All the way back in November 2010, I launched ProPokemon to try and help bring high quality Pokemon TCG content to players online. It doesn't seem that long ago, but the game has changed so much in that time! I remember playing in 16 person Regionals, City Championships in McDonalds restaurants, and the only major sources of Pokemon content online being Pokegym and SixPrizes.
A couple of weeks ago, San Jose hosted an Expanded Regional Championship, with just under 400 Masters playing the TCG in it. It feels like Standard receives the most attention online, and Expanded sits in it's shadow a lot of the time. I think that's because it feels like Expanded as a format is solved, whether Standard is new and exciting, where there's still room to innovate.
You might have heard of a small tournament that took place last weekend in London called the European Intercontinental Championships... okay you definitely have. With a lot of prize money on the line ($10,000 for 1st going down to $500 for 64th) and a huge chunk of Championship Points awarded to anyone for finishing well, it was by far the biggest tournament of the season so far, and a show of what we can expect from Pokemon over the coming season.
The second Regional Championships in Europe took place over this past weekend in Dortmund, Germany. With 303 Masters playing in it, it gives us a great opportunity to see how the Standard metagame is developing and what we can expect to do well at the first Intercontinental Championships in London in a few weeks time. We've already had some major Standard tournaments, such as the Regionals in Orlando and Liverpool.
Two major Regional Championships took place this past weekend, with Expanded in Philadelphia and Standard in Liverpool. They both broke attendance records, with 646 masters in Philadelphia (the largest for any North American tournament outside of Nationals) and 265 masters in Liverpool (higher then any European Nationals last season, and any previous UK tournament in the history of the game).
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.
Hi guys! I'm excited for this week's article, as there's so much to discuss. While nothing has been officially confirmed, we have some pretty credible ideas of some of the changes to next year's invite structure. I've also been testing the new Standard format and can share some of my thoughts on it, as well as the Xerneas/Giratina deck that has been receiving a lot of hype recently.
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.
Hi guys! The World Championships concluded this weekend, and it gives us a lot to discuss. While Night March was the most popular deck and enjoyed it's fair share of success, we saw two unusual decks rise to the top, with Mega Audino winning the Masters division and Yanmega BREAK the Seniors division. Today I'll quickly describe my own Worlds experience, look at three of the most successful decks from the World Championships, and discuss if they'll be contenders in the new Primal Clash on format.
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.
These are exciting times in the Pokemon TCG! This upcoming weekend, what will almost certainly be the largest ever World Championships is taking place in San Francisco, where new world champions for the 2015-16 season will be crowned. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, only competitors will be allowed access to the Worlds venue, but all the action will be streamed, so if you're not competing, you'll be able to keep up with the action wherever you are.
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.