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Searching Standard: Scizor-GX / Lucario & Melmetal-GX Post Rotation Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. We're finally at the point where Standard rotation is happening. As such, this will be my last article that mentions that I'm discussing a post rotation decklist. The deck I have for you this week can take quite a beating and continue dealing damage. This deck was posted to the PokeBeach Forums by a user named jocharbonneau. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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If possible, you'll want to use Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack as early as possible. Since this deck is all about taking less damage from an opponent's attacks, and since all of your main evolved Pokemon are Metal Type Pokemon, reducing the damage they take by 30 from every attack goes a long way. Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 also has the Steel Fist attack that can help you find Metal Energy 8 from your deck to attach to themselves, enabling you to attack with Heavy Impact quickly.

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If you've already gained the benefit from Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120's Full Metal Wall GX attack, you should try attacking with Scizor-GX CES 90 next. When you use its Steel Wing attack, you'll deal out a potential 160 damage (with a minimum of 80 damage), but you'll also reduce the damage Scizor-GX CES 90 takes from attacks next turn by an additional 30. Being able to ignore 60 damage from your opponent's attacks, potentially for the rest of the game, can be quite frustrating for your opponent.

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Scizor LOT 126 is a lot like Scizor-GX CES 90. Both have the ability to reduce the amount of damage they take from an opponent's attack by 30 damage, but while Scizor-GX CES 90 does so with a specific attack, Scizor LOT 126 does it all the time thanks to its Exoskeleton Ability. Scizor LOT 126 also has the Special Blow attack that can deal up to 130 damage to an opponent's Active Pokemon provided that the Pokemon has any Special Energy attached to it. Not too shabby.

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With Cobalion-GX TEU 106 in play, you'll usually be able to ignore any Special Conditions your opponent may try to inflict upon your Pokemon. No damage from Special Conditions plus 30 less damage from attacks equals a team of Pokemon that can typically outlast any opponent. The only weak spot would be if our Pokemon had a weakness to an opponent's Pokemon. Fear not, that will be addressed soon. Going back to Cobalion-GX TEU 106, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that its Dueling Saber attack is pretty decent when either you or your opponent has a Stadium in play. 110 damage for two Energy isn't bad.

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Both Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 and Scyther LOT 3 are here for one reason... to get Scizor-GX CES 90 and, to a lesser degree, Scizor LOT 126 into play quickly.

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Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie UPR 125 are both premier Supporters that allow you to draw additional cards. As such, they're Standard staples that I expect to see in nearly every deck.

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Like Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie UPR 125, Tate & Liza CES 148 is a great way to draw additional cards so you get what you need when you need it. It's also a great way, along with Switch CES 147, to make sure you have the right Active Pokemon when you need it. Use both of these cards to try to set up advantageous attacks whenever you can.

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So, you need a certain Pokemon, but haven't been able to draw into it. Look no further. All of these cards are specifically in the deck to make sure you don't run out of Pokemon and that you get what you need as soon as possible.

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With Adventure Bag LOT 167, you'll often want to find a Great Potion UNM 198 or two, so you can keep your Pokemon-GX in the battle longer. This will most certainly frustrate your opponent. To further frustrate them, use Reset Stamp UNM 206 to force them to shuffle their hand into their deck and draw a new (hopefully smaller) hand.

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While I'm not a huge fan of it, Metal Core Barrier UNB 180 allows you to take 70 less damage from your opponent's attacks on the turn after it is played. The part I don't like is having to discard it at the end of their turn. With that being said, I can see how it could be useful to avoid being knocked out the turn before you're able to knock out the opponent's Active Pokemon. I'm a bigger fan of Metal Frying Pan FLI 112 as it both protects you from 30 damage every turn as well as removing the weakness of the Pokemon it is attached to.

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U-Turn Board UNM 211 is like a gift that keeps on giving. Once in play, it always comes back to your hand if it's ever sent to your discard pile. Use it again and again to allow Scizor-GX CES 90 and Scizor LOT 126 to retreat for free, or use it on Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 to reduce their retreat cost to two Energy.

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Speaking of retreating with Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120, assuming you ever have to do this, you might find a lot of Metal Energy 8 in your discard pile. If that happens, you'll be happy to play Mt. Coronet UPR 130. Not only will Mt. Coronet UPR 130 return two Metal Energy 8 from your discard pile to your hand, but it will also help boost Cobalion-GX TEU 106's Dueling Saber attack.

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Since Fire Type Pokemon are not friends with the majority of Pokemon in this deck, having Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213 attached to your Pokemon will help them stay in the game longer and not make this deck an auto loss to any Fire Type deck.

Wrapping Up

I'm a big fan of decks that make my opponent really have to fight if they want to win. This deck is one of those types of decks. Many people will be frustrated when playing against this deck, so if that's your style of play, this would be a good deck for you.

Thank you to PokeBeach Forum user jocharbonneau 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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