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Pokémon TCG: Lugia VSTAR With Archeops Deck

Quickly overwhelm your opponent using this build to play and power up Lugia VSTAR for big hits!

Quickly overwhelm your opponent using this build to play and power up Lugia VSTAR for big hits!

A Storm Is Brewing in This Lugia VSTAR Build

Are you a fan of the legendary bird-Pokémon, Lugia? Fortunately, the Silver Tempest set offers a strong Lugia option for players wanting to play simple combinations to enable huge attacks.

In this deck build, you will sacrifice certain Pokémon to search for the resources you need, but return them to play to instantly power up Lugia VSTAR's Tempest Dive attack and hit opposing Pokémon for 220 with no drawbacks!

Let's check out the deck list!

Lugia VSTAR is the star of this deck!

Lugia VSTAR is the star of this deck!

Lugia VSTAR Decklist

Pokémon: 19
4 Archeops SIT 147
4 Lugia V SIT 138
3 Lugia VSTAR SIT 139
1 Dunsparce FST 207
1 Lumineon V BRS 40
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Oranguru SSH 148
1 Pumpkaboo EVS 76
1 Radiant Charizard PGO 11
1 Stoutland V BST 117
1 Yveltal SHF 46

Trainer Cards: 26
4 Professor's Research BRS 147
2 Boss's Orders BRS 132
2 Marnie CPA 56
2 Serena SIT 164
4 Evolution Incense SSH 163
4 Quick Ball FST 237
4 Ultra Ball BRS 150
2 Choice Belt BRS 135
1 Lost Vacuum LOR 162
1 Collapsed Stadium BRS 137

Energy: 15
4 Aurora Energy SSH 186
4 Capture Energy RCL 171
4 Powerful Colorless Energy DAA 176
2 Double Turbo Energy BRS 151
1 Hiding Darkness Energy DAA 175

Start by Discarding Two Archeops to Set Up This Deck's Main Combo

While playing this deck, your initial goal will be to discard two Archeops using cards like Quick Ball and Ultra Ball if you need to search up Pokémon cards like Lugia V or Lugia VSTAR, and Serena or Professor's Research if you find yourself needing to refresh your hand. This deck also plays four Aurora Energies, which also allow you to discard.

As you work to discard your two Archeops cards, you want to evolve your Lugia V into a Lugia VSTAR. Use Evolutionary Incense as well as your other searchers to make this easier if need be. Once those Archeops cards are in your discard pile, you will use Lugia VSTAR's Summoning Star Power to retrieve them from the discard pile and place them on your Bench.

Of course at this point, play would pass to your opponent. But when it becomes your turn again, you can use the Primal Turbo ability of both your Archeops cards to search your deck for a total of four special energy cards. Fortunately all of your energies in this deck are special energies, so that won't be a problem.

Archeops's Primal Turbo will help you attack with Lugia VSTAR quickly, surprising your opponent as early as turn three!

Archeops's Primal Turbo will help you attack with Lugia VSTAR quickly, surprising your opponent as early as turn three!

Lugia VSTAR Is Your Main Attacker

If you can use your Archeops cards to attach four energy cards to a Lugia VSTAR in the active position, then you can begin attacking with Tempest Dive by the third turn! This will allow you to do a minimum of 220 damage or even more if you can attach a Choice Belt.

Ideally, using Archeops' Primal Turbo ability, you will attach Aurora Energy, Powerful Colorless Energy, and Capture Energy. You'll want to save your Double Turbo Energies until later in the game when you may not have the Archeops available, and you need to more quickly ramp energy on your Lugia VSTAR or other attacking Pokémon played in this deck.

This deck plays a number of other options that you can use to support your Lugia VSTARs, including Radiant Charizard.

This deck plays a number of other options that you can use to support your Lugia VSTARs, including Radiant Charizard.

How Does This Deck's Other Pokémon Support Lugia VSTAR?

When you look at the deck list, you will notice that it plays many Pokémon other than Lugia V/VSTAR and Archeops.

  • Manaphy and Dunsparce: These two are included to protect your Archeops and Lugia VSTARS from receiving Weakness damage or damage while on the Bench.
  • Lumineon V and Oranguru: These are staples in the meta that can help you more quickly access and cycle through your resources using their Luminous Sign and Primate Wisdom abilities, respectively.
  • Pumpkaboo: Since this deck doesn't play many Stadiums, Pumpkaboo's Pumpkin Pit ability can help you discard Stadiums in play when you aren't immediately able to use Lugia VSTAR's Tempest Dive, which also allows you to discard Stadiums in play.

Then we have this deck's other three aggressive attackers: Stoutland V, Radiant Charizard, and Yveltal. All three are great options in lieu of using Lugia VSTAR, and they are especially helpful toward the end of the game.

  • Stoutland V has expensive attacks, but by using Archeops' Primal Turbo ability, you can quickly attach the three energy you need to use Double Dip Fangs, which only does 40. However, if the damage results in a knock out, you'll collect an additional Prize Card. If you are able to use Boss's Orders to force an opposing VMAX Pokémon with 40 or fewer remaining hit points into the active position, you could draw four Prize Cards!
  • Yveltal has an Amazing Destruction attack that costs five energy. But by using two of your Archeop's Primal Turbo abilities, you can attach a Double Turbo Energy, Hiding Darkness Energy, and two Aurora Energies from the deck. Then, using Amazing Destruction, you could instantly destroy an opposing Pokémon on the same turn that Yveltal comes into play!
  • Radiant Charizard is great for the late game! Radiant Charizard's Exiting Heart ability reduces the energy cost of its Combustion Blast attack in accordance with the number of Prize Cards your opponent has taken. This means, if your opponent has taken four Prize Cards, Radiant Charizard's Combustion Blast attack will only require you to attach one Aurora Energy. That's cheap for an attack that does 250 damage!
Yveltal's Amazing Destruction attack is super powerful when paired with Archeops' Primal Turbo ability!

Yveltal's Amazing Destruction attack is super powerful when paired with Archeops' Primal Turbo ability!

Happy Battling!

If you like being able to surprise your opponent by attacking with huge, costly attacks quickly, this may be the deck you want to play.

With the release of Silver Tempest, the latest Archeops card has turned formerly unplayable cards like Stoutland V (Battle Styles) and Yveltal (Shining Fates) into imposing contenders in the competitive arena and may do the same for a diverse array of cards to come.

Plus, this deck is built on a solid competitive engine of aggressively ramping energy, so the Archeops/Lugia archetype is a great deck list to invest in, and may likely only change slightly with the release of new cards.

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