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Shadow Rider Calyrex and Alcremie VMAX deck | Pokemon TCG Online

Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX is one of those few Pokemon TCG Online decks that are prone to mutating quickly in a short amount of time. First, we had the basic deck, in which the Pokemon wasn’t really paired with anything specific. Then came the Turbo Calyrex deck and the Alcremie VMAX deck, followed by the Zacian V variant. Out of all three, the Alcremie VMAX version is the simplest one to play with, although it is just as good as the Turbo version. In this guide, I’ll be taking you through how you can build a consistent Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX and Alcremie VMAX deck for the Standard format of Pokemon TCG Online.

Psychic decks are a great counter to the popular Urshifu VMAX decks, and while Alcremie decks were already being played a few months ago, the newer expansions have given it some pretty good options to counter popular Standard strategies. Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX and Alcremie VMAX is now a much more balanced deck that can compete well in Standard tournaments as well.

Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX
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Calyrex Alcremie Standard deck list for Pokemon TCG Online

Here is a consistent Standard deck list for the Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX and Alcremie VMAX deck in Pokemon TCG Online:

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##Pokémon – 16

* 2 Crobat V SHF 44
* 2 Alcremie V CPA 22
* 1 Galarian Articuno EVS 63
* 1 Pumpkaboo EVS 76
* 4 Shadow Rider Calyrex V CRE 74
* 2 Alcremie VMAX CPA 23
* 4 Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 75

##Trainer Cards – 30

* 2 Air Balloon SSH 156
* 3 Evolution Incense SSH 163
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
* 3 Switch SSH 183
* 3 Training Court RCL 169
* 4 Marnie CPA 56
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 189
* 3 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 4 Fog Crystal CRE 140

##Energy – 14

* 15 Psychic Energy Energy 5

Total Cards – 60

The best part about this deck is that it doesn’t rely on any gimmicks, and even though you have two attackers, you can start off with either of them and deal great damage numbers with either one. Depending on where you’re playing (tournaments or Ladder matches), you might want to add in specific counters for popular strategies, but other than that this deck is pretty straightforward.

Even most of the Trainer cards in this one are Standard staples and the matches entirely depend on how you use these cards. You could go +1 on the Energy and -1 on one Marnie or Professor’s Research, but every time I take out one of those Supporters from my deck I end up badly wishing I had more of them in the next match.

Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX

You have a dark knight and a giant cake in one deck. What could go wrong? Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX and Alcremie VMAX are the two main attackers of your deck, and both of them do more damage depending on how much Energy you have in play. Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX has an insane ability too.

Ability – Underworld Door
Once during your turn, you may attach a Psychic Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Benched Psychic Pokémon. If you attached Energy to a Pokémon in this way, draw 2 cards.

It works especially well in this deck because your other main attacker is also a Psychic-type and also relies on Psychic energy. It’s also a good thing that both of them have different weaknesses in spite of being the same type. While Calyrex is weak against Dark types (which is why Eternatus can be a big threat), Alcremie is weak against Steel types, and there aren’t many of them in the meta right now.

Alcremie VMAX

Alcremie VMAX is an older card and was barely used in the 2020/21 format, but it seems like its release was mistimed because it has the perfect spot in this deck. Alcremie VMAX does not have an ability, but has an attack that lets you accelerate Energy quickly.

Adornment
For each of your Benched Pokémon, search your deck for a Psychic Energy card and attach it to that Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck.

Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX’s Max Geist does 30 more damage for each Psychic Energy attached to all of your Pokemon, while Alcremie VMAX’s G-Max Whisk lets you discard Psychic Energy from your Pokemon, dealing 60 damage for each Energy you discarded. With how well these two synergize with each other and a few of your Item cards, it doesn’t matter which of the two you get in your opening hand and start off the match with.

Psychic support cards

Since you’re discarding Energy with Alcremie’s attack, you need a way to fetch that Energy back. Training Court lets you pull used Energy cards from your discard pile each turn. Add to that Calyrex’s ability and one manual Energy attachment, and you are essentially attaching three Psychic Energies per turn.

Psychic support cards Pokemon TCG Online
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Pumpkaboo and Galarian Articuno are two great additions to this deck, and they are quite important in the current meta. Pumpkaboo lets you discard any Stadium card you want (its purpose ends there), and Galarian Articuno (other than being your last option for an attacker) gives you a damage boost by attaching 2 Psychic Energy onto itself right after you put it on the Bench. In the right conditions, these will be the fourth and fifth Energy you attach for that turn, and while these situations are gimmicky in most decks, you’ll find this happening quite a bit with this deck. No other deck in the current format can boast of such consistent Energy acceleration.

Other cards and main strategy

Crobat V is a must for always having a full hand, along with Marnie and Professor’s Research. Once you start off with one of your main attackers, go for Evolution Incense. Spare your Training Court for when you need it. Delay it as much as you can, because getting your Stadium knocked out is the last thing you want. The best situation is one in which you knock out their Stadium using Pumpkaboo, then with Training Court. If you’re going up against one of the decks that use Stadium cards, I’d prefer using Calyrex first if you have both in play, just so you can give your opponent a chance to get out their Stadium cards (which you can discard immediately).

The only exception is if you can get an OHKO, because Alcremie’s 60x has better damage potential. With this deck, you can easily get 6 Energies discarded in one turn, letting you OHKO any Pokemon VMAX in the game.

In a way, Calyrex VMAX is the “Rapid Strike” card of this deck while Alcremie VMAX is the “Single Strike”. You also have Fog Crystal, an Item card that lets you fetch one Psychic Pokemon or Energy, along with Quick Ball and Evolution Incense for getting your Pokemon in play quickly. Air Balloon and Switch are important for switching between your attackers. With Alcremie VMAX discarding Energy, you might want to switch back to your Calyrex, and these Item cards will let you do that efficiently.

Endnote

It’s refreshing to see Psychic decks come so far this year. Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX and Alcremie VMAX is certainly one of the best Psychic decks we’ve seen in Pokemon TCG Online in a long time. Compared to the Turbo build, this deck gives you multiple ways to deal damage and is far more flexible with its Trainer cards. Once you get the right setup in the early game, it’s hard to stop this deck with the 60x attack on Alcremie VMAX actually being viable because of Training Court’s Energy recycling capabilities.

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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One Comment

  1. After building and playtesting this for a while, I feel like maybe it could benefit from something like Klara, which will allow for a little extra energy grabbing from the discard. I’ve had a couple games where Fog Crystal couldn’t pull from the deck, and I was already out of discard pulls.

    Just a thought.

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