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Alt. Format Rapid Strike (Urshifu Vmax / Medicham V / Passimian / Basculin / Inteleon)

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RAPID STRIKE

This deck is intended to be used in a post-rotation SWSH1 to SWSH7 format.

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Pokémon (20):
3 Urshifu Vmax S5R (beatdown)
4 Urshifu V S5R (beatdown)
1 Medicham V S7R (control)
1 Passimian S5a (beatdown)
1 Basculin SGI (beatdown)
2 Inteleon S5a (beatdown)
1 Inteleon S4a (searches)
3 Drizzile S4a (searches)
4 Sobble S5a (evolve)

Trainer (30):
2 Boss’s Orders (control)
2 Korrina’s Focus (draw)
3 Prof. Research (draw)
1 Raihan (enable)
3 Marnie (draw)
2 Telescopic Sight (beatdown)
3 Evolution Incense (search)
2 Escape Rope (control)
4 Quick Ball (search)
3 Level Ball (search)
2 Switch (retreat)
1 Path to the Peak (disable)
2 Tower of Water (retreat)

Energy (10):
4 Rapid Strike Energy
6 Fighting Energy

STRATEGY:

The main idea of the deck is to overwhelm the opponent with fast and continuous attacks and take multiple knockouts on selected turns. Start with either Urshifu V or Sobble. The latter one is the ideal starter when going second. In either case make sure to have at least two to three Sobble and Urshifu V on the bench at the end of the first turn. Next turn evolve Sobble into Drizzile to search for trainer cards. Depending on the situation you can evolve Urshifu V into Urshifu Vmax and hit the opponent’s active Pokémon with Gale Thrust or aim for a turn two Rapid Flow. In the former case you can follow up with Basculin on the next turn and knock them out with Wound Swarm. In the latter case be sure to have access to Raihan to enable a second Urshifu Vmax to follow up with a second Rapid Flow. The Inteleon line is meant to stabilize the deck and ensure access to almost all needed cards. Rapid Strike Inteleon is also a nice combo with Urshifu Vmax and Medicham V who can hand the deck access to a second turn when used at the correct time.

SPOILER:

Medicham V
Bacis Fighting Pokémon (Rapid Strike)
HP: 210
[C][C] Yoga Loop
Put 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon. If your opponent’s Pokémon is Knocked Out by this attack, at the end of your turn, you can take another turn. This attack can’t be used if any of your Pokémon used Yoga Loop during your last turn.
[F][C][C] Smash Uppercut: 100
This attack’s damage isn’t affected by resistance.
Retreat Cost: CC
Weakness: P

Basculin
Basic Water Pokémon (Rapid Strike)
HP: 80
[W][C] Wound Swarm: 30+
Theis attack does 10 more damage for each damage counter on your opponent's active Pokémon.
Retreat Cost: C
Weakness: L

Raihan
Trainer - Supporter
You can only play this card if 1 of your Pokémon was knocked out during your opponent’s last turn. Choose 1 basic energy card from your discard pile and attach it to 1 of your Pokémon. Search your deck for any 1 card and put it in your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

CARD SHARK:

In this section I will outline the main rational behind the card choices.

3-4 Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax: Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax is the main attacker in this deck with two usefull attacks that reflect the essence of the battle style Rapid Strike. Gale Thrust can be used for a single attachment and can deal 150 damage to the opponent's active Pokémon when Urshifu Vmax became active this turn. The number combines real well with Basculin as a follow up attacker to achieve a knock out on defending Pokémon Vmax on the second or third turn. The second attack is Rapid Flow which deals 120 damage to two of the opponent's Pokémon on the battlefield. The bench damage can be accelerated with Passimian and Telescopic Sight to hit two of the opponent's benched Pokémon for a solid 180 damage each. If you can stream that attack it is possible to knock out two benched Pokémon Vmax in two consecutive turns.

1 Medicham V: Medicham V is one of the new Rapid Strike cards released in Evolving Skies. The main selling point of this card is the attack Yoga Loop which places two damage counters on one of the opponent's Pokémon in play. While the amount of damage counters placed in this manner is nothing to write home about the side effect of the attack is phenomenal. If the opposing Pokémon is knocked out by Yoga Loop you may take another turn at the end of your turn. This means you get to draw one to three prize cards in addition to the one card you get at the start of your second turn in a row. In addition you can also evolve Pokémon on that second turn and use their abilities to help the deck to steam roll the opponent. From some initial test runs Medicham V is indeed as great as we expected it to be when the card was first revealed but I want to outline that Medicham V is not the focus of this deck. Instead the idea is to use him as a tech whenever the situation is right.

1 Passimian: Rapid Flow is one of the strongest attacks in this game and a very versatile one at the same time. Passimian is mainly used as a tech to increase the damage of Rapid Flow to opposing benched Pokémon V with it's ability Throwing Coach which increases the damage done to benched Pokémon V by 30 damage. Although you cannot use more than one Throwing Coach you can combine Throwing Coach with Telescopic Sight to hit benched Pokémon V for 180 damage each.

1 Basculin: Basculin is a great Rapid Strike attacker who combines well with Gale Thrust. Wound Swarm can be used for a single Rapid Strike Energy and deals 30 damage in addition to 10 damage for each damage counter on the opponent's active Pokémon. When using Basculin after Gale Thrust you can knock out most relevant Pokémon Vmax in the current meta in two hits. The fact that this is a one-prize Basic Pokémon that can be searched with either Quick Ball or Level Ball also helps a lot.

4-3-2-1 Rapid Strike Sobble, Drizzile SW1, Rapid Strike Inteleon, and Inteleon SW1: The Inteleon line is the backbone of this deck that stabilizes it and allows the deck to run certain tech cards without the risk to miss them when you need them the most. The four Sobble for Chilling Reign are great starting Pokémon on their own especially when going second. Keep Calling is an underrated set up attack that allows you to search for three Basic Rapid Strike Pokémon and put them on the bench for a single colorless attack. In a deck that wants to have three Sobble and one or two Urshifu V on the battlefield on the first turn this attack is golden since it sets up the battlefield and simultaneously thins out your deck. Drizzle and Inteleon from the first Sword and Shield Expansion are great search engines. Both can be searched out with Evolution Incense and Drizzle can also be accessed with Level Ball. The three Drizzle and the one Inteleon in essence can search the deck for almost any card you may need at a certain time other than energy cards. These four cards combined with Sobble are the main search and stability engine of this deck and you need to operate it wisely. Unlike Rapid Strike Inteleon Vmax decks you do not want to go all in and chain-evolve them in one turn. In most cases it might be best to have a Sobble and two Drizzile on the bench and access to Evolution Insence or Level Ball to retain search capacities on the following turn. Inteleon from the first Sword and Shield expansion is also an excellent combo with Raihan once the first Pokémon with an energy attached has been defeated. Combining Inteleon with Raihan can net the deck three to four spefic cards in one turn in addition to the energy acceleration from the discard pile. This turns the tech Raihan into a excellent comeback card which can also be used to search for Rapid Strike Energy to use Rapid Flow out of nowhere. The two Rapid Strike Inteleon from Chilling Reign complement the this evolution line. Quick Shooter allows you to place two damage counters on any of the opponent's Pokémon. This can set up critical numbers for Medicham V and Urshifu Vmax to achieve a knock out.

3-3-2 Prof. Research, Marnie, and Korrina's Focus: Like all decks you want a stable draw supporter count to ensure a quick and reliable offense with Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax. Prof. Research and Marnie are the two best supporters in the game and need no explanation. Prof. Researchs provides the best draw support and Marnie allows you to shuffle your hand and your opponent's hand at the bottom of the respective deck. While you draw five cards the opponent only draws four cards. Marnie thus provides some needed hand disruption in addition to a stable draw. Although most decks tend to maximize the number of these two supporters I decided to only use three copies each and supplment the draw engine with two copies of Korrina's Focus to have a slightly more versatile draw engine that helps me to draw needed cards while preserving my Inteleon engine.

2 Boss's Orders: Instant unconditional Gust effects are great in any deck. I decided to run two copies of Boss's Orders instead of the standard three copies since the deck can reach out to the bench and you can get instant access to Boss's Orders with the 3-1 Drizzle and Inteleon search engine whenever you need it.

1 Raihan: Raihan is another card that was released in Evolving Skies. When one of your Pokémon was knocked out during your opponent’s last turn you may attach a Basic Energy from your discard pile to one of your Pokémon and search your deck for any card and put it in your hand. This card could be a Rapid Strike Energy, a Passimian, or a Telescopic Sight to achieve two knock outs with Rapid Flow out of nowhere. There are no limits to what can be searched for with Raihan as long as the opponent knocked out one of your Pokémon during their last turn. I have heared people complain that there are little to no comeback cards in this format after the rotation. Raihan could be such as comeback card in selected decks. I have to admid that I was not impressed with Raihan when the set was first revealed. However I started to like this card when testing a Rapid Strike Jumpluff deck focused on Mealstrom. When I examined means to chain Rapid Flow Raihan crossed my mind again and I started to give it a test run. Raihan turned out to work better than I initially though. I am not the first to use Raihan in an Urshifu deck. I recently came across a tourament deck report from the latest large scale tourament in Japan that had the same idea. You can also see Raihan in action in two recent videos from Japan. I did not see these videos before building this deck but seeing hat I am not the only one to consider a tech Raihan in Rapid Strike Urshifu made me a little more confident in this combo. It seems that Raihan is exactly the card that allows you to use Rapid Flow out of nowhere as long as the opponent knocked out one of your Pokémon during their last turn and you have a benched Urshifu V. Note that Raihan also works after using Medicham V's Yoga Loop. If the opponent knocked out a Pokémon on their last turn you could use Yoga Loop to give yourself another turn and you may use Raihan during that second turn because technically the turn before you used Yoga Loop was the opponent's last turn to which the card text of Raihan refers to. I updated this section in later edits to include links to videos using this card in Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax decks. I don't know about you but I would call this an excellent comeback one-off card for Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax.

4-3-3 Quick Ball, Level Ball, and Evolution Incense: Pokémon search items have been a stable in decks for quite some time. Quick Ball can search out all Basic Pokémon in this deck while Level Ball can be used to search for Sobble, Drizzile, and Basculin. Evolution Incense, on the other hand, searches out both Inteleon and Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax. As mentioned above these search items can be turned into more general search cards due to the use of the Inteleon engine in this deck. This these three cards essentially provide the deck with access to almost all cards that you may need thanks to the Inteleon line.

2 Telescopic Sight: Similar to Passimian Telescopic Sight is used to increase the damage output of Rapid Flow to benched Pokémon V.

2-2-2 Escape Rope, Switch, and Tower of Water: Personally I like to have a total of six switch and retreat cards in almost all decks. I decided to break even on the three potential options to switch out Pokémon in Rapid Strike deck. Switch is item based and only affects your own side of the battlefield while Escape Rope also switches out the opponent's active Pokémon with a benched Pokémon of their choice. This latter feature might come in handy of you want to knock out that Pokémon on the bench with Rapid Flow and it also removes blockers from the active slot. Tower of Water on the other hand is a stadium card that reduces the retreat cost of all Rapid Strike Pokémon by two. This essentially provides the entire deck with a free retreat option. In addition Tower of water remains on the battlefield until another stadium is played which can be a bonus.

1 Path to the Peak: Path to the Peak is used as a tech to shut down abilities on Pokémon V. This allows the deck to handle abilities that prevent the opposing Pokémon from being damaged by Pokémon V or Pokémon with special energies attached to them. In addition it is also a nice counter to Shadow Rider Vmax decks since it shuts down Underworld Door. in the early stages of the game this can reduce the speed of their set up while in the later stages of the game it may prevent them from recovering from a knocked out Shadow Rider Vmax within one turn. Combined with Raihan and the Inteleon search engine this may give Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax a fighting chance versus Shadow Rider Vmax and Rapid Strike Malamar.

4-6 Rapid Strike Energy, and Basic Fighting Energy: Rapid Strike Energy is the main energy acceleration engine for Rapid Strike decks which allows you to use Rapid Flow for two manual attachments. When combined with Raihan you can even get Rapid Flow going in a single turn. In addition Rapid Strike Energy also allows you to use Medicham V's Yoga Loop and Basculin's Wound Swarm out of nowhere for one attachment. The Basic Fighting energies are used to fuel Gale Thrust and Keep Calling. The deck currently runs a slightly higher basic energy card count to ensure that you can draw into them naturally and to allow you to discard some of them with Quick Ball and Prof. Research without regret.

POSSIBLE INCLUSION:

There are some cards that I would have liked to include in the deck but did not do so thus far due to deck space limitations.

Rescue Trolley: One of the cards that I considered to include is Rescue Trolley. As can be seen in the spoiler below this item allows you to retrieve two Pokémon with HP 90 or less from the discard pile and put them into your hand. I have had many matches in which I wanted an additional Sobble and Drizzile to search out needed trainer cards and Rescue Trolley could retrieve defeated or discarded copies from the discard. Rescue Trolley would not be entirely limited to Sobble and Drizzile in this deck since it can also retrive Basculin from the discard. I am considering to cut one Basic Fighting Energy from the above decklist to include a Copy of Rescue Trolley but I am still unsure about this modification.

Rescue Trolley
Trainer - Item
Choose up to 2 Pokémon with HP 90 or less from your discard pile, reveal them, and put them into your hand.

Fourth Level Ball: I would have liked to have access to a fourth Level Ball in some matches but deck constraints prevented me from including a fourth copy. I am also not sure whether I would have liked a fourth copy of Level Ball more than the inclusion of Rescue Trolley. Results on this issue have been mixed and inconclusive thus far.

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