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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 4, Episode 10 · 2 months ago

4-10. V-Star Power Hour

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are back and loving the new VSTAR mechanic! Come check out the newly revealed VSTAR cards, some new fire support, and hear our gripes about TCGO. A fun episode for the whole family, folks. 

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Yo, what is up, guys? Looking back to tag team, the POKEMON Trading Card Games Premiere podcasting duo. My name is Riley Hulbert, joined by my illustrious friend Mr JW Curry. Wall JW. How's it going today? It's going pretty terribly right. Oh, no, well, you know, you know idea. I almost hadto had to cancel the cast today and around ten o'clock this morning Iwas just feeling horrible. So I got my booster shot for the COVID forCovid on yesterday in the afternoon and it didn't hit me until today and soI just was like really Achy, kind of had a headache. Still havea little bit of a headache, but I took a map right after work. It took a map during my lunch break and now I'm feeling a littlebit better. So thankfully we can solve the cast. I was like weshould, maybe we should push it back, maybe we should, you know.Yeah, and you know it's bad when you're the one proposing that.I know, I know it's bad. That's tough. Yeah, I feellike it's still so jarring to hear someone respond negatively when you ask how they'redoing. You know, even if it's true, it's still jarring to hearit. I had a CO worker do that same exact thing. He's likehey, how you feel? You know how you doing today, and I'mlike horrible. He's like, Oh, that was I was not expecting that. Like yeah, even if you are doing or you don't expect me,I say that right, exactly, exactly. Well, I hope you're you continueto feel better over the coming days. Well, thank you so much.How are you doing, Riley? I'm doing well. Things are alittle bit hectic right now and the world of Riley, for sure, monthfrom to day I will have a project that is going live. So there'sjust always that. You know, there's project's been going on for a yearand a half. So there's a lot of the the prelive jitters, alot of things that are being caught last minute changes, things like that.So a lot of rumbling and grumbling, but also some anticipation and excitement thatcomes along with that as well, of course. So really excited for that. You know, a month from now ask me how I'm doing? Yeah, for sure I will. I will, but let's just get right into itthen. So today we wanted to cover some tcg oh going ons inthe future with tcg live and after the read and the car of the daywe'll talk about some of the new cards that have been revealed in the whatis the brilliant star set? Yeah, I think it's all. Yes,yeah, and the brilliant star sets. So lots of new stuff that's beenrevealed and some really exciting stuff. It's really cool. A lot of stuffgoing on right now. So, JW, you've been having a run on TCGout lately. Yeah, I've been playing a ton of expanded format andI found that there are a lot of problems with the clients, particularly inthe expanded format. Yeah, tell me about them. So there was oneair that I had the other day. Is Very minor, but I checkedmy discard pile and then I pressed done and all the cards went back butthere were still a Phantom Arrow that was up on the side. That's notit. You know I have that all the time. No, I know, but I just I guess I hadn't noticed that because I never see itin standard and I noticed it in the inexpanded and then the other one,which was really big, and if you go on my twitter you'll actually beable to see. I posted a video about it. There was one gameI was playing against a Guardivore, shadow rider, a lowland muck deck andthe kind of classic deck that you see exactly as as one does, andso I knocked out. They got a...

...muck going and I was playing likea sill be on deck, so I was really reliant on did then acrobat, you know, all the basic abilities, things like that. So I managedto knock out their muck because I got it on turn too, andthen I go to play at Dedenne on the next turn because there's nothing,nothing there. You know, there's there's no muck out. So I'm like, okay, yes, I get to use my Dednni ability, which isthe whole reason that I guessed the money up in the first place. Andthen I did that. I didn't work. So it for some reason that stillwas registering that the mock was in play and is as a pretty funnyreaction video. So is that? Have you been able to like consistently reproducethat? I haven't tried again. I suppose I could, but I haven'ttried. Yeah, I'd be wondering if there's like some random craziness going onwith like a shadow rriners ability or something or yeah, so they also hadthey also had WABBA fette. So I'm wondering if there's yeah, we're likeif Waba Fett did so weird interaction of yeah, it was very bizarre.So, anyway, that's been fun. I think we can all agree thatwe're just really excited for live to come out and, to be honest,I kind of thought we would have pokemon TCG live already. Yeah, alot of people are saying that. We thought it would kind of come withfusion strike here pre leases happening this weekend. As recording this cast. I mean, have you heard anything about what's going on or is it really justbeen complete radio signed? I think nobody know. Well, I should sayI don't know that nobody knows. I would suspect that the people that areworking on projects like the, you know, top Deck Academy, Right, becausethat was also pushed back, so presumably produce. Yeah, yeah,we don't know. Right. Again, there's no indication that those two arerelated, but you know, kind of reading between the lines, if theydon't have the product up and going and presumably they want to highlight tcg liveas soon as possible. That would be a really great avenue to do itin the yea top deck academies, which are, you know, they garnera good amount of use on Youtube. So I suspect since that got pushedback, you know, there's something to do with something to do with withthe delays in tcg live. Yeah, I would, I would agree.Maybe they found a bug with the lowland mock and needed the weight a bit. Well, that's that's a thing too. Is like they're they're only doing likeone format, right. So, yeah, a little more than oneformat. It just it's just kind of funny to me. I don't know, it's just very interesting that that they would put live like the logo andeverything on these booster packs and then, you know, I'm happy, likeif they take their time and make a good product. I'm way more happyabout that them than them rushing through a bad product, because I think thegame deserves a top tier, you know, mobile game that you know, runsmoothly and is largely bug free. I think the game deserves that.So if they can take a little bit of extra time achieve that high qualityand I'm okay with it being another you know, another month or two.Yeah, I mean we have seen gameplay footage is not final come into comingto huge for Pokmon that strung like brilliant diamond and shining par Ale, forexample. Or they change a lot of things about how the game like lookedfrom trailer to trailer. So yeah, maybe they're using some of that screenreal estate for the desktop version or making the avatars a little more hopefully,hopefully, hopefully the avatarres are placeholders, but but it's all, it's allgood. Yeah, yeah, so,...

I mean I'm excited. I forthose of you who are not aware at lately, I am a huge likea mobile game Andy, like I just love playing my mobile games now andit's always a game that I can play on my computer. Like I'll playharstone on my phone. I'll play tft on my phone, but just insteadof my computer, I'll play it on my phone. So, okay,be it that I'm like out and about or just like on my couch orsomething. So I'm really, personally, really excited. TFT is a fantasticone to just play on your phone. You know, while you're yeah,I actually tft mobile in a while. I actually played it for the firsttime in a while today with the release of the new set and they didsome nice like little quality of life things that I really are shit it.So I I like it a lot. Now harstone mobile is like quintessential likemobile game. Honestly, like they've killed that one, hopefully to be joinedby CCG live. Yeah, I just I'm so excited to be like proudof the client. You know, one thing we all are, I thinkall content creators are just really excited to be proud of the client and belike Oh yeah, show our friends right like this one. It's fine,you know, but I don't think anyone is like bending over backwards to belike hey, guys, who have to play this game? Like it looksamazing at you know, it feels amazing, like you can, you can't playit on mobile, like, you know, it's just like why?I think we're all really excited to just be proud of a product that that'sput out some yeah, and I think that's a huge gateway tool, isto have a mobile client. Like you know, there's a lot of peoplewho maybe will start on mobile and get more interested in either download the thefull client on desktop or, you know, pick up some real cars and playin person. It's just a it's a huge like gateway mechanism to agame right now on, I think. I think too. Yeah, youlook at well, why mobile, you know, why does it have tobe mobile? Because everyone has a phone, but not everyone has, you know, even a working laptop. Like for probably about four or five yearsI had this like five or six year old Mac book that just could barelydo anything. Like it would yeah, ten minutes to load. I'm youknow, I could play TCG on it, but it was just such a miserableexperience. But you know, people get new phones like every couple years. You know, those things can run pretty fast and so, yeah,anyway, why Mobile? I think that's certainly a big aspect of it.Is like not everyone has a laptop, everyone has a has a phone.Yeah, I think that's fair. Anyway, for the listeners out there, doyou have any inklings of when we might might see this new development ontcg live or really just know no idea at the moment. I hope,man, I hope. I have to think that anyone that worked on thattopic, Academy Project, probably knows something, but we don't. It's all wehave wide yeah, yeah, but we didn't work on topic academy.So Hey, next time. That's right. Hey, listen, if there's anypokemon affiliated employee listening to tag team, that we'd also love. Like oneof the celebrations, glass and case, things like that would be great.I would share. I would share with you. Yeah, I woulddo that. Yeah, you get like the little left half of it.I get there, one of the like half the car, just put downthe middle. Yeah, that'd be funny and one one side says tag andthe other ones his team. Yeah, I think that's I think that's cooland good. We should do that. WOULD YOU BE? Would you betag or would you be team? I think I'd be tag. We don'tfeel like more of a tag guy. That's yeah, that's her. Imean. I would you prefer tag? Is that? Hmm? I'll taketeam. Okay, you'll take team, for grudgingly. I'll take team nice. So, before we get into some...

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...team Gx when that was in vogueto be able to very efficiently use gx attacks. And it can really justbe used with any sort of psychic pokemon that has a colorist cost in it. You know, it's just really good stadium. You know, mew Uv Max would certainly enjoy using dimension value and expanded if it's not using skyfield, for sure. So really powerful stadium. Format Defining Stadium also certainlyappears in night march, so you can't ignore it. And we're going totalk now about a new stadium that has a somewhat similar effect but also,yeah, equally different. It's just very interesting, right, because you havethings like dimension value and then later thunder mountain, right, which both kindof filled very similar niches of reducing the energy cost for specific types, yeah, of Pokemon, and these were extremely playable cars throughout their entire lifetime.Like there wasn't a time from when dimension value or thunder mountain were released thatthey didn't see play in, you know, a tier two or tier one deck. And so we're getting a new stadium that's very similar to that justannounced today, just announced this morning, and that is magma basin. Somagua basin one. During each player's turn, that player may attach one fire energyfrom their discard pile to one of the bench fire Pokemon. If theydo this, they put too damage counters on that Pokemon, but, aswe'll see it just a second, there're a couple of fire pokemon that werereleased that actually take advantage of those two damage counters. Yeah, I meanthis card is ridiculously good. I mean I feel like people aren't talking enough. How of certainly strong this card is. I mean, first off, wealready kind of hit on this, but having direct acceleration on the stadiumis basically unheard of. If there's an example at least jw and I weren'taware of it and couldn't find it, so feel free to prove US wrong. But that's powerful in of itself. You also the damage counters. Reallyactually synergizes with a lot of these fire pokemon that they're releasing. So clearlylike some some canned kind of combos there. Plus, I feel like the interestingthing that compares like Magna basin versus some of these other like energy affectingstadiums. So if you contrast magna based into dimension value or thunder mountain,they have a guaranteed like this can only affect when you're attacking right. Itdoesn't really matter for everything else on the bench, whereas for Magma Basin,like theoretically you could use to magna basin in a turn, like you couldaccelerate more energy, you could discard it and play doing right. Yeah,that would be pretty difficult, right, because right, look at you knowwhat I'm getting like it's inherently like a very different effect. Sure, sure, so. I think it's a really cool car. It's really exciting.I love to see powerful stadiums. I think stadium wars are really interesting.When when all the different decks have like a stadium that they're trying to getinto, play less interesting when dextrets playing like equivalents, like blank stadiums to, you know, get rid of it, you know, just yea. Sowell, yeah, just a month path of the peak. Yeah,you said like Chaotox, well as the obvious example of like a blank stadium, but there are plenty of formats where decks will just play a stadium becausethey have to, not because it's anything interesting, right. So I hopethis sets a precedent for more incredibly powerful stadiums. I think this is oneof the most powerful stadiums we've seen in a while in terms of in termsof power output, and the synergy with the cars is phenomenal. Yeah,absolutely, I'm really looking forward to that one. Let's talk a little bitabout some of the Pokemon that synergize with it. So we have a Multrisfor one energy wing inferno does twenty damage and says if this pokemon is alreadydamaged, already has damage counters on it,...

...then increase this damage by s.You can do ninety for one. Not Mind blowing but certainly certainly pretty, you know, relevant if you're playing something like Decidu I, for example. We also have a couple of CHARS ARDS, a couple of new charsarts. It's so funny to me because it seems like we're getting a charsARD every other set. It we really are. It's kind of it's kindof freaky because you know that we're going to get, you know, achars ardv star, and then we're probably going to get a shiny chars Ardvstarat something. Of course they are right, and then they'll print like a charsARV are. They'll print a promo chars ardv that's different than the regularchars ARDV. It's just there's so many things that they're going to do withthese chars ards and it just seems like every other set we get something new. But chars RDV that was just released today has two attacks. Burned downninety damage before dealing damage. Discard any POKEMON tools attached to your opponents ackthe POKEMON. So cute little effect there. And then heat blast for for energy, fire, firefire, colorless. Those a vanilla one hundred and eighty. You evolve that into the chars ARD v Star with debtontting fire as thefirst attack. Firefar colorless, one hundred and thirty damage. Plus if thispokemon has any damage counters on it, this attack does a hundred more damage. So you're seeing a little bit of a theme there with these fire Pokemon, multrace and now chars Ar v Star, both doing additional damage if they havedamage counters on them, which again syndergizes very well with that stadium.And then The v Star Power, Star blaze for three fires in a colorlessthree hundred and twenty damage and discard to energy from the spokemon. So justa super solid v Star power going to be able to in most cases knockout any, you know, v Max Pokemon, your opponent I have,and certainly knock out any V star Pokemon, the your oponent I haven't play.Yeah, I mean charters are V star seeing is really decent. Iwas a little underwhelmed my first read it, but the more I think about it, you know, between the synergy of the ability or at the stadiumsorry, I also read The v Star before the stadium, so the firstattack didn't really seem very good to me. Between the synergy with the stadium andthe one hit Ko option on Vmax, I mean this card seems pretty viableat the least. And you know, chars ARD people are are loving thatright now, so that's really exciting. We also get our you know,we had kind of presumed that v Star powers would include attacks and wesee that now in full effect because chars are v Star does have a vStar attack, which is also really cool. I do want to call out that. I think one of the the use cases of the Multris here isa it's sets up the the Charz ards first attack to do ninety P thirtyfor a knockout and it kind of gives you like a quote unquote free turnof attaching to the chars art, because the multus takes one energy. Soyou stadium to the Multras and attached for turn to the chars ARD, whichmeans that next turn you can stadium attached to the chars are to get thatthree energy cost like s very effectively. On Tempo. Sure, so thetempo this deck is just seems really, really good as long as you canget those energies in the discard. And, yeah, and and getting the stadiumsout, which can be kind of tough. Right. Think about youknow, obviously about stadiums, is that you are potentially going to discard some. Yeah, only able to play, for we haven't seen anything in releasethat can help, you know, mitigate like how many stadiums you discard?Right, we don't have any kind of recycling of stadiums at this point inour current block of cards that have been released. So, you know,relying solely on stadiums. It's true. Is is kind of it's hidden missedright, because the stadium is so good,...

...like we don't want to understate thatstadium is so good, but if you miss it early, you're goingto be in some trouble. Sure, but you could also say you canmiss your welders early. And while the decks were a huge part of theforehat well, but you also had, you know, poke a gear andbetter draw for those. Yeah, we other than play poke here, though. Right. Well, that I mean they played like one or two,maybe not really, not everyone at least. Well, Oh, well, youknow I did right. Yeah, Stevy, sir, I'm just sayingI like the Combo that's being built here. I like they come with the multrasfinished the finish of vmas off with the chars are, and you know, the chars are has two hundred and eighty hit points. Just got afair amount on it as well, and it trades pretty favorably into v Maxis. You know, the RCS was a little shakier, I think,because it was unclear kind of how it would get powered up, although wesee a more obvious path for that now and we'll talk about that. Butthe chars are like a very straightforward you know, I'm going to come inand hit Your v Max for a lot of damage and I'm going to winthe game. Yeah, kind of a beatstick deck, as we would kindof expect of it from the fire types. So let's talk a little bit moreabout some of the other support. We have another card, kindler,for fire. Discard a fire energy from your hand in order to use thiscard and look at the top seven cards were deck. Choose any cards youfind there and put them into your hand, then shuffle the other cards back intoyour deck. So kindler is kind of cool again because you could,you know, discard energy, right, which we want to do for theMagma Basin, but I don't know that it's appreciably better than something like professor'sresearch. Right. Yeah, especially because you're only looking at the top sevenright. So I definitely think they're you know, there's an argument there ifit's like the top ten cards, of the top twelve cards, but thetop seven cards, I mean you might as well just draw into them.Yeah, most I mean the argument that I'm sure, especially like newer playerswill make, though, I can preserve my stadiums that I have in myhand or whatever, because I have the kidler and not the research. Butresearch just let's you see so many more cards and it also thins your deckout and it's gets more fires potentially into the discard pile than just the one. So I now granted. I think kindler will be in format after researchrotates. Question of Mark. Is Research in like the the F block?The legality, I'm not entirely sure of the legality of research. Yeah,that stuff gets kind of confusing. So potentially, like if kindler's in farmountain, research isn't. Maybe it's one of the better support cards for fire, but I think on print. It won't really find much of a placeanywhere. Yeah, certainly not over research, but I mean potentially in addition tobut yeah, certainly not in or maybe it finds its place in likesome alternative strategy. Right, you don't want to dis card anything really,right. Absolutely. So, to kind of Combo with the ARCS V andB star that we saw released last week, we have a couple of colorless supportcards. So, Riley, why don't you talk a little bit aboutDouble Turbo Energy and Sharon's care? Yeah, I'll start with Sharon's care. Soif you're a fan of ACE Rolla, you're in luck because we have anew version of ACE Rolla called Sharon's care. So choose one of yourcolorless pokemon with any damage counters on it, and you get to return that card, alongside all touched cards to it, into your hand. So literally aworse version of a Sorolla. It is a Sir Roll of that restrictedto colost Pokemon, which goes to show like how powerful as Rollo was,given that you generally cards are more powerful now than they were at that time, and this is objectively worse. There's...

...some obvious like synergies there ourcs vStar comes to mind. Of course, you also have, you know,maybe Toga Kiss. I've seen some some light discussion, primarily started by Sander, about, you know, maybe playing with the gredient that has crunch anddoing some kind of energy denial strategies. So people are brewined. You know, once you see a card like this that has that very low penalty kindof healing, it always kind of peaks people's interests. And this card,synergize, is really well with the the next card will be talking about thedouble turbo energy. So Double Turbo Energy provides too colorless energy. There isa drawback to it and that is the attacks the POKEMON. This car isattached to you to twenty less damage to the opponent's active so I mean immediatelythis springs out as a good card. This is foremost intense and purposes asgood as double colorless energy for a lot of decks that would consider playing it. You know, you have like your Toga Kiss would still be like threehitk owing or more most things you have. Ourcs v Star has the two hundreddamage going down to one hundred and eighty is like not super relevant interms of the math. there. You know, you're still knocking out crowbats and two hit caoing pretty much everything else, and it's just an obviouslike Combo starter with things like the glary and rapid dash where you can easilyput a pokemon down to a hundred hit points because it's not affected, it'snot damage. So I mean it's a cool card. I think the drawbackis maybe not as impactful as maybe they were going for, because it's italmost feels like you might as well just printed double colorless and then I canplay the double colors I already owned. But they need you to buy thenew stuff. Yeah, they need you to buy the new stuff. WhatI will say is I could have like twelve DCE equivalents. Is You can, I want to twin and double colorless and double turbo. Yeah, yeah, if you couple counter energies to be safe, to make sure you don'trun out, it's sure. Yeah, I mean it's cool. Yeah,like you said, there's some maybe use cases for I don't know why youwould ever necessarily need to include more double colorless since we have all those optionsin the expanded format, but it's something that it at least shows that they'retaking some care with not just blindly printing double colorless, which a lot ofplayers in the past I've kind of seen as pretty, I wouldn't say apretty major issue, but like certainly format defining in a lot of different metagames. And so it definitely shows that there's some care being taken. And youknow the twenty whether or not that really matters hard to really say. Itdoesn't appear on its face to be doing a whole lot, but it's atleast some kind of drawback for the Turbo Energy. So yeah, I meansomething we're trying to I feel like maybe slightly missed the mark, but that'sokay. Yeah, they're trying, which is something more than we could saywhen we got double Carlos for ten years straight. Yeah, absolutely. Sowe have a couple more cards that were released, leafyon and Glacion vmax.I don't want to go over the basics, but start talk about, excuse me, The v Stars. Yes, exactly. So leafyon V star.Don't necessarily need to go over the basics. You can check those out on polka guardian or poke a beach, wherever you get your news. Butleaf he on V star has a leaf guard attack for grass grass colorless.Hundred Eighty damage. During your opponent's next turn. This pokemon takes thirty lessdamage from attacks. And then the ability is probably where this card shines.The ability is essentially a boss's order. So during your turning base which onewe opponents bench with their active so super...

...nice ability for the leafy on Vstar. I think I immediately see it being played in something like a toolboxstyle deck, something like Syl Beon vmax that may already play a leafy onand then you just slot a leafy on v Star and all of a suddenyou have a searchable gust. I would be kind of my immediate thought.I don't know that it necessarily goes into the leafy on v Max deck,although it seems like a decent option for it. I feel like you findits all include it doesn't. Well, but you have. You already have. You should have pretty you know, strong access to boss's orders, tothe the INTELLI onlines. But no matter. So leaf you on. We startinteresting pokemon and then glacion fe s are ice skill shot is the firstattack. So hundred and eighty damage during the opponent's next turn. The defendingpokemon can't retreat, and that's for water water colorless, and the second attackthe be star power water water colorless. Two hundred and twenty damage during youropponent's next turn, prevent all damage and effects of attacks done to this pokemon. So that to me seems very interesting because I think it just one welltimed crystal star attack could really change the outcome of the game. Yeah,I don't really like the glacier on, to be honest. You don't likethe glacier on? I don't know. That seems like one of the oneof the stronger these star powers. I don't know, I don't really likeattacks like that because there's easy to like gust around or something. You canguess around it, escape ropes and format now to yeah, you know,if, maybe, if we only have boss and an escape rope, butnow you can even do like you now you can do the classic like escapeRope, then boss play, which feels really bad. Yeah, and Inot a huge fan of glacier on plus. Like I feel like the it doesn'treally have a lot going for it. Otherwise, sure, yeah, maybeI'm wrong, though I'd be happy to recruit. No, it's not. I mean it's not a super strong. Like yeah, I mean I thinkI think it's obvious to at least from our tone here, that theleafyonic Glaci yard are more underwhelming than like the chars art and arcs or archus. And granted they are like box promos, so I guess that kind of trackshistorically dumb. I actually think they'll. Leafyon has a kind of a placemaybe in some decks. It just I feel like you already have tobe playing a leafyon for some reason to want the be star. So likestill be on is a good example, where like, yeah, I'm playinga leafyon and I as well play Lef you on V star, because otherwiseyou might as well play. If you're looking for a stage, one thatcan gust, you might as well play I'm Bryan. It's dead. Soneeds you need a reason to be playing the leafy on specifically right? Forsure. Sure, yeah, that's a good point because, yeah, wealready have that kind of effect on in of all POKEMON. The the otheryou know, difference there would just be that I'Mbriyon, you have to useit kind of on on demand on the evolve right and then leafyon, youcan have it. They're waiting in the wings. But yeah, like yousaid, I mean you're probably better off, you know, finding some other vStar power and using that. Yeah, I I'm definitely interested to see kindof where they keep going with the star powers. It seems like we'reseeing a lot of very different things and a lot of different power levels dependingon like the kinds of decks that you're playing. So I'm just really curiousto see where they keep going with these because, you know, we're seeingcrazy things like like RCS is and then like more underwhelming things like Lefon andglecions. Yeah, absolutely. So who knows. I mean that's that's theexciting thing about these new mechanics. This is definitely a much more exciting mechanicto me than then v Max has.

Oh, definitely, the Max's werepretty underwhelming on the whole. Yeah, because you just have, you know, black against Brown and they just, you know, like, I mean, I've been saying that yellow a year now. Green's yeah, for sure, for sure, and it's a sentiment that that I definitely echo. It'sjust kind of, I don't want to say lazy design, because certainly theythought, you know, I would at least hope that the game designers werelike, you know, this would be kind of cool to showcase these justreally heavy pokemon. But I do love the reversion back to a two prizemetagame because that just makes games last longer and presumably will allow for more decisionmaking in games and thus better, better outcomes for more skilled players. Yeah, I mean this. The stars have a couple of things that Harken backto like early gx is that I really enjoyed. Those are some, probablysome of my favorite modern eras of the game, was the early gx era. First is just like The v Star Power Mechanic and of itself obviously Harkensback to Gx's and I love like the thoughtfulness that comes with that. Whatyou both in deck building and in like Gameplay. And these are like twoprizes, so you get those inherently like longer games, as you have thesetwo prizers that are two hit kohing each other with the occasional one hit Ko, as opposed to three hit three prizers that your game is over in acouple turns. So that both of those things are really exciting to me.You know, I'll be curious to see if the Max has can even hangif the stars become prominent. One other thing that I should bring up isthat people have been comparing them to level x's, and I think there issome comparison that you can make in that all of the Pokemon that have gottena v Star so far have also had a level x. So they don'treally, in my opinion, you know, have anything else beyond that. Butperhaps it is kind of a Harken back to the level X my Byerspol. That question is like, is that an intentional reference to L X's,or is it just like we're in kind of a diamond and Pearl theme erawith Really Diamond Shining Pearl and, like I like, these are the DiamondPearl Pokemon. I likes leafy on are just the the poster boys for that. Yeah, maybe, so that's buyers of that's to that thought for UCESS. Just just something to think about. Maybe if we, like, don'tget a single V star that wasn't a level X, then I'll buy it. Okay, I'll hold you too. You can only do that either.You know. I'm sure there's like maybe some amount of intentionality, but Ithink it's also just like these are the popular Jen for Pokmon, or sofor sure, for sure. So I'm at least excited for the direction thegame is going with the V stars. I think it'll be a really excitingset to return to irl play with, with the brilliant star set. So, you know, got a whole new mechanic, your people are fresh,ready to play again, new ideas. It's going to be a fun time, I think. What regionals are you planning on going to? Riley?I haven't decided yet because I want to see what project I get staffed tunenext to. Okay, help in form where I'm going to travel, butokay, I think I'm going to a heap like that regardless. Okay,yeah, yeah, I was I was going to ask, like, doyou feel like you have, you know, two or three that you're kind ofdead set on going to? Not Necessarily, like obviously I'll be atthe Milwaukee one. I'll be an internet and Columbus, for sure. Iwant to stay at my place, potentially. Man, potentially, what do youmean? Potentially, Bro I mean likely, it depends what. Itdepends if I want to hang out with an OM pokemont of friend like prior. Oh, okay, yeah, that's fair. I'm otherwise, like Idon't have super strong feelings. I don't...

...think I want to go to theHound in Florida, just unlike covid grounds. Yeah, okay, it's for biodsafety and well being. Otherwise I think they're all fair game. Yeah, that's awesome. So how about you? Well, I'm I'd love to goto as many as I can, but I mean you'll baby baby inApril. Yeah, babies do in April. So probably will not be going toany of the ones in March. Now, never say never, neversay never. On the ones in March, I could probably possibly make the SaltLake City one, but I'm not too worried about you know, certainlypoints. I mean I only really be going for the cloud because I alreadyhave four hundred fifty points or something like that. So yeah, salt likecities a possibility, I think. Florida again, just the timing for meis like probably don't want to leave for a weekend that close to potential deliverydate. And then we have Indianapolis has a certainly on the radar as it'sonly about a three hour drive from Columbus, so certainly very easy to get thereand back in a couple of days. And then I'd love to go toMilwaukee. Obviously Columbus is going to be you know, I could bikethere. That's how all, which is a perk. And then, let'ssee, there's, yeah, there's there's a few other that I have myeye on, but I wouldn't expect. You know, I'd love to goto places like Seattle. Yeah, you know, I'd love to go toFlorida, but I just think, like or where I am right now,it's probably not going to be, not going to be possible to go toall the ones that I want to go to, and I think that's fair. Sometimes life comes first. Oh, a hundred percent. Yeah, mymy little baby is gonna, you know, be be my top partyer. Wegot a future pokemon champion. Well, that's true. That's true. Igot to raise them up right. I have an investment. I mean, listen, if Iro play is anything like it was before pandemic, thejuniors just farm packs, just show up and they get a handful of packs. So, yeah, we get that. Get my boy in there, maybelike three years old, maybe like the youngest pokemon player ever, liketwo. Has got to get him in there as soon as a cat.That's right. I don't know if there's a there's a lowest age limit,but I will get hast. Well, I don't know. Is it likejunior's? Is just, you know what, like our last ye some s fromyoung like that. Of surely there's a minimum, but tell me whatit is. I don't know. Six. That's without eve. I guess issix. Yeah, we'll see. We'll see. Maybe we make wemake our own it. Am I guess he's sex is just like crawling.You can't speak, can't hold a card. Six. Yeah, well, JW. If our fans and listeners out there want to check in on theregionals that we're going to, what would be the best way to get ahold of us? Go to twitter, twittercom Real John Walter, for myself, at Real John Walter, and then at smiles with rials for Riley.We are also on twitter with our with the PODCAST, at tag team Pokemon, and you can also, you know, hop in my discord. That's agreat place to chat about all this, all this happenings, so check thatout as well. You can find that on my on my twitter page. Yeah, absolutely awesome. And if you want to listen to tag teamrecorded live every single week, you can do that at Tish Dot TV,monner or twitch t dot TV. Flex daddy righteous JW also streams and FlexDaddy righteous with some awesome content on Mondays and Fridays. Yeah, it's agreat time. Definitely be sure to hang...

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