Browse > Home / Strategy / Articles / Searching Standard: Malamar VMAX / Mismagius Deck

Searching Standard: Malamar VMAX / Mismagius Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Have you ever played a game that you're sure would have ended differently if your opponent hadn't played a certain card. The deck I have for you this week has a way to make sure that your opponent doesn't have access to the card they need in order to win. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

This deck runs on the power of Malamar VMAX RCL 122's Max Jammer attack. With Max Jammer, you'll deal out 180 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon while also looking at your opponent's hand and choosing one card from it to be placed at the bottom of their deck. As the old saying goes, "Knowledge is power." Because of this attack, you'll have the knowledge of your opponent's potential plans and you can determine which card is the linchpin of those plans. By discarding whichever card you feel is most important, you'll be able to slow down your opponent's plans. This should give you enough time to win the game.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

As you'll see, this deck doesn't mind if you're behind on Prize cards. That means you can feel at ease using Mismagius UNB 78's Mysterious Message Ability as a means to replenish your hand, once you've played everything you can from it.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

By using Marshadow & Machamp-GX UNB 82's Revenge attack, you'll often be able to Knock Out an opponent's Active Pokemon that scored a Knock Out on the previous turn. It's also possible to use either of Marshadow & Machamp-GX UNB 82's other attacks as well, provided that you're able to search out both copies of Unit Energy FightingDarknessFairy FLI 118 from this deck.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

Both Evolution Incense SSH 163 and Dusk Stone UNB 167 can help you find the Evolution Pokemon you need. Remember that Dusk Stone UNB 167 only allows you to find a copy of Mismagius UNB 78 if you already have Misdreavus UNB 77 in play, and it can be used on your first turn as well as the turn that Misdreavus UNB 77 comes into play.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

With Quick Ball SSH 179, you'll be able to find the Basic Pokemon you need for those Evolutions.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

Every deck needs ways to draw additional cards, and Marnie SSH 169 and Professor's Research SSH 178 are two of the best ways to do this in Standard. You'll shuffle the cards in your hand back into your deck when you play Marnie SSH 169, while Professor's Research SSH 178 will have you discard your hand. Keep that difference in mind when you play either of these cards.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

This group of cards all helps you with Energy needed for attacking. Energy Spinner UNB 170 helps you find a Darkness Energy 7 from your deck at minimum, and three Darkness Energy 7 at best. Energy Switch SSH 162 allows you to utilize a Darkness Energy 7 that's attached to a Pokemon about to be Knocked Out, or to help ramp up an attack so it can be used right away. Counter Gain LOT 170 makes the attacks of the Pokemon it's attached to as long as your opponent has taken more Prize cards than you. As I mentioned earlier, thanks to Mismagius UNB 78's Mysterious Message Ability, you'll likely be behind on Prize cards for a little bit.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

This group of cards allows you to search for specific types of cards. Green's Exploration UNB 175 helps find a couple of Trainer cards. Pokegear 3.0 SSH 174 helps find a Supporter card. And, Guzma & Hala CEC 193 helps you find a Stadium (and possibly a Pokemon Tool and Special Energy card, too). It's usually best to discard the two cards when you play Guzma & Hala CEC 193 to find a Counter Gain LOT 170 and a Unit Energy FightingDarknessFairy FLI 118.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

This group of cards is focused on attacking. With Switch SSH 183 and Mallow & Lana CEC 198, you'll be able to save a Pokemon of yours from getting Knocked Out. Boss's Orders RCL 154 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, allowing you to set up an easy Knock-Out. Remember that those easy KO's might make it impossible to utilize Counter Gain LOT 170.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.00

Both Wait and See Hammer LOT 192 and Tool Scrapper RCL 168 are situational cards that may never be relevant in a game. That makes them the perfect card to discard for those cards that require you to discard to use.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

Reset Stamp UNM 206 is the perfect card to allow you to catch up if you fall behind. By using it, you'll be able to slow down their momentum, allowing you a chance to gain your footing.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

Any card that allows you to cheat the rules of the game is a powerful card. Since you're normally only able to play one Supporter card per turn, being able to play two additional Supporters in a single turn can allow you to gain a massive advantage over your opponent.

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

Power Plant UNB 183 is the only Stadium in this deck, and it might not even have any effect against some decks. However, against certain decks, Power Plant UNB 183 will absolutely cripple an opponent. With the release of each new set, Power Plant UNB 183 gets a little weaker, so enjoy playing it while you can.

Wrapping Up

Malamar VMAX RCL 122's Max Jammer attack has the potential to dominate Standard by limiting your opponent's options.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 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

 


More on PokeGoldfish ...

flash forward

Flash Forward: Post-Rotation Kartana / Galarian Slowbro V, Mad Party, and Eternatus VMAX Decks

We've almost reached the release of Darkness Ablaze. Mike brings you three new decks this week featuring cards from this new expansion.

Aug 07 | by Mike Likes
searching standard

Searching Standard: Post-Rotation Charizard VMAX Deck

This week, Mike takes a look at a deck featuring the new Charizard VMAX from Darkness Ablaze.

Aug 05 | by Mike Likes
flash forward

Flash Forward: Post-Rotation Spiritomb, Salamence VMAX, and Scizor VMAX Decks

Mike's back again with three more post-rotation decks you can use.

Jul 31 | by Mike Likes
searching standard

Searching Standard: Post-Rotation Baby Blacephalon Deck

Does Baby Blacephalon stand a chance in Standard once his big brother, Blacephalon-GX, rotates? Find out in this week's Searching Standard.

Jul 29 | by Mike Likes

Next Article

Contact | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information | Manage Ads Consent

All original content on this page is © 2020 MTGGoldfish, Inc. and may not be used or reproduced without consent. Pokemon, The Pokemon TCG, and The Pokemon TCG Online and its trademarks are ©1995-2020 Nintendo, The Pokémon Company International, Inc, and GAMEFREAK. All rights reserved. MTGGoldfish, Inc. is not affiliated with Nintendo, The Pokémon Company International, Inc, or GAMEFREAK.