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Ariados

“Don’t forget Expanded!” – Sun and Moon in our other format!

Mark has done a good job of talking about some of the ways in which Sun and Moon has shaken up Standard, so I decided to turn my eye to Expanded post-Sun and Moon. We do have this other format to consider, neglected as it may sometimes seem! I take a look here at two of my favorite new decks in Expanded, Lurantis GX/Ariados and the much-hyped Seismitoad EX/Decidueye GX
Lapras

“Square Two” – Early Sun & Moon Testing Results, Where to Go From Here?

Now that Sun & Moon has officially hit the West, players all over the world are trying to make sense of what it changes about the game that we knew so well. I’ve found it a very strange experience, since the new cards are in a way very much unlike the old ones. The last set (Evolutions) hardly changed anything about our already pretty stale metagame, so it was pretty long ago that we actually had a proper warp to our format.
Sun Moon Tauros 2

“A Starting Point” – Applying Sun & Moon to the Existing Standard Metagame

Hey guys! The Sun & Moon set is about to drop and within a couple of weeks there’s Anaheim Regionals to worry about as well. While the set definitely will have its impact on Expanded, I’m going to be focusing on what Sun & Moon is going to do on multiple levels. Alex highlighted the most important players of the new set here, so I’m going to be trying to implement them into existing as well as new decks.
Pokemon Sun Moon TCG

“Night and Day” – A First Look at the New Sun and Moon Set!

The first prereleases for Sun and Moon have just taken place which marks this as a great time to take a look at the most interesting cards in a transformative set that signals the start of a new era. As a heads up, I am not limiting the analysis to just 10 cards and there is no assigned “order of goodness”. Some of these cards are likely to have a competitive impact right away in one or both formats; others strike me as being future contenders; all are at least worth a look.

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Carbink

Two Interesting Decks from US Nationals!

There were a lot of interesting decks at US Nationals outside of the Top 8, and today I want to look at two of those. Now that Karen has almost certainly been confirmed to not be in Steam Siege, it's likely that the metagame for Worlds will be similar to that from US Nationals, and so it's a good idea to explore some new decks and ideas that people used!
Pokemon Nationals

US National Championships: Top 8 Decks – Video

Hey everyone, Today we'll be looking at the Top 8 decks to feature at this years US National Championships. If you're looking for new decks to play or just want a recap of what decks managed to get all the way to the Top 8, then be sure to give it a watch! Thanks again for watching, PokéCastXVII
Rayquaza

Three Winning Decks from State Championships!

Today we're going to be looking at three decks that won State Championships in the Masters division from the US, during weeks one, two, and three! All deck lists were provided by the official Pokemon website and can be found by following this link. Congratulations to all the players featured who were able to win their respective tournaments!

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“The Best and the Rest” – Top Performing Decks in San Jose!

A couple of weeks ago, San Jose hosted an Expanded Regional Championship, with just under 400 Masters playing the TCG in it. It feels like Standard receives the most attention online, and Expanded sits in it's shadow a lot of the time. I think that's because it feels like Expanded as a format is solved, whether Standard is new and exciting, where there's still room to innovate.
Pokemon City

Results and Metagame Analysis from Dortmund Regionals!

The second Regional Championships in Europe took place over this past weekend in Dortmund, Germany. With 303 Masters playing in it, it gives us a great opportunity to see how the Standard metagame is developing and what we can expect to do well at the first Intercontinental Championships in London in a few weeks time. We've already had some major Standard tournaments, such as the Regionals in Orlando and Liverpool.
Yveltal

“Kicking Off the New Season” – Preparing for Expanded in Arizona!

It sure seems like a long time since we've had to think about Expanded. We've had a run of major Standard tournaments recently with Nationals and Worlds taking place, but the North American Regional circuit kicks off this weekend in Arizona, in what is an Expanded event. Even though it's been about five months since Spring Regionals (which were the last big Expanded tournaments), I don't think Expanded has changed too much since then.