What’s up, everyone! It’s only been two weeks since my last article, but I’m already back with more content. Whether you’re playing in OCIC this weekend, Collinsville the week after, or local tournaments, I’ve got something for you.
My opinions in Standard haven’t changed much. Mill has become an even greater force to be reckoned with, and the new version with Magcargo-GX and Zacian V exploits the popular Professor’s Research engines. If I were playing in Australia this weekend, I would 100% be playing an out to it, such as Oranguru UPR. From what I’ve seen, the Magcargo-focused lists don’t run a way to easily KO it or lock your hand, so it’s very effective there. Lists that play Chip-Chip Ice Axe and the like will be better at hindering the effectiveness of Resource Management, but Intrepid Sword can quickly get you out of a lock.
As far as Expanded goes, the stuff that was good before will stay good. Sword & Shield was an incredibly impactful set in Standard, but less so in Expanded. None of the new Pokémon stand out to me; their power level is much lower than the rest of the format. Zacian V, Cinccino SSH, Oranguru SSH, and Galarian Zigzagoon SSH are the only cards I see making an impact. The rest of the format falls to something, whether it be aggression or attrition.
Now, enough with those first thoughts. Today, I’ll post my updated ADP/Zacian V list and briefly discuss changes from my last article. Then, I’ll talk about Shock Lock with the new rule changes.
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