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Searching Standard: Persian-GX / Naganadel-GX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. We're just a few short weeks away from a new release, but there are still a handful of Standard tournaments coming up. As such, let's take a look at a deck that recently came in Seventh Place at the Kuala Lumpur Regional tournament. We'll get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Pidgeotto TEU 123's Air Mail Ability allows you to filter through your deck to find the pieces you need. It also allows you to put cards better suited for later in the game onto the bottom of your deck, so they can be drawn later.

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Jirachi TEU 99 has proven itself to be a Standard all-star. By using its Stellar Wish Ability, you're able to find any Trainer card from the top five cards of your deck and put it into your hand. Doing this will make Jirachi TEU 99 Asleep, but there's a copy of Escape Board UPR 122 you can attach to it that will allow it to retreat for free, even while Asleep.

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Both Koffing CEC 76 and Weezing CEC 77 have the Blow-Away Bomb Ability that allows you to put one damage counter on each of your opponent's Pokemon if they are discarded with the effect of Roxie CEC 205. By doing this damage, you'll be able to set up a quick Knock Out later in the game. I'll explain more about this in just a bit.

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Naganadel-GX FLI 56 is one of the key Pokemon you'll need to make this deck run smoothly. Once you get it into play, you'll want to attack with Stinger GX, which will reset the Prize cards for each player back to three. In other words, it's okay if your opponent manages to knock out a bunch of your Pokemon and gets down to only having one Prize card remaining, because you'll be able to reset things.

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Once you've reset the number of Prize cards back to three for both players, you'll want to try to win the game with Persian-GX UNB 149's Vengeance attack. You've already seen that it's possible to discard Pokemon by playing Roxie CEC 205. It's also possible that you'll have some of your Pokemon knocked out during the course of the game, so when you've reset things and are trying to finish off your opponent as quickly as possible, remember that you'll want to get as many Pokemon as possible into your discard pile. Once you have nine there, you'll be able to deal maximum damage with Vengeance.

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All of our remaining Pokemon are situational choices. Sometimes they'll come in handy, but other times they won't and can be discarded with Roxie CEC 205. Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 can really come in handy when you need to evolve into Pidgeotto TEU 123. It's often better to save it to evolve into either Naganadel-GX FLI 56 or Persian-GX UNB 149 to help you finish off the game.

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Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 generally only comes in handy when playing against decks featuring Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156. Your opponent won't be able to Knock Out Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 with one attack, plus they're weak to Fairy-Type Pokemon. In most other cases, you can feel pretty safe sending Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 to your discard pile.

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Against decks featuring Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX UNB 130, having Alolan Ninetales TEU 111 as your Active Pokemon can be backbreaking. Against other types of decks, this is another Pokemon that you'll be happy to send to the discard pile.

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With Mew UNB 76's Bench Barrier Ability, you can ensure that your Bench is safe from decks that spread damage counters around. You can also use Psypower as a way to deal out a little damage that you can use later on to get an easy Knock Out (or even multiple Knock Outs).

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The Bratty Kick Ability of Tyrogue UNB 100 allows you the opportunity to put three damage counters on any of your opponent's Pokemon, if you're a bit lucky. Tyrogue UNB 100 also happens to be a one-Prize Pokemon that you're not upset about getting Knocked Out, helping to fill your discard pile for Persian-GX UNB 149's Vengeance attack.

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By spreading the damage counters out across your opponent's team, you can make sure you're able to turn off any Abilities that your opponent's Pokemon-GX have when Mimikyu CEC 97 is in play. This is thanks to its Shadow Box Ability. If your opponent is playing an unconventional deck that isn't utilizing Pokemon-GX, you can feel free to discard this card whenever possible.

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Oranguru UPR 114's Resource Management attack is very important, allowing you to reuse specific cards over and over again. Many of the best cards to put at the bottom of your deck will be your Trainer cards, and we'll be discussing them next.

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With Professor Elm's Lecture LOT 188, you'll be able to find copies of Koffing CEC 76 that you can discard with Roxie CEC 205 for additional value. There are also a lot of Pokemon that have 60 HP or less that you can find that will help advance your plans. It also helps by allowing you to shuffle your deck so you can get cards you've put on the bottom with Air Mail or with Resource Management a bit easier.

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Tate & Liza CES 148 allows you an easy way to make Naganadel-GX FLI 56 your Active Pokemon when you are ready to use Stinger GX. It can also be used as a way to shuffle your deck, similar to Professor Elm's Lecture LOT 188.

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Faba LOT 173 is a great way to get rid of an opponent's Sky Pillar CES 144 if they happen to be playing that card. Sky Pillar CES 144 prevents damage you'll do to your opponent's Benched Pokemon, and since that's a way you can potentially win, you'll want to make sure that route to victory stays open.

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If you allow your opponent to Knock Out your Pokemon so that they're able to take five of their Prize cards, you can set up a devastating Reset Stamp UNM 206. This should slow their game down drastically since they'll be relying on top-decking to be able to gain any kind of advantage. You can then reset the number of Prize cards back to three with Stinger GX and seize advantage of the game.

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There are a ton of different Pokemon in this deck and you won't always be able to draw what you need as you need it. Pokemon Communication TEU 152 helps you trade in a Pokemon you don't currently need for one you do. With Beast Ball CES 125, you'll be able to know exactly what cards are included in your Prize cards as well as make sure you'll be able to play Naganadel-GX FLI 56. Since there's a few remaining Trainer cards you'll want to make sure are in your deck and not in your Prize cards, you can see how Beast Ball CES 125 can be important to play.

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These last few Trainer cards all serve very important roles in helping you win the game. With Great Catcher CEC 192, you'll be able to switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench. You'll generally want to bring up a Tag Team Pokemon-GX, so that you can win by KO'ing that Tag Team and drawing three Prize cards. If you can't KO that Pokemon in one hit, you'll want to attach Island Challenge Amulet CEC 194 to one of your Pokemon-GX (so that your opponent will only take one Prize card if that Pokemon-GX gets Knocked Out). Lana's Fishing Rod CEC 195 can help you get back a Pokemon Tool (likely Island Challenge Amulet CEC 194, if possible) and a Pokemon from your discard pile.

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While I don't normally talk much about Energy, I did want to mention how useful Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 can be. It can fully power up Naganadel-GX FLI 56's Stinger GX attack, Persian-GX UNB 149's Vengeance attack, or Naganadel LOT 108's Turning Point attack for the turn.

Wrapping Up

There's a lot going on in this deck and it takes a lot of concentration to play optimally. If you're looking for a deck that will provide you with a challenge to play as well as be competitive, then you should try this deck out.

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. 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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