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Searching Standard: Lapras VMAX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week is Christmas, and my gift to you is another fun deck that you can try out when playing against your friends or at a local tournament, (whenever they start back up). Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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By using Lapras VMAX SSH 50's G-Max Pump attack, you'll be able to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon in a single shot. The caveat to this is that your damage with this attack is directly related to the amount of Water Energy 3 you have attached to Lapras VMAX SSH 50. With three Water Energy 3 attached (the minimum required to use this attack), you'll deal 180 damage. It will take an additional four Water Energy 3 to be able to deal 300 damage, so without having a way to accelerate the amount of Energy you can attach in a turn, you might need to settle for getting a KO every other turn.

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Did someone say 'Energy acceleration'? Never fear! Frosmoth SSH 64 is here! With Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability, you'll be able to attach as much Water Energy 3 as you'd like during your turn. This amount is only limited by the amount of Water Energy 3 cards in your hand. With this Ability, you'll be able to use high-powered attacks much quicker than your opponent, giving you an edge.

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Lapras TEU 31 is a single-Prize attacker, meaning that your opponent will only take a single Prize card if Lapras TEU 31 gets Knocked Out. Lapras TEU 31 also has the Hydro Pump attack, which is a less powerful version of Lapras VMAX SSH 50's G-Max Pump attack. This attack requires only a single Energy to use, and it deals 10 damage plus an additional 30 damage for each Water Energy 3 attached to Lapras TEU 31.

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Keldeo-GX UNM 47 is a decent alternate attacker. With its Sonic Edge attack, you'll be able to deal 110 damage pretty consistently. It's also nice to make Keldeo-GX UNM 47 your Active Pokemon when your opponent is relying on Pokemon-GX, thanks to its Pure Heart Ability. Keldeo-GX UNM 47 really shines against decks featuring Eternatus VMAX DAA 117 due to Keldeo-GX UNM 47's Resolute Blade-GX attack.

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Both Crobat V DAA 104 and Dedenne-GX UNB 57 are utility Pokemon, simply being included in this deck for their card drawing Abilities. Crobat V DAA 104's Dark Asset Ability allows you to refill your hand to six cards when you play Crobat V DAA 104 onto your Bench. Likewise, when you play Dedenne-GX UNB 57, you can discard your hand and draw a completely new hand of six cards, thanks to Dedenne-GX UNB 57's Dedechange Ability.

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This batch of Trainer cards are, perhaps, the most important of any Trainers in this deck. Capacious Bucket RCL 156 allows you to search your deck for up to two Water Energy 3 to put into your hand. This enables quick starts in conjunction with Frosmoth SSH 64. Training Court RCL 169 allows you to reuse your Water Energy 3 that has gone to your discard pile. Finally, Nessa VIV 157 allows you to reuse any Water Type Pokemon or Water Energy 3 in your discard pile.

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With this batch of cards, you'll be able to find the Pokemon you need with ease. Quick Ball SSH 179 and Evolution Incense SSH 163 allow you to search your deck for the Pokemon you need, while Pokemon Communication TEU 152 allows you to trade a Pokemon you have in your hand with a different Pokemon from your deck.

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There will come a time during a game that you'll need to draw additional cards in order to have more options. That's where Marnie SSH 169 and Professor's Research SSH 178 come in. They'll help you find the additional Water Energy 3 you need to score the easy Knock Outs.

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Both Boss's Orders RCL 154 and Switch SSH 183 help you out when attacking. With Boss's Orders RCL 154, you can choose one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon to switch places with their Active Pokemon, allowing you the choice of which Pokemon to attack. Switch SSH 183 allows you to save a Pokemon from getting Knocked Out during your opponent's next turn, or allows you to move a fully powered attacker from your Bench to your Active Position.

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In the event that your opponent forces one of your supporting Pokemon, such as Frosmoth SSH 64, into your Active Position, you can attach a copy of Air Balloon SSH 156 to that Pokemon to allow you to retreat them for free.

Wrapping Up

As I write this article, it's currently snowing here in Wisconsin. That makes this the perfect time of year to try out this deck that relies so heavily on Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability. Whether you have snow, rain, or sunshine, I hope you and your family have a wonderful (and safe) holiday season!

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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