Amazon Rainforest — Fighting Against the Trees By: Blaine Hill Posted 2 weeks ago to Premium Article Hello PokeBeach readers! To recap from my last article, found here, I discussed Single-Prize Attacking Decks (or SPADs for short) and their placement on the meta. With the results from both Collinsville and Dallas Regionals, I think it is safe to say there’s a ton of diversity in Expanded right now. Normally, I’m a huge fan of a splattering of decks, meaning that I get to have fun no matter what opponent I sit across. Nowadays, on the ladder of PTCGO and in personal testing, it seems as if playing a game of Pokemon is just going through the motions of proper sequencing for both decks until one comes out the winner. Furthering my point, seven of the Top 8 decks at Collinsville were either a mill / stall variant, or an Item / hand lock variant. Ideally, we’ll get a fix soon, perhaps banning Milotic or another lock combo. Keeping said degeneracy in mind when building a deck is important. For today, I have two decks that I would like to share that I have tested religiously and that I have tweaked to take into account the expected increase of Trevenant and Dusknoir-GX and/or Rowlet and Alolan Exeggutor-GX: Ultra Necrozma and Darkrai-GX. These two decks are attacking decks (my favorite kind) that are able to break out of locks as well as steamroll through powerful decks like Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX / Zacian V or Snorlax VMAX. ContentsUltra NecrozmaTechsMatchupsCard ChoicesTechsMatchupsConclusion Ultra Necrozma I’d like to discuss Ultra Necrozma first. Since the conception of the card in Cosmic Eclipse, a single Prize attacker that does 170 base damage has sounded extremely good. In practice, it is still very good, albeit not as starry-eyed as one would expect. I believe the main reason for the deck’s middle of the road success at Collinsville was due to the rise of Trevenant and Dusknoir-GX and Lillie's Poké Doll Stall. There were a total of eight Day 2 Ultra Necrozma decks, fairing from Top 16 down to Top 64, but no “top” players chose to pilot the deck. With a prepared list, one can take down Trevenant and Dusknoir-GX, and I’m still working on the stall matchup. The good news though, is the deck as a whole is extremely simple to play, requiring only proper management of resources, prize mapping, and basic sequencing. Here’s the list: 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.