Hello again 6P! We’re in the final stretch for our next big tournament, Anaheim Regionals, and I’m very excited! I have not competed in an Expanded tournament since last March I believe, where I decided to play Trevenant and proceeded to not get Championships Points at a Regional for the first time that season. On paper, it seemed like it was really well poised to do well, but in reality I regretted playing it the moment I hit my first Zoroark matchup.
I do not intend to make that same mistake again, and so I’m not going to consider Trevenant as an option until Zoroark-GX is not a big part of the metagame. Seeing how it won the last Expanded Regional and it has so many options available to it, I don’t foresee that happening any time soon.
Now that we have Lost Thunder in the mix, Faba is the most important card to shake up the metagame. You can’t be greedy with Double Colorless Energy decks anymore, since any deck that can loop Faba with Lusamine will eventually run you out of options to attack with. Girafarig is another important player in the field, as it can hit key cards in a discard pile to stop things such as a Lusamine loop or a Faba loop.
Having said that, all the ‘control’ or ‘mill’ style decks just don’t quite tickle my fancy. Zoroark/Seismitoad or Zoroark control are obviously very strong decks with a plethora of disruption options available to them. I do feel confident that I could pilot such a deck successfully, but I simply don’t enjoy it. I tried to play a deck in that style back in Portland last season, where I piloted Sylveon to a Top 16 finish. However, I did it more as a challenge to play something ‘outside of my comfort zone’ than anything else.
That doesn’t mean I won’t end up playing a control deck if I feel that is what gives me the best possibility to win the tournament, but so far I have narrowed down my options to 3 very strong and reliable archetypes (it would be 4, but I genuinely don’t want to play Trevenant).
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