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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 4, Episode 9 · 9 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.

This episode is sponsored by Manscaped. Use code TAGTEAM for 20% off and free shipping at checkout! You won't want to miss this opportunity to make your Duosion shine.

Woo Yo. What is up, guys? Welcome back to tag team, the POKEMON trading card games for me or podcasting duo. My name is Riley Hobart, joined, as always, buy my good, good friend Mr JW Curry. Wall JW. How's it going today in the house? I'm doing okay. I'm feeling good because I did a lot of chores today. Yeah, so I like feel like I like accomplished my you know, husband lead duty, and then at the same time 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 to work 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. The eyes are okay. So I have historically bad eyes, just like from my family. Historically, like monumentally, notably historically bad. Yea. Not of all, 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 I was working with, she like actually like kind of made fun of me for it, which it was fine, like it was chill. We had a good rapport going, but it was pretty funny. And then she looked at my 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 tears and 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 in the same boat. Yeah, really, you Badass. Oh yeah, really bad. Like coke bottle glasses or yeah, literally, I have to wear a coke bottle over that. It's tough because I don't drink soda. So yeah, 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. I had imagine that would be pretty tough. It's tough, man. And so how are you, Riley? I'm doing well, man. I A little salty 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 I don't know that. That sounds pretty bad cop to me now. But it was like I was on this call and I this is like, I'll try and not keep it technical, but basically someone who had his very specific role did not realize what that role meant and did not do any of the tasks associated with it. HMM, so I have basically had to I say yea, but it was more just like very angrily talking to a group of people, like forcing them to do stuff. Yeah, like Y'all need to do your jobs, like that's that's great, like she didn't or they didn't understand the assignment, or I think so. They rolled on a little late and I guess they didn't understand, but the way they said it was just like mindboggling to me. My boggling. Can you recreate no, I basically. So try and frame it like Pokemoni. Yeah, you know, it's it's like you showed up to a regional and you know they asked for your deck list and you're like, Oh, I didn't realize I was supposed to prepare a deck for this. Yeah, yeah, it would be one thing if you're like but like you would signed up, like you had gone through paperwork, like, Oh man, that's bad, that is bad. I empathize with you, my friend. So, yeah, and I had like multiple instances of that throughout the day or people just like work. Gosh, that's so ridiculous. Yeah, but it's been an okay week. I started a game night, like a Boor game night. Okay, that's been fun. It's really fun. You love me a good board game. I do too. I do too. So very cool what you guys play. Yesterday we play love letter Katan and take a to ride classics, and then next week 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 played bunny kingdom. Oh really, I feel like that's kind of big in our circle. I know they just never include me. Yeah, that's fair, but we got a lot to talk about today. Get Away from those board games, 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 this upcoming weekend. We still this weekend. I thought they are delayed. I know they're delayed other places. Okay, okay, maybe they are delayed here as well. Okay, I do need to get my fact straight. I know for a fact that they are related. A fact checking. I know that they are delayed. Another card. Anyway, we have right around the corner fusion strike coming up. So, you know, we should expect to see 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 be more 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 large set. There's potentially around two hundred and fifty to two hundred and eighty car it's so it's a big one and it could have some very big implications on the 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 in your head about sorting through the cards and going this is good, this is bad, this is good, this is bad. What are you looking for? I think it's tough to like necessarily say that out right. I mean, I can say when I'm looking at Pokemon I'm looking for like efficiency in terms of output, right, so efficient attacks, like low cost attacks that do a lot of damage or, you know, the right numbers. Not necessarily like eye damage, but they you know, can cleanly to hit Ko, for example, with a vmax for ideally to energy. Is like something that you would look for and has good type coverage. In terms of trainers, I think, honestly, I think there's been so many trainers in the 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 disruption when it comes to trainers are typically like good signs. And then across the board, I think really just like efficiency is the name of the game as well as, just like any pokemon with an ability is something that I'll always read right, because you know, sometimes that ability is this pokemon takes like ten 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 all of those categories of cards. I would say yep, for sure, for sure. So let's talk about some of the standout pokemon. I think we would be remiss. Obviously. I mean one of the archetypes I would say that the entire set is built around is our fusion strike, Mew v And v Max. So talk to us a little bit about the Meu v And v Max. Obviously, the vmax having a cross fusions strike attack. Choose one 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 try to play The v Max. But yeah, also as a second attack, Max Miracle That is essentially a shred style effect that can go through, you know, any effects on your opponent's act the Pokemon and does a hundred thirty damage. 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, and why or why not? Yeah, I think I think the Meu v Max deck is definitely a solid one. It is the backbone of it is really the genes sect V actually. So the genes sect V has two things really going for it. First, it has the ability where you can draw up until the amount of fusion strike pokemon that you have and play. So you know, with a couple of Geno sex and mew is in play, like you can drop to four or five, even six cards if you have a full suite of of those fusion strikes in play. So that's pretty powerful and of itself. And then it has a pretty decent attack as well. Let me pull it up here so I don't missnomer the text on it. One second. 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 it more efficiently. But two hundred ten is is pretty solid it, you know, more or less Chaos v POKEMON. You know, majority the V pokmon that we're looking at these days have two hundred or two hundred and ten hit points. You think of your sweet coons and your Ev's. Even the Geno sect has two hundred and ten or less HP. And then you supplement that with another standout card in the set. They what was it called? THE POWER TAB tablet? Yes, the power...

...tablet, which is effectively an electric power for fusion check Pokemon, so that very efficiently you're going to knock out the two prize Pokemon in the format and you could even you could climb to one hit Ko on a vmax. Pretty Unlikely, but you're going to pretty consistently be attacking them for high amounts of damage. You do need to switch out of the active every turn to keep using the attack, but I think it's like a fair trade for such an efficient you know, engine the mulely needing those two energy for sure, and, of course, like psychic type, pretty good coverage. Plus having the the metal option with Jeno sect isn't bad 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 the metagame. So I think the deck is pretty good. You know, you can't hate on being a psychic pokemon. It does have some flaws, namely it is dark week, which is not great, sure, especially as we've seen the kind of the rise of single strike decks, and there's actually another single strike pokmon that will be talking about shortly here which will definitely prey on me. Yes, no doubt. But I think it's a pretty solid archetype it's going to be very consistent because you have the Geno sect to consistently be drawing you those cards. YOU'VE A pretty low maintenance attacker with the MEUVMAX and you can get a little tricky if you want. Like people tend to like those kind of toolbox, you kind of decks. So you can play things like the fusion strike lot Yas in there and, you know, stricken a seventy damage JW and I were just talking about this before the cast. Then you can sneak in like a seventy damage on another vmax. They can't hit into your mew without gusting and and then you can follow it up with the Genis 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 kind of 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 impact on the on the game. Now, do you feel like the deck can survive with without any type of energy acceleration, or are you adding cards into the deck to try to, you know, get multiple energy in one turn out of nowhere? Yeah, I think there needs to be some amount of energy acceleration, most likely, to really keep the deck alive. Just so you know, many of these decks have something that they can do or cab an attack that's more efficient than than two attachments. So some options definitely exists in that space. One of them that's built into the set is a lasis sparkle, which you choose two of your fusion strike pokemon and attach a fusion energy 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 to use your supporter to get those attachments out when you have things like the Jena sect to draw you cards. Right, right, absolutely. That's a really good point. Really good point that you have that built in draw so it allows you to play those all Yo supporters, and I mean we've seen that. You know, I had to bring up Zorgx, but that's the exact same thing as or gx right where you're you know, may be able to play that HEX MANIAC for the turn, which doesn't draw any cards, or you're able to play that, I don't know what it's another that Guzma whatever. You know, but like you get to draw those additional cards and still play a game changing supporter. So certainly a good option for the fusion strike deck. So you you already outlined a few fusion strike pokemon that you would play in kind of this this toolbox EMU deck. Are there any other pokemon you would look to play or is it very limited at this point of time? I think there's still kind of a gap in good, huge and strike attackers. You could play the Dioxys, I guess, as like a somewhat more 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 energy on it. So that's like an okay option. But really I think you're largely focusing on the genus act in the mew with the lattiasses of maybe an option and that should be enough to get you there. And in a lot of games there's not a ton of great fusion strike attackers at the moment. Try Opinion. Yeah, for sure, but it does. I mean they did 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 electro power, you know, kind of plus plus thirty damage is always historically been quite good. So the power tablets...

...there, as fusion strikes, very good. You know, we're to have some way to accelerate energy. We have a pokemon that could copy a bunch of different attacks. We have built in draw so there's a lot of things that are going for it. But I will say a lot of these things are things that we also said about Ray quas of emacs. It's true. Granted, I think the DEMU deck has some boons and some veins relative to quays a. You know, it has definitely a worse like weakness situation going on, which is unpleasant. I'd also say the me deck is probably a little bit more vulnerable to path to the peak because the Gena sect drawing you cards is like such an essential part of your game plan. Sure, and the me deck maybe is more vulnerable to energy disruption, although I would say the Ray deck is actually more vulnerable than you would expect to energy disruption. Yeah, but you know, on the flip side like Ray, has that one hit Ko potential if it does get 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 the record. 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 archetype that they've also built into the the set as a counter to mew, and that is, of course, gang are vmax. So Gang O v Max has a couple of attacks. First one very energy efficient, to energy panic, fear. Sixty damage. This attacked a sixty more damage or each of 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 single strike pokemon. So you will be able to utilize the hound doom for some energy acceleration, also boosting that damage. It seems like a really good option for our single strike DEX. We've, Oh yeah, storically been relying on the umbreon. You know, we like the umbrey on because it can gust on the the evolved into the v Max. But what do you think makes gang are worth playing over the umbreyon? I think I think they'll probably different decks or I could also see the gang are replacing the Ershi foo and some people's versions as well. I think it occupies a closer space design wise to the Ershi Foo, whereas trying to get those big knockouts hours umbrean is more about the gust and hitting for weakness. That said, the Real Boon of the gang are is that it's just so, so efficient with its attacks. The to energy attack in a single strike deck is basically unheard of, and I mean all you need is either attached attach or attach hound doom, which is a very low maintenance ask. That's that's that. Yeah, that's that's quite good, because we think about you know, the umbreyon is being very efficient to do, you know, to be able to take one, one hit 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 energy attachment off, you know, or you get the one hound or out, yeah, on the turn one and then you get, you know, crushing hammered, or you don't find that first energy, then you have no route to getting a turn to attack. Yeah, exactly. The gang ours is so efficient and it's obviously going to plow through things like move emax, where you literally are needing to bench multiple V and Vmax Pokemon, but you're getting hit for weakness, they're for to energy. That's just really brutal. But you also have that two hundred and fifty damage, which is like okay by itself, but with single strike energies you can really reach with that. Like you can get to the three hundred and ten just for the fulfilling the attack cost with single strike energies, which is a knockout on a fair amount of vmax has. And then just like one more if you happen to survive a turn or keep the energies in play, you can get to thirty, which pretty much knocked out any vmax with the exception of like a turn. It is yeah, I mean I could see this. This gang ar vmax single strike deck playing some kind of damage modifier like a vitality band. I mean we' we haven't we? I think since...

...rotations happened, I don't think I've seen 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 as opposed to a street thirty damage with full single strike energy. That's a pretty stark difference to have all four of your energy on one pokemon to take those knockouts on your opponent's of Vmax that have three n twenty health. So vitality band, you know. We obviously have zigzigoon. I don't really feel like in these single strike decks you could fit in telly on, although that's probably the premiere way to do a little bit of additional damage. But it'll be interesting to see what deck builders choose, as they're kind of now I'm with the man at and I think am a trougmentor I think just the efficiency of gangars what makes it stand out. So in the matchups where you're heating for a weakness, you can just get that to energy as opposed to three with embryon. And then for those big one hit chaos you're doing it for three as opposed to for with or she foo, and you get to keep the energy and you get to keep the energy. You have any which. But you could write. Well, you could play single strike scroll of Scorn. You could, you know, and also ars. You food needs to search nuine if even though when it loos. That's true. That's true. That's true. So a lot to like with gang are. If you're playing the single strike deck, Riley, are you playing it alongside of Umbrion? Are you playing gang guard just by itself, like, how are you building the list? Yeah, I don't know. To be honest. I feel like gang are you might want to just dedicate to itself, because it almost feels redundant to also play the umbre on. But I could see an argument for just like for taking like similar structured single strike decks and replacing right or thinning out the umbre on line and then replacing their Ershi foo line. But gangar like, I could see that being a thing. The the really nice thing about the umbreyon is that it has a different weakness. It does, which is such is good. It's always really nice to have those like same typed attackers with different weaknesses. It's just a real dark deck, I'll dark. Everything's various. The very nefarious, for sure, very nefarious. So if you're feeling a little evil, gang R v Max is the duck for you for sure. Speaking of evil, I don't know, that's a really bad transition. I was going to say. Like, speaking of evil, let's talk about a pokemon that like shoots you. Oh my gosh, we got intelli on vmax, probably the other most exciting card from the set, and telling on vmax with the double shooter ability. Once during your turn you may discard a water energy from your hand and, if you do, put two damage counters on to of your opponent's bench pokemon. Quite inability, I would say, for a stage one two. Have Yeah, and an attack gmax whirlpool. You may put an energy attention to this pokemon back into your hand. If you do this, attack the seventy more damage. So has a base of seventy, does seventy more damage potentially for a total of one hundred and forty. A little lackluster comes in at two energy and it is a rapid strike pokemon. So you could use rapid strike energy. Yeah, you could do it for one energy, but like one hundred and forty, not the greatest. The ability is where this card shines. So talk to us a little bit about in telly on v Max, Rut, yeah, and tell you on v Max is really cool. I think it fits really well until like existing in telly on type decks, you know, the Intellian v Max x that aready are out there. It's also really fun to me that you would play like a split of both the base in Tellyon and the intelli On v Max. So you'd have like your shady dealings, you're sniping and rappid strike and telly ons. Then you'd have your sniping and telly on v Max and you're attacking base and telly on v Max. That's just like really fun to me. You know, I think the attack. I could also see people trying to pursue something more of the new and telly on v Max focused, 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 maybe nitpicky, maybe not, is the fact that you can only hit the bench with its ability. So I could see could damage getting a little bit awkward with 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 sniping twenty on the active with your own ability, that's a big difference versus the only the 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 you this card to me actually screams Cheryl. Yeah, it looser RAPPA strike energies and you can share all exactly and then...

...you're sniping the whole time him and you just accelerate your you get so much damage on the board with the with the double shooter, and it feels very much like a little more concentrated version of or beetle hmm, where you're just sniping around in your opponent's bench and then 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 bunch of 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 so much 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 with the water energies at least. Yeah, that's a good multiple turns in a row. Yeah, I mean it's a stretch, but it just highlighting that it is possible. Yeah, I do think you can guarantee like one sniper turn with training court at the least. And I also wonder the decks a little funny to me because, like you want to attack with the sink the rapid strike energies, but you also need to pay up play enough water energy to snipe. So you know what is the split there? I'm sure someone smarter than me is started to figure that out. But yeah, that would I 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 VMAX POKEMON in the set. Are there any other vmax Pokemon or Pokemon v that you'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 is a great meme where, if we're to energy, if you knock out a basic pokemon with it's thirty damage attack, you to get to take extra prize cards the challenges. You know that's thirty damage. So like how are you going to do that? You do have toy Catcher, I guess, to supplement that. So it's easy to gust the POKMON that can get knocked out by a thirty damage attack. Sure, what would those Pokemon v I think the problem is, like you need and tell y ons to snipe things down to 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 like you 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 someone solving for sure. There's also the the the Chandel or, which has the POULTR geist attack, very familiar attack if you've been playing the POKEMON trading card game. It's a little amped up from some previous iterations. It does seventy damage for each trainer card in your opponent's hand and it has a cool ability or your ponent can't attach tools from their hand, so their hand does get a 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 nice little 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 in in format, it seems, ever since I don't know what twenty two thousand and nine or something. The gang are, these kind of polter geist attacks have always 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 more on the good side just being able to do seventy damn, I mean it's just more damage right. So I could, I could definitely see that image is got this card, this card, you know, seeing seeing some kind of play any other any other V or v Max's. I did want to touch on Hoopah, yeah, V here. So HOOPA V is probably most notable for the ability to, you know, be two types. So why don't you walk US through Hoopa v? Yeah, so HOOPA V is both psychic and dark type, which are both great types to be and terms of weakness coverage, you got the orshe foods with the psychics, you got the Muse and the Dragon pults and the shadow riders, bless their hearts, with the 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 three energy it does the one hundred and seventy and then you do thirty damage to one of your bench pokemon or three damage counters. So the problem I have a Hoopa is it's a little less efficient than like a multrus for getting those energies. So it seems a little bit difficult to effectively power up, but it's if you have a way to power it up, it's a it has a 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 getting owned, you know, like Italian got the Good v Max is twice and they got they got owned twice. Yeah, well, yeah, not much I really say. They you know, besides to get out, for sure. Yeah, for sure, definitely, definitely something something will want to watch out for. I think real a boom and sind race might build up a grudge. Yeah, the Sind race stands are shaking and crying right now. Definitely owned. Definitely owned. Well, it is time now for card to the 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 at like a garage sale and it just stuck out to me as being I think this was my first cut type of this card that I ever received and it just it. It's one of those cars that sticks out to me. It was a playable card back in the day. Many cards are playable. It was a playable card in a slew of you know, Tier One, tier two decks. I see, I got second place at world's, second place of 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. So the last iteration of it, this specific card, as the last time it was printed for, you know, until now, like we haven't seen another iteration of this card, or this Pokemon, I should say, since it was printed. So that card is heartcold, soul silver. Peach you. Okay, I was going to say peach you. We're going to say peach you. Yeah, Nice. When he said it hadn't been printed a while, I knew it was either the antipor peach you, and mad tip definitely didn't get second at world so yeah, peach you. Is is really cute little baby pokemon in the heart, goold, soul silver block. What made it notable to me? Again, it was my first pre release Promo and I 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 and I didn't, you know, I didn't go to pre releases when I was first starting out. I just got this, I think, from a friend or, you know, a garage sale or something. I got it some kind 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 soul silver on it. Okay, that's interesting and you know, went about my day. But pre release Promo back in the the early two thousand and ten. So it's got a sweet sleeping face as long as peach you is a sleep prevent all damage done to peach you by attack. So this is a poke a body that many, well all, of the baby pokemon of the day head and it could create some really fun effects where nobody could attack your baby's because they were just staying asleep and they would be protected by the poke a body. Some then time, sir, nobody could attack at all because 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 sportsmanlike attacks in the game. Yeah, I would say so. Each player may search his or her deck for as many basic Pokemon as he or she likes, 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's why I'm saying he's player my search his or her deck for as many Pokemon as he or she likes, put them onto his or her bench and shuffle his or her deck out like it's so weird. Anyway, a very nice attag playground and yeah, it gets I can place at world's in a Ross coffins the truth list, which you can watch and in depth video about on my youtube channel. Nice Plug, yes, thank you. Thank you for speaking of 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. You know, I am so hype for College football this week because my Michigan State spartans are playing the U of M Wolverines...

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...a couple of pretty fun cards out there. I I would love to see like a meme deck with the dioxys where you're playing like single strike energy and fusion strike energy and like getting this really high damage off a one price. Sure, I mean you did it does 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 on pre release. The prayer, I was going to say the pre release is insane, especially because the set is called fusion strike and the tag is also a 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 strike rapping 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 the single strike Har Yama, where it has the guts ability where if it would be knocked out, you flip a coin and of heads it survives with ten hit points. So I mean the mean pot hill's obvious there. You could have just infinitely living Haryama and it's single strike, so it'll always do an okay amount of damage. The attack on it is kind of underwhelming. It's a hundred damage, but you know three single strike energies on there. That's one hundred and sixty from to hit KO VMAX and potentially not even get Kos and Response Right, depending on how lucky you are that day. And I guess 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's those are some fun ones that Spring to mind for me. Yeah, you know, 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. So there's a lot of single and Rapp a strike cards that you can potentially look at. None of them are two amazing. You reference GLC. There is a Excel Gore which is not good in like a you know, pokemon trading card 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 of this 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 got the fusion strike tag on it for some reason. You know, I don't know how it really fits into the fusion strike archetype, but for sure you firsture powered up of power tablet if you want to do some kind of crazy excel gra. That is that is true. Oh, and you could do with the DAX is decks. Is just good. Yeah, that just good. So you could. The DAX is text seems like a good meme to me, like fun. I mean, you could do three hundred and twenty. Be Good. You do more than that. You could do three hundred and forty. I guess you at all for single strike energy at Aaby. Three hundred and sixty. No, one hundred and sixty. Base plus four be two hundred and forty. Three hundred and sixty, right, and the past one hundred and twenty. Yeah, there's what did I say? Three hundred for forty? Yeah, three hundred and sixty. Yeah, that's that's fun. I love that for dioxosis. Love that for him, which is also a fun starmy. It's a wrap strike pokmon and it's has the attack star barage where you discard any amount of water energy from it and for each card you discarved that way. So rapishock energy is not counts to you get to choose a pokemon do thirty damage to it. It's very similar to bronze on break. If you've ever played with that card, sure I could see they're being like a really fun deck with the Frost Moth where you clerate to the storm he's and just spread everywhere. Yeah, I think this is really cool 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 to call out is the dragon pult. It does thirty damage for each of your fuse and strike Pokemon and play. Obviously it's psycho type, which is a pretty good weakness to hit. With the bears the damage is okay. You know, with the full bench you're doing one eighty because it counts your active drag a poll. I don't know if realistically you'd have a full bunch of fusion strike Pokemon or not, right, but there's some potential there. It's a fun stage two. Yeah, for sure, a few. A few of 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 two cards of your opponents deck. Probably the most noteworthy you know attack on the Pokemon, but it does have a destroyer...

...punch attack that I don't think can be overlooked. Does Ninety base and this attack is sixty more damage forge damage counter 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 some you know, Italian pings on there and you know, just get it, get a roll on. So pretty decent attack set of attacks and certainly something that stall decks or mill decks will be looking to utilize. Speaking of mill and stall, there is a reprint in here that we have to talk about and that's judge. Yeah, now Marnie is quite good. We talk about the Marnie path strategy, but some of the failing of that is that you only 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 your hand at once, and it's certainly even less likely to have them both in your hand going for, you know, on your first turn. So judge possibly opens up an avenue for these kinds of disruption decks to set your opponent's hand a for and then past them potentially out of the game. So what do you think about judge Riley in in this upcoming format? I think charge is 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 the player who is playing Marney, because you get to dig as opposed to shuffle draw. Like even just digging for is better than shuffle draw, for but it's probably less disruptive to the opponent than judge. You know shuffle draw just if you ever shuffled your deck and drawing cards from it, you know that things get weird when that happens. You know, if you ever played Cynthia as your opening supporter to start a game, you know that shuffle draws not always reliable. 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 can play around mar anymore ran. Right, exactly, but you cannot play around the judge as as well. Yeah, play around judge is really you can only 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 in your deck, or you can stack your deck with the Wrang Guru or wrote a phone and like force the draw a little bit more, or you can like intentionally leave cards in the deck. That's what I'm saying right, like you get thoughtful about what stays in the deck, not thinking stuff, yeah, out of it. It's that way. It stays in, stays in the in the same order. that. Yeah, I think that's a good point. Like it's eat. You can play around Marnie. Maybe not always have 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 hope that you don't draw them. Yeah, so I think, honestly, I think judge will probably be played in a lot of decks. I mean it has that kind of think. So, U see. Yeah, I mean judge I think as like I think a lots. Maybe an overstatement, but I 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 of play path. Yeah, I will say a judge path sounds awful for like ability focused decks. At least other cards. We got the cross switcher. So Cross switcher. It's a I talked about cross switcher with the the smear goal. Bro Oh, you did, you did, you can. You can bring it back, of course. And then we have cross receiver, which is same thing. Play two of them and you can grab back a supporter. 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 your turn, if this Pokemon is in your hand, you may reveal it put it at the bottom of your deck. If you do draw card, can't use more than one if you can muke toss each turn. So we talked about this before on the cast, but just to rehash for people that may not have heard that previous cast. This puke Muca is good for a couple of reasons. First reason, you're drawn cards, so it's essentially a free card. You know you might just toss Pukea Muku in a deck that you need. You know, you have fifty nine cards. You're like, Oh, what should I play? It's just that other little draw. The other reason that you might play a Pukem Mucu is that it prevents you from decking out. 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 to draw on a next turn. Puke a...

Muku. Does it draw it self if you put it on the bottom? That's a great question. That is a 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 still like it. It is it is a way to, you know, potentially not 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 you can do? You know? Sure you could puke a Muku and a Wrang Guroo. 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're probably 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, for sure, 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 had to give a general assessment on this set, I think it will probably have less of an impact than evolving skies did on our metagame. Evolving Skies Super Big in terms of shaping what we have now. We got all the evolutions that just are dominating, you know, the the scene, and I think we'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 just a huge force in the metagame. I think the only real metagame shaper to come out of the format is you, whereas you know, gangre is a really solid pokemon. Yeah, doesn't necessarily warf the metagame by itself and my opinion at granted, it might be really good and really popular when a lot of 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 in the format really, whereas, if you compare that to like evolving skis, we had a lot of really powerful igulution decks. You compare that to chilling rain, 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 then you have like battle styles further back, which, Ye know, that was probably the most impactful set we've had in a long time. Yeah, for sure, for sure. So any last thoughts, Riley, on the fusion strike set? Any any parting words of wisdom, any kind of make sure to pick these cards up before they skyrocket and value or stay away from these other cards because probably won't pan out at the prices that they will be preselling for. Any thoughts? Yeah, I I think this at is good. Invest in it if you are interested in any of those archetypes particularly like and you will will be solid. I think if you are on the fence about it, if as like a deck that you want to play, you can probably hold off because I imagine the prices will drop pretty dramatically on things like that as as people realize that like single strike is still probably the best deck. Yeah, definitely, definitely, well good. I think that wraps up our cast, Riley. I think it does. Man, it's always a pleasure, 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 rating and 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 me feel good and the and that it's nice and say. And if you say I you know this episode wasn't that good, because X Y Z then it gives us a little bit of feedback that we can go on and and improve upon. 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's channel, and I also have a twitch channel where I stream every Monday and Friday, twitchtv slash Flex Daddy. Righteous...

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