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Standard Format Deck Highlight — Shintaro Ito’s Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX

Standard Format Deck Highlight — Shintaro Ito's Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX

Last night, Shintaro Ito showed up for one of Zach Lesage’s Late Night Series tournaments and the Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX deck Ito played took the whole thing down. The build is a little different from the norm, so I thought I’d look at it for you!

Here it is:

PTCGO Code

##Pokémon - 20
4 Sobble CRE 41
4 Drizzile SSH 56
3 Inteleon CRE 43
1 Inteleon SSH 58
3 Ice Rider Calyrex V CRE 45
3 Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 46
2 Articuno TEU 32
##Trainer Cards - 33
4 Marnie SSH 200
3 Boss's Orders RCL 154
2 Professor's Research SSH 201
2 Melony CRE 146
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Level Ball AOR 76
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Pokémon Communication HS 98
2 Evolution Incense SSH 163
2 Capacious Bucket RCL 156
2 Air Balloon SSH 156
1 Tool Scrapper DRX 116
4 Path to the Peak CRE 148
##Energy - 7
6 Water Energy 3
1 Wash {W} Energy VIV 165

First off, Articuno. I haven’t seen this card since I played around with a Blastoise meme deck way back. Second, it plays a lower count of Melony than what has been typical. Third, it has a Wash Water Energy. Are any of these tweaks worth playing?

Articuno is quite interesting. It gives you extra time to complete your setup and makes perfect sense as a time-biding tactic behind a Path to the Peak. But is that extra time something that Ice Rider decks really need to begin with? I’d venture to say sometimes; these decks are usually fairly quick, playing similarly to Victini VMAX decks of old. As an option in general, Articuno can be quite nice as a way to come back if you need it. It also prevents the early Boss’s Orders from picking off your Inteleon lines – another integral part to your setup.

A lower Melony count? Sure, maybe – it feels nice to avoid reliance on a Supporter that requires a bit of setup before it starts working how it should. Once you get going, Melony is perfectly fine. It’s the Supporter you want to play most turns. However, Articuno in a way fills that void by itself. You’ll have extra turns to build up an Ice Rider. My thoughts overall? I need to play more games with it, but at face value it looks fine and the extra copies of hard draw Supporters are certainly welcome.

Finally, Wash Water Energy. To be frank, I’m not sure what this really helps with. It’s one of those things were you don’t really need many Energy in the deck to begin with, and playing a non-Basic Energy doesn’t seem like it would hurt very much. Speaking to meta decks, it would stop a boosted Dark Moon GX from Umbreon & Darkrai-GX. It would also stop a Lucario & Melmetal-GX from using Full Metal Wall GX to discard your Energy. Overall? Might not be worth it. But it’s kind of one of those “Why not?”-type things.

Try out Shintaro’s list today!

Caleb

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