Hey everyone! Welcome back to another article. The meta has been absolutely crazy in both realms: Standard and Expanded, as Lost Thunder has greatly impacted what’s considered top tier decks. Standard has been completely flipped on its head by the resurgence of broken Stage 2 decks, and I expect Expanded to be completely overrun by broken combos as well. Just two weeks ago, we saw the rise of the new “Broken Gardevoir,” coupled with Swampert CES, Solgaleo-GX, and Alolan Ninetales-GX LOT. I have no doubt that a new Expanded deck will take over the world in these coming weeks leading up to Anaheim, nor do I doubt the existence of an anti-meta secret waiting to be revealed there as well.
As the last major Expanded tournament was Portland, there hasn’t been much experimentation with Lost Thunder in Expanded. With a set so large, there’s bound to be at least some cards that make their way into decks or create their own. The main decks on my mind are Lost March, Unown HAND/DAMAGE combo decks, and an updated Gardevoir-GX list. These are the decks that are purely introduced or greatly revamped with the introduction of Lost Thunder.
In today’s article, I plan on looking at an ArchieStoise list, updating a Gardevoir-GX list from pre-LOT to include the all-powerful Alolan Ninetales-GX, and talking about Lost March. These are the three decks I think will make an impact at Anaheim should there be people playing them. On the plus side, these dodge the Mill-Control-Combo triangle that’s going to come about as a result of other decks.
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