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Season 4, Episode 21 · 8 months ago

4-21. The Stars of Brilliant Stars

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are HYPED for Brilliant Stars and ready to show off the top 10 superstars from the set. Can you guess which card is #1? How about 2? 3?...

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Yo, what's up, guys. Welcome back to tag team Pokemon, Trading Card Games from here podcasting duo. My name is Riley Hoberk, joined as always by my good, good friend Mr JW Curry. Wall JW. How's it going today? Hey, it's going really well, Riley. Today was day to the kitchen renovation. So thanks. Hey, it's very nice. got to eat a lot of the food that we made last week. So I'm trying to finish up some stuff. We got this like cheesecake that we've had open for a few days. Gotta Finish it, man out of finish your man, yeah, because we don't have room in the freezer is that's where all our food is. So how are you doing? I'm doing well. I visited my family this past weekend and in Greensboro, North Carolina, and there was like a snow storm there and as it turns out, the infrastructure of North Carolina isn't really there to deal with the snow. So I actually ended up stranded there for day because all my flights got canceled for a day straight that I kept getting notifications over and over on like my American Airlines at like Hey, you know, we put you on a new flight. It's like every two hours are got one of like, okay, yeah, and how much do I believe that? Yeah, so that was tough. I mean, if it was me, it was me, and I was the one, like the man in charge of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, I would keep a snowplow around, you know, like like one. You know, you might not use it most years, but in the year that it happens and you have to cancel every single flight for a day, I think the revenue will kind of offset itself. That's my thought. But yeah, I'm not going to tell them out around their business, you know, like that's there, but it does seem like a good investment. I mean that's what I would do right, like, but that's just my thing. It's like I would. That's probably why you're not an air traffic control right, right, major airport, right. So I'm staying in my lane, though, like not my place to say. But yeah, I got back super late on Monday. I had to take it extra day out for and yeah, things are good, though. Things are good. I'm in good spirits. It was nice to nice to see the family. Yeah, that's great. That's really great. Yeah, yeah, I'm going to be. I'm going to be seen my family here coming up soon. They we canceled the baby moon to New York City. Yeah, so my parents want to take us on a little trip and we're going to go to Cleveland. That that yeah, so, I mean I like I really like eleveland like not even like a little bit, like, you know, I lived there for a couple of years. Like I really enjoyed your big tally. Go ahead, huge Cleveland Guy. And so, yeah, we're gonna we just set up that tonight, like when we're gonna go and cool, how long we're going to stay and where we're going to say and things like that. So that's pretty fun and it's fun. Yeah, good to see my parents again. It is it is nice. It's refreshing to I find when I visit my parents I kind of like regress into just being like my parents child again, you know, to say right, like I just do the same things I did when I was like a teenager, just like mom. Just like have my parents do stuff for me, like play on my phone all day, which is skirts refreshing to do that, though it away. Yeah, for sure. You just get to get to you know, relive your younger years. Yeah, it's also really nice to see my sister, for sure. Yeah, things are good. Things are good and it's plenty of exciting stuff here on the horizon in the POKEMON trading card game. That's right.

And Brilliant Stars is just about a month away at this point, and we here a tag team that it was the perfect time to start giving our hot takes. So what we've done for you today is we've compiled a top ten cards from brilliant stars. Yeah, I'm really excited. This is a kind of a throwback set in many ways. We were just going over the top ten and there's just so many reprinted cards. So I think listening to this episode, you'll get to hear, you know, two players that have really been through when these kind of cards were, quote unquote, originally released and then what their impact was then and then what their potential impact will be in in about a month or two. Yeah, so let's just jump right into it then. JW, you want to start us off with number ten? Yeah, number ten, we have a draw card, which I think is a theme of this set just in general. We're getting a lot of extra draw a lot of extra consistency cards, which is really huge, because I find sometimes that they're these sets that they just push them out and it's all attackers and there's nothing really that can be splashed in other decks. There's nothing that could possibly be a new engine and certain decks. But or there's a sets where it's just like there's one deck in the set and it's like all the cards feed into that. Yeah, exactly. This is a really playable set up and down. I don't immediately see any, you know, incredible archetypes, like uncountable archetypes, much like me you that we've had in the past, but it's certainly up and down, a lot of draw and so number ten here is Zamba Z and to V with its ability. Royal stance says you can use this ability once during your turn. If you do, your turn ends, but you get to discard your hand and draw five cards. We were talking about this being, certainly in some of these kind of setup decks, a one hundred forty one replacement from Zashan. There have been certain stall archetypes or just decks that rely on Zashi and for setup, and now you have potentially a better one, a better option. Yeah, I'm a big fan of this Zamazana personally. Just like seems like a really good way just to plow through your deck for DEX are trying to like get to the bottom. You know, imagine this in the imagine if this was a thing back when that Hinchino milled ack was was popular. Right. You just instead of the I said this AH and just draw up, you just go with this on right to write, instead of your discard piled all your cool plays. I really like this card. Yeah, it's interesting. In these kind of stall archetypes there are some maybe some reasons to plays as she in right. So you want to fill your hand up and get a huge hand, have more options. But was Zambasanta. You could really see it being played in kind of these slower decks. I would even think of something like like a Dura ludon right, where you're just trying to find the pieces at the right time and you want to draw through your deck and you're not really doing anything for a couple of turns. So Zama sent to certainly feels like one of those cards, very splashable, very easily played in a lot of different decks and one that can definitely bolster many different archetypes. Yeah, love it. It's cool to see Zombison to get the love to let's jump right into number nine, though, which continues that theme of Draw Pokemon, with an unexpected contender thrown into the ring, if you ask me, in the barrel. Barrel has the ability efficient front teeth or once during your turn, you may draw until you have five cars in your hand. Now, if you're a long time player of the POKEMON trading card game, from playing since the X and Y era, you'll recognize this ability as being the same as abyssal hand on Octillery, which was quite the popular card most prominently featured, I would say, in the the buzz will liken rock decks as a as...

...a draw engine for those decks, and the barrel is, I mean it's really great. It's Enabler, it's a drawn tabler for particularly one prize decks, but a great engine that you can splash in other decks as well, especially decks that are going to go like consistently low on their hand size, and can just use that right efficient front teeth to get four or five cards every single turn. And keep in mind you can have multiple of these barrel and play right. So yeah, that's you can shame those. That's one of the cool things about this ability is that it's not a once per turn effect or doesn't end your turn like P Imos on't, but you do get to use over and over and you can stack them. There are certainly some archetypes that I would think about potentially playing biberal in, and that would be really anything that plays like, since you know already, would be potentially, you know, one for one swap with the BI bural. So you know, if you're playing like a Sincino based, since you know, based like Malamar deck, or if you're playing a Sincino based Ersian food deck or something like that, like biberal seems like a perfect kind of potential one for one swap there. Yeah, so I mean that that draw five ability super good and with other cards that will be talking about on this list, you can you can kind of see how it all comes together. Right right. Yeah, certainly biberal right now in this current format really doesn't have many legs to stand on because there's not very many cards to discard other cards. I mean we have quick ball, when we have maybe chramamatic, but if you're playing chromatic you're probably not slow enough to really make full use of biberal and then you really that's about it. But we are getting, of course, ultra ball in this set and we'll talk about that in a second. But biberal really likes. Obviously they have lowhand sizes, so the more cards that we can play in these decks to discard our hand, the better we're going to be great. So what's our number eight, MR J W? Yeah, number eight again, another spiritual reprint of double colorless energy. This is double turbo energy. So Double Turbo Energy provides two colorless energy at the drawback of doing twenty less damage to your opponent's Pokemon, and that's actually I was talking about this in my discord with people. It's twenty less damage to your opponent's Pokemon. So I believe that would mean it's not just to your active your opponent's active right. So if you were playing this with the example that I was given was with Galacion, hmm, I think it would reduce damage not only to the active but also it does a thirty snipe attack review damage to the bench. So I don't know, something just interesting there. I was like, Oh, double turbo, that could maybe enable Glacion, but it's probably probably doesn't do enough damage at this point, but I'm very cool card. For me, there are two archetypes that come to mind when I see the double turbo energy. The first one is Toka Kiss, because Tokycis never really did that much damage, but one of its drawbacks was that it would have to play Melanie to try to get the energy attachments necessary to be able to chain Cheryl's later in the game. Like you need to kind of load up on energy so the right have a bench attacker to switch into so that you could share all you know, it just it got kind of messy, right. But with double turbo that kind of melts away because you're able to snatch them out of the deck when you need them and then just Cheryl and attach another double turbo and you're good to go. So I see double turbo really being helpful for that style deck. We're getting a lot of cards in this set that can help with these mill stall strategies. So double turbo to me, with the Toga Kiss deck is going to be a big help. The second deck that I think double turbo just skyrockets, I think you know...

...from from unplayable to you know, tier three maybe, but like certainly something you know in the format is durant. Yeah, that is about mentioned as well. You know, you're not doing any damage, so you're you're not even getting the the drawback of the double turbo. But one of the things about durant is it's a mill deck, so you're trying to discard all your opponent's cards. But the hardest thing about the rent in the current format is just that you only have the twin energy to rely on. So you're struggling turn after turn to try to find one of your for twin energy. You can't even really reuse them. So it just makes it very hard. But with the twin and the double turbo, you know you could play seven or eight different energy that you can use to devour and who knows, maybe this is a possible option for players. Yeah, it's it's especially cool for like the single price decks that have that double colorless attack cost that they have of two different options to utilize that effectively. Now in the twin and the double turbo energy. I'll be really curious to see like how double turbo develops. And it's just like a really good like a future proof card and it's a hard card to like, even really fully predict the power of, because there's so many different situations, so many different attack costs that can leverage too colorless energy maybe plus one additional colored energy. So I'm excited to see what people come up with as well. Yeah, certainly so. Number seven, Riley, what do you have for us for number seven? Yeah, number seven is another one of those cars that kind of bridges the two things that we've been talking about. It's a consistency energy acceleration based card, and that is magma basin. So Magma Basin, for the unfamiliar, allows you once per turn to attach a fire energy from your discard pile to a bench fire Pokemon, with the penalty that if you do that, they have to take two damage counters. So I mean, this is we talked about this when this card was first revealed. This is kind of new ISH territory, like being able to accelerate directly from a stadium for pretty much no downside, like to damage counters. Is a cost, but not really in the grand scheme of things. Yeah, not when Pokemon have three hundred and twenty health right. It's like usually pokemon are arguing to a chode or they're getting one hit Kode. Anyway, I don't think that the MAG of basin will often change the math unless you use it like multiple times. So magrabasin super, super cool. There's cool things you can do as well, like, if you're really ambitious, you can play like the flannery to get a second one into play and get another energy accelerated. But really just the the concept of getting energy off your stadium is super huge. It's a big enabler for the fire decks, which have kind of been lacking in support prior to brilliant stars, but post welder. So you know, some of these other cards in the set, like the ent a's, like the chars, are now have a way to actually get their attacks up and running where they previously did it. Yeah, I really like Magma Basin as just that support, like you said, for fire. Ever since welder rotated, fires kind of bend down in the dumps really and I look at Magma Basin and see a lot of possibility with a lot of these fire types that are just gone by the wayside with welder. So we're getting a new Ende that should be a very obvious synergy there with magma bason only needing to energy to attack. But even something like us in to scorch could really make good use out of magma basin. Yeah, I'm Madge, and send US scorch comes back well, because you can get those two energy, I know for sure. And so yeah, it seems seems quite strong, or potentially strong. Yeah, maybe like a little sheryll. Send US score each action. How about it? Broken Deck? So...

...yeah, magnavasin, kind of lay in the look around, work for fire to emerge again or excited to see where it goes. JW Hit us with the number six century. Then, yeah, perfect segue from Magma Basin to Enta V and, by extension, Rye Ku v. If you've played the standard format you'll know all about swee Coon v. That has a fleet footed ability that allows you to draw one card if it's in the active. That seems a little lackluster, but one card every single turn. You know you're potentially drawing five, six, seven cards off of that ability depending on how long the game goes. So a little bit of an underrated ability, I think, and that comes along with the N A and Ryku as well. And then burning Rondo is Enta's attack twenty damage this attack. This twenty more damage for each bench. Pokemon, both yours and your opponents, exact same as the swee coon. Really, the only differences between the Sweekun, the ENTA and the Rye Qu are the typing, the type that they need to attack and their retreat cost and their weaknesses, of course. So so some cool kind of I really like when Pokemon does this. I think the best example of an attacker that has the same text but a different type that I most remember recently was mimic you back when it had the fairy type and the psychic type and they both had very reasonable like reasons to play them right. They were both had. You know, there was ATP there was mewtwo. So Mimic you, kind of, depending on which one you chose, would be a really good tech for whichever decks you were expecting to face. So and Tav ry Ku v, sweekouvy can all fulfill just similar roles but tech for different different decks. Yeah, we were chatting before the cast as well. And you know, as for seeing some of these kind of goofy little swecoon tool boxe decks appear where you kind of use Melanie to set up swee coon alongside other, you know, v's that counter particular matchups. I mean these are also like natural slots into something like that. Like Melanie is not not type gated on its acceleration right, so you can continue to accelerate the water and then, you know, attach whatever other energy you need, because there is that that type plus colorless cost on the Entente and Ryku. So it's just like they're awesome cards. You know, it's cool to see these like spiritual reprints in a way, these these type based reprints to kind of give versatility to either the deck or have new takes on it for different type. Yeah, I just always want to push back on people that are like, oh, it's lazy design. I actually would say kind of the opposite is like they've made this card that's so versatile. Giving it a new type will open up a lot of different deck building options. I also think it's like and it's like the legendary dogs, you know, like yeah, the kind of they all kind of do the same thing, but not really. Yeah, I think I think it's kind of fun. I don't know, that's cool. I'm a sucker. Speaking of being a sucker, Riley roses are red violets are blue. Don't let wild hair's wreck you valentize station and our sponsors at Man's scaped are here with the best tools to get you ready for that special occasion this Valentine's Day. It's time to join the four million men worldwide who trust man scaped, and we're running a special guys. You can get twenty percent off, plus free shipping if you go to Manscapecom and use our code tag team at checkout. MANSCAPED is delivering a high quality products. Aw and I both love all the different things that we've had the opportunity to use and try out. Their lawnmower, for point now, is their signature product. You probably heard about it from our either our podcast or other...

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...ten cars of brilliant stars. Number five, low minion. Riley, tell us a little bit about Luminion and why you think it may not have as big of an impact as some are predicting. Yeah, so lumnion obviously a good card. All the cards in our top five are very, very strong. Luminion V is a spiritual successor to tapulelag x, if you remember tapulelee. If you don't, let's run through what Luminion does. So Leu minion has the ability luminous sign and when you play Lumni on onto your bench, you get to search your deck for a supporter and put it into your hand. Great enabler for things like boss's orders for game or in their early game, if you need to get at a quick res searcher. Marni the Plathrough your deck. The minion is an excellent enabler for those plays, also as the attack Akwawer turn for Water Double Colist does want twenty damage and you shuffle Lumini on back in your deck. So you could potentially use it again, you know, even if you'd already put it into play. I think there's let minions obviously good. It's a great enabler for again things like boss's orders, great early game, kind of like let's get going type card. I think the the thing that Luminion is missing relative to to to Applel Gx is kind of like the environment that is being dropped into. So when I think about Tapulae Gx, obviously excellent card, but there are a couple things that type of they really had going for it. First and was in the format. So you had that kind of like not only disruption angle with Lala, but it was an additional out if you got stuck off an end, whereas now, like people aren't really much, you aren't really marnying you to one, hopefully unless something's gone horribly. The other's like deeper prout. Like I guess if you have one card left, you get Marty to one, but then you deck out and lose, so it doesn't really matter right. So you don't really have that element of Luminion that Lale had going for it. Is that kind of like both disruption and disruption insurance. You also lose probably the most iconic play you could do with top of lelee was the classic Leale for Bridget on the first turn of the game mm. And there's kind of multiple facets that lost their first even though there is a bridget successor in the Gloria Card, you can't play it on the first turn of the game. So kind of losing that element really takes a lot of the bite out of a card like this, where you can't use it for your setup, whereas that was probably lay's primary use case. Not to say Lale wasn't used in a ton of decks and a ton of different ways, because it certainly was. But when I think of Tapu Lale at is, the first thing I think of is the Laley for the bridget for myseruas rights rus or your Guardi. Yeah, exactly, are your garbodor like. It's just so good. So it loses that little bit of bite to it. And I think the third thing that's worth mentioning this path to the peak is continued to show itself as an insanely popular and strong card and that completely shuts down Lumini on obviously alongside its counterparts like Crowbat and elda goths. So it's not quite the same environment. I think that Luminia is being dropped into that tapulelee had going for it. I think it will see play, I think it'll be a solid card, but we think some of the other cars in those on this list may have a bigger overall impact on the metagame. Yeah, and that's a really good point. When you bring up the path of the peak and just how dominant that and be right now in for in the format and just completely shutting off Luminion, that was not really something that tapulelee had to deal with, at least in the early game. Certainly there was silent lab, certainly players could get up garbodor, but garbodor was obviously more of a late game. I don't think silent I was ever even standard legal alongside Gardie, was...

...it? I I believe so. We can always go back and double and may have then before that one, like a couple months before that rotation, but now I could also I could also be thinking of the expanded format as well, which obviously they coexistent. But yeah, lumnion not really existing in that same space where where it's maybe a little bit harder to be able to use that ability just because of the path the PKATE. Another thing I do want to bring up as well about luminion that is very different from table is tabulelee was a fairly potent attacker. It was anion is likely not going to see, you know any any play as as kind of an attacker. Like there was a there was a side benefit to playing Lela in your deck because you could always if you're playing something like the guard of war or the Zor arc, you're going to play those double colorless you're going to be able to attack at least forty, maybe eighty, maybe, you know, a hundred and twenty, like you were getting meaningful damage on the board. Yeah, with Luminion it's a lot harder to do the hundred and twenty damage with its aqua return attack, because it costs three energy, one of which being a colored energy, and so it just makes it that much harder. So yeah, a couple of couple of things going against Lumini on here. Of course it is still a powerful card, making it into the top five of brilliant stars. But you W let's get into the top four then. Why tell us about our number four card? Number four is the best attacking Pokemon in brilliant stars and and it's kind of funny because I say that it might not even be in certain decks for its attack. Right, yeah, be in certain decks for its ability. But this is Archias v Star, the poster child of diamond and Pearl. Trinity. Nova is the attack, the only attack on the Archaeus v Star. Three colorless energy, which, of course, you can use the the the double turbo to power up a little bit faster, does two hundred damage. And search your deck for up to three basic energy cards and attach of your Pokemon v and any way you like. Then shuff for your deck. That sounds really similar to another pokemon that had archaeus it's name, and it also has a v Star power, the ability star birth. During your turney may searcher deck for up to two cards and put them into your hands. So if you've been living under a rock, you wouldn't know what this card does, but I think a lot of people are very excited about it, not only for the attack, which can enable a lot of things, just like ATP did in the past. We saw a TV played with Kell they we saw ATP played with lightning stuff. We saw ATP played with you know, dark things like. There was just so much the ATP could be played with, and I think archias people are viewing it through that same lens. But the ability is just so strong and there might be players out there and there might be decks that arise that play Arkis not for the attack but for the ability. Yeah, I mean rcus archis is a insanely versatile card. You know, the colorist attack costs. That accelerates energy. Is Good in of itself, it also does a substantial chunk of damage. It to hundred. Not really one hit kowing most Pokemon, but certainly like setting up the two hit Ko and and one hit koing like weaker V's or non Multi Prize pokemon. Plus you get to set up your future vs, be it another Archaius or another V that you want to attack with. So that's cool and of itself. And then at starbirth ability opens the gates for a lot of like Combo based decks or even just like Combo strategies. You know, one of the one of the main laments of like stage two is, for example, is it's often very difficult to get all the different pieces that you need in your hand to consistently get them out. With Archis v Star, you can instantly search out too rare candies for basically no cost besides just putting The v Star into play, which is pretty sweet.

Yeah, or if you have like some elaborate Combo, I could see the RCI's v Star being a huge player and kind of like the meme de x fear, where you need to get like this crazy five card convo on your hand to do your thing. Sure, yeah, it's it's really a cool ability, one that we haven't really seen before. Just searching out cards is always going to be a skill gap amongst players or deck builders, like there are always going to be when you're searching out cars for your deck, just players that make better plays than others. Right, if given the choice between, you know, forty five cards, you compare meeting you and it's I'll usually pick the right card and you'll use right right. That's true. That's why I'm staying, you know, fifty feet away from rks. We start. Don't give me had a lot to think about that much stuff at once. That's crazy. But certainly as a card that introduces some skill and I love to see that. They put it on not a Vmax Pokemon but a v Star, the prize difference being, you know, a huge talking point. Right. Instead of giving up three prizes, you could play this as a bench Po Pokemon, bench sitter, and you know you're only giving up too and that's not any, you know, worse than playing a crow bad or something. So very cool card, great introduction to the to The v Star mechanic, for sure. Let's talk about our number three entry then, which is, in line with many of the cards in this list, another spiritual success uster reprint esque card in manifee. This car has got a lot of people excited, as it is the return of a bench barrier man, if he has the ability wave veil, which prevents all damage done to your bench pokemon by your opponent's attacks. It's also got a glorious art that manifeus so flipping cute. Walking on these really cute. It's one of those cards that I really wish it took the full card. Yeah, like I could just imagine like seeing the sunset, because we kind of it's out of you, right. Yeah, and then maybe extending it down, maybe there's some like fish or bear scooter or something under the water. And I don't know, I just want that card. I want to see more. I want to see what else was happening in that photo. And maybe there's a maybe there's like a, I don't know, a seal like jumping out of the water in the background or something. You know, don't get me too excited. There's something, there's something going on there. Sure, man, if he does. As compared to its previous iteration in mew black, kind of that versatile attack. So it's attack is just for a water energy, just twenty damage, as opposed to the side power from you, which is actually a very strong attack, considering the card was a utility card exactly. Yep, Yep, some man, if he does lack that but does have to morage be so should be a little bit harder to knock out with and telly on. Yeah, and that is notable. That is notable. You was pretty vulnerable to like the Italian paying in a Medshan plays from the Ershi foos. So manifee obviously going to see plays in particularly single prize decks that are very vulnerable to the jolteon and Orshi Foos of the world. You know, great enabler for things like the flaffy decks that we had talked about the other week. Great enabler for things that even just like use the Italian engine and are single prize decks that need that engine to get going, to get their feet off the ground or get into the quick shooting Italians quicker, just really solid card. You know, it's probably won't see playing every single deck, not necessary and every single deck, but having that layer protection is very noteworthy. Absolutely. I think immediately about rapid strike Malamar when I see manifee and just how much it'll like having that bench barrier ability to protect some of their evolving benched pokemon. So really cool card. Excited to see this ability...

...come back to the game and I'm excited to see how people build with it, because it might not just be for the single prize decks. I mean we might see people techn manifee and the star vmax decks to prevail US urs like Ershia Fu or Joeltian is, you know, arguably on par right now. If you look at, you know, stats and tournaments one and things like that with me in the current format. So be nice to potentially a man of feed, not just in the single prized x but you know, definitely, I think I think it comes down to it's probably more of an auto include in the single prize acts and it's probably more Meta dependent for other decks. Is is kind of my take. Yeah, yeah, very cool. So we got two cards left and they are big ones to reprints. Number two coming in with the choice belt. Choice Belt at number two reads the attacks of your Pokemon do thirty more damage to your opponent's active pokemon. The so what do you think about choice belt, Riley? We've seen this in the past, choice band. They had to update it because and now we have vs instead of gx has. But what do you think about choice belt in our current format? What do you think it changes and why do you think players should be on notice for this card? Yeah, choice belt, you know it dirty damage doesn't always seem like a lot occur, especially in the current state of the metagame. Honestly, like maybe this card needed some more damage to like really have some move behind it. But when I think of things, this will impact I immediately think to the lower prized dects, like the two and one prize decks that are struggling to get the damage thresholds they need to trade effectively with with v Max has and now the stars and choice belt really alleviates or helps to alleviate that problem. You know, when we were talking the other week about some of the top nonmu decks in the metagame, one of the ones that came up was the the Hoopah multras deck, and this is an obvious kind of include in decks like that. Like imagine your Hoopa's now swinging for a hundred and twenty damage as soon as the first turn of the game. That is big numbers that you're threatening to hit chaos now on your Pokemon v before they really even get to do anything. You know, you think of decks like a Leon's charizard, if you go into like the deep in the single prize zone and now you're actually able to one hit Ko the v Max is, whereas before you came up just short enough to make the deck completely worthless. And then, of course you have you have just kind of like the decks that are more so trying to like poke away it damage you know, the the V dex that do a little bit less damage and maybe just need a little extra oop, and choice belts a great inclusion in things like suecoon even, you know, instead of maybe a loody Colo Line, you can lean into like choice belt and pings to kind of get your damage all the way there. There's a lot of versatility in a card like this and it's a card that is guaranteed to be future proved. It's something that will continue to see play for the entirety of its run here in standard, if not in every deck, then certainly in a why right array of them. Yeah, definitely, definitely, and I think as we as we kind of tame down the HP, hopefully as we move into this best our mechanic, it's going to be more and more likely that you'll see these damage boosting effects, possibly combining, you know, intellion with the choice belt, with like Leon to try to be able to boost the damage enough to one shot of the star Pokemon, because I think a lot of you know, we we've been talking about a lot of the format right now is like two shots or more, but you know, maybe there is that potential to to be able to one hit Ko, those West are...

...pokemon with a card like choice belt. So, like you said, certainly a future proof card, one that you want to have four of, you know, right out the gates, just just to have right. Yeah, it's it's going to be playable, it's going to be good, you'll want to have it. And last thought on choice belt is it's a great enabler for like toolbox decks as well that want to hit like weakness for a lot of things, right, because that becomes plus y when you're dealing with weakness, which is gigantic. So you can't underestimate tool cards that booster damage. You really can. Exactly. So why don't we go to our number one, Riley? What is it? Number One, the most impactful card from brilliant stars. Well, I think before then we should take a quick pause and look at some honorable mentions. You're excited, I know I was. I wasn't, but some of the honorable mention is our cars that you're personally passionate about. So why don't we talk about the great okay, very briefly, I am a big stand for Whimscott v Star. I think Whims Got v Star will be very interesting, very cool, unique. We say it's out for yeah, huge, huge, huge, head, huge. One's got head tricky wins the attack. One hundred and sixty. Your opponent can't play pokemon tools or special energy from their hand during their next turn. And then it has a v Star power of an attack, cotton ball star. This DEC sixty damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon for each energy attached to this pokemon. So you have kind of a snipey attack. That's pretty cheap. You got a nice little man attack that blocks your opponent from doing certain things. And just because of how impactful special energy is right now, I can see one's Got v Star being a nice little deck. Yeah, we also have another v Star and Charis Ar v Star, you know, another kind of like poster child for The v Star reckoning that is upon us. CHARS are doing, with its v Star Power, three hundred and twenty damage, which is absolutely insane, especially if you throw in the much needed choice belt on there. To get all the way to three hundred and fifty, can one shot even the likes of an eternitys vmax, which is rare to see? Yes, and it also does one hundred and thirty with its normal attack for three energy and if has any damage counters on it, which it likely will thanks the effect of Magma Basin. If you are taking notes, which weeks all way to thirty, which is a solid one, hit Ko and pretty much any Pokmon v Basic, and with things like a choice bell and maybe a Leon, you can get all the way to two hundred and ninety, which will ko posing fee stars. Yeah, very cool. We had a lot of brilliant star supporters that are not going to get any love, but things like a sourriety munition, things like cafe master, Charans Care, glorious Cynthia's ambition. There's a few others, but the one that stands out to me because of its uniqueness to the current format is rose as back up. Now, rose as backup is the only card that can allow you to recover an energy card, notably a special energy card or stadium or a tool. Right now in our current standard, so it says choose one or more than there are four different effects. Shuffle a Pokemon from your discard pile in your deck, shuffle a tool in from your discard pile, a stadium or an energy and we wanted to give some love to Roseanne's because it's just not something that we have right now, the ability to Shuffle Special Energy or stadium cards or tool cards back into the deck. Honestly, it's pretty rare, especially like stadium is. To be able to recover stadiums is a pretty rare effect in the history of the polk on trading card games. That's pretty cool. Plus special energy, again, like historically tough to get those back. Certainly well. I think we're ready then, the number one card from...

...brilliant stars. If you've been waiting for us to mention it, then now is the time. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you're going to learn today, because the number one car from brilliant stars is Ultra Ball, ultrabal, another rapront brilliant stars and one of, if not the strongest pokemon search card of all time in the POKEMON trading card game, barring special cards that had restrictions put upon them. And it shows. It shows why it is ultra bald. Discard two cards from your hand and you can search your deck for any POKEMON, reveal it and put it into your hand. That has a multitude of benefits to it. First, is a deck thinner that allows you to enable plays like your a barrels that we talked about earlier, like your crowbats. Thins your hand down and prevents you as well from being vulnerable to, you know, having things turned through your deck that you don't want if you Marney them back into your deck, for example. Plus you get to search for any POKMON. This is a vall card that actually lets you pluck the Pokemon you want out of your deck, regardless of whether it's a basic, whether it's an evolution, whether it's a fragment of a pokemon it or whether it's a just standard, run of the mill pokemon. This card will see tons of play from the instant it's printed in pretty much every deck in the format, unless it's just, for some reason, to incredibly sensitive to discarding cards, then ultra ball will see play in that deck. Yeah, I absolutely you mentioned a lot of great things about ultra ball already, but I can't overstate just how much this could mean and should mean for the format. Because right now, to search out basics, we have quick ball and that's a four of an every deck and beyond that we have, you know, Great Ball. I guess theoretically, you have fog crystal, but that's typelocked to psychic and then beyond that I struggle to really think of any bulk poke a ball. I suppose you know level ball. Right, level balls really good for those one price x. But now we get a very versatile option that just about every deck should probably play for a right alongside quick ball. So it should make a huge impact, very very strong card. Rabby the evolutions, grabby the basics. It's kind of like a it's kind of a just it's like a due all, you know. It's like wd forty, like duct like it just it does everything right. You just pull it out in the early game you get a basic, you pull it on the lake game and you get an evolution, pokemon like. It's just so good and it's an impact on the game cannot be understated. Absolutely. It's also just a huge enabler for, you know, your Crovat plays. It's an enabler for your magma basin plays, for example, is enabler for your Melanie plays. You know, things that rely on discarding cards are now much more reliable. Mad Party is back on the scene. We're back, baby. Yeah, I didn't actually think about Melanie because right now melody is a very if you get it on the first turn you're kind of pogged right. Yeah, Oh, yeah, I legend. You know. Yeah, I'm a legend, right, because there's only quick ball for the most part. But now we should start seeing melody as more of of that first turn kind of aggressive play that can a little bit more easily be able to be pulled off. Yeah, especially, you know you can ultra ball for the Luminion, for your mouth just and melody the little minion. You're going crazy with it. It's at Your Double Turp. Writer, Gy of Shuffle, alumnia, to do it again next so ultra ball, ultra ball obviously going to have a huge impact on the game. I do think the some of the decks as currently designed will need to kind of like rethink...

...the way they maybe you're built to accommodate ultra ball, but I think that rethinking will happen and that ultra baal will be one of, if not the single most popular card as we look into the future years of the game. Certainly, and I think that's a worthy number one. I couldn't agree more. So that is our top ten from brilliant stars. Certainly there are a lot of solid cards and brilliant stars, and a lot of these cards are, in fact, you know, spiritual successors or reprints of previous cards. We're definitely curious to hear what your favorite cars are from brilliant stars and if you want to let us know, you can reach out to us on social media. JW. Where can they find us? Yeah, you can find us on twitter at TAG team Pokemon. That's on twitter at tag team Pokemon. You can also find us on twitch. We've stream the cast every single Wednesday over on twitchtv slash monner at thirty PM eastern time. You can also find me at twitch dot TV, Flex Daddy Righteous, or on Youtube, youtubecom Flex Daddy righteous. Riley and I both also have twitters. We are probably most active over there as well, so go find us. Smiles with riles is Riley's twitter, and at Real John Walter is mine. It's been a pleasure bringing you guys this brilliant stars top ten and we'll catch you next week. Base say.

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