Evolve Your Game

What’s poppin’ Po Town peeps? It’s ya boy Zach back with another article, and this one might just evolve your game! Evolving Skies, our newest Pokemon TCG Online set, has recently dropped, and I’m ready to feature some of the coolest Pokemon online decks to come out of that set. In this particular article, I will showcase some of the new “Eevee”-Lution VMAX Pokemon and how they can be incorporated into Team Up - Evolving Skies Standard decks! This will be a two-part article, so stay on the lookout for my next article that will go over the remaining “Eevee”-Lution Pokemon that weren’t covered here. If you are looking for any PTCGO codes to pick up these decks or any loose cards needed in your collection, there is a great selection here at PoTown store. That being said, let’s jump into these awesome new cards!

Espeon VMAX

Espeon Vmax

Espeon VMAX (Evolving Skies) doesn’t seem like much at first, but it finds a comforting home in my Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign) deck. I basically cut Alcremie VMAX (Champions Path) to find the space and the deck looks refined! The idea is that your opponent will likely have a lot of Energy in play, just look at Weavile-GX (Unified Minds) “Dark Box” decks, and you can swing hard with Max Mindstorm. You don’t get the advantage of having a Pokemon with a Weakness to something other than Darkness-type, but you keep more Energy in play which is strong for Max Geist. The basic strategy is to use Underworld Door to stockpile Energy into play and attack with the best attacker for any situation. Let’s check out this list!

Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX / Espeon VMAX Deck

Pokémon (17)

Trainers (30)

Energy (13)

2x Dedenne-GX UNB 1953x Marnie PR-SW 12113x Psychic Energy CRE 232
2x Espeon V EVS 1804x Fog Crystal CRE 227
1x Gengar & Mimikyu-GX TEU 1654x Evolution Incense SSH 163
2x Marshadow UNB 813x Switch SUM 160
4x Shadow Rider Calyrex V CRE 1723x Boss's Orders RCL 189
2x Espeon VMAX EVS 654x Professor's Research SSH 201
4x Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 2054x Quick Ball SSH 216

2x Path to the Peak CRE 148

2x Air Balloon SSH 213

1x Ordinary Rod SSH 215

Espeon vmax decklist

Flareon VMAX

Flareon Vmax

Flareon VMAX (Evolving Skies) is an awkward card - yeah, I’m gonna be brutally honest here and let you know I was scratching my head for a while. After discussing this card with my teammate Gabriel Smart (@GabrielSmartTCG), we thought of a cool way to abuse Max Detonate! By increasing the Fire Energy count to 18, yeah - that many, we can hit bigger numbers more consistently with Flareon VMAX. Since we are discarding a lot of Energy, Volcarona V (Evolving Skies) really comes in clutch with Surging Flames to recycle all of them back. We also decided to throw a few Ninetales (Team Up) in the deck for good measure because we can gust up whatever we want! Let’s check out this list!

Flareon VMAX / Volcarona V Deck

Pokémon (17)

Trainers (25)

Energy (18)

2x Oranguru VIV 1991x Boss's Orders RCL 18918x Fire Energy SWSHEnergy 2
1x Crobat V PR-SW 1104x Welder UNB 189
3x Flareon V EVS 1694x Quick Ball SSH 216
2x Volcarona V EVS 213x Pokémon Communication TEU 152
2x Vulpix SSH 223x Air Balloon SSH 213
2x Ninetales TEU 161x Ordinary Rod SSH 215
3x Flareon VMAX EVS 181x Pal Pad SSH 172
1x Eldegoss V CPA 53x Giant Hearth UNM 197
1x Dedenne-GX UNB 1954x Rotom Phone CPA 64

1x Energy Recycler FLI 143

flareon vmax decklist

Glaceon VMAX

Glaceon Vmax

I hate to say it, but I’m not a huge fan of Glaceon VMAX (Evolving Skies)...yet! The issue that I’ve been trying to tackle is that Tag Team Pokemon run rampant in the Team Up to Evolving Skies Standard format. Umbreon & Darkrai-GX (Unified Minds), Reshiram & Charizard-GX (Unbroken Bonds), and Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX (Cosmic Eclipse), just to name a few! This deck does well against most VMAX decks, but that becomes a little bit easier once Pokemon-GX rotates out of our format in early September 2021. The goal of this deck is simple: build up Glaceon VMAX, try and wall against VMAX Pokemon, and use Quick Shooting with Inteleon (Chilling Reign). If you ever get the opportunity, you can slap down Medicham V (Evolving Skies), power it up with Melony (Chilling Reign), and take another turn with Yoga Loop. Let’s peep this list!

Glaceon VMAX / Inteleon Deck

Pokémon (20)

Trainers (30)

Energy (10)

1x Medicham V EVS 1864x Marnie PR-SW 1212x Capture Energy DAA 201
1x Articuno TEU 324x Level Ball BST 1818x Water Energy CRE 231
4x Glaceon V EVS 1754x Evolution Incense SSH 163
4x Sobble CRE 412x Chaotic Swell CEC 187
4x Drizzile SHF 991x Snow Leaf Badge EVS 159
2x Inteleon PR-SW 1132x Boss's Orders RCL 189
1x Inteleon SHF 1001x Scoop Up Net RCL 207
3x Glaceon VMAX EVS 2091x Reset Stamp UNM 206

1x Professor's Research SSH 201

4x Quick Ball SSH 216

2x Capacious Bucket RCL 156

1x Air Balloon SSH 213

3x Melony CRE 195

glaceon vmax decklist

Umbreon VMAX

Umbreon Vmax

Umbreon VMAX (Evolving Skies) is arguably one of the most hyped cards from the entire set, and for good reasons, it has a built-in Boss’s Orders (Shining Fates) into its Dark Signal Ability. The extra bonus is that it has the Single Strike stamp on it, so it works great with other Single Strike cards, like SingleStrike Urshifu VMAX (Battle Styles) and Houndoom (Battle Styles). The goal of this deck is to decide on the best-attacking type for each matchup, either Darkness-type or Fighting-type, power up that Pokemon with Houndoom, and hit for a lot of damage quickly. Strategies like this have been successful for the entirety of the game, and I think this deck truly has potential. Shoutout to Vinicius Fernandez (@Vincius01763096) for coming up with this original concept. Let’s check it out!

Umbreon VMAX / Single Strike Urshifu VMAX Deck

Pokémon (20)

Trainers (29)

Energy (11)

1x Crobat V PR-SW 1104x Marnie PR-SW 1214x Capture Energy DAA 201
4x Houndour BST 952x Switch SUM 1604x Single Strike Energy BST 183
3x Umbreon V EVS 1894x Tower of Darkness BST 1373x Fighting Energy CRE 233
4x Houndoom BST 1791x Single Strike Scroll of Scorn BST 133
3x Umbreon VMAX EVS 2154x Pokémon Communication TEU 152
2x Single Strike Urshifu V BST 1514x Professor's Research SSH 201
2x Single Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 1684x Quick Ball SSH 216
1x Dedenne-GX UNB 1954x Urn of Vitality CRE 229

2x Air Balloon SSH 213

umbreon vmax decklist

Happy Testing

Evolving Skies is truly a set where competitive players, deck builders, and collectors can combine their passion for the game! Some ideas are going to be slightly more viable than others, but the goal for this article is to provide solid lists for each “Eevee”-Lution Pokemon released in this set. Like I said earlier, be sure to stay on the lookout for the other part of this article to check out all of those lists too! And as always, if you need any PTCGO codes, you’re in the right place! PoTown Store has a great selection of codes, including Evolving Skies, and you can get a head start on completing your decks!

About the Writer

Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PoTown 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. Under the moniker of theloneblown, he creates YouTube content, streams on Twitch, and provides hot takes on his Twitter. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and the 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.