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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 4, Episode 10 · 6 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 had to had to cancel the cast today and around ten o'clock this morning I was just feeling horrible. So I got my booster shot for the COVID for Covid on yesterday in the afternoon and it didn't hit me until today and so I just was like really Achy, kind of had a headache. Still have a 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 little bit better. So thankfully we can solve the cast. I was like we should, 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 feel like it's still so jarring to hear someone respond negatively when you ask how they're doing. You know, even if it's true, it's still jarring to hear it. I had a CO worker do that same exact thing. He's like hey, how you feel? You know how you doing today, and I'm like 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 continue to feel better over the coming days. Well, thank you so much. How are you doing, Riley? I'm doing well. Things are a little bit hectic right now and the world of Riley, for sure, month from to day I will have a project that is going live. So there's just always that. You know, there's project's been going on for a year and a half. So there's a lot of the the prelive jitters, a lot 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 that comes 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 it then. So today we wanted to cover some tcg oh going ons in the future with tcg live and after the read and the car of the day we'll talk about some of the new cards that have been revealed in the what is the brilliant star set? Yeah, I think it's all. Yes, yeah, and the brilliant star sets. So lots of new stuff that's been revealed and some really exciting stuff. It's really cool. A lot of stuff going on right now. So, JW, you've been having a run on TCG out lately. Yeah, I've been playing a ton of expanded format and I found that there are a lot of problems with the clients, particularly in the expanded format. Yeah, tell me about them. So there was one air that I had the other day. Is Very minor, but I checked my discard pile and then I pressed done and all the cards went back but there were still a Phantom Arrow that was up on the side. That's not it. 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 it in 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 be able to see. I posted a video about it. There was one game I was playing against a Guardivore, shadow rider, a lowland muck deck and the kind of classic deck that you see exactly as as one does, and so I knocked out. They got a...

...muck going and I was playing like a sill be on deck, so I was really reliant on did then acrobat, you know, all the basic abilities, things like that. So I managed to knock out their muck because I got it on turn too, and then 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 is the whole reason that I guessed the money up in the first place. And then I did that. I didn't work. So it for some reason that still was registering that the mock was in play and is as a pretty funny reaction video. So is that? Have you been able to like consistently reproduce that? I haven't tried again. I suppose I could, but I haven't tried. Yeah, I'd be wondering if there's like some random craziness going on with like a shadow rriners ability or something or yeah, so they also had they also had WABBA fette. So I'm wondering if there's yeah, we're like if Waba Fett did so weird interaction of yeah, it was very bizarre. So, anyway, that's been fun. I think we can all agree that we'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, a lot of people are saying that. We thought it would kind of come with fusion 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 just been complete radio signed? I think nobody know. Well, I should say I don't know that nobody knows. I would suspect that the people that are working on projects like the, you know, top Deck Academy, Right, because that was also pushed back, so presumably produce. Yeah, yeah, we don't know. Right. Again, there's no indication that those two are related, but you know, kind of reading between the lines, if they don't have the product up and going and presumably they want to highlight tcg live as soon as possible. That would be a really great avenue to do it in the yea top deck academies, which are, you know, they garner a good amount of use on Youtube. So I suspect since that got pushed back, you know, there's something to do with something to do with with the 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 like one format, right. So, yeah, a little more than one format. 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 and everything on these booster packs and then, you know, I'm happy, like if they take their time and make a good product. I'm way more happy about that them than them rushing through a bad product, because I think the game deserves a top tier, you know, mobile game that you know, run smoothly 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 quality and 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 coming to huge for Pokmon that strung like brilliant diamond and shining par Ale, for example. Or they change a lot of things about how the game like looked from trailer to trailer. So yeah, maybe they're using some of that screen real 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 all good. Yeah, yeah, so,...

I mean I'm excited. I for those of you who are not aware at lately, I am a huge like a mobile game Andy, like I just love playing my mobile games now and it's always a game that I can play on my computer. Like I'll play harstone on my phone. I'll play tft on my phone, but just instead of 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 or something. So I'm really, personally, really excited. TFT is a fantastic one 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 first time in a while today with the release of the new set and they did some 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 like mobile game. Honestly, like they've killed that one, hopefully to be joined by CCG live. Yeah, I just I'm so excited to be like proud of the client. You know, one thing we all are, I think all content creators are just really excited to be proud of the client and be like 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 be like hey, guys, who have to play this game? Like it looks amazing at you know, it feels amazing, like you can, you can't play it 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's put out some yeah, and I think that's a huge gateway tool, is to have a mobile client. Like you know, there's a lot of people who maybe will start on mobile and get more interested in either download the the full client on desktop or, you know, pick up some real cars and play in person. It's just a it's a huge like gateway mechanism to a game right now on, I think. I think too. Yeah, you look at well, why mobile, you know, why does it have to be mobile? Because everyone has a phone, but not everyone has, you know, even a working laptop. Like for probably about four or five years I had this like five or six year old Mac book that just could barely do anything. Like it would yeah, ten minutes to load. I'm you know, I could play TCG on it, but it was just such a miserable experience. 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, do you have any inklings of when we might might see this new development on tcg live or really just know no idea at the moment. I hope, man, I hope. I have to think that anyone that worked on that topic, Academy Project, probably knows something, but we don't. It's all we have wide yeah, yeah, but we didn't work on topic academy. So Hey, next time. That's right. Hey, listen, if there's any pokemon affiliated employee listening to tag team, that we'd also love. Like one of the celebrations, glass and case, things like that would be great. I would share. I would share with you. Yeah, I would do that. Yeah, you get like the little left half of it. I get there, one of the like half the car, just put down the middle. Yeah, that'd be funny and one one side says tag and the other ones his team. Yeah, I think that's I think that's cool and good. We should do that. WOULD YOU BE? Would you be tag or would you be team? I think I'd be tag. We don't feel like more of a tag guy. That's yeah, that's her. I mean. I would you prefer tag? Is that? Hmm? I'll take team. 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 vogue to be able to very efficiently use gx attacks. And it can really just be 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 U v Max would certainly enjoy using dimension value and expanded if it's not using sky field, for sure. So really powerful stadium. Format Defining Stadium also certainly appears in night march, so you can't ignore it. And we're going to talk now about a new stadium that has a somewhat similar effect but also, yeah, equally different. It's just very interesting, right, because you have things like dimension value and then later thunder mountain, right, which both kind of 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 that they 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 just announced today, just announced this morning, and that is magma basin. So magua basin one. During each player's turn, that player may attach one fire energy from their discard pile to one of the bench fire Pokemon. If they do this, they put too damage counters on that Pokemon, but, as we'll see it just a second, there're a couple of fire pokemon that were released that actually take advantage of those two damage counters. Yeah, I mean this 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, we already kind of hit on this, but having direct acceleration on the stadium is basically unheard of. If there's an example at least jw and I weren't aware 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. Really actually synergizes with a lot of these fire pokemon that they're releasing. So clearly like some some canned kind of combos there. Plus, I feel like the interesting thing that compares like Magna basin versus some of these other like energy affecting stadiums. 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. It doesn'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 could accelerate more energy, you could discard it and play doing right. Yeah, that would be pretty difficult, right, because right, look at you know what 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 get into, play less interesting when dextrets playing like equivalents, like blank stadiums to, you know, get rid of it, you know, just yea. So well, 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 because they have to, not because it's anything interesting, right. So I hope this sets a precedent for more incredibly powerful stadiums. I think this is one of the most powerful stadiums we've seen in a while in terms of in terms of 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 bit about some of the Pokemon that synergize with it. So we have a Multris for one energy wing inferno does twenty damage and says if this pokemon is already damaged, 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 chars arts. It's so funny to me because it seems like we're getting a chars ARD every other set. It we really are. It's kind of it's kind of freaky because you know that we're going to get, you know, a chars ardv star, and then we're probably going to get a shiny chars Ardvstar at something. Of course they are right, and then they'll print like a chars ARV are. They'll print a promo chars ardv that's different than the regular chars ARDV. It's just there's so many things that they're going to do with these 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 down ninety damage before dealing damage. Discard any POKEMON tools attached to your opponents ack the 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 the first attack. Firefar colorless, one hundred and thirty damage. Plus if this pokemon 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 have damage counters on them, which again syndergizes very well with that stadium. And then The v Star Power, Star blaze for three fires in a colorless three hundred and twenty damage and discard to energy from the spokemon. So just a super solid v Star power going to be able to in most cases knock out 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. I was 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 stadium sorry, I also read The v Star before the stadium, so the first attack didn't really seem very good to me. Between the synergy with the stadium and the one hit Ko option on Vmax, I mean this card seems pretty viable at the least. And you know, chars ARD people are are loving that right 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 we see that now in full effect because chars are v Star does have a v Star 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 is a it's sets up the the Charz ards first attack to do ninety P thirty for a knockout and it kind of gives you like a quote unquote free turn of attaching to the chars art, because the multus takes one energy. So you stadium to the Multras and attached for turn to the chars ARD, which means that next turn you can stadium attached to the chars are to get that three energy cost like s very effectively. On Tempo. Sure, so the tempo this deck is just seems really, really good as long as you can get those energies in the discard. And, yeah, and and getting the stadiums out, which can be kind of tough. Right. Think about you know, obviously about stadiums, is that you are potentially going to discard some. Yeah, only able to play, for we haven't seen anything in release that 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 in our 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 missed right, because the stadium is so good,...

...like we don't want to understate that stadium is so good, but if you miss it early, you're going to be in some trouble. Sure, but you could also say you can miss your welders early. And while the decks were a huge part of the forehat well, but you also had, you know, poke a gear and better 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, you know I did right. Yeah, Stevy, sir, I'm just saying I like the Combo that's being built here. I like they come with the multras finished the finish of vmas off with the chars are, and you know, the chars are has two hundred and eighty hit points. Just got a fair amount on it as well, and it trades pretty favorably into v Max is. You know, the RCS was a little shakier, I think, because it was unclear kind of how it would get powered up, although we see a more obvious path for that now and we'll talk about that. But the chars are like a very straightforward you know, I'm going to come in and hit Your v Max for a lot of damage and I'm going to win the game. Yeah, kind of a beatstick deck, as we would kind of expect of it from the fire types. So let's talk a little bit more about some of the other support. We have another card, kindler, for fire. Discard a fire energy from your hand in order to use this card and look at the top seven cards were deck. Choose any cards you find there and put them into your hand, then shuffle the other cards back into your deck. So kindler is kind of cool again because you could, you know, discard energy, right, which we want to do for the Magma Basin, but I don't know that it's appreciably better than something like professor's research. Right. Yeah, especially because you're only looking at the top seven right. So I definitely think they're you know, there's an argument there if it's like the top ten cards, of the top twelve cards, but the top 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 players will make, though, I can preserve my stadiums that I have in my hand or whatever, because I have the kidler and not the research. But research just let's you see so many more cards and it also thins your deck out 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 research rotates. 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 far mountain, 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 place anywhere. Yeah, certainly not over research, but I mean potentially in addition to but yeah, certainly not in or maybe it finds its place in like some alternative strategy. Right, you don't want to dis card anything really, right. Absolutely. So, to kind of Combo with the ARCS V and B star that we saw released last week, we have a couple of colorless support cards. So, Riley, why don't you talk a little bit about Double Turbo Energy and Sharon's care? Yeah, I'll start with Sharon's care. So if you're a fan of ACE Rolla, you're in luck because we have a new version of ACE Rolla called Sharon's care. So choose one of your colorless 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 a worse version of a Sorolla. It is a Sir Roll of that restricted to 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 v Star 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 and doing 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 kind of 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 the double turbo energy. So Double Turbo Energy provides too colorless energy. There is a drawback to it and that is the attacks the POKEMON. This car is attached to you to twenty less damage to the opponent's active so I mean immediately this springs out as a good card. This is foremost intense and purposes as good 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 three hitk owing or more most things you have. Ourcs v Star has the two hundred damage going down to one hundred and eighty is like not super relevant in terms of the math. there. You know, you're still knocking out crow bats and two hit caoing pretty much everything else, and it's just an obvious like Combo starter with things like the glary and rapid dash where you can easily put a pokemon down to a hundred hit points because it's not affected, it's not damage. So I mean it's a cool card. I think the drawback is maybe not as impactful as maybe they were going for, because it's it almost feels like you might as well just printed double colorless and then I can play the double colors I already owned. But they need you to buy the new stuff. Yeah, they need you to buy the new stuff. What I 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't run 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 you would ever necessarily need to include more double colorless since we have all those options in the expanded format, but it's something that it at least shows that they're taking some care with not just blindly printing double colorless, which a lot of players in the past I've kind of seen as pretty, I wouldn't say a pretty 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 you know the twenty whether or not that really matters hard to really say. It doesn't appear on its face to be doing a whole lot, but it's at least some kind of drawback for the Turbo Energy. So yeah, I mean something we're trying to I feel like maybe slightly missed the mark, but that's okay. Yeah, they're trying, which is something more than we could say when we got double Carlos for ten years straight. Yeah, absolutely. So we 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 polk a guardian or poke a beach, wherever you get your news. But leaf 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 less damage 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 one we opponents bench with their active so super...

...nice ability for the leafy on V star. I think I immediately see it being played in something like a toolbox style deck, something like Syl Beon vmax that may already play a leafy on and then you just slot a leafy on v Star and all of a sudden you 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 find its all include it doesn't. Well, but you have. You already have. You should have pretty you know, strong access to boss's orders, to the the INTELLI onlines. But no matter. So leaf you on. We start interesting pokemon and then glacion fe s are ice skill shot is the first attack. So hundred and eighty damage during the opponent's next turn. The defending pokemon can't retreat, and that's for water water colorless, and the second attack the be star power water water colorless. Two hundred and twenty damage during your opponent'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 well timed 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 like the glacier on? I don't know. That seems like one of the one of the stronger these star powers. I don't know, I don't really like attacks like that because there's easy to like gust around or something. You can guess around it, escape ropes and format now to yeah, you know, if, maybe, if we only have boss and an escape rope, but now you can even do like you now you can do the classic like escape Rope, then boss play, which feels really bad. Yeah, and I not a huge fan of glacier on plus. Like I feel like the it doesn't really have a lot going for it. Otherwise, sure, yeah, maybe I'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 think I think it's obvious to at least from our tone here, that the leafyonic 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 tracks historically dumb. I actually think they'll. Leafyon has a kind of a place maybe in some decks. It just I feel like you already have to be playing a leafyon for some reason to want the be star. So like still be on is a good example, where like, yeah, I'm playing a leafyon and I as well play Lef you on V star, because otherwise you might as well play. If you're looking for a stage, one that can gust, you might as well play I'm Bryan. It's dead. So needs you need a reason to be playing the leafy on specifically right? For sure. Sure, yeah, that's a good point because, yeah, we already have that kind of effect on in of all POKEMON. The the other you know, difference there would just be that I'Mbriyon, you have to use it kind of on on demand on the evolve right and then leafyon, you can have it. They're waiting in the wings. But yeah, like you said, I mean you're probably better off, you know, finding some other v Star power and using that. Yeah, I I'm definitely interested to see kind of where they keep going with the star powers. It seems like we're seeing a lot of very different things and a lot of different power levels depending on like the kinds of decks that you're playing. So I'm just really curious to see where they keep going with these because, you know, we're seeing crazy things like like RCS is and then like more underwhelming things like Lefon and glecions. Yeah, absolutely. So who knows. I mean that's that's the exciting thing about these new mechanics. This is definitely a much more exciting mechanic to me than then v Max has.

Oh, definitely, the Max's were pretty 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's just kind of, I don't want to say lazy design, because certainly they thought, you know, I would at least hope that the game designers were like, you know, this would be kind of cool to showcase these just really heavy pokemon. But I do love the reversion back to a two prize metagame because that just makes games last longer and presumably will allow for more decision making in games and thus better, better outcomes for more skilled players. Yeah, I mean this. The stars have a couple of things that Harken back to like early gx is that I really enjoyed. Those are some, probably some 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 Harkens back to Gx's and I love like the thoughtfulness that comes with that. What you both in deck building and in like Gameplay. And these are like two prizes, so you get those inherently like longer games, as you have these two 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 a couple 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 hang if the stars become prominent. One other thing that I should bring up is that people have been comparing them to level x's, and I think there is some comparison that you can make in that all of the Pokemon that have gotten a v Star so far have also had a level x. So they don't really, in my opinion, you know, have anything else beyond that. But perhaps 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 era with Really Diamond Shining Pearl and, like I like, these are the Diamond Pearl 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't get 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 I think it's also just like these are the popular Jen for Pokmon, or so for sure, for sure. So I'm at least excited for the direction the game is going with the V stars. I think it'll be a really exciting set 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 tune next to. Okay, help in form where I'm going to travel, but okay, I think I'm going to a heap like that regardless. Okay, yeah, yeah, I was I was going to ask, like, do you feel like you have, you know, two or three that you're kind of dead set on going to? Not Necessarily, like obviously I'll be at the Milwaukee one. I'll be an internet and Columbus, for sure. I want to stay at my place, potentially. Man, potentially, what do you mean? Potentially, Bro I mean likely, it depends what. It depends if I want to hang out with an OM pokemont of friend like prior. Oh, okay, yeah, that's fair. I'm otherwise, like I don't have super strong feelings. I don't...

...think I want to go to the Hound in Florida, just unlike covid grounds. Yeah, okay, it's for biod safety 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 go to as many as I can, but I mean you'll baby baby in April. Yeah, babies do in April. So probably will not be going to any of the ones in March. Now, never say never, never say never. On the ones in March, I could probably possibly make the Salt Lake City one, but I'm not too worried about you know, certainly points. I mean I only really be going for the cloud because I already have four hundred fifty points or something like that. So yeah, salt like cities a possibility, I think. Florida again, just the timing for me is like probably don't want to leave for a weekend that close to potential delivery date. And then we have Indianapolis has a certainly on the radar as it's only about a three hour drive from Columbus, so certainly very easy to get there and back in a couple of days. And then I'd love to go to Milwaukee. Obviously Columbus is going to be you know, I could bike there. That's how all, which is a perk. And then, let's see, there's, yeah, there's there's a few other that I have my eye on, but I wouldn't expect. You know, I'd love to go to places like Seattle. Yeah, you know, I'd love to go to Florida, 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 to all the ones that I want to go to, and I think that's fair. Sometimes life comes first. Oh, a hundred percent. Yeah, my my little baby is gonna, you know, be be my top partyer. We got a future pokemon champion. Well, that's true. That's true. I got to raise them up right. I have an investment. I mean, listen, if Iro play is anything like it was before pandemic, the juniors just farm packs, just show up and they get a handful of packs. So, yeah, we get that. Get my boy in there, maybe like three years old, maybe like the youngest pokemon player ever, like two. 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 like junior's? Is just, you know what, like our last ye some s from young like that. Of surely there's a minimum, but tell me what it is. I don't know. Six. That's without eve. I guess is six. Yeah, we'll see. We'll see. Maybe we make we make 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 the regionals that we're going to, what would be the best way to get a hold 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 a great place to chat about all this, all this happenings, so check that out as well. You can find that on my on my twitter page. Yeah, absolutely awesome. And if you want to listen to tag team recorded 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 Flex Daddy righteous with some awesome content on Mondays and Fridays. Yeah, it's a great time. Definitely be sure to hang...

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