FLAME STRIKE Pokémon (12): 2 Reshiram & Charizard GX (beatdown) 2 Braixen & Charizard GX (beatdown) 3 Volcanion SM10 (beatdown) 3 Larvesta SM12 (evolve) 2 Volcarona GX (enable) Trainer (34): 1 Lysandre Prism Star (disable) 3 Cynthia & Caitlin (draw) 4 Welder (accelerate) 3 Cynthia (draw) 4 Flame Crystal (retrieval) 3 Giant Bomb (beatdown) 2 Great Catcher (control) 1 Reset Stamp (disable) 3 Cherish Ball (search) 3 Tag Whistle (search) 3 Switch (retreat) 1 Heat Factory Prism (draw) 3 Giant Oven (search) Energy (14): 14 Fire Energy STRATEGY: Start with Volcanion or one of the Tag Team Pokémon. Use Welder and Volcanion to accelerate to the Tag Team Pokémon and bench one or two Larvesta. Next turn evolve Larvesta into Volcarona and use Scorch Bomb to enable Reshiram and Charizard to knock out the defender in one hit. CARD SHARK: Volcarona GX Stage 1 Fire Pokémon - evolves from larvesta Ability: Scorching Bomb Once during your turn , you may discard a [R] energy from your hand. If you do, put 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon. [R][R][C] Backfire: 160 Return 2 [R] energy from this Pokémon to your hand. [R] Great Heatwave GX Discard an energy from each of your opponent’s Pokémon. Retreat Cost: CCC Weakness: W Larvesta Basic Fire Pokémon HP: 80 [C] Ram: 10 [R][R][C] Combustion: 50 Retreat Cost: CCC Weakness: W Comment: Before rotation Reshiram and Charizard Gx were able to achieve one-hit knock outs thanks to Choice Band. Now that Choice Band has been rotated out Volcarona can fill the void and once again enable Reshiram and Charizard GX to knock out the opponent in one hit. Braixen & Charizard GX Basic Fire Pokémon HP: 270 [R][R][R][C] Shiny Flare: 180 You may search your deck for up to 3 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. [R]+ Crimson Flame Pillar GX Attach 5 basic energy cards from your discard pile to your Pokémon in any way you like. If this Pokémon has at least 1 extra Energy attached to it in addition to this attack’s cost, your opponent’s active Pokémon is now poisoned and confused. Retreat Cost: CCC Weakness: W Giant Bomb Trainer - Item (Pokémon Tool) If the Pokémon this card is attached to is your active Pokémon and takes 180 or more damage from an opponent's attack - even if this Pokémon is knocked out - put 10 damage counters on the attacking Pokémon. Comment: Braixen and Charizard GX are a nice addition to this deck since they provide additional acceleration from the discard and a decent attack that allows you to search your deck for three cards of your choice. The card also combos well with Giant Bomb since it enables Braixen and charizard GX to achieve vengance knock outs. Cynthia & Caitlin Trainer - Supporter (Tag Team) Put a supporter card from your discard pile into your hand excluding any Cynthia & Caitlin or cards discarded by this card. When you play this card, you may discard 1 card from your hand. If you do, draw 3 cards. Tag Whistle Trainer - Item Search your deck for up to 2 Tag Team cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. Comment: Fire decks tend to be reliant on Welder. Cynthia and Caitlin provide additional draw power that can be searched out with Tag Whistle in addition to a Tag team Pokémon and also enables the deck to retrieve used Welder from the discard. Lysandre Prism Star Trainer - Supporter (Prism Star) For each of your Fire Pokémon in play, put a card from your opponent's discard pile in the Lost Zone. Comment: Most Tag Team decks can have issue with stable non-GX decks since they tend to trade unfavorable with them. A lot of these non-GX decks benefit from using resources in the discard pile. An example would be Giratina Malamar decks that reuse energies and Giratina from the discard. Lysandre's Lab helps this deck by sending these resources to the discard pile. The card is also a nice addition in the mirror match since you can use it to place Welder or Pokémon that can be abused with Mewtwo and Mew GX into the Lost Zone. Great Catcher Trainer - Item Switch 1 of your opponent's benched Pokémon GX or Pokémon EX with their active Pokémon. Comment: While less versatile than Custom Catcher Great Catcher fulfills a similar role and takes up less bench space.