You might know Blaziken VMAX from the recently popular Sylveon VMAX decks going around, but did you know it recently made the Top 16 at the Late Night Series #9? Redragus of Italy finished an impressive 6-0-0 during the first phase, then mustered together a lackluster 1-2-1 in the second phase, making the Top 16 cut and finally losing to Ice Rider immediately. Here are their complete matchups:
It looks like Single Strike can be tough to beat, but doable, while Dragapult and Jolteon are matchups of strength. Ice Rider might be close. They even beat a deck on the rise in Sableye / Inteleon. Here’s the list they used:
##Pokémon - 20 3 Electrike VIV 51 2 Manectric VIV 52 3 Blaziken V CRE 20 3 Blaziken VMAX CRE 21 2 Vaporeon V PR-SWSH 150 2 Vaporeon VMAX EVS 30 2 Remoraid BST 36 2 Octillery BST 37 1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 ##Trainer Cards - 30 4 Professor's Research SHF 60 3 Cheryl BST 123 2 Marnie CPA 56 2 Boss's Orders SHF 58 1 Korrina's Focus BST 128 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165 4 Quick Ball SSH 179 4 Evolution Incense SSH 163 2 Tool Jammer BST 136 1 Great Ball CPA 52 2 Tower of Waters BST 138 1 Path to the Peak CRE 148 ##Energy - 10 4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140 4 Capture Energy RCL 171 2 Spiral Energy CRE 159
First off, I want to address the inclusion of Manectric. Does this ever make sense over Cinccino? With the four Scoop Up Net that are included, possibly. Net also helps reuse Galarian Zigzagoon, so maybe it should be included anyways. Now remember, Make Do can put Energy in the discard pile for Blaziken’s Max Blaze. Octillery is even more added support, so this deck should be fairly consistent once it sets up.
Now for Vaporeon – why is it in here? Let’s start with the obvious counterargument of Sylveon. Max Harmony hits up to 220 damage with five different types on your Bench, but Vaporeon does 200 without such a requirement. Now it does require their Active to be damaged – that’s where Headbutt Tantrum comes in. Is it more efficient? Maybe. It’s really close and hard to tell. It’s also noteworthy that without hitting for a relevant Weakness, Vaporeon loses some more of its draw.
The heavy Cheryl count is what makes this deck. Just like a Metagross-GX deck of the past, this creation recycles its Energy while healing damage. A heavy Tool Jammer count is great to combat Suicune V’s Cape of Toughness. This deck can afford to use four Capture Energy, making it even more consistent.
Weaknesses? Ice Rider comes to mind and unfortunately there’s not a great Metal-type tech to toss in to address that problem. The player that brought this deck went 1-1-0, so maybe it’s not that bad. Aside from that, Lightning isn’t popular at all and this deck shouldn’t have many consistency issues past the first turn and your setup phase.
Try this deck out if you don’t like Sylveon VMAX with Blaziken – maybe this deck can renew your faith in the Fire-type chicken. If you’re into Rapid Strike toolbox-style decks, this is a good pick for you as well.