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Searching Standard: Golurk / Appletun Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week, we're taking a look at a deck that took first place at a tournament in Japan not too long ago. This deck also plays a little differently than most other decks. We'll begin by taking a look at the decklist.

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Golurk CEC 90 is the only attacker in this deck. You'll want to power it up with a Twin Energy RCL 174 right away, so you can begin attacking with it's Fist of Antiquity attack. This will deal 160 damage, as long as you don't have any Supporter cards in your discard pile. For this deck, you'll always deal 160 damage with Fist of Antiquity, since there are no Supporter cards in the deck.

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Without having access to Supporter cards such as Boss's Orders RCL 154 to manipulate your opponent's Pokemon, you'll need to rely on other methods. Custom Catcher LOT 171 can be used as a guaranteed way of switching your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. The same goal can be achieved by using Appletun RCL 23's Delicious Aroma Ability, provided you win a coin flip.

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Both Zebstrika LOT 82's Sprint Ability and Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability can be used as a form of replacement for those Supporters that you would normally use as a means of drawing additional cards.

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While it's still legal in Standard, we might as well get some use out of the Jirachi TEU 99/Escape Board UPR 122 combo. This will allow you to find the Trainer cards (especially certain Items) you'll need, while still being able to retreat back to your Bench for free. Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 acts as an additional Basic Pokemon for any of your Evolution Pokemon to evolve from.

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This group of cards helps you find the Pokemon you need to succeed. Quick Ball SSH 179 helps you find a Basic Pokemon. Evolution Incense SSH 163 can help you find an Evolution Pokemon. Mysterious Treasure FLI 113 can only help you find Golett CEC 89 or Golurk CEC 90. If you remember these limitations, you'll find the Pokemon you need with ease.

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With PokeNav CES 140, you can find any Pokemon from the top three cards of your deck and put it into your hand. If a Pokemon isn't what you need, you can also find an Energy card. Keep in mind that PokeNav CES 140 can get you any Energy card, not just a Basic Energy, so you can find any of the Energy cards in this deck.

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These batch of cards are all Items that you can use to make attacking more detrimental for your opponent. Lucky Egg SSH 167 can be attached to a Pokemon and will give you additional cards when that Pokemon is Knocked Out. Buff Padding TEU 136 can give an additional 50 HP to Golurk CEC 90 when it's attached. Finally, if you have a Spell Tag LOT 190 attached to Golurk CEC 90, you'll deal damage back to the Pokemon that knocked it out or spread that damage around to the other Pokemon on your opponent's team.

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Both Ordinary Rod SSH 171 and Lana's Fishing Rod CEC 195 offer you ways of returning things from your discard pile into your deck. Use these to make sure you have the Pokemon and Items you need.

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You can use Adventure Bag LOT 167 to find the Pokemon Tool cards you need, including Item cards.

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Switch SSH 183 allows you the ability to move your opponent's Active Pokemon to their Bench and move any Benched Pokemon to their Active Position. Use this to set up a favorable attack whenever possible.

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With Chaotic Swell CEC 187, you'll be able to counter an opponent's Stadium card, potentially twice. While it doesn't give you any sort of advantage, it helps put things back to an even playing ground for both players.

Wrapping Up

While this deck may not be as explosive as some other decks, the fact that you can consistently deal 160 damage with each attack means you'll be scoring a Knock Out every other turn on average.

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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