Searching Standard: Galarian Perrserker V
Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard, where each and every week I look for new, innovative decks for you to play in Standard. This week, I'm looking at a deck that was recently featured on the YouTube channel of LittleDarkFury. It features Galarian Perrserker V, who is able to dish out a world of hurt based on the number of cards you have in your hand. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck list.
Galarian Perrserker V LOR 129 is the main attacker in this deck. When you use its Treasure Rush attack, you'll deal 20 damage for each card in your hand. Drawing cards is something you want to do anyway, so you can find what you need more quickly, and dealing extra damage for doing something you usually do during a game can make this attack quite powerful.
Both Crobat BST 91 and Golbat BST 90 have the Drastic Draw Ability, which allows you to draw some number of cards when you evolve into these Pokemon. With Crobat BST 91, you'll draw three cards, and with Golbat BST 90, you'll draw two. Those cards are equal to 100 damage with Galarian Perrserker V LOR 129's Treasure Rush attack. But evolving isn't the only way to draw additional cards, as you'll see later on.
Milotic EVS 38's Dew Guard Ability keeps the cards in your hand safe and sound, right where they are. Dew Guard will prevent all of the effects from a Supporter your opponent plays that would be done to you or your hand. While Milotic EVS 38 is in play, you'll never have to worry about your opponent forcing you to discard any cards, thus lowering the damage that Galarian Perrserker V LOR 129 can do.
In order to protect Galarian Perrserker V LOR 129 from many of your opponent's attacks, you can count on Hisuian Goodra LOR 134's Metal Lodging Ability. This Ability will prevent all damage from your opponent's Pokemon V that is done to any of your Basic Pokemon that have a Metal Energy attached to them. As a reminder, Pokemon V includes Pokemon VMAX and Pokemon VSTAR as well as Pokemon V, so this Ability can offer protection from a lot of sources. Also, remember that Hisuian Goodra LOR 134 is a Stage 2 Pokemon, so you'll need Rare Candy PGO 69 to evolve into it from Goomy LOR 132.
Zacian V SSH 138 can be a great backup attacker for this deck. By using its Intrepid Sword Ability each turn, you'll either draw cards or attach Metal Energy to Zacian V SSH 138. Using this Ability will end your turn, though, so you might want to only use it if necessary. Manaphy BRS 41 is the final Pokemon in this deck and it offers protection for all of your Benched Pokemon with its Wave Veil Ability.
Our first group of Trainers are all Supporters that can be used to draw you extra cards. Avery CRE 130 will allow you to draw three cards, while also shrinking the number of Pokemon on your opponent's Bench. Bird Keeper DAA 159 will also allow you to draw three cards, but only if you switch your Active Pokemon with one of your Benched Pokemon first. Finally, Schoolgirl FST 239 allows you to draw either two or four cards, depending on the amount of Prize cards your opponent has taken.
Scoop Up Net RCL 165 is primarily included in this deck as a way for you to be able to evolve into Crobat BST 91 repeatedly. Alternatively, it can be used to save one of your Pokemon from getting Knocked Out, but it's much more useful for getting those extra cards into your hand.
Both Arezu LOR 153 and Raihan EVS 152 allow you to search your deck for specific cards to add to your hand. Arezu LOR 153 can find up to three Evolution Pokemon without a Rule Box to put into your hand. It's an effective way to add to the number of cards in your hand, as well as seeking out the Evolutions you need for this deck to really shine. Raihan EVS 152 can only be played if you had a Pokemon get Knocked Out on your opponent's previous turn, but he can certainly set you up for revenge.
This deck has a lot of moving parts and there are certain Pokemon you'll need in play for things to run smoothly. By using both Level Ball BST 129 and Quick Ball SSH 179, you can search for specific Pokemon to put into play. This deck also requires certain Evolution Pokemon in play for it to be at its most effective. Evolution Incense SSH 163 offers you the means of searching your deck for a specific Evolution Pokemon to put into your hand.
Our last batch of Trainer cards are specifically included to help you when attacking. Switch SSH 183 can be used to move a fully powered attacker to your Active Spot from your Bench. Boss's Orders BRS 132 allows you to switch their Active Pokemon with any Pokemon from their Bench, giving you the ability to choose a Pokemon that you're sure to be able to Knock Out.
This deck has the potential to deal out a lot of damage, but you need to be very mindful of the number of cards you have in your hand. It can be very easy to play as many things as possible, depleting your hand in the process. If you're looking for a challenging deck to play, give this deck a try.
What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below. And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in the Pokemon TCG. I'll see you then!
- Mike Likes