Hello 6P! We are on the final stretch for the first of two back-to-back Expanded Regionals (Toronto and Greensboro). I’ll only be attending Toronto, and mostly because I previously committed. I don’t know why, but Expanded doesn’t appeal to me as much as Standard, but of course I keep up with it to make sure I’m up to date with all the musings in both formats for the people that I coach.
With that in mind, as soon as I came back from Collinsville, I’ve been in Expanded mode, and so far I’ve made a few conclusions, the first one being the most glaringly obvious one:
- Max Elixir is beyond broken with the new TAG TEAM cards, and
- Pikachu & Zekrom-GX is even better in Expanded than it already is in Standard.
My fellow writers have already mentioned the power of Pikachu in their articles this week, so I won’t repeat that. However, it’s not a coincidence that Alex and Chris mentioned it, and note that Pikarom will be heavily played, in a wide variety of ways, but the common denominator will be people trying their best to hit as many Max Elixirs as early as possible on their Pikachu & Zekrom-GXs so that they can Full Blitz away.
That’s not to say Zoroark-GX will be immediately dethroned, and I expect a lot of people to default back to it as a safe pick, splashed with Fighting-type attackers (such as Lucario-GX or Lycanroc-GX) to cover that awful matchup. Without any Fighting-type attackers, the deck will never be able to OHKO a Pikachu & Zekrom-GX with Riotous Beating unless it’s running something like PlusPowers, and even then, you need 3 out of 4 PlusPower in hand, plus Sky Field, full Bench, and Choice Band. As surprising as it seems, Zoroark-GX has finally met its match in Expanded.
Having said that, today I want to talk about two under-the-radar options for this weekend: Latias & Latios-GX/Malamar and Buzzwole/Garbodor.
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