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Searching Standard: Lucario & Melmetal-GX / Omastar Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. While searching the internet for fun & competitive decks to show you, I came across this week's deck in the HeyFonte Facebook group. It was posted by Malachi Sparks, and it's the deck that he used to take second place at the San Diego Regionals. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 are the stars of this deck. With its Steel Fist attack, you'll be able to deal 50 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon while simultaneously increasing the amount of Energy attached to this Pokemon. You can use that to set up using the Heavy Impact attack on future turns. Ultimately, though, you'll want to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack early on so that all copies of Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 you play will take 30 less damage from any of your opponent's attacks. When you combine this damage reduction with the 30 damage reduction that having a Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 attached to Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 offers, you'll be able to withstand a lot of damage and might even make it so that your opponent is unable to even damage your Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 when it attacks.

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Omastar TEU 76 is a great counter to decks that rely on using Items. Thanks to its Fossil Bind Ability, as long as you have fewer Pokemon in play than your opponent does, they cannot play any Item cards. That Ability is the only reason to play Omastar TEU 76, as this deck isn't running the right type of Energy to allow it to attack.

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Mega Lopunny & Jigglypuff-GX CEC 165 is another situational Pokemon that can really hinder an opponent that's relying on playing multiple Pokemon-GX. Jumping Balloon deals additional damage for every Pokemon-GX your opponent has in play, but without getting this additional damage, it's generally not impressive to use this attack.

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Any deck that isn't reliant on Pokemon that have Abilities will generally benefit from playing a full playset of Green's Exploration UNB 175. Use this Supporter to find things like Unidentified Fossil CEC 207 and Rare Candy CES 142 that you can use to get Omastar TEU 76 in play (which will conveniently make it so that you can't play Green's Exploration UNB 175 any longer). Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 allows you to find copies of Green's Exploration UNB 175 (or any other Supporter) quicker.

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This next group of cards allows you to find the Energy you need from your deck quicker. If you're lucky, you'll be able to play Energy Spinner UNB 170 on your first turn of the game if you've gone second, as doing so will allow you to find three times as much Energy than on any other turn. Fiery Flint DRM 60 offers you the possibility to find up to four Fire Energy 2 cards from your deck, but comes at a cost of discarding two other cards. Keep in mind there are only six Fire Energy 2 cards in this deck, so there might come a time when you know you only have one Fire Energy 2 card left and it might not be worth playing Fiery Flint DRM 60.

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Our next group of cards help you find the Pokemon you need when you need it. Tag Call CEC 206 allows you to get up to two Tag Team cards from your deck. These could be either Pokemon or Trainer cards, or a combination of both. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 is a great way to trade in one of your situational Pokemon for a copy of Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 or vice versa.

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Welder UNB 189 is quite possibly the best Supporter card currently in Standard. It allows you to ramp up the Energy your Pokemon have and also allows you to draw additional cards. It's no surprise that the full playset of Welder UNB 189 is being played in this deck.

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We're now at the section of cards that are generally used to gain an advantage in combat. With both Mallow & Lana CEC 198 and Switch CES 147, you'll be able to exchange places between your Active Pokemon and a Pokemon on your Bench. Mallow & Lana CEC 198 also offers you the ability to heal your Pokemon as well, but at the cost of discarding two cards from your hand. You'll want to use these cards to save a Pokemon from certain Knock Out or to set up a favorable attack.

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Both Great Catcher CEC 192 and Custom Catcher LOT 171 allow you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. Use this to slow down the game by bringing up a Pokemon that requires a lot of Energy to use its attacks or to retreat. You can also set up a favorable attack as well, or an unfavorable attack for your opponent if you happen to have the right Resistance.

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Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 is a great way to be able to use Green's Exploration UNB 175 more often than usual. It also allows you to discard one card from your hand to draw three additional cards, which can be quite advantageous.

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Faba LOT 173 is a Supporter you'll want to see in certain situations, but not always. There will often be times that your opponent might have a Stadium in play that you can get rid of, but it's not always that an opponent plays Items or Special Energy. This is a card that can potentially be discarded if you find it less useful.

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Lusamine CIN 96 allows you to get back copies of Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 to play again on future turns. You can also get back any of your Stadium cards that have been discarded. Keep this card in mind when deciding what to discard for other cards.

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Reset Stamp UNM 206 helps catch you up if you fall behind. It allows you to slow an opponent down when they have the advantage and can make it difficult for them to press that advantage further. When you play it, your opponent will be forced to shuffle their hand into their deck and redraw a hand equal to the number of Prize cards they have remaining. This will often be fewer cards than they had and often they will not have the cards needed to draw additional cards. This can slow the game down long enough for you to gain the advantage.

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Power Plant UNB 183 is a great Stadium for you to play as it will have no effect on your team. Against an opponent relying on Pokemon-GX with Abilities, this Stadium can be crippling. The other Stadium in this deck will greatly benefit you and will generally not be useful to your opponent. Mt. Coronet UPR 130 allows you to put up to two Metal Energy 8 from your discard pile into your hand. Keep it in mind when deciding what cards to discard when you need to discard cards.

Wrapping Up

If you're looking for a deck to play that has the ability to go long and frustrate your opponent, this is the deck for you. Thanks to the ability to reduce the damage done to your Pokemon, you'll have the ability to keep your Pokemon alive longer which allows them to deal out more damage every turn.

Thank you to HeyFonte user Malachi Sparks 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 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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