Standard Format Deck Highlight — Rillaboom / EggRow / Dhelmise

Standard Format Deck Highlight — Rillaboom / EggRow / Dhelmise

Whenever AzulGG’s got a new deck in his top 10 for the week, I tend to be intrigued. This week’s sudden inclusion of Rillaboom / EggRow with Dhelmise VMAX piqued my interest. This deck’s been out of the meta for a bit, mostly because it shifted from a Mewtwo & Mew-GX-focus to its current form. Path to the Peak is too dangerous for M3w to see sustained success in the current metagame.

So why Dhelmise? In a format full of support Pokemon, Swinging Chain can wreak havoc on opponent’s Benches. Other than that, it’s pretty simple. To hang with the other VMAXs in the format, you pretty much need to be a VMAX yourself. There’s Celebi, Venusaur, Flapple, Rillaboom, Orbeetle, Butterfree and this. It swings for the most consistent number compared to the others. Rillaboom can do up to 280, but has to discard three Grass Energy to do so. Venusaur seems cool, but you’ll need 11 or more Grass Energy in play for it to be better than Dhelmise itself. Those are the only two with 330 HP like Dhelmise. Dhelmise isn’t anything amazing, but it’ll serve as a solid source of damage that can be healed with Mallow & Lana.

Here’s the list if you missed it on this week’s power rankings – and you should watch that while you’re at it:


##Pokémon - 17
2 Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1
2 Grookey SSH 10
2 Thwackey SHF 12
2 Rillaboom SSH 14
2 Dhelmise V SHF 9
2 Dhelmise VMAX SHF 10
1 Shaymin {*} TEU 10
1 Oranguru SSH 148
1 Marshadow UNB 81
1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
1 Crobat V SHF 44
##Trainer Cards - 31
3 Marnie SSH 200
3 Boss's Orders RCL 154
2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
2 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
1 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Switch CES 147
2 Tag Call CEC 206
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Ordinary Rod SSH 171
2 Big Charm SSH 158
2 Air Balloon SSH 156
2 Path to the Peak CRE 148
1 Turffield Stadium RCL 170
##Energy - 12
10 Grass Energy 1
2 Capture Energy RCL 171

Path to the Peak is great in here and it’s another reason why you don’t want to play M3w. I’m not sure about Shaymin Prism Star, it’s hard to deal significant damage with it, but it is a nice single-prizer to fill the gaps between attackers. Other than that, I don’t have much else to say. You should try this deck out this week because it does well against Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX! There’s going to be a lot of that going around with Alex Schemanske winning the last Players Cup.

Stay tuned to CFB for Alex’s PCIV journey and reflections.

Take care,


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