Expanded Turbo Dark and Initial Thoughts on Sword & Shield By: Grant Manley Posted 4 weeks ago to Premium Article Hello everybody! This is Grant Manley back with another article about Expanded. As I’m writing this, I just got back from the Dallas Regional Championship, so I haven’t gotten the chance to sink much time into Sword and Shield testing. That said, I like the new set and I will be covering it a little bit at the end. First I would like to talk about the Turbo Dark deck that I played at Dallas. I was very close to making Top 8 but ended just a bit short with a Top 16 finish instead. I think Turbo Dark was an excellent play because of the highly optimized list. I wasn’t seriously considering Turbo Dark as a play for the event until I landed in Dallas at 10 PM on Friday and was presented with Azul’s genius idea of Guzzlord-GX. I don’t see why Turbo Dark would be hurt by the new set or the Supporter rule change. It definitely doesn’t need a Supporter on the first turn of the game. Sometimes I wouldn’t even get a Supporter anyway and I was still fine thanks to Dedenne-GX and Shaymin-EX. I think the new set’s broken Trainer cards only help out Turbo Dark, and I don’t think any new archetypes will be bad for it, or at the very least I don’t think anything else will greatly hurt Turbo Dark’s viability. In short, Turbo Dark will stick around in Expanded, so it’s still worth talking about. In fact, the next three Regionals in the US will be Expanded, though none of them are particularly close as far as dates go. ContentsDecklistMatchupsNew StuffConclusion Decklist Pokemon (16)2x Darkrai-GX (BUS #88)2x Dedenne-GX (UNB #57)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)2x Weavile-GX (UNM #132)2x Sneasel (CES #86)1x Greninja and Zoroark-GX (UNB #107)1x Darkrai-EX (DEX #63)1x Oranguru (SM #113)1x Guzzlord (COE #136)1x Guzzlord-GX (CRI #105)1x Marshadow-GX (BUS #80)Trainers (33)1x Colress (PLS #118)1x Guzma (BUS #115)1x N (DEX #96)3x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Ultra Ball (FLF #99)4x Dark Patch (DEX #93)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)2x Battle Compressor (PHF #92)2x Hypnotoxic Laser (PLS #123)1x Cherish Ball (UNM #191)1x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Great Catcher (COE #192)1x Computer Search (BCR #137)1x Reverse Valley (BKP #110)2x Sky Field (RSK #89)Energy (11)11x Darkness Energy (XY #138) If you'd like to continue reading PokeBeach's premium articles, consider purchasing a premium membership! It grants you full access to PokeBeach's premium articles and allows you to submit your deck lists and questions to our writers for advice! If you're not completely satisfied with your membership, you can request a full refund within 30 days! Simply cancel it in Paypal and then PM Water Pokemon Master for a full refund. No questions asked! Each subscription automatically renews at the end of its cycle, but you can stop or change it before then. 5.95 USD per 7 days Subscribe Weekly Subscription 5.95 / week. 14.97 USD per month Subscribe Monthly Subscription 14.97 / month. You'll also get a special subscriber badge under your avatar. 41.70 USD per 3 months Subscribe Quarterly Subscription Averages to 13.90 / month. You'll also get a special subscriber badge under your avatar and an Advanced Member banner.