Hey everyone! We’re in the middle of a (well deserved) Pokémon break right now and I’m really enjoying the time off. I really missed the phenomenon of waking up without an alarm, as well as just having some time to relax at home.
However, a break from Pokémon is also the perfect time to—you guessed it—play more Pokémon! And we have probably the best format to explore during this time off, Expanded. The results from San Jose insinuate that Zoroark is the undisputed king of the format, and the Top 8 there didn’t even include other Zoroark builds like Golisopod/Zoroark or the Toad/Zoroark build that Jimmy discussed last week.
I refuse to believe that a format as large and wide as Expanded can be solved simply by the formula of:
The problem is, that “Strong Attacker” can be Golisopod-GX, Seismitoad-EX, Night Marchers, Garbodor GRI, Lycanroc-GX, or countless others. Thus, the best way to counter all of these decks is to go after the common denominators. Pokémon isn’t really a game where “graveyard hate” of any sort exists, and Item lock decks are either banned/hard to set up (Vileplume AOR) or weak to Dark (Trevenant XY), so countering Zoroark is almost assuredly the best way to get an edge.
So, what beat Zoroark? I’ve been playing with all kinds of Fighting concepts, from Christopher’s Groudon list to Pablo’s Buzzwole/Garb, and seeing some success against Zoroark variants. But there are still more Fighting decks to be explored in Expanded! For today’s article, I’ll be looking at some of these other decks that aren’t being discussed much, as well as the other Expanded ideas that I want to explore. Let’s jump in.
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