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Searching Standard: Rampardos Fossils Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. We're still a few weeks away from the release of Sword and Shield. That means there's only a few weeks left to play our current decks until a shakeup happens. This week I have for you a deck that features Rampardos UPR 65. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Rampardos UPR 65 gets this party started by being our main attacker. Its Clean Hit attack is able to deal 60 damage to any Basic Pokemon and 120 damage to any Evolution Pokemon. Obviously, this attack is better when used against an Evolution Pokemon. If you're facing a Basic Pokemon, the only reason to attack with Clean Hit is if you're short on Energy. If you have three Fighting Energy 6 attached to Rampardos UPR 65, you can use the Wild Crash attack to Knock Out any Basic Pokemon, regardless of how many HP they have remaining or if they are resistant to Fighting Type Pokemon.

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Carracosta UNM 45's Ancient Custom Ability makes it so that your opponent gets no benefit from any Pokemon Tool cards they have attached to their Pokemon. You can also attack for a fair amount of damage with its Aqua Impact attack, especially against many Tag Team Pokemon.

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Aerodactyl-GX UNM 106's Primal Winds Ability makes it more difficult for your opponent to retreat. You can use that to your advantage while attacking with Boulder Crush for 120 damage. If you're facing a fresh Pokemon that's fully powered up, you can use Aerodactyl-GX UNM 106's Wild Dive GX attack which can deal a massive amount of damage to an opposing Pokemon with a lot of Energy attached to it.

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Jirachi TEU 99 is included in this deck solely for its Stellar Wish Ability. Use this Ability to search out the Trainer cards you need, then attach an Escape Board UPR 122 to Jirachi TEU 99 and retreat for free while sleeping.

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Marshadow UNB 81 is a great situational Pokemon, provided that your opponent has specific things in play. If they happen to have a Stadium card you need to deal with, you can use Marshadow UNB 81's Resetting Hole Ability to discard it. If your opponent happens to rely on a team of Ultra Beasts, attack with Marshadow UNB 81's Red Knuckles attack and deal 70 damage for a single Energy.

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Since this deck relies on playing so many Pokemon that evolve from Unidentified Fossil CEC 207, it's a little surprising that there's only a single copy of it in the entire deck. Luckily, you can search your deck for up to two Pokemon that evolve from Unidentified Fossil CEC 207 and put them onto your Bench each turn that you have Pokémon Research Lab UNM 205 in play. Your opponent will also be able to do this, but it's not likely that this will help them if they're not playing a similar deck.

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Both Cynthia UPR 119 and Copycat CES 127 are the primary Supporters in this deck that allow you to draw additional cards. While Cynthia UPR 119 is consistent, Copycat CES 127 has the ability to draw you a variable amount of cards, dependent on how many cards your opponent currently has in their hand.

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Both Rosa CEC 204 and Guzma & Hala CEC 193 are the primary ways to search for specific Trainers, such as Pokémon Research Lab UNM 205. Since it's so important to have this Stadium in play early, finding a copy of it from your deck will be of utmost importance if you're hoping for a victory.

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If your opponent has sent up a sacrificial lamb to their Active position while building up their Benched Pokemon, you can use Cyrus Prism Star UPR 120 to foil those plans. Doing so will help you maintain your momentum while halting your opponent's progress.

Faba LOT 173 is a great card to play to negate any advantage your opponent has with a Stadium they have played. It could also be used to get rid of a Pokemon Tool or Special Energy too, but most commonly will be used for Stadium removal.

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Use a Switch CES 147 when you want to keep a wounded Pokemon from getting Knocked out, denying your opponent the opportunity to draw any of their Prize cards. Alternatively, you can use it to bring up a Pokemon from your Bench so that you can gain additional damage due to your opponent's Weakness.

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With Great Catcher CEC 192, you can make an opponent's Pokemon-GX from their Bench their Active Pokemon. Use this when you're able to score a quick Knock Out whenever possible.

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Use Pokémon Communication TEU 152 to trade in a Pokemon from your hand for one from your deck. This is a great way to be able to find an Evolution Pokemon you need.

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This batching of cards all deal with Energy. Energy Spinner UNB 170 allows you to find three Energy cards early on if you're able to play it on your first turn when you go second. It still helps by allowing you to find a basic Energy card even later in the game. Using Energy Switch CES 129 allows you to maintain your momentum even in the face of having one of your Pokemon Knocked Out. Karate Belt UNM 201 allows you to attack easier, when you're behind on Prize cards, by allowing you to ignore one Fighting Energy in the cast of your attacks.

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I've talked at length about why Reset Stamp UNM 206 is played so frequently as a means of catching up in the event that you fall behind on Prize cards. It's a Standard staple, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

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Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 allows your Pokemon that have any Fighting Energy 6 attached to them to deal more damage. While the actual bonus is dependent on whether your opponent has taken more Prize cards than you or not, bonus damage is still bonus damage. Just be aware that this card affects both players equally, so you might not want to play it if your opponent is using any Fighting Energy 6 themselves.

Wrapping Up

There's just a few more weeks until our Standard landscape gets shaken up with the release of a new set. Until that happens, I'll keep searching for new and innovative decks to bring to each week.

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. Also, check out my new 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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