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Searching Standard: Post-Rotation Baby Blacephalon Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week we're looking at another deck that's got a lot of potential after Standard rotation happens on August 28. It features the Ultra Beast, Blacephalon UNB 32. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Blacephalon UNB 32 is the main attacker in this deck, and thanks to its Fireball Circus attack, you have the potential to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon in one shot. Doing so, though, does require having Fire Energy 2 cards in your hand that you can discard. We'll see, later on, the ways to get Fire Energy 2 into your hand.

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Victini V SSH 25 makes for a great alternate attacker. Against certain decks, like decks featuring Centiskorch VMAX, you can deal a lot of damage with Victini V SSH 25's Energy Burst attack. Also, in the early stages of the game, you can use Victini V SSH 25's Spreading Flames attack to completely power up Blacephalon UNB 32's Fireball Circus attack, as long as you are able to get Fire Energy 2 cards into your discard pile.

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Zacian V SSH 138 is included specifically for the use of its Intrepid Sword Ability. With this Ability, you're always guaranteed to add three cards to your hand each time you use it.

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If you find yourself in the position where you've damaged an opponent's Pokemon, but they've retreated it to the safety of their Bench, you'll be happy to play Cramorant V SSH 155. Thanks to its Spit Shot attack, Cramorant V SSH 155 can deal 160 damage to any of your opponent's Pokemon in play. Using this attack does require you to discard all Energy attached to Cramorant V SSH 155, but you have ways to get that Energy back into play.

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Both Dedenne-GX UNB 57 and Jirachi TEU 99 are utility Pokemon that you can use. When you play Dedenne-GX UNB 57 to your Bench, you can discard your hand and draw a new hand of six cards. This can be a great way to get some Fire Energy 2 into your discard pile. With Jirachi TEU 99, you can use its Stellar Wish Ability to pull a Trainer card from the top portion of your deck into your hand. While we lose Escape Board UPR 122 with rotation, Jirachi TEU 99 is still useful to play, even without a way to retreat it once it falls asleep.

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While you could use Marshadow UNB 81 for its Red Knuckles attack, it's actually in the deck for a different purpose. With its Resetting Hold Ability, you can discard Marshadow UNB 81 from your Bench to discard any Stadium your opponent has in play. It's especially important to use this if they have Chaotic Swell CEC 187 in play. That allows you to play Giant Hearth UNM 197, a Stadium that will help you get the Fire Energy 2 into your hand so that you can fuel Blacephalon UNB 32's Fireball Circus attack.

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Both Oricorio-GX CEC 95 and Lucky Egg SSH 167 are included as ways to replenish your hand if one of your Pokemon happens to get Knocked Out. Since you want to be able to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon with one attack if possible, it's important to keep a full hand which will likely include Fire Energy 2 in it.

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This deck wants to go second so you can get the maximum benefit from playing Energy Spinner UNB 170. Even if you have to play Energy Spinner UNB 170 on a later turn, it helps thin your deck of one Energy card.

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Welder UNB 189 is one of the best Supporter cards currently in Standard. Not only does it provide Energy ramping, but it also allows you to draw additional cards. Pal Pad SSH 172 offers you the potential to play Welder UNB 189 up to six times during a game.

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Both Energy Retrieval SSH 160 and Fire Crystal UNB 173 offer you ways to return Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to your hand. This way, you can keep discarding the same Energy cards when you attack with Blacephalon UNB 32's Fireball Circus attack.

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You can use Great Catcher CEC 192 to set up an easy Knock Out of one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon-GX. This can allow you to get a jump on the Prize race and can potentially allow you to win the game unexpectedly.

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Since this deck doesn't play any Evolution Pokemon, you can use Quick Ball SSH 179 to search your deck for any Pokemon you might need.

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For those times you fall behind, you can use Reset Stamp UNM 206 as a means of catching up. By playing Reset Stamp UNM 206, you'll often be able to slow down your opponent's momentum and allow yourself the chance to get back into the game.

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If you don't want to give your opponent a Prize card, you can use Scoop Up Net RCL 165 as a means of denial. While it only works on a few of your Pokemon, it can allow you to save a Blacephalon UNB 32 from getting Knocked Out. It's also a great way of putting a sleeping Jirachi TEU 99 back into your hand, allowing you to attack the turn you use Jirachi TEU 99's Stellar Wish Ability.

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Much like Scoop Up Net RCL 165, Switch SSH 183 can keep your Pokemon from getting Knocked Out. Switch SSH 183 also allows you to move a fully powered attacked to your Active Position from your Bench, without having to discard any Energy to pay a retreat cost.

Wrapping Up

Many people have wondered if Blacephalon UNB 32 would still have what it takes to be a contender in our post-rotation Standard, since his cohort in crime, Blacephalon-GX LOT 52, is rotating. As you can see from this deck, Blacephalon UNB 32 can do just fine.

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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