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Exploring Expanded: Copy Cat Attack

Porygon-Z UNB 157Welcome to Exploring Expanded, the article where we take a look at decks in the Expanded Format! How would you feel if you could have a plethora of attacks without having to lose a ton of prizes with something like Mewtwo & Mew-GX? What if you could use any attack the opponent's active Pokemon has as much as you'd like? Well thanks to the Expanded Format we have a way to do so in spades! 

With the release of Unbroken Bonds we got a Porygon-Z with a unique ability called Crazy CodeAs often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may attach a Special Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Pokémon. So if we get Porygon-Z out we can put down a lot of Energy! But what does that have to do with being able to use lots of different attacks?

It is, in fact, the best way to power up our two attackers free to use in the Expanded Format so they can be attacking properly! So how does this work? Let's take a look at the deck Copy Cat Attack!

Kecleon PLF 94So who are our attackers for the deck? We have two in Ditto PR-XY XY40 and Kecleon PLF 94! Kecleon not only changes types based on the Pokemon it faces, but also can copy the opponent's attacks thanks to ImittackChoose 1 of the Defending Pokémon’s attacks. If this Pokémon has the necessary Energy to use that attack, use it as this attack. Ditto is able to do something similar thanks to its ability Metamorphosis GeneIf this Pokémon is your Active Pokémon, it can use the attacks of your opponent’s Active Pokémon. (You still need the necessary Energy to use each attack.) Now it feels like a fair time to mention Ditto DET 17 could also do the same but costs a bit more and has a tiny bit less HP. Still, if you have one you could use it too!

Anyways, the way to use Porygon-Z becomes more clear: get the Energy on what you need so you can attack however you want. Rainbow Energy and Prism Energy are Special Energy and easy to attach, but we also have both Blend Energy that can easily cover many types at once. As long as you can grab the Rare Candy to get Porygon-Z evolved quickly you've got something going! 

So how do we work on setting this up? Winona is wonderful as you can grab every single Pokemon you have in the deck with it, three of them in fact! PokeNav can either get you a Pokemon or an Energy you may need depending on the circumstance. Level Ball can help you grab everything except Porygon-Z so you shouldn't have a hard time getting the Pokemon you need. 

Does one of your low HP Pokemon get knocked out? A combination of Special Change and Teammates can grab you back whichever Energies you may have lost. VS Seeker can help you grab back your Teammates or any other Supporter card you may need at the time as well. Finally Trainers' Mail can help you in your search for Rare Candy to help get out Porygon-Z as fast as possible. 

Now it's time to hear what you think! Did you enjoy this budget Expanded Format deck? Play it and find success? Tell us in the comments below or tell the deck builder herself over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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