Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 4, Episode 8 · 1 year ago

4-8. A V-Star is Born


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 tag team, the POKEMON trading card games for me here, podcasting duo reunited after a week off, with Rob Stevens taking my place. Mr J W crewall, how you doing today? Hey, I'm doing a really well. Riley, how are you? I am doing swell man, back from my last work trip and you know, are really in the throws the final stages of a project right now and everything's chaos, but it's a lively chaos. It's yeah, yeah, I mean it's I guess it's better than kind of just sitting around on your on your you know what is, sitting around on your hands? Yeah, doing anything. Yeah, you know, I was. I made a funny observation today. I don't have you ever done this, where I was like in a meeting and I had already like checked my emails prior to the meeting and then I didn't leave anything to do for the portion of the meeting that someone else was talking. That's so I just looked at my emails on my phone instead of looking at at my computer. That's so disrespectful, I feel like just looks like a zoo geting where our cameras are all off and so it's like Oh, okay, yeah, okay, so you guys do that too, because was I thought that it would just be good to be facetoface with other people, but for some reason when we're meeting with other clients, everybody just has their camera off. So, yeah, it's similar situations where it's like there are these meetings that kind of go you know, we're all kind of lumped in a big project and I'll give my portion of the presentation, usually at the beginning because I'm a junior and I don't really have that much to say, and then it sure, and then for like the rest of the meeting it doesn't really involve me, but I saw the be there because I'm technically on that team. Yeah, so, yeah, I just like, you know, I'm check my emails or responding to people or yeah, but you know, and the checking the email during the meeting, isn't that weird? It was the fact that I took out my phone to do it, but that just looking at the computer that was right in front of me. That's funny. That's funny. I did have a snaffoo once. I don't know if I told the story on the PODCAST, but I had. I was actually the the scrum master, so I was like lead. Yeah, and then I put up a chat window. Oh, can't do during the meeting as is embarrassing. An't do that. It was there something bad in the window or is just embarrassing that it was up at all. Um, it wasn't necessarily bad, but it was just the people we were working with. We're kind of fumbling around a little bit, and so my manager, oh no, yeah, my manager just kind of sent like it wasn't bad, but it was just like Huh, that's interesting, like I'm surprised they didn't know this right. Yeah, that is a little embarrassing. Yeah, yeah, so it was funny. Yeah, I've seen some truly I've never actually done that or like shared a chap by mistake, but I've seen some truly tragic things. Happened with the screen sharing. It s no way. Oh, yeah, what's the worst? I probably can't speak to it too closely for confidentiality sake, but basically a high level executive had message someone who didn't have like they're do not disturb on saying that someone else on the call was like critically incompetent, much less kindly phrased, oh my gosh, and that like vendor relationship did not continue after yeah, I can imagine. So that was tough. That was a tough situation. Yeah, that's sad. I just be mom, me and all the other epic employees on the phone or just like, oh my goodness that that just happened like... front of us right, so wild, so wild. But regardless of our professional fumbles, we have plenty of cool stuff happening in the world of pokemon right now. To you, that's right, we do. It is so good to be a pokemon t CCG player, and especially to be a competitive tcg player. We got a lot of new news this week, particularly over the last couple of days, we can't wait to share with you. Yeah, so let's start with the top, talking about finally the new mechanics revealed for the next block in V stars and JW. Level X's are finally back, well to a degree. I saw a lot of people from I actually was. I was messaging up my friend of mine when I saw people comparing them to level X has, and I'm pretty sure there's quite literally zero things in common between them. People have said the artwork is kind of similar okay. Also like make the argument that they also look kind of like primes with kind of the close up. I'm the head or I guess, contacts for the listeners as well. The First v Stars revealed was an Arcis v Star, and my take is there's only so many ways you can position in arcs there. That's interesting. True. So you're kind of limited, right, like you're but I do feel like the the side profile is kind of the best, right, because you get the full kind of view of the I don't know, I think focusing on the head is not really the way to go. Sure, but there's there's still only so many RCI positions that you can be in and I feel like we've already kind of covered them all. So like inevitably it's going to be some over last I yeah, for sure. So people have been comparing them to like the the level xes, and it makes no sense because there's no restriction on, you know, the number of pokemons of level x were basically grouped in with their pre evolution. So you could only have, for Lux Ray, for instance, you could only have four Lux Ray sp and, whether or not it was a regular sp or level x, you could only have four combined. So you'd have to make tough choices. Well, do I want to go three one or do I want to go to to? You know, those right kinds of decisions that you have to make. You know, you don't have to do that with arks. Okay, you don't have to do that with Arkis. The other thing that you know maybe distinguished the level xes was that you had to evolve them in the active position. That's the only way they could be involved. That's also not the case with Arkis. So it really no comparison. Anyway, we're going to move past that. We just I saw that a lot. I needed to reference it. Yeah, it was really interesting. Also, one other thing that I have to say about the Archis v Star is that we should just call it star Kis is. Is it pronounced Archias or URCS? It's Archias, okay, yeah, yeah, that's unlike one of their official guides. That's the official way to pronounce it. Our SARCUS URCS is definitely how you want to say it, but it's our CHAIS. Are You shinning going? I feel like I've seen our RCS DIALG of how Kia on like streams and stuff. Well, that's I think that's because the they don't know how to say it, but they're given a copy of how to pronounce things, because I remember, like forrisy in was a controversial one. It's official pronunciation was revealed in a pokemoncom mail bag as archias, pokemoncom mail bag. Yeah, Damn, I'm on POKEMON DB DOTNET. Air Enough, I guess, Pokmon DV dotnet. Don't be lying. That's true.

So anyway, Archias ARCIS. I think we should call it starkias or Starcias, just Archias v Star, because but now it gets tough when there becomes Multiple v Star pokemon that don't fit as nicely into that paradigm. That's true, but at least for this one, I think it's got to be that way. It's fair, and just let it be known further that that I was the first one to say it. So all credits go to and royalties and royalty since etc. So let's actually talk about the card, because I feel like really off track. We like went critically in a different direction there. So archis V star kind kind of like the new it's almost like a v Max, like you evolve it from a v. So RC is Archaius v evolves into Archaeus v Star. However, it only gives up two prizes. It does have a an HP boost. It has two hundred eighty HP as opposed to like the three hundred plus emacs, but only gives up to two prizes. So I think that's like more than fair. And archius has an attack which accelerates three energy into play and it has an ability, which is it's v Star power and the kind of ideas. v Star power can only be used once per game and Archius's v Star power is to retrieve two cards from your deck and put them into your hand, any two cards that you want, like a double comp search for free. And I mean it's a pretty good card, like outright. And usually what we've seen is those very first of a mechanic isn't necessarily the strongest that mechanics going to be. So I'll be curious to see like how powerful effects that we see on These v Star powers. I mean, JW's your initial impressions of the RCUS Archaius v Star? Well, I initially thought, oh my gosh, this is incredibly good. I could see, you know, the entire metagame warping around this card, and then I kind of walked it back a little bit because when we think about the v Star Power 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 or your last pokemon or whatever you need. You know it's that those last few resources are close out the game. But I was also thinking of it more as a as an early game ability. It's not particularly strong in the real game because you have to evolve, of course, from the Archaeus. So if you're playing, you know, a thinner line, if your whole deck isn't formed around Archais, then you probably won't find, you know, your one one or your two to like. You probably won't find those pieces early enough in the game to be able to use star birth, because I think when you see search your deck for up to two cards and put them into your hand, immediately you go to oh well, now I can get stage twos into play right. But then you know, if you think about Stage two's again, that's you want to have the set up as early as possible. But then if you're not putting an emphasis on the Archis v Star and getting that into play, then you're probably not going to be able to use the ability early. So I just was initially thinking, oh my gosh, that's so good, but then the evolution restriction kind of made me walk it back just a little bit and say, yeah, this is probably very useful for a lot of decks, but maybe not as overpowered as I initially thought, and certainly isn't, I think, the savior by any means of you know, stage two or heavy stage two. That the plenty more. Sure they need plenty more, but just saying, like, you know, if anyone was thinking, oh, yes, this is the card that saves stage twos or can make them a little bit more viable, certainly it makes them a little bit more viable, but not to the extent that... completely resuscitates them. So I don't know, I was really high on it. I think it's quite a good card, but in terms of like bringing back something, like bringing back Stage two's and making those viable, it certainly can't do that in my eyes. So yeah, I have like similar ish thoughts. I think the power is really good. I think in most decks it's most powerful at the end of the game, though, where you can like evolution incense for a boss and an energy if it is like a pretty common way that you might use that the the problem I see with our archias is you either build a deck around it, in which case it's attack is okay, and I think the price trade is probably decent at least into vmax has, but you're only really relying on the two hundred swing. You got no real tricks and you got the one ability, I guess, that you can use sometime in the game. What I do like about playing art archias like kind of by itself is that you can play the Dune spars to remove the fighting weakness off the Archias, which is a very relevant weakness to have. The problem if you play archis is like attack like a one, one or two, two, and a deck to give you like extra evo incense outs to winning the game is you put a huge liability for like Hershey Food and rapids like single and rapper strikes just be able to pick off of your bench, which isn't great. Like a lot of decks are barely playing. Even Crowbat right now runs and archis kind of has similar problems as Crowbat, like it is a V so it will be shot off by path. It is weak to fighting, so the bears will eat it alive. And it's not a basic that you can just get immediate value out of either. You know, we're probat has that benefit going for it. So right, I don't know. I think it's a good card, I think for the mechanic get very interesting as well. I'm very interested to see where they take it. Yeah, and it bears in mind that that it says v Star Power and if it was just limited to abilities then it would probably be, you know, v Star Ability. But it says v Star power, so we don't really know what power necessarily entails. Abilities are obviously part of it, but it could also be a tax. It could also be some other new mechanic. I mean probably not, but like just saying that it's not going to be limited most likely to just abilities. Yeah, I was serously going to ask like do you think it'll extend beyond abilities, because to me, when I hear her power and Pokemon, I think of like pokey power rush was more or less inability. Right, I I think it will extend beyond abilities. Truthfully, I really do. Like, I mean gx attacks. You know, I think it's just another way for them to be able to make group more flexibility. Yea more flexibility and what they can roll out. So I think we will see a text jolly flying and which in the in the live chat, calling out maybe there could be v Star trainers, supporters items. Do you think that would ever be a thing? I have a little hesitant on that one. That could be very cool. I I doubt it, but I mean you never know, you never know. So, jw what's her number one wish list for a v Star? I mean the cars look pretty freaking cool. Is there anything? Yeah, I wonder if Phill be limited to just legendary pokemon. You know, you never know. I mean obviously gx is were not, but could be. I mean they lead with an Archis v Star, so like maybe there's some kind of press it's down in a Palkey at next right. Yeah, that's kind of what I'm thinking. Like, certainly this seems to coincide with the the new pokemon games that are going to be released, diamonds and Pearl remakes. So yeah, I would expect those other legendaries to be prevalent. Maybe even the...

...oosie trio. I think that was also in that game. Yes, I'm not mistaken. So anyway, what would be a wish list pokemon? I mean, obviously I love dragon night, but I would like to see them extend these like I loved the gx mechanic for the most part. That obviously created towards the end of the life when it was really just tag team gx has being viable. It created some really kind of heinous situations, but certainly in the early, early days of gx attacks, I thought that those are very skillful and a lot 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 v Star ability or make make maybe like separate lines, you know. So we see that these V stars are evolution Pokemon, so maybe have a Vmericana v Star, right, right, so they have a v Max in The v Star, or it's a stage. That would be cool that also has, you know, a v Star or something like that. I don't know, I don't quite know how that works, but I'd like to see a little bit of creativity on that front. Yeah, v a line that had a emacs the under the star, I think would be really cool. You know, having yeah, what's it going to evolve into? Kind of moment? Yes, exactly, exactly, like I'll talk together anymore. I think that's what the game could could really use. I think the only one that we really have right now is the Italian. I was going to say the intellion, but that fairly feels like a cat's Yep. What would you like to see rally in terms of Pokemon? I don't know if I have any strong opinions. I think they will likely try and feature some of the like the Hisuian forms from the from the new games, really giant art from the legends of Arcis Game I am trying to like remember. Might be do like a Clevoor v Star would be cool. That would be pretty cool. So that's like some things that I'm eiately spring to mind. I don't know if I'm really curious to see where they go with the with the mechanic, because honestly, like the ability is really strong. You know, the fact that you can just use it like typically that's something like that. Powerful is usually like it has some sort of opportunity cost, like it's the supporter or something, or it ends your turn for doing it, whereas this just like you get to keep going. You do. Yeah, that's that's really cool. There's kind of like a there's like a snowball element to it. Yeah, so there you're setting the precedent. I guess what I'm saying, for this is like a very powerful thing. So I'm kind of curious like what the next one of that would be. You know, maybe there is a v Star power, or it's just like yeah, like once per game you get to put a stage two on your bench or something, sure, or once per game item lock, or once per game like a hex maniac effect. Like I could see this going in really cool directions where you have this very skillful ability or, you know, possibly attack, but this very cool ability where you just are able to create or you know, like an n effect, right, like how cool would that be? You know, forse checks? Awesome, for n effect, right, shuffle your hands in and course your opponent to draw a number of cards equal to the prizes. Like I think that would be really interesting and dynamic and create more balance in the game. But let's talk a little bit about what this adds to maybe balancing of the game. We kind of are not so high on vmax Pokemon and the three prize Pokemon in general. Right. Yeah, is this? Is this a step in the right direction to have these higher HP two prize Pokemon In v Stars? I think I inherently I would rather power group the two risors then add three prisors, because being able to to just knock out to Pokemon to win the game is relatively unsatisfying to me. There's just so there's so much more gameplay that happens with that need to take an extra knockout, especially if those aren't one hit Kos, which it looks like more or less that the the intent isn't for these V stars to slam at each other and one hit Ko each other, you know. So get a little more prize Tradey...

...kind of stuff going on there, which I like. I'm a fan of that. Is it like a perfect solution? Maybe not. I mean now we have these ridiculously high HP too prisors, which, you know, sets the stage two's on stage ones like further and further behind. But I think that's more of a problem with the fact that Stage two's and stage ones aren't creeping at the same rate as like our multi prize Pokemon, more than anything. Yeah, for sure. I also think it's pretty interesting that that these attacks, like you mentioned, and are going to be too shotting, 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, to shotting even the Basic v Pokemon, which I think it's great. Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if there are other V stars that have like a little meteor attacks. I mean Arcis Archaius, she's the archeus is attack. It does have like a pretty substantial like supportive effect on it. So I would not be surprised if there are more of vanilla attacks or even like repercussion based attacks that do significantly more damage. But I do agree, like I think, the precedent of like these things not just immediately oh calling each other, is hopefully there. And, you know, I think if we could get back to like a multi attack, multi knockout Meta, then I think a lot of people would be a lot more satisfied. I'm with you, including myself, clear myself, including me as well. That makes too that makes two, and I mean that's enough to design the game around. That's two people you can play it who play together. True. So I think I think we got the money where our miles are right now. Oh, for sure. I and I mean do you have like further thoughts on sort of the Balance Direction of that? It seems good. It seems like a great step. You know, archis, if it is like the strongest. I don't know. They've never really released a new mechanic that has as much promise as I feel like Archias v Star does. Right, we were talking about normally when they release something X is, the first wave of X has sucked. The first wave of v Max's outside of SNORE LAX and expanded sucked, the first wave of gx has, you know, work trash like. But now we see archias and we're like, Oh yeah, that really kind of slots in. Like I can imagine either a whole deck being 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 just really exciting card design and I like it in terms of the balance and what and what they've done, and it's visually pleasing, which it's I mean never important, very, very important. Awesome. Any other thoughts on V stars? Can't wait. Give us more, baby, give us more. Yeah, I'm excited to learn more. I'm excited to see more of the cards and and feel them in my hands. Absolutely cool. So let's then move into our card of the day. So JW, card of the day for this week is kind of a unique card in the fact that the pokemon featured on this card, to my knowledge, is the only one that utilized this mechanic and had multiple different cards that use that mechanic. And so I'll get the poked x entry up for you so you can give it a swing. Calm all right, ready,...

I am ready. So this pokemon is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, and it had something about multiple mechanics. There is multiple versions of this pokemon card within the same mechanic, if that makes sense. Oh so, like multiple gx has yeah, so, yeah, so there was like, you know, there's multiple mute, two X. Right, there's a multiple, multiple of this card within this mechanic and to my knowledge, there it's the only pokemon that fit this bill for this mechanic. Oh, man, I I honestly like I'm thinking it has to be a legendary pokemon and like my initial thought, and I it's probably an older mechanic that I am not as well versed in, like I'm thinking of like Vic Tini, but that's like very clearly wrong. But because I'm thinking of like you know, there's the VIC T TV and there's a couple of those. So what is it? It is archius level X. I hate it. I actually is actually an interesting card and I kind of wanted to contrast it and so how different it is. There's archies. I hate a statch. So there are two archias level X has. They've know, are three? There are three archius level X's. Are they all unique? I thought there was two. Are No, they're they're all unique. Yeah, Oh, yeah, I might even have them. I don't. It would take way. What is the third one? There's there's meteors room and then there's omniscient. What is the third one? There's another one. That's are psychling bolt. Yeah, well, it's like the same thing as me, your blast, but it takes different yeah, different energy types energy. Yeah, so there are three different arcis, all xes the one that's actually interesting is the one with the omniscient P yes, that's so cool. So back in like the two thousand and ten era of the game, two thousand and nine, two thousand and ten, there was a slew of archias cards and for context, like in the video games, you can get archias an item referred to as a plate of different types, and archias would assume that type. So archieus, this whole thing is that it can change types. So the way that was replicated in the game, in the Archaius set, was that you could play unlimited archaius in your deck and there's all these different types of archaeas. They had different attacks and different abilities or pokey powers and pokey bodies, and you would kind of assimilate them all. And what tied it all together was the archias level x. So archius level x shares the type as its previous level. So if you leveled it up from like a psychic Archias, you remain psychic when you level up. And the omniscient pokeybody let it use the attacks from any of the archias that you have in play. So you'd create this like really cool toolbox where there are some more like offensive oriented archaeus attacks, some more set up faced archaius attacks where you'd like a sled energy to your whole board and you would get the pick and choose the type that you actually attack with into your matchups. So it just a super flexible deck and it's a mechanic that we've never really seen revisited, with the like unlimited number of Arcis that you could play. Like you can literally play sixty archaeus and that was a legitimate decklist, and it's not like those cheesy decklist where it's like, oh, it's like Pikachu, Pikachu v Pikachu v Mac. It is sixty of the exact same arcis you can play as a deck and that, yeah, and nobody could say no, like it is legitimate. Yeah, for sure, archs level x does one of...'s like four or five arts, because the ARCIS also different. Arts looks vaguely similar to Arkey is the star, and that is their only similarity. But to the two, Yep, Yep, it's very cool. I mean I really liked that deck and there were spinings. If I can just talk a little bit about that archetype first. Yeah, go. I think this is some good history for those of you that didn't play in this era, there's some art based history here with the swells, that kind of the circular, like holographic pattern on the card. So there's a colorless archais and it has kind of the center of these rings, these swells, and then each subsequent card, you know, has only the half of that circle. So they all kind of like point inward in a way, if that makes any sense. If you look at the cards you'll see but it's like one has the center of the circle and then you know, lightning, dark, fire and psychic have the 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 point inward to the to the colorless one, if you have them all laid out on a table. The other cool thing, while there's actually two more cool things. The colorless archais has this ripple swell attack for free, says if you have six archias in play. So if your whole bench is archias and they're all different types, then you could search your deck for up to six basic energy cards and attach them to all your archaius. That was really sweet because you know, you just accelerate energy 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 remember to move energy to any archaius in play. I can't remember if it was like a even an idol stadium, stadium or item. Yeah, yeah, there's some. I think it was a stadium that you could play where you can move your energy anywhere. So you would ripple swell, you get all your energy and play and there is an ultimate zone, ultimate ultimate zone. There we go. And then what was that? And that was a stadium. Is The stadium? Yeah, okay. And then the other thing is that all these archias have different weaknesses. Do you remember about this when you played this archetype? Oh Gosh, I I've only ever played it like casually with will man at, though. So there's one card that could take away weakness in this in this format. Do you remember what it is? No, okay, there's a lucariogl from rising rivals, and normally this is, you know, it's an SP pokemon, so you would normally only play it in SPDX and it doesn't it doesn't necessarily take away the weakness, but it makes weakness times too for each pokemon. So that would be another way, as opposed to hitting in for plus thirty weakness at the time or plus twenty or plus ten, it would make each weakness times to so your arcis could go a little bit farther in the Games because you could play the Lucardo down at. Each pokemon gets times too, so you're going to be hitting, you know, twice as hard as opposed to just adding ten, twenty, thirty damage counters. So anyway, that's some that's some Arciuslore for you. Guess. The arkis deck is just insanely cool as very cool. It's very cool. Maybe they'll make a new mechanic for arcs as like a basic pokemon again, but probis not. Yeah, yeah, doubt it, but it'd be really cool. I like that. It's a lot of vant it. If I mean they literally had the bike, a whole set for our I don't think they would do that again to be so true, so true. So JW. I think it's time for us to Segue then into the second...

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As of today, we have information about the upcoming championship point season, with regionals returning to us in March leading up to, like we predicted here, the first I see in Europe in late April. I mean, what's the take, man, what's going on? Well, we're so excited for live events to return. It's great. I'm stoked. I can't wait too. Hopefully go to, you know, a few. We got a baby around the corner, so you know, probably probably staying home for most of these tournaments. But take a little FMLA from tournament, yeah, for sure, but I'm going to be so excited to at least follow the action. Try to go to a few, of course, the columb the one in Columbus, the I see in Columbus, where I currently live, is going to be an easy... to sell to my wife, but it's so exciting. I can't believe we're back and it just feels feel so good, feel so right. Yeah, and the the locations are pretty awesome too. We got places like Salt Lake City during ski season, so if you're looking to hit some slopes after going thousand and three, then you can join me up there. You Got Orlando during like the spring break time frames. I'll be super nice and beautiful. Maybe take a spling at Disney. And something that I learned actually courtesy of Christopher Shamansky, is all of these locations are accessible from the airport's via public transit. whow so one thing I've noticed when I flew to a lot of these regionals over the last few years is I would have to take like a forty minute uber or like some insane ride share thing to get to like the hotels that were near the venue. So being able to like shuttle or or bus over to to your actual location is a huge when it's I think that's like kind of under appreciated. No, no, not by me. I mean the older I get, the less I want to travel. So when I have a tournament venue that's either connected to the airport or, like you said, public transportation right away from the airport. I am you know, more incentibies to go to that regional. I think back to I think back to the Dallas I think that's probably one of my favorite regional. Tavius is right that the the venue is, you know, attached the airport. It's just so nice in terms of you know, transport right you just fly into the airport, you get your hotel and you're all set to go for the weekend. So, yeah, I agree, I agree. So I'm I'm just so excited. It's so cool to see this stuff back on the books. We got the EUI see in Frankfurt, Germany, coming up in late April. I think twenty two of April is the is the day it starts, which is also really cool. I would love to be able to head out there if the cards align at cards aligne get it. Go get it. And something that's sixtded a lot of people in the states, especially people who've been playing for a while, is there is a regional in Indie this year. So a lot of folks have missed being able to go to the national championship in Indie and that's been kind of replaced by a Columbus long term, it looks like. But we do have a regional coming up at Indie, so indie stands. Your hope is not all together vanquished. Yeah, I mean it's certainly seems like they are. You know, if this is kind of a half season, it almost feels like they're or maybe less than half a season, and almost feels like they're adding more events than we would have had, at least more midwestern events, which is where most of the player bases right. Yeah, we're getting Wisconsin Indie as regionals, where before we maybe had Wisconsin and like St Louis. Well, there is Fort Wayne too. Oh, I guess for Wayne as well. So maybe this one is replacing Fort Wayne. Okay, maybe, I maybe I retract that a little bit. In any case, in any case, it's great to see that will be returned to Indian some capacity. And Yeah, and of course we have the the Columbus in national all. So which of these tournaments, Riley, are you hoping to make it too? I haven't done a ton of looking at the actual dates to location to figure out like what'll work for me if they're like kind of far enough out that you know you can plan around them? At this point. So I don't know, to be honest. I just want to figure out what places look most interesting to go... Obviously I'll be at Milwaukee because that's just an our hour and a half away from my apartment. I think I'll be at Indie for sure as well. Of course, be at the Columbus internationals. I would love to go to Frankfurt. I don't know if that's possibility or not, and then we'll kind of pick and choose from the regionals with from there, just based on like prices, timing, stuff like that. Cool, but you're hoping to go to like as many as possible or just, as you know, as few as you need to satisfy the craving, or you trying to chase top sixteen, like I definitely not. I'm definitely not chasing top sixteen this year. I think it's going to be a little hectic, to say the least, with the compressed time frame, and I don't know if that's good for my mental health. But Fair enough. I think I'll at least go to satisfy the craving, you know, finish out the invite with however many points. Lord knows how many I've left at this point. I haven't thought about my championship point. So I think I'm under twenty, I believe. I think I'm at like fifteen. So I would just need to go to a you know League Cup or leak challenge or something to finish it off. I'm not super looking forward to like Leau Cup weekends returning, but I'll make do. I'll make do. Maybe I'll bring home, if you play, mats to make it worth it. There you go. So I I'm excited, though, to kind of have a that that structured excuse to like go out and do something and see friends and hang out and have that it shared experience. There's a lot to be said for just the camaraderie that's at these events that I have really personally missed, and I think that was the biggest thing with the announcement for me. It was just like, you know, having that on the horizon as something to look forward to. Yeah, no doubt I would like to go to, you know, a number of these tournaments. I just feel that I've felt for the actually the last you know three, four or five months, just that competitive fire building back up. Yeah, and it's just kind of intensified that much more, knowing that there's events on the horizon. I gotta be at the top of my game. I gotta you know, I'm devoted, you know, through this podcast and through other avenues, the the discord, where you can get some, you know, free advice for me, you know, the coaching sessions that I do youtube to, you know, bringing that high level analysis and strategy that that is necessary to perform at a high level. So I'm just excited to to continue content. You know, they announce these regionals and it's like I also was thinking, you know, personally, like Oh, that's so much more content, or possible content that I can I can put out for love, for the path that that need that. So I'm excited for exciting, man, it's cool stuff ahead. I'm looking forward to see what happens. And what I think is interesting too is, you know, the game right now in terms of like that, that and stuff like that, it's going to be completely different by a time we return to IRL. We're going to have like multiple set drop. We're going to if you're going to write a ball back, we're gonna have ultra ball back by that time. So it's going to be it's going to be a different ball game out there, literally and figured itively. Yeah, and I think one thing that is really interesting about you know, irl tournaments coming back is just that I feel like, with the game growing as it is, at the rate that it has been it, at least it's felt on the online scene, I feel like there will be more of an emphasis to become better with decks like earlier. Yeah, you know, the online solving them. That a little scene. Yeah, solving the Meta. The online tournament scene is kind of established, like, people know what's going on. There are a lot of still a lot of tournaments. There still will be a lot of tournaments. But then, like even watching content creators that make content before the new set drops, to...

...have just a little bit better of an idea. Like no longer gone are the days where we could walk into a tournament with just like a a good, like consistent deck from the new set and do well. Like not only doesn't have to be a good, consistent deck, it has to be good for the developed Meta. That, you know, is more likely to happen heading into tournaments, you know, especially with a new set recently dropped. So and a new clients by then too. What's that? And a new client by then too, and a new client. Oh my gosh, there's so many things that make me excited for competitive pokemon. O. Comeon, is looking bright. The future is looking exciting right now. A lot to celebrate, if you will. Well, I mean I'm just super stoked for where the game's going, and I hope that you all listening are too, especially if you've made it this far in the episode. And if you Mary this far and you're not the type of person that he's excited by this, I'm very interested to hear your opinion. Oh for sure. So, I mean, I think we covered all the main things that we want to hit on today. Je You have any a hot takes? No, I mean it's going to be good stuff, man. They could make Pokemon, could make you know every player's dream happened, if they just talk a little bit more about Tcg live tomorrow, on Thursday at least. It's the week of news. Yeah, yeah, or just give us another little little sniff, 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 time to be a pokemon player and it's a good time to be listening to this cast. I mean I have no plans, and I know Riley doesn't have any points either, of stopping this cast. So, like don't speak for whether or not I have play. So we will. We will continue to bring you the high level competitive analysis that you crave, that you need to stay at 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 on social media. Our biggest platform is it going to be on twitter at smiles, the Priles, at Real John Walter and at tag team Pokemon, for myselfw in the cast respectively. You can also catch us live on twitch dot TV every single week. We typically record on twitchtv slash munner, but JW records periodically, especially when I'm on my work trips, on his channel at twitchtv slash flex daddy righteous, and he does at awesome streams over there for his TCG content. And, of course, check out you WTUBE channel same name, Flex Daddy Rights. Thank you so much. Yeah, looking forward to make sure to leave a rate and review whether you liked it or if you had something to tell us, and we'll catch you next time. Peace.

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