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Exploring Expanded: Hand Impact

Simisage BKT 6Welcome to Exploring Expanded! Have you been interested in getting into the expanded format but don't want to spend too much cash? Need a fun budget deck to stay out with? Well, this article is for you! In Standard, we've previously covered a deck called Hand Kinesis which got stronger the more cards you had in your hand. Some incredibly powerful tools for such a concept were recently released in Unbroken Bonds that got me wondering just how strong the deck might be if I gave it an update! 

While that deck did look awesome I began to wonder if there was a way to make it better. What if I could combine cards, both old and new, to create something truly special? While digging for potential options I found that Simipour BKT 42, Simisear BKT 24, and Simisage had a similar attack to Meowstic BUS 60.  What made Simisage special was its attack Fire Fling.

[C] Fire Fling
Put 3 [R] Energy cards from your discard pile into your hand.

The number of options currently available to draw in Expanded by discarding Fire Energy plus the tools of today could make your mind spin. Looking through the potential cards I found the possibility for consistency and draw power I had never imagined possible. This little bonus on the cake to potentially recover a few tools just made things that much more exciting! To be fair, you could run this deck with Meowstic, Simipour, or Simisear if you wanted, especially to cover potential weaknesses (Simipour against Reshiram & Charizard-GX for example) but we'll be sticking with our leafy friend for this example. Let's take a look at Hand Impact!

Salazzle UNB 31Expanded has some serious tools for Pokemon search that Standard won't have available. Level Ball is excellent as it can hunt out every Pokemon in the deck excluding Salazzle and Evosoda makes that an easy find. Searching out Pokemon becomes even more of a breeze when you learn just how many cards you may be able to draw in a single turn! With a bit of luck, you can legitimately get through almost half of your deck on turn one

Now Salazzle itself won't be helping you get there on your first turn as it needs to evolve, but once it does a simple discarded Fire Energy nets you three cards. With both Fire Crystal and Energy Recycler to help you recover them, you won't be losing much from hand size. This is only the tip of the flaming iceberg! Welder can attach the exact amount of Energy needed for you to attack while drawing you more cards. Need those Fire Energy in hand? Professor's Letter will grab them right away! 

We're still not done yet, you can still have more draw power! Fiery Torch can help you draw two cards for a discarded Fire Energy. Heat Factory Prism Star isn't alone when you've got Scorched Earth in the Expanded Format! The big thing here to notice is that most of this draw power comes from Abilities, Stadiums, or Item Cards. We've included a whopping 15 Fire Energy and ways to recycle them because without the limit of a single Supporter card per turn, you may find your hand too large to hold onto very quickly! Eventually discarding Fire Energy simply is no longer necessary, you can be dealing 150 or more damage so quickly that simply drawing the one card per turn will keep you rising up. Besides, you don't want to run through your entire deck right?

Weaknesses: This deck maintains a very simple concept, draw cards, draw MORE cards, demolish your opponent. However Expanded does have some tools that can throw a wrench in this. The ever-popular N will cause some distress for sure. Still, if you're careful and don't blow through all of your tools you can come back when it is used. Judge can also put you in a similar boat alongside Marshadow SLG 45 or any other similar cards. You don't want to be stuck shuffling your hand, and thus your damage output, back into the deck. If the opponent plays carefully even this massively consistent deck will run out of strong enough draw power to keep running.

We hope you enjoyed our Hand Impact deck! We'd love to hear what you think. Did you try this deck and have a good time? Did we miss cards that could make it even better? Tell us in the comment section below or tell the deck builder herself over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps

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