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“Howl long until we get something new?” – Results from Latin America Internationals and Guardians Rising Impact

Hey guys! Last week the the third Internationals of the season ended and the results, for the most part, were not very surprising. Nonetheless it’s important that we do go over what stuck out in the results, if only because soon enough there’s Roanoke Regionals coming up and you’ll want to be fully prepared. But for those of you not going, and/or those who are more curious about what is to come when the new set hits the scenes, you will get your rightful share of ideas and speculation in this article too.
Brock's Grit

The Importance of Techs, and the Importance of Truly Understanding a Deck

The Standard card pool is of course much smaller than the Expanded card pool, but there are still an impressive number of cards available in this format that fulfill specific niche roles, allowing almost any deck you could name to do something toward addressing a bad/close matchup. These cards, commonly referred to as techs, are often key at separating the winning players from all of the rest.
Lapras GX Deck

“How you doin’?” – State of the Sun & Moon metagame and Lapras Analysis

Hey guys! We’re a couple months into the post Sun & Moon era and players have had some time to adapt to the newest additions to the metagame. Unsurprisingly, the game started out roughly as it had been before the set came out: the most successful decks were old ones that could deal with the great unknown that the new set brought us. They did this either through the straight-up, consistent damage dealing of Turbo Darkrai and, later on, Volcanion…or by simply preventing new cards from being as powerful through a lock effect, most notably Garbodor to shut off abilities.

What happened between Illinois and Portland?

Well, it sure did not take long for Yveltal EX and his trusty companions Gallade, Archeops, Darkrai EX and the rest to reclaim the Expanded throne. The Top 32 field of the Portland Regional event in general reminded me more of last season than anything I have seen in a while – Dark and Groudon and Night March everywhere, with barely any newer cards in sight as deck centers, as if the participants of the event were told to ignore every set after Breakthrough.

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!
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

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.
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.

“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.