A New Metagame

Charizard ex

What’s poppin Po Town readers? Scarlet and Violet: Obsidian Flames is our latest set on Pokemon TCG Live, and it has shaken up our metagame! While this isn’t the most impactful set in our format, it does contain some amazing cards! Charizard ex [Obsidian Flames] has found its place in a handful of decks, including one with Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars], and Pidgeot ex [Obsidian Flames] has boosted the consistency of some of the previously existing archetypes! I’ve been testing a lot lately, like more than usual, and I’ve compiled some of the best decks in the game for you to check out! These decks have been doing well at League Challenges, League Cups, and online Pokemon TCG events! And you can take any of these lists, copy and paste them right into PTCG Live, and play them right away! If you need any cards online to build these PTCGL decks, be sure to grab some online PTCG Live codes from the PoTown store! And as an added bonus, use code zlesage5 to save 5%! That being said, let’s look at some of the best decks in format!

Lost Zone / Giratina VSTAR Deck

Giratina VSTAR

Starting off with my personal favourite, Giratina VSTAR [Lost Origin] is likely the best deck on this entire list! Your goal is to ramp up cards in your Lost Zone with Comfey [Lost Origin], and Colress’s Experiment [Lost Origin], and eventually press forward with Lost Impact for 280 damage! After sending a couple of energy to the Lost Zone with that attack, you can activate Star Requiem to OHKO any Pokemon that crosses your path! I’ve personally played similar lists to this Lost Zone Giratina VSTAR deck to a handful of League Cups in Toronto, and this is my personal list right now! Let’s check it out!

Pokémon (17)

Trainers (30)

Energy (13)

3 Giratina V LOR 1301 Ultra Ball SVI 1964 Basic {G} Energy SVE 1
4 Comfey LOR 792 Switch SVI 1945 Basic {P} Energy SVE 5
3 Giratina VSTAR LOR 1314 Switch Cart ASR 1544 Jet Energy PAL 190
2 Sableye LOR 704 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1 Manaphy BRS 413 Path to the Peak CRE 148
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 462 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Snorlax LOR 1432 Roxanne ASR 150
1 Spiritomb PAL 894 Mirage Gate LOR 163
1 Cramorant LOR 502 Nest Ball SVI 181

4 Colress's Experiment LOR 155

2 Boss's Orders PAL 172

Giratina VSTAR decklist

Gardevoir ex Deck

Gardevoir ex

After placing second at the most recent World Championships in Japan, Gardevoir ex [Scarlet and Violet] has been a favourite choice for many top players, including Tord Reklev. Ralts [Scarlet and Violet] might not add too much to the conversation, but Kirlia [Silver Tempest] and Gardevoir [Chilling Reign] both have built in draw Abilities. They allow you the nestle a Gardevoir ex in between them, are means to ends of getting Psychic Energy in the discard pile, and you can power those energies up with Psychic Embrace. Your attacking options are Zacian V [Celebrations], and Gardevoir, both of which can score OHKOs by loading up Energy! My list is extremely similar to Tord’s, but there are a few changes that have helped me personally. The biggest change is playing the Ralts from Scarlet and Violet to have additional attackers against Gardevoir, and adding in a Worker [Silver Tempest] to get rid of Path to the Peak [Chilling Reign] easier. Let’s see how it looks!

Pokémon (18)

Trainers (30)

Energy (12)

1 Cresselia LOR 744 Level Ball BST 1292 Reversal Energy PAL 192
2 Gardevoir CRE 611 Forest Seal Stone SIT 15610 Basic {P} Energy SVE 5
1 Mew CEL 111 Pal Pad SVI 182
1 Lumineon V BRS 401 Professor's Research SVI 189
4 Kirlia SIT 681 Artazon PAL 171
1 Ralts SIT 672 Fog Crystal CRE 140
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 464 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1 Manaphy BRS 412 Boss's Orders PAL 172
3 Ralts SVI 843 Iono PAL 185
2 Gardevoir ex SVI 861 Worker SIT 167
1 Zacian V CEL 162 Super Rod PAL 188

1 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135

1 Collapsed Stadium BRS 137

3 Ultra Ball SVI 196

3 Rare Candy SVI 191

Gardevoir ex decklist

Lost Zone / Kyogre Deck


While Lost Zone Giratina VSTAR is trying to ramp up to Lost Impact, and Star Requiem plays, Kyogre [Celebrations] is trying to discard five Energy from the top of your deck to swing for 250 damage to two of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. In between all of that, you have access to attacking with Radiant Greninja [Astral Radiance] to snipe some of your opponent’s Pokemon, and you can also swing for some easy damage with Dragonite V [Evolving Skies]. It might be hard to pull off Aqua Storm, but it is worth it once you get there! Let’s see what my list looks like!

Pokémon (12)

Trainers (37)

Energy (11)

4 Comfey LOR 794 Switch Cart ASR 1545 Basic {W} Energy SVE 3
2 Sableye LOR 704 Escape Rope BST 1253 Basic {P} Energy SVE 5
1 Kyogre CEL 32 Energy Recycler BST 1243 Basic {L} Energy SVE 4
1 Manaphy BRS 411 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 461 Echoing Horn CRE 136
1 Cramorant LOR 502 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
1 Dragonite V PR-SW 1544 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1 Raikou V BRS 482 PokéStop PGO 68

3 Super Rod PAL 188

4 Mirage Gate LOR 163

1 Pal Pad SVI 182

2 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156

3 Nest Ball SVI 181

4 Colress's Experiment LOR 155

Lost Zone / Kyogre decklist

Fusion Strike / Mew VMAX Deck


Mew VMAX [Fusion Strike] won Worlds in Japan, and it is actively one of the best decks in our format! You can go “turbo mode” by dropping an Elesa’s Sparkle [Fusion Strike], grabbing a few Fusion Energy [Fusion Strike], and swinging for a quick OHKO with Meloetta [Fusion Strike]. Or you can Evolve your Mew V [Crown Zenith] into a Mew VMAX [Fusion Strike], and copy Genesect V [Fusion Strike] to do 210 with Cross Fusion Strike into a Techno Blast! On top of all of that, Mew VMAX can lock your opponent out of Abilities with Path to the Peak, and Genesect V can draw a bunch of cards with its Fusion Strike System Ability when Path to the Peak isn’t in play. This deck might be a little scared of Spiritomb [Paldea Evolved], Drapion V [Lost Origin], and Charizard ex, but it still has found a home in the metagame! Let’s see all of the Fusion Strike goodies inside of this list!

Pokémon (13)

Trainers (40)

Energy (7)

1 Oricorio FST 422 Switch Cart ASR 1544 Fusion Strike Energy FST 244
1 Meloetta FST 1241 Box of Disaster LOR 1543 Double Turbo Energy BRS 151
4 Mew V CRZ 601 Escape Rope BST 125
4 Genesect V FST 1853 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156
3 Mew VMAX FST 1141 Judge SVI 176

1 Pal Pad SVI 182

2 Nest Ball SVI 181

2 Lost City LOR 161

4 Cram-o-matic FST 229

2 Choice Belt PAL 176

4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225

2 Boss's Orders PAL 172

2 Path to the Peak CRE 148

1 Iono PAL 185

2 Lost Vacuum CRZ 13

4 Power Tablet FST 236

2 Elesa's Sparkle FST 233

4 Ultra Ball SVI 196

Mew VMAX decklist

Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX Box Deck

Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX

After Cyrus David won the recent North American International Championships with Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX [Battle Styles] / Inteleon VMAX [Fusion Strike], it has been a valid option! Lots of Pokemon in our format have minimal HP, like Ralts and Comfey, and that means you can pick off those Pokemon quickly with Double Gunner! If they have a little bit more HP, soften them up with Double Gunner, move damage counters around with Radiant Alakazam, and snipe some Pokemon with G Max Rapid Flow. Medicham V [Evolving Skies] can even allow you to take an extra turn if you place your damage in the right spots! It might be a bit difficult to play, and it suffers from a tough Mew VMAX matchup, but it is a solid choice otherwise! Let’s see what it looks like!

Pokémon (17)

Trainers (33)

Energy (10)

2 Octillery BST 372 Iono PAL 1856 Basic {W} Energy SVE 3
1 Radiant Alakazam SIT 594 Ultra Ball SVI 194 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140
3 Inteleon V FST 781 Echoing Horn CRE 136
2 Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 873 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
3 Inteleon VMAX FST 792 Melony CRE 146
1 Medicham V EVS 831 Klara CRE 145
2 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 883 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156
2 Remoraid BST 361 Cheryl BST 123
1 Lumineon V BRS 401 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146

1 Escape Rope BST 125

2 Nest Ball SVI 181

1 Letter of Encouragement OBF 189

2 Irida ASR 147

2 Korrina's Focus BST 128

2 Professor's Research SVI 189

3 Tower of Waters BST 138

2 Energy Retrieval SVI 171

Rapid Strike Urshifu decklist

Miraidon ex Deck

Miraidon ex

Okay, we have to save the most spicy deck for last: Miraidon ex [Scarlet and Violet]! Taking the same 60 from Andrew Mahone’s Worlds run, this is a vicious deck! You have Electric Generator [Scarlet and Violet] to power up your Pokemon, Miriadon ex grabs your Lightning type Pokemon, and your various attackers swing hard! Raikou V [Brilliant Stars] can OHKO most Pokemon V, and Raichu V [Brilliant Stars] can OHKO everything! Flaaffy [Evolving Skies] holds it all together by getting even more Lightning Energy on the field, and that makes this deck super consistent! If it was good enough to make the Top 32 at Worlds, it's good enough to play going forward! Let’s check out Andrew’s list!

Pokémon (13)

Trainers (33)

Energy (14)

2 Raichu V BRS 454 Ultra Ball SVI 19614 Basic {L} Energy SVE 4
3 Miraidon ex SVI 812 Switch Cart ASR 154
2 Flaaffy EVS 552 Judge SVI 176
2 Mareep EVS 542 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Squawkabilly ex PAL 1691 Arven OBF 186
1 Zeraora SIT 564 Electric Generator SVI 170
2 Raikou V BRS 482 Iono PAL 185

4 Path to the Peak CRE 148

2 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156

1 Nest Ball SVI 181

4 Professor's Research SVI 189

2 Bravery Charm PAL 173

3 Boss's Orders PAL 172

Miraidon Ex decklist

Time to Test

Well, those are the PTCGL decks that are absolutely the best decks in our current format! We still have major events that are happening soon in Pittsburgh, Barcelona, and Curitiba, but I’m sure the above decks will fare well at those tournaments! My best advice is to pick a couple of these decks, test them online, and see what decks work best for you! You never know when you’ll find your new favourite deck or the deck that will give you a championship title in the near future! I’ll be attending Pittsburgh Regionals, and I’m still trying to get into the second wave of the Barcelona Special Event registration! Again, if you need any of the cards to complete these decks, be sure to use code zlesage5 to save 5% on codes from the PoTown store! I have to get back to my own testing, but I’ll catch up with ya for my next article! Thanks for reading!

About the Writer

Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for potownstore.com. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokémon content as his full-time career. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokémon events and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/ZachLesagePTCG.