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Searching Standard: Magikarp & Wailord-GX / Blastoise Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. With Tag Team Pokemon making a big splash in Standard, what better time to feature a duo capable of making the biggest splash? Of course, I'm talking about Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166. This week I have for you a deck that was posted on the PokeBeach.com Forums by a user named Missilistico. Let's begin by taking a look at the deck.

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Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166 act as both a means to draw out the game as well as a terrific attacker. With the help of Blastoise TEU 25, you can power up Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166 very quickly and begin hitting for a ton of damage with Super Splash. Also, Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166's Towering Splash-GX attack can be a great way to knock out a bunch of Benched Pokemon that are wounded, but it does take up over half of the Energy in this deck to use. While you usually won't want to attach more than five Energy to Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166, if you can set up a quick win by attaching an extra two Energy and using Towering Splash, more power to you.

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By using Blastoise TEU 25's Powerful Squall Ability, you're able to find and attach enough Energy to use any of your Water Type Pokemon to their fullest. The nice part is that you can attach the Energy you find to your Water Type Pokemon in any way you like, so you're able to power up more than one Pokemon at a time. You can also power up Blastoise TEU 25 if you need to in order to use its Hydro Tackle attack.

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If you happen to have Articuno TEU 32 as your Active Pokemon you can rest assured that it will stay that way even if your opponent plays Supporters such as Guzma BUS 115 try to switch them out with a Pokemon from your Bench. Also, Cold Cyclone is a great attack to use as a way to maximize the use of your Energy cards.

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Lapras-GX SUM 35's Collect attack can help you in the event that your starting hand isn't the best. While it's not always great to use an attack that deals no damage, there are times that you need to in order to find the pieces of this deck you need. Lapras-GX SUM 35 also has the Blizzard Burn attack that can often knock out all but the most hearty of Pokemon.

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For anyone that has been playing Standard for the past year, it should come as no surprise to find Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 in this deck. The Wonder Tag Ability allows you to find any Supporter you need when you play Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 onto your Bench. Since there's only one copy in the deck, hopefully you'll be able to utilize that ability to the fullest by not having Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 as the only Pokemon in your starting hand.

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All of these cards help you find the Pokemon you need when you need them. Brooklet Hill GRI 120 helps you find a Squirtle TEU 22 in order to make sure you can get Blastoise TEU 25 up and running as soon as possible. If you already have Blastoise TEU 25 in play, you can find any of your other Basic Pokemon. Ultra Ball SUM 135 and Pokemon Communication TEU 152 both allow you to find any of your Pokemon from your deck to put into your hand.

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Bill's Analysis TEU 133 is a good way for you to thin your deck slightly by putting up to two Trainer cards from the top seven cards of your deck into your hand. It's a good way to find a Trainer that will allow you to draw additional cards or deal additional damage.

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Speaking of drawing additional cards, both Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie SUM 122 are Standard all-stars that allow just that. They're used in most deck simply because they are the best at what they do.

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Tate & Liza CES 148 serves a dual purpose in this deck. The majority of the time, you'll want to use their ability to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. However, they are also a good way to draw additional cards if you don't have another option. Guzma BUS 115 is another Standard all-star that is in most decks to allow you to be able to set up favorable attacks easily.

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Speaking of all-stars, both Choice Band GRI 121 and Rare Candy SUM 129 often see play in Standard decks. Choice Band GRI 121 helps provide a little more damage against decks that rely on Pokemon-GX. Rare Candy SUM 129 can be found in most decks that depend on being able to get a Stage 2 Evolution Pokemon in play. In fact, since there is no version of Wartortle in this deck, Rare Candy SUM 129 is the only way to evolve your Squirtle TEU 22 into a Blastoise TEU 25.

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Each of these cards acts as a way for you to return either a Pokemon or an Energy card from your discard pile to your hand or directly into play. They all allow for maximum playability from your cards by allowing multiple uses of them.

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Field Blower GRI 125 acts as a bit of insurance against decks that rely on getting Pokemon Tools in play or on having a specific Stadium in play. It's another card that sees a lot of Standard play, and for good reason.

Wrapping Up

Magikarp & Wailord-GX PR-SM SM166 act as both a means of slowing down a game thanks to their high HP value as well as being a great attacker. While this deck may suffer at times from a little difficulty drawing the cards you need, there are a lot of ways to help mitigate this issue. I think this deck looks like a blast to play.

Thank you to PokeBeach.com Forum user Missilistico 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 you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), 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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