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Searching Standard: Magcargo / Magcargo-GX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Every now and then, I like to take a look at a deck that did well in a recent tournament. This week, we'll be taking a look at the 19th Place finishing deck from the Melbourne International 2020. Let's get started by looking at the decklist.

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By utilizing Magcargo CES 24's Smooth Over Ability, you can make sure that the top card of your deck is a Fire Energy 2 that you can then attach to one of your Pokemon by using the Crushing Charge Ability of Magcargo-GX LOT 44. That will allow you to power up your team as efficiently as possible. Magcargo-GX LOT 44 also happens to be your best attacker, having the potential of Knocking Out any opposing Pokemon in just one hit with its Lava Flow attack.

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Oranguru SSH 148's Primate Wisdom Ability allows you to switch the top card of your deck with a card from your hand. This allows you to take extra Fire Energy 2 from your hand and trade it for any card in your deck thanks to Magcargo CES 24's Smooth Over Ability.

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Dedenne-GX UNB 57 is included in this deck for one reason only: its Dedechange Ability. You'll never be able to attack with Dedenne-GX UNB 57, so try to keep it back on your Bench whenever possible.

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While Ninetales TEU 16 can certainly be powered up to attack with its Flame Tail attack, the main reason for its inclusion in this deck is the use of its Nine Temptations Ability. This Ability allows you to discard two Fire Energy 2 from your hand to set up a favorable attack. This can be a handy of scoring some easy Prize cards.

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Welder UNB 189 is perhaps the most powerful Trainer card in Standard. It both allows you to ramp the Energy you have in play (which allows you access to attacks that are more powerful) and draws you additional cards. This is a key card in allowing you to outrace your opponent and hit for more damage quickly.

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This batch of cards all allow you ways to manipulate how many Fire Energy 2 cards you have in your hand. Remember that you can discard Fire Energy 2 to pay the cost of playing things that require you to discard cards (like Fire Crystal UNB 173 or Giant Hearth UNM 197), which then offers Fire Crystal UNB 173 to be usable earlier in the game.

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To maximize this deck's efficiency, it's important to have a copy of Magcargo-GX LOT 44, Magcargo CES 24, and Oranguru SSH 148 in play. This batch of cards helps you assemble this team as quickly as possible.

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Once you've played the majority of cards from your hand, you'll need ways of replenishing those cards. Professor's Research SSH 178 allows you the ability to draw a new hand of seven cards, at the cost of discarding your current hand. Make sure to play Professor's Research SSH 178 after you've played all of the important cards you've been holding onto.

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There will be times you will need to retreat a wounded Active Pokemon, or bring in a fully powered attacker. For those times, you can use Switch SSH 183 to exchange your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench without paying their Retreat Cost.

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There will also be times that you're unable to switch a wounded Pokemon-GX with a fresh one. For those times, you have Island Challenge Amulet CEC 194. By attaching this Pokemon Tool, you'll be able to reduce the amount of Prize cards the opponent will draw by one when that Pokemon-GX gets Knocked Out. While losing a Pokemon is never fun, this helps lessen the sting a little.

Wrapping Up

While there are a lot of pieces you'll need to get into play for this deck to run efficiently, this combo deck looks to be a blast to play. This deck has the tools it needs to find the Pokemon you need as you need them and plenty of ways to keep the Energy flowing. I'm looking forward to giving this deck a try soon.

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 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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