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Searching Standard: Melmetal-GX Turbo Metal Blast Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. Recently the Pokémon TCG: Melmetal-GX Box was released and it introduced Meltan PR-SM SM177 and Melmetal-GX PR-SM SM178 to the world of the Pokemon TCG. When new products are released, there is usually an attempt by players to build new decks featuring the new products. Therefore, when a user named Marshadow07 posted a deck featuring Melmetal-GX PR-SM SM178 to the forums, I knew I had to check it out. Let's begin by taking a look at the deck.

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Melmetal-GX PR-SM SM178 takes center stage in this deck. With its Hard Coat Ability, its 220 HP should be able to last long enough for you to use Metal Blast and get in a knock out or two (or more). With the use of some Pokemon Tools, you can sculpt Melmetal-GX PR-SM SM178 into an awesome wrecking machine that can withstand a bunch of damage.

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Shuckle LOT 16 is a great way for you to find the Metal Energy 8 needed for this deck to run smoothly thanks to its Freshly Squeezed Ability. Keep in mind that the ability only happens on the turn you play it onto your Bench, so it will do nothing when you're choosing your Benched Pokemon prior to the start of the game. The main drawback is that the Metal Energy 8 you find go from your deck to your discard pile. If only there was a way to attach those Energy to your Pokemon somehow...

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Solgaleo Prism Star UPR 89 reporting for duty. By using Solgaleo Prism Star UPR 89's Radiant Star attack, you'll be able to attach that discarded Energy to any of your Pokemon in play however you would like. The amount you get is based on the amount of Pokemon your opponent has in play, so it can be slow if your opponent has only a single Pokemon in play.

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Rayquaza GRI 106 also has an attack that can help you utilize discarded Energy. Turbo Storm will allow you to attach up to two Metal Energy 8 from your discard pile to any one Benched Pokemon you have in play. It also deals a little damage to the opponent's Active Pokemon as well. This is a great place to attach a Double Colorless Energy SUM 136 for maximum effectiveness.

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Shining Lugia PR-SM SM82 is another prime candidate for those Double Colorless Energy SUM 136. This is especially true if your opponent is playing with a team of Pokemon that have Abilities. With Shining Lugia PR-SM SM82's Argent Wing attack, you can make short work out of an opposing Pokemon with an Ability.

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Mt. Coronet UPR 130 is the final way to utilize the Metal Energy 8 in our discard pile. It allows us to return two Metal Energy 8 to our hand each turn. That can be especially useful if you find yourself in a spot where you need to attack with Shining Lugia PR-SM SM82's Aero Force attack.

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Jasmine TEU 145 can help you find your Metal Type Pokemon when you play her. She's even better at it if it's your first turn and you're going second. Keep that in mind when deciding whether to go first or second.

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Ultra Ball SUM 135, Cynthia UPR 119, and Guzma BUS 115 are all cards you can typically expect to see in a Standard deck. With Ultra Ball SUM 135, don't forget that you can discard two Metal Energy 8 from your hand in order to use it which will help your overall game plan. Cynthia UPR 119 is the best way in Standard to draw cards. And Guzma BUS 115 helps you bring up a weak Pokemon to attack while also sending in a built up Pokemon from your Bench.

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Wishful Baton BUS 128 acts as a sort of insurance policy in the event that your Active Pokemon gets knocked out. If Wishful Baton BUS 128 is attached to that Pokemon, you'll be able to move up to three Metal Energy 8 from it to one of your Benched Pokemon, leaving that Pokemon in a great position to be your next Active Pokemon. Keep in mind that you can move up to three basic Energy cards. You can choose to move less than three if you'd rather have those Energy cards in your discard pile to be able to attach them to other Pokemon with other means.

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With this deck, you'll often be building up your Benched Pokemon. Switch CES 147 will help you make one of those stacked Pokemon your Active Pokemon without needing to pay a retreat cost. By using Switch CES 147 wisely, you can often set up a knock out that your opponent may not see coming.

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Choice Band GRI 121 can give any of your Pokemon an added boost of damage against an opponent's Pokemon-GX. Since Pokemon-GX are so prevalent in Standard, most decks are running a few copies of Choice Band GRI 121 and this deck is no exception.

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With Cyrus Prism Star UPR 120, you can seriously mess up an opponent's plans, especially if they have only one or two Benched Pokemon that they are working on building up. Just don't forget that there is a restriction of when Cyrus Prism Star UPR 120 can be played.

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Field Blower GRI 125 is another card that most players like to have access to in their decks. It helps counter an opponent relying on Pokemon Tools as well as removing a troublesome Stadium.

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Let me go on record by saying that Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 and Metal Goggles TEU 148 are in this deck because of me. In the original deck that Marshadow07 posted, the decklist had been revised a few times and still included three copies of Rare Candy (which were no longer necessary since there were no longer any Stage 2 Evolutions in the deck). The list also included a card called Muscle Pad, which I cannot find anywhere. The closest I've come is Muscle Band, but that is not Standard legal.

The reason I added both of these cards is the synergy they have with Melmetal-GX PR-SM SM178. These cards are likely the first place I would look to cut if there were any changes that needed to be made to the deck for my local meta.

Wrapping Up

As a Pokemon GO player, I haven't caught enough Meltan yet to evolve into a Melmetal. At least with the TCG, I have the opportunity to build a deck with Melmetal-GX PR-SM SM178. If you're looking for something new to play, give this deck a chance. It has a lot of potential.

Thank you to Forum user Marshadow07 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 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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