeman for posting this decklist.

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 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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