What’s Poppin PTCGOStore readers? Battle Styles has been out for about two weeks now, and I’ve had my fair share of time to test most of the new decks. The most exciting decks, at least when I ask my friends, are both of the new Urshifu cards. That’s right, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX and Single Strike Urshifu VMAX. While early PTCG online event results show that Rapid Strike is better positioned, I am in love with Single Strike, and I think my list is bonkers! This article aims to share professionally tested lists for both decks and help get you hyped up for two brand new decks entering into our Pokemon TCG metagame. If you’re missing any cards for these decks, use code zlesage5 to save 5% on your next order of codes right here at PTCGOStore.com. That being said, let’s hop into Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX!


Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX


 

Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX (Battle Styles) is one of the cards that is getting people to buy online PTCGO code cards to build this exciting new Pokemon deck! RS Urshifu has been compared to Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX (Unified Minds), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX (Team Up), and Golisopod-GX (Burning Shadows) due to its similar attacks. This has created a mix of variants of this deck as players try to crack the code of this new deck and decide what works best. There are players going in with Octillery (Battle Styles) because it has all of the Rapid Strike synergy available, and it seems like the most reasonable suggestion. Other players take cues from the past and look at the popular Zoroark-GX (Shining Legends) / Golisopod-GX deck that has seen a bunch of success a few years back. That means they pair it with Cincinno (Sword and Shield) because Zoroark’s Trade Ability is similar to Cinccino’s Make Do Ability. As for me, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Jirachi (Team Up) variant because you can utilize Galarian Zigzagoon (Shining Fates) and Scoop Up Net (Rebel Clash) effectively. RS Urshifu focuses on using Gale Thrust to hit hard into Pokemon for a single Energy, and it can follow that up with strategic G-Max Rapid Flow hits wherever you like! This deck is intriguing at the very least and has been crushing some early Battle Styles format Standard Pokemon TCG events. That being said, let’s peep at this list.

Rapid Strike Urshifu Vmax List


Pokemon - 18
2 Crobat V SHF 44
1 Galarian Zigzagoon SHF 151
3 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 170
1 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
4 Jirachi PR-SM 161
1 Giratina UNM 86
1 Jirachi-GX UNM 79
1 Mewtwo PR-SM 214

Trainer Cards - 32
2 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Phoebe BST 130
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Pokemon Communication TEU 152
4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
4 Professor's Research SHF 60
1 Great Catcher CEC 192
4 Marnie SSH 169
4 Switch SSH 183
2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179

Energy - 10
4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140
6 Fighting Energy SWSHEnergy 6

Total Cards - 60


Single Strike Urshifu VMAX


 

Where some might find RS Urshifu to be difficult to play, Single Strike Urshifu VMAX (Battle Styles) squashes those difficulties because it is such a linear deck. I like to use the term “TV dinner instructions” when it comes to decks like this, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Turn one, attach to SS Urshifu, Bench Houndour (Battle Styles), and pass. Turn two, attach to SS Urshifu, Evolve into Houndoom (Battle Styles), and attack. Now you can decide if you want to attack with Beatdown for some chip damage, G-Max One Blow for an OHKO, or use Single Strike Scroll of Scorn (Battle Styles) to hit for an efficient attack. This set truly built this archetype from the ground up by releasing Houndoom, SS Urshifu, Single Strike Energy (Battle Styles), and Tower of Darkness (Battle Styles) to make this deck work. The biggest issue this deck faces is that it is sometimes a distant combo to pull off - you really need that Houndoor turn one and that Houndoom turns two. You need those Energy to G-Max One Blow, and you need Urn of Vitality (Battle Styles) to help you recover your resources back. The best thing going for this deck is that G-Max One Blow can go through popular Pokemon, like Zamazenta V (Sword and Shield), and it can hit for such high numbers. Let’s see what the list looks like.

Single Strike Urshifu VMAX List


Pokemon - 20
1 Oranguru SHF 171
1 Crobat V SHF 44
4 Houndour BST 95
4 Houndoom PR-SW 90
3 Single Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 168
1 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
1 Jirachi-GX UNM 79
1 Mew PR-SM 215

Trainer Cards - 30
2 Single Strike Scroll of Scorn BST 133
3 Tower of Darkness BST 137
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Pokemon Communication TEU 152
4 Professors Research SHF 60
4 Marnie SSH 169
4 Urn of Vitality BST 139
3 Switch SSH 183

Energy - 10
2 Stone {F} Energy VIV 164
4 Fighting Energy SWSH Energy 6
4 Single Strike Energy BST 141

Total Cards - 60


Pick Your Strike

I hope this article has you hyped to pick up all of the Pokemon TCG code cards you need to grab to finish either of these two decks! Both of them seem to have a chance to shine in our PTCGO metagame and have a shot to be some of the best decks available. If you’re looking to pick up cards for these decks or anything else in the game, use code zlesage5 at PTCGOStore.com to save 5% on your next order of Pokemon Online code cards. As for me, I need to find which style I like more, Single Strike or Rapid Strike and get back to my testing.


About the Writer


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Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PTCGOStore.com. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokémon TCG since 2005 and currently creates Pokémon content as his full time career. Under the moniker theloneblown, he creates YouTube content, Twitch streaming, and runs PTCGO events. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist and the 2019 Collinsville Regional Champion, he certainly has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can find him at most large Pokémon events and follow him on Twitter @theloneblown.