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Searching Standard: Sniping Breloom Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. For a while, in Standard, Fighting Type decks were among the most powerful. New sets came out and the power shifted away from Fighting to Lightning and Fire. I've been on the lookout for a Fighting Type deck that I could show you that could bring the focus back to Fighting Type decks. While I didn't find a deck that's pure Fighting Type, I did find one that uses a Fighting Type very effectively, making it a good choice to play in today's Standard environment. It was posted to the PokeBeach Forums by a user named xwattzy. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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I called this a Fighting Type deck even though Breloom UNM 108 and Diancie FLI 74 are the only Fighting Type Pokemon in the deck. However, Breloom UNM 108 will be your primary attacker thanks to its Pre-Dawn Strike attack. As long as your opponent's Active Pokemon is Asleep, you'll be able to deal 120 damage for only a single Grass Energy 1. This can be brutal against Lightning Type decks featuring Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33. Breloom UNM 108 also has the Spore attack that can be used in a pinch to put an opponent's Active Pokemon to sleep, if needed, although there are additional ways to accomplish this within the deck.

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If you happen to be facing a Fire Type deck featuring Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20, you'll want to have Froslass UNM 38 as your Active Pokemon. By using its Spiteful Sigh attack, you'll be able to deal up to 140 damage for a single Water Energy 3. When you double that due to Weakness, that's just enough to knock out an uninjured Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20 in one hit, netting you three Prize Cards. Froslass UNM 38 also has the Icy Wind attack that deals 40 damage and puts the opponent's Active Pokemon to sleep, setting up Breloom UNM 108's Pre-Dawn Strike attack.

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Diancie FLI 74's sole purpose in this deck is to boost the damage potential from Breloom UNM 108's Pre-Dawn Strike attack with its Princess's Cheers Ability. An extra 20 damage (or 40 damage if they're weak to Fighting Type Pokemon) is nothing to sneeze at, and it can sometimes be the deciding factor of whether you win a match or lose.

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Mareep LOT 75 is another Pokemon that you won't want to be attacking with. Instead, try to take advantage of the ability to Retreat for free that attaching an Escape Board UPR 122 offers.  Ride that board back and forth becoming the Active Pokemon just long enough to put your opponent's Active Pokemon to sleep. Then, Retreat for free and attack the Asleep Pokemon for extra damage.

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Since there's quite a few ways to affect your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Special Condition in this deck, you can use Venomoth UNB 11's Assassin Flight attack to snipe out one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. This is a great way to deal the final damage needed to knock them out if they've previously taken damage and retreated to the 'safety' of their Bench as a way to avoid having you draw any Prize Card(s).

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Ditto Prism Star LOT 154's Almighty Evolution Ability allows you to evolve it into any of your Stage 1 Pokemon. Since this deck has a few, you shouldn't have any problem getting use out of your Ditto Prism Star LOT 154. Make sure to evolve it into whichever Stage 1 will help you out the best against your opponent's Weakness, if possible.

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Since a major theme of this deck is being able to deal extra damage if your opponent's Active Pokemon is Asleep, you'll want to play Slumbering Forest UNM 207 as quickly as possible to ensure that their Pokemon remain Asleep. While it will also affect your own Pokemon, you're not likely to run into a deck like this one that wants to put your Pokemon to sleep very often.

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Cynthia UPR 119 and Lillie UPR 125 are both in this deck as a way to draw extra cards. They're currently the best options in Standard to draw extra cards.

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This batch of cards all help you find the things you need when you need them. You can use Professor Elm's Lecture LOT 188 to find up to three Pokemon with 60 HP or less. You can then use Pokemon Communication TEU 152 to trade one of those Pokemon for a more powerful Stage 1 from your deck. Net Ball LOT 187 serves a dual purpose, helping you either find a Grass Type Pokemon you need or the Grass Energy 1 you need to power up an attack.

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This deck has a fair amount of Supporters, so finding one when you play Pokegear 3.0 UNB 182 shouldn't be too difficult. Make sure, when you're given the choice between multiple Supporters to choose from, that you carefully consider the game state at the time when making your choice. Much of the time, choosing the Supporter that allows you to draw additional cards will be the best choice, but not always.

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Use Brock's Grit TEU 135 to shuffle back important Pokemon that have gotten knocked out or to re-energize your deck. You have to shuffle back six cards, so including only one copy in this deck means you shouldn't draw it too early to meet the requirement to play it.

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Sometimes you'll have a Mareep LOT 75 on your Bench with no way to retreat your Active Pokemon. For those times you simply need to put your opponent's Active Pokemon to sleep, you can use Switch CES 147. This allows you to make Mareep LOT 75 your Active Pokemon just long enough to put your opponent's Active Pokemon to sleep. You can then hop on Mareep LOT 75's Escape Board UPR 122 to retreat for free, bringing up an attacker that can deal extra damage to a Pokemon that's Asleep.

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Since the only type of basic Energy this deck runs is Grass Energy 1, I wanted to make sure to mention that you'll want to save your Unit Energy GrassFireWater UPR 137 to attach to Froslass UNM 38 whenever possible. That's the only way you can use its Spiteful Sigh attack. In addition, you can't get Unit Energy GrassFireWater UPR 137 back with Brock's Grit TEU 135, so once you use your Unit Energy GrassFireWater UPR 137, they're gone.

Wrapping Up

If you're the type of player that enjoys putting your opponent's Pokemon to sleep, knowing that there's a small possibility they'll wake up between turns and ruin your plans, you'll want to give this deck a try. Plus, it's a deck that's looking to take advantage of extra damage thanks to the Weaknesses of some of the current decks doing well in Standard.

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. 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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