If you’re looking to build a serious competitive deck in Pokemon TCG Online within 50 DAA packs, Centiskorch VMAX is the way to go.
Unlike ADP decks, Eternatus VMAX decks, and Zacian V variations, the most expensive card in a Centiskorch VMAX deck costs only about 8 DAA. Cenitskorch VMAX is beefy and has a great 2-Energy attack that only gets stronger as the game progresses.
In this guide, I’ll take you through the deck I use, how it works, what role each card plays, and where it stands in the meta.
Centiskorch VMAX – deck list
Centiskorch V and Centiskorch VMAX are the main attackers of this deck, with Volcanion and Heatran-GX being secondary. Here’s the deck that has worked best for me:
##Pokémon – 19
* 1 Cramorant V SSH 198
* 1 Crobat V DAA 104
* 1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
* 3 Centiskorch V DAA 33
* 1 Heatran-GX UNM 25
* 3 Volcanion UNB 25
* 3 Centiskorch VMAX DAA 34
* 1 Eldegoss V CPA 5
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
* 2 Jirachi TEU 99
* 1 Giratina UNM 86
##Trainer Cards – 29
* 3 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 4 Switch CES 147
* 3 Giant Hearth UNM 197
* 4 Welder UNB 189
* 2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 1 Fire Crystal UNB 173
* 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
* 1 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 1 Great Catcher CEC 192
* 2 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
##Energy – 12
* 12 Fire Energy Energy 2
Total Cards – 60
The underlined cards in the list above are the ones that can be substituted. Heatran-GX can be replaced with Victini V. Galarian Zigzagoon isn’t mandatory, but I’ve found it to be useful at times when I have a bunch of spare Scoop Up Nets in my hand.
Reset Stamp can be replaced with other utility cards, like Marnie, Jessie & James, or Boss’s Orders. Professor’s Research can be replaced with something that’ll directly or indirectly help you draw cards.
Start the match with Volcanion and Centiskorch
As with all Volcanion decks, your goal is to go second if possible. It is highly advantageous to be in a turn-one position where Volcanion is your active Pokemon and Centiskorch V is on your bench.
Here’s a little trick I use: change the cosmetic appearance of the deck to a non-Fire type deck. A lot of people know that Volcanion players want to go second, and will deliberately make you go first if they see your deck sleeve having the usual Fire-themed cosmetics. Change it to Dark or Psychic color patterns so they think you’re running another deck.
Like Volcanion’s standard board pattern, you want to have it as your Active Pokemon with Centiskorch on your bench. Even if you have neither of the cards in your opening hand, you can fetch them using other cards.
Here’s an example of a match where I started off with a bad hand and used my utility cards to fetch Volcanion and Centiskorch:
Get the cards you want with utility Pokemon
The deck is built in a way that lets you fetch the cards you want easily.
Jirachi and Eldegoss V are two cards that really take this deck to the next level. All the Scoop-Up Nets and Switch cards can help you get Jirachi as your Active Pokemon, use its ability to fetch a Supporter card, and have it return to your hand or Bench. Even when you have Jirachi as the only Pokemon in your hand when you start the match, it’s pretty easy to get your Volcanion and Centiskorch V out quickly.
Eldegoss V has won me so many games. I recommend including this card in a lot of Standard Decks, as it lets you fetch Supporter Cards from your discard pile. Don’t hesitate to discard your hand when using this deck, especially when you’re stuck with a bad hand. Along with these being multiple copies of almost every card in this deck, some of them also allow you to fetch cards from your discard pile. Centiskroch VMAX and Fire Crystal retrieve Energy. Eldegoss V retrieves Supporters.
Cramorant V is a great finisher, like Heatran-GX. Its 3-Energy 160 damage attack allows you to take out benched Dedenne. It doesn’t need to be a part of this deck, and you can substitute it for a fourth Volcanion, but it’s certainly a great card to have in most decks.
Here’s a match showcasing the kind of utility the secondary cards in this deck provide. In this match, I’m also playing against a Zacian V deck, which is one of the dominating cards in the meta right now.
Fire is super-effective against Steel types like Zacian and Lucametal, both of which struggle pretty hard against Centiskorch.
Use Giratina, Galarian Zigzagoon, and Boss’s Orders for disruption
Giratina is the ultimate Weakness Guard Energy counter. A lot of Grass and Steel decks use that for complete immunity against Fire-type Pokemon.
Galarian Zigzagoon’s 10-damage ability definitely helps bring chip just enough enemy HP for Centiskorch to step in and finish the job. For example, it can bring down an enemy from 210 HP to 200 HP for Centiskorch to knock it out with its attack that only deals damage in multiples of forty.
Boss’s Orders switches your opponent’s Active Pokemon, and is one of the best cards in Standard right now. Using Boss’s Orders after fetching it from your discard pile with Eldegoss is definitely one of the most satisfying plays you can pull off in Pokemon TCG Online currently.
Use Heatran-GX for surprise attacks and finishers
Unless Centiskorch VMAX gets going easily and single-handedly wins the match, Heatran-GX will be your late game attacker.
The best part about this Pokemon is that it can fetch Energies from other Pokemon when it moves to the Active spot. This makes it great for surprise attacks, with the attack of choice being his Hot Burn GX.
Do not sleep on Heatran. The deck might not be named after him, but he’s a game-changing card that fits very well in most Fire decks.
Victini V has a similar attack that deals 30x damage for each Energy attached to both Active Pokemon. In certain situations – like facing an Energy-packed opposing Centiskorch – Victini V is better. In most other cases, Heatran will do better with his attack that deals 50x damage for each Energy attached to Heatran itself.
Fetch and recycle Energies with Welder and Fire Crystal
Giant Hearth and Welder are pretty much mandatory in Fire Decks right now. There’s just no way anything else can beat the ease with which they can fetch and attach Energies to your Pokemon.
Welder is especially crucial at the beginning of the match. If Volcanion is your Active Pokemon, its attack attaches 3 Energies to your benched Centiskorch. Add 2 more to that with Welder. Another the next turn. Add a Centiskorch VMAX to it. Now you have a tanky, 320 HP Pokemon that deals 240 damage on turn 3.
Fire Crystal is great for bringing Energies back from the discard pile. Your Centiskorch VMAX might be knocked out, or it might have a bunch of Energies and you might want to attach more to other Pokemon.
Where does the Centiskorch VMAX deck really lie in the meta?
It will continue to do well in the format for a long time, even with Water-type Inteleon decks rising in the upcoming Vivid Voltage expansion. Centiskorch VMAX sets up too quickly for Water-type weaknesses to even matter, although you will definitely need to add a Mew to protect your Bench from Inteleon’s snipes.