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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 32 · 6 months ago

3-32. Black Belts in Urshi-Fu

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are back and taking a deeper look into some of the top decks in the format. Come see some new card news, as well as a dive into Rapid Strike Urshifu and Eternatus VMAX.

Yo, what is Tup guys looking back totag team, Fook, Mon Trading Card game for me or podcasting duo? My name isRaly horro joint, as always by my very good friend Mr JW Cree Wall, dfw How's,a hangin today, it'spretty good Riley. How are you I am doing swell man I got ta saywhat's been going on in the GW world? Well, I have a working working website. Well, not a workingwebsite. I guess so working, don't even know what you ould call it.I don't know like like a website proxy, essentially so for a class we're makingthese you know functional and of Browser Extensions, I guess in a senseand so yeah we're getting that up andrunning and our project is to create it's like atournament creation website yeah. So we finally got that up and running lastnight and we're going to keep making improveence to it until the end of nextweek. So it's pretty cool, so you're you're, just in the market tocompete with limitlest, then that's your al. I bean you know we got some pretty bigbrains on this project, so we are certainly looking to well at least replicate what they do, which is pretty amazing.Honestly now that I know more about what is going on on the back end, I waspretty is pretty cool the limitless site, that's awesome, and I'm excited to. Areyou going to take e video of your final product and show it off to your friendsat least h? I mean you know what you guys. Could you could you could join my finalcapstone presentation, I'm opening this up to all the all the little flexersout there. You guys could come on over it's on Friday at about to thirty, I think, or one or twothirty somewhere around there. Anyway, you guys want to watch I'll put aposter up in my discord. You guys can click the link and see what I have beenup to that's awesome. I will definitely check that out all right, cool cool that'l be fun so in the world of Pokohan. There'salso plenty of developments happening first and foremost ITIMEAN. He waretalking for the cast and we literally cannot remember if we talked about thenew cards from chilling rain, so we're going to talk about them so, first and foremost leading the packis the horsees to Calliraxs Union of CALLIREX. And what is it that I forget? The name ofthe Horse et well see that's the thing it's like. Ididn't play the game, so they don't come naturally to me, okay, but you gotshadow riter, callereg and taks roder callrets mounted on his littors andthey're pretty sick. You know people saw the the V cards and thought theywere as horrible. Obviously they were going to have avmax which was less horrible and we got to see it ther right. The ICE, Frider,cally, rect ole thing is kind of like sniping and doing a lot of bench damageand then the shadow writer accelerates energy and is a really cool ability. I don't think the translation's quiteright on Poky beach for how it'll be in America, so you can Gorat yourself, but basically you can accelerate anextrapsychic energy from your hand to one of your Psychi Pokmon and then drawa couple of cards after you do that and then for three colors energy. You dothirty more damage for every psychic energy, on your side of the field. Soyou know this energyes. There is very...

...obvious they're trying to get like a apackage where you get a lot of these cally reck, shautor writers out andthen do a lot of damage. You also have some synergizing cards in Croscelia,which is literally just Volcanian. Basically it its attacks are both Verig,your ownition of Volcanian, where you go second Yoar tosorry for energy, then,if you have a bunch of energy and play do extra damage you also haer fog crystal, which islets you it's kind of like nusball for Psychic, Cok, mon or netball. Sorry,where you got the the psychic energy at the PSYCHOPOCEMON, so lots of cool stuff going on with thepsychic pokes the water not to be undone. Outdonerather got Melanie, which is Yoaveng comparing to Walter. I don't think it'squite as good as water. Obviously you'll see when we read the text, butyou accelerate a water energy from your justscar pile to ant, O your Puckim on,and then you draw three cards. Just the one energy is posted to so not quite aslike cost efficient as Walder, but you do it to have it in the diskcart pile,which is a little bit easier to like get one energy from you just carpile anto energy in your hand, so definitely pros and cons there in Dii. You haveany thoughts about the calirexes and either one kind ofexcite. You ortickulay your fancy. Sure I mean coming out the gate, likethe shadow writer Galeriks, obviously seems like the more dynamic one rightI's gotnability. You know any time, there's an ability to you somethingthat draws cards Yo're, going to think immediately about how you can abusethat and then not only does it fry cards you cen to attach energy, whichis just so so good and then you think about itsposition in terms of the weaknesses that it hits: Victini Sento, scorgewelderbox that you know blussaplon like not particularly strong right now inthe current metagame, and so on the flip side of that you havesingle strike and rapid striker Sho Foo, which are you know, doing some seriouswork right now, putting up some numbers as well as things like Muto and me Gx,and so you just look at the weakness, also for the shadow riter Calyrek beinga little bit more relevant than ice rider. So I'm a little more excited forfor shadow wrider, Youre Man of the shadows. What I'm hearing? That's right!That's right can't get enough of those shadows. That's awesome! One Card that I think is going to bereally interesting and I can guarantee Yo're going to seesome stadium wars in the coming format. As aresult of this card alone as the path to the peak, so Patho tapeak is iscllypower plant, but for ve POKEMON and Rollebox Book Mon ingeneral, so those rebocks Hook Amoun losing their abilities. Obviously likeinhibiting things like Crobat, which is going to be the main draw support.PROKEMON CRICKETUNAND also likely going to be beeing some additional play postrotation, though I mean this- is a pretty big yeal. You know we don't see.I mean we seen how powerful power plant is and there's ways to get around powerplant now that there weren't before so you know you can use Crobat instead ofthe Dana to draw you cards and power. Plant alone was strongenough to make some bad matchups into like at least passible. You know youthink of your guard of our s versus like your Reshi Zards back in twothousad and nineteen. Those tat matchup was awful, but you know you can stillcheese it with a power plaantor two, I'm just sticking, I think past the peak is going to havea similar effect on the Bada Game. You think that the other stadiums aregood enough to like really justify playing a lot of them to bump it, or isit going to be kind of like now? You can see these paths of thepeaks like really sticking yeah. That's a really great question.It's going to be hard to say I mean obviously we're kind of futurespeculation. We kind of rag on people that that speculate a little too far inthe future. Bute, like you, said Yeah that that' Patho Pek very strong andmight just be kind of like that Te fact...

...that Tho stadium, that everything playssome that could absolutely see that just having no real competition, yeah super cool card, you know without catics all to keep itdown, though. I'm curious how much of an effective LAV ON THEM EDA game, anyother of the new cards like really jump out at youjwyouwere talking aboutKeckleon before the stream yeah yeah quickly at is just Super Fun.I Love the art, work very playful and I think it has some legs to it. Just whenyou think about what it costs to power up that energy attack. So it doesninety damage for three, which is very weak. I mean honestly right, but you dothink about it. As that rapid strike Pokmonso, you will get access to apseudo double colorlist right in the form of the rapid strike energy, andthen you have that ability with the pallet swap this spokman is the sametype as all the basic energy attached to it. So if you have one of thosespecial energy and then if you have some kind of you know tool, boxy deckand you can find like a basic energy or if you have some particular reason thatyou would want to play into something else. You know you want to have thattech for it. I think it could be fun. It could be. Cool, certainly has a lotmore legs in the expanded format. I would imagine something like a like: aHoo, Nija boy type thing, still, probably a little two little of withimitile Pam. That does ar times no no go with the with the OX azelf andMeprit NSE. Yes, yes, is that do four times aswell or is it threetime Yeah Yeah? No it's four times and it's in standardformat. Ri didn't realize that SE thing. Oh, you didn't watch my one of my mostrecet utube videos. Now did you, I guess not. I try to watch them all. Iwas going to say that Kaklian seems like quite it seems like a fan Friday,dack. Yes, yes, I, Yes, absolutely absolutely!I mean the only reason that it could be remoely playable is like okay, maybeyou're cutting down on the on the attack cost right with the with therapid strike energy, but certainly a fun one will see if it hasany legs, probably not. Actually. If I had the bet, I would bet against it,but ' certainly you're happy that they make. I mean you're happy that theymake cards like this. It's at least interesting and at least gets your mindworking trying to figure out how to make this thing. How to make this thinghappen. I mean kind, I'm honestly the belief that not every single car needsto be like a competitive top toyour card. As long as it's like fun andinteresting, that's like value ad well and that's. The thing too, is like fromfrom a design perspective. I wouldn't want to make cards that are just ifthey're, not t or one cards or like competitive cards that they just have.You know the attackname and the damage right like this is at least kind of aninteresting. Has An ability probably won't see any play? But that's you know,like you said, like prjust perfect, for maybe a beginner or you K, ow someone,that's trying to experiment a little bit. They don't all have to be insanecards, but at the same time, when you're making really weak cards, theydon't really have any unique text on them or interesting text on them. Itcan make it it can make the jump from a noncompetitive player to a competitiveplayer feel really overwhelming at the very least, if you're picking upkecleons and you're, making competitive decks with your friends around likethere's a little bit of of intricacy to deck building in that way, and soyou're, I think, a little easier to translate into kind of a morecompetitive scene. If you can work with cards around. You know something likethis yeah that was kind of my thought to like hecleons the kind of card likethe kind of deck, even that you know I would build and and play with myfriends so like don't really play bocom on to like kind of show them how thegame is played and like get them to experience some goofy fun decks. Thatalso have like interesting mechanics...

...and I kind of like value to them. I guess yeah, exactly! No! A wey need to harpon Kepliana a cars, but it's cool ane, anything else. The Riley that you'reenjoying from from the newly revealed cards Um. I think those are really themain standouts. I think the Gangar is kind of interesting. I does extradamage based on the damage counters already on the POKOMON. I think it'sforty times and its ability thotgh is really coolwhere, if it's knocked out, you get to search for two cars and add them toyour hand, so, obviously gangar being a stage tois to its detrument, it's just the nature of being stage to. But you knowyou could theoretically chain them a little bit easier than your averagestage to by like using the Gangar to get the pieces that you're missing. I think it's a cool card is again likekind of that kind of a cactlion bucket, where it's maybe not the most competelya viable card, but you know has some interesting mechanics behind it. Itdoes something: It's not just a vanilla Gengar that you know evolve op an ints,forty amage for one and unred and twenty for three. So I like that, let's talk. Let's talk the currenthappenings, though, so very recently we have seen a huge spikein in ershafulists and Ershe food decks and or she has been seeing some moresuccess and more sustainable success. I think than it has in the first weeks ofbattle styles, and it really seems like people have started, to settle on onevariant to Ershi Fu and if Weu talked to me about and of the evolution Evrrshe few within the battlestyles format like what's going on there. It's been really cool to see. So westarted off in this. You know just like any other archetyperight where people are trying to figure out okay, what pairs well with withRabbit Strickerswho, are we going to play it this way? This way this way-and I think thee were kind of four different archetypes. Certainly threethat were that were considered. You know their ownarchetype and then he one that is ow, maybe classified a O, separatearchetept, but four kind of styles of play or Ershafoo, and the first wouldbe that drag Apule Ersha food deck that we saw. I was never the biggest fan,but the idea there being that you could snipe some things on the bench with thedragon pulp, and then you know you can snipe them later or you know just do some switching damageor you just have your basis covered essentially right. Dragon Pult is kindof your main, and then you have that backup of the rapid, Strikersfu ormatchups that are maybe a little bit harder things like Aturnitius or justthings where you would want to do hundred and twenty Nihe, which could bevery good against kind of random road decks. So Ra that was an archetype. That was an archetype. The other threewere all just variants of the rapid strikers food. So you had your and anda lot of it again in this early part of the Medagame, a lot of speculation. So,what's going to emerge on tops you had the Gerachi build. I think this came toa lot of players because they said Hey. You know what I really liked playingZapto Taraci back when that was a thing, and this is essentially the same idearight. You have to evolve. You have some different energies that you canuse, but in essence, you're just trying to switch your guy. Every single turnget a GERACI stellar wihin there to refill your resources and then goswingng in with you know, doing as much damage as WEU can, and so there wasthat there was also a Sencino build that maybe focused a little more onhealing so using Sencino discarding a lot of cards drawing you know as muchas you can having a big hand and then using sheryl every turn with all theresource that you had in your end, you could more easily replenish your energy.You can more easily replenish your switches and all that stuff. So therewas that version and then the the actillery version which justutilizes the rapid strike package as a...

...whole and that one features, of course theactillery you got you know. Maybe you include a fan of waves. You can searchit out pretty easily. You probably include a couple of the stadium becauseagain search that out pretty easily, but the whole strategy kind of evolvedaround that actillery and just being able to have that consistent search.She played certainly more Corena's focus at lead of one or two Y. I wasGoin to say Aer sure, have pretty muchone of every one ofevery base covered with actillery right. You can get your draw with the actilor.You can get your energy with the actillery ou can get your distruptionform a fan of waves, the octailor you can get your pokemon with actillery thedownside being you're generally not going to have a ton of resources inyour hand in the lake game, if Youre, oponent, marnies or reset stamps you'reonly going to be able to search out that one card and that if they somehowfind a way to gust or snipe your actillery and they can reset your hand,then you might be in a little bit of a tricking spote just because you're notchurning through your neck as fast as Garaci, ors and Shino Virshin. So pass forward to now, and we finallyhave rapid striks showing up on the map and, I would say, a much moresignificant way than those early tournaments. I would say the earlytournaments tended to skew ttended to favor that Dragapult Ershafu variant,and I think that was just a lot of people finding comfort in Drago Polewanting to play that again, realizing that they maybe needed some kind ofcounter to an eternitis and just trying to make that thing. Work. Not Ayonecessarily a bad deck, but we've kind of seen with how it's performedrecently that it was maybe a product. You know a deck product of that earlyformat, as opposed to being a very viable archetype and then didn't seetoo much. Sencino version haven't seen a ton of the actilor reversion. Itseems to be the person that people almost preferis that Jaraci version androckhool took it to a win last week in one of the big weekly tournament, sothat seems to be where people are going. I think Gurachi is again it's verycomfortable for a lot of people. I wish that people would start experimentingwith Actillery I've liked actillery a lot in my rampant strike bill, but Icertainly can't deny the power of stylar wishing once twice three timesin a turn, getting all the researches that you need and just being able toswitch super consistently. So that's where we're at right now, certainly theDaraci version proving itself and that's where a lot of people have stuckwith on that arcetype yeah. I think that was a really goodsummary. One thing I've noticed- and I think youknow we still see the Dragor Pol Ersey fo staying in decent numbers, that 'dsay for like every two jrashy variance you maybe af one dragon port variant. I think part of the reason that peoplestill lath John to it is you know you have that type coverage which feelsgood. I think it's also probably one of themore run hot kind of Ariance, where like when you're doing well with it,and this is kind of like how I feel about Sendy scorch. If you listen tothe cast like I've, described, Sany scorch in a similar way, it's like whenyou're waining. It feels so good because you're kind of, like chippingaway to all of your Phonis Pokmon, that you can't really get anything going and you just snipe off everything fromtheir field. It's so satisfying, but then, when it doesn't go like you'rehaving energy drafts, you're, drawing the wrong kinds of energy at the wrongtimes amd. That's just really frustrating, and- and ultimately I think one of thedownfalls of the backboll Baryan is that it's the most voerable to anyenergy distruption like Dage, poltin general is pretty weak, tenergydisruption and this decon particular that plays such weird counts of energy. You know you'replaying like usually or Auroras for horors and the four rapid strikes anddraws you pretty thin pretty fast, so yeah I mean I'm not a huge fan of thestyle, but I understand why people like...

...it a lot. I personally do like thedrachiveria a lot, and I think one of the reasons I do is the scoopup engineis not necessarily for the diratis itself, but being able to do tricktrick little chicky things like you know I thigzagoon and then doublenet to knock out it as synisty or or digs a goan double net and then Straifinto a meww to knock. It out know Gratina to remove the weaknesscards from the Eternitis, which is so huge. I thinkone of the reasons ore recently that single strike is kind of struggling, ishoestly things single strike. If your turnothisis are getting the weaknesscards down early as kind of a rough time into the matchut, because you'reyou're damaging yourself with the hounddooms into like a threshold wherethe attornests can knock youp out and you're notknocking them out inresponse, if you're able to if they don't hit the weakness cards, then youjust steam roll them, because you can just attack with the the Ershi fuvwithout even vmaxing and one Tokao, but if they do hit those Weiing Niss cardsearly and Lord knows that every attornest I've ever seen is that theweakness card on turn. One is like a very consistent happinstancefor me. What's that? Oh yes, I am saulty a! I am salty,though every time I play single Stra an I hit, INA turn to this turn one. Thereis a weekness scar, TAT board, O free time, but you know having that Herotinay. Now you don't necessarily get the one at Ko without there, the fighting,Dojo or the full effect, but you know hitting for three hundred and thensniping the next turn well. Do a number on an atturnhis is board to say theleast and then you've like Meu to to recycle supporters. Even if you wantI'm just the the scoop up on the things that aren't Geraci is is so strong andI think the bear being so simple. An execution like you really just needenergy and a retreat option allows that to really thrive, Yep, absolutely absolutely thoug. I'veenjoyed that INMERIA A lot. It doesn't surprise me to see it get so popularand I think, as the deck has gotten more and more optimized, it's gottenbetter matchups. You know, namely like Pekeram kind of was, I was holding its own decently. Well, Ithink against Ershyfe in the beginning stages of the format, while people arestill an trying out these different variants, I think t the morestraightforward like Traci Bariants, the deck will usually end up prevailingas long as they have like their muttu counter, not priced, I be at the theMebhu or the the dracgx, speaking of which do you have a preference betweenthe two thebetween which one I shadowbock Numiqand drattgx is like a psychic CA. Yes right right right, I think the morekind of aggressive is the Manke you right,because you're kind of hunting right to put damage countersstowt so that one that wont to me maybe feels a little bit better, a especiallyin a drachy build where you can scoop it up right off the field, if you justdon't want it down in a certain matchup for whatever reason, so that feels alittle bit more verstul in that way. But obviously you open up theopportunity for your opponent. You know to attack you for significant damage onthat one, or maybe two turns that they have before you get that Mimicou downand get that damage on. So you K, I would prefer that Mamaq, butcertainly, if you're playing DRATCI GX here yeayou're doing things right. I thinkyou need that kind of psychic sychic answer in some way. So it's funny, Iactually prefer the GERACI, because it's you know it's simpler, anexecution. Your opponent can't surprise o you with them Youtu and knock you outof the nowhere. I just worry that one of the one of thestrengths for the rapid strike, even if you're playing like the actoory versionlike, is the fact that you are trying...

...you're very good at forcing youropponent to take to gx knockouts and if they're not hitting you for firstgiveme, two vmax knockouts. If they're not hitting you for weakness, you know Dra Tgexacide, but if they'renot hading you for a weakness, then it can become very hard to do it. Ifyou're playing the R Drachi version right, you can have to Garaci down, andthen you just go swinging back and forth. With your with your Shfoos and, like you know, you force them totake, go through those twobmax as s supposed to being able to gust upthings on the bench. So definitely agree. It's easier to gust. It's just like you get in such sticky.Situations been like a a pigeron able to tag switch and get a muwo out ofnowhere or like ADP, getting an energy switch orsomething on to am Youtu and using mawils attack. Youe just gettinto likethese awkward situations that you can't plan for when you have a mimic, you ure, absolutely that's kind of my takeat least so w sounds like you're still pretty fun in the artiloe version. DoYouu prefer that the stay to the DRATI version, I'm willing to give it a shot like I'mwilling to try something new, I'm not necessarilymarried to it. I have been seeing like there's only so much time to testthings, and I mean you guys know if you watch like the Youtube Channel Right,like I'm, always just playing kind of wacky things right. I find some joy injust trying to make a make a weird concept work, and so I'm always justoff the wall, and I you know, play what I can in terms of testing, but thatcertainly I'm also dividing my time between my work and I'm also dividingmy time between. You know the Youtube Channel and things like this. So there's a certain level of the tradingcard game you where you have to be comfortable in accepting other people'sresults, and sometimes that can be bad right, because because some people, jut like the HIVE, mind, makes bad decisions, sometimes that's justobjectively true right. Sometimes they make bad calls on tech cards or theymake bad calls on archetype choices like let's just go back to thedragopults Ersha fubarian right, like that, has kind of proven, oer time tomithon shave. No, no! I'M NOT IT'S! not this throwingshade on the poor, dragononer sheefood players. Oh my goodness! It's not thatit's not that, but you just had to be very objective right. When you look atsome of thes stuff an I think it just just when you have the opportunity tosee these these tournament results and you're, seeing Oh okay. This list isdoing very well repeatedly over and over into a varied field. You kind ofhave to take that as as truth in a sense like or are at least trendingtowards truth right in in a scientific experiment right. If we think of wethink of deck creation as science, then the proven results time after timemight indicate that the hypothesis of that deck being good is proven. True,so you're an awful smart mandw, that'sright, yeah, I say as I as I push up my my circular rim to classes. Well, I think, that's fair! You know, speaking of the hiofine, thisis like completely tangential and I don't want to like Stan Tis for toolong. I was talking with stalkd with t e abler the other day, and I was likeyou know: it's really crazy that we had like laylake, Yowe and welder like all together. The same format andabilities are didn't happen only intil world that year after some of thatrotated, yeah yeah. Absolutely so I mean thatjust goes. The show like we're not always right as hi mi like we can W,continue to look back and realize that...

...you know that was a blunder and I think that's what makes gettinginto old decks very interesting right. We see people are coming back. I'vebeen seeing a lot of people, talk about. You know deck from two thousand andfour and they're, making them better and improving Jan matchups and- andit's just that's kind of the fun of it right you we get this opportunity toexperiment and try to figure out what the best, what the best list is, and Idon't think that just also goes to say like if you're out there and you'relistening to the Castyoure, like I have the best list of this wol. I would justchallenge you to think about whether or not you do. Ithink it's. I always think it's sucer scool to look at these these formats inhinsight and like come with better ideas than maybe we realized in themoment. Yeah. Absolutely. You know, I think,like like you're saying, like those old format, discourses that you see on youseeem on Bacebook, there's these tournaments that run pretty frequentlyfor Oll formants, and you know the decks really are constantly of awling.Still, it's really cool Yep Yep, that's one of the joys of thegame because there might be just people looking at a card in a new way and justsaying Oh yeah, that that's what I want or tha or that's what I need for thisparticular match of, whereas they just before didn't didn, see it. Creed Ho,who knows maybe Ourshpo will continue to evolve. It seems like Rashi is theway to go for now want to transition over to our part ofthe day. For this week, w what you got for us. This card is, I don't know, kind of acute card, I would say very fanciful and and Nice, and I played it inactually a few decks. Maybe not this art style in particular, but this card has certainly cropped up in anumber of decks that I played and a number of Dex you've played even Riley,and that is the legedary treasures, vew ex very beautiful card. It is kind of aunique card. This legendary treasure set was a bunch of reprints generally,it also had a bunch of new cards, but how would you describe that I woulddescribe the whole set is very, very Kawaii to use that Japanese term andyou de do not you have to use the Japanese word. I don't know I feel like that was onbrand yeah, you Guy Sen, cute there for sure yeah they're, very cute, they're,very cute, and this mew is certainly one of the TAT's like CEC Cartooni islike this is very cartoony interns. It has like little hearts and littlebackground hollow grams that we haven't seen before is a good little set. Ifyou never seen, you've never seen the legendary traser said just just crorthrough it. It's very unique style for so good othis classic Yep and the Muex is one of those cardswhere just the mew. I think it's very interesting right. You got the mew.That's this really deep, Pink Right. We all know that kind of iconic like pinkof Yow and then the blue background that baby blue background. So it's avery kind of young card write a fresh card. MABEA hopes, newness, baby esk quality to the car.You sound like you're, Hav gaving, like an art dessertation. I like it that Ilike Ito, you're Goodi'm done with theyou've squashed, my o! No, I like it.I like Aart so anyway, the the tail kind ofcaresses, the but yeah it's so so. In the card. ArtAside, it was a very powerful card. has this ability versival, which isreminiscent of the tag team, Youtu and Mugx right now, where it can use any ofthe attacks of Pokmon and play? So what this card was mostly used? For I atleast what I remember using it for most frequently was as a tech ingolisapadezorarc against the buzzles of...

...the world right. It would give you thatkind of extra attacker that you would need the against the psychic WekPokemon of the day and so buzzwle psychic week, Muk, ALD copy, Zork orGolisi pod very easily and so Yeha, a very splashwill tech or those matchupsreally nice card. I remember playing it back in in its first iteration in darkexplorers. I remember playing that in what thousand a eleven when that cameout so and then just then been a long time. You know certainly a car thatI've I've had a very find relationship with over the many years of playing andone of the cuter cards ever printed yeah. That's the that's the Max that Ihave and I use the locnarry chengers one use a super cool car. Honestly. I thinkthe verst ti ability is insanely cool as well. The fact that you can copyfrom anywhere on the board you know- sometimes you can make reallycute plays happen that aren't immediately obvious like if you play,you know if you play like Rainbow Energy and your closepod ORARC, likeyou, could jet punch or something with that. You know find these. Like interestingroutes that maybe aren't always obvious yeah, no, that's a really great point.I mean just because you know you can copy pretty much anything there. So whynot do it? If you have the opportunity and it's yeah again, like you, saidopponents Okemon your Pokemon, nothing in the discard, but there's a lot ofoptions. Certainly when you factor ind things like yeah things like Rainbow Enercy yeah, I enjoy like kind of the mewcards in general, like the multiprize mused or like he, the special mewwcards. I guess like Ye mew prime, was the kind of example of this. I new YacYe had know Waasit what that was that the the face clide mea, that copied basicson your bank. It's like all the mews that like havethis kind of copying thing going on, I think, is really fun. Absolutely they've certainly made thatcard into a just a you know, arcetype, I guess, ort kind of is type cast if you wi yeah yeah, exactly the super cool has a great choice for acard. Thea throwback card, who knows maybe with with Ershi Fooyou'll, see some more muexes again see, would love to see that Dao, thelast topic for today JF? U There's been some discourse recently about what isthe best deck and the battlestyles form at a huge proponent. I guess, or leaderin this discussion, has been. The zule has been pervently defending Aternitisas kind of the best option in this format. Right now, obviously, there's like a lot ofthoughts, putting around from a lot of different characters about what is thebest steck. You know you have the fegerom stands that will write or die.You have the ATP people who Hess always going to be the best steck.You have people agreeing with the school and yeah like Atturnisha, reallygood matchel spread right now, and then you have kind of like the ersh foodcamp. Where are we falling right now? JW? How are you feeling about what isleading the pack and battlestyles and granted? I think the Balestyles Meto isactually like even enough that, like the best stack, might not be theleagues and leagues ahead of the next best deck. So take this all with like agrain of salt but yeah. What is your famand? We're? Stillwe're still figuring it out to you know as we go as the Medigan ovolves hastext come up or as dex right yeah we literally just talked about how mad is,can change post moretem to yeah so, and I mean I'm oviesly even on a week bybasis, you know you might have certain, like group of players Spike atournament with a certain archetype and then all of a sudden that archetectgets played more frequently the next week when maybe it wasn't particularlygood for that Meta game in the first place. So there's a lot of things hatgo into it, but I would say I would...

...agree generally with this will saying,like aturnidis is one of the better decks. Iwould put it in like the top three. I still think pkram is a very strong deckand I know that's going to be tat. You know it's Gointa come on like a brokenrecord, O poor horse leaving Aron Yeah Very Nice, very nice deck. I wouldn'tput it in my top three I'd put it on like just on the outside. Looking in,though, probably I like four five, I really like you might be super happy about thisRaly, but I really like I had party really I do. I know I think mad party ishilarious. I think it's funny it's a decent deck. I think it has. You knowdignice type coverage right now with the with the psychic attacker and I think it can hold its own right now.Certainly, if you look at some of the better decks being the you know, the Ershifu right, there'sFoos, plural, then I think for sure you absolutely have have a contender therewith mat party and then the top deck. I would put it at the Rabid StrikeTurshfoo right now. I like the verstility of the deck I like what itcan do. I think the fact that you're, seeing so much muex play or excuse memew from unbroken bonds being played in decks kind of like indicates to me thatOh, Oh yeah, that that deck is like worth being teched for yeah, becausepeople weren't playing you in their decks. When Pikaram was like the DFACTO Best DeckRi, you just really didn't see it. They were just kind of like okay. If thePEGRAM can get six energy like whatever they're going to blow me up, theyprobably want anyway, but you're, seeing that meuw be played pretty muchin in every DEC that they can afford it because of the strength of the snipefrom the Ershpo, so that to me just kind of that's kind of proof like alittle bit of proof that a great card and Greay deck- and it's my number oneright now interesting yeah, that's a that's a good take. I guess I have a couple of thoughts inresponse. I do like mad party a lot. I think a party struggles in a coupleof important areas, though fors off the deck, is like lessconsistent than some of the other toptics. Just by retroving, like a oneprize, a kind of a setup be deck and two, I think man party take somebad matchups that are like kind of hard to ignore. I think the atternesmatchups actually kind of wroughed, especially as the eveltals hoveincreased in count it also trade super well into the madparty Ers, especially in combination O, like is ixagun. You got some really funky situations and then, in addition to that, the and Parabyu can kind of just lose toanything. If you have like too many twins and your opening hand orsomething and you just hard them, which is just unfortunate. But true, I dolike Mat Party a lot, though that's not to that's a rag, I'm my party, I playmad party like when I'm just grying the ladder I just play. My party, so DAA bolls also kind of a bad matchup,which is a little tough to reconcile right now, Y, certainly certainly, and we've seen anUPTACKEN Draga Pul. Just dregular Backol, I se yeah, so that's a little tough as well. I think it' turned I kind of agree withthis Woll. I think Atturnis is got the best best match of spread right now. You know you think of these berries Yothe goead. Sorry, one of one of the biggestthings to that I look at is, like you really didn't, have an antsor for the Lucario Melmodol deck, because you justcouldn't get around the ZAMAZENTA right, no matter how many spirit, tombs orsabllized or eveltils, or whatever you played Yot, just really didn't. Have afavorable match UF into that deck. Because of that one card, well battle!soules comes out. Now, all of a sudden,...

...you have a one card counter to thatdeck in the form of phoebe. So I think that as well kind of pushesthat archetype takes one of your bad matchups immediately flips itto a goodmatchup. Because of that one card you can maybe play Phoebe and a palpad andthen all of a sudden he got enough juice to make it around the two ZamaCentus that a lukemetal plays so yeah, another little wrinkle that that youhave for the deck that no absolutely proves that itpives it in the battle.SYLES metagame. Absolutely I mean lukematal. Really I mean you end up inlot of situations arright with Mettel, where yours kind of hanging on bythread verses. It turn is as well like. Maybe you just didn't start quicklyenough and they picked off like you, R, your look metal and your Sashian tooquickly, so you just got like one Zomithento that you got to defendagainst the world. Oh that doesn't work anymore. You know they coan just Febitand knock it out, and that's really tough. You know so I think that's a huge factor is alsolike. If you play the POWLPAD like you, can easily tigwid doesn't usually setup that many deciduize, so you can usually get through a couple of thoseand knock out t like their store, laxes and their rallets and be done with it. T I think itturn is you know thepheebeis, a huge eddition. It also let the deck kind of be more streamlined. Ithink, like the more streanline Turnis variancs are better and no, we talkedabout this preplayers Cup as well. How like camen just the power plants, thehammer isn'td playing it straightforward and pokpon linespossible, is the way to go, and I think, having those card options has reallykind of like solidified that, as as the way to do it, you know you're not really worriedabout trying to reach for these gigantic oneat chaos on vmaxis o justconsistently pressuring the board, though you're putting so much pressureon the board so fast and you'R wantit caoing everything,that's not a vmax, so yeah the deck is incredible like you can knock our ATPturn to pretty consistently, which is a huge benefit factor as well. An theweakness guard is really tough for the Urshedec to get through, sometimes like.Obviously, the rap strike has the Eurotina, which I think you definitelyneed to play to deal with- that. The single strike, though, doesn'treally have a way to get around the get around the weakness card energy. Soyou know it leaves t in this vulnerable position where, like it's kind of a badmatchout versus a dark type, if they're not evle to tock et that out, which ispretty crazy soand, I think also, you know wisheverting to that. Sorry, one more thing one and one more thing: antributingTothar is Yeto, has gotten a little more popular and bacaholes got a littlemore popular USPASTHE meatow shifted into an Ershi food base. Meta andDragwoll just smokes those ar sorry itturnish to smoke those so yeah. I think too, you look at you knowwhy we thought victini would be so strong as being able to attach attachknockout right. We already had victini and it was inthe form theturn. It is, and so that's anigmit ofunn- I mean so so, but we still have the Etos andso, like you know, Youre goingto be Westellhave gxs, so t hat's going to bea little bit. Yea T TURNIS ton t be a little bit more able to to take outthose, so just very yeah, like Yiu, said really great deck, certainly onethat you need to be prepared for. I will say, though I really do like rapidstrike a lot. I don't think you'd be remiss for thinking it's one of thebetter or the best teck in the format right now, and it's so fun to play likethat kind of strategy, where you're constantly switching and doing stuff. Ijust think those tecks are more fun to play than just you know. TURNES is likekind of set up your one or two guys. You just keep swinging and eventuallywant of. You loses, whereas Jagapolt like you're doingstuff along the way. You know you kind of you doing that you h V the same endogoal right, you're, not to take all our price cards, but I get a little moretricky about it. That's yes, yes,...

...like to be a little chicky, you know yeah, and I know you do your littlyou're a little shady brod, shady exactl yeah, I like to I like the deckthat forced me to like do a lot of things to do the one simple thing right,yeah its like and then and then I play thisand then I evolved this and then I do this this this and then you know it'slike single strikers, food, just like Oh yeah and I ttach energy and justblow you up. I feel like well. Single strake is kind of one of those decxs tobecause you have like your Erns. You have your hound dumes. You know you'retrying to get so many moving parts movin. I like the decks with the withmoving parts. There's so fair enough, fair enough, not to saylike why I las to Cogat ID but true sure any other. Any other thoughtson current current standard format. As yousee it, no I mean I think I think the Mat ispretty fun right now. I you know there's a lot of decks that are seeingsuccess, which is really refreshing. You know, obviously ATP is still aroundand kind of repressing some of those like more like trady based one prize Tex, but I'mreally besides, that, like we're seing, so many different vmaxes and V, Pokmanand and even mad parties, seeing a lot of success right now, so I mean that'ssymtematic to me of a really healthy Metagane, not that being a widemadagane necessarily is healthy, but there's a lot of cool, interestingstrategies that are fun to play, so I'm enjoying metalsyles a lot. I'vedefinitely liked it more than vivid voltade Thoug, I'm excited to kind ofsee how the decks evolve and and what cool things continue to come out of it. Yeah, I'm really looking forward to toplaying a little bit more in these tournaments. I've enjoyed the teambattles. Our team has made it onto the top unded. Twenty eight SOTHAT's been alot of fun and I also get a free night on Friday, so I'm going to join in onone of the online tournaments that's happening, so I can't can't wait toplay play some high steaks mon again yeah. I was a I was about to say to like you know. Idon't do too many of the online tournaments because I'm really busy andit's hard to find time but I' actually like kind of want to you right now likeI want to find the time one of these days, because I'm enjoying the part ofthe game right now. Oh Friday, night man, I'm Goingto, bethere Riga, night Mo Tis Dude, trying to trying to tryn to roll OL Fridaynights, usually Wa Nddnightis, usually my dndigt. I know I'm a dnd player so depends, though, like sometimes thelogistics of the ind is l complicated, so I'll see Thau. I definitely Idefinitely want to do it and I kind of want to stream some of my tournaments.So maybe I'll do something don't know. Ti's like MEO on Saturdays or somethingMaye e'll do like the Sunday. Like chill SG things and like start teming,those yea kind of want to branch out a little bit, yeah that'd be cool that be cool. Ithink Itd be fun to I'm trying to do like a tournament amonth. I think that's my that's my goal. You know we'll see how that goes for her and out.I really want to but yeah. I do also the tanmen a wingt nowthat's. Whatwe're looking? Oh Yeah, a turnament win yeah. Well, if I only play onetournament a month, then I'm just I just have to win it. Yeah Tu thing,that's EA, pretty casual thing for the play of your gas. Not I mean it's rightright. All I'm saying is that I have one an online tournament in a couple ofmonths, but at the same time I also haven't entered so you know what doesthat mean gigantic Braan strats, that's right! So so that is great. Yes,Olrig, look forward to seeing US play more mon in the feet. Gra lookforward Te Yein the battlefield- yes, indeed and Yo. Thank you guys, allso much for listening. This has been...

...another fantastic cast, follow us onall the social medias. For me, it's at Real John Walter on twitter for Riley.It's at smiles with Riles, as well as the tag team, twitter, CCOUNT at tagteam. Pokemon, going to see you once again next week, Wednesday night, nine thirty pm eastern time, for thoseare you that want to catch a slive over on twitch twitch that TV monner awesome.Thank you of for your support. Wou should a e rite in review and we willcatch you next time, peace, se.

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