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Caleb Gedemer

Picking a Counter and Sticking with It — the Best Deck to Rival Expanded Zoroark-GX

The Expanded format has all but morphed into the "Zoroark-GX Trading Card Game". How can you possibly stop it?

05/03/2018 by Caleb Gedemer

What is the best counter deck to Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  in the Expanded format? Garbodor / Seismitoad EX (FRF; 20)  has been kicking up the dirt since its conception in the winter of 2014 and it most recently took a Top Eight spot at the German Regional Championship a couple weeks ago. Most counter decks have a problem, they are either inconsistent (most things are in comparison to Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) ) or they take losses to pretty much everything that is not Zoroark-GX itself. I think this counter deck, however, is the most well-rounded of them all available to you in the Expanded format and has the best chance of beating more than just Zoroark-GX.

Quaking Punch is both a loved and hated attack, as stopping your opponent from using Items is pretty disruptive. The Expanded format has been notoriously Item-heavy for years, and the current metagame is no different. The best partnership for Seismitoad EX (FRF; 20)  has changed around throughout the past few years, but Garbodor has always been solid. I think at this point with it winning two Top Eight spots in recent Regional Championships, it is safe to say that Seismitoad EX (FRF; 20)  is best paired with Garbodor with Garbotoxin.

Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  is already crippled by Ability lock, but the combination of both Ability and Item locks is too much for it to handle. Seismitoad EX (FRF; 20)  decks are notoriously inconsistent, so if you are going to play the deck you need to be ready to make it as fluid as possible if you want to do well. I do not like playing inconsistent decks myself, but with such an upside of beating most Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  decks the merit is there for this build. Time to check it out…

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