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Why has Fusion Mew made a sudden comeback?

The Battle Styles to Scarlet & Violet Format is almost over and Mew VMAX has had a pretty rough time in it. It doesn’t appear to have lost too many cards to the recent rotation, however, there are intriguing meta-interactions involving Mew VMAX. Drapion V has seen play in many top-tier decks such as Lost Zone Box, Goodra Vstar and Arceus VStar + Duraludon VMAX list, sometimes as a 2 Count. Drapion V’s ‘Wild Style’ Ability can help effortlessly Knock Out a Mew Vmax for 0 Energy which has been a big headache for the deck since Lost Origin. For the last year, Mew VMAX has focused on copying Genesect V’s ‘Techno Blast’ attack every turn, and only playing Double Turbo Energy. However, at the recent Regional Tournaments in Malmö, Sweden and Hartford in America, a different version of the Mew VMAX deck took the win.

Mew VMAX, Genesect V & Elesa's Sparkle all are part of Fusion Mew.

The Fusion Strike build of Mew VMAX has been a deck since the release of Fusion Strike, where it proceeded to completely break the metagame. Had Play! Pokemon events been running it would have been a miserable format for us all! It revolves around using Meloetta to hit for 210 on turn 1, going second and Elesa’s Sparkle to load up your fusion energy as quickly as possible. The deck is still very playable to this day, but the Double Turbo Energy Build (DTE Build) has taken most of the spotlight as it allows a Mew player to be more disruptive whilst hitting relevant numbers. But which build is better in the current format, and why did Fusion Strike Mew place so highly last weekend? Let’s Discuss.

Fusion Strike Build or DTE Build?

Choosing between the Fusion Strike Energy build and the Fusionless build for Mew VMAX has been a topic of discussion since Astral Radiance was released. Overall, Mew VMAX still proves to be incredibly strong and consistent, with a well-defined game plan and win condition in every matchup. Its only vulnerability lies in the fact that many decks can easily tech against it. Some players are contemplating whether reverting to the Fusion Strike Energy version would be more advantageous. After all, with the addition of Forest Seal Stone, Mew VMAX's consistency receives a slight boost. However, since it's only one card, the overall improvement in consistency is relatively minor. The stronger argument in favour of the Fusion Strike Energy build is that Meloetta offers an alternative attacking option, preventing unfavourable Prize trades against Drapion V. With the release of Paldea Evolved next month, I don't believe the Fusion Strike Energy versus DTE debate undergoes any significant changes.

The two versions of the deck, Fusion Strike Energy Mew VMAX and DTE Mew VMAX, are quite distinct. The Fusion Strike Energy build has always relied on luck and high rolls due to its potential for explosive turn-one attacks. However, it lacks draw consistency and frequently experiences brick hands in most matches. Personally, I prefer the reliable DTE version. Not only am I risk-averse by nature, but I also believe that the risks associated with the Fusion Strike Energy build aren't worthwhile. The Fusionless version performs exceptionally well, to the extent that committing to the high-roll nature of the Fusion Strike Energy build yields diminishing returns.

In my opinion, the best way to incorporate Forest Seal Stone is by simply adding it to the regular list for the DTE Mew VMAX deck. Forest Seal Stone can serve as an additional solution to find a turn-one Battle VIP Pass or help find a crucial combo piece during any of the three attacking turns. Mew VMAX commonly operates with a 2-2-2 line, taking two Prizes with each attack turn, and Forest Seal Stone can sometimes find the missing Serena or Cross Switcher card. It can also be instrumental in securing a crucial knockout by locating the fourth damage modifier against Arceus or Lugia VSTAR. Furthermore, an unused Forest Seal Stone can act as a "get-out-of-jail-free" card when faced with Path to the Peak's disruption.

Why has Fusion Mew Suddenly Placed So Well?

They High Rolled? The power of a turn 1 ‘Melodious Echo’ for 210+ damage can end games if it’s targeting the correct Pokemon. With Arceus Vstar - Giratina VStar decks rising in popularity at Portland Regionals as well as Arceus Duraludon VMAX continuing to see a meta percentage, it’s a great format for Mew VMAX to see success as it can knock out Arceus V before they even have a chance to evolve and use ‘Star Birth’. Lugia VStar is also dependent on its Vstar as it allows it to set up two Archeops and attach up to 5 energy on any turn to any Pokemon they wish! Fusion Mew can again punish a Lugia play only choosing to bench one Lugia V turn one, by knocking it out with Meloetta. Although the Melloetta combo doesn’t always play out hitting it 2 out of 3 games doesn’t seem unreasonable! Fusion Mew also doesn’t mind going second, in a format where almost every other deck wants to go first, which is another sneaky good upside to the deck.

Lasse Puisto's Winning Fusion Mew List

In conclusion.

Overall, Mew VMAX remains a strong and consistent deck with a defined game plan and win condition. While both the Fusion Strike Energy build and the DTE build have their merits, the choice ultimately depends on a player's playstyle and risk tolerance. Each of the builds can be countered by Drapion V and the upcoming Spiritomb from Paldea Evolved, but Mew VMAX decks are so consistent, thanks to Fusion Strike System, that either of these builds are more than capable of top-cutting plenty more tournaments.

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