Premium Articles

Gardevoir GX Burning Shadows Deck

“Hype Factor” – Is Gardevoir GX The Best Play For Anaheim?

With both Worlds and the Anaheim Open only a few days away, I thought it would be beneficial to devote an entire article to the most hyped deck to come from Burning Shadows, Gardevoir GX. I think that Anaheim is going to be filled with a lot of different decks, not just a sea of pink, and I don’t think Gardevoir GX is necessarily the best deck or the perfect play (although it may well be!). The format is too open and undefined, host to too many good decks with a diverse set of strengths and weaknesses...
Volcanion

“Putting the Burning Back in Burning Shadows” – Volcanion Analysis

Hey guys, The World Championships are less than a week away, and the entire Pokémon community seems to be excitedly trying to see what the best decks are with the addition of Burning Shadows. Pokémon.com has published their own piece with what they expect to be the most likely successful ones. Their assessment of the best decks seems to be similar to my own: that Burning Shadows is not going to add too many new archetypes to the format...
Ho-oh

“Burning Up” – The Best Plays for Anaheim with Burning Shadows

I think that the very first thing to do once a new set drops is assess all of the top decks from the recent past and see which of them remain relevant. Part of this assessment involves figuring out what new cards fit into these old decks, and part of it involves measuring new powerful cards versus the old decks – you ask whether a new hyped archetype, like Gardevoir GX for a current example, is going to be too much for Old Deck A or Old Deck B to handle.
Espeon Garbodor Deck

“Final Performance in the New Season” – Liverpool Preview & Preparations and Reinventing Espeon/Garbodor

Hey guys! At the time of writing, Liverpool Regionals is on the horizon. It’s a bit of a strange tournament: it’s in the pre-Burning Shadows format that we all know and love, but the Championship Points count for the new season. Because of that, it’s a great way to get ahead in the Championship Point race. During the 2016-2017 season, players with early successes could take advantage of a “snowball effect” where a quick lead in Championship Points could get you a travel stipend handed out after the first quarter of the season.

Deck Articles

Decidueye/Ninetales Deck

“The Owl and the Fox” – Decidueye/Ninetales for Worlds

Hey guys! If you’re reading this you are probably not at the World Championships right now, but you might be at home eagerly anticipating the stream and its results. The format seems to be wide open and it seems like any player with almost any deck could make it through the gauntlets of Day 1 and Day 2. One deck that I think deserves at least a bit of coverage before the event kicks off, and that’s Decidueye/Ninetales, also known as “Decidueye without Vileplume.”
Pokemon World Championships

Video: Pokémon World Championships 2017: Top 10 Decks! (Burning Shadows)

Today I have for you my personal, top ten decks for the Pokémon World Championships 2017 in Anaheim! With Burning Shadows having just been released, this certainly does make things going into Worlds very interesting since there are a few new decks featuring as well as some additions to a few old ones. If you're heading to Anaheim and wondering what to play, be sure to give it watch =] Thanks as always for watching and best of luck to those attending.
Pirate Ninetales

“Spreading the Love” – Decidueye/Ninetales Deck Analysis

Hey guys, today we’re talking about what I think is easily the coolest Pokémon from Sun and Moon, but more importantly one of the best decks in format: Decidueye/Ninetales. Decidueye/Vileplume was undisputably the most dominant deck of the pre-Guardians Rising format, especially at Australian Internationals. Since Guardians Rising it hasn’t been as popular, but the owl is still more than viable.
Gallade Octillery Deck

“A Good Top Deck” – Gallade/Octillery Analysis

Hey guys, today I’m going to go over the Gallade/Octillery deck that surprised friend and foe at Mexico City Regionals. So far the Guardians Rising format has shown again and again that intricate combos are back and here to stay in the Pokémon TCG, and this is just another example. It’s been a while since Gallade and Octillery were in the spotlight, so let’s briefly recap how these cards work again.

Strategy Articles

Typhloshion

On a Break – Introduction to Legacy

Hey guys! As has been mentioned before in a couple of different articles before, right now the interests of the Pokémon playerbase are rather divided. There’s no less than three standard formats that you could possibly want to be playtesting in right now. Either you are going to Liverpool Regionals or some other kind of pre-Burning Shadows tournament so you’re basically still playing current format..
Pokemon TCG Cheating

Why You Should Let Your Partner Cheat On You

Hey guys! Internationals is now fully behind us and for most players that means either focusing on the World Championships, or taking a well-deserved break from competitive play until the next Regional. For most Europeans, that would be the Liverpool Regional Championships at the end of July, about three weeks from the moment of writing this. During this time period, we’ll be busy covering the last few things that are there when it comes to this metagame.
Indianapolis Pokemon Intercontinental

North American Internationals Update

Hey guys! At the time of writing North American Internationals is inbetween the first two days. I’ve been keeping myself up to date through the stream (pokemon.com/live is the easiest link to remember it by) and Facebook, but I thought I’d give everyone else at home a quick recap of what’s been visisbly doing well. I don’t have a complete impression of the field since I’m not there and Pokémon’s official coverage is only listing deck types instead of showing decklists.