Hey Some1spc readers! My name is Mark Garcia and I am honored to be part of the Some1spc family. I have been in the Pokémon scene for 8 years now and I hope that my knowledge can help some of our readers in this community.

I.Pokemon Background
II.Seismitoad EX and its History
III.Why is Seismitoad EX a good play for Expanded?
V.Card Choices

Pokemon Background

For those who don’t know me, I’d like to take this time to share my Pokémon experience. I started playing this game right before the “SP format” in 2008 with my brothers Jason and Patrick. Pokémon has been a really big influence in my family life because of the amazing memories I had with my brothers and friends. Jason has a 2nd place finish in the 2009 World Championships in the Junior Division and Patrick is the 2015 World Champion in the Senior Division. Some would say that I am the black sheep in the family when compared with my brother’s accolades. As for myself, I have 4 Regional Championship wins, 3 State Championship wins and a Top 8 at the 2010 National Championships. I have also received 7 Worlds’ invitations. I hope that my background provides our readers with a sense of my credibility.

I am definitely excited for the 2017-2018 season and the Expanded format. Why should you be excited, you may ask? For one, the Expanded format comes out with a bang as the first Regional Championship in Fort Wayne. Second, for you west coast players, we notice that a majority of our Regional Championships are in the Expanded format as well (San Jose, Dallas, Costa Mesa, and Utah). So this puts pressure on our community to adjust to the Expanded format, especially with the ban of cards like Forest of Giant Plants and Archeops.

Seismitoad EX and its History

This 180 HP Basic Water EX Pokémon has made a huge impact since it's release in the Pokémon TCG. In hopes to discover this card's potential in future tournaments, we should recognize why it was relevant in the past.

With the release of the Furious Fists expansion in 2014, people already had that “OH THIS CARDS BUSTED!” mentality. As we go through various formats, there has always been that “lock” deck strategy for items, abilities (poke powers/ poke bodies), attacks and etc. But it usually takes a lot for that strategy to take a place in the Meta game. Seismitoad EX came onto the scene taking only 1 Double Colorless attachment to lock your opponent’s item cards. This set a precedent in the format and people had to change the way they built their decks to counter or play this card.

The creation of Seismitoad EX decks became clear that this card was more than a partner in most decks but the focal point. Decks such as Toad/Slurpuff, Toad/Glaceon/Manaphy aka Waterbox, Toad/Giratina EX and Toad/Garbodor became more of the popular builds with Seismitoad EX.

Seismitoad paired with Crobat in the Phantom Forces set became the lead to what has become “the Seismitoad deck”.  Our very own Russell LaParre’s Manectric/Toad/Bats showed signs of how successful this deck could be. His State winning deck had a Manectric EX heavy list with the usage of the stadium Rough Seas as healing. For what we know, this deck showed us a glimpse of the basis to most “ToadBats” lists.


ToadBats by Russell LaParre

Pokemon (17)

  • 4 Manectric EX
  • 2 Seismitoad EX
  • 1 Jirachi EX
  • 4 Zubat
  • 3 Golbat
  • 3 Crobat

Trainers (33)

  • 2 Lysandre
  • 4 N
  • 4 Professor Juniper
  • 2 Colress
  • 1 Lysandre's Trump Card
  • 1 AZ
  • 3 VS Seeker
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 3 Super Scoop Up
  • 3 Muscle Band
  • 3 Head Ringer
  • 1 Rock Guard
  • 2 Rough Seas

Energy (10)

  • 6 Lightning Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy


Our next “ToadBat’s” list belongs to Kristy Britton’s 2015 Top 8 US Nationals finish. In this list, we see the practice of Seismitoad EX taking the front seat with supplemental bat damage and Manectric EX being the secondary attacker. This is where we can examine the basic strategy of “ToadBats”.


ToadBats by Kristy Britton

Pokemon (17)

  • 4 Seismitoad EX
  • 2 Manectric EX
  • 2 Shaymin EX
  • 4 Zubat
  • 3 Golbat
  • 2 Crobat

Trainers (35)

  • 4 Professor Juniper
  • 3 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 2 Colress
  • 1 Xerosic
  • 1 AZ
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Hypnotoxic Laser
  • 3 VS Seeker
  • 3 Super Scoop Up
  • 2 Muscle Band
  • 2 Head Ringer
  • 1 Rock Guard
  • 2 Virbank City Gym
  • 1 Silent Lab

Energy (8)

  • 4 Lightning Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy


The strategy of this deck is to use Seismitoad’s Quaking Punch the entire game and have Manectric EX be a sweeper to your final prizes. We have cards such as Muscle Band, Hypnotoxic Laser paired with Virbank City Gym and Rock Guard to increase our damage output with Quaking Punch. With the partners of the Crobat line, the damage from Quaking Punch can rack up. Cards such as Super Scoop Up and AZ add a buffer to Seismitoad’s 180 HP. If the opponent’s Pokémon decides to swing for a two hit KO on Seismitoad EX, you can use Super Scoop Up or AZ to pick up Seismitoad EX and negate the opponent’s damage. Disruption cards along with the item locking include Xersosic- which removes one of your opponents Special Energies or tool, Head Ringer- increases the cost of Energy required for your opponents EX to attack and Silent Lab - preventing your opponent Basic Pokémon from the use of abilities. As you can see, what allows this deck to work are these 3 things: Item Lock, the damage you can apply while Item Locking, and the additional disruption.

Why talk so highly of this particular deck? This deck plus or minus a few cards has shown remarkable accomplishments for quite some time now. Patrick Martinez carried this deck to a World Championship win (as mentioned above). Michael Pramawat, Kian Amini and I took this deck to 1st place Regional wins in the 2015-2016 season. This past year, we see Eric Gansman and Noel Totomoch (twice) make Top 8 with Seismitoad Bats.

Why is Seismitoad EX a good play for Expanded?

The Expanded format is such a diverse format with tons of different decks that are viable in any tournament. Therefore, countering the Meta for one particular Expanded tournament is something far more difficult to do than in Standard. The approach I would take for Expanded tournaments is to play a consistent list for your deck strategy and then pick and choose matchups to test against that you expect to play in these tournaments. You can then alter your deck for those matchups with a couple of tech cards while staying with your basic strategy.

Seismitoad EX decks have one strategy and that is to lock your opponent from playing items. You will most likely spend your match repeating the words “Quaking Punch”. In my previous experience playing Seismitoad EX decks, keeping your opponent item locked can end the game pretty early. This is why you will hear the saying “I didn’t win but my opponent lost”. In other words, a lot of decks rely on a heavy count of items to set up. An early game “Quaking Punch” can simply hinder your opponent from setting up and for you to take wins in games like this.

Now it’s not always the case where your opponent doesn’t set up under item lock. In this instance, your other disruption cards and secondary attackers are critical to your game play. As we take a closer look at the various ways we can play Seismitoad EX, we will examine one deck in particular that I believe will be a good play in Fort Wayne. As you may have guessed… we will take a look at Seismitoad EX and Crobat.


With the exception of Eric Gansman and Noel Totomoch, we didn’t see that much ToadBats decks in this past season. One can say that it wasn’t really something people expected to play against when preparing for an Expanded tournament. A reason behind the decline of ToadBats was the increase in popularity of two decks: Decidueye decks and Yveltal Maxie’s decks. Decidueye GX was a main contender in the Expanded format. For Seismitoad EX players, it was terrifying to play against a 240 HP Grass Pokémon that can one shot a Seismitoad EX in a single attack and does damage to your Pokémon just as Crobat would do. Therefore, Decidueye kept Seismitoad EX from seeing that much play. In addition, Yveltal decks played a card called Archeops which did not allow basic Pokémon to evolve. Now, this was a problem for Toad Players as it did not allow them to increase their damage output with Crobat, leaving their damage output predictable and capped. In my San Jose Regional win this past season with Yveltal Maxie’s, I faced two ToadBats decks where I aimed to get Archeops turn 1-2. At the moment where I got Archeops out, I knew that the Toad players had to reach for a two hit KO where I can help the exchange in my favor by switching attackers and trying to go for one hit KO’s with Yveltal Ex. This was simply due to me knowing my opponent’s damage output cap while Archeops was out.

However, it’s a new day for ToadBats! TPCI released the news of the ban of Forest of Giant Plants and Archeops. This is great news as the two decks that were tough matchups for ToadBats are now favorable matchups.

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