Final Lists for Anaheim: ZoroPlume, Cofagrigus, Blastoise, ZoroGarb, Groudon, and BuzzRoc

This article covers six decks that I have worked on in preparation for Anaheim. The format for this piece is mostly short descriptions with each piece describing list details. If you’re looking for in-depth match up descriptions, this is not the article for you. I felt it was more important to give people good lists for several options since there are a ton of different … Continue reading Final Lists for Anaheim: ZoroPlume, Cofagrigus, Blastoise, ZoroGarb, Groudon, and BuzzRoc

Expanded Ideas: Cofagrigus Giratina, Zoro/Control Variants and Raikou Eels

Expanded is in a strange place right now because the format has turned very denial/control oriented. So much so, that cards like Seismitoad and Lusamine actually have a legitimate place in decks. Lost Thunder takes the control/denial paradigm to a new level by adding cards such as Girafarig, Faba, and Morty. Faba in particular changes a lot because several decks were relying exclusively on Double … Continue reading Expanded Ideas: Cofagrigus Giratina, Zoro/Control Variants and Raikou Eels

Countering ZoroControl and countering the counters

This piece is mostly a follow up to the last article I posted. All that needs to change in those lists are a few cards to fit the new meta and I see all of them as solid plays again. Again this piece covers ZoroRoc, Giratina Malamar, and Blacephalon, however I have also included a list for ZoroControl that I prefer to the current one. … Continue reading Countering ZoroControl and countering the counters

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

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

NEW Post-Rotation decks! Malamar, ZoroPod, ZoroGarde, ZoroGarb, and BuzzRoc

Before I get into the article I want to apologize for the wait…sort of. I do not think a week is enough time to actually come up with any decent lists in a new format, so I decided to take some extra time to work on these five decks. My stepdad also passed about three weeks ago which has been hard on me to say … Continue reading NEW Post-Rotation decks! Malamar, ZoroPod, ZoroGarde, ZoroGarb, and BuzzRoc

Zoroark Gallade

Gallade seems to be getting a decent amount of hype right now, probably due to Zoroark’s dominance. Nathian Beck and I were interested to see if the archetype actually was worth using. Octillery is alright but it does not provide any extra attacking power and you cannot use it with Puzzle of Time. We agreed that the Zoroark variant was the way to go. Here’s … Continue reading Zoroark Gallade

Oranguru Garbodor & List Updates

This piece displays one of the rogue decks I have been working with, Oranguru Garbodor, and has list updates for ZoroCargo, ZoroPod, BuzzRoc, Mismagius Garbodor, and ZoroGarb. I ended up focusing too hard on Blowers in BuzzRoc, and I realized I was wrong about taking BuzzRoc as an autoloss with ZoroCargo, so I’ve fixed both of those mistakes. Mismagius just needed a small tweak. As … Continue reading Oranguru Garbodor & List Updates