Hello, and welcome to the short, fa-busted article covering a format that will likely only see fringe play until the next set drop. I will be talking about the implications of Faba>Xerosic in the new Expanded format.
Xerosic has been a huge factor in the game since it dropped. Coupled with VS Seeker, it has always been an easy answer to Garbodor for decks that had trouble fitting in Tool Scrapper/Field Blower, but obviously had to make room for VS Seeker to continue to be competitive. This one card also served as one of the few outs to discard special energy off of Seismitoad EX and other decks that would abuse item lock. Now though, Faba is here to boot out Xerosic in any deck it would be in (except maybe Trashalanche Garbodor decks that rarely played Xerosic) and take even more spots in decks due to being such an upgrade.
1. Faba hits stadium
Faba being able to hit stadiums is a huge improvement over Xerosic. In the past, people were almost required to play some stadiums that almost exclusively had value in having a chance to bump crucial stadiums at key points. Examples of this are Blastoise running Tropical Beach or Rough Seas to bump Silent Lab to gain access to Propagation and Rush-in. Now with a VS Seeker recyclable card that can bump cards like Silent Lab, Blastoise could very well be getting away with not running any stadiums in exchange for a single Faba. Unfortunately, there are Prism Star Stadiums that could pose threats to decks with Faba, but most of the current Prism Star Stadiums do not seem to be have the most significant impact on expanded.
2. Faba forces cards into the lost zone
In expanded, three of the strongest cards that can recycle crucial resources are Resource Management Oranguru, Lusamine, and Special Charge. Faba greatly reduces the impact of these cards on the game. With Faba tossing Double Colorless Energy into the lost zone, the mighty Zoroark and Toad decks begin to start to worry about if Faba could be enough to run them out of all of their energy. Lusamine is both limited and improved due to Faba. Being able to Lusamine chain for a card that can place energy, stadiums, and tools increases its value over grabbing a Xerosic instead, but Faba existing lowers the value of having stadiums to chain, let alone a single copy of Rough Seas or Parallel City like the Portland winning list played. Finally, Oranguru becomes much worse, because unlike Lusamine, the profit of the attack does not place Faba in a position to be played next turn, and Faba puts even more valuable card such as Float Stone in the lost zone where they cannot be recycled by resource management.
3. More resource, easier to splash
The more situations where a card’s effect is usable, the more chances for the card to have value in each game. With one-of supporters being common place and readily recyclable, a strong supporter with the ability to turn off Garbodor, put crucial one of stadiums in the lost zone, and get rid of huge energy attachments like Mystery Energy and Double Colorless Energy, Faba is well positioned to be a commonplace tech in the Expanded Format. Though, Faba is an ugly character, I do recommend picking up 1-2 Full Arts for future competitive play.
For people eager for a list to try this out, I have included a Trevenant list with double Faba to showcase the power of Faba + item lock.
3 Tapu Lele GX
1 Tapu Lele promo
3 Professor Juniper
1 Professor Elm’s Research
1 Ace Trainer
4 Rescue Scarf
4 Dimension Valley
4 VS Seeker
4 Mysterious Treasure
4 Enhanced Hammer
1 Super Rod
1 Counter Catcher
1 Scoop Up Cyclone
5 Psychic Energy
3 Mystery Energy
1 Counter Energy
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