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Searching Standard: Updated Mad Party 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'm taking a look at a deck that was recently featured on the YouTube channel of LittleDarkFury. This deck features the Mad Party attack, but includes a few upgrades for today’s Standard environment. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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This group of cards all have the Mad Party attack (or allow you to evolve into a Pokemon with this attack, in the case of Sinistea DAA 82). Some of these Pokemon will be Pokemon that you attack with, while others will only be useful when they go to your discard pile. The main attackers are Bunnelby DAA 150 and Polteageist DAA 83, as their Mad Party attack only requires two colorless Energy to use. Both Dedenne DAA 78 and Galarian Mr. Rime DAA 36 can be discarded to help fuel the damage from your Mad Party attacks.

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Zoroark EVS 103 is an interesting addition to this style of deck. Thanks to its Phantom Transformation Ability, you'll be able to 'transform' Zoroark EVS 103 into any Stage 1 Pokemon in your discard pile. This can be used to get a copy of Polteageist DAA 83 into play, allowing you to attack with Mad Party. However, the next pair of cards offers some additional choices to 'transform' into that can affect your opponent's game.

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By 'transforming' into Flapple EVS 120, you can really punish an opposing deck that relies on a lot of Abilities. Flapple EVS 120's Acidic Mucus attack will deal 50 damage for each Pokemon your opponent has in play that has an Ability. Plus, Acidic Mucus requires only a single Energy to use. Gorebyss FST 67 doesn't have an attack you'll be able to use, but it does have the Rapid Strike Canceler Ability. This Ability negates the effects of the Abilities of your opponent's Rapid Strike Pokemon. Sorry Inteleon CRE 43, no sniping for you.

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As with most deck, you'll want to play some Item cards to help you find the Pokemon you need. Quick Ball FST 237 can find any Basic Pokemon from within your deck. It's also a great way to discard a Pokemon to fuel up your Mad Party attacks. Great Ball CPA 52 can find any Pokemon, but that Pokemon must be within the top seven cards of your deck. Level Ball BST 129 is restricted to only finding a Pokemon with 90 HP or less, but that's a majority of the Pokemon within this deck.

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The final Item you can use to find the Pokemon you need is Evolution Incense SSH 163. Evolution Incense SSH 163 allows you to search your deck for any Evolution Pokemon to put into your hand. Using this is a great way to find Stage 1 Pokemon for Zoroark EVS 103 to 'transform' into.

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This group of Supporters all help you discard cards while also allowing you to draw additional cards. Zinnia's Resolve EVS 164 can only be played if you discard two other cards from your hand, and you'll draw a number of cards equal to the number of Pokemon your opponent has in play. With Milo CPA 57, you can discard either one or two cards and draw two cards for each card discarded this way. Finally, with Allister VIV 146, you'll draw three cards and then discard anywhere from one to three cards, however many you choose. Be sure to use these cards to help get Pokemon with the Mad Party attack into your discard pile so you can deal extra damage when attacking.

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Both Boss's Orders SHF 58 and Professor's Research CEL 23 are Standard staples, found in most decks. Boss's Orders SHF 58 helps you target the Pokemon of your choice when attacking. Professor's Research CEL 23 allows you to draw a new hand of seven cards after discarding your current hand. It's another great way to get Pokemon with the Mad Party attack into your discard pile.

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The final pair of Trainer cards are general all-purpose cards. Air Balloon SSH 156 can be attached to a Pokemon to help lower its Retreat Cost by two Energy. You'll often want to hold onto this until after your opponent switches your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 can be used to shuffle up to two Pokemon from your discard pile back into your deck. You won't be able to choose its other option since there is no Basic Energy in this deck.

Wrapping Up

Mad Party decks are fun to play and annoying to play against. The inclusion of Gorebyss FST 67 makes this deck more competitive against decks that feature Inteleon CRE 43.

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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