Hey Everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve competed in a tournament and right now I’m solely focused on Dallas Regionals. Presently the Expanded format seems to be centralized between two decks: Night March and Zoroark variants. I think these two are the decks to beat but I expect the Meta to change for Dallas. Over the past of couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing of decks such as Trevenant (Limitless Trevenant list) and Seismitoad EX/Zoroark GX.  Both deck using heavy copies of Enhanced Hammer to deal with decks relying on Double Colorless energy. I feel like the Meta will shift towards those decks and maybe other lock decks.

First, I just wanted to update the Zoroark deck I played at San Jose. I’ve been testing this deck a good amount and I still think it is very good.

LonZoroark

 

LonZoroark

Pokemon (20)

  • 4 Zorua (Dark explorers)
  • 3 Zoroark GX
  • 1 Zoroark (Black and White)
  • 1 Zoroark BKT
  • 1 Sudowoodo
  • 2 Exeggcute (Plasma Freeze)
  • 1 Alolan Muk
  • 1 Alolan Grimer BUS
  • 1 Seismitoad EX
  • 3 Tapu Lele GX
  • 2 Shaymin EX

Trainers (36)

  • 1 Guzma
  • 1 Acerola
  • 2 Colress
  • 2 Brigette
  • 1 Karen
  • 1 Hex Maniac
  • 1 N
  • 1 Professor Sycamore
  • 1 Pokemon Ranger
  • 2 Battle Compressor
  • 1 Field Blower
  • 1 Computer Search
  • 1 Rescue Stretcher
  • 1 Special Charge
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Vs Seeker
  • 4 Puzzles of Time
  • 2 Choice Band
  • 2 Float Stone
  • 3 Sky Field

Energy (4)

  • 4 Double Colorless

 

Not much has changed for this list. My flex spot was basically between the second Field Blower and Ghetsis. I feel like the Meta is shifting towards Seismitoad variants and maybe even Giratina EX will pop up again because of the top two decks reliance on DCE. Ranger significantly helps against Seismitoad EX and is a direct counter to Giratina EX.

Some other techs that I want to try out are Hugh and Red Card for the Mirror, but I’m not too sure if they’ll be impactful enough. I really want to add in a 4 Zoroark GX for consistency but the list is super tight. Ghetsis is still my 61st card and I would love to put it back in.

Here are some updated matchups.

Trevenant

The Limitless list has been gaining popularity as the one to beat Zoroark and Night March. This style of Trevenant list runs Four Enhanced Hammers, Heavy Rescue Scarf and an Espeon EX. With these techs, Trevenant actually has a good chance of beating the top two decks.

I’ve tested this matchup a good amount and I felt like it was slightly favorable. In the range of a 55-60 percent win percentage. This matchup is a little bit intricate. So what you basically want to do is stagger your Zoruas. You actually do not want set up all your Zoroarks at once because you want to play around the Espeon EX. When you feel like your opponent is going to use Miraculous Shine soon, you need to put a 3rd or 4th Zorua on board to have a response to knock it out.

Guzma and Hex Maniac are super important in this matchup. The Trevenant player will try to run you out of Energy with their four Enhanced Hammers. Your only way of retrieving DCE is using Special Charge or Puzzle of Time. This is why you need to use Guzma and Hex Maniac at the correct times. You want to use your Puzzle of Time mainly for DCE and Special charge if you have it. These plays help nullify the Enhanced Hammer. At the end of these turns where you can pull off a Guzma or Hex Maniac you want to VS Seeker those Supporters back because of Item lock.

Another aspect of this matchup is thinning your deck. With Battle Compressor you obviously want to discard cards such as Exeggcute, but you also want to discard non-essential Supporters and excess Items like Ultra Ball. I also would Trade some Items in order to thin the deck from opposing Ns.

 

Seismitoad Variants

A new Toad variant is a pairing it with Zoroark. I think this variant of Seismitoad is very strong as it uses the same strategy as Trevenant with four Enhanced Hammers and shutting off Energy recovery by using Quaking Punch.

Now with this matchup, the key is Pokémon Ranger. You want to gather a large hand that is able to one shot a Seismitoad EX. When you use the Ranger, you want to VS Seeker it back to have access to use it again in the game.

Setting up Zoroark BKT makes a huge difference in this Matchup. The Toad/Zoroark decks main offense is Hypnotoxic Laser. Stand In limits their damage and gives you more flexibility. I normally just keep switching Leles and other Pokémon that are expendable to take damage. That’s all for this deck. It's pretty much my safe choice and backup for Dallas. It still a very strong and consistent deck.

 

Groudon

Thanks for reading the free portion of this article! The rest of the article can be viewed by Elite PC members only. Click on the Ultra Ball below to catch this article and become an Elite PC Member today!

bal