Let’s face it: Stage 1 Pokemon are awful in the current Standard metagame. The meta is infested with ridiculously broken Basic Tag Team Pokemon. There’s almost no way most Stage 1 and Stage 2 Pokemon can set up fast enough to compete.
Fortunately, a new Tag Team Supporter in Cosmic Eclipse will give evolution Pokemon-GX a better chance.
Red & Blue allows you to “search your deck for a Pokemon-GX that evolves from 1 of your Pokemon and put it onto that Pokemon to evolve it.”
Note that you’ll still need to wait a turn to evolve, just like a normal evolution.
Its second effect provides energy acceleration by allowing you to “discard 2 other cards from your hand. If you do, search your deck for up to 2 basic Energy cards and attach them to the Pokemon you evolved in this way.”
Here are some cards that might benefit from Red & Blue.
(Note that the following strategies are examples and not indicative of the future metagame)
One of the cards that could benefit the most from Red & Blue is a Weavile-GX.
Currently, Weavile-GX is already a staple in “dark box” decks because of its ability to move dark energy around the field as often as you’d like.
Because Weavile-GX’s ability allows you to move energy around as often as you’d like, most people wouldn’t think to run more than two in their deck, but the energy acceleration provided by Red & Blue might compel some to pick up another.
Combined with Darkrai Prism Star, Weavile-GX with Red & Blue can bring four dark energy onto the field (and one additional energy for turn), which Weavile-GX can move to any Pokemon.
Another Stage 1 that might benefit from Red & Blue is Whimsicott-GX, which is another card that has already seen some play.
Whimsicott-GX is fun to play (and frustrating to play against) because of its ability, Fluffy Cotton. “If any damage is done to this Pokémon by attacks, flip a coin. If heads, prevent that damage.”
But fairy decks lack the energy acceleration to make full use of Whimsicott-GX’s primary attack, which does 30 more damage for each energy attached to it. Red & Blue will help in this regard.
One potentially-overlooked Stage 1 Pokemon is Melmetal-GX, which is exclusively a black star promo card.
Melmetal-GX is almost unplayable because of its high attack cost — its primary attack, Metal Blast, requires four energies.
But it does 110 damage and 20 more for each metal energy attached to it (190 damage if all energies attached are metal). Red & Blue would definitely help get Melmetal-GX attacking faster.
Melmetal-GX also has a useful ability: “This Pokémon takes 30 less damage from attacks (after applying Weakness and Resistance).” Combined with Metal Frying Pan or Buff Padding, Melmetal-GX could be a tanky monster.
Unfortunately, Melmetal-GX is weak to fire, which is currently dominating the Standard metagame. But you could always tech a few Weakness Guard Energy cards.
Silvally-GX is another new card included in Cosmic Eclipse, and it’s looking like it might find its way into the metagame.
It’s ability is particularly useful. Once during your turn, you may draw from your deck until you have 5 cards in your hand.
And its attack is decent — for two colorless energy it does 50 base damage and 70 more damage if you used a supporter that turn.
Silvally-GX’s biggest (and possibly only) downside is that it’s a Stage 1 Pokemon, which is partly remedied with Red & Blue.
Hopefully, Red & Blue will give some Stage 1 and Stage 2 Pokemon a fighting chance in the Basic-dominated meta.