It’s quite rare for a card game to create a deck whose only drawback is that it has a type-weakness, and that’s not even an exclusive drawback considering every Pokemon has that. Relentless Flame is a Theme Deck in the Sun & Moon expansion of Pokemon TCG Online, and it has been one of the most used decks in Versus as well as Tournaments.
The deck is available in the in-game shop for 500 Coins, and has a good variety of Trainer Cards that are useful outside the Themed format as well.
Relentless Flame – list of cards
Relentless Deck is a fire-type deck at its core with the Charizard and Rapidash lines. It also includes Farfetch’d and the Nidoqueen line, both of which have flexible Energy requirements. Here’s what the deck contains:
##Pokémon – 22
* 3 Farfetch’d TEU 127
* 3 Charmander TEU 12
* 3 Ponyta TEU 17
* 2 Charmeleon TEU 13
* 2 Rapidash TEU 18
* 2 Charizard TEU 14
* 3 Nidoran♀ TEU 54
* 2 Nidorina TEU 55
* 2 Nidoqueen TEU 56
##Trainer Cards – 18
* 2 Brock’s Grit TEU 135
* 2 Copycat CES 127
* 2 Cynthia UPR 119
* 2 Hau CES 132
* 2 Nest Ball SUM 123
* 2 Pokémon Fan Club UPR 133
* 2 Professor Kukui SUM 128
* 2 Switch CES 147
* 2 Timer Ball SUM 134
##Energy – 20
* 20 Fire Energy SMEnergy 11
Total Cards – 60
Charizard hits a bit too hard
It’s hard to find anything wrong with Relentless Flame in Pokemon TCG Online. Some of the previous kings of the Theme Format – Hidden Moon, for instance – had a major drawback: each deck had multiple energy types. Lunala and Salazzle both required different Energy types, while Bewear had a flexible Energy slot. This meant that when you had only one Psychic Energy card in your hand and neither of the three Pokemon were set up, assigning it to either one of them was a gamble. What if you put it on Bewear and the next card you drew was Lunala?
Relentless Flame doesn’t have that problem at all. The deck only uses Fire type Energies, so you can put them wherever you want.
Moreover, the Pokemon have abilities that work pretty well to set up the field. Nidoqueen can fetch you any Pokemon you want each turn. Charizard can fetch energies from your deck (in turn he deals 20 damage to himself). Nidoqueen also deals extra damage for each of your evolutions. It’s almost too good to be true, and once it gets rolling it is hard to stop. Your goal with this deck is to get one of these two set up.
Rapidash doesn’t have a 100+ damage attack, but has a great one-Energy burn move, and a two-Energy move with a chance for complete invulnerability during the next turn. This makes the card great for starting out and stalling while you set up the other two, or for damaging a high HP Pokemon and bringing its health down a bit without wasting too many Energies.
A crazy lineup of Trainer and Support Cards
It is so hard to not get your evolutions up with this deck, or to have a hand without Energies.
Relentless Flame is a big step-up from the usual Theme Decks in Pokemon TCG Online. In most decks, you either don’t have as much draw potential, or there is a price for it. This deck doesn’t make you discard any cards or Energies for drawing extra cards or even replacing your entire hand. There are even two added Timer Balls on top of everything, making it even easier to get your Evolutions on the table within a few turns.
This makes it easy to confidently put your Charmander out on turn one without worrying about losing him before you can evolve. It’s less reliant on RNG and gives you plenty of opportunities to get a new hand. Be sure not to overuse the Trainer cards, as you don’t want to run out of cards. If all of your main Pokemon are set up, endgames with this deck rarely require you to want to keep drawing.
Taking Relentless Flame for a blind run in Versus
I got this deck without knowing the cards, jumped straight into Versus matches, and got a win streak immediately.
The deck is so simple, easy to learn, and quick to set up. Even in a match-up against a Grass deck, I was able to win easily without using a single Fire-type Pokemon. This would have worked just as well if I were against a Water deck and had the disadvantage on paper.
If you can set Nidoqueen up quickly, it’s pretty hard for your opponent to come back. By the time she has been knocked out, your Charizard and Rapidash will be ready to go.
One small disadvantage in a deck with just four Basic Pokemon is that you often get a starting hand with only Stage 1 and 2 evolutions, but it’s not a big deal.
How do I counter Relentless Flame?
A troubled stranger came up to me once and asked, “Sir, how do I counter Relentless Flame, the unburned king of Themed format, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Queen of the Andals?”
I said, “You don’t. You wield it and become one with the chaos.”
That didn’t actually happen, because Relentless Flame can be countered pretty hard by a few other Pokemon TCG Online decks . Kyogre’s deck, Hidden Depths, works pretty well against it since it’s primarily Water-type. On the other hand, Rillaboom counters Hidden Depths, but is countered by Relentless Flame. Out of those three, Relentless Flame does consistently well against others in the Theme format in Pokemon TCG Online, even Dragonite which many struggle with.
Overall, it’s a solid 9/10 deck for both Tournament and Versus matches. Definitely worth a buy.