“The Return of the Queen.”: An in Depth Look at Vespiquen/Flareon in the Expanded Format.

What’s up Cut or Tap readers! My name is Jon Eng and I’m extremely excited to be writing again for the site. As some of you may recall, my last article was a report on my experience at Dallas Regionals. I also went over a few decks that I thought would be good decisions for Athens Regionals. Since my last article, we saw the Standard Format evolve as Athens concluded with Chris Siakala taking the event with Speed Darkrai EX. From then we have had several League Cups where several different decks had been played.

Finally now, as this article is being posted, Anaheim Regionals is being run with a new inclusion to the Standard Format: Sun and Moon. However, this piece will not be on the Standard Format with Sun and Moon, it will be on the Expanded Format. Sadly I did not attend Anaheim Regionals, but it allowed me to get a head start on testing Expanded in preparation for the next event, St. Louis Regionals. In this piece I will be going over what I believe to be the best deck going into St. Louis. With that being said, let’s get into the article!


That’s right, Vespiquen Flareon is back. This deck fell out of popularity in expanded a while ago during last season. However, given the current Expanded meta, I think that this deck can succeed again. For those of you who don’t know, the way the deck works is that both Vespiquen and Flareon have attacks that do more damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile. You use Battle Compressor to put Pokemon in there, thus fueling both of their attacks. It gets a lot more complex but I’ll get into that later. Anyways, here’s the list

Vespiquen Flareon

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