Hey everyone! I have been enjoying this quick break between all of the Regional Championships this month, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting ready for Charlotte. Costa Mesa certainly could’ve gone better, as I finished the event with a 5-2-2 record, but I don’t regret my deck choice as Azul and Igor were both in top 8 with the same 60 cards. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and I have learned to accept that after years of getting unreasonably frustrated with my losses.
Anyways, whether you just want to touch up on the expanded meta, or you’re getting ready for Charlotte or Portland, this article will have something for you! I will take a brief look at the best deck in Expanded, Drampa-GX/Garbodor, and then transition into a format I’m not as confident in. The standard meta has been dominated by Zoroark and its archnemesis Buzzwole, will that remain the case for Charlotte?
- A Pleasant Odor: Costa Mesa Recap
- Stinging the Competition: Charlotte Preview
- Shifting Sands: Meta Changes after Charlotte
Pokémon – 15
Trainers – 36
Energy – 9
gargolazo.tumblr.comAs I said in my last article, Drampa-GX was my favorite deck throughout testing between Dallas and Costa Mesa, so I was not surprised or worried when I sleeved it up Saturday morning. I expected a lot of Zoroark, some Night March, and some anti-Zoroark decks.
Despite multiple Zoroark decks being very strong in the expanded format, the matches usually playout very similarly, with the overall goal being to slowly chip away at them and run them out of resources. Parallel City and Sudowoodo are extremely painful for the opponent, as not only do they limit their damage output, but they make them discard several Pokémon each time. Without Exeggcute, this is problematic for them because it becomes quite difficult to continuously find enough Pokémon to boost Riotous Beating. In addition to this, Trade is also shutoff by the “homie,” Garbodor, which denies them a lot of card draw and slows them down significantly.
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