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Searching Standard: Lucario & Melmetal Tag Team Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Another week has passed, making us one week closer to the release of Sword and Shield. This week I have a deck for you that attacks hard and wants the game to go long. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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When playing this deck, it is of utmost importance to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack as soon as possible. Doing so will allow you to take less damage most of the time, allowing you to outlast your opponent's Pokemon. When used in conjunction with Metal Frying Pan FLI 112, you make it so that your opponent has to use attacks that deal a minimum of 70 damage in order to do anything at all to Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120. Taking less damage should allow you the time needed to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Heavy Impact attack, which can usually Knock Out any opposing Pokemon in two turns.

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Hoopa UNM 140 is great to have if you're facing down a team that relies on using a lot of Pokemon Abilities. The Evil Admonition attack has the potential to deal 130 damage, if your opponent has a full team of Pokemon with Abilities. Hoopa UNM 140 can also attack with Mind Shock in the event you're facing a Pokemon that has a Resistance to either Darkness or Metal Type Pokemon.

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Since none of your Pokemon have any Abilities, playing Green's Exploration UNB 175 should be a no-brainer. Getting any two Trainer cards from your deck can give you a massive advantage. It's a great way to ensure you have a copy of Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 when you need one. In the event that your opponent is playing a team filled with Pokemon that have Abilities and you're unable to find your copy of Hoopa UNM 140 to use, Power Plant UNB 183 can be a great way to counter those Abilities. This won't affect your team at all, but could end up having a huge effect on certain opposing decks.

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Energy Spinner UNB 170 is certainly a great card to play if you've gone second and you find it in your opening hand. Even if you don't find yourself so lucky, it can still help you find the Energy you need when you need it. Tag Call CEC 206 and Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 both help you find specific things you need (such as Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 and Green's Exploration UNB 175) while also helping to thin your deck slightly making it more likely that you'll draw useful cards on future turns.

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Both Fiery Flint DRM 60 and Welder UNB 189 are useful, helping you to find the Fire Energy 2 you need and allowing you to attach additional copies of it to your Pokemon. This allows you to use attacks requiring more Energy quicker than your opponent, and these types of attacks generally deal more damage than attacks requiring less Energy.

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Great Catcher CEC 192 allows you the ability to choose one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon to make Active, allowing you to bring up a Pokemon you know you can Knock Out. Alternatively, you can also bring up a Pokemon that doesn't have the Energy needed to use attacks that can damage your Pokemon (thanks to the damage reduction granted by Full Metal Wall GX and Metal Frying Pan FLI 112).

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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. This can allow you to bring up a Pokemon that's fully powered up for a massive attack, or it can allow you to save a wounded Pokemon from being Knocked Out. Mallow & Lana CEC 198 also allows you to heal the Pokemon that you send to your Bench of 120 damage. This is another way you can outlast your opponent. Finally, Great Potion UNM 198 allows you to heal 50 damage from an active Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120, keeping it Active longer than usual.

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This next batch of cards allows you to return specific types of cards from your discard pile to your hand. Keep these cards in mind when deciding which cards to discard for specific effects. Lusamine CIN 96 can be used to get back Mt. Coronet UPR 130, and Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 can be used to get back Lusamine CIN 96. Mt. Coronet UPR 130 is very useful to get back Metal Energy 8 that has been discarded, since you'll need it to attack with Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120.

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Since your main attacker will be Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120, Coach Trainer UNM 192 will usually allow you to draw four cards when you play it. Keeping the cards flowing is key to winning games.

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The final card from this deck we'll take a look at is Reset Stamp UNM 206. Playing it is a great way to counter an opponent who has gotten a few quick prizes, slowing the game down and allowing you the chance to catch up. This card is played in nearly every competitive deck in Standard, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

Wrapping Up

Sword and Shield will be releasing in a few short weeks. The meta should change when that happens, but until then I'll keep searching the internet for innovative decks that you can play.

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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