Vespiquen in Arizona Regionals, and its Future in Expanded.

Hello Cut or Tap, this is Jeremiah Williams again with my third article for the site. In this piece I will talk about my experience at Arizona Regionals earlier this month. Also, I will be talking about my thoughts on Expanded, now that Karen has been released and what changes that will bring. In Arizona I played Vespiquen/Flareon, which I’ve talked a lot about on the podcast and in my first article here. I’ll talk about the effects Karen will have on the deck and what adjustments need to be made to counter Karen.

Going into this event, I was 100% certain I would be playing Flareon/Vespiquen right away. The only difference from this Regionals and the last set of Regionals in the previous system was Steam Siege. Steam Siege is a set that had little effect on the meta, other then making Greninja much stronger. Another new deck was Volcanion, but that proved to be a worse version of Night March and got little attention. In the last set of Regionals, I got Top 8 as first seed, and also went 5-2-1 at Ontario Regionals and 5-2-2 at Kansas Regionals so I was very confident in my ability to play this deck. Now onto the list:

Pokémon – 28 Trainers – 28 Energy – 4
4 Combee AOR 3 Professor Sycamore 4 VS Seeker 4 Double Colorless
4 Vespiquen AOR10 1 N 4 Battle Compressor
4 Eevee PLF90 1 AZ 4 Ultra Ball
4 Flareon PLF 1 Ghetsis 2 Special Charge
4 Shaymin EX ROS 1 Teammates 1 Silver Bangle
4 Unown AOR 1 Hex Maniac 1 Startling Megaphone
1 Jolteon AOR 1 Lysandre 1 Life Dew
1 Jirachi EX
1 Exeggcute PLF
1 Wobbuffet PHF 2 Parallel City
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