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Zach Lesage

FREE Toronto Expanded Deck List Drop

Check out this FREE article containing 4 deck lists for the Expanded format.

03/07/2019 by Zach Lesage

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Welcome to Toronto

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It is your local Toronto resident and writer Zach Lesage here and I wanted to drop some lists to share with you. I know that the metagame in Expanded is either forever changing or not changing that much, but I wanted to provide a FREE article to showcase some of the top decks that are expected this weekend. If you aren’t going to Toronto and you are instead going to Greensboro, you are in luck! Both of these tournaments are in the Expanded format which means you can get your testing started early. We provide these FREE articles to make sure that ALL readers have the BEST information available to them and we hope that you will support our site in the process. While it is true that we do have some articles that have information hidden behind a paywall, we also have a discount deal available to you right now. If you use the code Pendy3, you can save some valuable money on a subscription today. Anyways, you likely just want to peak at some lists and that is cool too, let’s jump into it!

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX Deck

Imagine yourself in a world. A world where you are playing Pokemon in 2019. A world where the age old joke of “did you choose Pikachu (BC; 50)  in your deck” is an actual reality. Well, welcome to 2019, the year where Pikachu (BC; 50)  partners with Zekrom (ND; 50)  in the new Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  Tag Team card. The goal of this deck is to use Max Elixir (BKP; 102) , Thunder Mountain Prism Star (LT; 191) , and Tapu Koko Prism Star (TM; 51)  to power up a Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33)  as early as the first turn of the game. After that, you can self power up your Pokémon in play with Full Blitz with the goal of using a Tag Bolt GX to draw multiple Prize Cards in a single turn. Flash Energy provides a solid out to your pesky Fighting-type Weakness and you can always just out-speed those decks too. The strength of this deck will surely SHOCK you and the list is absolutely ELECTRIFYING!

If you want to take a TURBO CHARGED deck to Toronto, this one will add a ZAP into your step. While this deck hasn’t seen any play in Expanded yet, it is only because this is the first major event where Team Up is legal. How ELECTRIFYING?!?!

Magikarp & Wailord-GX / Archie’s Ace in the Hole / Blastoise Deck

This deck focuses on getting an early Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  off by burning through your hand with a bunch of Item Cards and getting out a Blastoise (BC; 31)  as soon as possible. After you get a Blastoise (BC; 31)  on board, you can attach plenty of Water Energy (TM; null)  to your Magikarp & Wailord GX (BW; 166)  to make your opponent scream in terror. Between hitting for 180 damage (210 damage with a Choice Band (GRI; 121) ) or spreading 100 damage to your opponent’s Benched Pokemon with your GX attack, there are plenty of options.There are also sneaky cards in the list such as Giratina (LT; 97)  to make sure you can Knock Out those Shaymin EX (ROS; 77)  on your opponent’s Bench and a Silent Lab (PRC; 140)  to stop a Mr. Mime (PF; 47)  from preventing your spread damage. The newest addition to the deck, Viridian Forest (TM; 156) , allows you to get cluttered cards out of your hand so that you can always use Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  to get out your Blastoise (BC; 31)  as soon as possible. SPLISH SPLASH.

If you are looking to have a whale or a time or a ‘karp of a time, give this deck a whirl. This archetype had plenty of high placements at the semi-recent Dallas Regional Championships and it wasn’t hurt by the new ban list. SPLISH SPLASH.

Zoroark-GX / Garbodor Deck

Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  is BUSTED! You heard me say it, now watch me say it again. Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  is BUSTED! I have never truly felt comfortable playing Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) , but I have put the effort in testing this deck as much as humanly possible. When it comes to my mentality of playing this deck, I don’t know if I want to be the hunter or to become the hunted. The deck focuses on using Trade, locking your opponent’s Abilities with Garbodor (DR; 54) , and doing typical Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  things. I would go into much more detail, but these kinds of decks have been dominating Expanded for well over a year now. Let’s peep out my list.

Even though this deck was slightly altered because of the recent ban list, it is still a fantastic choice heading into Toronto Regionals. Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  decks have been absolutely dominating the Expanded format since the release of Shining Legends and I don’t expect it to change much going forward. Remember, Exeggcute (PF; 4) , Propagation, and Trade is a "totally not broken combo” *coughcoughsarcasmcoughcough*

Trevenant BREAK / Trevenant Deck

So you wanna play a deck where you do a bunch of disruptive stuff while your opponent sits across from you and does nothing right?!?! RIGHT?!?! Well, Trevenant (XY; 55)  is in a weird position heading into Toronto because it has some poor matchups, but the play of the Break-blocking Giratina (BW; 184)  is at an all time low. As other decks try to beat the top of the metagame, Trevenant (XY; 55)  feeds on those lowly single-Prize Card attacking decks, such as Hitmonchan (TM; 74) , to claw its way back to the top of the metagame. Let’s check out this SPOOKY deck.

If you like celebrating Halloween in the spring or if you are a fan of SPOOKY decks, take the lesser paved path and SCARE your opponents in Toronto. BOO!

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 from Collinsville 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.

 

Cheers,

Zach

 

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