Hey, readers. Portland Regionals is already around the corner. Expanded gives us a new breath of fresh air since most of the new tournaments have been standard recently. Because of that, I’m kind of excited to play some Expanded. This is a new format, and the first major expanded event of the season. Also, the recent bans will shake up the meta quite a bit from last seasons format. So far, my testing has gone well. I was trying a lot of fun ideas, like Bronzong/Metal, Rayquaza GX/Ho-oh EX and Eelektrik/Shining Rayquaza/Giratina EX. They’re solid decks, but, I found a lot of those decks struggled versus some of the more popular strategies in Expanded. The main obstacle in my testing was how these ideas deal with the prevalence of Garbotoxin. Garbotoxin is probably still going to be in the top decks in this format. With Hex Maniac gone, there is one less way to shut off abilities. Garbotoxin was the other way to do it in the past years. Now that Hex Maniac is gone Garbotoxin is the best way to do it.
The cool thing about Garbodor is that is can be played in multiple decks. First as Zoroark/Garbodor using its consistency and power of Skyfield. Zoroark has a lot of deck space so it can use Garbodor effectively while pulling off other combos. Another deck that can use Garbotoxin are tool box variants, using Drampa or a Dimension Valley based deck focused on multiple attackers. Israel covered his version of it so go check his out if you haven’t. The last one version that I think will see play is the dreaded and annoying Sableye/Garbodor. It is the ultimate control deck and it uses Garbodor as well.
Garbodor is such a powerful card that in can be played so many styles. Power like Zoroark, Defensive like Drampa, versatility with Dimension valleys, and a deck out control style like Sableye. This card has been dominant since it came out all the way back in 2012 from Dragons Exalted. I expect it to continue to dominate in different forms throughout expanded this whole year.
In this article I am going to cover my two top plays for Portland: Zoroark/Garbodor and Drampa/Garbodor. These two decks have been testing very well for since they can beat anything. Zoroark is still an incredible card even though it lost Hex maniac and Puzzle of time. sableye gained some and lost some. Drampa/Garb has been a great ever since it came out and the can adapt very well in any given meta.
III. Zoroark/Garbodor Matchup
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