Posted by Zach Lesage on 7/8/2021 to
How’s it going, Po Town readers? I’ve been theorying a bunch of new Standard Pokemon decks in the newTeam Up to Chilling Reign PTCGO format, and I’ve selected a handful of top decks to share in this article today! All of these lists are a combination of my own thoughts and Japanese winning concepts from their events! The goal of this article is to share some of these top decks for you to try and learn more about our Pokemon TCG Online metagame. If you need any cards to prepare for this event or you need Pokemon TCG Online codes, PoTown Store is a great place to pick them up! Most of these concepts are extremely early builds, but they allow you to have excellent starting points for most new archetypes, let’s check out these Pokemon decks!
Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX
Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign) is one of the most hyped Pokemon decks, and it marks the first time this Pokemon has appeared in the TCG. The goal of this Pokemon deck is to balance your attack choices between Ride of the High King and Max Lance to attack your opponent’s Pokemon appropriately. Melony (Chilling Reign) acts as a pseudo-Welder (Unbroken Bonds) for Water-type Pokemon giving this deck the Energy acceleration it needs to succeed. Inteleon (Sword and Shield) finds its way into this deck to search for many setup cards and Path to the Peak (Chilling Reign) to shut off Rule Box Pokemon. There are plenty of cool combinations that lay within this deck, and Ice Rider Calyrex is poised to be the BEST Water-type pokemon deck in format once this set is released. Let’s check out my list.
|1x Crobat V SHF 44||3x Melony CRE 146||9x Water Energy SWSHEnergy 3|
|1x Galarian Zigzagoon SHF 151||4x Professor's Research SHF 60|
|1x Jirachi PR-SM 161||2x Evolution Incense SSH 163|
|1x Marshadow UNB 81||1x Escape Rope BST 125|
|1x Mewtwo PR-SM 214||2x Boss's Orders SHF 58|
|1x Cryogonal UNM 46||4x Quick Ball SSH 179|
|3x Ice Rider Calyrex V CRE 45||4x Level Ball BST 129|
|3x Sobble CRE 41||3x Scoop Up Net RCL 165|
|2x Drizzile SHF 99||1x Capacious Bucket RCL 156|
|1x Inteleon CRE 43||2x Switch SSH 183|
|2x Inteleon SHF 100||1x Reset Stamp UNM 206|
|3x Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 46||3x Path to the Peak CRE 148|
|1x Air Balloon SSH 156|
Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX
Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign) is galloping into our Pokemon TCG metagame at great speed because the card seems amazing! Plenty of players have compared this new Pokemon to Zoroark-GX (Shining Legends) and Malamar (Forbidden Light), which leads me to believe this card has to be successful. The goal here is simple, use Underworld Door to power up your Benched Psychic Pokemon and choose the right one for the job. Maybe you need to spread damage counters to get around Altaria (Champions Path)? Power up Shadow Rider Calyrex V (Chilling Reign)! Maybe you want to disrupt your opponent's hand in an attempt to last another turn in the game… Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX (Sun and Moon Promo) can certainly combo Night Watch with Marnie (Sword and Shield). Did I mention this Pokemon deck can use Mewtwo & Mew-GX (Unified Minds) to copy other GX Pokemon too? When it comes to picking a competitive Pokemon Online deck, you always want to have plenty of options because you never know what your opponent is going to throw your way. So let’s dash right into this list!
|1x Crobat V SHF 44||3x Professor's Research SHF 60||3x Horror Psychic Energy RCL 172|
|1x Naganadel-GX UNM 160||4x Marnie SSH 169||9x Psychic Energy SWSHEnergy 5|
|1x Cresselia CRE 64||2x Boss's Orders SHF 58|
|1x Eldegoss V CPA 5||4x Quick Ball SSH 179|
|1x Dedenne-GX UNB 57||4x Fog Crystal CRE 140|
|3x Shadow Rider Calyrex V CRE 74||2x Tag Call CEC 206|
|1x Gengar & Mimikyu-GX TEU 165||2x Pokémon Communication TEU 152|
|1x Jirachi-GX UNM 79||4x Switch SSH 183|
|1x Latios-GX UNM 78||2x Chaotic Swell CEC 187|
|2x Mewtwo & Mew-GX PR-SM 191||1x Guzma & Hala CEC 193|
|1x Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX PR-SM 217||1x Mallow & Lana CEC 198|
|3x Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75||1x Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189|
|1x Air Balloon SSH 156|
Blaziken VMAX / Zeraora V
Blaziken VMAX (Chilling Reign) might not seem like much at first, but it's a solid way to accelerate Energy to your Rapid Strike Pokemon. That's where Zeraora V (Chilling Reign) comes in. The whole strategy revolves around using Blaziken VMAX’s Max Blaze attack to power up Zeraora V so you can use Cross Fit easily. Since Blaziken VMAX is a Rapid Strike Pokemon, you can snipe the Bench with Cross Fit, which makes this Pokemon Online deck unique. Passimian (Chilling Reign) boosts that Cross Fit snipe damage for an extra 30 damage which can OHKO Crobat V (Darkness Ablaze), Dedenne-GX (Unbroken Bonds), and Eldegoss V (Champions Path) on your opponents Bench. I decided to wrap this within a Jirachi (Team Up) engine to make the deck more consistent, which works well with your need to get Blaziken VMAX to the Bench to attack with Zeraora V. Let’s check out this list!
|1x Crobat V SHF 44||4x Professor's Research SHF 60||2x Capture Energy RCL 171|
|1x Galarian Zigzagoon SHF 151||3x Boss's Orders SHF 58||4x Rapid Strike Energy BST 140|
|2x Passimian CRE 88||4x Marnie SSH 169||4x Spiral Energy CRE 159|
|3x Blaziken V CRE 20||4x Quick Ball SSH 179|
|3x Blaziken VMAX CRE 21||4x Scoop Up Net RCL 165|
|1x Dedenne-GX UNB 195||4x Switch SSH 183|
|2x Zeraora V CRE 53||4x Pokémon Communication TEU 152|
|4x Jirachi PR-SM 161||2x Air Balloon SSH 156|
|1x Marshadow UNB 81||1x Reset Stamp UNM 206|
|1x Mewtwo PR-SM 214||1x Chaotic Swell CEC 187|
Best of Luck
Whether you’re trying to become the next Chill TCG champion or play fun games on the Versus ladder, these 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 cards for PTCGO. 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.