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Searching Standard: Post Team Up Granbull Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week I have for you a deck that only plays a couple of new cards from Team Up, but looks like it has the tools needed to compete in this new post Team Up world. This deck was posted on the PokeBeach Forums by a user named TSA123 and features Granbull LOT 138. Let's take a look at the deck.

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Granbull LOT 138 is the main attacker in this deck, provided you can maintain a hand of zero cards. If you can manage this, you'll be able to deal out 160 damage each time you use your All Out attack for a single Energy. While it's possible to attack with Giant Fangs, it's not very likely, so don't count on doing it. Luckily there are a lot of things in this deck to help you manage your hand size.

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Magcargo CES 24 is one of those things in this deck to help you manage your hand size. By using its Smooth Over Ability you can find the cards needed to help you discard unneeded cards from your hand. If you already have your hand size under control, you can always search for a card that you know you'll be able to immediately play the following turn such as a Pokemon to either put onto your bench or to evolve into.

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Since it's important to get a Granbull LOT 138 into play as quickly as possible, Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 is in the deck to serve as an extra copy of Snubbull LOT 137. It can also double as a Slugma LOT 43 if you're bases are covered for Snubbull LOT 137 and you're holding a copy of Magcargo CES 24 and want to evolve.

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Oranguru SUM 113 is another card that helps you manage your hand so that you can find cards that will allow you to discard unneeded cards from your hand via using its Instruct Ability. It also helps you find the Pokemon you'll need for this deck faster than simply hoping to draw into them.

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Wobbuffet LOT 93 is included in this deck simply as a means to counter the attacks and abilities of your opponent's Prism Star Pokemon. With every new set released, there are more and more Prism Star Pokemon introduced to the game, so this card's potential grows with every new release.

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Both Apricorn Maker CES 124 and Pokemon Communication TEU 152 are here for you to be able to find any specific Pokemon you need at any time. Apricorn Maker CES 124 allows you to find any Pokemon Tool with "Ball" in its title, and if you find Ultra Ball SUM 135 you'll be able to find an outlet to discard so you can get your hand size down to zero.

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While playing Diantha FLI 105 comes with a big restriction for when it can be played, the benefits are well worth it. It's a great way for you to return both Granbull LOT 138 and Snubbull LOT 137 so you can play them again. Rescue Stretcher GRI 130 acts similarly and is great when you have a Snubbull LOT 137 on the Bench that hasn't evolved when your Granbull LOT 138 gets knocked out. Pal Pad UPR 132 is a great way to get multiple uses out of your Trainer cards which allows you to run fewer copies of them in your deck allowing you room for more options.

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Guzma BUS 115 has been a staple card in Standard for quite a while. He allows you to set up combats that are in your favor easily.

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Switch CES 147 allows you to bring up a Pokemon from your Bench that you've built up and make it your Active Pokemon. It's also a great way to swap out a weakened Pokemon that will likely be knocked out after the next attack, so you can deny your opponent from drawing one of their Prize Cards.

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Both of these types of Poke Balls are great ways to thin your deck by finding Pokemon from your deck to put on your Bench.

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Both Ultra Ball SUM 135 and Mysterious Treasure FLI 113 help you find a Pokemon you need as well as helping you empty your hand so that you'll be able to attack with your Granbull LOT 138 easier. Keep in mind that Mysterious Treasure FLI 113 is only able to find your Wobbuffet LOT 93, so it is less versatile than Ultra Ball SUM 135.

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Choice Band GRI 121 can help you out against those decks that are using Pokemon-GX. Even if they aren't playing any Pokemon-GX, you'll want to attach Choice Band GRI 121 to one of your Pokemon so that you can maintain your hand size. Shrine of Punishment CES 143 also helps you deal with decks utilizing Pokemon-GX while also acting as a way to remove an opponent's Stadium that they may have in play.

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With Bodybuilding Dumbbells BUS 113 your Granbull LOT 138 will have 170 HP. That extra 40 HP can mean the difference between your opponent being able to knock you out in one hit versus two.

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Field Blower GRI 125 is a general, all-purpose card that most decks usually run a copy or two of to deal with problematic Pokemon Tools. You can also play it if your opponent doesn't have any Pokemon Tools or Stadiums in play since it allows you to choose up to two cards to discard. This can be helpful if you need to get this card out of your hand so Granbull LOT 138 can attack to it's fullest.

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Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star TEU 158 is a card that you don't see played very often because it negatively affects all non-Fairy Type Pokemon. In this deck, though, it's a great addition that will almost certainly make the majority of your opponent's attacks more difficult to use.

Wrapping Up

Playing this deck certainly looks like a fun challenge. While maintaining a hand size of zero cards can be difficult, the reward for doing so is definitely worth it in this deck.

Thank you to PokeBeach.com Forum user TSA123 for posting this decklist.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or you can reply to me directly on Twitter (@mikelikesmtg), 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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