Posted by Zach Lesage on 7/30/2021 to
How’s it goin’, Po Town readers? Have you noticed a cool breeze settling in lately? Well, that's likely because our newest set, Chilling Reign, has frozen everything we knew about the game! This set has released many cool cards, but the iciest of them all is Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign). This frigid horse seriously packs a kick to it and is the main star of this article. I will go over the strategy of the archetype, provide some of my personal lists, and do my best to explain it all! I hope this article helps you out on your journey as a Pokemon TCG player and allows you to better understand some of these new concepts. So let’s jump into it!
The strategy of Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX is first and foremost to get an Ice Rider Calyrex V (Chilling Reign) in play with an Energy attached to it! This allows you to attach an Energy on your second turn and start threatening your opponent's Pokemon with either Ride of the High King or Max Lance. You can hit with Ride of the High King for two reasons - your opponent has a large Bench, or it is part of a 2HKO attacking plan. Max Lance is usually more powerful, but it does come at the cost of discarding some Energy from Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX. Whether you use Cinccino (Sword and Shield) or Drizzile (Shining Fates) to get setup, mainly everything else about this archetype remains the same. You draw or search for what you need and try to keep on hitting hard with Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX. And let's not forget that playing Path to the Peak (Chilling Reign) can slow down your opponent since they won’t have access to their Abilities on Rule Box Pokemon. It isn’t the most strategic concept ever, but hitting for a lot of damage quickly under Ability lock is certainly powerful!
This version of the Pokemon Online deck focuses on using Drizzile to search out a variety of Trainer Cards for whatever situation you find yourself in. Maybe you need to search out an Energy, and you can nab a Capacious Bucket (Rebel Clash) with Shady Dealings. Maybe you need an Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX, so you fetch out an Evolution Incense (Sword and Shield), which means you have access to your attackers at your fingertips. The best part is that you can Evolve Drizzile into Inteleon (Chilling Reign) to start sniping your opponent’s Pokemon for 20 damage with its Quick Shooting Ability! This allows you to hit for those sneaky planned Knock Outs with Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX after using big attacks like Max Lance. Let’s check out this deck!
|1x Dedenne-GX UNB 195||1x Escape Rope BST 125||7x Water Energy SWSHEnergy 3|
|1x Marshadow UNB 81||3x Evolution Incense SSH 163|
|4x Ice Rider Calyrex V CRE 164||1x Bird Keeper DAA 159|
|4x Sobble CRE 41||4x Quick Ball SSH 179|
|4x Drizzile SHF 99||4x Melony CRE 146|
|2x Inteleon PR-SW 113||1x Air Balloon SSH 156|
|1x Inteleon SHF 100||2x Boss's Orders SHF 58|
|3x Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 203||4x Level Ball BST 129|
|2x Professor's Research SHF 60|
|1x Reset Stamp UNM 206|
|2x Marnie SSH 169|
|3x Path to the Peak CRE 148|
|3x Capacious Bucket RCL 156|
|2x Switch SSH 183|
The Cinccino version of this Pokemon Online deck plays out extremely similar to the Inteleon version but gives up the direct one-time search of Shady Dealings for drawing cards each turn with Make Do. You might not necessarily get the cards you want, but you can use the Ability each turn, and Stage One Pokemon take up less space than Stage Two Pokemon in the deck by nature. Other notable differences include using that extra space to run Scoop Up Net (Rebel Clash) to utilize your Abilities in play again, such as Galarian Zigzagoon (Shining Fates), and offer mobility as a pseudo-Switch effect when your opponent plays Boss’s Orders (Rebel Clash). I personally like how this deck has room to run Phoebe (Battle Styles) and Mewtwo (Unbroken Bonds), so it has answers against decks like Decidueye (Darkness Ablaze) and Altaria (Champions Path). Let’s check out this deck!
|3x Minccino SHF 166||1x Phoebe BST 130||7x Water Energy SWSHEnergy 3|
|1x Snorlax PR-SW 68||2x Bird Keeper DAA 159|
|3x Cinccino SHF 167||4x Quick Ball SSH 179|
|1x Galarian Zigzagoon SHF 151||4x Melony CRE 146|
|1x Dedenne-GX UNB 195||4x Pokémon Communication TEU 152|
|1x Mew PR-SM 215||2x Boss's Orders SHF 58|
|1x Mewtwo PR-SM 214||4x Level Ball BST 129|
|4x Ice Rider Calyrex V CRE 164||4x Scoop Up Net RCL 165|
|3x Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 203||1x Reset Stamp UNM 206|
|2x Marnie SSH 169|
|4x Path to the Peak CRE 148|
|3x Capacious Bucket RCL 156|
Whether you’re trying to become the next Chill TCG champion or play fun games on the Versus ladder, these Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX Pokemon online decks are a great place to explore for everyone! I’m stoked to continuously test these decks and learn more about the metagame myself! If you need any PTCGO codes for your own testing or collection, PoTown Store is one of the best places to pick up PTCGO codes. Happy testing!
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. He creates YouTube content, coaches players to become better in-game, 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.