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Volcanion

“What Just Happened?” – Expanded Regionals in Illinois!

The Collinsville, Illinois Regional Championship featured a Top 8 with 8 different decks, several of which seemed to come out of nowhere: I’m thinking of Volcanion EX, Decidueye GX/Vileplume and Lurantis GX/Vileplume here. Even the eventual winner, M Rayquaza EX, was considered to be a part of the tier 2/fringe club by a lot of people. I feel a bit guilty, to be honest, that I was unable to see the power of these unique decks beforehand because if I had, I certainly would have written about them for you.
Vileplume

“The Shef-field” – Standard Overview for Oceania Internationals

Hello everyone! Spring Regionals are in full swing with two more of them happening last weekend: Sheffield in the UK and St Louis in the USA. There’s every reason to take a close look at what happened there if you are one of the fortunate people competing in the upcoming Oceania International Championships (March 10-12) or the Oregon Regional Championships in the USA (March 25th).
Maxie

Yveltal EX/Maxie’s versus the Expanded Format

Time and again, Yveltal EX/Maxie’s rises to the top in Expanded. I see no reason for the clear best deck in the format to suddenly fade away, either. Sun and Moon doesn’t bring anything explicitly harmful to the archetype, yet it does give the deck a few new options (Oranguru and Tauros GX) as well as additional Pokemon to stifle (the various playable Evolutions in the set such as Lurantis GX and Solgaleo GX are hurt by Archeops; opposing Tauros GXes are hurt by Gallade).
Darkrai

 “Dawn of Sun and Moon” – Anaheim Regionals Results Analysis

Hey readers! Last weekend saw the much anticipated first series of tournaments with the Sun & Moon sets legal. While the Americans were playing Anaheim Regionals, Sun & Moon also debuted on the tournament scene in the Netherlands (where I live). This article will obviously focus on the former tournament: what decks did well, which decks disappeared from the face of the earth and what this means for future tournaments.

Deck Articles

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!

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.
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.