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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 33 · 6 months ago

3-33. Mewthree Returns

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

If Tag Teams have proven anything, it is to never count an old deck out! Mewtwo and Mew GX is back with a vengeance, and hunting after Urshifu VMAX!

Yo, what ies up guys looking BAC to tagteam, the Pookmon Trading Card Games, Premiere podcasting duo? My name isRaly holwert joined, as always by my good good friend, MR JW Cree Wall, yeahhows it Gong. Today, it's Gon pretty well Iley. I just accepted a job offersuper exciting. It looks like the the boot camp paid off. It certainly did. Iwas not I'll be honest. I wasn't expecting you know just because, like they kindof say okay, you know we have really good placement rates, but you know some people will end upgetting jobs right out of the Moo camp and a lot of people will end up gettingjobs. You know four months, five months, six months down the line, and so I waskind of expecting to be in that Middle Group. You know I didn't. I think I wasat the top of the class. I certainly wasn't at the bottom of the class, butit was just kind of Soi. I got coming from a different field going into a newfield. You just really don't know what to expect to had my expectations verylow and so to have. You know, sign the papers before leaving the boot camp iskind of kind of incredible. So I'm happy to get my foot in the door andI'm going to be doing some APP development. I think, is kind of theblanket term, but I'm sure going to be doing a lot of just various things inmy new world. So it's really exciting a it's reallike. So within the camp did they like book youup with recruiters or how does that process for yeah so think they kind of?Did I mean yes and no, so they had a couple of days where they called themmatchmaking days and we met with people that were recruiters from various localcompanies and I actually didn't get a job offer through that. In fact, I got a number of rejectionsthrough that, but that you know normally they don't hire. They don'thire a lot of people out of that they hire you know, maybe five or tenpercent of the entire, like cohord out of that matchmaking. So it's not likean expectation again, but you know a number of my classmates gotjob offers out of that and I was like okay. Well, maybe my maybe my turn willcome and there was this opportunity that they posted theyre like okay, Hey.We have this other company, that's really looking for just motivatedpeople and they've. You know hired from us before, and so I just kind of on away my almost wasn't even going to apply, but just Sendin, my rusume and things moved really fast and somehow Ifeel like this. I can be true for a lat lot of people. Is You don't some kind?There are some jobs that you get that you don't really know what they see inyou right, and I certainly felt that way. I was like wow this moves so fastand, like everyone seems really excited about me, but I don't really know why,and it was cool. Yeah is just really great,so I'm super happy to to be starting this new adventure, that isawesome, super exciting stuff, N, ngratulations en and then we're goingto be working together, someday someday yeah. You know pred and vice breas of of apple or something apple. I seeapple apple or Google. What Syou Want Rali, I'm only to probably Google but okay,fair enough, fair enough. Okay, PRESAN VP of Google sounds good, sounds goodman, anything else exciting developing in the world dBW. Well, we have our. You know finalproject on Friday, so I'll sound out that lake. If anyone wants to watch, wedo kind of a virtual presentation of our final capstone. So if you're interested in that I mean you might be-I don't know. I have some friends that do tect stuff. I know tthere are a fewof you out there that that watch, the cat or listen to the cast that aretechis so I'll put that in the discord for you guys and other than that we arelooking to put in another offer on a house tomorrow. So that is also a veryinteresting and exciting thing in the life of JW. But enough about me...

...et's talk about you, Riley! What's newwith you, none of telling honestly it's beenelatively low key recently, the I'm just meandering by a guy. Iguess you can consider. I got a promotion at work. I don't know it'snot really like Gi exactly vertical as more like diagonal, but that was pretty cool. I lost a couple pounds in the last twoweeks or so I'm doing a cut ahead of the summer months. SOMEO can lose acouple more or I start bolking back up again and yeah things are going good.thangs ore going good, can't complain, pretty sweet man pretty sweet, so the world doesn't revolve rus aroundUS tougl. It revolves around the FOOTBAN training, Cart Game and withinthe Fokmon traiing card game. As always, there is constant development got a plathro in yow cards, Fr the nextset coming out. Jw Want you walk us through some of the the highlights sureI'm. I guess you could say I'm kind of going through some of the the Non vPokemon, but they've released a number of them that are, I believe, going tobe some of our prerelease promos and Sinderas Rilaboum Liken Rock andMalamar from the upcoming set and so Syndras interesting little abilityallows your attacks from thes indrase to do more damage, depending on howmany prize guards are point as taken, which is a nice little effect, nothingto unique about the attack, fireball shoot one hundred and fifty damage fortwo energy. This is Pokema, can attack during your next turn. I'm reallyexcited about this next bok M on Tho realaboom. It's always nice when theymake g. You know kind of good cards thatalready have a playable card in the format, just giving that kind ofevolution line more branches that they can play off of, and that's absolutelywhat's happened here with the rilabooms. So the surging beat second attack onthis realer boom. There's a hundred twenty base damage and says you maydiscard any number of energy cars attached to your pokemon. So all yourpokemind and play- and if you do this- attack this thirty more damage reachcard discarded this way, so there's obvious energy there with the otherrilaboom that can accelerate energy from the deck you could potentiallywanc Hon anything with that surging beat. It obviously takes a significantamount of energy accumulated, but it's even so it's nice to have that optionto include in the Rilaboum deck moving. I do wish that Oh e, I do wish had a little more damage onthe multiplier, I think maybe the Bay Shurman. I wish Posot as willing to bea little more ambitious with that Theis, stige, Tos, sure yeah, absolutely maybeforty or fifty I think, would be very appropriate even still for that surgingbeat attack, but in any case they've decided unred. Twenty pus, thirty freeachenergy is just going to be how it is. I do agree with you, though, uld be niceto have some some buffs for those stage. Tos really make you like desire to playthem as it stands. It seems like a good option, doesn't seem like an immediateinclusion, but something that maybe could be worked in, and then we havehere, some Likin rock and a Malamar, so Likin rock is very akin to the Vestwa Queen that we've seen in thepast that does more damage foreach pokemon in the discard pile. However,these Fokmon must be single strike, pokemon and so then obviously limitswhat you can do, but it does have a base damage of eighty and it is asingle strike attacker, meaning that it could get that boosted damage fromthese single strike energy. So all of a sudden, rogue fanks F you powered upwith those two single strike, energy. You can hit one twenty base and thenyou're doing more for youch single strike, poke money justcould pass.Certainly that, like in rock again seems very difficult to power upconsistently seems very much like that: primape, where you might be able to geta swing off or two, but just to be able to consistently power up. Those likeandrocks is going to be very difficult...

...yeah. It's funny. They did a like asecond like high damage, ouppout single prize, you fight on energy, attacker, yeah, yeah, absolutely, and you know itdefinitely hearkens back to you, know the vest faquains of a formats past.Our final Pokman that that will cover here at least the non nonv Pokemon isthe Malamar has a rapte tentacles attack reveal any number of rapidstraide cards in your hand, and this attack this forty damage for each cardrevealed in this way, then shuffle these cards back Ino your deck. So the thing with this kind of attack isthat it's definitely one of thoseintermediate attacks right w where you're never. This will never seencompetitive play, at least not in my mind, just because of how limited it isin the damage, output and shuffling the cards back into your deck. But it'scertainly one of those kind of intermediate cards where you knowsomebody is just stepping up from the wigly tough gxes of the world, and theyneed something that has a little bit more of a Cambo base right. So you can,you can build them a Malama rapid strike, rapid tentacles deck and shekind of show them okay. So this is how rapid strike cars interact with eachother. This is you know how you play with this, and you can do these combos,and this is kind of neat, because you can grab out the energy with theactillery or you can. You know, put the stadium that you know there are justsome things that you can do that are a little bit more unique than just the the you know. This attack this forty damage.Essentially, you know H, that', some other, very basic cars that you might playwhen you're learning the game to so Melmar, probably not going to see play.I wish that it just didn't have that second clause, the shuffle the cardsback into your deck. That feels just so purtful for an attack like this for sure. So super painful got a couple morecards to be revealed, notably a new pair of scrolls. So we have a singlestrike scroll which cost fire colorless colorless overreach. It just does hunertwenty damage and it ignores all weakness, resistance and any othereffect. UNEOR Pon sack the pokamon o kind of a shred attack and then rampantstrike scroll of Skies, lightning and colorless flying suplex ticlus damagethis Atectiv Swiv Yoor amage freach energy on your poinents active. So youmade a really interesting observation here about these new scrolls that Ihadn't really considered before. Well: First, firstly, they're not actually inthe game, so this is pokmon training card games like departure from the loreof the Games, and then there was also a really unique thing that you said aboutthe typing of each of these gorels yeah I mean in general, I doesn't seem like they'renecessarily adhering to dark and water for the two rikestyles anymore, but in particular it seems like lightningand fire are both kind of be included into into rapid and single strikerespectively. And you see that reflected in the attack cost of thescrolls. You know fire, obviously being an inclusion in rapid strike. You havethe Mwar a great example of like a firepuckm on that fits into that. Ithink the blaze Gan is also a single strike, and then you have things like this Aora,which we talked about a couple of weeks ago, which is a lightning type that isclearly meant tofit into the rapid strake archetype. So I think it'spretty cool that they're kind of expanding the horizon. I hope theycontinue to plug away at the the battle styles kind of archetypes. I thinkthey're really fun. It's cool to see like how you can comboall these pieces together that like have some sort of base level energy butneed to be worked around at different ways. I think among the two scrolls, the raptreck. One is definitely better sure. I don't think single streck really needsa piercing effect...

...and I think the scrols scorn is just abetter option for like at least for the bear but irealistically I don't think Ho. Justprobbll see much play sure absolutely, and then we got acouple of supporters as well that I would beRomissif. I didn't mention single strike: flatnery choose one specialenergy and one stadium in play and discarded them and then scybled. Therapid strike supporter heel sixty damage from two of your rapid strikePokemon, so we ware talking about before the cast flannery might be justa nice little option for those expandeddeks right. You just alwayslike to see if you're controll deck for sure you like to see things that candiscard energy. You like to see things like can discard stadium, and now youhave a supporter that can do both yeah it's funny. It's very similar to likeFaba ERD removes either Special Iner, yew orstadium, but Fawason is a lawsone whereas and this dishearts, both aslike the trade off so I'd be curious like if it can slide its way into anydecks. But I like the idea of it, and maybe even in standard like maybe there's enough, eventually singlestrike supporters, where you know you can use that kind of like single Shikevs seeker. I forget the name of it that constantly like Pluk, Piza out and chipaway your opponents. So I like those, I think we should alsocall out that there is new energies or both rapid and single strike. I Saiboth of them getting kind of like a Rainbow Aurora energy of their own, butthe instead of like doing damage toyourself. They can only be attached to, if particular archetype, Beit rapit orsingle, and they both prevent a status condition each. I think it's paralysisand poison. That's right, so I think the effect is kind of goofy and notsuper useful, but the Rabo part of it is cool. I like that yeah I really a that. The the singlestrike, so the Hounddoom specifically says single strike energy, which isreferring to the strong energy like single strike cards. I wish that it waslike single strike energy card that you coul like celerate stuff. Like this. Ithink that would be super cool, but it is what it is. I see Yep yep anything else there Riley that isgrabbing you from the new set of cards, so not necessarily from like the Non vPool. There was a a new view revealed to a Liper V, which has the ability,when you place it on to the bench, you can rive a tool card from an opponentspokemon in play. So I mean Ian The for most decks. Ithink it's like a Nogo on that. You know you're, not really sodesperate for Toormovele, that you need to have a quick ball searchable option.I think Ben Space is kind of preemium right now, but there's obviously a deckwhere that fits in. Hopefully you can catch it and that's eterniis. So it's adark type basic pokemon with a come into play, ability or just basicallyexactly what deturn is want Sto. They want as many of those options asthey can get. So I think Li've heard neems to be an obvious bit intoer aneternitthis deck, especially like if there are particularly relevant tools,e attornents can play as many of they want of thes, really they're justanother Benesiterr, just like any other. So I like I like that, as I do kind oflike tool and Atturni this toolbox, it's always cool to see like what kindof interesting things you can include. As far as like dark pookbon within youratturnes tack, Yep couldn't agree. More blipard shouldbe a nice option, moving forward for aternais any other new cards sticking out toYoujit of you now I think we've covered the gamut ofthose, at least that I know of so far that kind of that kind of jump out, andI think this is a nice Tamo can depart from the new cards a lot of Nice thingson the horizon for sure again th. This...

...metagame is certainly opening up in thecurrent standard, and I want to talk about some of those tournaments thatwe've seen recently, we've had a number of very, very large tournens Ome,actually kind of impressed every time. I see a tournament that has four orfive hundred people that spans two days that spans two days on a week days. I'malways just so impressed that people would brave the brave the conditions there to make thishappen. It's just so much of a time strain I feel like for a lot of people,and I I'm I'm happy that these organizers, you know they've gottenthese tournaments so large that they do have to have these two days. You knowyou could play in a twoday tournament again like almost what half of the week,which is just absurd, but that's really cool. That's really cool. To See. If Imean if I was a a tournament, organizer I'd probably start trying to figure outways to maybe break them down a little bit. Obviously, there's a little bitmore prestige to playing in a five hundred percent tournament and thenwalking aut us the winter, but it just doesn't seem sustainable and I I don'tknow I feel like I would want to, or maybe it is sustainable. I don'tknow what are your thoughts on that really like? We have just these insaneinsane player camps here for tournaments. Have you thought about kind of thesustainability of this? I haven't really thought aboutfeturestaineability too much. Although I will say it's, it's really impressivethat we're seeing like multiple in a day large tournaments firing off it'syeah. You know, I don't know whereeverybody's coming from it feels like they. Al Went Missing for the lastthree months, yeah for sure yeah people are comingout of the woodwork for sure Theu Imean battlestyles, like obviously excitingpeople is the Medi Ame is shifted. You know, I think, on the whole, from an organizer's perspective, it'sprobably sustainable as long as people are willing to like keep watching andentering. I think what I would be almost more concernedabout is people Ling in so many tournaments TOR rapidly they get burntout on on the game. Andi, don't necessarily think it's aproblem to play in a lot of tournaments, either like if you're enjoying it stillyou doing it yeah, but I think we've seen this acouple times where Yo ow players have just playing theseconstantly every single day I mean they get really burnt out or reallyfrustrated and it kind of like compounds upon itself because you'rejust constantly playing. So I guess my advite to the listeners would be likedefinitely participate in. These is really exciting time in trading cardgame and o have this like really thriving online scene, but don't likepressure yourself in o doing all of them either make sure you'r kind oflike respecting your own time and and taking rest or you know, playing morecasually outside of the tournaments kind of recharge your batteries to it's,not just about the the farerman tournament, Ti'll be another onetomorrow. I promise yeah absolutely well with this newbattle. Styles format. It certainly seemed to me at least that the formathas started to open up a little bit. Now, that's it's kind of a truestatement, kind of a fals statement, because if you look at the MEDA game-and you click on any one of these five onder person, turnments you're, goingto see at the top- you know most likely- ADP followed by most likely. You KnowRapid Strikersfu, followed by most likely atternitis, but I've seen anumber of archetypes that are that are new, interesting, unique compared tolast format, and one of those is, you know, almost SAR Gan Gar I've seen I'veseen this Mutu psychic variant that I actually lost to pretty pandly in oneof the most recent online tournaments and then also me to with rillaboom. Isthere anything up there at the top tables that you're seing this? Thismaybe departure from what we might have seen in the last format? That has youexcited about this metal syles Formam...

Yeah? I mean, I think, the one thingand we coment on this a little bit last week, but it's definitely changed andhals manifested. Is You to is definitely on the rise right now, Ner Shul Ye decks are all playing theirlittle stricks to get around it. Some combination of Mimiccu and Daraci, either individually or the both of them.But you know these metwo decks were seeing our really digging deep into the eating Hershe Fu style yeah, you know,Thi Psychic perient is like a fantastic example of that, where theywere playinglike multiple Geraci to accelerate and then all these, like crazy, psychicattackers, you got the you got the Gingar Mabe Q. You got the tronit dusk,nor you have the ANADL potentially tisnate the dracigx off your ponidtsbench, and it's really hard. I mean, I think,as an Irshhu player. The attack that scares me the most out of him. Youtu isthe miraculous duo, like you stung into that Muto and they get toe secondpsytehic and the extra energies down and there they mmoraculous Doo e s.just it feels like the game is over at that point, and that Thack is really good atachieving that Ho, but outside of just that decade itreally feels like the theme of these Dexattar on the rise is or she wo hate,and you even see that manifesting in the form of like mad party isdefinitely on the rise right. Now. A lot of people playing mad party, an Lon of the people playing just themew from unbroken bots, and even I think one other call out is- is this like brand new, like horbatlehealing deck? That's also like Barry Anti Ershifu and Ou know a lot of these decks. ActuallyHav loike kind of a bad peeker on matchup, but Pekram is just bullied sohard by your. She feel it's like not an avigable Matcha, most of the time, mostof the time yeah it cund be really tough, especially if they play themimicu right, because they can just paying your attackers an your Mutus,which is what you you know, obviously are preferring to attack with, and itjust gets very hard to deal with, because you really don't have the spacenecessarily in a lot of builds for something like a stealthy hood to tryto get around the Mimicqu and so you're just kind of left. With with prettymuch useless attackers, you cound either go on with me to and get hit lose that essentially as an attacker oryou could try to go in with a lightning attack and just get one shot. So itmakes it very difficult. It feels wrouh and so the metas definitely kind ofsheaping around Rapid Strikorshifu, and I think, for reasonable reasons. Rightlike the UNE Thuenn, is ended up being like pretty formidable, especially thefact that you can gust a like at Tedene and take three prizes a lot of thetimes pretty easily. It's just a very threatening deck. Ahas a lot of damage CIS, a lot of consistency, an it damage, so you likemay not do the most damage, ot every deck, but you're swinging for hundredand fifty turn to, and you have a couple of modifiers Yore like prettycleanly like. Do the carroing things a lot of the time? That' still that's hard for a lot of ACto deal with, though I think the psychic rise makes sense in treout there and then the you knowon the backburnof, though you have like these atterntis tacks which eat you toalive it's in Sanger. So you have this kind of weirdinteraction where you now the Ershi Fuis Crean, the Pakerons and theatterniist, and then Atturnis brames, the Moutus and MOU to is justdestroying he, the airsheep food. So I don't it's not like exactly rackpaperscissors, because I think all these decks have a chance against each other, but it's that's kind of like acomponent of the Medi game, an they naw. All these things on the outside,looking in as well like the atps of the world that are just trying to take thisAndaes out sure absolutely yeah. It certainly is, I mean, there's a very high power levelto all of these decks, certainly some of the highest that I mean the highestsince I've ever. You know, since I've...

...started playing for sure. So you know it's just wild what what some of thesedecks can come up with, but I think too there's a lot of outplay potential.There's a lot of comeback potential, particularly with dex like like therapid, striker Shafu, or even some of the slower decks that we've seen youmentione the or Beatles the Luke metals of the world. There's definitely a lotof comeback, but at Pikaram to obviously has a lot of comebackpotential, so I think there's certainly ways to ouplay a play opponents and Ithink, that's certainly showing through with not only just the variety of dexthat we're seeing, but also the UNMOUNT of players. I think a lot of playersthink yea have a chance to win like this. This game is actually fun and Ifeel like I can do things in this format that I maybe couldn't do in pastformats and I'm going to be interested in the game again. Absolutely I want toput a quick pin in the metagame discussion. I think well, there'splenty more to say, but this is a a great segwe into mycart of the day, which is also a bear. So very nice, youor she few on the rise and continued showings. I inspired meto choose the cart of the day. An it's also a beer. It's also a bear that hadan impact on the mat. It wasn't the best part in the format and you knowyomaybe know I'm building up to at this point, and it is ferstering prime. So I wasjust gonna guess it yeah. So ursring crime is nother one of those beautifulprime cards. You know jumping out of the box of the art and has that and fantastic little golden rings around it and it has an ability whereif its damage.It does Nixtey more damage on all of its attacks. So kind of the idea withursering is I's. Just a quick, easy attacker. You know you get a little bitof damage on your board with a rainbow and you can attach a dce and alreadystart swinging with hammer arm for Mtwenty, and you can use a secondattack to do on forty, which is pretty threatening,especially at the speed t which you can get or string powered up to a lot ofthe format and it's t a beautiful card. It's bareit's cool and I feel like Endy, Ursa andUrseraine like don't get a lot of love and the TCG and is one of the few cardsthat actually showed them a little bit. Lo True, so I always like it when someof the I say this time in Tame Agan, I like itwhen the TCG kind of highlights pokem on that wouldn't get otherwisehighlighted and Ursring is like kind of one of those down on his luck. POKEMON. where he'slike not really going to ever appear in the video game, he doesn't get a ton ofcool cards, but this is one that really stuck out for him. Yeah. Beware reallyreminds me of this erse ring, so I was playing this beware deck and it hasthat first attack as well. Hammer arm does similar damage and discards. Thetop cart of your punents deck obviously has a very different second attack,which was the focus of that video. But yes, Ersring was definitely verypresent in my mind. Over the last couple of weeks, I'm happy you happ Yobrought hem up as the cart of the day, and I know you love your primes as well.That's true, I do. I do love my primes. Let's hat, let's hop back into themeatothough speaking of the bears, there also has been kind of a shift andsome people not everyone, but in some people's style of playing Orshifu, apopulized by my Pedro Gotorez there's the Inchino snorlax build mershy food,which is kind of gotten some hype recently, and that field is really interesting.The smallax is not something I would have thought to ave included, but o nopageyour operates on a Wav of length that I'm just simply not on guess yeah. Absolutely yeah twe talked aboutit last week. There's a number of ways that you can play Oship fo and I thinkprobably the least popular at this point is with the actillery...

...yeah. Oh Definitely, oh, so very, veryinteresting, stuff, we've seen top eight of the single strikershfu withSanchino at the full grip online series. That's made a number of appearances andother tournaments and then also the prevailing parget type seems to be theGeraci, and so you know very, very, very strong, veryconsistent. I played an a tournament with the GERACI build of ramp, astrikersh food because I wanted to get more of a feel for it oned to make surethat you know when I talked about it. I wasn't you know talking, you know anything incorrectly right,and so I I played with that deck went seven andtwo through Swiss and made top thirty two, where I lost very promptly to aMuttu deck that I maybe didn't play the best against, but certainly wasn't agood matchup either. So very nice foron I felt like I hadpretty deceent matchups across the board and had a shot, certainly andevery single game I played and and felt like. I could. I could outplay opponents and hen. Do what I needed to do. Yeah. I will say like no matter whatvarian Aoso forure playing it. It always feels like kind of got a lot of options in frontof you. I and there's all sorts of chicky things you can do to make yourself have a chance or youwouldn't otherwise, or when you wrap in floversis one you not so many cool options that the EARHthoot that gives you it's really fun to play. Yeah sure is: Are there any other like big ships thatare sticking out to you, as in the last couple of weeks here? Well, you talkedabout the rise of you to. I would say that that's the biggest thing is justyou're, seeing me too, as its own standalone deck you're, seeing it infire variance you're, seeing impaired with Vigtini you're. Even seeing youknow, I've seen some pretty just out. There youtube builds where you know. Imean you have me to, and things like Rilaboyou know I mean you have me toand things like Rilaboom or you have thing you to paired with like water type attacters right in thein the frostmoth like there's just some pretty wild things me to certainlycertainly on the rise, a deck that I haven't seen really much at all of thisCEN to scorch. I feel like that deck is pretty much died out, just maybe nottaking a very positive matchup against you know, Aternitis, which again isstill very big in the format and maybe just not as consistent or asgood as the Victini Build Tho we've seen. So I think Senda Scorce,certainly not a deck that you really have toworry about, which makes Metal Bas decks a lot better. I think so. LegarioMal Medal is certainly a deck that I would consider a good play. I mean thatone is the one that kind of fluctuates right with how pop pular fire decks are,but I think right now you're looking at not a not a ton of fire in the MediGame. You certainly have a lot of you know Victinidek, but if you look at theMeta game as a whole, I think it's very favorable for most of the metal decks,particularly Luke Metal Yeah. I don't know, I think theatternes matchups also wash this point with the phoebe inclusion with thePOWPAD. That's pretty rough as well. It's not the worst ACG, I don't think ePomo. Well, I will s Y, I will say yeah and that's a good thing that you pointout the PHEB and the PALPAD. So the idea with the turn it is, is that ifthey can get a phebe on your Zamazenta and then just find the PALPAN and putFebe back in then they should win that matchup. But that is something where Idon't see those tect sticking around yeah. I just don't see those textsticking around because it's the kind of thing where it's like you know whenGreninjo was played back what four years ago and people were like. Okay,do, I include the do. I include the Guaritina thatProvien grinage a prime for sniping, or do I not or you know how much do Iexpect it to be played, and I just feel like the phoebe. An a turn of this ismaybe not something that will see...

...consistent play. I don't know, I think you know also thething with Guiutina was. It was also like Super Linear and its Ese case,like he was only good for Greninja and even then, like it, didn't necessarilywin you Grininja. If you' had to like a deck that reallylost a shadow stitching, for example, wouldn't really matter if they couldshure it in or not because they've justdid you out of the game, but the phoebe is like an auto. I don't knowauto win, but it's a huge huge swing towards atturness and not only the romeletal matchup, but it's also kindof like completely allow you to bully Decisyo VI out of the game. RUIT's kind of like a little moremultifaceted and you know, b, is like something you can play on anoff turn like. Maybe your ponent has a kind of weird effect on their activethat you can just pierce through when you don't need to play. Anothersupporter, like I think, Hee's a little more useful, an some other TEX hup to say that it's guaranteed to stayit's just. I don't know. I think if I can turn that think of a swing in mymatchups and orrelatively low cost and inturn. This think it turn is, is oneof those decxers pretty flexible and kind of what you slaught in after youget in that like core package? Don't really se your reason not to fair enough, so you would you wouldrecommend anyone if they're playing atterniist you just play those twocards pretty much automatically. I mean, I think I think the Papa is actuallypretty good. In general, you know it gets around. Sometimes wemiyh have to like have a rough research where you're discarding a lot of bosses,for example, or when you'rejus using a lot of bosseslike atturnes, can definitely be like a bossboss boss, game kind of deck aswell. I guess o the remaxes as opposed to Jus, hitting into the active if itwants to and powpad kind of builtates that alittle bit more. So I don't think I think the POLPPAD at least is like nota horrible car. It's just a generally useful thing to have. The PHOEBE is like, I think, a littlemore controversial t in the POWEFAT to be honest, Bu. I think it's just fullenough to include yeah absolutely so that actually I had a couplespeedround questions for you sent in the theme, and one of them wasactually I jast tendentially related to this O, I'm just going to rattle throughthese. You got to give me you're off the cuff answer, all right. Okay, let'sdo it all right question one! Would you ring P groundto tournament right now? I's a hundred percent hundred percent impressive hundred percent. All right aquestion to do you think decendri and the Cargio Mail metal are viabletournament options. I don't think that decidiize is, but Ithink Luke Metal Ist. Any reason why look at all over Tosiy? Well, I just find that, like the the the louke metal has fairly favorablematches across the board. You have I mean Pikeram is a lot of people think that it'sfavorable matchup there yea Hav Eturniis, which, if they don't playPhoeb, is a very favorable match of Yo ov ADP, which is a favorable matchup.So you look at kind of the top table. Oh and the rampit striker O is a very,very extremely favorable matchup, even if they play Freb, even if they playMoutu, it's just so hard to get around the the Zamacentis. So I would say justlooking at the top. You know again, if you play in a turnijust that has FBANpalfed. Maybe you don't win that matchup, but otherwise you have really good matchusacross the board, Ti anything, not fire a as opposed to the DECIDUI. Well, likeyou said, I mean there is phoebe out there. Some people are playing phoebeand the rapid strike DEXK, but I'd be worried about rapin strike for adifferent reason. The sniping effect on that rapid strike can reallly lead tosome problems in the early game for decidio IDEX that can't quite getaccess to their views and their bench pokemon right, there'soften times where you only start that one quick ball in your opening hand oroff of you know you, research and you...

...get a quick ball or something like thatand you're only able to choose between well. Do I get another rallet. Do I geta Snorlax, or do I get a mew and a lot of times? There's no right answer, andso the rapid strike decks can really really punish that, with the with theturns to snip on to Pokemon, either taking out two ralits or you know,taking out your setup pokem on your snorlax and something on the bench, andit just gets really hairy to try to keep up with that. Make sense to me next them if you're to play a MOUTUBAriant, which one would you choose? That's a great question. I would choosethe me to big teeny. I think that one is the most consistent and Victini isjust strong. Generally speaking, so I like it low maintenance and justgenerally strong, got it and then last of this sbeechround, if you were to take a deck to an event that wasn't among those likehighest top toor decks but still had a chance to win in your opinion, what would that deck be? I think itwould be corbonite yeah to kind of helm out a left field.I saw a little bit of corvonit and the full grip stream and I was prettyimpressed overall with how the deck performed had you know. I hadn't put alot of time into Corbenine, and I certainly will this week when I get thechance, but it had some moves. You know being ableto Mo all the energy around heel up with sheryl brown zong, everything backto Isaushan or Corvaninei mean it certainly had some some options there.So I liked the deck. I thought it was pretty interesting and I feel like notenough. People are putting time into it and I think it coald make a deeperunwith the right list. Awesome Ive to speed round for today,Congratulationn Shat, you win nothing thank, but you put up a valiant effort,appreciate that. Thank you so much. Thank you so much any other groundbreaking thoughts thatyou have on the format I mean it seems like it's in a pretty pretty much a stat to flux. Right now,like things can shift pe havily either direction. If you blow on the wind theright way, yeah- and I think, there's you know- There's not really a lot ofstaks right attached to things. So I think you're, looking at a lot ofcontent creators that are buying things that are new, that are interesting. NotReally, you know caring about any kind of ranomification. You know people arejust playing what they want to play and- and that's just generally good- I thinkthat's a that's a good place to be in for a fun aspect and so we're seeingthe format again. It's a couple weeks in seeing it starts to kind of blossompeople are finding access to all the cards that they maybe didn't havebefore and we're starting to see the cream kind of rise to the top right.You look at the early formats and like there was there's very little rapidstrikersfo and now it's among the top three most playd decks on any given dayin any given tournament. So absolutely you know we're starting to see thatokay, this actually is a good deck. People are getting cards to it, they'reactually wanting to play it and it's putting up result. So it's been reallycool to see absolutely one last thing I think we would be wools not to plug isplayers cup. Three, the finals is just on the horizon. Here:Thou all of the regional champions and top fours have been determined, recommend, checking out some of thosevads as well therewas, actually, a really reallygood game. I don't know if you saw this one JW, but the Etord mildeck versusATP game was insane. That was one of the coolest series. I've ever seen saiddefinitely recommend checking that out, especially if you're curious about likehow control coul manifest in the current state of pokemon toward clearlyshowed that and the best of his ability. It was awesome obe. I don't know if yo were able todig up the dates during the cast as far...

...as when those finals are going to bebroadcasted, but a lot of elite players from all the regions like really likeaccomplished folks from Al All across the world are going to be coming intothis top sixteen, so I'm excited to see at playoff and what they'll be takingfrom battlestyles her put on the spot in that playerskept three is one of those top sixteen. What would your deck of choice be yeah? Well, first of all, we HA playersCEP coming up in two weekends. The Global Finals are on the Twenty Thrthro t twenty fith so still have another week that we hade to wait forthat. But yeah I mean there are a lot of great players like you said, and I'mexcited I hope somebody does bring like toward did. I hope somebody brings somekind of stall architype some kind of mill architype, because in the right circumstances, that canabsolutely do do some work now is bringing stall litlike ideal in kind of a a quote. Unquote, you know best of the bestsituation right, maybe not, but I would still love to see it regardlesses point,though I think you get you still get detplis and opsix and deckuase are huge,manage to stall players. That's very true yeah. That is a really goodcounterpoint. So in any case, I hope somebody choose a stall. We get acouple of new. You know wrinkles with battlestyles. You know things like fanof waves would be certainly an interesting inclusion in a stall deck, but yeah. I'm really, I'm reallycurious to see what people choose. I have a feeling that Pekaron is going tomake quite a showing awesome e. You heard here. First W II, PEOrecord man, it's a broken record, drukand record, Never Caun't, pickanr,Om out, Gor O'm, a rotate and it'll still find its way, inst the topofstandard tournaments. I mean they did something right when they made theirposter child among the best cards to ever be printed right, tink ut, youjust you know it needed to be good right andthey definitely deliverd. I think it's very fitting that ever since Pekerpeperam and refuse art AF imprinted two of the most iconic pokon in all ofOkman history, being the Pigatuane chars are that they've been good theentire time, but like good ind kind of like arespectable way where it's like you know, Pekarom like you are right: Yoyou can hang and like saing teraces ar as well likeI'm still making ompearence in this farmas. That's pretty cool people cplanabout tag teams. I think it's really ATP. That would complain about morethanthig yeah for sure for sure wolreat. This has been an absolute blast for Aly.Once again, I do will just want to say to the listeners out there. I had anumber of people message me, which is actually really cool, but they 're,like hey JW wheare's the cast this week, and it turns out that our spotifydidn't get uploaded. So we're hoping that that's not an issue for the castgoing further. I think it wasn't anything on Riley's end because it wason all the other platform, so we posted to, but for some reason didn't make itup to spotify, so we're checking out that issue. Hopefully that will beresolved by the time you hear this cast. If you go to spotify, so we are actively working with ourhosting service to try and figure out more as a well in case, there'sanything more that we can do, but that's a opportuniey to say as welllike do you feel free to reach out to us if you have any problems, but also, ifyou just want to chat, there are some great rays to reach us. You can reachour twitches at Lix, Daddy, righteous and Munner, amoners whereiwas tream, the cast and Fux any rices is dws infamous, whichscream where he will often poke thim on car and action on displays all thefulger online series and we also aroun twitter. So that's at smiles, AFD,rials and at Real John Walter to get me anjw respectively, and it's great we toreach us and the TAG team podcast...

...itself has a twitter. That's at TAC,Tein, Pomon, yeah very well said Riley. We can'twait to to be back again next week. Thank youguys, all so much for listening. Another great cast thanks everybodywe'll catch you next time peese. So You.

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