It may be a new year, but all that has changed in the competitive landscape of the Pokémon TCG is how many players are going all-in on the best deck. As one deck continues to have a registration rate of nearly 20%, other decks have begun to reshape themselves, not to be the best deck, but to beat the best deck.

In today's article, we're going over the five "Boss Monster" Pokémon making waves in the Standard format. Whether you're a competitive PTCG player, new to the game, or just want to keep up on what cards might be worth selling this week, you won't want to miss this!

#1: Mew VMAX

When Mew VMAX (swsh8-114) was first revealed for Fusion Strike, most players were excited to see the return of one of the first Mythical Pokémon and "Mewbox," a deck archetype based around Mew's ability to copy the attacks of other Pokémon. After a honeymoon period of a few weeks, however, things quickly changed as the Turbo Mew deck started running rampant through events.

The combination of Mew VMAX (swsh8-114) and Genesect V (swsh8-185) creates such a powerful draw engine that you can find yourself drawing upwards of 20 cards each turn to set up a perfect Melodious Echo that can do 310 damage and knock out ANYTHING in Standard.

Since it needs so little to get going, the deck can be filled with the right assortment of cards to shut down any other deck in the meta, and you will always have access to those cards because of the draw loop. Unless something changes in Brilliant Stars or TPCi steps in with a ban list update, expect this deck to continue dominating Standard tournaments.

#2: Single Strike Urshifu V

While the Mew deck may be the master of drawing through your deck, Single Strike Urshifu V (swsh5-85) is all about dishing out damage before your opponent can even begin setting up. Since their release in Battle Styles, both versions of Urshifu have seen some success depending on the meta of the time. Now that quick combo decks like Turbo Mew exist, however, Single Strike Urshifu V has come off the bench as a silver bullet against prevalent strategies.

While Single Strike Urshifu V's Impact Blow attack takes three energy, you can speed this up with the Houndoom (swsh5-96) from Battle Styles and hit for 220 damage on the opening turns of the game. If you go first, this means you can potentially knock out your opponent's Pokémon before they have evolved or started getting their combo together.

Additionally, Umbreon VMAX (swsh7-95) serves as four more copies of Boss's Orders (swsh2-154) so that you can effectively snipe your opponent's tool Pokémon, keep them off their game plan, and potentially take a few prize cards as well!

#3: Jolteon VMAX

While other decks are struggling to use their copies of Boss's Orders to snipe Genesect V (swsh8-185) off the bench, the Jolteon VMAX (swsh7-51) Inteleon (swsh6-43) deck is able to do it for a single Lightning Energy! As one of the best decks to take advantage of Chilling Reign's Inteleon and their Quick Shooting ability, this deck serves as a powerful counter to the other meta decks, as long as you can get through the difficult learning curve.

Jolteon VMAX (swsh7-51) attack, Max Thunder Rumble, deals 100 damage to the opposing active Pokémon and 100 damage to a Pokémon on your opponent's bench that already has damage counters on it. Between Galarian Zigzagoon (swsh1-117) Headbutt Tantrum and Inteleon (swsh6-43) Quick Shooting, it is incredibly easy to get the first damage counter on your opponent's Pokémon, then use Jolteon to snipe their bench away.

If you manage to equip Jolteon VMAX (swsh7-51) with an Elemental Badge (swsh7-147), this can be done even easier since it will cost one colorless energy less, making it easier get enough energy for another attack if the first Jolteon VMAX dies or you need to use Cheryl (swsh5-123) to heal it back up. Unlike the other decks on this list, this deck doesn't hit the same damage caps. Instead, this deck relies on constantly sniping the bench and taking the game with tactical attacks, rather than swinging for the fences.

This deck is considerably cheaper than others, but it takes significantly more games to get the hang of it before you start winning matches outright.

#4: Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX

Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX (swsh5-88) is still being played in the same deck that saw success after the cards were released in Battle Styles. While the addition of Medicham V (swsh7-83) has given the deck a new combo that can extend your plays under the right conditions, not much else has changed while players have continued to fine-tune the deck.

What makes this deck notable is how relatively easy it is to acquire and play. The product-hover id="248072" has almost all of the cards needed to play the competitive version of the deck, and can be completed for less than $20.

The G-Max Rapid Flow attack from Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX (swsh5-88) remains one of the best attacks for sniping the bench, and adding the Inteleon (swsh6-43) from Chilling Reign to the deck can help you take out your opponent's entire bench while Urshifu weathers blows from your opponent's attacks.

#5: Duraludon VMAX

The final deck on today's list is focused on playing against the meta and forcing your opponent to concede when they realize they can't do any damage at all! Metal decks have always been about walling up your Pokémon to make it difficult for your opponent to get damage through, but Duraludon VMAX (swsh7-123) stops them from doing any damage at all if they have any special energy attached to the attacking Pokémon.

Three of the other four decks in this list revolve around special energy, while the fourth uses it to speed up their deck, so you can bet that any deck found in the top cut of a tournament will be playing a lot of special energy. In every meta, there are decks that are designed to take advantage of players that are just piloting whatever deck is winning tournaments, and Duraludon VMAX (swsh7-123) is there to beat decks that attempt to auto-pilot their way to victory.

As an anti-meta pick, don't expect this deck to win every tournament it shows up at, but keep it ready in case your local group starts playing too much Turbo Mew.

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Despite the current meta climate, there is quite a bit of diversity of decks to be played right now. As Turbo Mew climbs in price, players have been looking harder to find decks that can beat it so they can stay competitive without having to spend an entire paycheck on a new deck. Brilliant Stars is on the horizon, alongside a new VSTAR mechanic that may start to divide players between mechanics and bring even more decks to the fray!

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If you are looking for an easy way to get into the Pokémon Standard Format, I would suggest starting with either Rapid Strike or Single Strike Urshifu V decks, as they are both available in the current League Battle Decks and offer insight into how the competitive format works. (You also get to skip the months of getting completely beaten down by the better decks in the format.)

Once you've been acclimated to the format, you can easily adapt those decks into some of the stronger archetypes or start collecting some of the other decks found on this list.