Good morning Pokemon trainers! A new dawn is upon us with the release of the newest Pokemon TCG expansion: Silver Tempest. This set is brand new and has the following product description:

“Argent Adventure & Dazzling Discovery! An ominous rumble echoes in the distance, and Lugia VSTAR emerges from the ocean’s depths to answer its call! The uncharted territory lies waiting to be explored alongside Alolan Vulpix VSTAR, while Serperior, Unown, and Mawile join the expedition as Pokémon VSTAR, and a legendary battle awaits as Regieleki VMAX and Regidrago VSTAR awaken from slumber. Discover powerful partnerships in the Trainer Gallery, and set a course for adventure with the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield-Silver Tempest expansion!”

This product description does nothing short of selling Lugia VSTAR as the top dog of this format – they mentioned it first for a reason! This card is definitely going to be the best deck in the format in the future, and we’ll go over all of the reasons why throughout this article. It’s going to be one tough cookie to beat, so we’ll chat about some of the ways that people may counter this card as well. Without further ado, let’s swoop into Lugia VSTAR!

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Strategy


Lugia VSTAR

The main strategy of this deck relies heavily on Lugia VSTAR’s ability, Summoning Star. It states the following:

Ability — Summoning Star

During your turn, you may put up to 2 Colorless Pokémon that don't have a Rule Box from your discard pile onto your Bench. (Pokémon V, Pokémon-GX, etc., have Rule Boxes.) (You can't use more than 1 VSTAR Power in a game.)

This ability is inherently one of the most powerful abilities in the entire game. Being able to spawn any Colourless-type non-Rule Box Pokemon to your bench is something that gives you access to a toolbox of Pokemon, but more allows you to get into play probably the best non-Rule Box ability ever printed: Archeops’ Primal Turbo. Primal Turbo states the following:

Archeops

Ability — Primal Turbo

Once during your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 Special Energy cards and attach them to 1 of your Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck.

You can see where this is already going. You get Archeops into the discard pile, you use Lugia’s ability. Then you power up basically any attacker in the game with a suite of Special Energy cards with killer effects, such as the hefty Powerful Colourless Energy, Double Turbo Energy, or perhaps even Aurora Energy to supply any energy you’d like. You can even setup some of the most unique energy costs ever printed in the form of the Amazing Rare Pokemon. Raikou, Yveltal, and Kyogre fit the bill for being some of the most beautiful cards ever printed but some of the most awkward to power up. With Archeops in play, it becomes a sinch! This deck is a joy to play and also very consistent – let’s take a peek at the deck list to see what else this archetype plays.

Deck List


Pokémon - 19 

4 Archeops SIT 147
4 Lugia V SIT 138
3 Lugia VSTAR SIT 139
1 Crobat V DAA 104
1 Drapion V LOR 118
1 Dunsparce FST 207
1 Lugia VIV 132
1 Lumineon V BRS 40
1 Oranguru SSH 148
1 Pumpkaboo EVS 76
1 Radiant Charizard PGO 11

Trainer Cards - 28 

4 Professor's Research BRS 147
3 Serena SIT 164
2 Marnie CPA 56 
1 Boss's Orders BRS 132
4 Evolution Incense SSH 163 
4 Quick Ball FST 237
4 Ultra Ball BRS 150
3 Choice Belt BRS 135
2 Lost Vacuum LOR 162
1 Air Balloon SSH 156 

Energy - 13 

4 Aurora Energy SSH 186
4 Powerful Colorless Energy DAA 176
2 Double Turbo Energy BRS 151
2 V Guard Energy SIT 169
1 Twin Energy RCL 174


Lugia VSTAR decklist

Key TCG Cards


3 Lugia VSTAR – This Pokemon is the bread and butter of our deck and is a stunning legendary Pokemon that people recognize immediately. Lugia clocks in at 280 HP, which is pretty average for a VSTAR. Colourless typing means that we won’t be hitting anything for weakness. However, our Colourless attack costs mean that we can crutch on Special Energy to execute unique strategies. Lugia VSTAR’s ability, Summoning Star, is ground-breaking and will let us setup multiple Archeops out of the blue. When more Colourless-type Pokemon become apparent in the future, it will widen Lugia’s arsenal, enabling us to play cute techs in our deck. For now, Archeops is the main target. Lugia’s only attack, Tempest Dive, isn’t really that good on the surface. It costs four Colourless Energy and only does 220 damage which means it can’t OHKO any Pokemon VSTAR in return. That being said, we do have a few things going to boost Lugia’s numbers and make it a very beefy Pokemon. Powerful Colourless Energy, in combination with V-Guard Energy, not only boosts this Pokemon’s attack damage so that it can OHKO opposing VSTARs, but you also reduce damage taken from opposing Pokemon V, meaning we have VMAX levels of HP. Tempest Dive’s damage output is adequate enough to make this deck work and also provides the subtle effect of being able to remove Stadium cards from being in play. I could see this being helpful for getting rid of annoying cards such as Path to the Peak and Temple of Sinnoh. Lugia is weak to Lightning-type, which is annoying. However, we can always play a copy of Dunsparce in an effort to remove any weaknesses from our deck. Resistance to Fighting-types is a nice touch. Lugia has a retreat cost of two which is decent – we can mitigate this Pokemon’s mobility issues with a copy of Double Turbo Energy.

Lugia V

4 Lugia V – This is a relatively average Pokemon V. However, I did want to note that Lugia V’s first attack is really nice, going against decks that don’t play much hand disruption. Read the Wind allows you to discard a card (ideally an Archeops) from your hand and then draw three cards. This sets you up well for the following turn when you need to dump another Archeops in the discard pile and fire off your VSTAR ability.

4 Archeops – We don’t play any Archen in this deck or any Fossil cards; the only way we can get this primal bird into play is via Lugia VSTAR’s ability. Once Archeops is online, we can begin to load up various attackers using Primal Turbo. Archeops’ Speed Wing attack is very useful for clearing certain threats that Lugia can’t hit, such as Miltank. This Pokemon is the engine of our deck and is very hard to stop once established on the board. 150HP is also pretty significant on a support Pokemon, so this bird is rather beefy.

Drapion V

1 Drapion V – This Pokemon is in here solely to support your Mew VMAX matchup. The battle between the two legendary Pokemon can feel shaky at times, and Drapion is just in here to help smooth things out. Because Mew is a Fusion Strike Pokemon (as well as Genesect V and the rest of the ensemble in that deck), Drapion can potentially attack for free because of its ability. It is also Dark-type, meaning its attack can actually OHKO a Mew VMAX.

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1 Radiant Charizard – Ah, yes! The Radiant Pokemon that we’ve opted to include in this deck is none other than Ash’s favourite, Charizard. Usually, this Pokemon can’t attack until much later in the game due to its high energy cost, but with the ability in combination with Archeops’ energy acceleration, you should be able to attack with this Pokemon as early as the second turn of the game. Radiant Charizard is an amazing attacker at pretty much any point in the game and is one of the best single Prize Card attackers in the game.

Dunsparce

1 Dunsparce – This Pokemon has one job in the list: to remove weakness from our Colourless-type Pokemon. That’s it, that’s all! A simple job but an important one, the likes of Regilieki and Vikavolt V would have a cakewalk with our deck if they could hit for weakness. Dunsparce plays an important role in our deck, but we don’t need him for every matchup as bench space is highly valuable.

Pumpkaboo

1 Pumpkaboo – Pumpkaboo is in here to remove harmful Stadiums from play. It’s easy to use the Pumpkin Pit ability because we can search Pumpkaboo out of the deck with one of our various Ball cards. Dangerous Stadiums that can threaten our deck include (but are not limited to) Path to the Peak as well as Temple of Sinnoh. These can both put a dent in our strategy so having accessibility to remove them ASAP is vital to our strategy.

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1 Lugia – Not to be mistaken with the Lugia VSTAR or Lugia V, this Lugia is a single Prize Card attacker that can put a serious dent in opposing enemies’ strategies. For just four Colourless Energy, Lugia can swing for 250 damage! There is a drawback, though – the opponent needs to have 6 or more cards in their hand, so this Pokemon is relatively situational. I like to time my attacks with this card for after my opponent has drawn two or more Prize Cards because that’s when their hand will have the most cards. With a Choice Belt, this Pokemon can very easily OHKO an opposing VSTAR Pokemon.

Conclusion


This new deck with cards from Silver Tempest packs a punch and can really bully Pokémon VSTAR by taking them out in one shot. You can even take out hefty Pokémon VMAX with the help of Powerful Colourless Energy and Choice Belt! If you like hitting hard and taking massive OHKOs while also remaining very consistent, then I highly urge you to try out this deck. This deck requires a decent bit of new stuff from the newest expansion, Silver Tempest, so you should check out our shop for your PTCGO code needs. I’d suggest nabbing some PTCGL codes and building this deck online because this deck seems like it will stick around for a while. Until next time, have fun!

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