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Deck Highlight — Standard Coalossal VMAX

Coalossal is far better in Expanded but still has a Standard presence. This deck was forgotten for the past few weeks but more people are running it to deal with Pikarom. Coalossal is underpowered in comparison to some of its Pokemon VMAX counterparts, but it’s extremely Energy efficient. When it first released, most people thought it would be paired with healing (Mallow & Lana). This was true for a spell, but most lists don’t include it anymore. Why is this? Well people have hedged their bets that Crushing Hammer‘s impact is valuable enough to run. Rotom Phone is almost always a four-of now for added consistency as well. I do like the Phone a lot to make sure you’re hitting for the damage bonus often and getting to attach the Energy. There’s still no general consensus on the deck, this is very clear to see from a recent 300-plus person event:

Why the division? I think it’s basically because this deck isn’t the best. With Mimikyu, it performs well against Mewtwo & Mew GX decks and it already has a favorable matchup against Pikarom. Other than that, its matchups are lackluster. It just doesn’t do enough damage to hang with the best of the rest. Sometimes your Crushing Hammers flips can turn the tide of a game, which isn’t something you want to rely on.

PTCGO Code
##Pokémon - 16
4 Coalossal V VIV 98
3 Coalossal VMAX VIV 99
3 Oranguru SSH 148
1 Phione CEC 57
1 Mimikyu CEC 97
1 Galarian Sirfetch’d V PR-SW 43
1 Eldegoss V CPA 5
1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
1 Crobat V DAA 104
##Trainer Cards - 32
4 Professor's Research SSH 201
3 Marnie SSH 169
3 Boss's Orders RCL 154
4 Switch CES 147
4 Rotom Phone CPA 64
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
4 Crushing Hammer SSH 159
3 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
1 Tool Scrapper DRX 116
1 Buff Padding TEU 136
1 Air Balloon SSH 156
##Energy - 12
8 Fighting Energy 6
4 Stone {F} Energy VIV 164

So why play this deck? Just like Sunday’s peek at Cinderace VMAX, I don’t think you should. It’s lame to say, but this deck is just not that great right now. If you want to hard-counter Pikarom, then sure, but that’s about the best advantage you’re going to get. As for my preferred list, I like the one I’ve included here the most out of the ones I’ve looked at lately. This plays like a midrange deck with the Crushing Hammers looking to gain you tempo while you repeat the same attack for medium damage, ramping up to G-Max Boulder to close things out. Just because I don’t like the deck doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out. It’s still worth a look. I hope I’m pleasantly surprised by Coalossal VMAX in the future!

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