Good morning trainers! Chilling Reign has started to become opened by YouTubers such as Tricky Gym, Chill TCG, and Hegster TCG, so it’s no surprise Pokémon is getting more aggressive in its marketing campaign. Giving fresh products to content creators is always a good way to promote your product, but it also allows the masses to understand what decks could potentially be good going into the next format. That being said, a lot is going on in Chilling Reign that we haven’t gotten into yet, and I wanted to kind of list dump a few ideas I’ve seen floating around the internet. It’s important whenever a new set drops to evaluate the different kinds of concepts that exist and capitalize on how we can optimize those ideas to win a maximum amount of games. I remember as far back as standard format goes, Crobat V coming out was a game-changer for Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Tag Team GX decks (ADP) because it allowed those types of decks to cut out Jirachi and use those bench spaces to draw Pokémon like Dedenne-GX. Dedenne, in combination with Crobat V, allowed trainers to draw up to 12 cards using strictly abilities, followed by an additional seven cards with Professor’s Research. That means you see a total of 19 cards in one’s turn, plus the card you draw for the start of the turn! This optimization of the deck was a big one and made the deck more consistent and aggressive.

Looking forward to the likes of Chilling Reign, many concepts haven’t been explored, and many are being popularized by players online. Today I’m going to touch on some that I’ve found on an excellent resource, JustInBasil.com! There are lovely ideas on there, and I wanted to shed some more light on some of these ideas, as I feel like they are good examples that require a little more fleshing out. I’ll talk about subtle additions you can add into some of these decks, as well as why I feel as though they may fail/succeed on certain metagames. First, let’s hop into some cool concepts.

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Concept #1: Blaziken VMAX/Zeroara V



Pokémon - 19
4 Jirachi TEU 99
3 Blaziken V CRE 20
2 Blaziken VMAX CRE 21
2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
2 Passimian CRE 88
2 Zeraora V CRE 53
1 Crobat V SHF 44
1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
1 Marshadow UNB 81
1 Mewtwo UNB 75

Trainer Cards - 31
4 Professor's Research SHF 60
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
3 Marnie CPA 56
2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
4 Switch SSH 183
2 Air Balloon SSH 156
1 Escape Rope BST 125

Energy - 10
4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140
4 Spiral Energy CRE 159
2 Capture Energy RCL 171


Using Blaziken VMAX’s Max Blaze attack, you can accelerate a ton of energy onto your Zeroara V, which can dish out a ton of damage onto the opponent’s side of the field. This deck can win in a very small amount of turns and kind of feels like a Rapid Strike Urshifu deck but with different typing. In order to get the maximum effect out of Zeroara, you need to attack with Rapid Strike Pokémon in succession. However, it’s pretty easy with this deck because you’ll have so many attackers powered up at all times. Passimian can also help boost the total amount of damage you do to benched Pokémon as well. This deck abuses Rapid Strike resources as well as the Scoop Up Net/Jirachi TEU engine to setup consistently.

Why is this Pokémon deck strong: there are tons of different typing available to you at all times, and there are so many ways to accelerate energy. This deck is inherently strong in so many ways that I think it will fit into the metagame quite naturally.

Why this Pokémon deck might fail: I’m not convinced that this deck can hit hard enough to get OHKOs. This deck will suffer against any sort of bench protection (such as Mew, for example) or against anything that can reduce damage/heal. It kind of falls into the same trap that Rapid Strike Urshifu does because it can’t score OHKOs on VMAXs. That being said, it makes up for it by doing TONS of damage to multiple Pokémon.

ConsiderationsTelescopic Sight might be a hot tech to throw into here because it can add additional damage to Zeroara’s attacks.


Concept #2: Lycanroc



Pokémon - 22
4 Houndour BST 95
4 Houndoom BST 96
4 Rockruff CRE 86
4 Lycanroc CRE 87
4 Stonjourner BST 84
2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57

Trainer Cards - 29
4 Bruno BST 121
3 Professor's Research CPA 62
2 Boss's Orders RCL 154
4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Urn of Vitality BST 139
2 Air Balloon SSH 156
2 Karate Belt UNM 201
1 Ordinary Rod SSH 171
4 Tower of Darkness BST 137

Energy - 9
5 Fighting Energy SWSH Energy 6
4 Single Strike Energy BST 141


This Pokémon deck is definitely underneath the radar. That being said, it makes a perfect surprise factor for anybody that doesn’t know what they are playing against. Lycanroc is extremely reminiscent of Vespiquen AOR, where it has one of those “Revenge” type attacks that get stronger as the game progresses. Followed up by energy acceleration in the form of Houndoom and damage buffs in the form of Single Strike Energy, this deck seems like it can pump out tons of damage in a short amount of time. Since Lycanroc does additional damage per each additional Single Strike Pokémon in our discard pile, we play tons of ways to discard those Pokémon. Tower of Darkness does an excellent job of allowing us to draw extra resources and discard a SS Pokémon from our hands. The thing I think I like about this deck the most is that it has great typing against Eternatus VMAX, but also, it can really OHKO any VMAX if you give this deck enough time.

Why is this Pokémon deck strong: it’s a single Prize Card attacker that can potentially OHKO a full HP VMAX. When you can swing the Prize Trade that effectively, it’s a concept worth trying. I’m unsure how consistent this deck is, though, considering most of the time, your active Pokémon is going to get KOed, but if you can get up and running, this deck seems like it can dish it out.

Why this deck Pokémon might fail: There are many moving parts in this deck, which means a lot can go wrong in general. If your opponent can kill Houndoom, it can hurt. If they wipe out all of your attackers, it can hurt, and if they have a well-timed Reset Stamp, that can also hurt. That new Spiritomb coming out could also be pesky if this deck becomes popular…

Considerations: There are some cards here that I like because they’re cheeky (Karate Belt, I see you); however, you may just want more consistency, such as the 4th copy of Professor’s Research. That being said, more SS Pokémon may be needed to ensure you can OHKO a full HP VMAX later on. Remember, Fighting Resistance on a VMAX doesn’t sound great to deal with when up against Shadow Calyrex VMAX.


Concept #3: Ice Rider Calyrex



Pokémon - 21
4 Ice Rider Calyrex V CRE 45
3 Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 46
3 Sobble CRE 41
3 Drizzile SSH 56
2 Inteleon CRE 43
1 Inteleon SSH 58
3 Cryogonal UNM 46
1 Crobat V DAA 104
1 Mew UNB 76

Trainer Cards - 29
4 Melony CRE 146
4 Professor's Research CPA 62
2 Boss's Orders RCL 154
1 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Level Ball BST 129
2 Air Balloon SSH 156
2 Capacious Bucket RCL 156
2 Evolution Incense SSH 163
2 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
3 Path to the Peak CRE 148

Energy - 10
10 Water Energy SWSH Energy 3


The Ice Rider makes an appearance on our concept list, mostly because I liked Justin’s take on this deck the most of many ideas I’ve seen. Your ideal scenario is you’re going to want to start with Cryogonal and use Frozen Lock to Item-lock the opponent while you setup energy attachments onto your IceRider Calyrex V/VMAX on the bench. Then, using Melony to accelerate energy onto the field, you can mount a very powerful board state against the opponent. The Inteleon line is really for consistency while you have Path to the Peak in play, and they can help you find very key Trainer cards out of your deck. It can be anything such as the disruptive Path to the Peak, to Capacious Bucket if you need any energy, or perhaps even that Melony to throw energy into play. Once you have your board setup, Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX’s Max Lance should do the job to really start sweeping our opponent’s Pokémon off of the board.

Why is this Pokémon deck strong: If you’re not facing against Zacian, this deck is insanely strong and can setup without the use of Rule Box abilities. That means you’re one of the best decks in the format equipped to deal with Path to the Peak, which I can’t state enough – it will be the format defining card! You’re also basically the first “Water Welder” hybrid deck, meaning I’m excited to see how badly this deck can wail on Fire-types. This deck is very consistent, fast, and has a solid amount of options that will allow players to pilot it skillfully.

Why this Pokémon deck might fail: Zacian V is extremely popular in the standard format right now, so don’t be shocked to get your main attacker OHKO’d by a Brave Blade (Ice Calyrex is weak to Metal-types). You may be able to OHKO them back with the help of a Max Lance and perhaps Melony, but that won’t stop them from using Metal Saucer and coming back to one-shot your titan. It may prove to be too much for this deck, and put it in Tier 2.

Considerations: I think that Reset Stamp could function very well in this deck, as it has immense synergy alongside Path to the Peak. That being said, one or two Reset Stamp in this deck could stop some decks in their tracks. Likewise, they’re searchable via Drizzile or Inteleon’s ability, so you could just play a single copy (provided you don’t discard it with Professor’s Research). I’d also like the 4th Path to the Peak in here just to put more salt in the opponent’s wounds. I’m sure some games will come down to having that card raw in hand on the first turn.


Conclusion


These Pokémon decks are going to play a prevalent role in how the format plays out. However, as players come to realize what decks are good in the current format, they may need to test out some off the wall Chilling Reign ideas first!

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