01/08/2019 by Isaiah Bradner
Happy New Year, 60cards Readers! It’s Isaiah back again to talk about the new Expanded meta that has shaped up since Anaheim. To no surprise to anyone, Zoroark-GX has once again taken the front seat. While I have historically been a huge fan of Buzzwole-GX, I personally believe that currently, Lucario-GX is our best bet to combat those pesky foxes.
This list was based on Israel Sosa’s which he recently got top eight at Anaheim with. With multiple copies of Focus Sash (FRF; 91) and Acerola (BUS; 112) , the deck has all the tools it needs to stand up the popular decks right now.
As many of you know, I have been a huge fan of Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57) ever since it’s release last year. Unfortunately, I believe that Lucario GX (BW; 100) is now the optimal fighting deck in Expanded. The reasoning for this is that Lucario-GX can take advantage of Focus Sash and Acerola to give it favorable trades vs most of the format, while Buzz has to play Choice Band (GRI; 121) . Lucario is also a lot more aggressive than currently Buzz is due to the lack of Max Elixir (BKP; 102) . Finally, Lucario has more space to play supporting Pokémon such as Octillery (BKT; 33) and Oranguru (SUM; 113) . Due to it keeping the fighting typing that makes it good against the ever-so-popular Zoroark-GX, Lucario keeps extremely favorable matchups vs the format while adding a level of consistency Buzzwole didn't have. Without further ado, let's get into my vastly different Lucario list.
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