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Searching Standard: Lucario & Melmetal-GX / Zacian V Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. The Sword and Shield expansion has been officially released, and it brings a lot of consistency to many deck builds. Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 has been the centerpiece of some great decks in the past, and that doesn't seem to be changing. This week's deck brought home First Place at a Japanese tournament back in December, and it looks like a strong contender in today's meta. Let's take a look at the decklist.

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One of the first things you'll want to do when playing this deck is to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack. This will allow your Metal Type Pokemon to take 30 damage less from your opponent's attacks. Taking less damage allows your Pokemon to remain active longer and makes it more difficult for your opponent to win quickly. Then work on setting up one of your Benched Pokemon to take over as your main attacker for a while, unless you're able to heal the damage Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 has taken from your opponent's attacks.

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Zacian V SSH 138's Intrepid Sword Ability can be a great way to draw additional cards, at the expense of not attacking for the turn. It works best when you use Intrepid Sword to attach the final Energy needed to attack with Brave Blade on the following turn. Since you can't attack with Zacian V SSH 138 the turn after you use Brave Blade, you can use Intrepid Sword to put up to three cards from the top of your deck into your hand and end your turn (depending on how many Energy you find there).

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Thanks to Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability, you are able to exchange a card in your hand for the top card of your deck. While this can occasionally be a bust, often it will allow you to give up (temporarily) a useless card from your hand for something useful.

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Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 is another way that your Metal Type Pokemon can take less damage from your opponent's attacks. By combining Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 with Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack, you're Pokemon can take 60 less damage from each attack. Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 also removes any Weakness from the Pokemon it's attached to, letting you stay in the game longer.

Once you have one of your Pokemon get Knocked Out, Metal Saucer SSH 170 allows you to attach a Metal Energy 8 that was previously attached to that Pokemon to another Pokemon on your Bench. It's a great way to accelerate the amount of Energy you have attached to your Pokemon, allowing you to use more powerful attacks quicker than usual.

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Both Switch CES 147 and Mallow & Lana CEC 198 allow you to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. Mallow & Lana CEC 198 has the added benefit of also allowing you to heal the Pokemon you're moving to your Bench of 120 damage, allowing that Pokemon to remain a threat.

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Since all of the Pokemon in this deck are Basic Pokemon, Quick Ball SSH 179 allows you to discard a card from your hand in order to search your deck for whatever Pokemon you're in need of.

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If you win a coin flip, Pokemon Catcher SSH 175 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Pokemon from their Bench of your choosing. Use this to help set up an easy Knock Out whenever possible.

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Professor's Research SSH 178 and Cynthia UPR 119 both allow you the opportunity to refill your hand whenever your options get limited. Keep in mind that they are both Supporters and can no longer be played on your first turn if you went first.

Wrapping Up

This deck is quite possibly the most pure deck I've seen in a while. Every card played includes the full playset in the deck. There are no silver bullet cards that you'll use to disrupt an opponent's strategy with. I consider that to be an advantage of playing a deck like this. It's a great blueprint for new deck builders to follow when creating their own decks.

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. Also, check out my new 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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