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Searching Standard: Orbeetle VMAX Healing Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week, we're taking a look at a deck that was recently played on YouTube by ZapdosTCG. It features Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 and can be difficult for your opponent to score a Knock Out. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 is the main attacker in this deck. With its G-Max Wave attack, you'll do a minimum of 50 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon, with the potential to do a lot more depending on how much Energy is attached to that Pokemon. Rather than attacking, though, you'll often want to keep moving Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 from your Bench to your Active Spot so you can maximize the effectiveness of its Eerie Beam Ability. Keep mobile by attaching a copy of U-Turn Board UNM 211 to Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 to allow it to retreat for free.

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With Snorlax VIV 131, your objective is clear... Draw as many cards as possible by using its Gormandize Ability until Snorlax VIV 131 gets Knocked Out. This card drawing engine can usually withstand an attack or two before it finally gets Knocked Out, granting your opponent one of their Prize cards.

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Both Cheryl BST 123 and Mallow & Lana CEC 198 offer you the means of keeping your Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 healthy. Cheryl BST 123 heals each of your Evolution Pokemon of all damage, but at the cost of discarding all Energy from those Pokemon that are healed. With Mallow & Lana CEC 198, you'll often want to take advantage of discarding two cards from your hand in order to heal your Active Pokemon of 120 damage while moving it to your Bench. These two cards will often allow you the extra time needed to score multiple Knock Outs.

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Speaking of Knock Outs, when your opponent Knocks Out Lillie's Poke Doll CEC 197, they'll take no Prize cards. Remember that you always have the option to discard Lillie's Poke Doll CEC 197 from your Active Spot in order to put it on the bottom of your deck.

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Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 offers you a way to reuse a copy of Cheryl BST 123 that you've used before to heal your Evolution Pokemon. That gives you the opportunity to play Cheryl BST 123 a total of eight times during a game. Even if you only get a couple of extra uses, your opponent will likely be demoralized due to the fact that your Pokemon seem next to impossible to Knock Out. Tag Call CEC 206 can be used to find up to two Tag Team cards from your deck, and is a great way to make sure you have a copy of Mallow & Lana CEC 198 or Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 at your disposal.

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Another Tag Team card in this deck is Guzma & Hala CEC 193. By playing this Tag Team Supporter, you'll be able to search your deck for a copy of Turffield Stadium CPA 68. With Turffield Stadium CPA 68 in play, you'll have no trouble finding Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 when you need it. Guzma & Hala CEC 193 also allows you to discard two other cards from your hand in order to search your deck for a Pokemon Tool card and a Special Energy. This can be a useful way to find U-Turn Board UNM 211 and any of the Energy in this deck.

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While Turffield Stadium CPA 68 can help find copies of Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21 when you need it, it can't help you find Orbeetle V VIV 20. For that, you can rely on Quick Ball SSH 179 to help you out. Since you'll be placing damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon with Orbeetle VMAX VIV 21's Eerie Beam Ability, you might find yourself in a position where you could score a Knock Out with just a few more damage counters. For times like this, turn to Grimsley UNM 199 to help out. With him, you can move up to three damage counters from one of your opponent's Pokemon to another. Doing this can be a great way to pick off a Pokemon unexpectedly.

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Both Boss's Orders SHF 58 and Bird Keeper DAA 159 help out in combat. You can use Boss's Orders SHF 58 to bring whichever Benched Pokemon your opponent has to their Active Spot, allowing you to attack for a Knock Out. Bird Keeper DAA 159 allows you a way of moving your Active Pokemon to your Bench without needing to pay its Retreat Cost. You'll also draw three cards, providing you with more options as the game progresses.

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The final cards in this deck are cards that hinder your opponent's game rather than cards that actively aid your strategy. If you find yourself behind in the Prize race, you'll be happy to play a copy of Reset Stamp UNM 206 as a way of slowing down your opponent's momentum. Likewise, if your opponent has a couple of Pokemon Tools in play that are making your life miserable, playing Tool Scrapper RCL 168 can help level the playing field. If either of these cards aren't useful, you can use them as discard fodder for those cards that require you to discard a card.

Wrapping Up

If you're a fan of making your opponent feel grief, you might want to give this deck a try. The healing power found within this deck can make playing against it feel like a very uphill battle.

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

 


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