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Searching Standard: Zacian V / Banette Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week, the deck I have for you comes from YouTuber, The Slowpoke Well. It utilizes Zacian V SSH 138 to deal a lot of damage to an opponent's devolved Pokemon VMAX. Let's start by taking a look at the deck.

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Zacian V SSH 138 makes for a great main attacker in this deck. With its ***Brave Blade attack, you can deal 230 damage every other turn. That can be more than enough damage to Knock Out an opponent's Pokemon, especially if it has been devolved. (More on this later.) Zacian V SSH 138 also has the ***Intrepid Sword Ability, which helps power up Zacian V SSH 138 with Metal Energy 8, or adds cards to your hand. Zacian V SSH 138 truly does it all, especially in this deck.

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I mentioned that you'll be hoping to Knock Out your opponent's devolved Pokemon. In order to devolve these Pokemon, you'll want to use Banette VIV 68's ***Curse of Devotion Ability. This Ability allows you to devolve one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon by putting that Evolution into your opponent's hand. This works especially well for Pokemon VMAX's, and you might score a Knock Out easily if that Pokemon has some damage counters already on it. With the help of Scoop Up Net RCL 165, you'll be able to repeat this trick again and again.

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This group of Pokemon are all included in this deck for their Abilities, which help to draw additional cards. Crobat V DAA 104 will refill your hand to six cards with the use of its ***Dark Asset Ability. With Dedenne-GX UNB 57's ***Dedechange Ability, you can discard your current hand in order to draw a new hand of six cards. Finally, you can use Jirachi TEU 99's ***Stellar Wish Ability to find a Trainer card to put into your hand from the top five cards of your deck.

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Phione CEC 57 can switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with one from their Bench with its ***Whirlpool Suction Ability. By doing this, you'll discard all cards attached to Phione CEC 57 and put Phione CEC 57 on the bottom of your deck. Doing this can be a great way to get your opponent's Active Pokemon onto their Bench so you can devolve it with Banette VIV 68's ***Curse of Devotion Ability. Both Boss's Orders RCL 154 and Escape Rope BST 125 act in a similar manner, and can help you set up the Knock Outs you want more easily.

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With Switch SSH 183, you'll be able to move your Active Pokemon to your Bench and have a Benched Pokemon of your choice take its place in the Active Spot. This can be a great way to allow two Zacian V SSH 138's to switch places, allowing you to attack with the ***Brave Blade attack two turns in a row.

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Both Quick Ball SSH 179 and Pokemon Communication TEU 152 help you find the Pokemon from your deck when you need them. Quick Ball SSH 179 can help you find any Basic Pokemon, while Pokemon Communication TEU 152 can allow you to exchange any Pokemon from your hand for any Pokemon in your deck.

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Most decks play copies of Marnie SSH 169 and Professor's Research SSH 178 as a way to draw additional cards. This helps you find what you need more quickly and allows you to have more options available to you.

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Both Metal Saucer SSH 170 and Exp. Share BST 126 help you accelerate the amount of Energy you have in play. With Metal Saucer SSH 170, you can attach a Metal Energy 8 from your discard pile to one of your Benched Metal Type Pokemon. Exp. Share BST 126 allows you to move a Basic Energy card from your Active Pokemon that is getting Knocked Out to the Pokemon that has Exp. Share BST 126 attached to it. By using these cards, you'll keep more Energy in play, allowing you to utilize powerful attacks more easily.

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Chaotic Swell CEC 187 is included in this deck as a means of countering up to two Stadium cards that your opponent plays. It doesn't aid your plans in any way, but may hinder your opponent's plans if played correctly.

Wrapping Up

If you're looking for a deck that can definitely handle Pokemon VMAX's, look no further. This deck looks like a blast to play and is very powerful.

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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