Premium Articles

“The Pro Play Bible” – Doing Everything You Can To Win

Hey everyone! It's now been three straight weeks of Expanded deck analyses and I think it's time for something a little different. Today's article is going to be a catch-all article on things you can do to win at tournaments of all kinds: local, regional, international, small, big, before, during and after playing. It's meant to be a bit of a handbook on things a good player should do if they're looking to maximize their % of W's.

Exploring Expanded Further – Zoroark, Golisopod and Trevenant!

In this article I address another round of Expanded decks that have been receiving hype and success recently on social media and at Expanded events in the lead-up to the Expanded Dallas Regionals. These are Zoroark GX/Seismitoad EX, Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX and Trevenant. This deck is like a modern spin on the infamous Seismitoad EX/Slurpuff PHF deck that performed well during the first half of the 2014-15 season, back when we still had Lysandre’s Trump Card.

“Expanding Zoroark” – Zoroark Variant Analysis and the re-return of Gyarados?

Hey guys! The upcoming US Regionals in Dallas is Expanded, which means articles will be focusing on exactly that format for a bit. Last week Alex covered Night March and its counters pretty elaborately, so this week I'm going to cover the other most dominant card in Expanded: Zoroark. Alex covered Zoroark a while back, mostly focused on the decks it was in for San Jose. I'm going to go over the basics of Expanded (instead of Standard) Zoroark real quick as well as the way the game has shaped around it, how I think players will go about beating it and I've got a variant of Zoroark of my own that I think has a lot of potential.

Night March: Why it Continues to Dominate and Possible Answers to It

Night March has been with us for years now -- over three full calendar years -- and it has always been competitive, if not absolutely format-warping. For stretches of time, Night March has indeed been the clear best deck in a given format. Right now is one such time and this cannot be argued. You have to accept the truth once the truth becomes clear, and it is clear that Night March is peerless in Expanded at the moment. Night March is the best deck for many reasons, all of which you need to comprehend before you attend an Expanded event.

Deck Articles


“Fun to play…but only for you” – Heatmor/Raichu/Victini Analysis

Last weekend I was at a Standard League Cup having a good time, when I saw someone next to me who didn't seem to be having one. The reason for this was because he was unable to attack every turn while his opponent was getting back things from the discard pile. Wondering if he managed to sneak a Sableye/Garbodor deck into a Standard event, I looked at what was across the field, but the colors on the field just didn't match the usual dark and psychic that you'd see with Sableye/Garbodor. Instead, there was a bunch of red and yellow...
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.”
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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.
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“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.

Strategy Articles


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..
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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.