A Glaciated World


Kyurem VMAX

What’s poppin’ PTCGO Store readers? It’s your boy Zach Lesage here, and I have yet another blog to share with you all in the Lost Origin format. Since the release of Astral Radiance, we all know that Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR (Astral Radiance) has been one of the absolute best Pokemon TCG decks, but Lost Origin brought on a new friend in the form of Kyurem VMAX (Lost Origin) to shake up the metagame. Kyurem adds a certain amount of raw power to the deck that allows it to OHKO almost any Pokemon with its sizable Max Frost attack. Pairing that with its Glaciated World Ability that works with either Rotom Phone (Champions Path) or Oranguru (Sword and Shield) allows you to tackle almost any deck. This deck has largely been one of the most played and most successful Pokemon online decks so far in our current Standard Pokemon format, and I want to share some of the best lists with you! If you are missing any of the cards, use code zlesage5 right here at the PTCGO store to save 5% on Pokemon TCG Online codes. They offer instant delivery right to your email and have a vast selection of PTCGO codes for everyone. Let’s get it!

The Strategy


Melony

The goal of this deck is to mainly attack with Kyurem, but it is sometimes more efficient to attack with Palkia. A typical board will include two Kyurem, one Palkia, one Radiant Greninja (Astral Radiance), and one Oranguru. If you attach an Energy to Kyurem on your first turn, you can often attack two more Energy by manually attaching, using Melony (Chilling Reign) and/or Glaciated World. In most cases, you’ll wanna use Star Portal to reload a Kyurem, but feel free to power up Radiant Greninja if you can get a couple easy Prize Cards. There isn’t much to this deck beyond powering up Kyurem, pitching the correct amount of Energy, and attempting to do it again the next turn. It isn’t the absolute easiest deck to play, but it certainly isn’t the most difficult - kinda just right in the middle. If you are new to playing or looking for a solid deck with plenty of synergy, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this one.

Kyurem VMAX / Palkia VSTAR Deck


Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR

After looking at the first Lost Origin legal major event, I wanna share the list that Yehoshua Tate played to a top 4 finish at Peoria Regionals. This traditional list focuses heavily on Palkia accelerating Energy on various Pokemon, but mainly as a way to reload Kyurem after using Max Frost. One of the coolest things about this list is the included copies of Wash Water Energy (Vivid Voltage) that can help give this deck a better Lost Zone Toolbox and Giratina VSTAR (Lost Origin) matchup. I’m not sure if I like the two copies of Cross Switcher (Fusion Strike), but I guess they can both be searched by Irida over a couple of turns. Let’s look at the list:

Pokémon - 16

3 Kyurem V LOR 48
3 Kyurem VMAX LOR 49
2 Origin Forme Palkia V ASR 39
2 Oranguru SSH 148
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46
1 Crobat V SHF 44
1 Lumineon V BRS 40
1 Empoleon V BST 40

Trainer Cards - 33

4 Irida ASR 147
3 Melony CRE 146
1 Boss's Orders BRS 132
1 Roxanne ASR 150
1 Cheryl BST 123
3 Capacious Bucket RCL 156
3 Quick Ball FST 237
2 Ultra Ball BRS 150
2 Rotom Phone CPA 64
2 Cross Switcher FST 230
1 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
1 Energy Retrieval SSH 160
1 Lost Vacuum LOR 162
1 Switch SSH 183
1 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
2 Choice Belt BRS 135
2 Training Court RCL 169
1 Lost City LOR 161

Energy - 11

9 Water Energy 3
2 Wash Water Energy VIV 165

Total Cards - 60


Kyurem VMAX / Palkia VSTAR / Bibarel Deck


Bibarel

As I’ve continued to test in this format, I’ve learned that Kyurem is susceptible to being hit with Marnie (Sword and Shield), Roxanne (Astral Radiance), and Path to the Peak (Chilling Reign). Individually or as a combination of the aforementioned cards can sometimes be solved by having a Bibarel (Brilliant Stars) in play, and this is where this list shines. It uses Bibarel to try and solve the issue of losing your hand and makes solid use of Rose (Darkness Ablaze) to attach extra Energy. I could see this version of the deck doing well to round out the rest of the Lost Origin legal Pokemon TCG tournaments globally - let’s check out my list:

Pokémon - 18

2 Bidoof BRS 120
1 Oranguru BRS 198
2 Bibarel PR-SW 188
1 Crobat V LOR 237
1 Empoleon V BST 146
3 Kyurem V LOR 48
2 Origin Forme Palkia V ASR 167
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46
3 Kyurem VMAX LOR 49

Trainer Cards - 32

1 Evolution Incense SSH 163
4 Irida ASR 186
1 Switch SUM 160
2 Choice Belt ASR 211
2 Ultra Ball BRS 186
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
2 Rose SHF 71
1 Quick Ball SSH 216
1 Lost Vacuum LOR 217
2 Boss's Orders LOR 241
3 Melony ASR 242
4 Capacious Bucket RCL 156
1 Air Balloon SSH 213
3 Training Court FST 282

Energy - 10

8 Water Energy CRE 231
2 Wash {W} Energy VIV 165

Total Cards - 60


Keep Testing


Oranguru

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about Kyurem / Palkia, one of the best Pokemon online decks in our Lost Origin format and that you might’ve learned a thing or two from this blog! This deck will likely continue to see a bunch of success, and I’m sure it will be a great deck choice in our upcoming Silver Tempest format! As always, I will be testing this format extensively and providing our community with the best information possible! My travel plans include Salt Lake City Regionals, Warsaw Regionals, Sao Paulo Internationals, Toronto Regionals, and Arlington Regionals to round out 2022. It feels great to be back playing Pokemon full time, and I hope to see many of you at events in the future! And remember to use code zlesage5 to save 5% on Pokemon TCG online codes to build these awesome decks! I’ll catch y’all around next time!

About the Writer


Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for the PTCGO store. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he 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 catch him at most Pokemon events and follow him on Twitter @ZachLesagePTCG.