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Searching Standard: Reshiram & Charizard-GX / Flareon-GX Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. My search for new and interesting decklists takes me all over the internet. While many of the decks I present to you are from American players, I've recently stumbled across a Japanese website that also features Pokemon content. You can check it out for yourself at As a fair warning, the site is entirely in Japanese and Google Translate is not the best at translating the content to English. There are also a lot of graphics on the site that have Japanese text in them that will not be translated, so navigating there can be difficult.

While attempting to learn my way around this site, I came across the deck I'll be sharing with you today. Since it was featured in a graphic, I was unable to find the deck creator's name (I'm not fluent in Japanese). With the release of Unbroken Bonds, Fire decks have gotten a huge boost and this deck looks like a typical Fire deck in this new era. Let's take a look at it.

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Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20 are one of the main heavy-hitters in this deck. While their Outrage attack isn't great early on, it does have the potential to dish out 290 damage in the late game. Flare Strike is a much more consistent attack, even though it takes a lot of energy to use. Luckily, as you'll see, this deck has a lot of ways to get Energy into play. The Double Blaze GX attack is also a very energy greedy attack, but it can OHKO (one hit knock out) any Pokemon in the game.

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If you happen to be holding a few Energy cards in your hand, using Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171's Heat Stage attack can be just the attack to help build up the rest of your team. You can also use this attack to power your Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171 up for the next turn and allow the use of Bright Flame. While using this attack will cause you to discard two Fire Energy 2 from Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171, this deck has ways to reuse discarded Energy cards. In a pinch, you could even use Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171's Power Burner GX attack, but don't use it unless you need to. While Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20's Double Blaze GX attack is more powerful, it also takes more energy to use and there will be times it's better for you to use Power Burner GX to pick up a quick knock out that might leave your opponent scrambling.

While Eevee SUM 101 is included as a way to quickly evolve into Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171, Eevee-GX PR-SM SM174 has the ability to stand on its own for quite a while before you evolve it. In fact, thanks to its Ascension DNA Ability, Eevee-GX PR-SM SM174 can take a beating before evolving into a fully healed Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171. Eevee-GX PR-SM SM174 has a decent attack, Boost Dash, that can be used to deal 100 damage while also setting things up so that you have exactly enough energy to use Flareon-GX PR-SM SM171's Bright Flame attack.

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Volcanion UNB 25 is the perfect Pokemon to see in your starting hand. With its 120 HP, it can withstand a hit or two and by using its Flare Starter attack, you're able to begin powering up the rest of your team very quickly. While using Flare Starter on later turns doesn't ramp things up nearly as quickly, it still allows you the potential to place two Energy on your Pokemon, and you'll only be giving up one Prize if it gets knocked out.

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While Salandit UNB 30 is generally nothing to write home about, Salazzle UNB 31 has the Roast Reveal Ability which can be used to keep a continuous stream of new cards in your hand. It also gets Fire Energy 2 into your discard pile for you to get back with Fire Crystal UNB 173.

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Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 is here for one main reason and that is her Wonder Tag Ability. That ability will allow you to search for a key Supporter card and put it into your hand. One great Supporter to search for with this Ability is Kiawe BUS 116. Kiawe BUS 116 acts as a great way to ramp up your team, but it comes at the cost of ending your turn. Even though Wonder Tag is the primary reason for including Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 in this deck, don't overlook her Energy Drive attack, which has the potential to deal a lot of damage.

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Fiery Flint DRM 60, Fire Crystal UNB 173, and Welder UNB 189 are all different ways to search for Fire Energy 2 to utilize. These are the main ways (in conjunction with Kiawe BUS 116) you'll ramp the amount of Energy you have in play. Welder UNB 189 doubles as a great way to draw additional cards as well.

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These cards are used to find specific Pokemon you need. Remember that you do have a couple of copies of Fire Crystal UNB 173 that you can use to return Fire Energy 2 from your discard pile to your hand, so it's possible that you'll want to discard a Fire Energy 2 or two when you play Ultra Ball SUM 135.

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Both Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie UPR 125 are the best ways in Standard for you to draw new cards with. Make sure you've used all of the cards you currently have in hand before playing Lillie UPR 125.

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Both Guzma BUS 115 and Switch CES 147 allow you to set up favorable attacks, enabling you to get easier KO's and take more Prize cards. Guzma BUS 115 also allows you to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench that will be more useful when you attack.

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Choice Band GRI 121 is a great Tool that allows you to deal additional damage to an opponent's Pokemon-GX. If they aren't playing with any Pokemon-GX's, you can always discard this to Ultra Ball SUM 135.

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With Rescue Stretcher GRI 130, you'll be much more likely to return a Pokemon from your discard pile into your hand. It's a great way to get back an important Pokemon you need once it gets knocked out.

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Field Blower GRI 125 is a sort of insurance card for those decks that are playing lots of Pokemon Tools or Stadiums. If your opponent doesn't have many of either of those types of cards, feel free to discard this when playing Ultra Ball SUM 135.

Wrapping Up

I fully expect Fire decks to be powerhouses now that Unbroken Bonds has been released. This deck is a prime example of a deck that can pack quite a punch.

Thank you to the folks at 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 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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