Zacian V / Lucario & Melmetal GX deck is too tanky | Pokemon TCG Online Guide

When Pokemon TCG started making Sword & Shield expansions, it seems like they had a clear idea in mind: make Zacian unforgettable. They have succeeded in that, because there is rarely a Standard tournament without at least three Zacian decks in the top 10.

ADP/Z is the more broken and expensive deck, but Zacian V / Lucario & Melmetal GX comes close with lots of firepower and stall potential.

Zacian V / Lucario & Lelmetal deck

This deck has consistently hit the top 5 in recent Standard tournaments, and manages to win one every few days. The mechanics of this deck are pretty simple, and the lineup comes together very well even without a single Crobat V or Dedenne-GX in it.

While the deck is already strong, it is going to get even better with Rusted Shield and Rusted Sword coming soon.

Zacian V / Lucario & Melmetal GX deck list

##Pokémon – 8

* 2 Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120
* 4 Zacian V PR-SW 18
* 2 Zamazenta V SSH 139

##Trainer Cards – 39

* 1 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
* 4 Metal Saucer SSH 170
* 2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
* 4 Metal Goggles TEU 148
* 1 Chaotic Swell CEC 187
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 1 Tool Scrapper RCL 168
* 4 Crushing Hammer SUM 115
* 2 Lillie’s Poké Doll CEC 197
* 4 Professor’s Research SSH 178
* 4 Marnie CPA 56
* 1 Tag Call CEC 206
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
* 4 Switch SSH 183

##Energy – 13

* 3 Coating {M} Energy VIV 163
* 10 Metal Energy Energy 8

Total Cards – 60

I recommend using this combination of Energy cards just for Tournaments. Coating Energy negates your fire-Type weakness and will protect you from all the Centiskorch VMAX and Blacephalon decks going around in Tournaments.

On the Versus ladder, you can go for 13 basic Metal Energy cards for better efficiency with Metal Saucer. The only downside is that you’ll pretty much have to forfeit against Fire decks.

Starting off with Zacian V or Lucario & Melmetal-GX

With only three different Pokemon in the deck, you have a pretty good chance of having either Zacian V or Lucario & Melmetal-GX in your hand. In most cases, it’s better to have the latter in the Active spot.

You can switch to Zacian V in case you get super lucky with Intrepid Sword and can get an early knockout.

Intrepid Sword: Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 cards of your deck and attach any number of Metal Energy cards you find there to this Pokémon. Put the other cards into your hand. If you use this Ability, your turn ends.

The advantage of going first with LucMetal is that you can ruin your opponent’s starting turn pretty easily with a Full Metal Wall-GX.

Full Metal Wall-GX: For the rest of this game, your Metal Pokémon take 30 less damage from your opponent’s attacks (after applying Weakness and Resistance). If this Pokémon has at least 1 extra Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), discard all Energy from your opponent’s Active Pokémon. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

It allows you to discard all Energy from your opponent’s Active Pokemon (that you can pick using Boss’s Orders), as well as get 30-damage immunity for the rest of the game.

The deck is pretty straightforward, and you’re either attacking with Zacian V, or stacking Energy onto your LucMetal. The 150-damage attack isn’t much, but the card is great for its GX attack and for dealing damage when your Zacian V is on a cooldown.

Zamazenta V and Lillie’s Poke Doll

Zamazenta V is the least-used card in most Pokemon TCG matches, but when it shines, it’s the only card you wish you had. Zamazenta is completely immune to attacks from VMAX Pokemon, which negates some big competitive decks such as Centiskorch VMAX, Eternatus VMAX, and Coalossal VMAX.

Zamazenta V

Lillie’s Poke Doll is a makeshift Pokemon that’s amazing for stalling. When you’re running low on Energy, or your Zacian V is waiting a turn to use its attack again, throw your Doll in the Active position.

Note that the Doll cannot directly enter the Active spot. It always goes to the Bench by default because it is an Item card, and does not count as a Pokemon even though it acts like one. But when they do get to the Bench, you don’t need to use Switch. You can simply discard them whenever you want, and it’ll go to the bottom of your deck.

Metal Goggles and Metal Saucer

Metal Goggles and Metal Saucer

Metal Goggles goes to all of your main Pokemon for the match. Metal Saucer is great for setting up your Zacian V on the bench. Note that this does not include Coating Energy, which is why I added the note below the list of cards.

Mallow & Lana and Coating Energy

Mallow & Lana and Coating Energy

Mallow & Lana helps you heal and tank further. Discarding 2 cards isn’t an issue, because this deck doesn’t need a lot of cards. It just needs the right cards at the right moment.

Disruption and control cards for the Zacian V / Lucario & Melmetal GX deck

Here are four of the most annoying Trainer cards that will allow you to stall more and always be in control.

Control cards for the Zacian V / Lucario & Lelmetal deck

You’re discarding Energies, Tools, Stadium Cards, and switching your opponents around. These cards are capable of flipping the game and buying more turns.

Draw power

A Standard deck without Crobat V or Dedenne-GX needs good Supporters. Professor’s Research lets you discard and draw 7 cards. Marnie lets your shuffle your hand into the deck and draw 5 cards. This can also be a good disruption card, as it also makes your opponent shuffle and draw 4.

Cynthia & Caitlin will not only let you retrieve other Supporters, but also draw 3 cards. Being a Tag Team card, you can also fetch it using Tag Call.

On a final note, this deck is called “simple” and “great” pretty often, but you know it’s not the best deck in the game since no one is complaining about it. Zacian/LucMetal is fantastic and sits right up there on the tournament charts, but when it bricks, it bricks hard. And in those matches, you wish you had a deck that could run Crobat or Dedenne instead.

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Rahul Abhyankar

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