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Gengar VMAX Single Strike deck | Pokemon TCG Online

Single Strike Urshifu VMAX survived the 2021 Standard rotation pretty well, and the recent expansions have given us even more Pokemon to pair with it in their own Single Strike decks. The new Gengar VMAX from Fusion Strike promises to be a consistent attacker and pairs pretty well with Single Strike Urshifu VMAX, making for a competitive Pokemon TCG Online deck built around the combo. The reason for this is the Single Strike Energy, which works with both Dark and Fighting types, allowing Urshifu (the obvious choice for the Fighting-type) to pair well with any Single Strike Dark-type attacker.

In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the best Standard decklist for the Gengar VMAX Single Strike deck for Pokemon TCG Online, how the deck works, and what role each card plays in it.

Gengar VMAX Single Strike decklist for Pokemon TCG Online

Here’s the deck list for the Standard Gengar VMAX Single Strike for Pokemon TCG Online:

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##Pokémon – 20

* 2 Crobat V SHF 44
* 3 Gengar V FST 156
* 4 Houndour BST 95
* 4 Houndoom BST 96
* 3 Gengar VMAX FST 157
* 2 Single Strike Urshifu V BST 85
* 2 Single Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 86

##Trainer Cards – 29

* 4 Marnie CPA 56
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 189
* 3 Professor’s Research SHF 60
* 4 Evolution Incense SSH 163
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
* 4 Urn of Vitality BST 139
* 2 Switch SSH 183
* 2 Single Strike Scroll of Scorn BST 133
* 3 Tower of Darkness BST 137

##Energy – 11

* 3 Impact Energy CRE 157
* 4 Single Strike Energy BST 141
* 2 Fighting Energy Energy 6
* 2 Hiding {D} Energy DAA 175

Total Cards – 60

Deck composition and Energy cards

If those Special Energies look intimidating, don’t worry: you really only need the Single Strike Energy for the core deck to work, as it gives you a great damage boost and works on all of your Pokemon:

As long as this card is attached to a Pokémon, it provides [F] and [D] Energy but provides only 1 Energy at a time, and the attacks of the Pokémon this card is attached to do 20 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokémon

The rest are still pretty good and offer advantages such as Retreat Cost buffs or recovery from Special Conditions. The list of Pokemon and Trainer cards, however, is pretty important and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Even the most seemingly insignificant attributes such as 4 Marnie vs 3 Research matter, because the deck is such that you won’t be able to discard your hand with Research as much as you would in any other deck.

If you’re planning on playing more Single Strike decks (which are all pretty strong), you will be needing a lot of these cards anyway, so obtaining those via trading won’t be a waste. In fact, a lot of these cards, such as the Scroll of Scorn, are only functional in Single Strike decks.

You also have Impact Energy in this deck, which has the following effect:

As long as this card is attached to a Pokémon, it provides every type of Energy but provides only 1 Energy at a time. The Pokémon this card is attached to can’t be Poisoned, and if it is already Poisoned, it recovers from that Special Condition.

Gengar VMAX and Urshifu VMAX

Gengar VMAX has two fantastic attacks. The first one does 60x damage for each of your opponent’s Pokemon V and GX in play. This is almost always going to do a minimum of 180 damage in most of your Standard matches because V and VMAX (it counts VMAX cards as well) Pokemon are everywhere.

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Gengar’s second attack does 250 damage but if you use that one, you can’t attack the next turn. Now you can easily get over this hurdle by simply retreating to the Bench using Hiding Energy, which provides you Dark-type Energy while also giving you free Retreats.

Add +20 (for every Single Strike Energy) to every attack mentioned in this section and you’ll realize just how broken this deck is. Because we also have Single Strike Urshifu VMAX’s 270-damage attack that will one-shot absolutely anything in the game with that buff. The discarded Energy sounds like a huge disadvantage at first, but in the current meta, you’re going to be getting 3 Prize cards if you knock out a VMAX.

The Single Strike engine

Along with the staple Crobat V that draws cards, Hondoom is the card that will keep this deck going. Here’s the most important ability of this deck:

Ability: Single Strike Roar

Once during your turn, you may search your deck for a Single Strike Energy card and attach it to 1 of your Single Strike Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck. If you attached Energy to a Pokémon in this way, put 2 damage counters on that Pokémon.

Your goal is to have Houndour on your Bench and Gengar VMAX or Single Strike Urshifu VMAX in the Active spot within your first few turns. This way, you can evolve your Houndoom and get 3 Energy onto your attacker in just two turns. Very few decks in the current meta can match the speed of this setup, and while it does depend a bit on luck, you’ll still find it pretty consistent.

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The one downside that this deck has is Bench-space. You’ll almost always want two Houndooms on your Bench. Add a Crobat to that, and you only have two more spots for extra attackers.

Single Strike deck staples

Along with Houndoom and the Single Strike Energy, your three staple Trainer cards for this deck are Urn of Vitality, Tower of Darkness, and Single Strike Scroll of Scorn. Urn of Vitality lets you shuffle up to 2 Single Strike Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck. Tower of Darkness is the Stadium card for this deck. It lets you discard any Single Strike card in order to draw 2 cards once during each turn. Your opponent can also use this Stadium if they have a Single Strike deck. Discarding cards is also pretty easy with this deck as you will find yourself with extra Pokemon in your hand that you don’t need.

Single Strike Scroll of Scorn lets you attach the card to any of your Single Strike Pokemon, granting them an extra attack:

Furious Anger 10+
This attack does 10 more damage for each damage counter on this Pokémon.

This 1-Energy attack is game-changing and is a great addition for when you’ve just used up your Single Strike Urshifu VMAX’s G-Max attack and discarded the Energy. At that point in the game, you’ll probably be getting your opponent down to half of its HP with Furious Anger.

Endnote

It’s pretty advantageous to use a deck with two types because you have a better chance of countering more Types. With this deck, you are able to counter Dark-types such as Eternatus and Umbreon, which are weak against Single Strike Urshifu VMAX, as well as Psychic-types such as Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX, which is weak against Gengar VMAX. Similarly, if you’re against decks that are super-effective against one of your Pokemon, you can always prioritize discarding those with your Tower of Darkness and focusing on the other one.

If you have Umbreon VMAX, it also pairs well with Single Strike Urshifu VMAX in the Standard format. Here’s a deck guide for that one. The Gengar VMAX deck packs a lot more firepower than the Umbreon VMAX deck but misses out on Umbreon VMAX’s incredible ability.

For more Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck guides and lists, be sure to check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.

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