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Vileplume

With Steam Siege Here, What’s The Play For Standard?

You might have heard, but there's a pretty good deck going around at the moment called Night March. It dominated US Nationals and also won the tournament, it doesn't have to worry about Karen anymore, and thanks to Pokemon Ranger from Steam Siege it can easily brush aside Seismitoad EX, Giratina EX, Jolteon EX, and so on. In this article we're going to talk about the current Standard format with Steam Siege, which will be playable for some League Challenges as well as the World Championships.
Pokemon Stadium

“Race Against the Clock” – Time Management in Competitive Pokémon

Hello everyone! What a time to be alive, eh? The World Championships are only weeks away, and even those trainers not participating will surely be eager to tune into one of the many streams that Pokémon surely will be hosting so that everyone can enjoy it, even from the greatest distances. Until then, we’re in a bit of a lull, with no competitive action until then. A great time to talk about something timeless that is always applicable to competitive Pokémon: indeed, we’re going to talk about how to play the clock.
Gardevoir

“Looking Forward” – Steam Siege Set Review

In this article, I am going to take a look at Steam Siege and offer my thoughts on the standout cards from the set. Most of my analysis will relate to how these cards affect the current XY-on Standard format, although I will also comment on how they may fare in next year’s Standard or Expanded formats on occasion. To start, I want to look at the cards that I think you are most likely to see at Worlds and beyond – in other words, the major players.
Pokemon City

Recapping US Nationals, Rotations, Steam Siege, and Looking Forward to Worlds!

The biggest tournament of the year, the US National Championships, took place last weekend. From an outsider's perspective, it looked like a crazy event to be part of. There was talk of the player cap for Masters being reached and some players being turned away from registering at the venue to play, while the production quality of the stream was significantly improved, with cool new features like prize cams (to show what cards both players have prized), and the ability to replay certain moments from the games.

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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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Pokemon US National Championships

Watch the US National Championships this Weekend!

The US National Championships, the largest Pokemon competition of the season, take place this Friday through to Sunday. As well as the VGC and Pokken, Pokemon will be live streaming TCG action across all three days, where you can see the 1000+ TCG players fight it out for the chance to become national champion! There's a strong line up for the commentators, with the confirmed names for the TCG as Kyle Sabelhaus, Kyle Sucevich, Kenny Wisdom, Josue Rojano and Josh Wittenkeller.
Genesect

The Talking Points from National Championships this Weekend!

National Championships have taken place in New Zealand, Italy, Argentina and the Czech Republic this weekend. All have been Standard with Fates Collide legal, and so provide useful information for anyone still waiting to play their Nationals... and there are a lot of major ones still to come. Rather than discussing everything to do with each of those tournaments, I'm going to look at some of the more interesting talking points!