Alex Fields

Leafeon

The Best Cards from Ultra Prism!

With Dallas Regionals over and the Ultra Prism expansion about to released, I thought now would be the perfect time to do a set review. As usual, I am not going to rank the cards -- this article is just going to consist of my raw take on the cards in the set with the most potential. Easy Weakness removal for Grass types seems like it could be relevant and appreciated in the coming months.
Trevenant

Exploring Expanded Further – Zoroark, Golisopod and Trevenant!

In this article I address another round of Expanded decks that have been receiving hype and success recently on social media and at Expanded events in the lead-up to the Expanded Dallas Regionals. These are Zoroark GX/Seismitoad EX, Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX and Trevenant. This deck is like a modern spin on the infamous Seismitoad EX/Slurpuff PHF deck that performed well during the first half of the 2014-15 season, back when we still had Lysandre’s Trump Card.
Pumpkaboo

Night March: Why it Continues to Dominate and Possible Answers to It

Night March has been with us for years now -- over three full calendar years -- and it has always been competitive, if not absolutely format-warping. For stretches of time, Night March has indeed been the clear best deck in a given format. Right now is one such time and this cannot be argued. You have to accept the truth once the truth becomes clear, and it is clear that Night March is peerless in Expanded at the moment. Night March is the best deck for many reasons, all of which you need to comprehend before you attend an Expanded event.
Zoroark

Zoroark GX takes over San Jose Regionals!

In this article I take a look at the Zoroark takeover that we recently witnessed at the San Jose Regional Championship, an event that had Zoroark GX featured in 6 out of the 8 top cut decks. All of the lists are available now at Pokemon.com. The 3 Night March decks in Top 8 used Zoroark GX mostly for Trade, as you would expect, while the Zoroark GX-focused decks all have the same basic strategy: drop Sky Field, fill up the Bench and hit for OHKOs while swarming Zoroark GX and DCE.
Alohan Vulpix

“What’s the Play for London?” – Mega Gardevoir GX, Alohan Ninetales GX and Silvally GX with Friends!

In this article I provide updated lists for two of the top archetypes in Standard, Alolan Ninetales GX and Gardevoir GX, and then I explore a brand new Crimson Invasion deck designed to counter these two heavyweights while also being able to compete against the rest of the format, Silvally GX with Metal friends. This deck has been elevated to the next level of potency with the simple swapping of Octillery for Zoroark GX.
Greninja

“A Cut Above the Rest in Connecticut” – Volcanion/Turtonator GX and Greninja BREAK

In this article, I examine the top 2 decks from the recent Standard Regionals in Connecticut, Volcanion EX/Turtonator GX and Greninja BREAK, neither of which were especially hyped going into the event. Both lists, as well as the rest of the top 8, come courtesy of Pokemon.com. How did these two relatively under-the-radar decks manage to eclipse the established top-tier Standard archetypes such as Golisopod GX/Garbodor, Gardevoir GX, Drampa GX/Garbodor and Metagross GX that were getting all the attention?
Kiawe Turtonator

“Expanding on Expanded” – The Best Performing Decks From Fort Wayne Regionals!

In this article, I take a look at the top 8 decks from the Fort Wayne Expanded Regional that took place a few weeks ago. There is another Expanded Regional in October, plus there are Expanded Cups in many places as well, so I figured it would be useful to review the decks that are bound to significantly influence events in this format in the near-future. Pokemon.com has conveniently just posted the top 8 lists.
Marshadow

“Back to Expanded” – Night March and Turbo Darkrai

In this article I take a look at two familiar decks in Expanded that have gotten some enhancements since the last Expanded Regional of the 2016-17 season: Night March and Turbo Darkrai. Note that the Japanese event was XY-on and that is why you don’t see an ACE SPEC. I would probably cut the Escape Rope or the Choice Band for either Computer Search or Dowsing Machine...