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 long list, but there are plenty of new possibilities and many other decks could very well be top tier.

I don’t like intros, so let’s just go into Night March.

Night March’s Role

There is a commonly accepted idea that Night March is pretty much the best deck in any format where people are not prepared for it. It’s a little different now because Hex and Puzzles are gone, which does hurt the deck a lot. But it is important to remember that every time people have underestimated Night March in the past, it has done well as a result (recall San Jose Regionals 2018). This is why many lists play Oricorio. It is also why Lonzo (Zoroark/Muk/Seismitoad) played Seismitoad, Karen and Muk back at San Jose Regionals in 2017.

This is what I have put together.

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