Hey guys it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I figured I’d do a post on my favorite deck of all time, and the deck that has led me to the most success this season, RayEels. I believe this deck to be very solid in expanded currently, with very few bad matchups, namely vespiquen and sableye/garb.
Here’s my personal list for expanded, and to sort of give it some backing or credentials for this season, I’ll say this deck has gotten me over 200 points this season, with a T8 at regionals, a t16 at regionals, 2 cities t4’s, a cities 2nd and a few league challenges. Now without further adieu, here is the list:
Pokemon - 143 Rayquaza-EX (DRX 123) 2 Raikou-EX (DEX 38) 1 Raikou (BKT 55) 4 Eelektrik (NVI 40) 4 Tynamo (NVI 38)
Trainers/Supporters/Stadiums - 324 Professor Juniper (PLF 116) 4 N (NVI 101) 2 Colress (PLS 135) 2 Lysandre (FLF 104) 1 Pokémon Center Lady (FLF 93) 1 Hex Maniac (AOR 75) 1 Skyla (BCR 149) 4 VS Seeker (PHF 109) 3 Ultra Ball (PLF 122) 4 Level Ball (NXD 89) 3 Skyarrow Bridge (NXD 91) 1 Professor's Letter (XY 123) 1 Super Rod (DRV 20) 1 Computer Search (BCR 137)
Energy - 14</h4 4 Fire Energy (XY 133) 10 Lightning Energy (XY 135)
I realize some of my counts may seem odd given the current norms in the Expanded format, but in 3 years of playing this deck, I’ve found this to be far and away the most consistent variant, and after all in a deck focused on OHKO’ing everything, consistency is key.
Why are there no Shaymin?The reason I play no Shaymin is simply that it is more consistent. This may seem counter-intuitive at first, but makes more sense when you consider the issue of bench space. This deck need 3 eels on the bench at all times in order to succeed, so to fit your eels, your attackers, AND Shaymin you would need more than 5 bench spaces, which leads you to sky field. With sky field, you lose skyarrow bridge, so you need another source of free retreat, leading you to keldeo/float stone, or simply float stone. 3-4 slots for these now necessary cards is simply too much, and drastically lowers consistency.
Why do you play Pokemon Center Lady/Hex Maniac/Skyla?Pokemon Center Lady is first and foremost 100% necessary to have any chance of beating Accelegor, and is also quite helpful against Toad where you may have a pokemon stuck asleep in the active, or can reset a turn of damage against decks such as MegaMan. Hex Maniac is for Trevenant, Vileplume, and Archie's Stoise to play items or get you a turn ahead on the KO's against other OHKO decks. Skyla is a consistency card that can net you anything from a fire energy to another Tynamo, it's just all around a strong card.
Why do you only play 3 Ultra Ball?I found the 4th Level Ball more necessary for setting up t1.
Feel free to discuss, ask questions or really do anything related to Rayeels in the comments.