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Searching Standard: Whimsicott-GX / Porygon-Z Deck

Unbroken Bonds has given us a ton of new playable cards. One of my favorite cards from this set is Whimsicott-GX UNB 140. This week I have for you a deck that features Whimsicott-GX UNB 140. I found it on the Japanese website poke-cardmanjr.com, and since this site is originally in Japanese, I'm not sure who to give credit to for this deck. Regardless, it's a pretty fun looking deck. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 has a super fun and frustrating ability called Fluffy Cotton. With Fluffy Cotton, you have a 50/50 chance of having Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 take no damage from your opponent's attack. If you get lucky, you can avoid having Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 get knocked out over multiple turns. This can be very frustrating for your opponent. This Ability will allow you to get multiple attacks with its Energy Blow attack, which grows stronger with each Energy you attach to this Pokemon. Whimsicott-GX UNB 140's Toy Box GX attack can be very useful as it allows you to find any five cards from your deck and put them into your hand.

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Victini GRI 10's Victory Star Ability helps the odds be in your favor by allowing you to reflip an unsuccessful coin flip for Whimsicott-GX UNB 140's Fluffy Cotton Ability. Since you can only use one Victory Star Ability per turn, if you happen to draw both copies of Victini GRI 10, you should only put one in play and hold the second copy in reserve so that there's no chance your opponent can knock it out by putting damage on your Benched Pokemon. There is no Fire Energy 2 in this deck, so you'll never be able to attack with Victini GRI 10's V-Flame attack.

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Porygon-Z UNB 157 allows you to attach multiple Special Energy cards from your hand to any of your Pokemon thanks to it's Crazy Code Ability. Use that to maximum effect so that you can get as many one-hit knockouts. While it can deal 120 damage with it's Tantrum attack, the fact that using this attack will leave Porygon-Z UNB 157 Confused makes it an attack you only want to use when absolutely necessary.

Even though it's important to get Porygon-Z UNB 157 into play quickly, its pre-evolutions are still quite useful. With Porygon UNB 154, Digicharge is a great attack that you can use to get Energy cards from your deck and into your hand. Porygon2 UNB 156 has the Double Draw attack that allows you to draw two cards. With both of these attacks, you're getting card advantage, and in card games, traditionally, the person that draws more cards wins more often.

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Both Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132 and Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 have Abilities that allow you to search for specific cards when those Pokemon come into play. With Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132's Mysterious Guidance allows you to search your deck for up to two Item cards and put them into your hand. This deck just so happens to have a ton of useful Item cards in it, which I'll discuss later. Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132 can use its Snowy Wind attack to pick off a Wounded Pokemon that your opponent has retreated to their Bench (or use it to place damage wherever you can to allow you an easier knock out when that Pokemon becomes their Active Pokemon). If your opponent happens to be have an Ultra Beast as their Active Pokemon, you can always use Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132's Sublimation GX attack to instantly knock it out.

With Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60, Wonder Tag allows you to find any Supporter card from your deck when you play Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 onto your Bench during your turn. That Ability is what has allowed Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60 to see so much play ever since it became Standard legal. With Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60's Energy Drive attack only requiring colorless energy, it will always be a possible attack that you can use. One thing to keep in mind is that you will never be able to use Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60's Tapu Cure GX attack, since there is no Psychic Energy 5 in this deck.

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Rare Candy CES 142 helps you evolve your Porygon UNB 154 into Porygon-Z UNB 157 without Porygon2 UNB 156. This helps speed things up, shaving off a turn (assuming you have all three Pokemon in your hand). There are no other Stage 2 Pokemon in the deck, so evolving your Porygon line is the only use for this card.

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All of these cards are ways you can draw additional cards on your turn. While Lillie UPR 125 is best used on your first turn, it's still very useful when you have a few cards in your hand that you want to keep and are still looking for other pieces you need. With Cynthia UPR 119, it's best to play her when you are holding cards in your hand that you can't use and want to see new cards. It's also best to play when you have fewer than six cards in your hand. Since Acro Bike CES 123 is an Item, you can play multiple copies of it on any turn. It helps you with card selection, as you're able to keep the better of the two cards you see and it thins your deck by two cards.

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Nest Ball SUM 123, Ultra Ball SUM 135, and Professor Elm's Lecture LOT 188 are all cards you can use to find specific Pokemon from your deck. Nest Ball SUM 123 and Ultra Ball SUM 135 are both used in the majority of Standard decks because of their usefulness. With Professor Elm's Lecture LOT 188 you are able to find Porygon UNB 154, Cottonee UNB 139, or Alolan Vulpix GRI 21. These are all Basic Pokemon that set up things to help this deck run smoothly.

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Field Blower GRI 125 is simply an answer to decks that are using Items or Stadiums that negatively affect you. If your opponent isn't playing any of these cards, feel free to discard Field Blower GRI 125 when playing Ultra Ball SUM 135.

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With both Switch SUM 132 and Guzma BUS 115, you are able to set up attacks that favor you the most. They make it easier for you to make one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon their Active Pokemon, and you can move up someone that you can knock out in one attack. You can also move up a Pokemon with a high retreat cost if you need a turn or two to set things up on your side of the board.

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Diantha FLI 105, Pal Pad UPR 132, and Rescue Stretcher GRI 130 all allow you to reuse things that have gone to your discard pile. Diantha FLI 105 can get you any two cards from your discard pile at the cost of only being able to be played if one of your Fairy Type Pokemon was knocked out the previous turn. As such, she's much more powerful than Pal Pad UPR 132 and Rescue Stretcher GRI 130 are, but each of them can still be useful.

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With Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star TEU 158, the attacks of all non-Fairy Type Pokemon have their cost increased by one colorless energy. This affects both you and your opponent. Keep that in mind if you plan on attacking with any Pokemon other than Whimsicott-GX UNB 140 or Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT 132 (or possibly Cottonee UNB 139 if it's early in the game).

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All of these cards are Special Energy cards that you can attach to any of your Pokemon with Porygon-Z UNB 157's Crazy Code Ability. The main thing to remember is that Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190 can only be attached to an Evolution Pokemon, so keep that in mind.

Wrapping Up

If you enjoy playing a deck that can be absolutely frustrating for your opponent to play against, give this deck a try. With coin flips being so important to the success of this deck, the randomness might not make it a Top Tier contender, but I think it looks like a lot of fun to try out.

Thank you to the folks at poke-cardmanjr.com 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. Also, feel free to share this article with your friends anywhere on social media.  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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