Premium Articles


“Moby Dick” – Top 16 Dutch Open Report, Volcanion, Gyarados and Wailord Analysis

Hey guys! A weekend ago players from all countries within reasonable driving distance of the Netherlands, as well as some dedicated people from Denmark and the UK, came over to play in the Dutch Open. This Special Event, held in Leiden, attracted around 150 masters aiming to win those 130 CP for first place. Since the Dutch Open, another weekend of events has transpired – but due to the short notice it’s hard for us to post proper analysis on those.

Pancakes and Pokemon Catchers in Dallas

Dallas Regionals ended up feeling a lot like a throwback to the first Standard Regional of the new season, with many of the biggest decks from that event showing up and doing well at this one: M Mewtwo EX, M Gardevoir EX, Darkrai EX/Giratina EX (albeit now with a new friend in Salamence EX), Greninja, and Volcanion. Yveltal/Garbodor, on the other hand, was conspicuously absent from the Top 8 and barely had a presence in the Top 32. What happened?

“Circle of Life” – Dallas Regionals Aftermath

Hello there, guys! First and foremost I’d like to wish you all a happy new year. I hope 2017 ends up being a year full of fun and success for everyone, both within and outside of Pokémon. 2017 started off strong with Dallas Regionals. I think the big story of this tournament is definitely that the stalemate of the “big three” has been broken. Before Dallas, I think almost everyone agreed that Yveltal/Garbodor, Volcanion and Greninja would be the best, most played and most successful decks.

“Standing Out in San Jose” – Sableye with Garbodor, and Carbink with Zygarde and Landorus!

In this article, I look at the two decks that stand out the most amongst the Top 8 of the recently-concluded San Jose Regional Championship: Alex Koch’s first-seed Sableye/Garbodor, and Sam Chen’s Top 4 Zygarde EX/Landorus EX/Carbink BREAK rogue. Below is Koch’s exact list, which he posted online in the HeyFonte Facebook group and which will soon be available on

Deck Articles


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!
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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

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!

Strategy Articles

“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.
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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.

“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.