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“Wait, how do I Expanded again?” – Expanded Metagame Overview

Preparations for Spring Regionals should be in full gear by now all over the US. It is time to once again make the shift from Standard to Expanded, and it might be one that a lot of people are looking forward to. Over the past month or more, a lot of members have lamented the position that Night March has taken in the Standard format. The most extreme opponents have argued to ban Battle Compressor or some other crucial part of the Night March deck.
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“Back to Expanded” – Some of the Best Picks for Spring Regionals

In this article, I take a look at a handful of decks which stand out to me as particularly solid choices for Spring Regionals. That is all I have for the intro, folks – let’s get right down to business. (I am going for brevity here!) Why not start with… Speed Darkrai EX! This deck, which debuted at Florida Regionals, offers yet another wrinkle on the “Dark deck” (really, there are and have been so many different Dark decks since Dark Explorers came out in 2012

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Three Winning Decks from State Championships!

Today we're going to be looking at three decks that won State Championships in the Masters division from the US, during weeks one, two, and three! All deck lists were provided by the official Pokemon website and can be found by following this link. Congratulations to all the players featured who were able to win their respective tournaments!

Is Sableye/Garbodor the Real Deal With Puzzle of Time?

Sableye/Garbodor had a respectable run through City Championships, eventually finishing as the sixth most successful deck, but it seems to have received a huge boost from Breakpoint in the form of Puzzle of Time. While we won't see the new and improved Sableye/Garbodor in action until the final week of Winter Regionals, due to Breakpoint not being legal before then

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“The New Cards on the Block” – Fates Collide Set Review!

Fates Collide's street release date is just a few days away, and I'm sure a lot of you have already played in pre-releases for it. While the set itself won't be legal for another three weeks, now is a great time to start testing with those new cards, to figure out the strongest decks for upcoming tournaments such as the US Nationals and World Championships.
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The Top Five Decks from Week One of State Championships

Week one of State Championships kicked off last weekend, with fourteen different events across the US taking place, using the new Standard format with Breakpoint and Generations both legal. Below are the top five decks from week one, based on the number of total Championship points that each one won. The results are taken from the Charizard Lounge's page, so thanks to them!

The Talking Points From City Championships So Far!

City Championships are fully underway in North America, and they'll be starting soon in most other countries around the World. In this article, I'm going to look over the main talking points from the results so far, which were collected by the Charizard Lounge. Yveltal's ability to stay relevant in Standard no matter what had seemed to fizzle out more recently, as decks like Night March and M Manectric became too much for it to handle, but it's back and as good as ever again.