A New Format

Welcome to Lost Origin - our newest Pokemon TCG set in Standard! I’ve been grinding the trades, ripping open packs, and playtesting this format with my friends extensively, and I’m so excited to share my favourite decks with you! Most new sets will introduce one or two new archetypes, a handful of techs for pre-existing Pokemon online decks, and some cards that will leave you scratching your head. Lost Origin takes that to a whole other level - there are multiple new archetypes, so many unique cards to add to decks, and a whole new Lost Zone engine that seemingly works with everything. In this article, I’ll be sure to share an amazing list of each of the new archetypes, explain their strategy, and provide as much insight as possible. If you are missing any of the cards necessary to build these Pokemon online decks, consider buying PTCGO codes right here at the PoTown store! Instant code delivery to your email 24/7. Let’s jump into it!

Kyurem VMAX / Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR

Kyurem VMAX

Kicking off the new archetypes is a deck that feels unique yet extremely familiar at the same time. Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR [Astral Radiance] isn’t a stranger to the spotlight, and it is usually the star of its own standalone archetype. That is still all true in our Lost Origin format, but it seems like Palkia VSTAR has a new friend that is taking the lead in this format - Kyurem VMAX [Lost Origin] says hello. Kyurem VMAX might seem like a modified version of Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX [Chilling Reign], but it is so much more than that. It has buffed up HP to put it at 330 HP, has an Ability that can accelerate Energy to any of your Pokemon, and it has an attack that OHKO any Pokemon. Pairing this with Oranguru [Sword and Shield] allows you to place Water Energy on top of your deck, accelerate them with Glaciated World, and you can attack with your various Pokemon. Kyurem VMAX tends to be the lead attacker due to its scalable damage output, but I take turns attacking with Palkia VSTAR and Radiant Greninja [Astral Radiance] too. One of my favourite plays is using Radiant Greninja to quickly snipe two Prize Cards by powering it up with Star Portal and then using two Glaciated World Abilities (with two Oranguru in play) to do it again. The power within this deck is absolutely devastating, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this deck ends up being BDIF.


Pokémon (16)

Trainers (34)

Energy (10)

4x Kyurem V LOR 484x Irida ASR 14710x Water Energy 3
3x Kyurem VMAX LOR 494x Melony CRE 146
2x Oranguru SSH 1482x Boss's Orders BRS 132
2x Origin Forme Palkia V ASR 391x Nessa VIV 157
2x Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR ASR 404x Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1x Crobat V SHF 444x Capacious Bucket RCL 156
1x Empoleon V BST 403x Quick Ball FST 237
1x Radiant Greninja ASR 462x Ultra Ball BRS 150

1x Evolution Incense SSH 163

1x Switch SSH 183

1x Energy Retrieval SSH 160

1x Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146

1x Lost Vacuum LOR 162

2x Choice Belt BRS 135

1x Air Balloon SSH 156

2x Training Court RCL 169

Kyurem VSTAR decklist

Giratina VSTAR / Lost Zone

Giratina VSTAR

Giratina VSTAR [Lost Origin] is undeniably the most hyped card from Lost Origin and there is a large debate - what is the best way to play it? Do we use our new Lost Zone engine, featuring Comfey, Mirage Gate, and Colress’s Experiment [Lost Origin], or Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars]? After researching some recent larger tournament results from the Play Limitless website, it seems like the Lost Zone engine is seeing much more success. This deck aims to get 7 cards in your Lost Zone quickly by using Comfey’s Ability and Colress’s Experiment to activate Mirage Gate. Once you have access to Mirage Gate, you can quickly power up Giratina VSTAR and start hitting for 280 damage at a time and OHKOing most VSTAR Pokemon standing in your way. If you need to do more damage, get 10 cards in your Lost Zone, use Star Requim to OHKO any Pokemon standing in your path. I think this deck will likely see some major changes, since the engine is so new, but it is incredibly powerful right now.


Pokémon (16)

Trainers (32)

Energy (12)

4x Comfey LOR 794x Colress's Experiment LOR 1556x Grass Energy 1
3x Giratina V LOR 1302x Boss's Orders BRS 1326x Psychic Energy 5
3x Giratina VSTAR LOR 1314x Scoop Up Net RCL 165
1x Drapion V LOR 1184x Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1x Sableye LOR 704x Quick Ball FST 237
1x Cramorant LOR 504x Mirage Gate LOR 163
1x Lumineon V BRS 402x Escape Rope BST 125
1x Manaphy BRS 412x Ultra Ball BRS 150
1x Radiant Greninja ASR 461x Switch SSH 183

1x Energy Recycler BST 124

1x Ordinary Rod SSH 171

1x Air Balloon SSH 156

2x Lost City LOR 161

Giratina VSTAR decklist

Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR / Gengar

Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR

Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR [Lost Origin] was teased to the world a few months ago, and everyone went crazy! It had the “damage combo” featuring Damage Pump, Gengar [Lost Origin], and Gapejaw Bog [Astral Radiance] that could damage many of your Pokemon in play. That sets up Ticking Curse to do 50x each of your Pokemon in play that has damage on them - that's a lot of damage. If you have 6 Pokemon with damage in play, Zoroark VSTAR hits for 280 damage which already accounts for the -20 from Double Turbo Energy [Brilliant Stars], but you can easily hit for 310 if you slap on a Choice Belt [Brilliant Stars]. Gengar can be used as a quick single Prize Card attacker in a pinch, but otherwise, this is a very straightforward, aggressive deck. Check out this list from my teammate Gabriel Smart (@SmartTCG), who recently placed well at an online event with it.


Pokémon (18)

Trainers (36)

Energy (6)

4x Hisuian Zoroark V LOR 1464x Professor's Research BRS 1474x Double Turbo Energy BRS 151
3x Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR LOR 1473x Boss's Orders BRS 1322x Psychic Energy 5
2x Bidoof BRS 1203x Marnie CPA 56
2x Bibarel BRS 1211x Cyllene ASR 138
2x Gengar LOR 664x Ultra Ball BRS 150
1x Dunsparce FST 2074x Damage Pump LOR 156
1x Crobat V SHF 444x Quick Ball FST 237
1x Radiant Hawlucha ASR 813x Evolution Incense SSH 163
1x Diancie ASR 681x Switch SSH 183
1x Manaphy BRS 411x Pal Pad SSH 172

2x Air Balloon SSH 156

2x Choice Belt BRS 135

4x Gapejaw Bog ASR 142

Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR decklist

Happy Testing

Lost Origin 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 decks featured in this article are all tournament ready. We are still early in this format, and I expect some lists to change a bit, but these are all proven concepts in such a short time. I hope you get the opportunity to try these against your friends at Regionals, and maybe you’ll even play in one of my Late Night events on PTCGO. And as always, if you need any PTCGO codes, you’re in the right place! PoTown Store has a great selection of codes, including Lost Origin, and you can get a head start on completing your decks!

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. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 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.