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Searching Standard: Lightning Blitz Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Every week I scour the internet for an exciting deck to bring to you. This week, I found a deck on Reddit that looks pretty electrifying (pun intended). It was posted by a user named SlackEight and looks like it could be pretty competitive in our current Standard environment. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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There's a reason Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 are featured in most of the best Lightning decks. With their Full Blitz attack, you're able to deal 150 damage while also searching your deck for up to three Lightning Energy 4 that you can attach to one of your Pokemon. You can use this attack to power up someone else on your team, or you can attach that extra Energy to Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 itself and use its Tag Bolt GX attack on the following turn. With Tag Bolt GX, you'll deal 200 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and 170 damage to one of their Benched Pokemon. This could be enough damage to knock them both out, and could potentially win the game for you.

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Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 have the potential to deal 160 damage plus Paralyze your opponent's Active Pokemon with their Tandem Shock attack. To do so, you'll need to have Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 on your Bench and make them your Active Pokemon during your turn. As you'll see, this can potentially become a free action, granting you additional damage with each attack. Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 also has the Lightning Ride GX attack, which can potentially deal out a whopping 250 damage. That's usually enough to knock out any opposing Pokemon.

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Zapdos TEU 40 is another Pokemon that benefits from becoming your Active Pokemon after being on your Bench during your turn. By doing so, you can use its Thunderous Assault attack to deal 80 damage for only one Energy (and potentially zero Energy, if the right conditions are met). While this damage also isn't affected by Weakness, 80 damage can still take a big chunk out of an opponent's Pokemon.

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With its Perfection Ability, Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 has the ability to use any attack of your Pokemon-GX on your Bench or in your discard pile. This gives Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71 a lot of versatility, allowing it to act as a back up to either Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 or Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 in the event that either of these Tag Teams gets knocked out.

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The main reason for including Zeraora-GX LOT 86 in this deck is its Thunderclap Zone Ability which grants free retreat for any of your Pokemon that have a Lightning Energy 4 attached to it. This Ability is what really allows Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54 and Zapdos TEU 40 to shine. If you need to use Zeraora-GX LOT 86 as an attacker, Plasma Fists will deal 160 damage every other turn.

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Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 is best used as a form of Energy acceleration by using its Dance of the Ancients Ability. This will allow you to attach a Lightning Energy 4 from your discard pile to two of your Benched Pokemon. Keep in mind that this Ability doesn't say "up to", so you'll need two Lightning Energy 4 in your discard pile and two Pokemon on your Bench, (one of which could be Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51).

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If your opponent has a team comprised of mainly Pokemon-GX, you'll want to make Celesteela-GX UNB 163 your Active Pokemon as quickly as possible. With its Force Canceler Ability, all effects of your opponent's GX attacks, including damage, are prevented. Since Celesteela-GX UNB 163's Power Cyclone only requires colorless Energy, you can stay protected with Force Canceler while still knocking your opponent's Pokemon out.

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With its Dedechange Ability, Dedenne-GX UNB 57 allows you to put cards from your hand into your discard pile while also drawing you six new cards to use. It's not a great attacker, but Static Shock can be used in a pinch if you're desperate.

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Much like Dedenne-GX UNB 57, Jirachi TEU 99's purpose in this deck is solely for its Stellar Wish Ability. By attaching an Escape Board UPR 122 to Jirachi TEU 99, you'll be able to search the top five cards of your deck each turn to find a Trainer and then retreat for free even though Jirachi TEU 99 is Asleep. Unlike Dedenne-GX UNB 57, Jirachi TEU 99 will never be able to use its Slap attack because there's no Metal Energy 8 in this deck.

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As you can see, it's important for you to be able to find specific Pokemon in order for things to run as smoothly as possible with this deck. Both Cherish Ball UNM 191 and Electromagnetic Radar UNB 169 are included in this deck specifically for that purpose. Both cards have restrictions on how they can be used that you'll need to keep in mind. Both can only find Pokemon-GX, but Electromagnetic Radar UNB 169 requires you to discard two cards from your hand to do so.

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Pokemon Communication TEU 152 and Pokemon Fan Club UPR 133 also help you find the Pokemon you need when you need them, and these cards also have their own restrictions. Pokemon Fan Club UPR 133 can only find Basic Pokemon, but in this deck, every single one of your Pokemon is a Basic Pokemon. This is your most versatile way to search for Pokemon, but it's also a Supporter card, and you're limited to playing one Supporter per turn. With Pokemon Communication TEU 152, you'll need to have a Pokemon in your hand that you can 'trade' for a different Pokemon from your deck.

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If you attached enough Energy to Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33 to allow use of its Tag Bolt GX attack, you can use Tag Switch UNM 209 and Energy Switch CES 129 to move the extra Energy to another Pokemon. Of course, you can also use these cards to move Energy from a Pokemon that's about to get knocked out as well.

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Both Switch CES 147 and Electropower LOT 172 are combat tricks you can use to get easier knockouts. With Switch CES 147, you'll be able to move a Pokemon that's fully powered up from your Bench and make them your Active Pokemon. Electropower LOT 172 gives a damage boost to the majority of Pokemon on your team. You can even combine these cards, which might make it possible to knock out your opponent with one attack.

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If you find you've fallen behind during your game, Reset Stamp UNM 206 can help you out. Your opponent will need to shuffle their hand into their deck, which can invalidate some of their hard work if they've searched for specific cards. They'll also draw a new hand equal to the amount of Prize Cards they have remaining. If they're not already set up for a victory, this can severely slow their plans down, allowing you the time you need to stabilize.

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Both Stadium Nav UNM 208 and Volkner UPR 135 allow you to search your deck for specific things. Stadium Nav UNM 208 requires you to have a little luck in order to find a Stadium or two, but Volkner UPR 135 is more than happy to help you find any Item you need and a Lightning Energy 4 as well.

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All of these cards allow you to refill your hand when it gets low on cards. Lillie UPR 125 is obviously better on your first turn of the game, but she's still very useful later on. Cynthia UPR 119 helps get rid of dead cards that you don't need right now, by shuffling them back into your deck, and then allowing you to draw a new hand of six cards. Sightseer LOT 189 is similar to Cynthia UPR 119, but Sightseer LOT 189 allows you a way to get specific cards into your discard pile (like Lightning Energy 4) for possible use later.

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Acro Bike CES 123 offers the ultimate in card selection. You'll look at the top two cards of your deck and choose one to go to your hand. The other goes to your discard pile. This is yet another way to get specific cards into your discard pile.

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Pokemon Center Lady HIF 64 is included as a way to remove any Special Conditions from one of your Pokemon. It also helps keep that Pokemon alive longer as well. Consider using Pokemon Center Lady HIF 64 after using Jirachi TEU 99's purpose in this deck is solely for its Stellar Wish Ability, as it will remove the Asleep condition and allow you to retreat normally.

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Of the Stadiums in this deck, Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191 is the most beneficial to you. It will reduce the Energy required for the majority of your attacks. However, like all Stadiums, it will also work for your opponent if they happen to be playing a Lightning Type deck. Lysandre Labs FLI 111 and Power Plant UNB 183 are both included as ways to hinder your opponent if they are playing specific types of decks. If you find that they won't have an effect against your opponent, feel free to discard them for those cards that require you to discard, since either of them can potentially affect you (depending on the Items or Pokemon-GX you have in play).

Wrapping Up

This deck looks like it's fun to play and also very powerful. While it is by no means a 'budget deck', the fact that you don't need more than a couple of copies of any card make playing this deck a little easier than some others. I'm looking forward to playing this online and seeing just how I do.

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. 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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