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Normally my articles will give a brief rundown of the Expanded format before diving in, but I already wrote down my thoughts on the format here. In this article I'm going to discuss my most tested deck for the Philadelphia Regionals and give a thorough breakdown of how to pilot it to success. Let's get started!

Yveltal has been a dominant deck in the Expanded format for years. While powerful, its engine is packed with cards that offer numerous routes to victory and a hefty amount of decision making that inexperienced players may find overwhelming to play. This article should help you feel a bit more at ease as I'll go into detail on a few turns where you may be confused on how to progress your gamestate. I'm going to provide a skeleton list I believe you should consider using as your template for Philadelphia Regionals. Most importantly, (and with heavy detail) I'll discuss the tech options you can consider for the tournament and which combo's work best against each deck. I'll post a few lists I'm considering playing and how to approach its common meta matchups. Finally, I'll finish with some common combos and mistakes I see players making with Yveltal which could make or break their tournament.

Table of Contents

  1. Skeleton List
    II. Tech Options
    III. Full Lists
    IV. Matchup Breakdowns
    V. Common Mistakes

Skeleton Yveltal (45 Cards)

1 Darkrai-EX LTR
2 Yveltal-EX XY
2 Yveltal BKT
1 Shaymin-EX ROS
1 Jirachi-EX PLB

2 Professor Sycamore
2 N
2 Lysandre
1 AZ

4 Dark Patch
4 Ultra Ball
4 VS Seeker
3 Battle Compressor
3 Trainers' Mail
1 Ace Spec
1 Float Stone

7 Dark Energy
4 Double Colorless Energy

Key Card Choices:

Darkrai-EX - Dark Cloak gives the every attacker in the deck free retreat which allows pilots to manipulate their Dark Patch attachments with ease. It has a solid attack in Night Spear that pokes 30 bench damage which could make for some cute numbers with Yveltal BKT's Pitch Black Spear or Shaymin-EX's Sky Return.

Yveltal-EX - Yveltal-EX is seen as one of the main attackers in its deck and usually it's going to attack with Y Cyclone to load up other attackers. Evil Ball is a nice deterrent for decks that need to put 3 or more energy on their attacker so I find myself using it less and less in the Expanded format but it's great to have.

Yveltal BKT - The most recent attacker added to the deck, Yveltal BKT offers an absurd amount of bench poke damage with a 1 Prize Pokémon. Its ability Fright Night is mainly used as a means control Fighting Fury Belt and Float Stone allowing Yveltal players to forgo playing Tool Scrapper or Startling Megaphone.

2 Lysandre - In order to utilize Yveltal BKT's Fright Night ability in the most efficient way, we'll need to play 2 Lysandre to bring up non-attacking Pokémon from the bench. This buys us a few turns to stack on damage with Pitch Black Spear and run away with the game if it sticks. Playing only 1 Lysandre and prizing it slows down the pace and progression of the deck in an awful way.

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