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Season 4, Episode 39 · 4 months ago

4-39. Astrology Enjoyers

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are SO excited for Astral Radiance and are here to break down what the news is on what is hip and happening in the set. Come listen in for the top ten cards from the set and immaculate vibes- plus a sneak peek at our favorite decks for whatever event you're playing in this weekend (Astral Radiance OR Brilliant Stars).

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Yo, what is up? Guys? Welcome back to tag team Pokemon, trading card games for me or podcasting Duou. My name is Riley Hulbert, joined as always by my good, good friend Mr JW Curry. Wall he in the House. How's it going, man? Hey, it's going pretty well, man. Guess what? What's that? There's some big news in the creewall household. Well, first, did I say this on the cast last week? I got a promotion. I don't think you did, and I honestly I thought you're just about to say that you had a kid. Oh No, no, I mean that is big news. She's like gets cut every day, I swear. But yeah, I got a promotion at work, so that's pretty cool. That's big news. Second piece of second piece of news that I'm pretty excited about. We gotta we got a raised bed garden in our backyard. Hey be we're going to be producing some Kale, some cucumbers, some cherry tomatoes, some Arabs. Yeah, are you going to bring those herbs to an a? I see, I most likely will, because that's going to be when a lot of the you know, the cucumbers and such, will start to be coming in. So very nice, you know, and I gotta, I got to have a nice, healthy snack between rounds. Yeah, as one does, of course, even healthier than chicken salad, I would say. I did have chicken salad to night for dinner. Speaking of and and let us, how was it? This is great. I had I'm a big chicken salad apologist. Follow so anytime that I can eat some chicken salad, like, I'm usually there, as long as doesn't have grapes in it. Yeah, it's the greats out of there. Yeah, what'd you have for dinner tonight? I had a Burrito. Oh, that you made. No, ABOM, but not from chipotle, so step. Oh, from CADOBA? No, no, it's from a local microm Mose. Some love from the locals. Yeah, there's a good, pretty good. Yeah, it's a better. Was it better than Mose? I think so. I think. Okay, it's also different, right, like when you go to the chappot lay or the mose, the Q, do that you're getting a specific type of Mexican food, right, a specific genre, subgenre of it that's made for Americans to eat as quickly as possible. Hour is this? It's just a giant fat burrito. That's full of stuff. I don't even get to how I say and what's it? It comes to me. That's awesome. Yeah, yeah, they tell you. Where are you? They know better. So right, fair enough. So that's how I like to lift the Burrito life. Nice. Things are clearly, you know, going astounding really well for the tag team here and JW. There is a lot going on in the world of Pokemon, thank goodness man. I feel like we've been stuck in the prior format for a little too long, so I'm excited to get some spice in my life. Yeah, we had a and it's not even over at the time. Well, technically it's not over, right, like we have had so many events in the brilliant stars standard format. It is kind of insane, you know it is. Yeah, and it felt like the format got kind of, I don't want to say figured out, but people knew the direction it was going pretty early on. And Yeah, it eventually just evolved into this Archias riarchy. Is Nonsense that we're in? Yeah, absolutely, it definitely felt like we were seeing a lot of the same you know. It is like, okay, well, you have, you know, straight archias and Archius with bees and like okay, they're definitely technically different. Yeah,...

...archetypes, but at the end of the day, you know, turn one, get your arkeys down, attached to it. You know, turn to, evolve, attached again, attack. You know, that was pretty much what what we've been experiencing here, certainly as of the last couple weeks. Yeah, absolutely, and you know I have a lot of opinions about archias. But yeah, I'm excited to see some shaking up in the game with the new astro radiance cards. Ast Radiance draped just yesterday as of recording this podcast on the POKEMON trading card game online and to alive, and people are so excited to get their hands on these cards and get a feel for them. Also got, of course, the full grip was three point K for standard this weekend. So lots of Buney on the line for our standard format competitors with astro radiance, and we're so excited to jump in and talk about what's going on with the set. Yeah, we are. I think there's a lot of new things that, while not there's like one game breaking thing, I think, and then the rest is like very nice support, uh so. So we'll be diving into that here in just a second. So for today's episode we are going to be going over the top ten cards from Astro radiance. Will be doing an ordered list of our favorite cards from the set and in the back half, for those of you who will be going to tournaments either in the abstra radiance or brilliant stars format, Jw and I will be giving our top picks for both of those formats if we were playing this weekend. So let with that. Let's just jump the heck in. Why don't we start with an honorable mention? Jw Hmm. Absolutely. So our honorable mention didn't quite make the top ten because of how specific it is, but it's still a solid card that should see play in very niche situations, and that is radiant Hallouchho with the abilities. We've already had this debate on the cast. I think it is. It is he. No, it's either, it's either, while niche is correct, though, so well. Okay, so a very niche use, radiant hollow show with the big match ability. As long as this Pokemon is on your bench, your pokemons attacks do thirty more damage to your opponents act the Pokemon v Max. I think that's the kicker I think when a lot of people think about the Halouchha they're like, oh, yeah, just deals in additional thirty damage. No, definitely not the case. You're only doing thirty more damage to the opponent attack the V Max. But considering there are still some prominent v Max's Ershafu and me in particular, radiant Haloucha should find its way into some decks if they're trying to fix up that math in those matchups. Yeah, when I think of radiant Halucha, I really think of those decks that really just can't quite get the math to work out. Versus mew and against you. You need to add some point in the game, threaten to one hit knockout right, like don't. Then you will just run you over a typically, and radiant Haluscha is like a band aid fix for that problem in some decks. I don't think it's a staple. There are potentially better radiant cards. Will touch on one of those in the top ten here, but it's certainly an alternative option if you're a deck that needs that boost. Yeah, absolutely. I think the other thing that's really just interesting about these rading cards is that you know you can recycle them right, so they do not like the prison stars, where as soon as they hit the discard pile they technically get sent, you know, to the law own and you can't ever recover them. So that's another nice thing about, you know, Hallucha, Hetran Grennchas that you can be able to reuse these cards if you have the resources to do so. So very interesting awesome. So, with our honorable mention out of the way, let's get into our top ten. If our radiant pokemon is...

...getting the honorable mention, you know there are some cool cards ahead. So let's start off with number ten in diance. Diancy is a card that we talked about when it was first revealed and it's coming back into our top ten here. For the ashure radiance set dance. He's rocking the awesome ability princesses curtain, whereas as long as dance he is in the active position, any effects of your opponent supporter to your benched basic pokemon are prevented. Now, when you think of effects of supporters that go onto benched Pokemon, there should be one supporter that immediately jumps to mind, and that is going to be boss's orders. That's not the only supporter. That could potentially affect the bench, but that's going to be the main reason why you would rock a diance. So where does dancy fit into the metagame? It's really something that you stick into the active and set up your board behind in the early game. There hasn't necessarily been exact act fits of decks for a diancy discovered yet, but it's something that I think will be a component of certain combos. You know, you think of like stalled acts or decks that need to set up for a little while and then play like a big end game pokemon that one hit Kos everything strategy, and diancy fits into that perfectly. It also has the spike draw attack, does twenty damage and draws two cards, not like an overwhelmingly go to attack, but it's I think it's perfect for the niche that diancy is looking to fill. Yeah, definitely, I think dancy fits, you know, a perfect niche in the format where it doesn't love, they're saying, yeah, but Diancy, I mean it's good at doing something very specific and while we can't quite crystallize the, you know, precise perfect way to play diance, I mean there's a lot of different combinations. I mean, I think immediately when I see a card like dancy I'm like Oh, immediately coming to a ZOARC deck right, where you're trying to set up all these different pieces and trying to get that piece into the discard pile so that you can recycle it with Zor Arcs. And you just need that extra little bit of time to set up behind a DIANC right, get your Zeros out, then you can evolve, get your pieces in the discard pile, but you just don't want those pieces to be gussed up before they're, you know, able to be used. Now, obviously something like a scape rope can get around diance's effect. But still a really great card and while we don't quite know how it's going to be broken, there will definitely be a deck at some point that will make really good use of Diancy, absolute frequent lotly. So if you're looking to craft one of those Nie Strategies, then Diane See is the card for you. You, you, what's our number nine pick for today? Yeah, number nine coming in and number nine on our astral radiance top ten cards is starmy V. Now, starmy V is a water type POKEMON with a couple of attacks. The first attack is a swift attack that fifty damage and says it's not affected by weakness, resistance or any effects on the opponent's active pokemon. Most notably, these attacks have been particularly useful for going through any kind of safeguard poke a bodies or, excuse me, abilities that would otherwise prevent pokemon V or Pokemon Gx from attacking into them. So swift can go through things like Decidui, for instance. It also has a second attack that I think people are a little bit more excited about. Energy spiral does fifty damage times each energy attached to all of your opponent's Pokemon. So if you're playing against an archeus deck, that's a very common deck that has, you know, six or more energy in play at any one time, where they've attached twice to their active archeus and then they've accelerated to the bench. So you know you're winding up there. Some was six on a seven energy on their side of the field and you can quickly...

...take those easy one hit chos with the energy spiral. No, obviously the downside of this is if your opponent doesn't attach that energy, then starmy can be a little bit lackluster, but that's a pretty common strategy and it's it's really hard to play around like you're not going to be an archeist deck and say, yeah, you know what, after I use my Trinity Nova attack, I'm just not going to attach energy. How about I do that that? That usually is putting you in a much worse position. So Star me be coming in at number nine on our list. Yeah, I mean I admittedly am a little soft on star me, I think, relative to some other folks, but I admit it's still a really good card and I think where it comes in most handy is the x that either need a little bit of extra oop, versus archis in particular. You know, I just need to have that extra threat on the board. or it's also really good at kind of inhibiting archaius's ability to chair and's care loop successfully, because if you're not attaching as many energy off of your Trinity Novas, it makes it harder and harder to continue to keep that charance care going and because you're having to attach to your archius as attacking every turn. Obviously it's not like a perfect solution, but it does kind of put that extra pressure on the Archeius in a variety of different angles. I don't think it'll see like too much attacking power against other decks, but it's also notable the the starmy is like a useful pokemon on your board, at least a little bit, regardless, because it does have that for your treat which which is at a premium right now. I would say, being able to offer that pivot option with the intellion decks without burning scoop up nets is kind of an undervalue trait. You know, we saw cards like those silly little cast forms get placed just because they are every retreat Pokemon, and this is a pokemon that can attack. Yeah, and if you think about the star me or if you think about the the Polka deck, right or stormy would most likely be played. You know, you have your main attack or your polky of the Star and then you have your star me potentially, and then you have your you know, different intellion lines and, like you said, it's really great to have a pokemon that you don't have to commit like a switching card to. Right. So you just bring up that starm I mean that that is really like you look at places that you can conserve space in Decklis and you see these archius decks go down to one switch card, right. They have like the one air balloon, you know, and and so in. I think the in the POLKA decks you might even be able to get away with like no switch cards, right, because you have I mean, obviously your scoop up nets would would be useful for switching your your Non v Pokemon, but I rest my case there. It's just like your starm. You can be that pivot when you don't have the scoop up men in hand and you have something knocked out. Absolutely so star me. He certainly going to see play in the Palkya deck and may even creep its way into other decks that utilize those water energies. Awesome Card, awesome pokemon. Who Doesn't Love Star me? Let's talk about our number eight pick then, and that is going to be alluded to earlier. In a safeguard type POKEMON with Mil tank. Mil Tank has the Miracle Body ability where any damage by Pokemon be done to milt tank is prevented. So Mil tank obviously can serve as that basic pokemon that blocks the Pokemon v that you've been kind of missing for a little while. Usually you'll see safeguard distributed amongst the mixture of kind of like stage ones and basic pokemon, when really it's been localized to Decidu I for quite some time now, and mill tank kind of fills that niche now of an easily benchable safeguard type Pokemon, it does also have an attacking option in route that does ten damage and twenty more for each of your opponent's bench pokemon. Admittedly, this is a kind of underwhelming damage attack. You know you're not going to really creep up...

...to high damage numbers that often, and decks that can play around it will write like if they are attacking with Italians, for example, they'll keep their bench relatively thin. But because milt tank is a colorless Pokemon, you can also play all sorts of tricky ways to boost your damage. In addition to, you know, to your opponent benching Pokemon, you could play the powerful colorist energy to just add on near base damage and start threatening those two hit Kaos on other non V pokemon or relatively low maintenance. I also use cards like the CAEPE of toughness big charms to boost the MIL tanks agep to tank, particularly the aqua bullets that'll be coming its way, and threaten those two hid knockouts. So Mil tank is an awesome card. You can loop it with Chairan's care and hyper potions and all sorts of crazy stuff just really disrupt your opponent's strategy and make them think twice about the way that they're playing the game. Yeah, it's something that I think, especially in these early tournaments, that people can really take advantage of players not playing counters. You think about the mew deck, which is on the decline, certainly not being played as prolifically of as we've seen it in the past, and me obviously has that second attack that can go through any type of effects on the opponent's pokemon. So with mew kind of on the decline and potentially, you know, falling even further with this new set release, you're looking at one of the biggest kind of inherent counters to a deck like this just just not being a threat much anymore. So I think Mil tank could definitely be one of those cards that catches people by surprise. Obviously you have you know, your your in telling on lines in a lot of decks that. Okay, you're maybe teching like a water energy to attack with Italian and then, you know, mill tank kind of catches a stray bullet there. But I think people can build the mill tank deck in a way that can counter the you know one one in tellion that a player might play in their archais deck, for instance, it's. It's. It's a card that I think, especially early, I would want to at least have some maybe not full out counter to the mill tank, but to at least to have some kind of answer to it where I could craft some strategy to try to work my way around a Mil tank deck. And I think where the MIL tank will struggle the most is against the Palkya decks that are running and telling on, because they're the most likely to not only have multiple outs to getting and tally on up over the course of the game, but also being able to accelerate those water energies onto the INALIAN empowered up out of nowhere with the Palky of the stars ability. Yep, exactly. So be cognisite of how you build and play your decks, because Mil tank is out there and you know, if Popa has proven anything in formats past is that people will find a way to abuse these cards, no matter how underwhelming they may seem at first glance. He'll MILKIA, he'll MILKIA for sure. We're all the champion points that you're that's right. Number seven on our list is a trainer card, trucking shoes. Trucking Shue says, look at the top card of your deck. You may put that card into your hand if you don't discard that card and draw a card. So this is a very, very strong draw item card that we really haven't seen in the format for a while. We've had maybe the most similar parallel would be acro bike. But the thing with acrobike is that you were forced to discard one of the two cards, right, and there were a lot of situations where that wasn't good. Right. You got, you know, your last one of this resource and your last one of this resource and you had to choose which resource was more important. But oftentimes, I mean,...

I don't know how many times you played acrobike and you drew into like yeah, your last two pieces and you just those are the two Combo pieces you definitely needed and you lost because you had to discard one of them. So trekking shoes gets around that a little bit by, you know, you don't quite see the dig. You know, you only see the dig if you choose. So you maybe have a card that's like, you know, I don't know, like a like a five out of ten as the first card and you're like well, I could win the game if I see my ten out of ten card. And then so you discard it and then you draw your other card and then it's a, you know, it's a one out of ten. It's like I should have kept the earlier card. That gives me a better right. So you've run into that situation with treking shoes. But I think overall the card is a really nice kind of supplementary draw power that we haven't seen in the format for a while. Yeah, that kind of insistent item based draw is something that's kind of been lacking in the format. Also pairs really well with cards like rotem phone, own or ran the route to their discard cards selectively or draw cards selectively. So really cool addition of the format, something that slots easily into like some of these MW engines. It's maybe a replacement for some of the other consistency cards that they're looking at and so general, like all around card. You know, if you're looking to make yourself play AC six card deck right instead of a sixty card deck, treking shoes is it's the kind of card that feels that niche very well and you're kind of kind of fire, you know, kind of fire with it. You know, Gw, if you had a pair of treking shoes, would you wear them? I think I would. I mean, I'm not that kind of guy. I think you pull off the geometric loud colors a little bit better than I do, but I'd wear them. You know, I've been kind of saying screw it to my footwear recently, now that you're dead, exactly. So there you go, tag team endorsed, dripped in treking shoes, you merch, merge question mark. Awesome. So let's then talk about our number six card, also a trainer but not an item, and that's going to be the temple of Sino. Complo of Sino is a stadium card that negates the effects of special energy. So any special energy attached to any POKEMON and play will now only provide a single colorless energy and have no other effect act. So where does that come in handy in the format. While you have your double turbo energies, will now provide a single colos energy, you have diffusion strike energy, will no longer block the effects of abilities and will not provide a rainbow energy anymore. You have all sorts of like twin energies and powerful colors energy and all these sorts of energies that will not do anything after they've been toached to Pokemon, and that is a really valuable effect, especially when we're talking about Pokemon that leverage e and tellyon engine. Are Looking to ping against the mew deck is probably where it is most frequently used, but certainly it's also disruptive against archaeus decks. You know, you think of turn to with Rechius, you're trying to double turbo energy and swing and yeah, this prevents is that option without a stadium bump, in the same way as path kind of forces an immediate state am answer. Temple of Sino also forces that answer and it also, you know, just like star met, disrupts their late game ability to loop Chairan's care because they cannot attach for one energy like get a double attachment. Yeah, so Super Valuable Card in basic energy decks. Who are looking to get that leg up. You know, you think of the Palkia is in the samurats especially, who both rely on basic energy and want to access the abilities versus mew and want to disrupt archaeus. It's just such a natural fit into these decks. Yeah, definitely. I've I said this for a while now. A certainly a sinsence cards been released. It's just kind of felt like we've been...

...in a too stadium format right where you have like okay, you got your path of the peak, which is probably the premier stadium, and like, if you're going to play a stadium, you're trying to fit that in. But there are just some decks that don't really take advantage of the path of the peak and so they play the training cord right and it's kind of felt like, okay, well, I need a counter stadium. What do I play here? Training Cord, I guess, is going to be fine. And so we've needed a little bit more diversity in stadium and this temple of Sino is, like you mentioned, really nice for what it does right, because it's giving you that disruption against two of the main decks in the mew and the Archaius, and like arguably even like Ershfuof we're still talking about that. Yeah, you know, it's giving you kind of this this coverage against a lot of really solid decks while also being allowing you to use your ability. So it's a it's a strong card. Certainly, I think it might be a little high in terms of its impact on, you know, on our list here, but I'm excited to see kind of a third stadium option to emerge and I'll be excited to see how players fit this into their list, if they do at all. Yeah, and certainly it fits super well with some of the other cars that we'll be talking about towards the top of this list. Did aw come talk on number five then? Yeah, man, coming in at number five is an Oldie but a goodie. Dark Patch, dark patch respecters, anyone? Dark dark patch respect for sure. Dark Patch attach a basic dark energy from your discard pile to one of your bench dark pokemon. It's simple, it's sweet, but it is quite text of all the cards we've looked at so far. Ver sure, that's so true. That's so true. Even a simpleton, smooth brain like myself can understand. So, you know, dark patch coming back into the format obviously, with a number of really strong dark pokemon currently and also to be released, this card is going to find its way into a number of decks. Obviously we have our glarian multrace, we have our Malamar vmax. These are both cards that could make really good use of the dark patch. But then we have Samurat, we have dark ry coming out in Astra radiance. So look out for dark patch to be one of the more prominent item cards in this new format. I mean we think of dark is being a really premier type right now. Hit's mew for weakness. Generally, the attackers are just very strong and pretty efficient multi purpose. You know, you have the Hoopa, you have the Glare Multras v at, the glaring Moultras Malamar. They all have kind of like different weaknesses filled different niches. All hit you for a weakness. So just very powerful slew of cards and having that acceleration is really the only thing they've been missing, like that additional acceleration element. So I think dark already a premo type. Dark patchet and a excellent addition to the type. So dark types definitely not going anywhere in the immediate future. Yeah, it's interesting right because though the the real way that dark types have been playable is when they've gotten the energy acceleration from the archeus. Right. You see Archaius Hoopa, you see Archaius Malamar, you know, and Archis just dark Arcius Crow Bat right. And so now all of a sudden you open up a possibility. While it might still be better to play the Archeus, you open up the possibility of having that supplemental energy attachments or just replacing the archaeus line in general and going for a more item based acceleration engine. Absolutely, and of course dark patch pairs incredibly well with a v Star that didn't make its way onto this list in dark ry, our ape, your friend. I'm just you know, for those that are out there that are like I really can't wait to try dark Ry v Star, it just feels a little like a trap to me. I don't know if it does to you as well, but it feels like you're never going to do enough damage to...

...keep pace with the Other v stars. And obviously we have dark patch, obviously we can get back energy with glaring multrace V and we have the glaring multras to accelerate energy into play. But it's just so like you need such a big hand and obviously your opponent's going to be wiping energy off the board every turn when they take Ko's. It just it feels like a trap. I just wanted to kind of yeah, I mean that I'll come on that, for to energy attachments can do as much energy damage as a, you know, six seven energy dark rye boards. So why bother at that point? Yeah, you can do the same thing for so much easier and then play more consistency cards and stead maybe it'll be good, but I would will have to say I'm does. Yeah, right, I would love it. Yeah, for sure. That's like definitely, you know, kind of a ptcg Oh and chill type of deck, right where you're just logging on in the middle of the night. You want to get a couple of tournaments under your belt. You just I'll throw some dark rybe star, but it's not something that I'm going to be looking at spend a ton of money on getting carts for. Absolutely dark patch, though, incredibly impactful. You don't already have them from its stint in both the dark explorers formats as well as expanded format. Make sure you pick them up because it's going to be a great addition to any dark deck. And clocking in at number four, we have a different radiant pokemon and that is going to be the radiant Gran Ninja Gringa. Man pokemon loves this guy, they really do, and radiant Granninja is just another excellent addition to the Granninja collection. Also, I gotta say this card, the art on it is absolutely insane. I love premoke of that sunset on the water. It's just so beautiful. It's got the it's got like the astral radiance, like gradient. Yeah, it does exactly. It's so, so sick. So not only is the card incredibly cool, though, but it is very, very strong and multiple way it's it's got the concealed cards ability. You can discard an energy card from your hand once per turn to draw two cards. You can actually use that multiple times return as well, and a pinch you can scoop up net the Greninja and you his ability again. So it's not like a hard once per turn where you can truly only use it once. You can re set it if you're able to. And it has the moonlight suriken attack. So, for to water energy and a single colors energy, you can just card to energy from Greninja and do ninety damage to two of your opponent's Pokemon. The kind of like a rapid flow light. Obviously it's a little bit harder to get the three energy on Greninja as opposed to on, say, an Ershifu, where you can leverage that at rapid strike energy to get those two energy. I for one attachment on the booth side you're using a one prize Pokemon, so you can got a way the the way the difference. They're right. It does a little less damage, but ninety is exactly enough to Ko a drizzile on the bench and right it's all you really need to do. Honestly. You know, remove your opponent's Sabbo undersile outs. It's a great alternative attacker in these water decks that are able to power it up. You know you think in the Palky of you star, you're thinking the Cross mooth type decks and it's a great consistent see pokemon and pretty much every deck. You know you think of a radiant pokemon that you're going to put in your deck. Brinnin just should be top of the list. Is the first one you consider because it's just a great consistency option. Yeah, absolutely, The concealed cards ability, I think on its own, if that's all it had, would be, you know, strongly playable card. But yeah, you like you mentioned in these water decks having the ability to on a one prizer, snipe to Pokemon for ninety damage. I mean that is just a really strong attack, kind of in a vacuum in and of itself. Like we talked about how good...

...for so long the rapid stray Kerche Fuo was and it had an attack that you know should be more right because it's a Freaking v Max. But now you have it on a on a one prizer, doing ninety two to Pokemon. Me that that's just so good. You think about the Pokemon that have ninety HPR LST right, there's a lot of set of Pokemon, the be Douf so the world, the drizzles, the sobbles of the world, the Muse. You know, there's just so many pokemon that this Granninga can straight up one shot and they can do it twice. I mean it's crazy. Yeah, yeah, I mean there's certainly great meme potential as well, if let because the Radiot pokemon can be recycled on like the prison pokemon. You can't do funny stuff like Nessa Frost Moth and R Ninja like every turn. Yeah, if you're looking to really get wild with your deck building, could see it issuing heavy ball to grab it out. Who now we're talking broken deck. So Rating Grninja clearly the best radiant Pokemon, great addition to most any deck. It also can discard any energy card. Did you notice that? This card and energy card for me. Yeah, I was thinking about that too. Write, because you could. You could theoretically get to water and like a twin or a double turbo. Also for the ability, I feel like, Oh yeah, sure, he's abilities. It's like sure, basic energy, but this one's and energy, which is cool. Yeah, imagine playing it in like an electric deck and then discarding a speed lightning. That's some that some real, you know, Alpha maneuvers. Yeah, you're upon it. Will be really crying for sure. Coming in at number three, we have one of my favorite songs by the police, rocks and sorry, could you think that again? Rocks and you can only use this card if your opponent has three or fewer prize cards remaining. Each player shuffles their hand into their deck. Then you draw six cards and your opponent draws two cards. Rocks and again, aside from being one of the best songs from the police, is the premiere disruption card in the format. Now, I know we have Marnie. Marnie's always going to exist, he's always going to be strong, but when, well, okay, fair enough, fair enough, because there are times where you only don't want to play Marnie, but rocks. And I think whenever you get the chance to play rocks and you're going to take it right because like setting your opponent down to two cards three with their draw is is not something that we've seen in the format since and and is kind of, I wouldn't say desperately needed, sorely needed, but you know, is a good option to have for deck builders. Yeah, the level of magnitude of rocks and it's disruption relative to Marnie's is massive. You know, when you think about it just by the numbers, you know, three cards in hand after their draw versus five cards. It doesn't seem like that insane, right, it's only two cards, but you know, in practice that is a huge difference in the amount of dig that you're going into your deck and you know the odds of you actually drawing your outs, especially when you pair it with another disruption card like path to the peak. You know, for example, the me decks will have a much harder time drawing out of a rocks and than a Marni. Also notable is rock sand shuffles the hand as opposed to Markie's kind of dig right. So you can't use Rhodom phone to stack your deck, for example, or a Rangeru to stack your deck to play around rocks and in the same way that you can with Marni. The rosy absolutely absolutely insane disruption potential. The interest thinking about rocks and for me is it's not particularly strong as be barrel decks, right, is the best against like the mew Dec when you have path, or against entailly on decks. Is You know where it's going to be the strongest. And the just think they think about that is I think until you on...

...decks are also the decks that are most likely to be able to use rocks head on the turn. Yes, right, right, yeah, that's a really good point. Is that you know obviously with a biber all deck you're going to be able to recycle your hands. So rocks and isn't going to affect you as much as an Italian deck or, you know, a movie Max deck. So it's really an interesting thing. Like will we see the ripple effects of rock sand being an option for players extend to the kinds of draw that they play? Will players opt instead of playing, you know, heavy and telling online to go for the biberrow line just because rocks and exists? Well, that's something I was actually going to ask you is, do you think particularly the archies decks, you know we just saw orchisp barrel when the Saccacus Regional Championship, do you think people are going to shift to more be barrel focused archies decks in particular now that rock sands in the format, now that there's you know, even reading Greninja is like able to snipe the drizziles, is their motivation to swap variants? Yeah, there's that's a really good point on the radiant Grenincha, I think, because you know, you can evolve into your into Your Bibo and that's not going to take a snipe, you know. So that's one turn and you're out of snipe range, as opposed to the two turns it'll take with the Gran Ninja. So sorry, I have a really loud got a really loud, really loud car out here. Sorry about that. So yeah, so there's that. A person's probably really cool. They are, they're really excited about this, for sure. Um, so you have that, you know, you have that like one turn kind of safe guard, I guess. If you're playing the BIB Berrill as opposed to the Italian line, that really can't be understated, I think. And obviously, as you said, we saw Bibrill win this most recent regional championships. It's one regional championships. In the past it's been in those winning decks and high performing decks. So there might be a really strong argument. So just completely shift away from Italian and go into Biberrell. I think there's something there, at least something that consider, if nothing else, as we have the rock stands and the grenaches and also even cards like Palkia that will capitalize on you having the inherently wide bench that you do when you play desile to SMAX effectiveness. Right. That's another good point as well. I think that for me, if I'm looking to construct a deck, I'm going to defer more towards the BIEBER. Obviously there are some decks that just work way better with the Italian line, but if given the option, yeah, I'm going to try to make a work with Biber first. Absolutely. So let's talk about our last two picks here, both of which actually work quite well with a telly on, and that's going to be at number two. Samurad v Star. So we talked about dark rye. Unfortunately it is overshadowed by another dark type V star in this format, and the reason is that he's sueing. Sam Rod is just so low maintenance in comparison or pretty respectable damage output. It has that merciless blade attack where if the opponents act of Pokemon has any damage counters on it, it does two hundred twenty damage. That's one hundred and ten plus one hundred and ten more. And The v Star Power, Moon Cleave Star, where you put for damage counters on one of your opponent's Pokemon, though Samurai can really climb up it's damage numbers pretty aggressively. When you combine it with quick shootings and moon cleave star and choice belt. You know just between move clead star and a choice belt you're doing two hundred and ninety damage, which knocks out any opposing V star that doesn't have a big charm attached to it. You add in a ping and you're up to three hundred and ten. With Italian, you know, Zigzagoom...

...pings as well can get you to pretty high damage numbers. And all for too. Darkness Energy, which is just really respectable damage output, allows you to focus on consistency. You know, you only need a couple of dark patch to really function well, and you can stream those attacks like they're nothing. Though. Samurai is just that clean, simple attacker that does high damage. Can reach for the one shots when it needs to, but otherwise is always threatening a two shot. It's always one shotting the basic vs. it's just, you know, pure consistency. Is kind of what I think of it. Yeah, Samurad is definitely one of those decks that I would try to aim to include an elevated count of boss's orders right, because it seems to me that the deck functions, you know, probably the best when you're just kind of sniping and picking off the UNEVOLVED v's on your opponent's bench. The arcius is, the polky is, you know, even in the mirror, just trying to get that first Ko on whatever pokemon they're trying to set up, and so I would think, you know, three boss in this deck for boss and this deck just to be able to make sure you have it when you need it so that you can disrupt your opponent strategy, because I think, like you said, that's the strength of this card is just how efficient it can be with the damage output. And if you're knocking out these for to energy, I think you have the lean into that strategy. Yeah, another cool thing about Samurai that people aren't necessarily talking about as much, but the moon clear star does put those four damage counters onto any one of your opponent's Pokemon. He can't spread them out, but you can put for on any pokemon on the board which, combined with like Zigzagoon and Italians, you know, if your opponents trying to play like a one price strategy, for example, you can prettily, easily, like set up a knockout on the active and put for damage counters plus an Italian Ping on the bench to knock out a sobbowl or knock out a rogue UN spars that ended up there knock out of celebrations. Of you that got stuck on the bench. You know, really pick off those POKEMON and offset the price trade back in your favor. So just really versatile, powerful card. Knocks out those of the Pokemon with relatives and can reach for the high damage numbers on the opposing of the stars. Pluses. A dark type was never hurts. Certain like they're a really awesome card and that number one on our Tompton Astro radiance card set list, top ten is origin form bulky of the star. I don't think that this has really any shock value at this point. I'mensidering. We've been considering, you've been teasing it for you know the entire list, but this is the premiere. v Star. It's absolutely tearing it up in Japan right now. subspace swell for to water energy sixty damage plus. This attack does twenty more damage for each benched pokemon on both sides of the field. So it's a like an elevated Sui Coon v The v Star power also is quite strong. Star portal is the ability there. During your turn you may attach up to three water energy cards from your discard pile to your water pokmon in any way you like. So if you have a rough start and you don't get an energy attachment down on turn one, or if you want to power up a Gran Ninja, radiant Gran Ninja out of nowhere, or if you'd like to get any of the other attackers that you might play in the Pulkia deck powered up, you have that star Portal to get you out of of a bind. It's a really strong card. You're doing more damage than the swee coon, which was a really, you know, tier to archetype for a lot of the last format. You're doing more damage there. You have more HP, you have this great ability. It comes together for a really solid package. Absolutely does. That star Portal is really insane. The Star power right, being able to accelerate. There's three energy into play. Of course they do it to be in the discard first, but if you haven't have enough energy in the discard, you can even like Ryhan or Melanie...

...on that same turn plus attached from a hand. That's five energy in a single turn that you can reach up to a star portal. Now nine percent of the time you probably not using star portal to get five energy into play in one term, but it's just impressive that you have that much reach with your energy attracchments with the Palky of the star. So really awesome card and definitely going to be a format defining card into the future. And shw you reference this week and I think we should specifically address like what what is the selling point of Palkia, right, you know, if explain, like we're five here. You know, I'm a swee Con Player and I'm looking at Palkey and I'm like wow, yeah, Palkia does more base damage, but that actually is offset and actually in spequence favor if you count, for example, the Ludocolo right which ry Palkio does not have access to this week. You can reach those one shots on those Tanky Pokemon, you know, maybe a little bit more accessibly than Palkia. So why do I think that Palkia is a better deck than some of these other water type attackers like smooth hume, like ice rider, that can also reach these damage numbers? Yeah, I think you look at just the ease of set up as being something that really, really kind of leans into pulky has favor. We think about swee coon, or at least when I think about seeking and all the Times I've played into it. You played against her, played with it. You're always searching for that Melanie and there's going to be that turn where you're you need to hit that Melanie right and it's like kind of make or break the entire game whether or not that one turn you hit the Melanie and you're able to keep attackers rolling. That's not going to be the case with the PALKIA. You have that built in ability. You obviously can attach right. You're only, you know, to energy attachments away from an attacker. So that is kind of one of the the biggest things there is that you're less reliant on Melanie to make sure that you can do things. The other thing that I think is really important. I mean, the sue coon can increase the amount of HP it has with the Cape of toughness right go from to ten to D and sixty. But I really think the HP can't be understated with the Pulky of the star, because you're going to two hundred and eighty. You could even potentially increase that further by playing your own big charm go up to three hundred and ten. As we know, big charm has been seeing a lot of play throughout the entirety of the last format in archeus decks to just increase that HP. So there's something to be said for just being able to get off more attacks. Right, two hundred and eighty is larger than two hundred and sixty. So you know, theoretically should be able to, you know, in certain math matchups, be able to tank an extra hit and get off a little bit more damage. So those kinds of things work really heavily towards Punky Abu Star, not to mention if both players have full benches and you have a choice belt attached, then you can one shot Other v Stars, which is really, really a selling point for this card. You don't even need the you know, rare candy into the Ludicolo. Yeah, I think he hit on all the things that I would say. You know, Palko can hit the numbers that it needs to, maybe not as reliably as like a loud Colo Combo, but it can get there and it has that kind of consistency and HP boost. Right, you not necessarily getting your Palkey has knocked out every turn. So you have a little more wiggle room and you can afford to play like hard draw supporters in a way that swe coon can't. So agree with everything that you said there. Talkia certainly going to shake up the format and a great pairing with in Tellian and all the basically every card that we talked about today besides the dark batch, could honestly be thrown in about so true, it's is that good. So really excited to see what people will come up with in their palky of builds and with...

...that JW. That wraps up our top ten for astral radiance. Is there any other key points you wanted to hit on before we go ahead and transition to car to the day, I think some people are thinking about just on a side tangent for the Paulkia deck is like how would you play this deck? Would you play it straight? Would you play it with, you know, with starmy? Would you play it with the Ice Rider Calie Rex? I was not. And then like why would you ever play Polka over Archius? I was in that last camp where I was kind of like why would you ever play Paul Kia over over Arkis? Like archius is the established deck. You can play Arkis with so many different things. You have, you know, somewhat similar a damage output. Right, you can play around the Paulkya like there seemed to be a lot of kind of negatives that I was seeing. When you compared Polka to Archaius, which I feel like they're somewhat similar in what they do. Obviously they're different cards with different attacks. You don't have to you don't have the subtweet me here tomorrow, but the comparison is there right to be made. So I'm like, well, why would you ever play Archias over Paulki? But after seeing Paulky and action in the different tools that it has, the Grninja as a big one. The starm me also pretty solid and just itself, like being able to hit those two ninety numbers like we were just talking about. I think there's a lot to be said for Paul Kya being, if not the best, you know, one of the best decks in the next format. Absolutely, yeah. There's a reason it's dominating in Japan. Obviously, we said on the cast before, you cannot necessarily transpose the Japanese metal one to one and say this is how the American Meta will be. But I think Palkia is a card that has a high enough and obvious enough power level that it will see significant play. Do you think it's the best deck. I think it's going to be up there for sure. I think the contention will really be between it and Archaeius, Bill Right, and what do you think counter? What do you think counters Polky, though? Does it need to counter Palkia or does it just need to be able to contend? Out of my outer point to that, you know, if it if you have an Archaeus deck that consistently contends with Palkia, is the Archius deck just more consistent and better because they has archias in it? Out Right, you know, I think right, searching out right. I think that's the fundamental question that decks have had. The answer for the entirety of this format is, you know, they can keep up with Archias, for Archias will keep up more, you know, keep them more opted and do it every time. I think that's going to be the question that Palki has to answer to be the best deck. I do think it's a contender, though. We'll talk about that a little bit more later for sure. So let's transition then into our card of the day and in the spirit of my little cat interloper coming into my laugh me cast here for the video watchers, we are going to feature a cat card on the car to the day. This is not planned, this is just a coincidence. But my card of the day today is the lifeguard from boundaries crossed and this card inspired me in multiple ways today. Hw were and I were talking earlier today about some Weird Combo deck. I forget how it exactly it came up, but he was asking about the lifeguard and I also watched a Wolfie video today where he was talking about a broken strategy that involved lifeguard and VGC and it also used the attack that's on this card in the VGC Combo and that's assist. So Nice assist in the video game will randomly select one of your Pokemon's attacks across your party and use it. And in the card game, the way they chose to replicate it on this life part from bounties cross...

...is by doing a coin flip. So you flip a coin and if heads for one dark energy and for two colors energy, you can choose one of your bage pokemons attacks and use it as this attack. So you know can replicate any attack, so to speak, and that's a really interesting effect. You know, the kind of the fundamental question you have to answer at life part is like why would I attack with this? What I could just attack with the guy coffee, right, and the answers aly for like beam combos. So the main meme Combo that people have used this with a recent memory is you use it to copy timeless gx on NALGA and you've Combo with the vaporion. That turns it into a water type because it's a stage one, right, and then you use the Gosh, what's the name of the misty and Lore lie? Yes, misty and Laura Lie. Or you just card five cards. You scarred four eggs and one of the card to reuse a gx Atagy, just timeless every dad with the rest of the game. It's like almost impossible to set up and pull off, but it's so, so funny and it's also still rely on a coiflip. Yeah, right, you know you can make the odds in your favor, but it's still going flip at the other the day. Exactly. So super funny. Just the cool card though, you know, cute little lie part, I like, live hard and flour the one causing trouble, as cats do, causing some trouble, as cats definitely do. So life part is the card of the day. I was inspired by multiple events leading up to this. It's the really awesome book, one Nice like that. GW. It's time thank our sponsor. Absolutely. The TAG team Pokemon podcast is presented by manscaped. We think our friends and manscaped, for they are continued support of the cast and frankly, our lives have changed because they have come into them. So we have a lot of just yeah, fond, fond moments. Well, shall you say, with our manscaped products, trimming here and there and everywhere, with the ear and the nose, here trimmer, got the beard trimmer. You obviously have Riley's favorite, the underwear. I mean it just extends to every facet of our grooming lifestyle at this point. So, Riley, tell them a little bit more about what they can expect out of manscaped and from the brand here in the coming weeks. Yeah, manscaped is the top of the line mail grooming products and they got all sorts of cool stuff coming. If any of this sounds interesting to you, make sure to use code tag team and check out manscapecom. That's code tag team. Tagtam. We're twenty percent off in free shipping some manscaped. As you heard last week already launched their new ultra smooth package, which has the crops fully or the Crop Gel and crop shaver, so basically all sorts of shaven products for your lower areas. But they did not stop the new releases there. Just this past week they introduced the boxers to Oh and let me tell you, I personally am very excited for the boxers to Florid out. They haven't quite arrived to us yet. But the boxer there's one point now. I'm wearing them right now, literally as we record the gas, and they are VI far the favorite underwear and the drawer for me. I really can't describe enough how much of a game change it is to have nice underwear, not the twenty pack that you pick up off the shelf. If that's what you're wearing, no judgment, but your life will change what you shift to that nice underwear and the boxers. Two point now is their latest in comfort products. Don't be sure to check them out. That got cool designs, patterns and they will change your...

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France, over the last weekend with their kind of basic dark, you know, galary multras focused deck with the Rowlett that attacks for free off of a bird keeper. They had Galleyan Zapp those fee just a bunch of basic pokemon that can attack Hoopa of course, as well. All these basic pokemon under the umbrella of an Italian engine and just being able to kind of get those quick, cheap attacks on one prize attackers. I'm really intrigued by the list and by the deck in general and I think I might bring something like that to this weekend's tournament if I were to go to Vancouver, for instance. I think there's a lot of different gameplay, lines of play that you can find with a deck like this that I just would feel comfortable at least having the option to like, you know, if I could find the right line, being able to out play my opponents totally. Yeah, it's it's an awesome deck. That's when I've really enjoyed for a while is kind of that a little more modern take on the dark box deck. Yeah, really enjoy this. I think for myself I would likely consider playing an archs be barrel deck. If I could make arks be barrel it agelty on and work, that would be my first choice, you know, something like the second place deck in into the French championship or a you know, if I couldn't quite take that work, I would probably concede and play like a straight Arcius and tell you on, like Andrew Dank has played to the top eight. Yeah, congratulations to Andrew, by the way, front for his for his solid finished last weekend. But yeah, I think there's a lot to be said, though, for trying to avoid the archeus mirrors. There is a certain point to you just but my almost concession is like do it, you just bite the bullet at this point, because it's clearly like the card. Yeah, that's fair. You know, we did that was arc eventually. Yeah, there's just like no way to like, I don't know, there's very few ways to get around it, you know, get around yet the bank out life potential is well, yeah, for sure, but and I might make that concession. I think the I'll play is like, you know, taking a variant that kick had a deal with it well, and I those are the variance that I would consider, right is I see. Sure you know that, like a Charan's care loop, heavy water, energy, heavy for Melanie Arcius, Italian variant, or I would you know, play a be are all variant. They could shut down the opponent. I like it, though. Those are those are what we would consider, or the billion stars format, and I think best best of luck to everybody playing, by the way, because yeah, absolutely, that's that's that's a format that I think I'm happy to be out of. But bad luck to you if you played jaw at the full of group run K, you better have bad luck, because JDW supposed to win. I'm trying to do it, man. I got top for it the first one and then now like maybe you're right, you're good enough, you would win. WHOA, Whoa. I couldn't make it to the second one, man. So just did you win? No, I didn't. Okay, so, yeah, yeah, you would be curious, though. I think that brings us to a great slows for tonight. Thank you all so much for listening and supporting to tag team. Your support means everything for us do in the cast and if you're looking to support us more, there are some awesome ways that you can do that. You can leave a rate and review with your opinions of the cast on your favorite podcasting platforms, and you can follow us on social media, our primary tool being twitter, where you can find the podcast at tag team Pokemon, myself as smiles of riles and JW at Real John Walter. Now we also...

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