Excadrill Explorations — The One-Trick Pony for Pikachu and Zekrom-GX

You may have had the misfortune of running into an Excadrill on the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online with a Pikachu and Zekrom-GX deck. I certainly have. Excadrill is a one-stop shop for beating Fighting-weak decks, plus it can hold its own as a deck by itself. I’m going to cover this deck, as well as a deck that benefits greatly from Excadrill as a tech. This is another single prize Pokemon that swings for a bunch and beats fellow one prize Pokemon along with the matchups it has type advantage in. It can go toe-to-toe with some larger Pokemon as well, except Dragapult VMAX. Max Phantom slowly carves up an Excadrill player’s entire field, losing that player their Prize advantage and the game.

This will be my last article before the Players Cup starts this Saturday, so I’ll include my obligatory tier list, as well as their current trend:

Top Tier

Baby Blacephalon | Trending Neutral

Combo Zacian V | Trending Down

Dragapult VMAX | Trending Neutral

Pikachu and Zekrom-GX | Trending Neutral

Middle Tier

Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX / Zacian V | Trending Up

Spiritomb | Trending Down

Bottom Tier

Cinccino Control / Mill| Trending Neutral

Lucario and Melmetal-GX / Zacian V| Trending Neutral

Mewtwo and Mew-GX| Trending Neutral

Total Outliers

Galarian Obstagoon| Trending Neutral

Green's Exploration / Boltund V | Trending Down

Welder Toolbox| Trending Neutral

Right now I expect Pikachu and Zekrom-GX to be the most popular deck, followed by Dragapult VMAX. Beating Pikachu and Zekrom-GX is a necessity. Here’s where Excadrill comes in! As I’ve mentioned earlier, this deck is very linear as it’s meant to beat Pikachu and Zekrom-GX and other one prize Pokemon builds. You can hold your own against some decks like Combo Zacian V or Mewtwo and Mew-GX, but Dragapult VMAX is the elephant in the room. Try as you will, you have to be extremely lucky. Excadrill can be used as a tech in one of the best decks too, stay tuned for that!

Excadrill Deck

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