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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 4, Episode 9 · 3 months ago

4-9. Polymerization!

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are back and fusion is, IN baby! You ever wanna rustle and tussle with the biggest, baddest Pokemon but aren't sure if you're a Rapid Strike Randall or Single Strike Samuel? Then be a Fusion Strike Franklin! Come hear Riley and JW talk through the crazy going ons in the upcoming Fusion Strike set and lay out what you need to know as we approach a new metagame.

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Woo Yo. What is up,guys? Welcome back to tag team, the POKEMON trading card games for meor podcasting duo. My name is Riley Hobart, joined, as always,buy my good, good friend Mr JW Curry. Wall JW. How's itgoing today in the house? I'm doing okay. I'm feeling good because Idid a lot of chores today. Yeah, so I like feel like I likeaccomplished my you know, husband lead duty, and then at the sametime I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off, because I feel that, man, I just there's so I had towork a little later today because I had to go to an eye appointment.And how are the eyes? Did it just the eyes are okay. Theeyes are okay. So I have historically bad eyes, just like from myfamily. Historically, like monumentally, notably historically bad. Yea. Not ofall, like not a history books. Yeah, not in the history book, but like amongst everyone that I've met, I think I have the worst eyes. Oh yeah, and then the the doctor that I was that Iwas working with, she like actually like kind of made fun of me forit, which it was fine, like it was chill. We had agood rapport going, but it was pretty funny. And then she looked atmy eyes and she said everything looks good, but because my eyes are so bad, she's like, yeah, you definitely have a risk of retinal tearsand I don't know, there's some like sea word cataracts, staracts. Yeah, there you go, that that could happen to me. So I'm inthe same boat. Yeah, really, you Badass. Oh yeah, reallybad. Like coke bottle glasses or yeah, literally, I have to wear acoke bottle over that. It's tough because I don't drink soda. Soyeah, so where do you get the replacements? I hear you a man. I know all I have to I always keep bottle of coke on you. I go to the nearest person, Hey, can you drink this?I need them for my glasses. And it is the whole thing. Ihad imagine that would be pretty tough. It's tough, man. And sohow are you, Riley? I'm doing well, man. I A littlesalty today, not gonna lie. I'm a salt. Oh, yeahler today. Yeah, because people aren't doing what they need to do at work.Yeah, I hate to see so I had to be the bad cop today, a little bit, a little bit of bad cop action. Okay,so did you fire anybody? Not Today, maybe like that. I mean Idon't know that. That sounds pretty bad cop to me now. Butit was like I was on this call and I this is like, I'lltry and not keep it technical, but basically someone who had his very specificrole did not realize what that role meant and did not do any of thetasks associated with it. HMM, so I have basically had to I sayyea, but it was more just like very angrily talking to a group ofpeople, like forcing them to do stuff. Yeah, like Y'all need to doyour jobs, like that's that's great, like she didn't or they didn't understandthe assignment, or I think so. They rolled on a little late andI guess they didn't understand, but the way they said it was justlike mindboggling to me. My boggling. Can you recreate no, I basically. So try and frame it like Pokemoni. Yeah, you know, it's it'slike you showed up to a regional and you know they asked for yourdeck list and you're like, Oh, I didn't realize I was supposed toprepare a deck for this. Yeah, yeah, it would be one thingif you're like but like you would signed up, like you had gone throughpaperwork, like, Oh man, that's bad, that is bad. Iempathize with you, my friend. So, yeah, and I had like multipleinstances of that throughout the day or people just like work. Gosh,that's so ridiculous. Yeah, but it's been an okay week. I starteda game night, like a Boor game night. Okay, that's been fun. It's really fun. You love me a good board game. I dotoo. I do too. So very cool what you guys play. Yesterdaywe play love letter Katan and take a to ride classics, and then nextweek I'm going to introduce people to Bunny Kingdom and quacks of Quedlinburg. Okay, I don't know if you've I played quacks. Well, I've never playedbunny kingdom. Oh really, I feel like that's kind of big in ourcircle. I know they just never include me. Yeah, that's fair,but we got a lot to talk about today. Get Away from those boardgames, everybody. It's not the card games. HOPEME, on cards.That's right about the there is a big...

...set that is just around the corner. We have pre releases coming up in at least the United States here thisupcoming weekend. We still this weekend. I thought they are delayed. Iknow they're delayed other places. Okay, okay, maybe they are delayed hereas well. Okay, I do need to get my fact straight. Iknow for a fact that they are related. A fact checking. I know thatthey are delayed. Another card. Anyway, we have right around thecorner fusion strike coming up. So, you know, we should expect tosee more information. You know, obviously, the closer we get to it,there's going to be more cards just being leaked, there's going to bemore influencers getting products and, you know, more about the set to be known. What we do know is that it's projected to be a very largeset. There's potentially around two hundred and fifty to two hundred and eighty carit's so it's a big one and it could have some very big implications onthe metagame. So, Riley, when you're initially looking over these sets,we talked about this a little bit before, but when you're kind of going inyour head about sorting through the cards and going this is good, thisis bad, this is good, this is bad. What are you lookingfor? I think it's tough to like necessarily say that out right. Imean, I can say when I'm looking at Pokemon I'm looking for like efficiencyin terms of output, right, so efficient attacks, like low cost attacksthat do a lot of damage or, you know, the right numbers.Not necessarily like eye damage, but they you know, can cleanly to hitKo, for example, with a vmax for ideally to energy. Is likesomething that you would look for and has good type coverage. In terms oftrainers, I think, honestly, I think there's been so many trainers inthe POKEMON card game that many of them tend to Harken back on each other. Right, so you know, looking for things like like gusts or disruptionwhen it comes to trainers are typically like good signs. And then across theboard, I think really just like efficiency is the name of the game aswell as, just like any pokemon with an ability is something that I'll alwaysread right, because you know, sometimes that ability is this pokemon takes liketen less damage from attacks. At other times there's some crazy stuff in vine. The ability tax and pusure strike has things that kind of fit into allof those categories of cards. I would say yep, for sure, forsure. So let's talk about some of the standout pokemon. I think wewould be remiss. Obviously. I mean one of the archetypes I would saythat the entire set is built around is our fusion strike, Mew v Andv Max. So talk to us a little bit about the Meu v Andv Max. Obviously, the vmax having a cross fusions strike attack. Chooseone of your bench fusion strike Pokemon's attacks and use it as this attack.It's probably the, you know, really the only reason why you would tryto play The v Max. But yeah, also as a second attack, MaxMiracle That is essentially a shred style effect that can go through, youknow, any effects on your opponent's act the Pokemon and does a hundred thirtydamage. So talk to us a little bit about the Mu v Max,whether or not you are high on the cart as a competitive archetype, andwhy or why not? Yeah, I think I think the Meu v Maxdeck is definitely a solid one. It is the backbone of it is reallythe genes sect V actually. So the genes sect V has two things reallygoing for it. First, it has the ability where you can draw upuntil the amount of fusion strike pokemon that you have and play. So youknow, with a couple of Geno sex and mew is in play, likeyou can drop to four or five, even six cards if you have afull suite of of those fusion strikes in play. So that's pretty powerful andof itself. And then it has a pretty decent attack as well. Letme pull it up here so I don't missnomer the text on it. Onesecond. Yes, Jen a section does two hundred ten damage for three energy. So rarely are you attacking with the Geno sect because the mew does itmore efficiently. But two hundred ten is is pretty solid it, you know, more or less Chaos v POKEMON. You know, majority the V pokmonthat we're looking at these days have two hundred or two hundred and ten hitpoints. You think of your sweet coons and your Ev's. Even the Genosect has two hundred and ten or less HP. And then you supplement thatwith another standout card in the set. They what was it called? THEPOWER TAB tablet? Yes, the power...

...tablet, which is effectively an electricpower for fusion check Pokemon, so that very efficiently you're going to knock outthe two prize Pokemon in the format and you could even you could climb toone hit Ko on a vmax. Pretty Unlikely, but you're going to prettyconsistently be attacking them for high amounts of damage. You do need to switchout of the active every turn to keep using the attack, but I thinkit's like a fair trade for such an efficient you know, engine the mulelyneeding those two energy for sure, and, of course, like psychic type,pretty good coverage. Plus having the the metal option with Jeno sect isn'tbad either. You know, it hits things like ice rider for weakness,which have started to get more and more popular in the recent days of themetagame. So I think the deck is pretty good. You know, youcan't hate on being a psychic pokemon. It does have some flaws, namelyit is dark week, which is not great, sure, especially as we'veseen the kind of the rise of single strike decks, and there's actually anothersingle strike pokmon that will be talking about shortly here which will definitely prey onme. Yes, no doubt. But I think it's a pretty solid archetypeit's going to be very consistent because you have the Geno sect to consistently bedrawing you those cards. YOU'VE A pretty low maintenance attacker with the MEUVMAX andyou can get a little tricky if you want. Like people tend to likethose kind of toolbox, you kind of decks. So you can play thingslike the fusion strike lot Yas in there and, you know, stricken aseventy damage JW and I were just talking about this before the cast. Thenyou can sneak in like a seventy damage on another vmax. They can't hitinto your mew without gusting and and then you can follow it up with theGenis act attack to get like a very clean to hit knock out sure,which seems great to me. Drum and yeah, I think it's the kindof deck that people tend to like. People really like the toolboxy decks,people like de mu cards historically. I definitely see it having a big impacton the on the game. Now, do you feel like the deck cansurvive with without any type of energy acceleration, or are you adding cards into thedeck to try to, you know, get multiple energy in one turn outof nowhere? Yeah, I think there needs to be some amount ofenergy acceleration, most likely, to really keep the deck alive. Just soyou know, many of these decks have something that they can do or caban attack that's more efficient than than two attachments. So some options definitely existsin that space. One of them that's built into the set is a lasissparkle, which you choose two of your fusion strike pokemon and attach a fusionenergy to both of them so that can get you some energy into play.are going to that. It's a supporter, but it's a little less impactful touse your supporter to get those attachments out when you have things like theJena sect to draw you cards. Right, right, absolutely. That's a reallygood point. Really good point that you have that built in draw soit allows you to play those all Yo supporters, and I mean we've seenthat. You know, I had to bring up Zorgx, but that's theexact same thing as or gx right where you're you know, may be ableto play that HEX MANIAC for the turn, which doesn't draw any cards, oryou're able to play that, I don't know what it's another that Guzmawhatever. You know, but like you get to draw those additional cards andstill play a game changing supporter. So certainly a good option for the fusionstrike deck. So you you already outlined a few fusion strike pokemon that youwould play in kind of this this toolbox EMU deck. Are there any otherpokemon you would look to play or is it very limited at this point oftime? I think there's still kind of a gap in good, huge andstrike attackers. You could play the Dioxys, I guess, as like a somewhatmore efficient way to do like chaos on one prizers and things like that. That the oxys does eighty plus eighty if it has a fusion strike energyon it. So that's like an okay option. But really I think you'relargely focusing on the genus act in the mew with the lattiasses of maybe anoption and that should be enough to get you there. And in a lotof games there's not a ton of great fusion strike attackers at the moment.Try Opinion. Yeah, for sure, but it does. I mean theydid give it enough tools right. We have fusion strike. As you know, it's it's the first time that it gets right type right. So like, but they did build it up enough that at the very least it's interesting, right. It's not something that we've, Oh yeah, dismissed. The electropower, you know, kind of plus plus thirty damage is always historicallybeen quite good. So the power tablets...

...there, as fusion strikes, verygood. You know, we're to have some way to accelerate energy. Wehave a pokemon that could copy a bunch of different attacks. We have builtin draw so there's a lot of things that are going for it. ButI will say a lot of these things are things that we also said aboutRay quas of emacs. It's true. Granted, I think the DEMU deckhas some boons and some veins relative to quays a. You know, ithas definitely a worse like weakness situation going on, which is unpleasant. I'dalso say the me deck is probably a little bit more vulnerable to path tothe peak because the Gena sect drawing you cards is like such an essential partof your game plan. Sure, and the me deck maybe is more vulnerableto energy disruption, although I would say the Ray deck is actually more vulnerablethan you would expect to energy disruption. Yeah, but you know, onthe flip side like Ray, has that one hit Ko potential if it doesget set up and has that. It like more aggressive draw engine than me. Right, you just plow through your whole deck and a couple turns.Oh, definitely, definitely. I do think you is better than ray,though. To be clear. You're to be clear. Yeah, further therecord. Yeah, you is probably better than Ray, but we've talked about, you know, maybe the premier archetype. Now let's get into a secondary archetypethat they've also built into the the set as a counter to mew,and that is, of course, gang are vmax. So Gang O vMax has a couple of attacks. First one very energy efficient, to energypanic, fear. Sixty damage. This attacked a sixty more damage or eachof your opponent's POKEMONV and Pokemon gx in play. So our pardon me,pardon me, sixty times, sixty times. And then it has a secondary attack, GMAX and Gulf. The spokemon cannot attack during your next turn.Does two hundred and fifty damage for three energy. But it is a singlestrike pokemon. So you will be able to utilize the hound doom for someenergy acceleration, also boosting that damage. It seems like a really good optionfor our single strike DEX. We've, Oh yeah, storically been relying onthe umbreon. You know, we like the umbrey on because it can guston the the evolved into the v Max. But what do you think makes gangare worth playing over the umbreyon? I think I think they'll probably differentdecks or I could also see the gang are replacing the Ershi foo and somepeople's versions as well. I think it occupies a closer space design wise tothe Ershi Foo, whereas trying to get those big knockouts hours umbrean is moreabout the gust and hitting for weakness. That said, the Real Boon ofthe gang are is that it's just so, so efficient with its attacks. Theto energy attack in a single strike deck is basically unheard of, andI mean all you need is either attached attach or attach hound doom, whichis a very low maintenance ask. That's that's that. Yeah, that's that'squite good, because we think about you know, the umbreyon is being veryefficient to do, you know, to be able to take one, onehit chaos on at least opponent's Pokemon v and if you get you know,let's say you get two hounders down on turn one and you get an energyattachment off, you know, or you get the one hound or out,yeah, on the turn one and then you get, you know, crushinghammered, or you don't find that first energy, then you have no routeto getting a turn to attack. Yeah, exactly. The gang ours is soefficient and it's obviously going to plow through things like move emax, whereyou literally are needing to bench multiple V and Vmax Pokemon, but you're gettinghit for weakness, they're for to energy. That's just really brutal. But youalso have that two hundred and fifty damage, which is like okay byitself, but with single strike energies you can really reach with that. Likeyou can get to the three hundred and ten just for the fulfilling the attackcost with single strike energies, which is a knockout on a fair amount ofvmax has. And then just like one more if you happen to survive aturn or keep the energies in play, you can get to thirty, whichpretty much knocked out any vmax with the exception of like a turn. Itis yeah, I mean I could see this. This gang ar vmax singlestrike deck playing some kind of damage modifier like a vitality band. I meanwe' we haven't we? I think since...

...rotations happened, I don't think I'veseen a single list with vitality. Yeah, I definitely. I definitely haven't.You think about the numbers, right, three hundred twenty damage as opposed to, you know, three d twenty damage with three single strike energy asopposed to a street thirty damage with full single strike energy. That's a prettystark difference to have all four of your energy on one pokemon to take thoseknockouts on your opponent's of Vmax that have three n twenty health. So vitalityband, you know. We obviously have zigzigoon. I don't really feel likein these single strike decks you could fit in telly on, although that's probablythe premiere way to do a little bit of additional damage. But it'll beinteresting to see what deck builders choose, as they're kind of now I'm withthe man at and I think am a trougmentor I think just the efficiency ofgangars what makes it stand out. So in the matchups where you're heating fora weakness, you can just get that to energy as opposed to three withembryon. And then for those big one hit chaos you're doing it for threeas opposed to for with or she foo, and you get to keep the energyand you get to keep the energy. You have any which. But youcould write. Well, you could play single strike scroll of Scorn.You could, you know, and also ars. You food needs to searchnuine if even though when it loos. That's true. That's true. That'strue. So a lot to like with gang are. If you're playing thesingle strike deck, Riley, are you playing it alongside of Umbrion? Areyou playing gang guard just by itself, like, how are you building thelist? Yeah, I don't know. To be honest. I feel likegang are you might want to just dedicate to itself, because it almost feelsredundant to also play the umbre on. But I could see an argument forjust like for taking like similar structured single strike decks and replacing right or thinningout the umbre on line and then replacing their Ershi foo line. But gangarlike, I could see that being a thing. The the really nice thingabout the umbreyon is that it has a different weakness. It does, whichis such is good. It's always really nice to have those like same typedattackers with different weaknesses. It's just a real dark deck, I'll dark.Everything's various. The very nefarious, for sure, very nefarious. So ifyou're feeling a little evil, gang R v Max is the duck for youfor sure. Speaking of evil, I don't know, that's a really badtransition. I was going to say. Like, speaking of evil, let'stalk about a pokemon that like shoots you. Oh my gosh, we got intellion vmax, probably the other most exciting card from the set, andtelling on vmax with the double shooter ability. Once during your turn you may discarda water energy from your hand and, if you do, put two damagecounters on to of your opponent's bench pokemon. Quite inability, I wouldsay, for a stage one two. Have Yeah, and an attack gmaxwhirlpool. You may put an energy attention to this pokemon back into your hand. If you do this, attack the seventy more damage. So has abase of seventy, does seventy more damage potentially for a total of one hundredand forty. A little lackluster comes in at two energy and it is arapid strike pokemon. So you could use rapid strike energy. Yeah, youcould do it for one energy, but like one hundred and forty, notthe greatest. The ability is where this card shines. So talk to usa little bit about in telly on v Max, Rut, yeah, andtell you on v Max is really cool. I think it fits really well untillike existing in telly on type decks, you know, the Intellian v Maxx that aready are out there. It's also really fun to me thatyou would play like a split of both the base in Tellyon and the intelliOn v Max. So you'd have like your shady dealings, you're sniping andrappid strike and telly ons. Then you'd have your sniping and telly on vMax and you're attacking base and telly on v Max. That's just like reallyfun to me. You know, I think the attack. I could alsosee people trying to pursue something more of the new and telly on v Maxfocused, where you would just like looper rappid strike energies and Snipe the bench. The one thing I just don't like about this card, which is maybenitpicky, maybe not, is the fact that you can only hit the benchwith its ability. So I could see could damage getting a little bit awkwardwith like the Shark, the the one hundred and forty on the active,whereas if you're hitting one like you hearding one hundred and forty and then snipingtwenty on the active with your own ability, that's a big difference versus the onlythe bench. Granted, is maybe not a maker break for the card, but it is something that I noticed when I was looking at it.To me, if this card just fits really well with an intellion engine,you could play it with the existing v Max or by itself. Yeah,it's it's definitely an interesting card that I think you you know, you highlighted. It could go a lot of ways with that building. You know youthis card to me actually screams Cheryl. Yeah, it looser RAPPA strike energiesand you can share all exactly and then...

...you're sniping the whole time him andyou just accelerate your you get so much damage on the board with the withthe double shooter, and it feels very much like a little more concentrated versionof or beetle hmm, where you're just sniping around in your opponent's bench andthen you're hitting for like very minimal damage, but you're sharrolling over and over.You know, obviously you can. You can double quick shooter Multiple Times. So if you have a munch switch cards, you can get a bunchof metalion and play and switch between them all and potentially get, you know, eighty damage on two of your opponent's Bunch Book Right. There's just somuch that you can do with this card. So it's true, very I do. So I do wonder a little bit like how you'll fuel that withthe water energies at least. Yeah, that's a good multiple turns in arow. Yeah, I mean it's a stretch, but it just highlighting thatit is possible. Yeah, I do think you can guarantee like one sniperturn with training court at the least. And I also wonder the decks alittle funny to me because, like you want to attack with the sink therapid strike energies, but you also need to pay up play enough water energyto snipe. So you know what is the split there? I'm sure someonesmarter than me is started to figure that out. But yeah, that wouldI would get like I would get dizzy, like trying to figure that for sure. Yeah, for sure it will disy. So those are the top, I would say, the standouts. Yeah, in terms of the VMAXPOKEMON in the set. Are there any other vmax Pokemon or Pokemon v thatyou're really looking forward to that are outside of the top three? Not Really. There's a couple of fun ones in there. There's the gredent which isa great meme where, if we're to energy, if you knock out abasic pokemon with it's thirty damage attack, you to get to take extra prizecards the challenges. You know that's thirty damage. So like how are yougoing to do that? You do have toy Catcher, I guess, tosupplement that. So it's easy to gust the POKMON that can get knocked outby a thirty damage attack. Sure, what would those Pokemon v I thinkthe problem is, like you need and tell y ons to snipe things downto that threshold, right, and they need to be basic as well.So you're looking at like sovels, but the problem is by the time likeyou haven'telions and played is that they're not sovels anymore. You know, right, so, right, that's a challenge to me which I open to someonesolving for sure. There's also the the the Chandel or, which has thePOULTR geist attack, very familiar attack if you've been playing the POKEMON trading cardgame. It's a little amped up from some previous iterations. It does seventydamage for each trainer card in your opponent's hand and it has a cool abilityor your ponent can't attach tools from their hand, so their hand does geta little inherently clogged if they play tools to guarantee those trainers will remain.Yeah, and most decks don't really play that many tools, you know,maybe a couple air balloon, maybe a tool jammer, maybe vitality band,now I know, who knows, but you know, it is a nicelittle park to have. It's got that. That card is, as you know, pretty fun because we've always had these kind of polter geist attacks inin format, it seems, ever since I don't know what twenty two thousandand nine or something. The gang are, these kind of polter geist attacks havealways persisted. Sometimes they've been really good, sometimes they've been quite bad, and this one, this one feels on the spectrum a little bit moreon the good side just being able to do seventy damn, I mean it'sjust more damage right. So I could, I could definitely see that image isgot this card, this card, you know, seeing seeing some kindof play any other any other V or v Max's. I did want totouch on Hoopah, yeah, V here. So HOOPA V is probably most notablefor the ability to, you know, be two types. So why don'tyou walk US through Hoopa v? Yeah, so HOOPA V is bothpsychic and dark type, which are both great types to be and terms ofweakness coverage, you got the orshe foods with the psychics, you got theMuse and the Dragon pults and the shadow riders, bless their hearts, withthe darks. So type coverage really good. It's one hundred and seventy damage.So it's pretty cleanly getting the knockouts on those v Max has for threeenergy it does the one hundred and seventy and then you do thirty damage toone of your bench pokemon or three damage counters. So the problem I havea Hoopa is it's a little less efficient than like a multrus for getting thoseenergies. So it seems a little bit difficult to effectively power up, butit's if you have a way to power it up, it's a it hasa really good coverage. So a great...

...type card. Yes, definitely,definitely very good. Well, I think that is I do want to say. I feel bad for for Rella, boom and Cinder race for just gettingowned, you know, like Italian got the Good v Max is twice andthey got they got owned twice. Yeah, well, yeah, not much Ireally say. They you know, besides to get out, for sure. Yeah, for sure, definitely, definitely something something will want to watchout for. I think real a boom and sind race might build up agrudge. Yeah, the Sind race stands are shaking and crying right now.Definitely owned. Definitely owned. Well, it is time now for card tothe day. Yeah, part of the day. Yes, yes, yes, this is a card that's thinking about it today and I was like,I just this was one of my one of my cards that I got atlike a garage sale and it just stuck out to me as being I thinkthis was my first cut type of this card that I ever received and itjust it. It's one of those cars that sticks out to me. Itwas a playable card back in the day. Many cards are playable. It wasa playable card in a slew of you know, Tier One, tiertwo decks. I see, I got second place at world's, second placeof world it. It's a special style of card. And let's see,and it was the last card printed for ten years of this pokemon. Sothe last iteration of it, this specific card, as the last time itwas printed for, you know, until now, like we haven't seen anotheriteration of this card, or this Pokemon, I should say, since it wasprinted. So that card is heartcold, soul silver. Peach you. Okay, I was going to say peach you. We're going to say peachyou. Yeah, Nice. When he said it hadn't been printed a while, I knew it was either the antipor peach you, and mad tip definitelydidn't get second at world so yeah, peach you. Is is really cutelittle baby pokemon in the heart, goold, soul silver block. What made itnotable to me? Again, it was my first pre release Promo andI didn't quite know that it was a pre release Promo until many years later, because it had just this weird hollow pattern and the stamp on it andI didn't, you know, I didn't go to pre releases when I wasfirst starting out. I just got this, I think, from a friend or, you know, a garage sale or something. I got it somekind of back end way right, like. I wasn't really going after it,it just kind of happened to me. So I saw a heart goold soulsilver on it. Okay, that's interesting and you know, went aboutmy day. But pre release Promo back in the the early two thousand andten. So it's got a sweet sleeping face as long as peach you isa sleep prevent all damage done to peach you by attack. So this isa poke a body that many, well all, of the baby pokemon ofthe day head and it could create some really fun effects where nobody could attackyour baby's because they were just staying asleep and they would be protected by thepoke a body. Some then time, sir, nobody could attack at allbecause both of their babies here asleep. That is so true, so true. And it also has a playground attack, which is one of the more sportsmanlikeattacks in the game. Yeah, I would say so. Each playermay search his or her deck for as many basic Pokemon as he or shelikes, put them out of their bench and shuffle his or her deck afterwards. I'm reading it now. It's very interesting that they used his or her, because they say it four times, like the phrases or her. That'swhy I'm saying he's player my search his or her deck for as many Pokemonas he or she likes, put them onto his or her bench and shufflehis or her deck out like it's so weird. Anyway, a very niceattag playground and yeah, it gets I can place at world's in a Rosscoffins the truth list, which you can watch and in depth video about onmy youtube channel. Nice Plug, yes, thank you. Thank you for speakingof plugs. You're going to need one for when you buy our product. That's right, man scaped. We are sponsored by manscaped. And,Ladies and gentlemen, it is football season, and you know what that means.Means we're going for to here with man states. I figured. Youknow, I am so hype for College football this week because my Michigan Statespartans are playing the U of M Wolverines...

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...a couple of pretty fun cards outthere. I I would love to see like a meme deck with the dioxyswhere you're playing like single strike energy and fusion strike energy and like getting thisreally high damage off a one price. Sure, I mean you did itdoes it does a hundred sixty base if you have a fusion energy attached.So you know what do you reasonably, you could probably get two hundred.Yeah, t honor, just to fulfill the itack cost for a one triser. It's not bad. So that I think that's a good meme deck potential. Deoxy is also just like the busiest card I've ever seen, especially onpre release. The prayer, I was going to say the pre release isinsane, especially because the set is called fusion strike and the tag is alsoa fusion strike. So you have a fusion strikes stamp in the bottom left, a fusion strikes stamp in the top right and to other like single strikerapping strike stamps. It's the most insane thing at ever seeing on a car. Yeah, that's pretty crazy. Another good like a meme deck is thesingle strike Har Yama, where it has the guts ability where if it wouldbe knocked out, you flip a coin and of heads it survives with tenhit points. So I mean the mean pot hill's obvious there. You couldhave just infinitely living Haryama and it's single strike, so it'll always do anokay amount of damage. The attack on it is kind of underwhelming. It'sa hundred damage, but you know three single strike energies on there. That'sone hundred and sixty from to hit KO VMAX and potentially not even get Kosand Response Right, depending on how lucky you are that day. And Iguess if you're upon it doesn't Untell you on Ping it the next turn.Maybe did the gorvous and play. For sure. That's great. So it'sthose are some fun ones that Spring to mind for me. Yeah, youknow, there's there's lots of other like I I keep you in this.I love how they continue to print like the single and rapid strike. Sothere's a lot of single and Rapp a strike cards that you can potentially lookat. None of them are two amazing. You reference GLC. There is aExcel Gore which is not good in like a you know, pokemon tradingcard game context, but in the GLC the Excel Gore has for three energy. It does one hundred and twenty, but if it moves the act ofthis turn it does one hundred and twenty four one, which is very efficient, very good damage and like a GLC format for sure. And it's gotthe fusion strike tag on it for some reason. You know, I don'tknow how it really fits into the fusion strike archetype, but for sure youfirsture powered up of power tablet if you want to do some kind of crazyexcel gra. That is that is true. Oh, and you could do withthe DAX is decks. Is just good. Yeah, that just good. So you could. The DAX is text seems like a good meme tome, like fun. I mean, you could do three hundred and twenty. Be Good. You do more than that. You could do three hundredand forty. I guess you at all for single strike energy at Aaby.Three hundred and sixty. No, one hundred and sixty. Base plus fourbe two hundred and forty. Three hundred and sixty, right, and thepast one hundred and twenty. Yeah, there's what did I say? Threehundred for forty? Yeah, three hundred and sixty. Yeah, that's that'sfun. I love that for dioxosis. Love that for him, which isalso a fun starmy. It's a wrap strike pokmon and it's has the attackstar barage where you discard any amount of water energy from it and for eachcard you discarved that way. So rapishock energy is not counts to you getto choose a pokemon do thirty damage to it. It's very similar to bronzeon break. If you've ever played with that card, sure I could seethey're being like a really fun deck with the Frost Moth where you clerate tothe storm he's and just spread everywhere. Yeah, I think this is reallycool potential there. There's a lot of very interesting cars in the set,not a ton that blow my mind. One other one that I want tocall out is the dragon pult. It does thirty damage for each of yourfuse and strike Pokemon and play. Obviously it's psycho type, which is apretty good weakness to hit. With the bears the damage is okay. Youknow, with the full bench you're doing one eighty because it counts your activedrag a poll. I don't know if realistically you'd have a full bunch offusion strike Pokemon or not, right, but there's some potential there. It'sa fun stage two. Yeah, for sure, a few. A fewof the POKEMON that that I want to call out us being, you know, potentially dark horses and touched on a lot of them. For sure.There's a car abominable, carbominable V with a meal attack, so that's true. Yeah, I forgot about the caromomatal trigger avalanche, discard the top twocards of your opponents deck. Probably the most noteworthy you know attack on thePokemon, but it does have a destroyer...

...punch attack that I don't think canbe overlooked. Does Ninety base and this attack is sixty more damage forge damagecounter on your opponent's active. So the idea there would be, you know, you can swing twice and probably knock out your opponents active or get someyou know, Italian pings on there and you know, just get it,get a roll on. So pretty decent attack set of attacks and certainly somethingthat stall decks or mill decks will be looking to utilize. Speaking of milland stall, there is a reprint in here that we have to talk aboutand that's judge. Yeah, now Marnie is quite good. We talk aboutthe Marnie path strategy, but some of the failing of that is that youonly play for Marnie. You know, you can only play four paths.So there are times where you're not going to have both of those in yourhand at once, and it's certainly even less likely to have them both inyour hand going for, you know, on your first turn. So judgepossibly opens up an avenue for these kinds of disruption decks to set your opponent'shand a for and then past them potentially out of the game. So whatdo you think about judge Riley in in this upcoming format? I think chargeis okay, you know, I think more Marnie offers a very similar space, more or less. I think Marnie's a better card for the like theplayer who is playing Marney, because you get to dig as opposed to shuffledraw. Like even just digging for is better than shuffle draw, for butit's probably less disruptive to the opponent than judge. You know shuffle draw justif you ever shuffled your deck and drawing cards from it, you know thatthings get weird when that happens. You know, if you ever played Cynthiaas your opening supporter to start a game, you know that shuffle draws not alwaysreliable. Well, and I mean we can snack the deck right.That's one of the things about my Parny is that it's not exactly you canplay around mar anymore ran. Right, exactly, but you cannot play aroundthe judge as as well. Yeah, play around judge is really you canonly just thin your deck and hope that there's less bad cards that you draw, whereas with Marnie, like you can play strategically with what you leave inyour deck, or you can stack your deck with the Wrang Guru or wrotea phone and like force the draw a little bit more, or you canlike intentionally leave cards in the deck. That's what I'm saying right, likeyou get thoughtful about what stays in the deck, not thinking stuff, yeah, out of it. It's that way. It stays in, stays in thein the same order. that. Yeah, I think that's a goodpoint. Like it's eat. You can play around Marnie. Maybe not alwayshave the opportunity to, but you the options are there, whereas the judge, like you only have the ability within your deck of bad cards and hopethat you don't draw them. Yeah, so I think, honestly, Ithink judge will probably be played in a lot of decks. I mean ithas that kind of think. So, U see. Yeah, I meanjudge I think as like I think a lots. Maybe an overstatement, butI could see judge seeing play. I could see judge seeing significant play.Okay, I'll say that. I'll say that, especially especially in dext ofplay path. Yeah, I will say a judge path sounds awful for likeability focused decks. At least other cards. We got the cross switcher. SoCross switcher. It's a I talked about cross switcher with the the smeargoal. Bro Oh, you did, you did, you can. Youcan bring it back, of course. And then we have cross receiver,which is same thing. Play two of them and you can grab back asupporter. We also have the PUKE and Muku. The PUCA Muku is fun. I like the Pik yes, Puken Muku with the ability Puke ucu toss. It looks such as an awesome ability name. It looks like a Turd, my guy and your toss want. Well, perhaps once you're in yourturn, if this Pokemon is in your hand, you may reveal it putit at the bottom of your deck. If you do draw card, can'tuse more than one if you can muke toss each turn. So we talkedabout this before on the cast, but just to rehash for people that maynot have heard that previous cast. This puke Muca is good for a coupleof reasons. First reason, you're drawn cards, so it's essentially a freecard. You know you might just toss Pukea Muku in a deck that youneed. You know, you have fifty nine cards. You're like, Oh, what should I play? It's just that other little draw. The otherreason that you might play a Pukem Mucu is that it prevents you from deckingout. So if you have a deck that's ultra turbo that you find yourself, towards the end of the game, getting two very low deck sizes,you might consider Puken Muku to just guarantee you can draw through your entire deck. Shove that thing back into the deck to make sure you have something todraw on a next turn. Puke a...

Muku. Does it draw it selfif you put it on the bottom? That's a great question. That isa great question. I guesink it does, and according to the wording the translation. Okay, so you'd have to have one other card. Yeah,but but in any case, I do like it, though. I stilllike it. It is it is a way to, you know, potentiallynot it's a way to quick ball into a card, even under path.Well, you could still do that with a ranger, though. Right,yeah, I guess. But like it's more like it's another thing that youcan do? You know? Sure you could puke a Muku and a WrangGuroo. That's a two card advantage. That's right, it's quite good.I've my magic players out there. Where my magic players out there? They'reprobably like there's a while now. You're a wild for druling right now.Gosh, took a little upstart gobbling action for the folks in here, forsure, for sure. So a lot of good cards in this upcoming set. Fusion strike is here. My Body is ready, but there's also enough, you know, counter archetypes in the set. I think if I hadto give a general assessment on this set, I think it will probably have lessof an impact than evolving skies did on our metagame. Evolving Skies SuperBig in terms of shaping what we have now. We got all the evolutionsthat just are dominating, you know, the the scene, and I thinkwe'll see a little less impact from our fusion set. What do you think, Riley? Yeah, I think I would agree that evolution decks are justa huge force in the metagame. I think the only real metagame shaper tocome out of the format is you, whereas you know, gangre is areally solid pokemon. Yeah, doesn't necessarily warf the metagame by itself and myopinion at granted, it might be really good and really popular when a lotof tournaments, but I think it occupies a similar design space at single strike. Some I youw is like the only like net new thing to happen inthe format really, whereas, if you compare that to like evolving skis,we had a lot of really powerful igulution decks. You compare that to chillingrain, where we had, you know, found a rider, an ice rider. You know, both of those are kind of like less popular now, but still really good cards like Melanie coming out of it. And thenyou have like battle styles further back, which, Ye know, that wasprobably the most impactful set we've had in a long time. Yeah, forsure, for sure. So any last thoughts, Riley, on the fusionstrike set? Any any parting words of wisdom, any kind of make sureto pick these cards up before they skyrocket and value or stay away from theseother cards because probably won't pan out at the prices that they will be presellingfor. Any thoughts? Yeah, I I think this at is good.Invest in it if you are interested in any of those archetypes particularly like andyou will will be solid. I think if you are on the fence aboutit, if as like a deck that you want to play, you canprobably hold off because I imagine the prices will drop pretty dramatically on things likethat as as people realize that like single strike is still probably the best deck. Yeah, definitely, definitely, well good. I think that wraps upour cast, Riley. I think it does. Man, it's always apleasure, absolutely so. If you enjoyed this cast, the checkout manscapecom.Well, that, man, skip backy Cotag team, twenty percent off,plus free shipping. But you can find a whole catalog of other stuff,you know, on Youtube, on spotify, itunes, wherever you get your podcast. Please make sure, if you are able, to leave a ratingand a review of the cast. That does a couple of things. First, it helps other people know what to expect when they click on the podcast, and also it gives us a little bit of feedback. Say Like Hey, you're doing really well, I really enjoy your cast. That makes mefeel good and the and that it's nice and say. And if you sayI you know this episode wasn't that good, because X Y Z then it givesus a little bit of feedback that we can go on and and improveupon. So please make sure to review us if you have the opportunity.We film live every single Wednesday over at twitch DOTV slash monner. That's Riley'schannel, and I also have a twitch channel where I stream every Monday andFriday, twitchtv slash Flex Daddy. Righteous...

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