Hello again CFB Pro readers! Welcome back to another article of mine. I’m sure you’ve all heard that your very own Azul Garcia Griego ended up winning the Players Cup III tournament with a Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX deck that he worked on with Mike Fouchet, another member of ChannelFireball! I was very happy to see them both doing so well.
Rapid Strike Urshifu took a while to be successful in the online cups when Battle Styles first became available. Its Gale Thrust attack is like one of my personal favorite cards, Golisopod-GX’s First Impression attack, and it has even been successfully paired with Cinccino for a current era version of Zoropod. However, The Jirachi-based version is clearly one of the top decks, and you could even argue it’s the best deck in the format now. I personally have a hard time choosing one single deck as the best deck, as there’s a lot of variance in the game right now with cards like Crushing Hammer and Marnie. However, the Stellar Wish Jirachi engine, combined with very efficient one Energy or two Energy attacks, is a great way to counter both of those.
I’m going to break down Azul’s list, as it contains a very nice combination of consistency and versatility with the single copy cards to help maneuver a variety of situations. These techs also open a lot of different plays!
##Pokémon - 18 4 Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 153 3 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 88 3 Jirachi TEU 99 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57 1 Mimikyu CEC 97 1 Mew UNB 76 1 Jirachi-GX UNM 79 1 Giratina UNM 86 1 Galarian Zigzagoon SHF 151 1 Crobat V DAA 104 ##Trainer Cards - 33 4 Professor's Research SSH 178 4 Marnie SSH 169 3 Boss's Orders SHF 58 4 Switch SSH 183 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165 4 Quick Ball SSH 179 3 Pokémon Communication TEU 152 1 Reset Stamp UNM 206 1 Karate Belt UNM 201 1 Great Catcher CEC 192 1 Escape Rope BST 125 1 Air Balloon SSH 156 2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179 ##Energy - 9 5 Fighting Energy 6 4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140