Standard Deck Tech: Lugia VStar - Theories & Possibilities
11/11/22 0 comments
Get to know a little about the Lugia-VStar deck, one of Japan's favorite decks with 50% approval recently in Japanese regionals, towards the debut of the Silver Tempest expansion.Edit Article
Lugia VStar + Blissey V: Special Energy Combination
Decklist Lugia Vstar + Blissey V
Pokémon: 173 Lugia V (Silver Tempest) 3 Lugia VStar (Silver Tempest) 4 Archeops (Silver Tempest) 1 Regigigas (Astral Radiance) 1 Radiant Gardevoir (Lost Origin) 1 Dunsparce (Fusion Strike) 1 Miltank (Astral Radiance) 2 Blissey V (Chilling Reign) 1 Crobat V (Darkness Ablaze)
Trainers: 294 Incense Evolution (SW/SH - Base Set) 4 Quick Ball (SW/SH - Base Set) 3 Ultra Ball (Brilliant Stars) 3 Choice Belt (Brilliant Stars) 1 Pal Pad (SW/SH - Base Set) 2 Cheren's Care (Brilliant Stars) 2 Marnie (SW/SH - Base Set) 2 Professor's Research -Professor Rowan- (Brilliant Stars) 4 Serena (Silver Tempest) 1 Roxanne (Astral Radiance) 3 Path to the Peak (Chilling Reign)
Energy: 144 Powerful Coloress Energy (Darkness Ablaze) 3 Capture Energy (Rebel Clash) 3 Double Turbo Energy (Brilliant Stars) 2 V Guard Energy (Silver Tempest) 2 Gift Energy (Lost Origin)
Lugia V and Lugia VStar: getting to know the cardsLugia V HP: 220 Weakness: Electric Resistance: Fighting Retreat cost: Two colorless energies Pokémon V Rule Box: If it is KO'd, the opponent takes two prize cards 1) Attack -
Wind Reading: For a colorless energy, discard a card from your hand, and if you do, draw 3 cards. 2) Attack -
Aero Dive: For four colorless energies, deals 130 base damage and put a stadium into play. Lugia VStar HP: 280 Weakness: Electric Resistance: Fighting Retreat cost: Two colorless energies Pokémon VStar Rule Box: If it is KO'd, the opponent takes two prize cards 1) Attack -
Storm Dive: For four colorless energies, deals 220 base damage and put a stadium into play. 2) VStar Ability -
Assemble Star: On your turn, you can search for two colorless Pokémon from the discard pile, as long as they don't have any Rule Box and put them on your Bench. Given that, we have the key power-up resource Pokémon for Lugia, which is Archeops. Because it's a "baby" Pokémon and doesn't have any Rule Box, thanks to its
Primal Turboability, where it looks for two energies in your deck and connects it to one of your Pokémon. So, the key is to put at least
two Archeops on the benchafter Lugia's VStar ability, so they can look for 4 Powerful Colorless Energy DAA 176, leaving Lugia with 80 more damage as each energy deals 20 extra damage.
Secondary Attacker Pokémon
Blissful Blast, which, for a colorless energy, deals 10 + 30 damage for each energy attached to it. And at the end of the turn, if you dealt any damage with that attack, you can attach up to 3 energies from the discard pile and attach it to Blissey-V.
V Guard Energy, which grants a Defense of 30 damage against attacks from the opponent's Pokémon V, but cannot stack. In addition, it is very useful for recycling special energies for itself, ensuring as a new attacker in the game.
Miracle Body, prevents damage from Pokémon V. 2) And its attack
Rout, for two colorless energies, does 10 + 20 damage for each Pokémon on your opponent's Bench.
Lugia VStaris immune to electric damage, like the main threat,
Arceus VStar that runs Flying Pikachu VMax, or even the return of Vikavolt V DAA 60, and of course
Regieleki VMAX, which will come in
Silver Tempestas well. - Radiant Gardevoir LOR 69 will grant damage reduction applied to your Pokémon. - Crobat V DAA 104 uses its
Dark Assetability that, if played on your bench from your hand, you draw cards until you have six in your hand.
Lugia VStarthe previous turn with
Cheren's Careand having saved those energies to your hand, you can use Marnie SSH 169 to shuffle your hand back to the deck, use
Archeopsto filter the search for special energies again to link them to the
Lugia VStarand come back hitting aggressively. - Roxanne ASR 150 serves precisely to disrupt the opponent's hand. If your opponent is down to three prize cards to win the game, you and your opponent shuffle both hands, in which the opponent draws two cards, and you draw six cards.
Roxanneis like an improved N DEX 96. Finally, we have a special consideration for the Supporter card of the deck that will be
Serena, which will debut in this expansion.
V Guard Energy, which guarantees a 30 damage reduction against attacks from the opponent's Pokémon V, but which cannot be a cumulative effect on the Pokémon, that is, if you have two of these energies on the same Pokémon, you won't get a 60 point reduction — it's just 30 points and nothing else.
AdvantagesThis deck was very popular in Japan, in recent times there have been local regionals that you can follow here on Youtube one of the examples of their performances in tournaments: On October 24th to 28th, it was in this preference: As of October 30, it was in this position: It's a deck that if all the Powerful Colorless Energy DAA 176
are in the deck, with two
Archeopson the bench after using Lugia VStar's VStar ability, it will be dealing 300 damage, practically destroying
most VStar Pokémon in the current Metagame, in a scenario where this can favor, and of course, with the Choice Belt BRS 135 increasing 30 more damage against the opponent's Pokémon V, it will easily have 330 damage to face most VMax Pokémon. Keep in mind that for Lugia to cause this maximum damage, these sequences that I mentioned must happen to guarantee a satisfactory victory. In addition to its electrical weakness, where there will likely be new Pokémon of this archetype in the current format like
Vikavolt Vprobably, the deck's
Dunsparcerwill guarantee immunity to its weakness.
DisadvantagesThe downside is the deck's execution. It needs many factors, systems for everything to work: you need to discard two Archeops, and manage to use Lugia's VStar ability so that you can attack frequently and maintain pressure. There is still a risk that the Powerful Colorless Energy DAA 176 are not in the deck, being able to stay in the prize cards, being one or two or in the worst case, the 4 energies, as they are the ones that guarantee Lugia's potential damage. It's also a heavy Pokémon with four energies costs (even if Archeops energizes), 220 damage still only knocks out basic Pokémon V and not a VStar and neither a VMax. There can be serious risks of Lugia's deck not exploding right away as quickly as possible.
Kyurem VMax decks with Origin Forme Palkia VStar,
Mew VMaxfor the versatility of copy attacks by just hitting two energies beyond 300 damage, and so many other examples. In the current format, we have other strong decks like Regidrago VStar, that has a lot of potential and is more versatile in aggressiveness according to the responses during the game. We'll see who excels in tournaments over time! But that's it. Do you agree with my analysis? Disagree? What would change in the Lugia VStar deck? What are your expectations? Leave your thoughts on the comments!