Improving on Japanese Lists Part 2 (ZoroRoc)

Despite the negative press ZoroRoc has been getting lately, I think it’s actually an amazing option for Brazil. The deck has to be build in a far different way to work with the additions from Lost Thunder and to meet new demands from Blacephalon; the list I have come up with does so. Players are overlooking some great combos that recently presented themselves to this … Continue reading Improving on Japanese Lists Part 2 (ZoroRoc)

Improving on Japanese Lists Part 1 (Giratina Malamar)

Many of us have built or at least payed attention to the list that did well at the Champion’s League Tokyo event. It is our first look at how to build new archetypes such as Blacephalon Naganadel, Giratina Malamar, and Granbull. As I started testing out these lists, I realized there were some flaws that I should not have been surprised to run into. Japanese … Continue reading Improving on Japanese Lists Part 1 (Giratina Malamar)

Post-Portland; Night March’s Future

The truth is, I did not test Night March enough. I got to the point where my list was what I still consider perfect (except maybe Marowak over Ranger), but I didn’t know the matchups. It wasn’t until round 6 that I realized you’re supposed to go second in several matchups, that against Sableye Garbodor you simply KO Sableyes while Colressing every turn, and that … Continue reading Post-Portland; Night March’s Future

Archie’s Blastoise, BuzzRoc, and Milotic Marshadow

The bans and addition of a few new sets have brought back and changed some past archetypes, as well as creating Milotic Marshadow. I have been working on these three decks, not necessarily because I plan to use any of them for Portland Regionals but so that I can give you guys some strong lists if you are interested in them. Let’s start with Archie’s … Continue reading Archie’s Blastoise, BuzzRoc, and Milotic Marshadow

Expanded Zoroark Garbodor

ZoroGarb is the best deck in Expanded, which should not be a surprise to anyone considering the deck just won worlds and is the naturally progression of ZoroEggs. That is not to say no deck beats ZoroGarb or that ZoroGarb will certainly win Portland, but if the deck that wins dedicates a big portion of its list solely to counter ZoroGarb (such as Drampa Garbodor … Continue reading Expanded Zoroark Garbodor

Michael Perez’s League Cup Winning BuzzRocZoroark Deck

The video bellow is a deck profile where Michael and I cover his rogue Zoroark deck that won him a cup with 48 master and earned him a second place finish at a League Challenge on the next day. After recording the deck profile I realized how long the video actually is. Some of you may not want to watch the entire 25 minutes so … Continue reading Michael Perez’s League Cup Winning BuzzRocZoroark Deck

More Standard Stuff: ZoroRoc, Ultra Necrozma Malamar, Buzz Garb, and Swampert + list updates for everything in the last article

ZoroRoc was far too overlooked when I took my first shot at this meta. Recently it has been one of my favorite options because of the aggression and consistency. The only problem matchups are Buzz Garb and BuzzRoc. In this piece I cover a list that has been modified to deal with both. Ultra Necrozma Malamar is another archetype that I have frequently been seeing … Continue reading More Standard Stuff: ZoroRoc, Ultra Necrozma Malamar, Buzz Garb, and Swampert + list updates for everything in the last article

A guide for players who are new to Expanded

Expanded has a new ban and a new set to change up the format, which is a big improvement for a lot of us. This piece is going to serve as a guide for players new to the format. I’ll be talking about: Zoroark Night March Toad Trevenant Sableye Buzzwole Garbodor As I see it, these are the main archetypes of the format. It’s a … Continue reading A guide for players who are new to Expanded