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Searching Standard: Grimmsnarl VMAX & Hydreigon Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Shining Fates has brought shiny versions of some of our favorite Pokemon. One of these Pokemon is Grimmsnarl VMAX SHF-SV SV117. This week I have a deck for you featuring Grimmsnarl VMAX SHF-SV SV117 that was played by a YouTuber named LittleDarkFury. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Grimmsnarl VMAX DAA 115 is the main attacker in this deck. With its G-Max Drill attack, if you have a couple of extra Darkness Energy 7, you'll be able to deal 270 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. While that might not be enough to Knock Out certain Pokemon, it is enough damage to KO many of them. You can add an additional 10 damage if you have a Vitality Band SSH 185 attached when you attack.

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Since Grimmsnarl VMAX DAA 115's G-Max Drill attack requires so much Energy to use to its fullest, you'll want to use Hydreigon DAA 110's Dark Squall Ability to help accelerate your Energy. Dark Squall allows you to attach as many Darkness Energy 7 as you would like from your hand to any of your Pokemon, attaching them one at a time. With a little luck, you can have Grimmsnarl VMAX DAA 115 fully powered on your second turn.

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The pair of Spiritomb UNB 112 and Yveltal TEU 95 are your backup attackers for this deck. Spiritomb UNB 112 can use its Building Spite Ability to place damage counters on itself allowing you to attack with its Anguish Cry attack more effectively. Yveltal TEU 95 can use either Derail or Clutch. Both attacks only deal a small amount of damage, but both only require a low amount of Energy to use.

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Both Crobat V DAA 104 and Dedenne-GX UNB 57 are included in this deck for their Abilities, which allow you to draw additional cards, thereby finding the Darkness Energy 7 you'll need for attacking much easier.

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With Rare Candy SSH 180, you'll be able to evolve Deino DAA 108 into Hydreigon DAA 110 without needing to evolve into Zweilous DAA 109 first. You'll be able to find a copy of Hydreigon DAA 110 easier by using Evolution Incense SSH 163 to search for it within your deck. You can also find a copy of Grimmsnarl VMAX DAA 115 with Evolution Incense SSH 163 if you need one.

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Since this deck relies on having two evolved Pokemon in play in order to run smoothly, you'll need tools that you can use to find the Pokemon you need easier. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find any Basic Pokemon you might need. If you need anything else, you can trade in a Pokemon from your hand for a different one from your deck with Pokemon Communication TEU 152.

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In order to maximize your attacks, you can use both Switch SSH 183 and Boss's Orders RCL 154 to move Pokemon around. Switch SSH 183 allows you to move a fully powered Pokemon from your Bench to your Active Spot. Boss's Orders RCL 154 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, allowing you an easier opportunity to score a Knock Out.

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This batch of cards all offer you ways of drawing additional cards. Since they're all Supporter cards, you'll only be able to play one of them per turn. They will all help you find the Pokemon and Energy cards you need for the deck to run smoothly easier.

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The final card in this deck is Energy Retrieval SSH 160. By using Energy Retrieval SSH 160, you'll be able to get additional use out of up to two Energy cards that have gone to your discard pile. Most Pokemon decks run very lean on Energy, which makes cards like this very important.

Wrapping Up

The Hydreigon DAA 110 Energy engine in this deck has the potential to work well with nearly any other Dark Type Pokemon. What Pokemon would you like to see it paired with?

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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