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Season 4, Episode 8 · 1 month ago

4-8. A V-Star is Born

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are reunited and boy do we have some news for you! Check in for some updates on the newest mechanic - Pokemon V Star! Not to mention Play Pokemon events are BACK. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? This is some crazy stuff folks, you don't want to be the one to miss out this week. Seriously. Listen in.

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Yo, what is up guys welcome back to tagteam, the POKEMON trading card games from your podcasting duo, reunitedafter a week off with Rob Stevens Takin my place, Mir Dureau, how you doingtoday? Hey I'm doing it really well Riley. How are you I am doing swell manback from my last work trip and you know, are really in the the throesthe final stages of a project right now and everything's chaos. But it's a I don't know lively chaos, it's yeahyeah! I mean it's. I guess it's better than kind of just sitting around onyour and your you know what would it sitting around on your hands? Yeah doing anything yeah. You know I was made a funny observationtoday. I don't have you ever done this where I was like in a meeting- and Ihad already like, checked my emails prior to the meeting, and then I didn'treally have anything to do for the portion of the meeting that someoneelse was talking, and so I just looked at my emails on my phone instead oflooking at my computer. That's so disrespectful! I feel, like just looks like a Ainger. Our camerasare all off as so, it's like, Oh okay, yeah. Okay, so you guys do that too,because I thought that it would just be good to be face to face with otherpeople, but for some reason, when we're meeting with other clients, everybodyjust has their camera off. So yeah. It's similar situations who it's likethere are these meetings that kind of go. You know we're all kind of lumpedin a big project and I'll give my portion of the presentation, usually atthe beginning, because I'm a junior- and I don't really have that much tosay and then in sure and then for like the rest of the meeting. It doesn'treally involve me, but I selt to be there, because I'm technically on thatteam, yeah so yeah, I just like you know, I'm checking my emails orresponding to people or yeah, but you know and the checking the email duringthe meeting. Isn't that weird? It was the fact that I took out my phone to doit, the first that just looking at thecomputer, that was right in front of me. That's funny, that's funny. I Did havea snap foo once I don't know if I told the story on the PODCAST, but I had Iwas actually the the scrum master, so I was like Alida and then I put up a chat window. Oh can't do during themeeting. Yes is embarrassing. Do that I was there something bad in the windowor is just embarrassing that it was up at all. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it was just the people we were working withwere kind of fumbling around a little bit and so my manager, oh no yeah, mymanager just kind of sent like it wasn't bad, but it was just like. Ohthat's interesting, like I'm surprised, they didn't know this right yeah. Thatis a little embarrassing, yeah yeah. So it was funny yeah. I've seen some trulyI've never actually done that or I've like shared a chap by mistake. But I'veseen some truly tragic things happen with the screen. Sharing. It no way- Ohyes, what's the worst, I probably can't speak to it too closely forconfidentiality sake, but basically a high level executive hadmessage. Someone who didn't have like they're do not disturb on saying thatsomeone else on the call was like critically, incompetent much lesskindly phrase. Oh my gosh, and that like vendo relationship, did notcontinue at yeah. I can imagine so that was tough. That was a tough situation.Yeah, that's sad! I just mean Il me and all the other epic employees on thephone are just like. Oh my goodness,...

...that just happened like in front of us right so wild. So I, but regardless of our professional fumbles,we have plenty of cool stuff happening in the world of pokemon right now to wthat's right, we do. It is so good to be a Pokemon t, CG player andespecially to be a competitive CG player. We got a lot of new news thisweek, particularly over the last couple of days, and we can't wait to sharewith you yeah. So, let's start with the top talking about. Finally, the newmechanic is revealed for the next block and the V stars and w level exes arefinally back well to a degree. I saw a lot of peoplecan I actually. I was messaging up my friend of mine when I saw peoplecomparing them to level axes and I'm pretty sure there is quite literallyzerothings in common between people have said the artwork is kind ofsimilar okay. I also like make the argumentthat they also look kind of like Primes, with kind of the close up in the heador I okay, so contact your listeners as well. The First v Star was revealed wasan Arcus v Star and my take is there's only so many ways you can position anRC, that's interesting, true, so you're kind of limited right like your, but Ido feel like the the side profile- is kind of the best right, because you getthe full kind of view of the PO. I don't know. I thinkfocusing on the head is not really the way to go sure, but there's there'sstill only so many r CI positions that you can be in and I feel like we'vealready kind of covered them all so like. Inevitably it's going to be soover yeah for sure, so people have beencomparing them to like the the level exes, and it makes no sense becausethere's no restriction on you know the number of poke moze level x werebasically grouped in with their pre evolution, so you could only have fourLUX ray. For instance, you could he only have four luxury SP and whether or not it was a regularsp or level x, you could only have four combined, so you'd have to make toughchoices. Well, do I want to go three one, or do I want to go to to you knowthose are kinds of decisions that you have to make. You don't have to do thatwith our yes, okay, you don't have to do that with our s. The other thingthat you know, maybe distinguished the levelaxes, was that you had to evolve them in the active position. That's the onlyway they could be evolved. That's also not the case with the archies, so really no comparison anyway. We'regoing to move past that we just. I saw that a lot I needed to refecit yeah. Itwas. It was really interesting. Also. One other thing that I have to sayabout the Archeus v Star is that we should just call it starkes is: Is it pronounced archeus or Arcius?It's Arcius, okay, yeah yeah, that's so like one of their official guides.That's the official way to pronounce it or trsus R CS is definitely how youwant to say it, but it's Arcius. Are you sit en go? I feel like I've seen ororses diogo on like streams and stuff. Well, that's, I think, that's becausethe they don't know how to say it, butthey're, given a copy of how to pronounce things, because I rememberlike Veridian was a controversial one. Its official pronunciation was revealedin a Pokono mail bag as Arcius pokemon mail bag. H D. I'm on Pokemon DB, DONET, fair enough. I guess O my dv Dot, that don't be lion, that'strue! So anyway, Archeus arse is, I...

...think we should call it starches or Starcus Just Arches v Star,because but now it gets tough when there becomes Multiple v Star pokemonthat don't fit as nicely into that paradise. That's true, but at least forthis one I think it's got to be that way. It's fair and just let it be knownfurther that that I was the first one to say it. So all credits go to androyalties and that and royalty S it's etc. So so, let's actually talk aboutthe card. I feel like got really off track. We we like wentcritically in a different direction. There, so arches V, Star kind of like the new. It's almost likea v Max like you, evolve it from a V, so Arcis Arcius v Evolves Into Arches vStar. However, it only gives up two prizes. It does have a an HP boost it.It has two hundred eighty HP, as opposed to like the three hundred plusupright Max, but only gives up two prizes, so I think that's like morethan fair and arches has an attack which accelerates three energy intoplay, and it has an ability which is its v Star power and the kind of ideasof vestar power can only be used once per game and Archeus is the star poweris to retrieve two cards from your deck and put them into your hand. Any twocards that you want like a double cop search for free- and I mean it's apretty good card like outright and usually what we've seen is. Those veryfirst of a mechanic isn't necessarily the strongest that mechanics going tobe so I'll, be curious to see like how powerful effects that we see on These vStar powers, I mean J, your initial impressions, I of the Arsis Archeus vStar. Well, I initially thought. Oh, my gosh. This is incredibly good. I couldsee you know the entire metagame warping around this card and then Ikind of walked it back a little bit because when we think about the v StarPower and star birth, I kind of imagine star birth. Of course,it's going to be good at the end of the game. To get your boss are your last.You know resource your last energy, your last pokemon or whatever you need.You know it's that those last few resources to close out the game, but Iwas also thinking of it more as a as an early game ability it's notparticularly strong in the real game, because you have to evolve, of course,from the arches. So if you're playing you know a thinner line, if your wholedeck isn't formed around Archeus, then you probably won't find you know yourone one or your two to like. You probably won't find those pieces earlyenough in the game to be able to use star births, because I think, when yousee search your deck for up to two cards and put them into your handimmediately, you go to oh well now I can get stage twos into play right, butthen you know, if you're thinking about stage tes again, that's you want tohave the set up as early as possible, but then, if you're not putting anemphasis on the archester and getting that into play, then you're probly notgoing to be able to use the ability early. So I I just was initially thinking. Oh mygosh, this so good, but then the evolution restriction, kind of made mewalk it back just a little bit and say yeah. This is probably very useful fora lot of decks, but maybe not as overpowered as I initially thought andcertainly isn't. I think the savior, by any means of you know stage to heavystage to a plenty more sure sure they need plenty more. Butjust saying like you know, if anyone was thinking- Ohyes, this is the card that saves stage tos or can make them a little bit moreviable. Certainly it makes them a little bit more viable, but not to theextent that it completely resusitated...

...them. So I don't know I was really highon it. I think it's quite a good card, but in terms of like bringing back something like bring youback stage tos and making those Bible, it certainly can't do that in my eyes,so yeah I I have like similar issu thoughts. Ithink the power is really good. I think in most acts it's most powerful at theend of the game, though, where you can like evolution, incense for a boss andan energy if it is like a pretty common way that you might use that the the problem I see with ours Archeus is you either build a deck around it? Inwhich case its attack is okay, and I think the price trade is probablydecent at least into V maxes, but you're only really relying on thetwo hundred swing. You got no real tricks and you got the one ability. Iguess that you can use some time in the game. What I do like about playing or archiaslike kind of by itself, is that you can play the dons Fars to remove thefighting weakness off the Archeus, which is a very relevant weakness tohave the problem. If you play arches is likea tack like a one one or two two and a deck to give you like extra evo incenseout to winning the game. Is You put a huge liability for like Ushioand rapids like single and rapists, just be able to pick off of your bench, which isn't great, like a lot of decks,are barely playing even crowbait. Now Ri and Archeus kind of has similarproblems as Crowbar like it is a V, so it will be shot off by path. It is weak to fighting, so the bears will eatit alive and it's not a basic that you can justget immediate value out of either a or o bat has that benefit going for it. Soright I don't know, I think it's a good card. I think I antics very interestingas well, I'm very interested to see where they take it yeah and it bears inmind that that says v Star Power and if it wasjust limited to abilities, then it would probably be you know, VI starability, but it says vestar power. So we don't really know what powernecessarily entails. Abilities are obviously part of it, but it could alsobe a tax. It could also be some other new mechanic. I mean probably not, butlike just saying that it's not going to be limited most likely to justabilities yeah I was ably gonna ask like do you think it'll extend beyondabilities, because to me, when I hear power in Pokemon, I think I like pokepower rush was more or less in ability right. I think it will extend be onabilities truthfully. I really do like I mean gx attacks. You know, I thinkit's just another way for them to be able to like group Moreflexibility,more flexibility and what they can roll out. So I think we will see a tack joyflying a chin. The in the live chat calling out. Maybe there could be vStar trainers, supporters items. Do you think that would ever be a thing? Ihave a little hesitant on that one. That could be very cool. I doubt it,but I mean you never know you never know so w. what's your number one willChalis for a v Star. I mean the cars, look pretty freaking cool as oranything yeah. I wonder if Phil be limited to just legendary pokemon. You know you never know I mean.Obviously gx s were not but could be. I mean they lead with anArcheus B star so, like maybe there's some kind of pressing, that's out on apawkie next right, yeah, that's not what I'm thinking like. Certainly thisseems to coincide with the the new POKEMON Games, so that aregoing to be released, diamond and Pearl remakes, so yeah. I would expect thoseother legendaries to be prevalent,...

...maybe even the OX trio. I think thatwas also in that game. Yes, I'm not mistaken. So anyway, what would be a wish list? POKEMON Imean. Obviously I love dragon it, but I would like to see them extend these,like I loved the gx mechanic for the most part that obviously createdtowards the end of the life when it was really just tag, team G, XS beingviable. It created some really kind of heinous situations, but certainly inthe early early days of gx attacks, I thought that those are very skillfuland allowed for some comebacks that otherwise wouldn't have been possible.So I would like to just see them: Go Hog, wild and give everything a a vStar ability or make make maybe like separate lines. You know, so we seethat these V stars are evolution Pokemon, so maybe have a Van v Starright right, so they have a v Max in V star or it's a stage show a e. Thatalso has you know a v Star or something like that. I don't know. I don't quiteknow how that works, but I'd like to see a little bit of creativity on thatfront. Yeah, I v a line that had a BMX ANIB star, I think, would be reallycool. You No have yea o. what's it going toevolve into kind of moment? Yes, exactly exactly like it with the gameof his anymore, I think that's what the game could could really use. I thinkthe only one that we really have right now is the Italian yeah. I was going tosay the Intelli, but that barely feels like it casts yep. What would you like to see Riley interms of Pokemon? I don't know if I have any strong opinions, I think theywill likely try and feature some of like the Hissun forms from the from the new games really giant or fromthe legends of Arcius Game. I I'm trying to remember might be dolike a Clevare v Star would be cool. That would be pretty cool. So that's like some things thatimmedately spring to mind. I don't know if I'm really curious to see where theygo at the with the mechanic, because, honestly, like the ability, is reallystrong. You know the fact that you can just use it like. Typically, that'ssomething like that powerful is usually like. Has some sort of opportunity cost likeit's a supporter or something or it ends your turn for doing it? Andwhereas this just like you, get to keep going, you do yeah. That's that'sreally cool, there's kind of like a there's like a snow ball element to it,yeah, so the you're setting the precedent. I guess what I'm saying forthis is like a very powerful thing. So I'm kind of curious like what thenext one of that would be. You know. Maybe there is a v Star power or it'sjust like yeah like once per game. You get to put a stage to on your bench orsomething sure or once per game item lock or once per game like a hex maniaceffect like. I could see this going in really cool directions where you havethis very skilful ability or you know possibly attack, but there's very coolability where you just are able to create- or you know, like an n effectright like how cool would that be. You know force a temper, an effect right,shuff your hands in and force your pointed to draw a number of cards equalto their prizes like I think that would be really interesting and dynamic andcreate more balance in the game. But let's talk a little bit about what thisadds to. Maybe balancing of the game we kind of are not so high on v MaxPokemon and the three prize pokmon general right yeah is this: Is this astep in the right direction to have these higher h, p, two prize pokemon Inv? SARS, I think, like inherently, I would rather power group. The tworisers then add three risers, because being able to to just knock out toPokemon to win the game is relatively unsatisfying to me, there's just sothere's so much more game play that happens with that need to take an extraknock out, especially if those aren't one hit Kaos. Well, it looks like moreor less that the the intent isn't for these vestas to slam at each other andone to Ko each other. You know so get a little more prizetrade kind of stuff going on there,...

...which I like I am a fan of that is itlike a perfect solution? Maybe not I mean now we have these ridiculouslyhigh p two prizes, which you know, sets the stage tos on stage ones likefurther and further behind, but I think that's more of a problemwith the fact that stage, tos and stage ones aren't creeping at the same rateas like our multi prize Hok, em on more than anything yeah for sure. I alsothink it's pretty interesting that that these attacks, like you mentioned, aregoing to be too shouting. You know everything right, whether it's a v Star,a regular V like the idea, probably that that they're at least hinting at,is that yeah you're going to need to be. You know too shouting even the Basic vPokemon, which I think is great yeah. I wouldn't be surprised if there areother V stars that have like a little media attacks. I mean RS is archeus ses.The arches is attack. It does have like a pretty substantial, like supportiveeffect on it, so I would not be surprised if there are more vanillaattacks or even like repercussion based attacksthat do significantly mark damage, but I do agree like I think theprecedent of like these things, not just immediately ocon each other ishopefully there, and you know I think, if we could get backto like a multi attack, multi knockout Meta, then I think a lotof people would be a lot more satisfied. I'm with you, including myself, LaMyself, including me as well. That makes tothat mix too, and I mean that's enough to design the game around. That's twopeople you can play who play other e, so I think I think we got the moneywhere our mouths are right. Now, Oh, for sure I mean do you have like furtherthoughts on sort of the balance direction of that it seems good. It seems like a greatstep. You Know Arches if it is like thestrongest. I don't know, they've never really released a new mechanic that hasas much promise as I feel like Arches v Star. Does right we were talking aboutnormally when they release something ex is the first wave of exes sucked thefirst wave of v Max is outside of Snore lax and expanded sucked. The first waveof gx is, you know, were trash like, but now we see archeus and we're likeOh yeah, that really kind of slots in like I can imagine, either a whole deckbeing built around this card and doing very well or it being a support pokemon.I think the possibilities that I see with this card are huge, as you know,both the main attacker as both the support to another archetype. It's justreally exciting card design, and I like it in terms of the balance andand what they've done ad is visually pleasing, which is Titovimportant, very, very important awesome. Any other thoughts on the stars can't wait. Give us more baby. Give usmore yeah, I'm excited to learn more, I'm excited to see more of the cardsand feel them in my hands, absolutely cool. So let's then move into our cartof the day. So J W part of the day for this week is kind of a unique card inthe fact that the pokemon featured on this card to my knowledge, is the onlyone that utilized this mechanic and had multiple different cards that use thatmechanic and so I'll get the poked x entry upfor you, so you can give it a swing.

Come all right ready. I I am ready, so thispokemon is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing and it had something about multiplemechanics. There is multiple versions of this pokemon card within the samemechanic. If that makes sense, oh so like multiple gx s, yeah so yeah, sothere was like you know: There was multiple Muto ex rights, a altomultiple of this card with in this mechanic and to my knowledge there,it's the only poke on that fit this bill for this mechanic, Oh man, I I honestly like I'm thinking it hasto be a legendary pokemon and, like my initial thought- and it'sprobably an older mechanic that I am not as well versed in, likeI'm thinking of like vic tiny, but that's like very clearly wrong, but because I'm thinking of, like youknow, there's the vict and there's a couple of those. So what is it? It isarchias Lot Alex. I hate it. I actually this is actuallyan interesting card and I kind of wanted to contrast it and show howdifferent it is versus argus. I hated statchue. So there are two arches levelxes they bother. Three. There are threearches level axes. Are they all unique? I thought there was tar, no TretherneYeah, Oh yeah, I might even have them. I don't it would take my what is to theWan there's there's meteor in and then there's omniscient. What is the thirdone? There's another one. That's a cycled yeah! Well, it's like the samething as me, your blast, but it takes different yeah different energy type,energy yeah. So there are three different arches alexes. The one.That's actually interesting is the one with the omniscient P. Yes, that's socool. So back in, like the two thousand and ten era of the game, two thousandnine thousand and ten there was a slew of arches cards andfor context like into video games. You can get archeus. An item referred to asa plate of different types and arches would assume that type so arches. Thiswhole thing is that it can change types. So the way that was replicated in thegame in the archeus set was that you could play unlimited archis in yourdeck and there is all these different types of archeus. They had differentattacks and different abilities or poke powers and poke bodies, and you kind ofassimilate them all and what tied it all together. I was the archies level x,so arches level X shares the type as its previous level. So if you leveledit up from like a psychic archeus, you remain psychic when you level up and the omniscient poky body, let ituse the attacks from any of the archest that you have in play. So you'd createthis like really cool tool box, where there are some more like offensive,oriented, archeus attacks, some or set up based arches attacks, where you like,excelled energy to your whole board, and you would get the pick and choosethe type that you actually attack with into your match. UPS, so just a superflexible deck, and it's a mechanic that we've never really seen revisited withthe like unlimited number of arches that you could play like you couldliterally play sixty arches, and that was a legitimate deckles and it's not like those cheesy deckles,where it's like. Oh it's like Pica, Che Pike, TV Pickem. It is sixty right ofthe exact same archest you could play as a deck and that yeah and nobodycould say no like it is legitimate yeah...

...for so arches level. X does one of it's likefour or five arts, because take is also different. Arts looks vaguely similar to Arches v Star,and that is their only similarity for doing the two Yep Yep, it's very cool. I mean Ireally liked that deck and there were those flings. If I can just talk alittle bit about that archetype for Ye, or I think this is some good historyfor those of you that didn't play in this era. There's some art basedhistory here with the swells that kind of the circular like holographic pattern on the card,so there's a colorless Arcius and it has kind of the center of these rings,these swells and then each subsequent card you know, has only the half ofthat circle, so they all kind of like point inward, in a way if that makesany sense, if you look at the cards, you'll see, but it's like one has thecenter of the circle and then you know lightning, dark fire and psychic havethe right half of the circle and fighting you know: Grass, water,whatever have the other half of the circle, so they all kind of like pointinward to the to the colorless one. If you have them all lay down on a table,the other cool thing, oh there's, actually two more cool things: thecolorless archeus has this ripple swell attack for free says if you have sixarches in play. So if your whole bench is archeus and they're all different types, thenyou can search your deck for up to six basic energy cards and attached them toall your arches. That was really sweet, because you know you just accelerateenergy out of your deck for free. That was the attack that you wanted to use.On the first turn of the game. There was one other way that I rememberto move energyt to any archeus in play. I can't remember if it was like a ievan,an IDA, stadium, stadium or item yeah yeah there's some. I think it was astadium that you could play where you could move your energy anywhere, so youwould ripple swell you get all your energy and play and yeah is a littleone, ultimate ultimate zone. There we go and then what was that in that was astadium is a stadium, yeah, okay and then the other thing is that all thesearchest have different weaknesses. Do you remember about this? When youplayed the archetype? Oh Gosh, I've only ever played it like casually withWelma, so so there's one card that could takeaway weakness in this in this format. Do you remember what it is? No, okay,there's a Lukari gl from rising rivals, and normally thisis you know it's an SP pokemon, so you would normally only play it in sped and it doesn't. It doesn't necessarilytake away the weakness, but it makes weakness times to for each pokemon. Sothat would be another way as opposed to hitting in for plus thirty weakness atthe time or plus, twenty or plus ten. It would make each weakness times to so.Your arches could go a little bit farther in the Games because you could play thelucar down at each poke. Man Gets Times to so you're going to be hitting youknow twice as hard as opposed to just adding ten, then a thirty damagecounter. So anyway, that's some! That's some arches lore, where you guess thearches is just instantly cool. It's very cool! It's very cool! Maybethey'll make a new mechanic for Arcus as like a basic hokon again, but Praboyeah yeah. I doubt it but it'd be really cool, not like that. It's a lotto vaage, I e I mean they little had to make a wholeset for our. I don't think they would do that again.To be honest, so true, so true, so j, I think it's time for us to Seguethen into the second half of the cast...

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Columbus, the ice in Columbus. Where Icurrently live, it's going to be an easy one to sell to my wife, but it's so exciting. I can't believe we'reback and it just feels feels so good feels a right yeah and the the locations are pretty awesome to.We got places like Salt Lake City during ski season. So, if you'relooking to hit some slopes after going or three, then you can join me up there. You Got Orlando during, like the springbreak time, frames I'll, be super nice and beautiful, maybe take a swing atDisney and something that I learned actually courtesy of Christopher Shamans Ki isall of these locations are accessible from the airports via public transit.Well, so one thing I've noticed when I flew to a lot of these regionals overthe last few years is. I would have to take like a forty minute uber or likesome insane rideshare thing to get to like the hotels that were near thevenue so being able to like shuttle or or busover to to your actual location is a huge win. It's I think, that's likekind of under appreciated. No, no, not by me, I mean the older, Iget the less. I want to travel. So when I have a tournament venue, that's eitherconnected to the airport or, like you said, public transportation ride awayfrom the airport. I am you know more incentivized to go to that regional. Ithink back to, I think, back to Dallas. I think that's probably one of myfavorite regional teiss right the venue is, you know, attached to theairport, it's just so nice. In terms of of you, know, transport right. You justfly into the airport. You get your hotel and you're all set to go for theweekend. So yeah. I agree. I agree, so I'm just so excited it's so cool to seethis stuff back on the books. We got the e IC in Frankfurt, Germany comingup in late April. I think twenty second of April, I o T, is the day it starts,which is also really cool. I would love to be able to head outthere if the cards a line at cards, the line get it do, get it go and somethingI'm exciting. A lot of people in the states, especially people who've, beenplaying for a while is there is a regional in Indie this year. So a lotof folks have missed being able to go to the national championship in Indie andthat's been kind of replaced by Columbus, long term. It looks like, butwe do have a regional coming up an ind. So indie stands. Your hope is notaltogether vanquished yeah I mean it certainly seems like they are. You knowif this is kind of a half season, it almost feels like they're, maybe lessthan half a season. It almost feels like they're, adding more events thanwe would have had at least more midwestern events, which is where mostof the player bases right, yeah we're getting Wisconsin in die as regionals,where before we maybe had Wisconsin and like St Louis Well, there is fort wayin to Oh, I guess for Wayne as well Hm. So maybe this one is replacing FortWayne. Okay- Maybe I maybe I retract that a little bit in any case, in anycase, it's great to see that will be returned to Indian some capacity andyeah and of course we have the Columbus International so which of thesetournaments Raly. Are you hoping to make it to? I haven't done a ton of looking at theactual dates to location, to figure out like what will work for me if they're,like kind of far enough out that you know you can plan around them at thispoint, so I don't know. To be honest, I justwant to figure out what places look...

...most interesting to go to obviouslyI'll be at Milwaukee, because that's just an hour hour and a half away frommy apartment, I think I'll be at Indie for sure, aswell of course be at the Columbus internationals. I would love to go toFrankfurt. I don't know if that's a possibility or not and then we'll kindof pick and choose on the regionals from there just based on like prices,timing stuff like that cool, but you're, hoping to go to like as many aspossible or just as you know, as few as you need to satisfy the craving or areyou trying to chase top sixteen like I'm, definitely not definitely notchasing top sixteen this year, I think it's going to be a little hectic, tosay the least, with the compressed time frame- and I don't know if that's goodfor my mental health but fair enough, I think I'll at least go to satisfy thecraving. You know finish out the invite with have many points. Lord knows howmany I have left at this point. I haven't thought about my championshippoint, so I think I'm under twenty. I believe Ithink I'm at like fifteen, so I would just need to go to a you know, leak cup or a league channelor something to finish off. I'm not super looking forward to like Lee Cupweekends returning, but I'll make do I'll make do. MaybeI'll bring home a you play mats to make it worth it there you go. So I'm excited, though, to kind of havea that structured excuse to like go out and do something and see friends andhang out and have that shared experience. There's a lot to be said for just acaradee. That's at these events that I have really personally missed, and Ithink that was the biggest thing with the announcement for me. It was justlike you know having that on the horizon of something to look forward to yeah. No doubt I would like to go toyou know a number of these tournaments. I just feel that I felt for theactually the last. You know three four five months, just that competitive firebuilding back up yeah and it's just kind of intensified that much more.Knowing that there's events on the horizon, I got tobe at the top of my game. I got a you know, I'm devoted you know through thispodcast and through other avenues the the discord where you can get some. Youknow free advice for me. You know the coaching sessions that I do youtube toyou, bringing that high level analysis and strategy that is necessary to performat a high level. So I'm just excited to to continue content. You know it. They announced these regionals and it'slike. I also was thinking you know personally, like Oh, that's, so muchmore content or possible content that I can that can put out for the bad thatthat need that, so it for exciting man, it's cool stuff ahead. I'm lookingforward to to see what happens and what I think is interesting to is. You knowthe game right now in terms of like the Meta and stuff like that, it's going tobe completely different by the time we return to irl we're going to have likemultiple set drops on now, you're, going to like your ball back. We'regonna have ultra ball back by that time. So it's going to be a it's going to bea different ball game out there literally and figuratively yeah, and Ithink one thing that is really interesting about you know: IrlTournaments, coming back is just that. I feel like with the game growing as itis at the rate that it has been it. At least it's felt on the online scene. Ifeel like there will be more of an emphasis to become better with deckslike earlier yeah. You know the online solvingrances yeah solving the Meta. The online tournament scene is kind ofestablished like people know. What's going on, there are a lot of still alot of tournaments. There still will be a lot of tournaments, but then, likeeven watching content creators that make content before the new set dropsto have just a little bit better of an...

...idea like no longer gone are the dayswhere we could walk into a tournament with just like a a a good likeconsistent deck from the new set and do well like. Not only does it have to bea good, consistent deck, it has to be good for the developed Meta that youknow is more likely to happen heading into tournaments. You know, especiallywith a new set recently dropped so and I etain towhat's that and a new client by them to the new client. Oh my gosh there's somany things that make me excited for competitive Pokemon, O come on islooking bright. The future is looking exciting right now, a lot to celebrate.If you will well, I mean I'm just super stoked forwhere the game's going, and I hope that you all listening are to especially ifyou made it this far. In the episode I mean, if you marry this far and you're,not the type of person he's excited by this. I'm very interested to hear youropinion. Oh for sure, so I mean I think, we've covered allthe main things that we want to hit on today. J You have any hot takes. No, Imean it's going to be good stuff man they could make pokmon could make. Youknow every player's dream happen if they just talk a little bit more abouttg live tomorrow on Thursday, at least just a week of news, Yeah Yeah or justgive us another little little sniffle little taste of what they got going on.I mean that would be just unbelievable, so we'll see you, but it's a good timeto be a pokamal player, and it's a good time to be listening to this cast Imean I have no plans, and I know Raley doesn't have any points either ofstopping this cast. So I, like don't speak for whether or not I have plan, so we will. We will continue to bringyou the high level competitive analysis that you crave, that you need to stayat the top of your game and and yeah continue to look forward to tag team.That's right! If you want to catch more of us, you can always check us out onsocial media our biggest platform. Is it going to be on twitter at smiles,the riles at Real John Walter and at tag Tim Pokemon for myself to W and theCAST respectively? You can also catch US alive on twitch DOT TV every singleweek we typically record on twitched out TV Munner, but j w recordsperiodically, especially when I'm on my work trips on his channel at twitch,DOT, TV, Sash, Luk, Daddy Righteous, and he does a awesome streams overthere for his tg content and, of course, check out w's tube channel same name,flex, Ady, right, Jus, thanks so much yeah looking forward to it, make sureto leave a rat review and whether you liked it or if you had something totell us and we'll catch you next time. This, but.

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