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Searching Standard: Shiftry / Obstagoon Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard, where each and every week I look for new, innovative decks for you to play in Standard. This week, I have a deck for you that was recently played by YouTuber, Flex Daddy Righteous. It focuses on the Shiftadieu attack of Shiftry EVS 97 to return your opponent's Active Pokemon and all attached cards into their hand. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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With Shiftry EVS 97's Shiftadieu attack, if your opponent's Active Pokemon has any damage counters on it, you can force your opponent to put it and all attached cards into their hand. While that is a neat effect to have, what's to stop your opponent from playing that Pokemon to its Bench next turn and setting it back up to be an attacker? The answer lies with Galarian Obstagoon CPA 37.

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Thanks to Galarian Obstagoon CPA 37's Wicked Ruler Ability, you'll be able to force your opponent to discard cards from their hand until only four cards remain there. This will help eliminate the threat of their large attackers, as these Pokemon are usually Evolution Pokemon whose attacks require multiple Energy to use. Galarian Obstagoon CPA 37 is also useful for its Knuckle Impact attack, which you might be able to use to score some Knock Outs. Prior to evolving into Galarian Obstagoon CPA 37, Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 helps get things started thanks to its Headbutt Tantrum Ability. Also, note that the only way to evolve Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 into Galarian Obstagoon CPA 37 is with the use of Rare Candy SSH 180.

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You can fine Rare Candy SSH 180, or another Trainer card you might need, by using Drizzile SSH 56's Shady Dealings Ability. Then, continue to evolve into Inteleon CRE 43 so you can use its Quick Shooting Ability to place two damage counters on any one of your opponent's Pokemon. Those damage counters further help out your Shiftadieu attack from Shiftry EVS 97. As you can see, each Pokemon helps out the next, working together to help out your overall strategy.

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As with most decks, this deck has a few Pokemon Items to help us find the Pokemon we need in order for things to run smoothly. By remembering what each Item is limited to getting, you'll be able to utilize these perfectly. Evolution Incense SSH 163 can only find an Evolution Pokemon, while Quick Ball SSH 179 can only find Basic Pokemon. Level Ball BST 129 isn't concerned with the stage a Pokemon is, but instead can only find smaller Pokemon with 90 HP or less.

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Most decks also rely on Trainers to help them draw additional cards. Professor's Research SHF 60 allows you to draw seven cards, but to do so, you'll first need to discard your current hand. Make sure you've played everything from it that you want to before playing Professor's Research SHF 60. Marnie CPA 56 helps a lot once you've returned a Pokemon to your opponent's hand with Shiftry EVS 97's Shiftadieu attack. Your opponent might be forced to shuffle a VMAX Evolution or some Energy cards back into their deck, not knowing when they'll see those cards again. Marnie CPA 56 can really set back your opponent's strategy during the match.

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The final pair of cards are helpful during battles. Boss's Orders SHF 58 allows you to choose a Pokemon from your opponent's Bench to move to their Active Spot. By choosing a Pokemon that has damage counters on it, you can maximize the effectiveness of Shiftry EVS 97's Shiftadieu attack. Scoop Up Net RCL 165 is more of a defensive card for this deck, allowing you to save a Pokemon from getting Knocked Out by your opponent's next attack. It can also be used to allow Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 to get multiple uses from its Headbutt Tantrum Ability.

Wrapping Up

While this deck doesn't hit as hard as other decks, it's still a lot of fun to play. It does require you to think a bit more than some other decks might, since the Pokemon you've just gotten rid of has only been returned to your opponent's hand and could come back soon.

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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