Fear and Panic

What’s poppin’ Po Town readers? It’s your boy Zach Lesage (@ZachLesagePTCG), and I’m here with another banger article! If you’re reading this, Fusion Strike has just been released worldwide, and I’m here to share my thoughts on Gengar VMAX (Fusion Strike)! I’ve been quite fortunate to be able to test this card for over a month now in real-life tabletop gameplay, which means you get early access to my tournament-ready list! I’ve been testing up a storm with some big content creators, my teammates, and our Pokemon TCG community, so I’m hyped to share my findings with you! With Fusion Strike being a large set at almost 300 cards, you’ll need PTCGO codes to complete your online collection needs, so be sure to grab some right here at the PoTown store. With instant email delivery and an amazing selection, you’re definitely in the right place! Anyways, let’s learn some more about Gengar VMAX!

Time to G-Max Swallow Up

Gengar Vmax

Upon first glance, Gengar VMAX has a lot going for it! It is a Single Strike Pokemon, and it has powerful attacks! Being a Single Strike Pokemon, we know this card can benefit from the many amazing cards that are available for this style of deck. Houndoom (Battle Styles) offers excellent Energy acceleration, Single Strike Energy (Battle Styles) increases your damage output, and Umbreon VMAX (Evolving Skies) is a great way to gust up opposing Pokemon. Gengar VMAX can deal a fair bit of damage with Fear and Panic to punish your opponent for filling their Bench with Pokemon V. G-Max Swallow Up seems to be similar to G-Max One Blow on Single Strike Urshifu VMAX (Battle Styles) with a somewhat lesser drawback. Most importantly, it is Darkness-type! Why does that matter? Well, if you look at some of the top pokemon online decks in the format, you can hit many of them for Weakness. Immediately Mew VMAX (Fusion Strike), Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign), and Dragapult VMAX (Rebel Clash) come to mind. Hitting all of those Pokemon for double the regular amount of damage is a great way to steal some games! So yeah, this card is viable, but where does that leave us? Well, luckily, we have access to a similar archetype that we can plug and play Gengar VMAX into almost immediately. I’m talking about Single Strike Urshifu VMAX / Umbreon VMAX. Let’s look at my most updated list for this archetype first, and I’ll share my thoughts on evolving this archetype. Let’s get it!

Single Strike Urshifu Deck

SIngle Strike Urshifu Vmax

Single Strike Urshifu VMAX has been tearing up events in our Sword and Shield to Evolving Skies Standard format, and for a good reason - it's incredibly effective. Based on the Single Strike engine, this deck has access to powerful attacks, exclusive Energy acceleration, freebie gusting, and a variety of tricks to use. Umbreon VMAX can be the main attacker of the deck, but it’s typically reserved for KOing Pokemon V and Pokemon that are weak against Darkness type Pokemon. Single Strike Urshifu VMAX is the main attacker of this deck because it has the powerful G-Max One Blow attack that can OHKO any VMAX in the game after attaching a few Single Strike Energy. It comes at a steep cost of discarding all of the Energy attached to it, but it also goes through everything. The other good thing about Single Strike Urshifu VMAX is that it's a Fighting-type Pokemon. Umbreon VMAX can easily handle Dragapult VMAX, Mew VMAX, and Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX, but that's half of the attacking Pokemon in this deck. Single Strike Urshifu VMAX is strong against Eternatus VMAX (Darkness Ablaze), Jolteon VMAX (Evolving Skies), and Gengar VMAX. This half-and-half strategy is seemingly mended together with the Single Strike stamp to make it all work. Let’s look at this list quickly before looking at my take on Gengar VMAX.

Pokémon (19)

Trainers (32)

Energy (9)

1x Crobat V PR-SW 1104x Marnie PR-SW 1214x Capture Energy DAA 201
4x Houndour BST 954x Evolution Incense SSH 1634x Single Strike Energy BST 183
3x Umbreon V EVS 1891x Switch SUM 1601x Fighting Energy CRE 233
4x Houndoom BST 1794x Tower of Darkness BST 137
2x Umbreon VMAX EVS 2154x Professor's Research CEL 24
3x Single Strike Urshifu V BST 1511x Tool Jammer BST 136
2x Single Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 1682x Boss's Orders RCL 189

2x Great Ball CPA 52

4x Quick Ball SSH 216

4x Urn of Vitality CRE 229

2x Air Balloon SSH 213

Urshifu decklist

Gengar VMAX Deck

Umbreon Vmax

So you might be wondering why this article would move you away from a Single Strike Urshifu VMAX, and that's a totally valid question! The answer is maybe both decks are the same deck or similar in nature, and they seem somewhat interchangeable. Lemme explain… If the format is filled with Pokemon that have a Fighting-type Weakness or Pokemon that have a “safeguard” Ability like Zamazenta V (Sword and Shield). On the other hand, Gengar VMAX has a different idea behind it - it makes the deck simplified. Sure, you lose the type advantage against decks like Jolteon VMAX, and you can’t get through Decidueye (Darkness Ablaze), but you have a more streamlined deck. Gengar VMAX has more efficient attacks than Single Strike Urshifu VMAX, and they actually cost less Energy. You also no longer need to worry about balancing extra copies of Fighting Energy in the Gengar VMAX build and get to play helpful cards like Hiding Darkness Energy (Darkness Ablaze). On top of that, Gengar VMAX has a different Weakness than Umbreon VMAX, so it works that way too. I’m not saying to scrap Single Strike Urshifu VMAX or to avoid Gengar VMAX, but they are both valid options at this point. I think there is a way to blend these decks together, as seen below, by including a single copy of Single Strike Urshifu V (Battle Styles) to make up for the loss of a complete Single Strike Urshifu VMAX line. My take on Gengar VMAX is that it is an option when compared to Single Strike Urshifu VMAX - it isn’t necessarily a replacement, but it is a viable option. Let’s check out my list!

Pokémon (20)

Trainers (30)

Energy (10)

1x Crobat V PR-SW 1104x Marnie PR-SW 1214x Capture Energy DAA 201
3x Gengar V FST 1564x Evolution Incense SSH 1634x Single Strike Energy BST 183
4x Houndour BST 952x Switch SUM 1602x Hiding {D} Energy DAA 175
3x Umbreon V EVS 1894x Tower of Darkness BST 137
4x Houndoom BST 1794x Professor's Research CEL 24
2x Gengar VMAX FST 1572x Boss's Orders RCL 189
2x Umbreon VMAX EVS 2152x Great Ball CPA 52
1x Single Strike Urshifu V BST 1514x Quick Ball SSH 216

4x Urn of Vitality CRE 229

Gengar decklist

New Decks to Test

Well, that’s what I have for Gengar VMAX for today! Out of all of the new pokemon online decks that I’ve tested, Gengar VMAX has by far been one of the most impressive. It all lies in the beauty of the Single Strike engine - it was incredibly easy to build off of a successful tier one deck and tie some loose ends to make Gengar VMAX fit in. I still want to test this deck more to make sure everything is perfect with the list, mainly I need to see if Capture Energy (Rebel Clash) is needed, but I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated here! I hope this list fares you well in your Fusion Strike testing and gives you a headstart ahead of the competition! My goal is to finetune as many new decks and share all of my findings with our Pokemon community in the process. As always, Po Town readers will be included when I share my findings, so be sure to read all of our amazing articles. If you need any of the cards in this article, be sure to pick up some PTCGL codes from Po Town to get what you need. 

About the Writer

Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PoTownStore.com. 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.