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Searching Standard: Jasmine's Anti-Fire Metal Team Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Last week I discussed a Reshiram & Charizard-GX / Flareon-GX deck and the huge boost that Fire decks have gotten with the release of Unbroken Bonds. This week I have a possible answer to those Fire decks. I found this week’s decklist posted on the PokeBeach Forums by a user named jamashawalker. The decklist is primarily comprised of Metal Type Pokemon, which are usually weak to Fire, but this deck has a plan to counter that weakness and negate the damage potential that an opponent's Fire Type Pokemon can do. Let's start by taking a look at the deck.

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When facing down a Fire deck, Bronzong TEU 101 is exactly what you're looking for. With its Heatproof Ability, you're able to prevent all damage done to Bronzong TEU 101 by attacks from your opponent's Fire Type Pokemon. That can potentially cripple a Fire deck that doesn't have at least one non-Fire Type Pokemon that has the ability to attack. Keep in mind that [[Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20)] can use its Double Blaze GX attack when facing your Bronzong TEU 101, but since only one GX-Attack can be used per game, if you get a second Bronzong TEU 101 set up, you should be good to go. Bronzong TEU 101's Shady Stamp attack normally takes a while to set up, but thanks to the Double Colorless Energy SUM 136 in this deck, you can be dealing out 70 damage and confusing your opponent's Active Pokemon in no time.

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For those times that Fire isn't a concern, Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 is a great attacker. In a deck like this one, you'll want to take advantage of Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack. Making it so that nearly all of your Pokemon take 30 damage less from your opponent's attacks can mean the difference between a close victory and a crushing defeat. Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 have a decent amount of HP and its Steel Fist attack helps you build up towards being able to use Heavy Impact.

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Dusk Mane Necrozma PR-SM SM107 is the Pokemon you want to see if your opponent is playing any Pokemon-GX. For a mere one Metal energy, you can deal 60 damage to any of your opponent's Pokemon-GX, regardless of whether it is their Active Pokemon or just on their Bench. Dusk Mane Necrozma PR-SM SM107 also has the Rusty Claws attack, and while you never want to be in a place where you need the extra damage it can provide, it's nice to know that this attack will hit for 200 damage if your opponent has only one Prize card remaining.

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I list Jirachi TEU 99 and Escape Board UPR 122 alongside each other for a reason. In order to maximize the usage of Jirachi TEU 99 you'll want to make sure you can retreat for free after you use its Stellar Wish Ability by having an Escape Board UPR 122 attached to it. There are a lot of good Trainer cards in this deck to choose from, so you generally won't have any problems when using Stellar Wish.

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Larvitar LOT 115 can deal out a fair amount of damage to any Pokemon that has already been damaged. Jamashawalker indicated that the main reason for the inclusion of Larvitar LOT 115 in this deck was as a means to attack decks featuring Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33. While it may not be a perfect plan, it will deal double damage against a variety of Pokemon with a weakness to Fighting Type Pokemon. Plus, it's better to have a plan than to have no plan, even if it might not be the most powerful solution.

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Jasmine TEU 145 is definitely a card you're hoping to see in your opening hand. If that happens and you're going second, you can pick through your deck for five Metal Type Pokemon of your choice. You'll be able to get as many copies of Bronzong TEU 101 and Bronzor TEU 100 that you need to fight against Fire decks, or you can pick out other Pokemon you have depending on what your opponent has in play. Even if you don't get the maximum effect from playing her on your first turn, Jasmine TEU 145 still allows you to find one Metal Type Pokemon from your deck later in the game with no drawback at all (other than the drawback of only being able to play one Supporter per turn).

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All of these cards help you draw additional cards, and that equates to card advantage. Usually the person who draws the most cards from their deck has a better chance of winning, and that's what makes these cards so important.

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With Guzma BUS 115, you're able to set up favorable attacks for yourself. You can also use Guzma BUS 115 to switch out your own Jirachi TEU 99 after you've used its Stellar Wish Ability and has fallen Asleep. This is a good way to use Jirachi TEU 99 when you don't have an Escape Board UPR 122.

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As you can see, there is an abundance of Supporters in this deck. Lt. Surge's Strategy UNB 178 happens to be another in the long list of Supporters, but it does allow you to play two additional Supporters on your turn. What kind of weird, broken combo can you set up with Lt. Surge's Strategy UNB 178 and two other Supporters?

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Since this deck is all about reducing the damage your Pokemon are taking, you'll likely end up having some Pokemon sitting around with damage on them. That's where Acerola BUS 112 comes into play. She helps you avoid KO's and keeps the number of Prize cards your opponent takes down. Acerola BUS 112 also allows you to attach items that you've placed on your Pokemon to a different Pokemon, if you want to do that.

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Nest Ball SUM 123 and Ultra Ball SUM 135 are pretty standard ways to search your deck for the Pokemon you need. Since the majority of your Pokemon are Basic Pokemon, Nest Ball SUM 123 is almost equally as good in this deck as Ultra Ball SUM 135 is.

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Here's all of the Items in this deck. Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 helps out the majority of your Pokemon by reducing the damage those Pokemon will take by 30 damage and also negating their weakness to Fire Type Pokemon. Adventure Bag LOT 167 helps you find your copies of Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 easier. Choice Band GRI 121 is specifically useful against decks using Pokemon-GX, but can otherwise be discarded in order to play Ultra Ball SUM 135.

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With Power Plant UNB 183 you have an insurance policy against any Abilities your opponent's Pokemon-GX might have. Since your only Pokemon-GX, Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120, has no Ability, Power Plant UNB 183 won't negatively affect you in any way. Mt. Coronet UPR 130 is a great way for you to be able to "recycle" Metal energy that has gone to your discard pile, usually because the Pokemon it was attached to was knocked out.

Wrapping Up

Is this the ultimate deck to play against a Fire deck? Maybe, or maybe not. I'll admit, this list looks interesting and I'm interested in building it to see how it does.

Thank you to PokeBeach forum user jamashawalker 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 you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. 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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