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Getting Ready for Expanded in Philadelphia – Rayquaza/Jolteon and Vileplume Toolbox

In this article, I take a look at two of the decks I am personally considering running for the Philadelphia Regional Championship next month, which is an Expanded event. Those two decks are M Rayquaza EX with Jolteon EX and Vileplume Toolbox.I think that Karen singlehandedly opens the door for M Rayquaza EX to enjoy a resurgence at Expanded events in the near future. Karen should significantly drive down the number of Night March players in the room.

No more drought in Arizona – Greninja BREAK and other decks from Arizona Regionals

Hey guys! We’ve been giving a lot of attention to Standard in our articles recently, so we decided to shake things up and do some more coverage of the Expanded format. About a third of all Regional Championships this season will be Expanded, and even though every other large event is going to be Standard, it is important to keep an eye on Expanded. Every Regional has the potential to hand out big prizes, after all. The next two Expanded Regionals in the US are in Philadelphia (11/05) and San Jose (12/17).

“Racing to Victory” – Everything You Need to Know About Rainbow Road!

In this article, I am going to devote the entirety of my attention to Standard format Rainbow Road, aka Xerneas BKT and the most colorful Bench in the game. I think that this deck deserves the sole spotlight both because of how powerful it is, particularly in a post-Karen world, and also because there is simply a lot to discuss regarding its construction, proper play and matchups.

“Triple Threat” – M Scizor, M Gardevoir and A Surprise Deck

Hey guys! At the moment of writing this, the collective wish of the Pokémon community has been answered: Pokémon has released the rather large amount of information we were missing about the 2017 season. Everything seems to be coherent with the leaks that were discovered last week, but there are some completely new things as well. You can find all the relevant information here as well as here.

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


“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.

Playing the Pokemon TCG on a Budget!

There's been a lot of talk recently about how Pokemon is becoming more serious, and closer to other TCGs like Magic the Gathering in the process. Over the past few years we've seen big increases in tournament attendances, regular and professional streams for some of the biggest tournaments, a shift this upcoming season to an emphasis on infrequent but larger tournaments with big cash prizes, and finally the introduction of some players even being sponsored by organisations to represent their brand.
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Watch the World Championships this Weekend!

The 2016 World Championships for the TCG, VGC, and Pokken take place this weekend (19th-21th of August) in San Francisco! With a combined prize pool of more than $500,000 across all three events, and a record number of invitees as well as the debut of Pokken, it's shaping up to be an amazing event.