Hey everyone, Kenny Wisdom here again. Happy to be back writing about something I have a love–hate relationship with, but is always near and dear to my heart: the Expanded format. This weekend is the Dallas Regional Championships here in the United States, and it’s bound to be an interesting event for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there has been a ton of discussion within the community as of late about Expanded and whether it’s even a viable competitive format. If the answer to that question is yes, what bans need to be made? What do we do about Zoroark-GX, if anything? I’ll briefly touch on these subjects a bit later in the article as I’ve done my fair share of writing about the Expanded banlist in the past. No matter what your personal beliefs about the format are, I think we can all agree that it’s not a good sign when the discussion leading up to an event is nearly 100% negative in one way or another.
The other particularly interesting thing about Dallas Regionals is that no new sets have been released between last month’s Anaheim Regional Championships and this weekend. Without an influx of new cards, we can expect the metagame to look pretty similar. However, while there hasn’t been an entire new set released just yet, one new card has been made legal, and it’s an entirely new card type to boot—Magikarp & Wailord-GX (Tag Team). As an aside, I think this habit of making cards in special promotional products legal—before the set they are associated with is legal—adds a lot of confusion for very little benefit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of it.
I’m not the first to talk about this card as Pablo did a praiseworthy write-up of the 300-HP monster’s impact on the format within the context of the current Archie’s Blastoise deck, so definitely take a look at what he has to say there for his take on this deck. While I mostly agree with his assessment that Magikarp & Wailord-GX will be a fine addition to the existing Blastoise archetype, that’s not what I want to talk about today. Instead, I want to go down the most degenerate path possible and see if we can’t breathe some life into the Wailord stall/mill archetype that has been around for the past few years.
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