Hey Some1spc readers! Its Israel, and I'm back with another article. It's been awhile since my last article but today I will fill you in with my recent tournament report and provide a lot of information about Lucario GX in Expanded. In my last article, I talked about Lucario and how I felt that it was going to be the most hyped thing for Portland and it definitely showed up in big numbers. But anyway, let’s move to the agenda for today’s article:
I.Portland regionals report
III.New card hype
For the entire 18 hours traveling to Portland, I was deciding whether to go with Lucario or my Yveltal list with a couple adjustments. I was getting different opinions and more for Yveltal being a sneaky play due to the Lucario hype. So when I got to the hotel at 3:00 AM in the morning on Saturday, I was typing up Lucario. As soon as I started typing, I got that urge to play Yveltal and give it a second try from the good run in St. Louis. After I sat for 10 minutes asking myself should I do it or not, I decided to play Yveltal. So when I got there, I was hearing about the Sylveon hype being piloted by a couple players and regardless of that I knew I was losing with whichever deck I would have picked so hopefully I simply avoid those matchups altogether. So here's how it went:
R1 Sylveon(Shocker) LL
R2 Golisopod Garb WW
R3 Lucario Buzzwole LWW
R4 Ho-Oh/Red Card WLW
R5 Buzzrock LWW
R6 Ho-Oh WLW
R7 Sylveon(Of course) LL
R8 Buzzroc WLL
R9 Buzzroc WLL
So of course, with my luck, I ran into two out of the maybe 12-15 people playing at a 300 person tournament. Sometimes you just get that luck and have to face facts and accept those loses. If there was anything I regret, I should have kept the Clefairy over the Mewtwo due to the fact that I can never one shot a Buzzwole with Mewtwo since I play Fury Belts over Choice Bands.
So because of this run I had at Portland following my slump trend, I decided to chill the rest of the season after Utah Regionals until nationals. I think a break would definitely refresh me and allow me to put more of my focus towards school and work. However, since I’m taking this break, I decided to join the coaching squad for Some1spc not only to keep myself up to date and fresh come Nationals, but to help out people that want to try out crazy ideas and provide the right directions to help them get the confidence to play those decks. I definitely look forward to coaching and hopefully will do well in this environment. So if you need some last minute help before Utah I will be open to coach.
New Card Hype
So now that I’ve got through the past and what's new, let's start talking about some cards I'm pretty hyped about.
You may only play this card when your opponent has 3 or 4 prize cards remaining.
Search your deck for up to 2 Basic Energy, reveal them, and attach them to 1 of your Ultra Beast Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck.
It’s ridiculous how good this card is. The moment your opponent gets to four prizes you get to blow them up and put Energy all over the place. Buzzwole is the one that’s getting the most hype with this card, where you essentially can get two Buzzwoles loaded and just win in three attacks. Not only Buzzwole gets better with this card, pretty much all the Ultra Beast Pokémon become even stronger. I haven't personally tested this idea, but it could be useful when using it for Malamar variants especially Ultra Necrozma GX. The problem I have noticed in some videos featuring Malamar is getting the Energy in the discard. With Beast Ring you can get the Energies out of the deck, attack and they’re now in your discard. Maybe it’s a bad idea, but it might be something to look at when testing Malamar.
Discard a card from your hand in order to play this card.
Search your deck for a Psychic or Dragon Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your deck.
This card adds a lot more consistency into the game, because of our reliability on Tapu Lele GX. If there's a deck that this is extremely useful for it’s Malamar Garb or Ultra Beast variants by helping them get their Pokémon with less cost than Ultra Ball. I'm not saying it's only for those decks; this would be a nice one or two of in most decks that run Tapu Leles. It's going to be interesting so see how this card will splash into the format.
Ability: Psychic Recharge HP: 90
Once during your turn (before you attack) you may attach a P energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your benched Pokémon.
PPC Psychic Sphere 60
For obvious reasons, I didn't choose this card for the attack but I chose this card for the Ability. For all of those Rayeels players, they’ve basically brought the squad back, but in a different type. This will most likely be paired with Ultra Necrozma GX due to the fact that it’s exactly like Rayquaza EX from Dragons Exalted. Malamar gets Energy on board very consistently but the only issue I have and the reason why it’s not number one is the fact that it has a tough time getting Energy in the discard. We don't have Battle Compressor so pretty much Ultra Ball and Sycamore are your only way to get Energy in the discard. Once Energies are in the discard, it's going to be a force and would be pretty interesting to see what ideas come up with this squid. An interesting way I would play it is adding Wobbuffet's to slow down the opponent while setting up a board. This is probably something I will talk about next month if my teammates don't beat me to it.
Move a Special Energy from 1 of your opponents Pokémon to another 1 of their Pokémon.
I see potential in this card and I feel that this card would annoy Double Colorless Energy users. You can pretty much move Energy from useful Pokémon to a Pokémon that has no use for it. In a best of three, this would cause so much fear from your opponent to what they can bench and when to play their Special Energy down. This might be a nice replacement to Enhanced Hammer since it’s not in the discard so the opponent can't retrieve it unless the Pokémon dies. On the other hand you can move a DCE to the opponents Active allowing your Tapu Lele to hit for an additional 40 damage. However, this is not going to be useful to decks that only play Special Energy and won’t be as good against Buzzwole variants. Everything in that variant will have a use for Strong Energy, except Tapu Lele.
5.Diancie Prism Star
Ability: Princess Veil
If this Pokémon is on your Bench, your Fighting Pokémon’s attacks do 20 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon.
FFF Diamond Rain 90
Heal 30 damage from each of your Benched Pokémon.
This is all for Buzzwole and Fighting variants. You won't be using this for its attack but for the support this card brings. When benched Fighting decks are able to hit numbers with ease. For example, Lucario’s Aura Strike which has a base of 120, plus Diancie, plus Choice Band, Plus Regirock and a Strong Energy would make it hit for 200 for a single Energy. In addition if you have another Regirock and Kukui you can make it hit 230. You're essentially one shotting almost anything. Luckily this card goes to the Lost Zone if it gets knocked out so ideally this would be the first thing you want to deal with before the attacking threats. I’m can almost guarantee that this card will make a big impact in the upcoming format.
D Absorb Vitality 20
Heal from this Pokémon the same amount of damage you did to your opponent’s Active Pokémon.
CCC Sonic Evil 100
This attack is not affected by Weakness or Resistance.
D Doom Count GX
If your opponent’s Active Pokémon has exactly 4 damage counters on it, it is knocked out.
Yeah I said it, Yveltal GX. To be honest, on paper this card is not the flashiest. However, there are a couple ways to make it extremely useful. For standard, you have to play heavy Yveltal XY with Fighting Fury Belt to hit the 40 mark to take a cheap knock out the following turn. You can also use Tapu Lele’s Energy Drive to hit that 40 mark as well with Double Colorless Energy if the Pokémon has no Energy attached. Where it really shines is in Expanded. How you may ask. Well sit down and let me show you. There are an endless amount of ways to hit that 40 mark in Expanded. A big one is Toad with Fighting Fury Belt. But do you know which Pokémon that pairs perfectly with Yveltal GX? Dusknoir. Dusknoir has the ability to move damage around your opponent's side of the field as much as you want. You can manipulate the damage to get to exactly 40 and just take a cute knockout with a single Energy. After that, of course, it's a dead card but it would be extremely useful for late games. Maybe something down the road will make it more viable but as of right now it’s not the strongest.
Now there are more cards that seem extremely viable but this is not the point of the article, unfortunately. I’m sure one of my teammates will fill in the blanks so definitely look forward to that. Let’s go to the barrio(neighborhood) and talk about my boy, Lucario.
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