What is up Some1pcs reader, I’m back with another article and have a couple things I want to share for the upcoming formats. The last time I wrote I talked about my unfortunate health issues and my ideal decks for the standard format which I will talk a little bit about today but mostly I’ll be discussing the expanded format. In which the first tournament is literally in 3 weeks so let’s begin:

I.Health and preparation
II.Alolan Ninetales

III.Yveltal Maxie’s
IV.Matchups
V.Conclusion

Health and Preparation

Last time I talked about my neck issues and how it almost prevented me from coming to future events. Updated results from all the tests indicate that I’m cleared and all I had was a little nerve damage. But now I’m dealing with an allergy issue that I’ve been battling for the last 6 months and it’s gotten to the point where I need to do an Allergic Patch Test (ironic I know) to see what’s causing all my issues. So, as I am typing this article, I have about 36 patches on my back that each have a different chemical. It’s been fun so far. But anyways, moving along from my health issues. The World Championships is coming up next week and I am extremely excited to compete in my hometown. I started testing last week and I found that I’m really enjoying this format. There is a lot of variety of cards and numerous decks that can possibly make an uproar in this championship. I am going to make a prediction and say that one rogue deck will make Top 8 because of how many cards can be teched randomly into a deck. There are 2 decks that I’ve been working on for my play next week and I’m going to share one, give a couple details then move on to the wonderful world of expanded.

Alolan Ninetales

I always thought this deck had potential since Seattle but it always felt underwhelming in theory. I’ve felt that the deck seems as though it didn’t do enough damage and the energy counts were weird. Then Gustavo made top 8 with Ninetales and it got me thinking that maybe it is good and I should actually try it. When the new set became available on PTCGO I wanted to get my curiosity out of the way since the theory in my head was that Ninetales doesn’t have bad matchups leading into this tournament. I was also interested on how Tapu Fini and the non-GX Alolan Ninetales is and if they are as good as I hope they would be. After a full day of testing, I was very impressed with the deck and I think it’s potentially the most underrated deck for this upcoming tournament. So, here’s the list:

Oceania Patchcity

Pokemon (16)

  • 4 Alolan Vulpix
  • 3 Alolan Ninetales GX
  • 1 Alolan Ninetales
  • 2 Remoraid
  • 2 Octillery
  • 1 Tapu Fini GX
  • 2 Tapu Lele GX
  • 1 Sudowoodo

Trainers (32)

  • 3 Professor Sycamore
  • 3 N
  • 2 Guzma
  • 1 Professor Kukui
  • 1 Accerola
  • 1 Brigette
  • 3 VS Seeker
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Aqua Patch
  • 1 Rescue Stretcher
  • 2 Float Stone
  • 1 Field Blower
  • 3 Choice Band
  • 3 Rough Seas

Energy (12)

  • 8 Water Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy

Card choices

So to start off it’s extremely close to Gustavo’s list that he used for US Intercontinental but I switched a couple cards that I didn’t personally like.

4-3-1 Alolan Ninetales
I feel that this line is the correct way to approach the deck as Hex Maniac and Garbodor are still in the format, though the non-GX is very promising. If your opponent does not have one of the pieces to stop Alolan Ninetales then you will have an easy time with the matchup. Even if you have other benched things, it’s hard to kill the GX version of Alolan Ninetales.

2-2 Octillery
I’m still skeptical on this line because I feel that it’s too luxurious and that most of the time you hit what you need from one Abyssal Hand and will not be able to burn enough cards to use a second Abyssal Hand. I mean there are times that the double Octillery comes in clutch but it’s something I will mess with closer to the event

1 Tapu Fini GX/ 0 Tapu Koko
This is something I want to touch on since it’s been a popular subject on Facebook. Now both are amazing in this list but what separates the two is that even though Koko can do amazing spread damage, Fini can buy time to set up your board with its GX attack. Also sniping the bench for 120 can pair well with Alolan Ninetails first attack. But I feel this is a matter of personal preference and whatever choice you feel is better is on you.

1 Acerola
This card is hands down my favorite card in this set. This card has been so clutch for this deck where it basically becomes a Max Potion to save you from using the Ninetales GX attack a lot earlier then you want to. Also, the idea of saving Double Colorless energies is so good in this deck. This helps in so many scenarios where you can heal a damaged Alolan Ninetales and come out of nowhere with Blizzard Edge from a benched Alolan Ninetales.

2 Guzma/0 Lysandre
Guzma is my number two card of this set as it helps to prevent Octillery from getting stuck active. It also allows you to set up a Blizzard Edge or Hydro Shot with Guzma and Aqua Patches. The downside of this card that I have noticed and need to work on a lot before the big day is to not send out the wrong things active with Guzma and mess up my play. I always tend to send up my attacker first then play Guzma and sometimes catch myself making an error and must work harder and waste more resources to fix that error.

Recommended

2nd Professor Kukui
Playing two make your Greninja matchup much better, I feel that one is very hard to come by even with a second Octillery so adding the second Kukui could be good if you expect a lot of frogs.

Max Potion
If you want to play more healing it synergizes well once you have discarded two water energies with Blizzard Edge. You want to save the Ice Path attack in some matchups and the longer they try the chip damage game the better for you.

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