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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.

“The Best and the Rest” – Top Performing Decks in San Jose!

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.
Pokemon City

Results and Metagame Analysis from Dortmund Regionals!

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.
Yveltal

“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.
Greninja

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.
Pokemon Worlds

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.
Joltik

Video – Top 10 Decks: Pokemon World Championships 2016!

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

Watch the US National Championships this Weekend!

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.
Genesect

The Talking Points from National Championships this Weekend!

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!