Optimal Upgrades — Standard Malamar and Expanded Doll Stall By: Grant Manley Posted 7 months ago to Premium Article Hello everyone! I’ve been playing a lot of Standard lately because of League Cups and League Challenges, and I think I have optimized Malamar. It is consistent, versatile, and powerful; albeit, a bit slow. I’ve played Malamar at most small events this season and it’s only missed CP for me once out of 17 events. If you ask me, Malamar is the best Standard deck. Lots of people have been asking me about my Malamar list, which I’ve put below. Although there aren’t any major Standard events in the US until Sword and Shield comes out, this Malamar list can be used at smaller events until then. Additionally, I have some significant updates to my Expanded format Doll Stall deck after working on it some more and playing it at another League Cup. Doll Stall is extremely strong in the Expanded format right now, but it’s rather underrated as people don’t like playing control decks. It’s currently one of my top considerations for the upcoming Dallas Regionals. ContentsMalamar (Standard)MatchupsDoll Stall (Expanded)Conclusion Malamar (Standard) 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.