Snorlax VMAX deck is busted in Expanded | Pokemon TCG Online guide

Snorlax VMAX was unable to leave its mark in Standard because of inadequate support in the format. However, when paired with Zoroark-GX and Sky Field (both of which aren’t legal in Standard), the Snorlax VMAX deck is one of the best decks in the Expanded format of Pokemon TCG Online.

Snorlax VMAX and Sky Field
Sky Field, with its ability to expand your Bench, is the perfect Stadium card for Snorlax VMAX.

In this deck guide, I’ll be taking you through the best Snorlax VMAX deck list, sample gameplay, and what role each card plays in this absolutely broken deck.

Snorlax VMAX deck wrecks Arceus in Pokemon TCG Online
Snorlax VMAX can easily do 300 damage on turn two, and no TAG Team card can survive that

Snorlax VMAX deck list – Pokemon TCG Online

Below is a highly optimized version of the Snorlax VMAX deck. The underlined cards in the list aren’t necessary, but they are good to have and give you extra options. The deck is still really, really good without those cards.

****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

##Pokémon – 19

* 1 Ditto {*} LOT 154
* 3 Snorlax V SSH 141
* 2 Snorlax VMAX SSH 142
* 1 Crobat V DAA 104
* 4 Zorua BKT 89
* 1 Zoroark BLW 71
* 3 Zoroark-GX SLG 53
* 1 Sudowoodo GRI 66
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

##Trainer Cards – 37

* 1 Computer Search BCR 137
* 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 2 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 2 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 1 Brigette BKT 134
* 4 Ultra Ball FCO 113
* 3 Special Charge STS 105
* 2 Field Blower GRI 125
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 1 Colress PLS 118
* 2 N FCO 105
* 4 Sky Field ROS 89
* 1 AZ PHF 91
* 2 Float Stone BKT 137
* 4 VS Seeker PHF 109

##Energy – 4

* 4 Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190

Total Cards – 60

It doesn’t matter which Zorua you use (since it can’t attack in this deck), as long as you use four that are legal in Expanded. Note that the Prism Star Ditto is used as a fourth Zorua in this deck due to its ability to let it evolve into any Stage 1 Pokemon from your hand. However, it cannot evolve into Snorlax VMAX (since VMAX Pokemon aren’t considered as Stage 1 cards), and you can build the deck without Ditto.

Triple Acceleration Energy fuels your main attacks

Given that Snorlax VMAX requires 3 of any Energy, the fastest way to get this deck going is with Triple Acceleration Energy. With just one of those attached to Snorlax VMAX, it can do up to 300 damage, the only condition being that the Energy is discarded right after the attack.

Triple Acceleration Energy

To fix that problem, we have Special Energy, to discard it back into your deck.

Note that Triple Acceleration Energy only works with Evolution Pokemon. This means that none of the Pokemon in this deck other than Snorlax VMAX or Zoroark-GX can attack.

Zoroark-GX draws more cards and is your secondary attacker

Zoroark-GX is your secondary attacker with his Riotous Beating, which works similarly to Snorlax VMAX’s attack. Primarily, you use him for his Ability, which helps you draw more cards. This is really important in this deck because you can’t rely only on cards like Professor’s Research that discard your hand and draw new cards, because discarding valuable cards like the Energies or Special Charge can cost you the match.

The non-GX Zoroark is another card that can use its attack. Foul Play is great and can win you matches when your Bench is running low, but it is situational and the deck can function well even without this card.

How to play your first two turns

The ideal start is having one Snorlax V in the Active spot and one or more Zorua on your Bench. The turn after that, you want Snorlax VMAX with a Triple Acceleration Energy on it, a Sky Field in play, and a bunch of Pokemon on your Bench.

These conditions are very easy to achieve with this deck. Here’s a quick match demonstrating how you can do that.

Drawing cards and keeping the deck running

This deck has a lot of options other than Zoroark-GX to draw more cards.

Snorlax VMAX deck in Pokemon TCG Online

Along with staple Pokemon TCG cards like Crobat V and Dedenne-GX, the Expanded format also allows you to use incredibly powerful cards like Tapu Lele-GX and VS Seeker to fetch and recycle Supporters.

Recycling Supporter Cards

Ultra Ball, Quick Ball, Brigette, and Pokemon Communication let you fetch the Pokemon you want. AZ is to put any of your Pokemon into your hand, which can help you save on Prize cards if that Pokemon was low on HP. Colress, N, and Professor’s Research are for replacing your entire hand. Guzma is like Boss’s Orders except that you switch your Pokemon as well. You can use Float Stone to retreat back to your Bench.

What if your opponent replaces Sky Field with another Stadium?

You always want a Sky Field in play. Without it, the most your Snorlax VMAX can do is 210 damage (60 + 30x5). In case your opponent has a Chaotic Swell in play, you can use your Field Blower to knock it off before using your own Sky Field.

Now if your opponent discards your Sky Field at any point, you will have to discard 3 cards from your Bench since its size shrinks back from 8 to 5. In that case, you can use your Rescue Stretcher to cycle those back into the deck. Make sure that you discard cards like Crobat V and Dedenne-GX, since they aren’t useful when they just sit on your Bench.

How good is the Snorlax VMAX deck in competitive Pokemon TCG events?

Snorlax VMAX is one of the strongest Expanded decks. The best part about it is that if you have staple cards like Tapu Lele-GX, Crobat V, and Dedenne-GX, the main cards in the deck aren’t even expensive.

Here’s a match I played against a classic Turbo Dark deck:

If you decide to use this deck in a tournament, be sure to carry a Pokemon Ranger for those ADP/Z decks. Snorlax VMAX does very well in Expanded tournaments, although there is no clear winner in this format – and that’s a good thing.

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Rahul Abhyankar

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