Premium Articles

Ho-oh

“Burning Bugs” – Taking a Look at Ho-oh/Salazzle and Golisopod/Garbodor

Hey guys! So last weekend was the first Regional Championship in Europe with the most recent Standard ruleset in effect, and the playerbase got a pretty good look at what the greatest minds in the game were willing to bring in this format if there is real money on the line. Unsurprisingly, the star Pokémon of the weekend all have their name start with a G: Garbodor, Gardevoir, and Golisopod.
Kiawe Turtonator

“Expanding on Expanded” – The Best Performing Decks From Fort Wayne Regionals!

In this article, I take a look at the top 8 decks from the Fort Wayne Expanded Regional that took place a few weeks ago. There is another Expanded Regional in October, plus there are Expanded Cups in many places as well, so I figured it would be useful to review the decks that are bound to significantly influence events in this format in the near-future. Pokemon.com has conveniently just posted the top 8 lists.
Gardevoir

“How to Survive the Rotation” – Musings on the New Standard Format

Hey guys! Fort Wayne kicked off the first Regional of the season for a lot of players, and in the process it took away a bit of focus from the Standard format. But now it's over and the proper hunt for strong Standard decks can begin. Now, deck builders will not just have to cope with the results of the World Championships but also the loss of a full year's worth of sets that eliminates not only a good number of archetypes but also a couple of important staples.
Marshadow

“Back to Expanded” – Night March and Turbo Darkrai

In this article I take a look at two familiar decks in Expanded that have gotten some enhancements since the last Expanded Regional of the 2016-17 season: Night March and Turbo Darkrai. Note that the Japanese event was XY-on and that is why you don’t see an ACE SPEC. I would probably cut the Escape Rope or the Choice Band for either Computer Search or Dowsing Machine...

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.