“I want it all, I want it now” – What to buy when on a budget

Hey everyone! Just like most of you I'm really excited to see what changes Ultra Prism is about to bring to our metagame. Alex covered the most important cards and other than a couple of quick side notes there's not much to add, so instead I'm going to cover a topic that I think has been slept on a little bit: what to buy when there's a new set coming out when you're on a budget.

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.

“The Pro Play Bible” – Doing Everything You Can To Win

Hey everyone! It's now been three straight weeks of Expanded deck analyses and I think it's time for something a little different. Today's article is going to be a catch-all article on things you can do to win at tournaments of all kinds: local, regional, international, small, big, before, during and after playing. It's meant to be a bit of a handbook on things a good player should do if they're looking to maximize their % of W's.

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.

“Expanding Zoroark” – Zoroark Variant Analysis and the re-return of Gyarados?

Hey guys! The upcoming US Regionals in Dallas is Expanded, which means articles will be focusing on exactly that format for a bit. Last week Alex covered Night March and its counters pretty elaborately, so this week I'm going to cover the other most dominant card in Expanded: Zoroark. Alex covered Zoroark a while back, mostly focused on the decks it was in for San Jose. I'm going to go over the basics of Expanded (instead of Standard) Zoroark real quick as well as the way the game has shaped around it, how I think players will go about beating it and I've got a variant of Zoroark of my own that I think has a lot of potential.

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.

“Roc ‘n Roll” – Memphis Regionals Aftermath

The biggest Regional so far is behind us! 999 players went through the grinder, showing that Pokémon still will not stop growing. And to think that this number could have been even bigger if it weren't for the weather conditions before the tournament. Memphis is the last Regional of 2017 and it has also been the last Standard Regional until St Louis in February, but for the sake of League Cups and keeping up with the metagame I will cover this tournament and its consequences for Standard.

“Matchups for Memphis” – Covering Gardevoir and Greninja

Hey guys! Memphis Regionals are coming up and although we've already spent some time covering the biggest decks of London, there's a couple more archetypes that we need to pay some attention to in order to give you the best possible overview. Some of these decks will look familiar, of course, as they've been discussed before, but now is a good time to revisit them since we haven't talked about them in-depth for a while. The best example of this is the hailed “broken deck”, also known as Gardevoir GX.

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 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.