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Deck Highlight — Standard Crobat VMAX Hit and Run

It’s been a long time since Donphan dominated the top tables around the world. Donphan looked like a pretty meek Pokemon on the surface, but equipped with damage modifying Tools and Strong Energy, it could pack a punch. Crobat VMAX is not too much different. While it does a modest 70 damage, it poisons the Defending Pokemon and Toxicroak can increase that damage further. Pair it with Altaria and Lillie’s Poke Doll and you’ve got an annoying combination for your opponent! Many decks crumble to Miraculous Charm already – here’s a breakdown of the top seven decks of latest major event with Shining Fates:

  • 26 ADPZ
  • 16 Eternatus
  • 13 Pikarom
  • 13 Blacephalon
  • 12 Zacian
  • 12 Centiskorch
  • 9 LMZ

ADPZ can play Aegislash V, an average of 0.46 copies were played in these lists. Eternatus has a few options between SpiritombYveltal or even just poison damage – at least one of these options was in most Eternatus lists. Pikarom really struggles with Altaria; only 0.08 copies of Eelektross were found at this event and while Tapu Koko Prism Star was in all of them, it’s not a reliable option. Blacephalon doesn’t have much to worry about against an Altaria, neither does Centiskorch VMAX and its horde of VolcanionZacian and LMZ sometimes have Aegislash themselves, but far less commonly.

What can you take away from this? Altaria is already a strong wall on its own, but it gets far better as a specific wall for an attacking threat. With three Toxicroak in play, Stealth Poison cranks up to 130 after Pokemon Checkup. Most decks have a playset of Switch, but those spend themselves quickly. Don’t forget, Lillie’s Poke Doll is a thing as well! Overall, this deck has potential. Boss’s Orders remains a huge part of most decks so it’s not going to be invincible. With a favorable Weakness to Fighting-type Pokemon, this deck could find its way into the metagame. In fact, six people tried it out for this same tournament themselves! While the deck went 11W-15L-1T overall, it did take some wins. Here are the matchups:

  • 1W-0L-0T Charizard VMAX
  • 1W-0L-0T Drednaw VMAX
  • 2W-1L-0T Blacephalon
  • 3W-2L-0T ADPZ
  • 1W-1L-0T Zacian
  • 1W-0L-1T LMZ
  • 1W-2L-0T Eternatus
  • 1W-3L-0T Centiskorch
  • 0W-2L-0T Decigoons
  • 0W-2L-0T Pikarom
  • 0W-1L-0T Control
  • 0W-1L-0T Coalossal VMAX

Frankly, I’m a little surprised at its performance. Pikarom projects to be favorable, as does Coalossal – maybe there were specific techs that popped up in each of these fated matchups. In any case, this deck is a very matchup-dependent deck and should control to perform as such. It is, however, worth checking out as a new deck from Shining Fates – it’s really fun!

The list comes from Fernando Cifuentes of Chile:

PTCGO Code

##Pokémon - 21
4 Crobat V DAA 182
4 Crobat VMAX SHF 45
3 Swablu CPA 48
3 Altaria CPA 49
3 Croagunk SSH 123
3 Toxicroak SSH 124
1 Mew UNB 76
##Trainer Cards - 29
4 Marnie SSH 169
3 Professor's Research SSH 201
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
4 U-Turn Board UNM 211
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
4 Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
1 Chaotic Swell CEC 187
##Energy - 10
7 Darkness Energy 7
3 Capture Energy RCL 171

From here I’d like to see four Professor’s Research and four Capture Energy especially. While U-Turn Board is certainly vital to the deck, a lower count should work just as well since it shouldn’t ever be discarded. I’ve taken out a Darkness Energy for another Capture and a Board for the fourth Research. This deck’s endgame is particularly backbreaking with Reset Stamp and a wall in the Active Spot.

Try this deck out if you like a lower, methodical game plan that stabilizes once you have both a Crobat VMAX and Altaria out and swinging. From there, you just increase your damage output and target threats that could eliminate Altaria with Boss’s Orders. It’s a fun deck to play and brings back memories of Donphan from the past. Have fun with it!

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