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Searching Standard: Milotic V / Frosmoth Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week I have for you a deck that features Milotic V RCL 43. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Milotic V RCL 43's Aqua Impact attack deals 10 damage but requires three Energy. That's a very bad rate of return. Luckily, this attack deals extra damage based on the Retreat Cost of your opponent's Active Pokemon. By adding in the 50 extra damage for each Energy in the opponent's Active Pokemon's Retreat Cost, you can potentially deal enough damage to Knock Out that Pokemon in one shot. Galar Mine RCL 160 helps with this attack by increasing the Retreat Cost of both Active Pokemon by two Energy. That ensures you'll deal a minimum of 110 damage when you use Milotic V RCL 43's Aqua Impact attack, but in reality you'll usually deal much more than that.

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Thanks to Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability, you'll be able to attach as many Water Energy 3 cards from your hand to your Benched Water Type Pokemon as you would like. This allows you to quickly power up your most powerful attacks and enables you to deal more damage than your opponent.

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Palkia-GX FLI 20 makes for a good back-up attacker. By attaching a fair number of Energy to it with Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability, you can deal a fair amount of damage with Palkia-GX FLI 20's Hydro Pressure attack. Palkia-GX FLI 20 is also weak to Grass Type Pokemon, which is different from Milotic V RCL 43's weakness to Lightning Type Pokemon, so you might want to attack with Palkia-GX FLI 20 in certain situations.

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Mew UNB 76's Bench Barrier Ability can help protect your Benched Pokemon from being Knocked Out. While this Ability is only useful against certain decks, you'll be happy to have it when you need it. Absol TEU 88's Dark Ambition Ability increases the Retreat Cost of your opponent's Active Pokemon if it is a Basic Pokemon, allowing you to deal additional damage when you use Milotic V RCL 43's Aqua Impact attack.

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Speaking of extra damage... There are times where your attack will come close to scoring a Knock Out, but not quite. For instance, if your opponent has Mewtwo & Mew-GX PR-SM SM191 in play, you'll need to deal 270 damage in order to get a Knock Out. If you have a Galar Mine RCL 160 and an Absol TEU 88 in play, you'll only deal 260 damage with Milotic V RCL 43's Aqua Impact attack. But with a Vitality Band SSH 185 attached, you'll deal exactly enough to get the KO.

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You'll want to use Capacious Bucket RCL 156 to find the Water Energy 3 from your deck to attach to your Pokemon with Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability. Being able to attach multiple Energy cards each turn offers you quite the advantage.

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Like most decks, finding the Pokemon you need is important. That's what this grouping of cards is for. Remember that Quick Ball SSH 179 can only help you find a Basic Pokemon and Evolution Incense SSH 163 can only help you find an Evolution Pokemon. Great Ball SSH 164 is capable of finding both types.

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With this deck manipulating the Retreat Costs of both player's Pokemon, if you find yourself in a position where you absolutely need to exchange your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench, you'll be happy to know there are a couple of cards that can help with this. Both Switch SSH 183 and Switch Raft DRM 62 allow you this exchange, with Switch Raft DRM 62 also providing a small amount of healing for your Water Type Pokemon. Boss's Orders RCL 154 allows you to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, allowing you to score an easy Knock Out.

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With Pokegear 3.0 SSH 174, you'll be able to add a Supporter card from the top seven cards of your deck to your hand. While the majority of Supporter cards in this deck allow you to draw additional cards, keep in mind that Boss's Orders RCL 154 is also a Supporter card, which can be quite useful.

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As I mentioned before, the majority of Supporter cards in this deck enable you to draw additional cards. That's what this grouping of cards is. Both Cynthia UPR 119 and Marnie SSH 169 shuffle your current hand back into your deck, while Professor's Research SSH 178 has you discard it. Keep that in mind when determining which Supporter to play, since there's very little ways to get cards back from your discard pile once they've gone there.

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The sole copy of Ordinary Rod SSH 171 is the only way to return cards from your discard pile to your deck. It can only return Pokemon or Basic Energy, though, so other card types are inaccessible once they've been discarded.

Wrapping Up

Decks, like this one, that deal damage based on a variable in the game can be a lot of fun. While this may not be a high-tier tournament deck, it certainly has all of the resources it needs to win games and it could be a sleeper deck that people don't see coming.

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 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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