Hello Underground readers! VA Regionals took place last weekend, and Lapras-GX finally took home a win in what seems to be a pretty stale format at this point in time. PRC–SUM did shake things up quite a bit, but mostly due to the presence of the new Decidueye/Vileplume archetype. This deck definitely takes a high amount of skill to pilot well; however, the presence of Vileplume severely limits many of today’s otherwise-viable decks.
This upcoming weekend, we have Toronto Regionals to look forward to. It’s the first and only Regional in Canada, and the last Expanded tournament of the season. Recently, there was an announcement that the Expanded format is being monitored by TPCi and the possibiliy of cards getting banned to achieve a healthy metagame is real. I myself am no expert on Expanded, so I’m mainly going to focus on looking ahead towards Seattle Regionals, but will first look at Toronto.
Maple Leaf Storm: Toronto
If I were going to Toronto, I think the best and safect choices for an inexperienced Expanded player such as myself to consider would be either Volcanion-EX or Turbo Dark. Both options are very solid and don’t have any clear weaknesses or auto losses that I can come up with. The presence of Gallade PRC in a variety of decks could possibly hinder Turbo Dark a little bit, but other than that, there aren’t any other viable Fighting types besides Primal Groudon (which one-shots you no matter what).
Sam Hough’s list from Portland Regionals seems like an extremely safe play for the event, and here is that list for reference:
Pokémon – 10
Trainers – 38
Energy – 12
The one things that struck me as very odd when I tried out his list was the single Battle Compressor. The only thing I would change going into the event would definitely be including a second Compressor over the second Silent Lab. The single Silent Lab will hardly ever stick, and Parallel City seems to me a much better deterrent to Mega Ray’s explosiveness than a soft Silent Lab lock could ever be.
I would play this deck over Volcanion-EX simply because it needs less ‘pieces’ to get going. Getting enough energy + many Volcanion-EX in play and the Keldeo-EX with a Float Stone seems less streamlined than simply getting Energy into play through Max Elixir, Dark Patch, and your regular Energy drops.
I will definitely be keeping up and trying out more Expanded, as I want to attend more Regionals next season, but I will be attending Seattle Regionals. This will be the first major tournament where Guardians Rising and all the new and exciting cards are allowed.
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