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Searching Standard: Greedent VMAX / Inteleon Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard, where each and every week I look for new, innovative decks for you to play in Standard. This week, I have a deck for you that was recently played by YouTuber, LittleDarkFury. It focuses on Greedent VMAX FST 218's potential to take additional Prize cards when it scores a Knock Out. Let's take a look at the deck.

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When you Knock Out your opponent's Active Pokemon with Greedent VMAX FST 218's Turn a Profit attack, you'll be able to take an additional two Prize cards. Since Turn a Profit only deals 30 damage, you might need some extra help to Knock Out the more chonky Pokemon V that your opponent has in play. Alternatively, you can try to target a Pokemon your opponent has in play that normally would only give you one Prize card when it is Knocked Out. Doing this means, you only need to Knock Out two of your opponent's Pokemon in order to take all of your Prize cards and win the game.

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Inteleon CRE 43 can help you out quite a bit by using its Quick Shooting Ability to place two damage counters on any of your opponent's Pokemon. While working your way to evolving into Inteleon CRE 43, you might be able to use Drizzile SSH 56's Shady Dealings Ability to find a Trainer card you can use to switch out one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon with their Active Pokemon. Inteleon SSH 58 also has a Shady Dealings Ability, but it can search for two Trainer cards instead of just one.

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Suicune V EVS 31 is a great backup attacker. While it is in your Active Spot, you'll be able to draw a card during your turn. You can also attack with its Blizzard Rondo attack to deal a maximum of 220 damage (unless you're facing Eternatus VMAX DAA 117's expanded Bench, in which case you'll deal even more damage).

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As with most decks, you'll need to use some Pokemon Items to help find the Pokemon you need. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find any Basic Pokemon from within your deck. Evolution Incense SSH 163 helps you find any Evolution Pokemon from within your deck that you need. Level Ball BST 129 can only find a Pokemon with 90 HP or fewer, so it's a bit more limiting.

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Most decks also play Supporters to help them draw additional cards, allowing you to have access to more of your cards. Professor's Research CEL 23 allows you to draw seven cards, but at the cost of discarding your current hand. Marnie CPA 56, on the other hand, isn't used as much to help you draw new cards (although she can certainly help do that), but more as a means to slow down your opponent's momentum by resetting their hand. Any plans they had made will now be out the window and they'll need to reformulate their plan based on their new (and hopefully smaller) hand of cards.

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A lot of decks also run cards that help them get the Energy they need, so they can ensure that they'll always be able to attack effectively. Capacious Bucket RCL 156 allows you to search your deck for up to two Water Energy 3 cards to put into your hand. This helps you not miss attaching an Energy each turn. Once you have some Water Energy 3 in your discard pile, you can begin utilizing Melony CRE 146 and Raihan EVS 152. Melony CRE 146 lets you attach a Water Energy 3 from your discard pile to one of your Pokemon V and then draw three cards. Raihan EVS 152 can only be played on your turn after one of your Pokemon was Knocked Out. He also allows you to attach a Basic Energy card from your discard pile to any of your Pokemon. By doing this, you can also search your deck for any card to put into your hand. This can really help get you back into the game even though you just suffered a KO.

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This next batch of cards is very helpful when attacking. Boss's Orders SHF 58 allows you to choose one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon to move to their Active Spot. By choosing a Pokemon you can Knock Out with Greedent VMAX FST 218's Turn a Profit attack, you'll score some extra Prizes. Toy Catcher EVS 163 is similar to Boss's Orders SHF 58, except you can only switch a Benched Pokemon if it has 50 HP or less remaining. Echoing Horn CRE 136 can be used to return a Pokemon to your opponent's Bench from their discard pile that has low HP and can easily be Knocked Out a second time. It's also a great way to fill up a spot on your opponent's Bench with a Pokemon they might not get any value from.

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Spongy Gloves FST 243 can be attached to a Pokemon to provide them additional damage when attacking a Water Type Pokemon. This extra bit of damage can help Greedent VMAX FST 218 Knock Out more opposing Pokemon easier.

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The final Trainer in this deck is Escape Rope BST 125, which can help you from losing one of your Pokemon when your opponent would make their next attack. It's also very useful when the Pokemon on your opponent's Bench all have damage counters on them and are susceptible to being Knocked out by Greedent VMAX FST 218's Turn a Profit attack.

Wrapping Up

Greedent VMAX FST 218 is an alpha predator versus Pokemon with low HP. If you have a Greedent VMAX FST 218 powered up, your opponent might hesitate from playing a Basic Pokemon, as you might be able to bring it to their Active Spot and KO it on your next turn. If you want to play a deck that can make your opponent sweat, give this one a try.

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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