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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey everyone, Today we'll be reviewing what I believe to be are the top ten decks for this years Pokémon World Championships! If you are attending San Francisco this year for the event or just want an idea as to what decks will most likely be featuring, then be sure to give it a watch =] Also I now have a Facebook, be sure to follow me on there if you want to keep more up to date with the channel
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.
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!
Hi everyone, today we'll be reviewing what we believe to be are the Top 10 decks for Nationals this coming weekend. Here in the UK, we'll be using the XY through to Generations format and our Top 10 decks have been taken from recent results in the UK and US, as well as across Europe.
Fates Collide's street release date is just a few days away, and I'm sure a lot of you have already played in pre-releases for it. While the set itself won't be legal for another three weeks, now is a great time to start testing with those new cards, to figure out the strongest decks for upcoming tournaments such as the US Nationals and World Championships.
Week one of State Championships kicked off last weekend, with fourteen different events across the US taking place, using the new Standard format with Breakpoint and Generations both legal. Below are the top five decks from week one, based on the number of total Championship points that each one won. The results are taken from the Charizard Lounge's page, so thanks to them!
City Championships are fully underway in North America, and they'll be starting soon in most other countries around the World. In this article, I'm going to look over the main talking points from the results so far, which were collected by the Charizard Lounge. Yveltal's ability to stay relevant in Standard no matter what had seemed to fizzle out more recently, as decks like Night March and M Manectric became too much for it to handle, but it's back and as good as ever again.