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Bring Your Surfboard - Archie’s Blastoise at Daytona

ArchieStoise is looking good for Daytona.

04/18/2019 by Zach Lesage

Beach Bound

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s your boy Zach, I kinda love writing plenty of articles, and I am back with another article. This article is focused on Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  / Blastoise (BC; 31)  in the Expanded format for a good reason; the deck is BUSTED! This article will showcase some of the best available lists for this deck and explain my thoughts on them. Enjoy!

DDG Takes it to the Top… Again!

Regional after Regional, Dead Draw Gaming is able to put at least one of their members in the finals at each event. The last Expanded event, Greensboro, was no different with Azul Garcia Griego dominating the event with Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  / Blastoise (BC; 31) . This deck has been played to great success for many years and was even able to win the 2015 World Championships in the Standard format. Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  / Blastoise (BC; 31)  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. With the deck sounding that smooth, why would the deck fail in Daytona? I don’t think it will, it seems like a great pick to nab some CP! The metagame hasn’t changed too much, well maybe we will see some Celebi & Venusaur GX (TM; 1)  decks do well, but the format is relatively stable right now. Let’s check out the finalist list from Greensboro.

As you can see, this deck is packed full of consistency to make sure that you can get out a Blastoise (BC; 31)  as quickly as possible. You can often use a combination of Order Pad (UPR; 131) , Battle Compressor (PHF; 92) , and Ultra Ball (SLG; 68)  to secure your Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  on the first turn of the game. Interestingly enough, Azul seemed to spring for a mix of tech cards to beat out the metagame at Greensboro. His list included Kingdra GX (DM; 18)  to deal with big attackers, Onix (LT; 109) to deal with Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) , Articuno (ROS; 17)  for single Prize Card attackers, and Eevee & Snorlax GX (TM; 120)  to take down Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) . The question is, are all of those cards necessary? I guess that answer might be difficult to answer, but I will do my best to explain why I think this next list is better.

A Better List?

After looking at the results from Greensboro Regionals, I stumbled across this list for Archie's Ace in the Hole (PRC; 124)  / Blastoise (BC; 31)  that seemed to be better than the rest. It


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