Come one, come all! Another Regionals is in the books, with a somewhat predicted meta. Zoroark-GX continued to dominate, Drampa-GX/Garbodor existed after Dallas, and Glaceon-GX appeared in some form to disrupt the meta. It’s no surprise that the tournament’s Top 8—one could say Top 32—was filled with high caliber players. I don’t know if that’s attributed to skill playing a bigger role in Expanded, or if it was some stray away from the mean.
- Alex, Travis, Frank: Team Flare Grunt + Ghetsis
- Christopher: Team Rocket’s Handiwork + Ghetsis (Super Rod > Rescue Stretcher as well)
- Xander (Myself): Team Rocket’s Handiwork + Oranguru UPR
The former 3 decided that Team Flare Grunt would be worthwhile in the mirror match to outlast the opponent with Lusamine. Ghetsis was chosen as an all-around strong Supporter. Team Flare Grunt was also useful against random decks, importantly Zoroark-GX when an Enhanced Hammer was missed.
For Christopher and I, we thought that Team Rocket’s Handiwork would be good in mirror because the game will go on long enough anyways. This thought was somewhat correct, but would’ve been overturned by testing. Without any way to discard the opponent’s Energy, the mill strategy doesn’t matter because the game is a war of attacks. The Team Rocket’s Handiwork would have only been good in combination with Team Flare Grunt, since it could be able to win the mill battle after all Energy have been exhausted.
My thought for Oranguru UPR was to guarantee a tie against Wailord and have a chance at a war of attrition in other matchups. It was pretty lackluster for me, as I only played against one Drampa-GX/Garbodor over the weekend and 0 Wailord. However, I wouldn’t take it out of the list because it’s able to swing that one important matchup. Continuing on, Drampa-GX/Garbodor will be a popular deck in the format—one that’s worth countering.
Pokémon – 15
Trainers – 33
Energy – 12
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