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Zach Lesage

HITMON-WHAT?!?! No Leaks…

No Leaks. Hitmonchan. No Leaks...

03/06/2019 by Zach Lesage

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I’m back and I’m back and I’m back and I’m back. This is going to be a week of articles coming from me as we approach Toronto Regionals aka my backyard and I wanted to let you know about a new deck. I recently took a shiny new Hitmonchan (TM; 74)  / Wobbuffet (PHF; 36)  deck to my local League Cup and I was able to come second place, losing only to Main Ahmed playing Trevenant (XY; 55) . Beyond that being an auto loss, I was able to beat Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) , Drampa GX (GRI; 115)  / Garbodor (GRI; 51) , and Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  / Garbodor (DR; 54) . Those matchups are expected to be heavily played in Toronto which means that this deck is likely a great choice for you in Expanded. I am sure you are as hyped as me to check this new deck out so let’s jump behind the paywall real quick...

The Strategy

The deck functions eerily similar to Donphan (PS; 72)  / Wobbuffet (PHF; 36)  and if I have learned something about Pokémon, all the best new decks mimic decks from the past. The huge improvement over Donphan (PS; 72)  is that Hitmonchan (TM; 74)  is a Basic Pokemon. The goal of this deck is to build up the damage of Hitmonchan (TM; 74) ’s Hit and Run attack by using a bunch of damage modifiers. The damage modifiers that are in this deck include Muscle Band (XY; 121) , Choice Band (GRI; 121) , Strong Energy (FRF; 104) , Diancie Prism Star (FLI; 74) , and Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143) . With all of those in combination, you can bring up the damage of Hit and Run from 30 damage to 2HKOing EX / GX Pokémon. You almost always want to switch into a Wobbuffet (PHF; 36)  because it shuts off many popular Abilities in Expanded.

You follow through with this strategy and you just keep on using Hit and Run. You can always use Enhanced Hammer (GRI; 124) to take off a Flash Energy (ANO; 83)  attached to a Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  or you can use Adventure Bag (LT; 167)  to grab two Pokémon Tool cards. The only time that I don’t send up a Wobbuffet (PHF; 36)  is when my opponent has four Prize Cards remaining and I attack with a Buzzwole (FLI; 77) . Sledgehammer isn’t always the best option, especially if you are playing against Ability-heavy decks, but it is an option nonetheless. You can use Mr. Mime (PF; 47) when you are playing against any kind of spread deck or Magikarp & Wailord GX (BW; 166)  / Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  / Blastoise (BC; 31) , Sudowoodo (GRI; null)  against Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) , and Oricorio (GRI; 56)  against Night March. v can also be a huge deal in the mirror match because you can use its second attack with a Muscle Band (XY; 121)  to OHKO a Hitmonchan (TM; 74) . I have heard of players teching in a Hitmonlee (TM; 73)  for the snipe aspect, but I am personally against it as of now. It doesn’t promote the main strategy of having Wobbuffet (PHF; 36)  in the Active Position for the whole game. Anyways, let’s check out two similar lists for the deck that I am heavily considering myself for Toronto. 

The List 

This is an updated list since I came second at a League Cup this past weekend. I added in some minor tech cards, Oricorio (GRI; 56)  and Mr. Mime (PF; 47) , and I added in some more Supporter Cards. 

This list has a decent matchup spread, but it has a poor matchup against Trevenant (XY; 55) . I am also slightly uncertain if it can consistently beat Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  / Blastoise (BC; 31) , but that matchup has been ok in my testing so far. The next list that I am about to show you is a more teched out version of the above list to have more attacking options. It includes Prism Energy (ND; 93) , Celesteela (CLS; 100) , and Nihilego (LT; 106) for having the option to attack for big damage at various points throughout the game. You also have the opportunity to attack with all of your Pokémon, including Marshadow (SLG; 45)  and Wobbuffet (PHF; 36)

The Techy List

I haven’t tested this list much, but let’s check it out, it could be really good. 

Like I said, this list looks cool, but it might be too much or something like that. Give it a whirl and let me know if it is working how I hope it works. I’ll be doing my own testing with this deck this week. 

See Ya in Toronto!

That’s a wrap everyone! Up next on my list of worldly destinations is Toronto, my home city. It is nice to have a major event in my backyard for once and I will be testing Expanded as much as possible until then. I didn’t really think I was going to fight for stipends this quarter, but the extra 200 CP really makes me want to push for it. I will have a few articles detailing the Expanded format up on the site this week so look out for those. Oh, and while you are at it, follow me on Twitter @ zlesage_pokemon.



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