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Searching Standard: Post-Rotation Charizard VMAX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. With the release of Darkness Ablaze just over a week away, it's time to start focusing on some of the new decks that will be possible. As such, we'll be taking a look at a deck that was originally brought to you on YouTube by a content creator named Rare Candy. It features a favorite Pokemon of many, Charizard. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

 

Translations:

Charizard VMAX – Fire – HP330
VMAX Pokemon (Gigantamax) – Evolves from Charizard V

[C][C][C] Claw Swipe: 100 damage.

[R][R][R][C][C] G-Max Wildfire: 300 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

When your Pokemon VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Charizard V – Fire – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Claw Slash: 80 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 220 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Charizard VMAX is the main attacker in this deck. With its Claw Swipe attack, you'll deal 100 damage. This is the attack that you'll most often use, however Charizard VMAX has a great secondary attack you can use. In the event that your opponent's Active Pokemon has in excess of 200 HP, you can use Charizard VMAX's G-Max Wildfire attack. This will deal 300 damage, but will also force you to discard two Energy from Charizard VMAX. Charizard V's attacks are very similar to Charizard VMAX's, just a little smaller.

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With Volcanion UNB 25's Fire Starter attack, you'll be able to ramp up the Energy on your Pokemon. This is especially useful as your first attack if you go second. However, having Volcanion UNB 25 as your Active Pokemon later in the game can be beneficial. You'll still be able to ramp your Energy with Fire Starter. You can also use its High-Heat Blast attack to deal 110 damage as long as you have 4 or more Fire Energy 2 in play.

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Thanks to Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability, you can put 1 damage counter on any of your opponent's Pokemon when you play Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 from your hand onto your Bench. This can be a great way to finish off a Pokemon that's nearly Knocked Out, or it can allow you to deal some damage to a Pokemon that has more than 300 HP, so that it's possible to knock that Pokemon out with a single G-Max Wildfire attack from Charizard VMAX.

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Translation:

Crobat V – Darkness – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Dark Asset
When you play this Pokemon from your hand onto your Bench during your turn, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. You can’t use more than 1 Dark Asset Ability each turn.

[D][C] Venomous Fang: 70 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

This group of cards all draw you additional cards. Both Dedenne-GX UNB 57 and Crobat V have Abilities that allow you to draw additional cards during your turn. Neither of them will be able to attack, so make sure you keep them on your Bench. Professor's Research SSH 178 is similar to Dedenne-GX UNB 57's Dedechange Ability, except that it draws you one additional card.

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The main use for Eldegoss V RCL 19 is to use its Happy Match Ability as a way to play Welder UNB 189 an additional time. Welder UNB 189 is quite possibly the best Supporter card in Standard, and it allows you to both ramp up the amount of Energy attached to your Pokemon and draw additional cards.

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In addition to Welder UNB 189, Fire Crystal UNB 173 and Giant Hearth UNM 197 round out the trifecta of Trainer cards that are always seen together in Fire-based decks. Giant Hearth UNM 197 offers a way of finding Fire Energy 2 from your deck. It does require you to discard a card, and there will be times that discarding a Fire Energy 2 in order to find two others will be the best play. With Fire Crystal UNB 173, you have a means of returning three Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to your hand.

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With Quick Ball SSH 179, you'll be able to find the majority of the Pokemon in this deck. The only one you can't find will be Charizard VMAX. For that, you'll need to use Pokemon Communication TEU 152.

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This batch of cards are all useful to help set up favorable attacks. With Switch SSH 183, you'll be able to move a fully powered attacker from your Bench to your Active Position. It's also useful to help prevent one of your Pokemon from getting Knocked Out. With Boss's Orders RCL 154 you can switch the opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, preferably a Pokemon that will provide you with multiple Prize cards when you knock it out.

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By attaching Vitality Band SSH 185 to Charizard VMAX, you'll be able to Knock Out an opponent's Pokemon that has more than 300 HP. By utilizing the damage that Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability provides, you can even Knock Out the biggest of Pokemon with a single attack. Scoop Up Net RCL 165 offers additional uses of Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability, as well as providing a safety net that can protect you from suffering a big Knock Out that provides your opponent with multiple Prize cards.

Wrapping Up

Charizard VMAX isn't just a fan favorite. It's also a new Pokemon from Darkness Ablaze that's sure to set the tournament scene on fire (pun intended).

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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