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 Blastoise.
|Pokémon – 13||Trainers – 38||Energy – 9|
|2||Blastoise||2||Archie’s Ace in the Hole||1||Professor’s Letter||9||Water|
|2||Keldeo EX||1||Guzma||1||Rescue Stretcher|
|1||Wishiwashi GX||1||N||1||Float Stone|
|1||Swampert (35/168)||1||Professor Sycamore||2||Field Blower|
|2||Tapu Lele GX||2||Brooklet Hill||4||VS Seeker|
|2||Shaymin EX||4||Battle Compressor|
|4||Superior Energy Retrieval|
This has been the list that gives me the highest chance of getting Archie’s on turn one. It hits very hard with few techs and I think that is the only way Archie’s has a shot in expanded. The only tech in here is Swampert.
You don’t necessarily need this card if you’re adamantly against it, but I suggest you try it out. The deck might as well play another evolution water type considering how frequently you can get Archie’s with a list like this one. Swampert can do 180 for 5 energy and adds consistency with Power Draw. This means even though you have to only draw 5 cards off of Archie’s instead of playing a Sycamore for 7, you effectively get 8 because of Power Draw. It’s a second one-prize attacker which is also beneficial. Swampert is worth the spot for sure.
I would rather have a Colress over the second Sycamore in Expanded because of the prevalence of big benches. Sure it is more situational than a second Sycamore, but Expanded is all about options and you still have one the Sycamore for the turns where Colress doesn’t get as many cards.
Brooklet Hill/ Rescue Stretcher
Rough Seas does not seem as needed because I see Trevenant as a positive matchup anyway. Brooklet in combination with one Stretcher makes it so I can cut the third Keldeo. It’s as if I can fit one extra card in the list by playing Brooklet. Stretcher works well because it allows you to recycle Articuno against Night March or anything else you might need.