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Searching Standard: Toxtricity VMAX / Garbodor Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. I'm back again this week with another deck featuring cards from Rebel Clash. The deck I have for you this week features Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71 has the G-Max Riot attack, which deals 160 damage. It will also deal an additional 80 damage if your opponent's Active Pokemon is Poisoned. While you can enable this extra damage by using Toxtricity V RCL 70's Poison Jab attack, it can be a little difficult to do since you'll want to evolve into Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71. Luckily, there's another way to Poison your opponent's Active Pokemon easily coming up. (I also wanted to mention that Toxtricity V RCL 70 has the Electric Riot attack which is similar to Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71's G-Max Riot attack, but only does a maximum of 180 damage if the opposing Active Pokemon is Poisoned.)

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One easy way to ensure that your opponent's Active Pokemon is Poisoned is with the use of Garbodor RCL 118's Poisonous Puddle Ability. As long as either player has a Stadium in play, you can make your opponent's Active Pokemon Poisoned. That poison also deals extra damage between each player's turn, as well.

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Eldegoss V RCL 19 has the Happy Match Ability, allowing us to return a Supporter card from our discard pile to our hand when you play Eldegoss V RCL 19 from your hand onto your Bench. Supporters are generally a great way to draw additional cards, and drawing additional cards equates to having card advantage. That leads to winning more games. Also, you can use this Ability multiple times by attacking with Eldegoss V RCL 19's Float Up attack.

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If Zapdos TEU 40 moves from your Bench to your Active position during your turn, its Thunderous Assault attack will deal 80 damage. That's really good for only requiring one Energy to use. By attaching an Air Balloon SSH 156, you allow Zapdos TEU 40 to retreat for free, allowing you to always deal 80 damage when it attacks.

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Zeraora-GX LOT 86 has the Thunderclap Zone Ability that can allow any of your Pokemon with a Lightning Energy attached to it to retreat for free. Since all of the Energy in this deck provides Lightning Energy, it can be easy to switch your Active Pokemon with anyone from your Bench.

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The main use of Tapu Koko Prism Star TEU 51 will be to put it into the Lost Zone with its Dance of the Ancients Ability as a means of ramping up your Energy. While it's possible that you'll need to attack with its Mach Bolt attack, it's not your main attacker and shouldn't be treated as such.

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Every deck needs ways to draw additional cards. This grouping of cards is used exactly for that purpose. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 has its Dedechange Ability, allowing you to discard your hand and draw a new hand of six cards when you play Dedenne-GX UNB 57 from your hand onto your Bench. Professor's Research SSH 178 is similar, but it gives you a new hand of seven cards instead of six. Marnie SSH 169 offers you the chance of a new hand, while shuffling your current hand back into your deck. It can also help foil an opponent's upcoming plans once they have searched for specific cards in their hand.

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Decks also need ways to find the Pokemon you need in order to evolve quickly and attack efficiently. These cards all help with that. Evolution Incense SSH 163 can help you find Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71 or Garbodor RCL 118. Quick Ball SSH 179 can be used to find any of the other Pokemon from your deck. If you happen to draw a Pokemon that isn't essential to your current plan, you can swap it for something more useful from your deck by using Pokemon Communication TEU 152.

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This pair of cards are useful when attacking. With Counter Gain LOT 170, you'll be able to use Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71's G-Max Riot attack much quicker than usual, as long as your opponent has taken more of their Prize cards than you have. Electropower LOT 172 adds 30 damage to your Pokemon's attacks, allowing you to deal out a possible 270 damage (or more) with Toxtricity VMAX RCL 71's G-Max Riot attack. Thanks to its use, you have the ability to Knock Out any opposing Pokemon with a single attack.

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Both Tool Scrapper RCL 168 and Reset Stamp UNM 206 are cards that are situational. With Tool Scrapper RCL 168, you'll be able to discard up to two Pokemon Tools attached to your opponent's Pokemon. Against certain decks, that can neutralize a powerful threat. Reset Stamp UNM 206 has proven itself to be a great way to come back once your opponent has taken most of their Prize cards.

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When attacking, you might be able to score a Prize card if you somehow had a way to attack a Pokemon on your opponent's Bench instead of their Active Pokemon. Thanks to Boss's Orders RCL 154, you can switch that Benched Pokemon with your opponent's Active Pokemon, allowing you to make the beneficial attack and getting the Prize card.

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By using Guzma & Hala CEC 193, you'll be able to search your deck for either of your Stadium cards, Thunder Mountain Prism Star LOT 191 or Viridian Forest TEU 156. You can also discard two other cards as a way of finding a copy of either Air Balloon SSH 156 or Counter Gain LOT 170 and a copy of Speed Lightning Energy RCL 173. While it can often be worthwhile to do this, it is dependent on whether you need any of those additional cards at the time you play Guzma & Hala CEC 193.

Wrapping Up

If you're looking for a deck with lightning-fast speed, this might be the deck for you. All puns aside, this looks like a powerful deck, as long as you're able to get the Pokemon you need in play quickly and at the same time.

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 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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