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Thoughts On Expanded
I definitely do agree with TCPI’s bans of Archeops and Forest of Giant Plants. Also, I thought Expanded was an oppressive format and I am glad they are making necessary changes. Archeops basically eliminated a huge portion of the card pool and a basic mechanic of the game. Forest with Battle Compressor, Revitalizer and VIleplume made it way too easy to get the turn one combo. It basically meant you lost turn one or you had to have really good start before a Vileplume got out. I know people have been saying Trevenant maybe next to get the Axe, however I actually do not think the deck is that overpowered. Trevenant decks did not perform during the second half of the season. Also, dark variants will stick forever, so Trevenant should also be kept in check. I do expect to see more evolutions decks like Bronzong, Gardevoir GX and many others to be played. I’m very excited that we’ll be able to play in a better format with more creativity!
Night March has always been a solid deck in Expanded and should continuing to see play as the season goes on. Night March benefits from the ban of Forest of Giant Plant’s as Vileplume and Decidueye were one of Night March’s worst enemies. Night March also gained Marshadow GX. This card gives you a different type of attacker and a way to hit a higher damage cap. I’m actually not too high on this card because the stronger part of Night March is that you are OHKOing Pokémon with one prize attackers. Even with focus sash, it can be easily removed and Marshadow loses its value. I still chose to include it because it has utility in some matchups.
- 4 Joltik
- 4 Pumpkaboo
- 4 Lampent
- 1 Tauros GX
- 1 Mew FCO
- 1 Marshadow GX
- 1 Tapu Lele GX
- 2 Shaymin EX
- 4 Professor Sycamore
- 1 N
- 2 Lysandre
- 1 Teammates
- 1 AZ
- 1 Pokemon Ranger
- 4 VS Seeker
- 4 Ultra Ball
- 4 Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
- 4 Puzzle of Time
- 3 Trainers' Mail
- 1 Escape Rope
- 1 Computer Search
- 1 Special Charge
- 1 Target Whistle
- 1 Field Blower
- 2 Fighting Fury Belt
- 2 Dimension Valley
- 4 Double Colorless Energy
1 Mew/1 Marshadow GX
These are basically your extra “Night Marchers”. Mew is really nice because of the free retreat and Marshadow has Fighting typing and the ability to hit a higher damage cap.
1 Tauros GX
It is a very splashable attacker and it improves our poor Seismitoad matchup.
1 Tapu Lele GX/ 2 Shaymin EX
This can easily be three Shaymin EX, however I like the one copy of Tapu Lele. We run a variety of tech supporters and it is very nice to find one without using the Battle Compressor/VS Seeker combo.
Computer Search vs Dowsing Machine
I honestly I feel like it comes down to a player’s personal preference on this one. I like Computer Search because of its sheer consistency. Dowsing Machine is definitely better late game because there is already some card you want from your discard rather than your deck. Dowsing Machine is also really helpful for getting back a Puzzle of Time, Dimension Valley or another Battle Compressor against decks that run Karen.
This slot was previously Tool Scrapper/Startling Megaphone but Field Blower is the superior card. Fighting Fury Belt is an annoying card for this deck so you need some form of tool removal.
Situationally this is a good card. For example, say I have two prizes left and my opponent puts a non GX/EX Pokémon in the Active. I can play escape rope to force an EX/GX active without having to use Lysandre. It can be great in the early game if your opponent has a Pokémon on the bench that they don’t want attacked.
This is very strong against the mirror and other decks that are designed around single prized attackers. It’s also strong against decks that run Karen as you can keep picking off Shaymin EX instead of overextending by using a lot of Battle Compressors.
2 Dimension Valley
We really do not need three because we can just attack with Joltik, Mew or Marshadow the majority of the time. Three is more of a luxury as we have Puzzles and possibly Dowsing Machine to get back a second copy if needed.
2 Fighting Fury Belt
Our attackers have such a small amount of HP that the extra 40 HP helps a lot.
This card counters Giratina EX and Jolteon EX. This is also helpful versus Seismitoad because allows you to get a turn of items.
2 Lysandre/0 Guzma
I found Lysandre to be superior in testing since Night March is a very aggressive deck and sometimes you will not have a Mew on your Bench.
Picking up Shaymin, Tapu Lele and Tauros is very useful. Tauros also has a hefty retreat cost of three so this and escape rope definitely help if our Tauros is stuck active.
4 Professor Sycamore
I previously played three but I like the fourth copy a lot now. It’s always safer to be consistent. Four Sycamore also help against a turn one Ghetsis because you’ll have a higher chance opening with one.
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