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Season 4, Episode 53 · 2 months ago

4-52. End of an Era

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

At long last, the season that started in 2019 is finally over. We had a lot of fun, we laughed, we cried, we used code TAGTEAM at checkout at Manscaped, but it's time for new pastures. The boys want to take this week to recap the season after returning to competitive play. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some reminiscing.

Yo, what is up, guys? Welcome back to tag team, the POKEMON trading card games premier podcasting Doo. My name is Riley Hulbert, joined as always by my good, good friend Mr JW, Career Wall Jw. How's IT hanging today? Hey, it's going really well, Riley. I am on my second leg of paternity leave. Very nice. How does it feel to be maybe not relaxing, but enjoying your time with your family? Feels good. Feels good. I just took a trip to Salt Lake City. Just got back. Yes, tournaments this later. I know I went a little bit too early for the term, but Anne had scheduled this whole get together with her friends from college and as a spouse, I go along with no. It's really fun though. I have I have a good time and you know, we're we're all at this point. We've known each other for five years now or something, so we're all pretty good friends. So it was a good time hanging out and seeing the sights and I had never been to Saltlake city before. It's beautiful out there, it really is. Yeah, a lot of the west coast is gorgeous and I read a lot about mormonism and you know what it's really feel? It's actually crazy for sure. If anyone's Mormon out there, like I gotta, I had talked to Mormons before, but I didn't actually realize like the church history and how wild it is. I was just and I was just reading the wikipedia article like if I had a book or something that I was reading like man, I'm sure it gets even crazier. But but also other fun fact. If you're listening to this on Thursday, it's my birthday. Oh, very, very special. So you can, you can send your well wishes over on twitter at Real John Walter or two. This is a call to action. If you're listening this episode, even if it's not the Thursday of the release, go ahead and hop over to twitter and tweet at J W Happy Birthday. This is a call to action. You are legally required to do this if you are listening to the podcast. I see, yes indeed. So how are you, Riley? I've been doing not my best lately. So I alluded to last episode how I got covid Um while I was at worlds and I'm dealing with like long covid I guess, right now, and it's kind of miserable. So I'm going to the doctor tomorrow to hopefully get a clean bill of health, but it's definitely like impeded my quality of life. It sucks. Are you still at work? I like still working every day. Yeah, yes, I am okay, and that's just been tough. The working not necessarily, but I just feel like crap all the time. So I don't know if working necessarily contributes one way or the other to that situation, but ah, you know, generally I would prefer if I didn't feel the way I do. So Yep, I heard that health is as I as I get into my Middle Age, health is just so important. Yeah, and as someone who really enjoys engaging in physical activity and lifting weights, Um, it really sucks to be just like completely shut down. It feels like whenever I tried to go the last couple of days and weeks, this is a bad experience. So Um, it just really sucks. Well, on a lighter note, hopefully this episode and the things that we talked about there in we'll make you feel a little bit better, at least mentally.

That's right, because today is the final episode of the current season of tag team. We've been running at it for so long now. It's been over three and a half years that we've been recording the PODCAST, which is crazy to think about. And so we're gonna BE WRAPPING UP Season Three here today and moving on to new pastures as we look ahead to the next upcoming season of the POKEMON trading card game. So we thought it would be fun today to do a little bit of kind of like a highlight reel sort of episode, talking through some of the highs of the season, the loads of the season, what was good, what sucked, some personal moments for us and, you know, just ended on a generally high note as we look ahead towards next season here. Um. So we're just gonna dive right into it, jump through a slew of topics here and if you want to hear our own personal top moments of the season, be sure to wait till the end of the episode. J and I will plug those that'll said, though. Let's start with a question on everybody's mind, something people have been wondering get. I get asked this dozens of times a day. What is the card to define these this past pokemon season and, granted the Lens J W and, I will be taking as we talk about all these topics, is the post return to play. We acknowledge this season has been like two and a half, three years long. It's encompassed many, many formats, so many focusing like post brilliant stars after we actually returned to competitive fly. Yeah, absolutely. And when you look at the greatest cards of this last seven months or so, you've got to be thinking things like Urgh food, you gotta be thinking things like Pulky of these star. But I think we're in both an agreeance here that best card of this season has been Archaeus v Star, without a doubt. Yeah, I mean we've made this joke over and over. I'M gonna make it one more time. Taking two cards, if you're choosing out of your deck, is very, pretty good, especially when you combine it with the ability to accelerate energy to whatever attacker you want. I mean literally, what other combination of traits do you want on a card that has no weakness? Effectively with the Dune spars? It's just absurd. So it makes sense that archaeus rose to the top. I think what's maybe most impressive is not that the archaeus rose to the top, but that there are other cards that you could maybe argue or even in contention alongside archias right now. If you look at like some of the like genes sector or Palkia or the italianline, the fact that any of those cars could be argued to be on a similar plane as archaeas just speaks to the test is a testament rather, to the power level of the cards that we have right now in the game. Yeah, it's certainly true, but why wouldn't we put archaeas as number one? I think it really just comes down to tournament results. You Look at all of the tournaments that occurred in North America, were one by archaeas decks, and then you look at worlds as well, three out of the top three we're archias decks. It was absolutely incredible how well archias did this season and it just you know we're talking about it can accelerate to anything, right. So you can play it with the Gangar, which we saw very early on in the season. You can play it just straight with Intellian, you can play it with peek at you, you can play it with Crow Bat v Max, you can play it with all these different agron you know, you can play it with literally anything that you can think of that's a v Pokemon and you're probably gonna have some success. The card is just absolutely ridiculous and so and I think the fact that you have access to that...

...starbarth to really craft your game plan in a very targeted fashion every single game. It gravitates strong players to a cardlike Archias, because the name of the game at the top level is having like the best, most consistent deck, and archias implicitly kind of guarantees that that second piece is fulfilled. Yeah, absolutely, and that was kind of one of the things that we're thinking about heading into worlds. Is just I want to be able to execute my game plan every single time that I play and maybe my opponent's deck is going to be hard countered to beat mine or maybe they just run hotter, but I'm going to be able to play the game every time I sit down and that's, I think, a very valuable thing when you're looking for a deck in the POKEMON trading card game, and so archias perfectly fulfills that. Yeah. So hopefully it's not a major surprise to see archias at the top. I think archias will continue to be a Meta game staple as we look ahead to some of our upcoming formats. So forward to hearing US talk about archias plenty Moore in the future here. Now let's switch on over to the top deck of the season. Now, there may have been some debates on this, but, Riley, what do you think, over the course of the entire season, what do you think is has maybe been the quote unquote best deck or the top deck of the season? Yeah, and it's tough to exactly pin this down because there's so many different decks that have done well, and we talked about maybe Palkio could be a deck that fit this niche because it was so, so strong in those last formats there Um. But I think when it comes down to it, the top deck, the defining deck of this season, was in fact you, v Max, not an archaeas deck, and Noor, a Palkia deck, and while you didn't have the exact same results as archaeas as a card, as an archetype, it was something that consistently showed up and defined the tournaments that it was in. So, even though me wasn't consistently winning tournaments, every deck was built in a way where it had to deal with me. It commanded so much respect by every other deck in the format in a way that archaeus and Pakia didn't quite in the same way, at least. You know, if you think about the way these archaeus decks were built, they had to have passed to the peak engines oftentimes, or a heavy dark package to deal with me. The PALKIA decks always had the rock sane path Combo to deal with me. Um, the single prize decks often relied on dark attackers or things that could easily one shot of muv Max to actually be able to handle that prize race. It just completely warped the Meta game around itself. We think of all these kind of like mediocre dark type cards that would have never stopped play if it wasn't from you, and I think that speaks volumes in of itself for how powerful this deck was. Yeah, absolutely. We talked the whole season long about in a vacuum, in a vacuum, you maybe just the strongest deck ever to exist. If there were no counters, if there were no path of the peaks, if there were no you know, Meta game full of dark attackers. You know, this deck is just one of those decks that you look back on it and say, wow, how, how did it not win every single tournament? With the draw power that it has, with the attacking power that it has, with the options, the free retreat, being able to attack for a single energy, being able to reach those two three ten numbers? I mean it just had a lot of things going for it and because of that it needed to be, like you said, respected and had to be countered. Absolutely absurd deck, probably the strongest Straw engine we've ever seen and maybe we'll ever see in the POKEMON trading card game. So, uh, it's just you can't write it off as a deck. And of course it did have consistent, you know, top eights, top fours throughout the season as well. Yeah, it's definitely true, in spite of the hate. What about a flop deck of the season? Riley, we...

...talked about mew as being maybe the top. Let's look for a flop. What was your flop this year? Yeah, this one I struggled to define exactly, and we talked a little bit for the cast trying to define these and we couldn't nail down exactly the one. I think the one that stands out to me the most, though, would be the single prize box kind of decks. Namely the Zo arc box kind of decks. There were some other decks we had in contention there, namely like Samura and Dark Rye were two that we're on the top of our minds. But the single prize arc deck was something a lot of people paid attention to in both the early brilliant stars and the early astre radiance formats and also even in the early pokemon go formats. And never did it draw attention past those early opening weeks of the formats. It just never had the stopping power to deal with the Big v Star Pokemon as effectively as it needed to. The options that it had first prize attackers were always just a little bit underwhelming. You know. You think of you have to play the stupid electrode to deal with CALCIA. The burm was really or the Werma Dan was really not that effective as an endgame sweeper. The slow bro even could not make an impact in the results of that deck. That card is so good in a vacuum, and even that was not enough. I mean, what do you need to do to make that Zark box work? At that point it just was total flop. We've talked a lot also throughout the course of the latter half of the year since Paulki has met a deck, about the impact of a card like radiant Granninja, which can very quickly take out threats before they can, you know, evolve up into the attackers that they need to be. So I think that, as well as like you look at, you know, hard counters and and that's certainly like a soft counter, an unintended consequence of having radiant Granninja in the format in polk a deckx means that, you know, bye bye kind of adjacency there. That card being included in that option being available to Polka dex means that you're gonna have that collateral damage of those one prized dex really struggling to get out from under a double snipe early in the game. Yeah, it's the format was just brutal. The single prized DEX all around. It felt like there was very few opportunities for for single price x to really slide in. Malamara is maybe the one that came the closest alongside the towards the end of the format. The radiant chars are decks and even then they were fighting uphill battles. That felt like, Yep, couldn't agree more. Alright, let's do one more of our hits here and then we'll jump into a quick break for the card of the day. GW. What was the unexpected superstar of the season? What was something that nobody could have predicted but ended up making a big showing this year? Well, when they were first released, they were the content creators dream cards. They were absolutely absurd, very difficult to get out, but when they worked they were pretty cool. A mechanic that had never before been seen in the POKEMON training card game. And of course I'm talking about the V unions. Yes, The v Unions, unbelievable cards, crazy mechanic. Would have loved to see that expanded a little bit more, but they released a few. You think about Pikachu, you think about the more Peco, you think about the Gran Ninja, but far and away the best and most unexpected was the mew two v Union. Mewtwov union had the attack that, like all the unions, could accelerate to itself and also, I had an attack that allowed to heal itself. So...

...with HP you could heal two hundred damage with a three energy attack, and all you needed to do was get it into play. Now that was always the hard part. How could you get that V Union into play? But Sandra Rodrick found a way and his unexpected Mewtwo v Union deck I was able to secure a top four at the North American International Championships, I think, blowing most people's minds. That was certainly on the twitter timeline for quite a while. People just blown away by what that deck could do. It was seriously insane and honestly, Sander had a very realistic route to win the entire he should he should have won, in my opinion, right because I mean certainly a zoul has a route to win that top four match. Um, and and found the route and then he won the first game. So there was not enough time for the second game, which, uh, you know clearly sander was gonna win. there. Um, it's yeah, it was. It was a shame because I think that was one of the biggest, one of the biggest robs of all time that I think I've ever seen. It's just I I really do believe that if they play that matchup a hundred times, Sander probably wins ninety of them. But I just couldn't quite get it done there. It's a it's a shame, but that deck was seriously insane, and you know a control deck is insane when it dominates the TC G O ladder in the in the following years. If it can convince the layman to play the control deck in spades, then you know you've got a powerful deck. Well, the beauty of that, and something that we haven't seen before in many stall archetypes or mill archetypes, is that it's relatively straightforward for being a stall deck. You don't have a lot of these convoluted combos. The pokemon lineup is very much cut and dry. You know in certain matchups you're gonna go for the mill tank. In certain matchups you know you want to get them mew two out relatively quickly. Like it's just very much, very simple. Okay, you got the Sylenes to recover the hammers and it just is one of those exs that you look back at it, of course that works. You know, of course that's that's something that that could do well at a tournament. But to be able to find those combinations is is the hard part and it was one of those decks that just blew me away, certainly when I saw it like of course that would work. Yeah, seriously cool stuff. You love to see that, though, in the POKEMON trading card game, when when it all comes together in that way that it just makes so much sense in hindsight, but nobody saw it leading up to that point. Yeah, absolutely awesome. Let's take a quick breather then and talk through our card of the day for this week and also thank our sponsor here, so g w, for this week. It's gonna be hard to find a good deck centry for this one because they're all very obvious throughout the pokemon is. But this card is seriously cool and I thought it would be a great preview of what's to come in the upcoming lost origin set. So my hint for U J W as far as what pokemon this is is it's a psychic type, it's got and it's got a lost zone oriented attack. Um, yeah, and it's from the newest set. Huh. It's not from the newest set. It's just in the spirit of the newest Oh um, and a lost zone. Um, shoot. So, so it's like an older card. It's got a loss on McCann nick and it's psychic.

Shoot, I'm like, it can't be like a prime immediately I go to a prime, but like mew prime or Ganga Prime. Ganga has thirty. I believe Mu has sixty. I can't be those. And then I think about the lost March deck which had to which was a forty psychic pokemon. So I guess I don't know my loss on that. Well, that's okay. The card of the day for today is giraffe a rigg from the lost thunder. Of course. Giraffegg is a crazy powerful control card and really has no other practical purpose. It's got nine, a psychic type card, and it has two attacks. The second attack for three this energy is mind shock and the attack is not affected by weakness or resistance. And then for one colorless energy, it has the get lost attack. First, that's an excellent name for an attack. But second the effect of the attack was really, really strong, especially in discard pile based formats. Draft Ragg what you do is you pick any two cards out of your opponent's discard pile and you throw them into the lost zone. And, for the UNINITIATED, the lost zone you can think of it kind of analogous to like get removed from play from Ugo or banished from other card games. It's just completely inaccessible from that point of the game onward, except for a very select few set of mechanics. Um. So draft rag would plug those cards out of discard pile. Pokemon tends to be a discard pile heavy game, at least in some formats, and you can no longer interact with them. I personally played giraff rag at the Latinum Erica International Championship in eighteen uh in my art control deck specifically so I could deal with others art control decks, and also the executor deck that had all the different color energy in the discard pile, and that was a really funny matchup because after you get lost once, the executor could no longer one shot the Giraffe Rick so that you can just do it again. Yeah, and that's when. That's at a time when the resources were a little bit different, right. You look at now in the POKEMON trading card game and how decks are built. There's a lot of four of us, right, and most of the time when cards hit the discard pile they're not coming back into play. But in years prior when draft rick was a big deal, you had things like vs seeker. You know, to be able to recover your supporters. So you would often play less supporters and be able to get them back up to be a seeker Um and and there were other different you know, energy recycler to get your energies back and just, you know other cards that maybe interacted a little bit more with the discard pile that people needed to play right. We do still have those cards, but yeah, it's just a different way of deck building. So yeah, very cool card. Love that draft word. Yeh, draftword was super cool. Was Super Fun to play. It was fun to say get lost as well. So love it. But I'll tell you what, if you're not trying to get lost and instead get in the zone, there's no better way to do that than with the sponsor of the TAG team podcast, in manscaped. Man escaped is an awesome men's grooming product company. J W and I are both avid users of their products. They offer all sorts of awesome stuff, from the Lawnmark so you can shave your down their hairs, to their wonderful boxers that I wear at every given opportunity that presents itself as soon as they're clean from the batch of laundry Jen. If you want you tell us a little...

...bit about mandscaped. Manscaped has been sponsoring the cast for quite a while and we just thank them so much for partnering with us to offer you all a great deal on products. You can use code tag team over at Manscape Dot Com to get twenty percent off plus free shipping. If you've been listening to the cast for a while, you'll know how much we love these products. And again, I don't know what more I can say to like encourage you to just try them out. Try them out. You don't like them, you know, okay, then come come to me with your pitchforks and your your you know your mom mentality. Okay, I'll take the brunt of that. But I have loved their products ever since I was shipped my first package, and we've gotten quite a few packages and by now, Riley Right, so we've tried pretty much everything in their arsenal. It's all great. Can't recommend it enough. Go to Mandscape DOT COM CODE TAG team for off plus free shipping. That's code TAG team at MANSCAPE DOT com. Off Plus Free Shipping. Make sure to Polish your ultra balls with a mandscape okay, so we've talked about some of the top and the flop decks this season. We talked about unexpected decks. Let's talk now about decks that may be over underperformed. So when you think about a specific tournament, Jw and you think about the decks that were showing up versus maybe what you would have expected, what's an example of a deck that maybe didn't show up that you thought was actually quite good in that format? Yeah, I had always thought that the Reggie deck was quite good and we saw like hints of it. Right, it would win a tournament in Japan and would be like, okay, well, this is finally someone's found the code. Oh they had they added Energy Lotto or they played a different supporter lineup, and it's like Ah, that's what the deck needed. Right, and we always got we got little sniffs of it, and even in like the online scene, it would spike a tournament here there and like okay, now that's the deck. That's the way we needed to play Reggie this whole time. But for me, yeah, the most underperforming deck. I have to go with Reggie here. It felt like there were a lot of things going for it. As soon as players started to kind of figure out how to play the deck and what the optimal, quote unquote, lists were, but it just never gained the steam necessary uh in in kind of these official tournaments to really, Um, I don't know, make it respected, I guess. Certainly it had some finishes at Worlds, Pablo most notably at but even then he said the field was largely very bad for him in that tournament. Yeah, I felt like at worlds especially, Reggie had opportunity to really slide in there. You know, you had a lot of these archais sex that weren't really looking to deal with Reggie too much. You had the Palkya decks that were everywhere, of course, and often not including the tool jammer, which is super useful in the matchup, and opting for tools scrapper instead. So, especially with the addition of the pokey stop, it felt like Reggie had a chance to slide in and just couldn't quite get there. Pablo, of course, had his heartbreaking, for lack of a better word, throw in his world stream game. You know, Reggie's felt like it had that chance at worlds and didn't quite get there. Um, so I totally agree. It felt like a deck that had a lot of potential. You and I both talked many times actually about how powerful we thought that Reggie deck was and how powerful we thought it would be. We even spent some like really valuable time testing it, Chin to optimize Reggie for multiple different tournaments and never quite all the way there. That's right.

I just couldn't pull the trigger on it, honestly, but maybe maybe next season. We have a jolly flying man in the chat here saying Reggie's with Thornton is going to be a thing. You can power up a reggie and then switch into another basic. You know, crazier things have happened. So what about a deck that overperformed, a deck that maybe at a point in time this season had an overrepresentation? Maybe a deck that had its spike and then we didn't hear from it really ever again? There's one that comes to my mind, but I'm curious, Riley, what you think the deck that overperformed this year was. Yeah, I think the most obvious answer to this is going to be the dark decks at Salt Lake City. You know, Gangar focused decks and be it, and even like Archias Malamar, but namely the Gangar focused decks really dominated the top tables at Salt Lake City. This is coming fresh off of mew winning the Melbourne regional championship the week prior or, maybe two weeks prior Um, and mew completely dominated the bottom tables. At Day two of Salt Lake City. It was like thirty mews in a row at the bottom tables and then all dark decks at the top. And then we never really saw gangar make a return after that. I think it had like a smattering of top sixteens and then never really showed up again. And you know the deck is kind of a mess and you know our testing showed that time and time again, so it doesn't surprise me to see Gangar not show up again. The surprising thing was that it did so well to start with in that particular tournament. Yeah, it was pretty wild right. I mean you just think about the reactionary and how a Meta game can evolve over time, and this is a perfect example where we have mew again. Everyone identifies me as being the best deck. You know, in a vacuum and of course at the first tournament you're gonna just try to play the best deck and try to find the best list of Said Deck. I think that's just very much. You know, something that a philosophy at deck building, philosophy that we would adhere to. And then the next tournament there's maybe a little bit more room for expansion on that idea. There's a little bit more room for kind of experimentation. Even so, you have me as establishing itself as this powerhouse deck, and so how can you take the Meta game that one step further? And a lot of people said, Hey, you know what beats dark week? POKEMON, dark decks. So I'm gonna play Gangar, which is the most vious beat stick into the mew just being able to do absurds amounts of damage because mew is going to fill their bench with those v Pokemon. And then you have, you know, things like the moltras decks. Moultras Vu was featured in a couple of archaeas decks as well. So just a lot of dark at the Salt Lake City regionals and I think the gang guard decks did extremely well, you know, as you would expect given the Meta game of the tournament. But then again, as lists kind of evolved and as as players decided to take, you know, new lists and modify old lists, and we saw the Meta game evolved past the point of Gang Gar's viability. Yeah, I think it's a it's a great systinct summary of Gang Gars rain there in that one tournament. One honorable mention I do want to give for for this one that we had talked about as well, is archaeus. Italian showed up hardcore at any I see. Obviously didn't end up winning the tournament but occupied three of the top eight and if...

...you were to scroll through the limitless page for any I C oh my goodness, archies and Italian is everywhere, and we never really saw that our return to form at worlds or even online tournaments after that. Um, so, even though Archi's Italian, it is probably a better, more consistent deck than Ganger. I do want to call that out as another candidate for like an overperformer. Yeah, for sure, it's a it feels like people the mentality is shifted to much more like either b barrel or turbo kind of archus decks as opposed to the Italian engine. Yeah, I think so. I mean you don't really need anything in the early game, right, talking about the starbirth. Um, so you have I think you have a little bit more room to just kind of hope you draw into the things that you need. Awesome, J W. What do you have as your top like tournament viewer moment? What is something it you would call out as if you wanted someone to spectate pokemon or like get into the game and you wanted to show them, like here's a highlight reel of like some things that you should check out. What's the moment or set of moments that you'd recommend folks check out? I think anything from the world championships ever, like just the stakes are so high. That's just so fine and the production values, you know, on point most of the time for those productions. But Um, from this season in terms of the most exciting points of matches, I think if you just look at the N A, I C top four matches in in particular Azul's match against Sander and then Azul's match against Isaiah. They're both just incredible matches back and forth. A lot of just like crucial points in those matches that if a flip goes a different way or if a different card is drawn off the top deck, then could have a completely different results. So I think those were just great matches. Of course, I think back to sanders game against the Zul and just not being able to get out that mill tank and that third mill tank and and flipping so many tails on crushing hammer and it just was he put himself in such a good position but just couldn't quite get the last pieces that he needed to pull off a lock on a Zol and I just think like that match sticks out of my mind as being kind of a highlight of the season. Yeah, the whole N I C top four was. It was really incredible pokemon being played, all sorts of really cool stuff happening and I think it showed off like the best of the best, don't not only players but, you know, decks of the season as well. So I think it was really cool stuff. Definitely all right then, to round out our thoughts for today, g w what are some personal season defining moments? Maybe a high in a low point, as we start with the lowest, or and in a high note for uh, you know, as we've wrapped up this season and are looking ahead to the next. Sure, I had a horrible, horrible run at an a I C and that was okay because at that point I had secured the invite and I had, you know, there is really like low pressure right and I was excited. I had come in with the the Um, the Palky deck that we had been testing and that we had done pretty well with, you know, a few weeks prior in Milwaukee, with I think what I finished in the top sixty four. So my kind of second day wasn't the greatest, but still making it onto day two and then your top eight finish. It was great. Um. So I was really excited, like okay, well, we've got the list, now, we've got the text to figure out certain matchups,...

...and then I just was playing against players that, man, I think they could have been five years old, and the way that their deck ran and the way the cards that they drew, man, it was just like they ran over me, no sweat. I just had no shot and it was really it was a sour moment for me. I played against a bunch of Flying Peaka schoos and I ended the day, I think, like one in three, and it was fun. It's ton of fun. I always love going to these tournaments and stuff, um, but that was definitely a low point because I was like, okay, I feel really good about this list. You know, we had success with it in the past and I can't wait to bring it to this tournament and, you know, do even better. And that just didn't happen and it kind of goes to show that, you know, even even a good deck on the wrong day is going to struggle. Um, and I would say for highlight was that week prior in Milwaukee, I was streamed on the official pokemon stream for the first time, which I had never done. Yeah, Um, you know, I don't I don't make it to a lot of tournaments every year. Um, I make it to like I think I've averaged in the last Um, three, you know, years of actual play, like three regionals a year. So I haven't had that many opportunities up to be streamed, but it was cool to like do well enough to get on the main stage and ended up winning that match as well. So that was a lot of fun. Was Virginia not an official stream or was it grassroots? Yeah, it was grassroots stream. Yeah, Oh man, yeah, it was pretty cool. It's a lot of fun. I would say my low point of the season for it was honestly the world championship. Unfortunately, the tournament didn't go great. I hit a lot of awkward matchups Um, and then I woke up with covid the next day. So this is a really cursed experience. So that that's probably the low point for me, both in terms of tournament and like a real life experience. Uh. So that's an easy one for me. Um, personal high points I'm gonna give to from a tournament perspective. My high point was, of course, getting top Eid in Milwaukee, and that was a really cool experience for me, both because I had a lot of anxiety going to that tournament. I just like I didn't really quite feel like we had the deck and UH, wasn't super on where we were headed, and being like revalidated that we did get there and we put the right work in it was really satisfying for me. And also I was in my home state of Wisconsin, so being able to get a top eight at a regional and your homestay is a really cool feeling. And I had the pleasure of playing against Chris and the top eight Um, who is a really awesome guy who's also from the Madison area, and we just had a blast playing each other. So that was just a really awesome, wholesome experience for me and I'm looking forward to hopefully making more top eights in the coming season as well. Um, and then I also want to call out, even though I didn't do great at the tournament at U, I see it played mew Um, the whole experience of going was really awesome for me. This is my second international I C and I went with Andrew, Natalie and Kaylea Getemer and it was just a ton of fun to be out there and experiencing new things and enjoying Germany. The tournament obviously wasn't great, but in the grand scheme of things, I didn't felt like that mattered because I had such a great time while I was there, which is partly why, like I felt like my London experience was so soured, because I wouldn't have minded if the tournament was bad, if I got to enjoy the experience. Uh, and I...

...just I just didn't. But I did get to have that in Germany and it was really special and that's a moment that I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life. Yeah, well, hopefully you won't get sick in Japan this year. Well, ever again. I mean hopefully never again, but in Japan this year, because I'm I'm trying really hard to go for the invite. My wife is trying to take a trip to Japan. So you know, we're gonna REALLY WE'RE gonna grind it this year. I'm I'm excited. I feel like the the world's announcement has given me a lot of Um, a lot of hopium, a lot of kind of increased excitement about the season ahead, and a lot of the new cards have been given me that increased excitement about the year ahead and certainly like they talked about the e x mechanic coming back and maybe there will be more comeback mechanics built into the game, and that's really exciting as well because, you know, more opportunity does not play your opponent never bad thing. Yeah, I'm I'm really excited for what's to come in the POKEMON trading card game. The e x s are cool. I love evolving from single prize Pokemon. I think it's gonna be a great change in the game. I'm excited to see how they eventually incorporate terrassealizing into the card game as well. I'm excited for the video games. I'm excited for all the new pokemon they've announced and I'm super excited for the World Championship in Japan next year. There's so much cool stuff on the horizon. I it feels like a great time to be involved in the POKEMON trading card game. I know we say that a lot and maybe that's because it always is, but I have a lot of positive energy right now towards the POKEMON trading card game. Should W consense that you do as well, and I'm just so excited for the coming season and to die further into it. Yeah, absolutely. Speaking of fun things that happened this year, we have the t shirts. We have the t shirts. Guys Merch is going to be dropping this weekend. Saturday is the kind of unofficial launch day. I'm still working on the best way to Um, you know, get the get the site up and running for that. But check out more if you want more information on the t shirts, if you want to see what they look like. Um, you can head on over to twitter at TAG team pokemon. I will be announcing there and we'll have it over our social channels, but Saturday is going to be when they drop. It will probably be uh, you know, around noon on Saturday there, but we'll have specifics for that. So really exciting stuff. I've been loving the shirt honestly, Riley, I took it over to the Salt Lake stead and was wearing it around and it just feels pretty nice. I feel kind of cool when I wear it. It's really cool. So we're excited to get that to you guys and, uh, you know, hopefully get some some in in your hands by by the first few tournaments of this season. I'm seriously so excited for this. I'm so happy that that we're doing this and I hope that you all are excited as well. If you want to stay involved with the PODCAST, get updates on merch as well. At's just see what you W and I are up to. The easiest way to do that is on twitter, like J W called out, you can find the podcast at tag team pokemon. We'll tweet about the shirts there, as well as any updates about cast me, upcoming things to look out for, all those kind of fun things. You can also check out our personals if you want to see what we're up to as well. You can find JW over at Real John Walter and myself over at smiles with Ryles. We also record the podcast live every single week. We do that over on my twitch channel at twitch dot TV slash Munner, and J W also streams regularly on his twitch channel, twitch dot TV, slash flex daddy righteous. Please save a rate and review if you feel so inclined. We appreciate the feedback and the see Algorithm and with...

...that I think we've done all the major flags. We appreciate you all so, so much. It's been a really exciting past year for the TAG team and we're so excited to continue moving forward with the next season in Pokemon, and I hope that you all feel that same energy as well. Yeah, thanks for coming along for the ride. This concludes our third season of tag team. Wow, here's to three more. So true man, thank you all so much as always, and we will catch you next time. Peace. So You.

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