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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 2, Episode 22 · 1 year ago

2-22. Darkness A-Raids

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The boys sit down for a quick chat on Darkness Ablaze, Raid Battles, and the current format. Stop by for all of your TCG needs!

What's OP, everybody welcome back totag team, the POKAMON trading card game for Mer, prodcasting duo. My name isRaliholert joined by my good good friend. GW CRLGW has to go today. It'sgoing really well Ralih. How are you I am doing t e Superwell, it's funny forthe people who are viewing the actual video knowhe's got a green shirt on it.So I can't do the Chromaki no Chromacki today. That's right! I don't ever really thinkabout what I'm wearing, but have you ever accidentlly war, Gra er, Te Stream.I think I have yeah. I think I have, and I think I just got cut off, ormaybe my camera- I I don't have like really anything more sensive, but maybeit was able to distinguish. I can't quite remember what happened oractually, I know I think it like was able to distinguish the two greens, butonly slightly so is like slike Hart of meat, Yeah Yeah, it's like taking aphotoshop layer and like turning the opacity to fifty percent yeah yeah,exactly exactly somuch for your body, that's sick! That's it e fe about you,speaking wl, my weekswen good. We were talking about you just before thestreet started. Looking like doctor disrespect for those yews that are not watching the pod on Youtub wher they'sgot a nice l loag. Well, I I call it the mustache trial 'cause. What I'vedone is I've srimmed the beard besides the moustache down to like the threemillimeters, but I've kept my my stash at like a an ice fall state. So youknow it's you get to gotta, get a feel for almost as Isnot really committingto the act. Yet right, right and how's it grown on you, it's okay, Ih've bee tr out for like aweek now, Um, I don't know if I have it in me tofully commit B'cause. I like how the the beer like shapes your face. Youknow, yeah, have you been? Have you been getting any? You know, complimentsfrom the ladies or anything like that. I don't see like very many, ladies inperson. Right now so makes sense, yeah and you know a large portion of thetime. Actually that I see people I do era mask so really the pesil ArOhayoure actually irrelevant o you need to gry your eyebrows yeah like grow theuniveas Ou. That's like going to be the new fashioned standard, yeah for sure e new egi thing that you do s right. That's right! That's right! Imean I do grow on. I have the pocket. Oh really, okay, so I I don't reallyget anything here. Like my to be fair, my eyebrows kind of are like I get alittle bit of like extra hair, like I probably should take care of theselittle extrahairs up there, but I don't really get anything in the MiddleWellyou have ust like these nice shaped eyebrows. I Av you know the Tickens,you do have chickens, but enough about our physicalappearances 'cause. I don't think that's SOTEPEOPLE LISTENING FOR! I don't I I suspect. Not. You know I I suspect noteither. Although they are on you tub, I mean it might be aasteer right, yeah,it might be m. just listen. I just turn on you and just watch our faces movethere. You Go, but you know this's fair amount ofstuff going on the pokio world. I think there are three main things in JW and Iwanted to hit on today. So e'll start from the top right in the competitivenatured scene and we'll talk about the players cup around one, so the firstiteration of the player scup has gone on. If you manage to escape h with lessthan one loss or lessene two losses, sorry, then you moved on to the nextround this coming weekend and a lot of decks saw success, some crazy ones,some expected ones. I mean I've. I've enjoyed following along with it and notnot like watching a ton of streams necessarily but I've enjoy watchingpeople poster deckalas and yeah talk about their experiences w. what's yourfavorite thing that you've seen come out of the Cup so far? Well, there weretwo, so you look at con malls, Intelian...

Omastarli waslike. I was trying to begyou to say that I was flying around with it. I have no idea how he did wellwith it 'cause. It just doesn't seem like like it's it's an okay deck and itseems like it might have some like. Ok matcchips, maybe like like a little bitfavorable like maybe eigty P, is a little bit favorable, but you're notlike blowing anything out and then, like you, have a really bad peakeronmatchip. So I just you must have dodged like all the pep around that wereinevitably in that tournament and like prohapse to him, I mean it's, a coolBak, it's cool idea. I just think that there are dexs. I probably do h you, K Ow, probably have a higherwinning percentage that do take less like less to set up. You know what I meanit's like a little more streamline than this. It seems a little convoluted theway he gets to wins, but I digress, and then we also saw Ross from PC g radiomake it into the second day with a an Excadril Deck Ishis, the one that youknow you can for one energy discard your what top three cards or somethingand then do a hundred and twenty and then, if you have three cards or lessthan you, do one fifty or something crazy like that for one energy, so he must have hit all the peakaroms thatcall and missed and yeah I mean the ASS Wayi, really checks out right. So forsure, for sure it's great I mean congratulations, tof both of them andfor coming up with some really interesting deck. I have no doubt thatthere were more interesting decks out there, but those were the two thatreally come to mind. Yeah I mean this is a great little time F, especially'cause, the tournament's so broken up. So you can kind of see how things do atdifferent phases of the event and like what's going on this early phase isdefinitely were the crazy dexwile thrive ithinkright. So Tho Intellyonde,when I saw the list on twitter, I was just like what ECK is th. What am I looking at you know,obviously like the concept of Agreen plus oasar is certainly not enfounded,yeah right right being played in like Gardiwar Sylvian yeah. I think the thenewer iteration of that is having the the Fossil Stadium v part of thatengine as pose like a rat. Andy Omistar thing S. still, though, like try andtrue, I guess you could say idea. Pairing Almasr with Greens and anteontwas an interesting choice of partners. U, I guess in some areas it does well,although the symbol in the bottom left of that card is not very pleasing to me, W which symbol the weakness Sobol- oh Iyes, atod, yeah yeah, I undersd so yeah that one's not too great. To me, I meanthat that deck was, I mean Colin had been working on it for a while. I meanit was something that we had kind of known about for a while. I had coveredit in my my egep channel, maybe a couple of months ago, but that was justsomething like he had tweeted it out and maybe didn't have a performance ina tournament whith her. Maybe he had taken at t like a limitless call fire.Maybe e didn't do quite as well as as he did in thisplayer's Cup, but yeah. It's just interesting to see that that list be kind of kind of given thethe the go ahead for this tournament and th n really do well and Y honestlyI'd be so hyped if it made it all the way and well. I don't think that thatwill be the case. I think it was an awesome effort and trying to come upwith something new for this warm at and that's just really exciting, as acontentgrator who is having a tough time staying in this current format,it's good to see fresh things come out yeah, so I think we'll love back tothat in a second year. But what else have we noticed when the players got?For me, I've noticed a lot of people talking about Pekaram again. I feelslike Tran just constantly is in and out of the conversation and right now, it'svery in I swear this weekend. whish just everyone was talking about whatthe best version of Pegaran was. It was actually sure very odd to me that we still haven't settled onsteakerone. I guess that just shows how firsttile it is is atack right. Havethere been any trands that you've really noticed? I mean to mePekeromeseens Tha, Fomeor, TAC people are talking about yeah. I think bigramwas just probably the most consistent...

...deck to play. I mean it. Couldn' reallybet anything. It doesn't really ever struggle the setup, and I think in a in a double a Lim like this, where you know your twolosses and you're out like you just want something: that's going to dosomething, every game that like gives you a chance to actually play the game,and so I liked that h for the tournament ad p was something that Ilike for the tournament, and I have no doubt that they performed well over thecourses of that day and we'll perform well again this weekend yeah. So,needless to say, I'm excited to see how it pans out. I'd like to live back toyour comment about sort of struggling with this treval Classforma, obviouslyyou're very intimately involved in like thecontent creation element. Raer you have to you play the game. A lot like justby virtue of streaming Usu make utividios and the challenge hat the UTOItis is trying to continually make them engaging and interesting. So I whatabout the rebel clash format as really made that a struggle for you um? Ithink that the inner play between a Lota dex is really lacking in a lot of ways. There's nottoo much back and forth. There's not too much Um comeback. Potential um outside of like I mean Marny, is kindof that comeback hard, but like there's, there's not a ton of like interactingwith the opponents stecken. I guess my Um example, for that would be somethinglike I mean just ADP being in the format hasn't ne like I'. I've enjoyedADP at certain points in its lifetime, like I've played it. I've enjoyed the deck generally, butlike now we're onto a second format with ADP and just fiels or eightvusation, I should say ieer UN to a second formant with that deckspecifically and that just really Kinda puts I don' it just feels like you know,games end on this clock and I don't necessarily love that or you look at adeck like Um, you look at it like going againstdragopult or something and like you're facing you're playing any deck and theinterplay there that you can do as like. Well, if I have hammers and I can hit ahammer on turn, one then like I can win and like that to me is indicativeinstead of the ingame play, it's Kindo just like well, if I play this one, youknow if I play hammer and I hit heads and I get it, then I can win the matchand if I don't, then it's going to be a lotharder. I don't know just that kindof thing I've been noticing has been really holding this format back, not alot of interplay between dects sure. So, if you had to prescribe what isnecessarily the cause of that D, do you have any idea, or is it something thatcould be fixed in the future? Like you know, when I hear about stuff likehammer being a problem, you know, that's Hamer is just a crappy ysure yeah but stuff like ADP, obviously isformat warping to me when I think about like decreasing almost the interactionand the skill CATSF, these codacts, I think a boss's Orderis, actually beinga a problematic car. Just it's introducing additional free gust isespecially when decks like ADP do exist. t seems tough to me right. You know re right. You get soheavily punished for falling behind in this Farmat, because when you talkabout cards like Marny, you know they might be a c effective to a certaindegree for getting rid of custom catchers. But you know one boss'sorders is not a tall ask off of four cars, plus it Drachi or whatever youmight be doing right right exactly and then even with cards like aldagos right.If you have a boss and you're discarded you out of Baerns a quick all yeah. Iagree with that too, to an extent and like you look at m yeah, you look likeyou. Look at a deck like a DP and it's like maybe it's trying to rely onhaving an et p to like Tanka hit but like if you're, the Eid, P, deck andyou're playing against something you know and they're trying to put up theirmainattacker and you can't one shot it...

...well. You might not even have to evenattack into that attacker, like you, can just snipe their bench so, likeyou're saying there, with the with the bossorders a lot of times like you're,going to need the denny to set up you're going to need. You know theseport poke mine to get going and you can just go around and and it's Ni on thebench I don't know, if that's necessarily the contributing factor forme, like the main contributing factor for me. I look at Hammers. I just lookat the interplay of certain decks is not really being as exciting as I as Iwanted to be. There's not like a lot of of Alps. I don't feel like there's aton of outplay potential, except with maybe a deck like Spirittom, which isnot necessarily out playing your opponent, but just like making thecorrect sequencing decisions on your turn, and that also maybe is a littlebit lacklust room. I thinkso then, to refrain that it almost is like a a deckskill cap thing: mmsurey o you feel yeah yeah. I I suppose it seems verylike Um to me just kind of do this. Do this dothis, and I think this was put in really good perspective by if anyonewas watched on the UTU channel, like I was doing an old format, h, twentyseventeen, twenty eighteen format, whereas break through to Crimsoninvasion- and that was all about you know and it had his flos too. I'm notsaying it's like a perfect format by any means, but that was a lot about. IfI a lot more about routing, say what definitely not tecomes an invasion oner, but there's a lot about routing andlike what you take a knockout on when and like there were sometimes where itdidn't really make sense to even take a knock out, and you know, do you want toget you know? Do you want to set up a Pogamon for a later turn, or whatsupporter should you play? Was a real big concern back then, like? Do I playa mallow, or do I play a Guzma, or do I play an n like t those are real, toughdecisions that you don't necessarily have like the best PLA. Like you, don'tnecessarily know the best play at the time you know 'cause, they do differentthings like there's, so much variance of what could happen, whether or notyou play the mallow or the N or the Goozma, or the research or the bridget.Even in some cases and like that is m, you know right now. We kind of have twochoices. Is Research or Marnin, and it's really just well whatever I havein my hand, you know, and it's and then I guess, bosses orders right so thatkind of rotation of those three supporters isn't that Um skillintensive as opposed to fourmats in the past. We just don'thave as much choice I feel like, as we have in the past and yeah. These decksreally feel very linear in their game play like if I'm playing Azatian decklike sation down on the first turn attached an energy and trempit sord andlike swing swing, you know, swing, get a switch swing, get a switch swing, getsome metal, saucers, yeah swing and then like with drag a pult like get a drag of alt down,attach and energy Y A. I don't know it', it's Um, it's concerning. I don't know that theformat is necessarily going to get any worse. I don't think it'll be quite as much ofthe same which I'm excited about in terms of the new format after therotation, but maybe I'm not even voicing my concernslike that. Well, but it just feels very, very linear in terms of the amount ofthings that you can do on your turn. Yeah I feel very similar, and I thinkpart of that is almost the card. Design is shifted direction as it does inevery block. I I sincerely hope that the sounded mood block and like in thefuture will be remembered, finly se. That was a very well especially likethe early sun and moon. You had to evolve into your gxes and well, and Ithink actually that we should get back like we're kind of seeing thisevolution again in the form of evolutions like as soon as evolutionscome back and, like you have a poke...

...mine that goes from being worth twoprizes to being worth three prizes. All of a sudden, that's a new introductionto the game that you can. You know, decide whether or not to evolve, thatpokemin decide whether or not to make it better quote, unquote make it better,and I think that was a big thing that I really noticed in seventeen eighteenand it's like you could choose wone tow evolve yours or zruas. You know youcould choose window of Olve your Ralts, and sometimes it was you you might havehad the peace in hand to go into a guard of war, but it didn't really makesense to do it that turn 'cause. Now it's not it's a big liability on thebench. Obviously things are a little bit different. Now with M certaindexters, not you know you're not really able to one shot of EMAC, so it'sreally hard so like yeah to make those plays where you know you get punishedreally hard for evolving into a VNAX, but the the point there. Just beingthat, you, you have this extra choice and the format should shift aroundevolutions and so having that additional choice and having thatextraprize given for an evolution should, in theory, make some likerouting decisions a little bit more interesting well to me as well. It goesbeyond even just the Pokamon like you know, I think thei early gxes werereally awesome, just like yeah really fun cards IED. Even beyond that, likethe supporters, you specifically called out like a multicude of sun and moonera, supporters that you know gave you meatingful decisions like Malow,supercoal supporter to use in the Zrar Tatlik. We have some toxic ones too,like we had to use my nates Rolla, but at least they did something. You know Ifeel like this Har. This feels like a heart. The the sort oft field forafeels like a Harkenskack to Xtmi, which I really don't like the xn wh. I walkdthat much. It was very Laer, like you know, you just had these biggixes thatdid random crap, and you know you had your Sycamore, your and and yourlisenter and really what is the difference which me no and and what wehave right now we have research and Ragarni and bosses orders it's the samestart like I feel like we're recreating the XY era very closely with the waythetr R cards are being designed right now with the EFEEA, but now th the xesare bigger, ouand. So and it's not inherently a lawH to have like a lineer format, but I I enjoyed more personally. Like I loveZorark, I love those kind of decks and I feel like we don't have as much gameplay like that. Yeah and there's not, and the other thing too its like yeahsure it's fine to have these kind of big boys, Um Swingn, im back and forthat each other. As long as we have some semblance of like a counter strategy tothat, and I think the best counter strategy that we will have in a postrotation Medagane is going to be like mill as opposed to maybe a stall variance oreven having just like a stall kind of mechanic involves Um. You know I lookat like cards from the past, like Hooba, where it's just like you. There is someinterplay there with. You know how you attack into a Hoopa, what you used toattack into a Hoopa with the Scoundrel Guard ability right blocking outxes Dand exes, and so there is some kind of innerplay ing like some kind ofdeckbilding choices to like. Well. If I think I'm going to face a lot ofHoopahs, you know maybe I'll put in another, you know basic to attack withthere's, not really that kind of card or those kinds of cards that I see interms of like a true counterdact. That counterdax that I see for the postrotation format are mostly based on weakness, ummostly based and like mill typethings. So I think it will improve generally, likeI'm not like my. My overall level of satisfaction is not is not that low,like We'e we're talking kind of Um h in in terms of I guess degrees in termsof like I'm at like a I'm, not saying like, I hate the gamell by any means, but you know I'm at like a six or something or a seven. Youknow when I could be at a at a ten in...

...terms of my enjoyment, so Um yeah, Idon't know just some thoughts there too yeah. I I just. I really miss like theZak days, man like standards RARC, which is so fun yeah. This is evenignoring like the toxicity that expanded a rbrought with it sure sureyeah wall says also weakness, mchan as mechanic sucks. I I mean it's, it'sfine, but it's like when your only way to bet a like an alternatise is toswing into it with weakness like that to me it just it's too much of a Shi like,especially when we don't have like countercards like a retaliate tiracian.You know when we don't have these countercards. That can be like kind ofpowered up in one turn that you coand splash in, like a like a counter to adeck like when we don't have that S, it really is hard to have interplaybetween certain decks. I mean I am excited again for rotation to kind ofswitch things up, and maybe there are some cards that we can get into, butwhen the whole counter to a deck is just playing a different deck. That tome feels a little cheap. So let's, let's talk about rotation, then isthere anything that, in your very early testing has brought you promise? Umi have really enjoyed theitternatives. I think it's better than I really thought Um, which I guess is Ki I mean I was alittle bit hesitant to say like yes, this is the The v Dif, but or certainlythe B. It's certainly the best deck to come out of the darkness. ABLAZED set like handsdown far and away. You know there are some things you could. You could arguelike, there's no Dedene, so maybe you're set up is worse, but you'rereally looking at just getting out. You know an atternadisk getting an energyattached and then going from there and I think, like little innovations likeplaying the campture energy in the list help you facilitate that you knowgetting all your guys out without really needing to have the Denat to tryto dig more into your deck. I just think it's really cool mechanic too,with the with the ability, because there are some things on the vemacs.There are some things that you can do with the ability like you can let youraturnajust get knocked out and then that's your only one, and then youdiscard your bench like. Let's say you had something damage you just you candiscard your bench and, like that's, kindof cool, that little again, goingback to this thought that Um, you know the evolution choice, win Dow evolve isis something that's intereted to me and then Um yeah. I mean I'm excited to test morethings like Centi Scorchan invicable, particularly we're going to throwvicavolt on the Stream tomorrow with Andrew. So I'm exciting to see that Iam excited to watch that Yeyeah e you sin, tabletop simulator is likeechanism to toorthrough this yeah, it's okay, I initially with a little bithesitant M, and it's certainly I mean it's nothing like playing on the Pokmontradicard game online client, because all your decisions are, you know youhave to manually, do everything so, especially when you're trying tocommunicate with an audience. It's like that. Much harder, like I feel, like Imisplay enough in the game just trying to like interact with chat and make itkind of an enjoyable stream or like talk through my place like I feel likeI do enough misplay there, but then, when you add in the manual factor likeand you're trying to keep, you know a reasonable pace of play to not make ittoo boring it's. It can be a lot to handle.Sometimes, but it's Um, it's been really fun. It's been really really fun.I hope that you know everyone that's been watching. It has been having agreat time, because it's something that I can definitely see in the future.Being you know a regular thing and hopefully more people can kind of geton the tablestop simulator as more of a viable way to just test new things oreven test old things like it'd, be cool Andrersmen. Talking about doing a Cubelike I could upload my cube and just do you know, have more access to thosecards than you would otherwise have, and I think that's a really good thingfor the game. Yeah, I haven't had a...

...chance to do it yet, but a friend ofmine keeps asking me to key with him on table Top, so it's a little clucky. You have to getused to some mechanics, 'cause, obviously MiG able Osa later anyway orother games. Okay, so yea kind, O know where the next, the next evolution ofTable Top sumulator is Gong to be some kind of St scripting mechanic. But I'dprobably take a significant amount of deve or UM. You know think a significant amountof work put into that, but I think it could be worth it Wel when you, U D,anyou, were in the discord just hanging out and like testing out Tae. I waslike man. There just has to be a a way to do this Lik. Well, it's just like it's the thingslike Marny. You know where it's kind of kind of an awkward mechanic inreal life. Yes, Marnin Marty might be like a very special exception to yeahyeah yeah yeah. So, like Marny just sucks, you know no no two ways about it,but everything else is pretty self explanatory and and we can get get bypretty fast and pretty efficiently. Now that we kindo have the ropes yeah, Iwas trying to think if I can at least thow the robs like personally, if Icould try and script somethings like energy attachments, I shur sucks Um cat', not like a promty. It's just something I was thinking about. Lookinginto myself, Yeah Ledo exercise, yeah that'd, be amazing, yeah, that's not a promise. It's justsomething! That's like as someone who works in like the programming space.It's something that interests me as like: A yeaeyed project Y's trying tomake people top more street minds yeah. But it's definitely I mean it's aninnovation in Okaman like it's another one that you add the long list of likePogmatisgi innovations because of coved, and I think, generally speaking, likeit's a good thing like it should lead, hopefully to more higher level playersbeing able to test this. You know newer formats um earlier. You know- and Ithink that just overall is a good thing for the creators. It's a good thing forthe viewers and just a good thing for for the game in general yeah, and youknow, I think I think, just conceptually finding more opportunitiesto interact with your friends and play the game that we love it's. It's alwaysa good thing. So absolutely and then it's a really good,like kind of gateway right to maybe a newer player. You know if they don't want to go out and buyall the cards. Well now, if table topy table top simulator become or somesimilar, you know tses you won in the past. I guess, but if we all kind ofthe community kind of colesses around one um one program then like maybe thatbecomes the standard for a newer player to get into the game and like theydon't have to buy all the cards, but they can still play with all the cardsand you know maybe there are table Tohave, simulator tournaments. Thatcould be run in the future. I mean that there is like kind of this, thisboundless possibility of what can be done, and I I look at it as somethingthat's really really cool for a newer player to maybe get involved in thecard game a little bit more without investing too much into the physicalcards or even into you know, codes for the online Clientyeah, and you talkabout newer players, and so that's a nice little Seguay into the last thingthat we want to talk about today, which is the Focon rate battles. This is to be when I got this email forVokaba about this new thing. becase. You know igethe emails from there Isayi about the ray battles I was like W inthe world. Am I look and to be honest now that I've like MES AOUND with it?It's like still what in the world I a little bit Y, ah sure I know you'vekind of enjoyed it. What is what did ot take on the RAD battle? Yeah? I, when Ifirst saw it I meaned on it a little bit like granted. You know, is it'sjust kind of a a big departure from you know actual cards right. It's it'sa big departure from ow you're, for you know quot aquote supposed to play thetrading card game, but when you take, when you take a step back from it alland look at what it is trying to do, I...

...mean it's intended for that youngaudience or that new audience that has these cards, but can't quite put theminto the context of a deck or a MEDA game or m. You know battling againstother people, and so it's just a good little introduction to the whole ideaof competitive pok, Montrading card game, and so for that it is successful.I mean this is. This is really like kind of that gateway drug like ifsomebody gets hooked on raid battling- and I could even see this being kind ofa thing that Um even experienced players do just for fun. I don't thinkit could ever be like a like a format to itself or I don't think it couldever be anything organized in the competitive scene or like somethingthat people would want to do more than one or two times but um. You just lookat this, as is something for the for the newer player that could really getthem hooked on. You know using the cars playing with the cards and theneventually, you know, building the way kind of that gateway again e o a right yeah. When I see it, itreminds me a lot of when I was a kid and didn't know how poken on carsworked. Yeah Yeah, like I don't know if you hade this problemwith me as a kid poke 'em on cards or very hard to understand you go like Ugocards were very easy. You know they had a Tian, they had defence. If attack wasbigger, then the appontents attacker defense, then you we N, like okay yeah,and there was like kind of an instant like mechanic too. It wasn't like youwere: building up damage riotime silly so to to me lik IC Nepokamon, likethere was a couple of things that were confusin her like how does the damagework was one thing: Howt, O energy work is another thing like aobest kid, notraisen the rull books or anything. I don't know a any of the stuff doesl. Sojust oh go ahead so like being able to and what it may be. KINDOF sad 'causepeople were just really harshly beating down Lik r thing. You know witter andStuf when y got an house- and I really think you know you're missing the pointlike I it's for you know it's for. It's like is meant for. Is it to be a fungateway into using the cars that you could freshly frestly got out of a pack?You know you don't Hideck, you don't have to anything crazy. You doesn'ttake your cards and play with your friend on on the street battle thingand wher. I think I think it does that. Well, I think you know. Ultimately, Iwish it was like better built like what I would wish for, even if itwasn't integrated into the the TCOCLIENT. I would wish that it um sorry. I hit my rirk from there with myspeaking of my hands Um. What I would wish is that you could atleast like choose your cart like they have a car dages and you just jus it.Instead of her N, do everything annually yeah yeah then, and that comesto a few other issues that I have with it, but just for those of you thatdon't know that are listening to the cast. This is the POGAMON trading cardgame raid battle. Just to give a quick summary of what it is. It says: POKMIN,trading, Card game, Ra battle is a fun and exciting game that Os wo experiencethe TG in a new way. You have a battle assistant which is online, and it kindof guides you through how to use your cards. But generally there is a v Maxpokamind that you're trying to kill and like you are well trying to knock outand you and O four of your friends, yeah right and you and up to four ofyour friends are looking to Os. You and up to three of your friends are looking,do enough damage to knock out this massive Um and truly masseve yeah. So,like two thousand eight hundred health, you know something like that. So you'redoing it with your cards that you have so whatever car that you have.Theoretically, you could play in this raid battle against this person, andreally that is what we're coming back to here when we're saying like when Ifirst got into Pokman. You know I just wanted the you w. The POGAMANA had themost m energy in their attack and the most h retreat costs like that was thebest pokmo and so, and so like this really Um kind of kindof takes all you know, somebody can...

...think that they have their best PokeMin and it will actually contribute to winning this rade battle. I think it'sa cool mechanic to kind of incorporate with the video games as well, which issomething that maybe there like is a crossover that might happen becausesomebody sees oh there's a rad battle, kindof mechanic, I like Rad babtling inin the video game, so maybe I'll give the a trading hard game a chance, butyou have a couple of Hokman there's some different mechanics with differentcards. There's like a cheer mechanic and a knockout mechanic, the the VNAXPokman does damage to the players and so you're trying to strategicallywhittle this pokmon down Um through the use of your own cards, and it's it'sinteresting. I think the client is is Oky. It's just. We haven't quite gottento this, but like it's very manual, it's very emanual based and so it wouldhave been um I mean y. You know, obviously it's it's supposed to be verysimple and very you know easy to understand, but I think maybe a littlebit more in terms, and they might add this in the future. You can't reallytell but, like you were saying, Yau card database or something similar tojust help it along a little bit more. When I first saw it, I was really hype'cause I was like Oh man. It would be really cool to have this Um to have this thing B, like allinclusive that I could play with my friends online, but that's not what itis. You do have to play with the physical card, so that is goingta kindof hinder it in you know a little bit yeah so, and I think the fact is so manualis ultimately it's biggest flaw because you know as a kid I don't really wantto have to think about and input all of this stuff, Yeah Yeah I mean obviously O. I think Ithink you probably work you know if you're a kid under the age of what would you say? Probably eight people be using computers ithe twoyears old. Now, okay, I don't know that wasn't the back of my day we had. Youknow I had a Ol when I was like twelve allright, but you know y you're, probably workingwith an adult. You know it's certainly kind of that. That idea there thatyou're that you're, you know with maybe a family. You know, maybe with you yourbrother, O your dad or your mom, and trying to make this thing work. Socertainly a family mechanic, there sure sure yeah, maybe you're a little bit ofa boomer there, but I certainly am a boomer. I alw an idea, though no it'sdefinitely cool, it's cool to see that they're innovating- and it's I meanthis is absolutely at least from from what it looks like like. This isabsolutely another kind of coved h. You know a innovation that the tradingcard game has done, because this is clearly like you know. A game forpeople that are stuck at home can't really go out you now it's just theirfamily or just their brothers or whatever sisters or Um. You know justsomething where it's kind of this self incaculated thing where you don'treally need to know that much about pok, my cars, but you can still participatein the card game, experience, yeah, yeah for sure so and calsulating all ofthis different stuff. We have you know the present format, the rebelclash. We have the darkness of blaze format and we have these rade battlethings looking to the next week or so. If Iwant to do something pokman related, which of the three was you recommend F,you I mean I recommend looking at a futureformat. That's what I'm going to hope to do. Well hope to do that's what Ihave set up to do in the next couple of weeks. Um We will be doing some stuff on thechannel with current forma. I think there are still like plenty ofopportunities to play in current format. If you're looking for them, there'slike pokeyx tournaments, there are UM. There are, I mean no limitlests, butthere's like the Sunday open the Olpie Sunday open, and there are variousdiscords where you can get in and place...

...some tournaments. So I would look ahead. Looking ahead ishas brought me probably more joy for this set than it has for a lot of setsin the past. I kind of rag on the people that look too far ahead, likeit's kind of a joke in our friend group, like you know, we'll just get a new setand like people are already looking to like two sets in advance, and it's justkind of like why you know why, right we O talkabout rocation in in September,yeah, yeah, yeah, Ye, H, exactly and so um I've just been really excited for this.This next pormet I should. I think that it should bring about a lot of healthygrowth, healthy change for the trading card game and Um. Some reallyinteresting new carts are going to be released. Yeah. I would recommend thesame thing. I would recommend either playing some new format to refreshyourself or finding some alternative means like building a cube on table.Toff simular, I think, is Ar really fun idea really good way to enjoy time withyour friends and Um. To me, I always I say I've said this. So many times onthe Gess, I always get refreshed on the game when I kind of do something newwith it like take outside of this current standard Ri on do something Ian a new and whether that means play an old format. I like the poki statsthings or theold Faat. I I just wish that thatTcjo could better support them. Yeah T we were talking about winpie. That mademe genuinely sad, yeah, yeah. Definitely so Y. AH weweretalking about no former cast that when you play in the old formatts like they,obviously don't have the old format rules. You can't really set the rulechange, so you have to kind of figure out how to Um how to implement. Youknow a firt, 'causeI old format could play a supporter on the first term ando known our current will say you can't. So how do you kind of try to balancethat out and it makes some decks just kind of unplayable, which is a shamethere are? There are some fun work around for some of it, though, like ifyou're playing some really old foremats like pre, x and Y, you have the no flip,catcher yeah, and so what people have done n is insted of playing catchers.They played like circulator, orther or repel, or whatever Adand Ju t say the Fokama they want tobring up in the Cha. I think that's like just so clutvery. That is reallyclever. That's for cool yeah, but you know I I think, at the at the on of theday, just find fine. Whatever works for you y. You know, people keep thayingwere unpressed an a times at I. I think we both recommend, just you know,Frenching out finding the thing that it keeps the Game Fun enjoyable, whilewe're not able to enjoy. I in person with all of our our fomo brothers andsisters, absolutely look for those tournaments if you're still interestedin stander forma, I mean I'll, be doing some tournaments um here coming up, I Ido you know again. I don't want to say that that I don't like this currentformat. 'cause Ike I enjoy Pokmond, just like pokmana general. I think,like this format does have um some interesting things about it. There aresome interesting things to to do and I think it is generally like exciting,even if it isn't like the most interesting forment that I've everplayedto there are a lot of exciting elements to it and so Y. Ah, I'm always happy to to play agame amongst friends and enjoy this game that we love, yeah well, said:Wowere, just pokabou lovers at the other day, absolutely Aso know. If anyone hasquestions and chat, if you're afreed to jop them wile six, nine six time asking.Does anyone think World Stingn is actually happening? I have my doubt it's I mean it could be the kind ofthing where, like the? U S is excluded, we're kind of seeing that the UnitedStates is being barred from entry into a lot of Asian countries. I mean weremalling further by AIA exactly and so we're getting reallywe're getting really hammered out here...

...and it's it's kind of embarrassing onthis global stage to even be having this debate of like whether or not weshould wear masks when we are seeing the success rate of masks in othercountries, just almost maybe not eliminating the problem, but certainlylike keeping it under control and so Um to say that twenty twenty world, twentytwenty one worlds. Is it going to happen or not? I think there is like apretty decent chance that it does happen, but I think there's also apretty decent chance that players from the United States like are not allowedto come and play Um. I could just see or maybe not by Pokamon, specificallybut like if it's still held in the UK, like potentially Theso a travel ban orsomething a travel ban from from pl people coming from the United States.So that could be something that I think is a very real possibility of happening. Yeah, Ahi CSEE, that's to which is sad,really sad, I'm sure I'm jol fi man. I asks whatprevents radicate from cheesing raids. I mean nothing yeah, that's the other thing too aboutthese about these cards is like you just have some cars that are insanelypowerful against these raid raid poke mone. You look at yeah that there'slike a Jatu that, like flips a coin and does the same thing and like sure Imean I guess, if you have those cards, then like you just ought to winessentially, but I mean it, I mean you can bring what I mean you coald justtype: nine million damage an Wa. I like that's right, that's right, there's noteven a damage cab, so you can do whatever you want a yeah atthe end of the day, the rain battles like you have to you have to use itcorrectly. You know you have to use the interface correctly and I guessradicate would be using the interface correctly, but h Youhav, to also youknow c about the spirit of it. I was going to say you have to try to make itinteresting spirit of the game. Kind of yeah, very sure you well to W. I've had an awesole timechatting with you. I'm really excited to see more of this new format. Stuffdevelopill be tured again for sure to watch you fumble around and Table Topsimulator tomorrow, yefor those of you who want to catch up more N, GW's newformat, content be sure to subscribe to his channels. You haven't alreadyflexed at o your Exxeson, you tob and on switched TOT TV and be sure tofollow onoher as well, smils of frowls and realjohn Walter and Aokmo, as welljust to fall the cats. We appreciate all of your guys support through covenineteen, and we hope that you all are continue to say, safe and be reasonable,wear masts, not for just yourself but for the good of others and we'll becatching next time pese. So You.

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