Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 4, Episode 12 · 2 months ago

4-12. Palette of Friends


Erin Palmer and JW Kriewall discuss a new initiative in the Pokemon TCG aimed at women and marginalized genders called Palette of Friends. Learn about the exciting project Erin has been working on!Followed by a Fusion Strike metagame analysis.

Welcome back everybody to tag team,the POKEMON Trading Card Games Premiere podcasting duo. My name is JW Creewall and I'mnormally joined by Riley Hulbert, but today we have the wonderful and thelovely special guest Aaron. Aaron from twitter. I don't know. How do peoplelike, like know you at this point? I had some some peopleknow me on twitch as nitt arena, but unfortunately someone has that user nameon twitter. So my only social media platform with a different handle is twitter. Gotcha. I feel like know me from, which is dumb librarian,the dumb library. Yes, so Aaron Palmer here with US tonight when Iscoot. How's your day going? It's going great. I worked today.I'm feeling a little tired but but feeling good. How are you, JW? You know, today I found out the gender of my first child,so it's very exciting and we are tag team listeners having a girl. SoI'm looking forward, you know, like give her like five years. She'sgoing to be destroying the junior's division. I know it absolutely. I willbe rooting for her. I. Yeah, I mean me too, and likehopefully the juniors like amount of players and like my local area is stilllike very small, so she can just kind of show up and just,you know, take it, take it home. It's such a meaningful thingto have you on here to talk about your project and especially today, likeknowing that I'm bringing a little girl into the world. Tell us a littlebit about what you are up to and what what special project you have forthe POKEMON TCG community. Yeah, so I started a new diversity initiative.It is called Pallid of friends, and my goal here is just to putmore women and more people of marginalized genders at top tables in Pokemon. Ipersonally have never felt more empowered in the game than when I've seen people wholook like me at top tables. Most notably, when I first started playingcompetitively, I watch natalie top cut at Collinsville and that was a really meaningfulthing to me. It made me feel really seen because I was used togoing to my locals where I was the only woman. HMM. And Ithink that by starting different projects that help women and people of marginalized genders sortof get that leg up and gain equity in the community, I think themore that we'll see that and I think the more that we can empower andencourage more people like them to play the game. Okay, yeah, that'sfantastic. So I'm just going to summarize exactly what you said because I youknow, I've been on the website, so I already know what's going on. You know, I you've asked me what you've been kind of like teasingthis now to me and to a few others, I'm sure, for acouple months now. Right. It took a couple months to plan and wecan talk a little bit about that too. But just to summarize, you knowit it's a male dominated hobby, particularly in the playing sphere, youknow, and so it's this initiative is going to help maybe some some eitherinexperienced or, you know, maybe unconfident players to you know, get andwe can talk about the specifics, but to, you know, help themfeel confident and perform at a high level. And again with the idea that it'sgrowing the game because there's going to be more people seeing. Okay,actually, you know, women can play and like Oh, hey, sheor he or they look like me, you know, and and they're playingand that's really cool and they're doing well and I want to be there oneday. So talk to us a little bit about how it's all coming together. So, like what you know, we've talked about the project. Howis it going to be enacted? So I thought about my own experience.You know, I decided I wanted to do something and I didn't know whatit was and it took me a while to sort of come up with it. And when I thought about my own experience in the game, I thoughtabout how I felt my most confident in the game when I was friends withpeople that would help me and challenge me competitively. So, most notably,everybody knows I'm I have a very close friendship with Daniel Te Villa, who'sa legend in the game, and just having access to his brain and hisskill set really helped me improve as a player. There was a summer whereIsaiah Williams, who is also from Mississippi, had come back for the summer andwas living at home and we traveled and tested a lot together and thatreally helped me improve as a player as...

...well. And so when I thoughtabout what I wanted to do to help women and players of marginalized genders gainequity in the community was well, why don't I just offer them free coaching? So I started to sort of round up people that I knew that Ithought would say yes donating their time to a cause like this, and whenI realized that it would be possible, I was like, okay, thisis the plan. We're going to offer these groups of people a free coachingsession from notable players in the game with a lot of accomplishments. And Yeah, it just I thought that this was the best path to take to sortof achieving the overarching goal that I had outlined for myself and I hope thatthis is just one of many projects that will do. Sure, absolutely,yeah, that'd be great. Yeah, I'd love to talk to you aboutthe future of this. So you have a kind of panel of coaches linedup for players to get in touch with. Can you kind of go over whoyou were thinking about and who you've who you've assembled, I guess,as you're kind of pallide of friends avengers. Yes, yes, I really likethat descriptor of it, because that's really what it feels like. Iwas so overwhelmed and touched by the response that I got a lot of thepeople on this list. I mean you included jwjw as one of the coaches. A lot of the people that I had reached out to and asked todo this, I was kind of expecting them to be too busy or,you know, like they just simply can't say yes to these opportunities because theyhave other ones lined up. So I'll just kind of read off the listand these are all featured on the website. So first up we have an alphabeticalorder by first name. We have Alex Shamansky. He has one ofthe Players Cup twice, most recently and just again. Legend in the game, awesome guy. Then we've got Andrew Mahone, and I don't think Ireally need to explain Andrew Mahone at all. He is a super notable content creatorhere on twitch as well, as you know, just a long historyin the game. Super, super awesome and happy to have him as well. We have the legendary. I feel like I keep saying legendary but Ijust don't know how it is to all these people. We have the legendaryas Little Garcia Griego, again needs no introduction. The Guy has won fiveregional championships as well, as you know, a long, long list of accomplishmentsand being an awesome content creator as well. We have chip Ritchie,who co casted with me and Knoxville and is an official pokemon commentator as wellas a content creator here on twitch. And we have Henry Brand, thecurrent world champion. was funny when I asked everybody who or what accomplishments theywanted me to feature on their BIOS, all Henry wrote was current world champion, and I thought was just extremely and so funny because, I mean,what else do you need to say? That's like what point of winning worlds? Right? Yeah, to Brag, and he's got it so good becausehe's got to brag for the last three years, right, right, no, I know, and also just someone who, being international, we havetwo international coaches on here and being internationalized, is really touched that he would sortof work with with me on that. I think that's really awesome. Yeah, that's and then next we have JW Curry Wall let's go. Yeah, don't you know, you can just get past that's when I was sendingall of this information out. JW had a mistaken accomplishment and his bio andhe pointed it out to me and I was like, I don't know whatyou're talking about, I don't see a miss and I was so wrong.Yeah, I did not in fact get top a Ted two thousand and twelveworlds. It was not. I was like, Whoa did I, Imean my memory slip and you know I'm near in an age to my soyou know, maybe I forgot back then. No, those just very funny.And then next up we have Luke Morrisa Aka Celeios, network content creatoras well, and had a really strong run at the limit list of invitationalbeing a finalist. Next up we have Michael prayer, of a watt.He was a finalist at two thousand and ten worlds as well as a seventime regional champion. Very, very worthy of the title of Legend as well. And then Stefan Ivan off, back... back any IC champion, alsoan international coach, which I was very excited because I have a feeling thatwe may have some applicants for this program From Europe and I think so farcan really come in handy there as far as his time zone goes, andalso just brings a lot to the table in terms of his accomplishments. Andthen two more role ready top a U, I see, two thousand and nineteenmost recently, as well as a what was the the tournament called theinvitational? HMM, yeah, I could remember the name of it. Andand then finally, Tate White Cell Creator, poky stats and two time Players Cupqualifier and someone who contributed very largely to this project and I'm very gratefulfor his help. Great. Yeah, it sounds like a great lineup.I when I you know, because you were talking to me individually, soI didn't really know the scope right, because you're kind of I don't knowif you'd call yourself the director or the organizer, whatever it is, butI didn't really know the scope. So she you reach out to me andyou're like hey, you want to be a part of this? I'm likeyes, sounds cool, like I would definitely, you know, try whenI when I can and you know, and then to see kind of everythingelse that you're slowly revealing right, like all these other players and stuff gettingtogether. It's really cool and I think it really speaks to the at leastthe inclusive bent of the higher level players, because I think we, you know, we've had you on the cast before. Are and you're actually ourfirst, repeat, repeat guest, which is great, but I think youknow, as you talked about before, it's like the community as a wholestill has a lot of work to do in terms of inclusivity and in termsof, you know, making people people feel welcome. But I think yousee, you know, the gage kind of kind of are more inclusive,like at the top right. I think the top level players are on ona large scale, very much like we want to bring more people in,we want to help more people. You know, we're very generous of time, I think you know, at least for my per second, and I'mvery generous with using precedent for other people in that community. I recognize thatfree coaching to specific groups of people can feel a little polarizing, but Ithink that seeing a bunch of notable people in the community, people who havegarnered a lot of respect through their accomplishments, through the communities that they cultivated ontheir various platforms, I think when those people sort of step up tothe plate and set the example, it's a lot easier for the average personto sort of take a step back because those people, you know, Ihate to call you all influencers, but you do in some way influence thecommunity, and so I think just setting that precedent for other people is reallyawesome and I'm super grateful for that. Yeah, that's really cool. Whatare what were you, know, as you were planning this out? Whatwere some reservations that you may have had? I hear you kind of talk aboutthat, saying like Oh, it might be kind of polarizing to,you know, offer this to a select group of people. So, like, what were some of the other things and maybe expound on that idea orsome of the things that we're kind of made you hesitant or or made youthink twice. Yeah, I have a very storied history in the community sortof advocating for things and you know, when you are very like stead fastin your opinions and and your convictions and how you feel about certain both peoplewho disagree with you and my rub them a wrong way, and so Ido have a lot of anxiety about the way that the community perceives me sometimes. HMM, like I you know, about two years ago I was inDanny's chat and a bunch of you know, sock puppet twitch accounts came in andstarted harassing me with very specific and vulgar names when it was super hurtfulhonestly made me quit the game for a couple months, and so for meto even like be here announcing this and putting myself out there is like abig deal. I have a lot of anxiety around that. But the mostimportant thing is that you know when that when I had this idea, Ireached out to so many of my friends and so many people who's who Iknew, who I knew would be objective about Alex, especially Alex Hill,not Swumansky, what it and when Alex thinks that one of my ideas isgood, I know that it's really good because he would tell me. He'svery honest. That's the one thing I... about Alex Hill. He justtells it like it is. Yes, and so when he supported this idea, I decided that even if it did get back lash, there are somany people that it would benefit and so many other people that sort of arein my corner on this one, and so I was able to sort ofget over that anxiety. But as far as the program itself being polarizing,I understand that when you exclude a group of people, it might rub themthe wrong way or it might hurt their feelings a little bit, but Ijust want people to understand that. I think sometimes people get too focused onthe semantics of the word a quality, like quality is when men and womenare equal, but really this project is about equity and not a quality.Right. So there's a group of people that historically have been underrepresented in thecommunity and so this project is about giving those people a leg up and it'snot about taking away something or giving one group of people in advantage over another. It's about getting the other group of people on the same playing field,so to speak, as the majority group. Sure absolutely. What what would successlook like for you with this project? Oh, that's a great question.Success is just at least one person gaining the skills and confidence to continueplaying despite any bad experiences that they might have in the game. I thinkeven even if one person comes out of this a long term player, Ithink it will have an immense impact on the community as a whole. Andso if I can get even just one person, like I said, myoverarching goal is to get more women and more people of marginalized genders at toptables, and so if I could get just one person up there as aresult of this project. That would be success for me and multiple people.Obviously, the more the better. Yeah, that's great. That's great, reallyreally exciting. So let's talk about, you know, women and people ofmarginalized genders. Can you just, you know, if I'm a personwho who thinks that I know belong in that category, can you kind ofmaybe define that just a little bit more? If I'm like, Oh, well, do I qualify, like do I not? Can you just giveme a kind of, you know, your vision on who that you know, kind of includes and and maybe like who that kind of excludes? Yeah, so I initially, when I came up with this project, I hadit as just women, because that's the perspective that I come from. Andthe more people that I talked to, the more I realize that people ofother general identities are also, you know, also experience the theme ostracism or harassmentor abuse or even just general uncomfortableness in the community, that my experiencealso parallels them. And so why not also offer that opportunity to those peopleas well? And so basically, when I say women and players of marginalizedgenders, I mean anyone who is not was not born a man and identifiesas a man, and I hate to be so blunt and specific, butthat's really what it is. I think that transgender men experience just as muchmisogyny and abuse as, you know, women and people of other genders.I think that non binary and gender fluid and Gender Queer people also experienced abuseas a result of their gender or gender identity. And so because I realizeby talking to other groups of people that my experience so very much paralleled,there's I decided that that was something that I wanted to include, or thosewere people that I wanted to include in this project. Great, great.So if you're going to speak to you know, like, let's say,you know I'm a woman or a person marge line gender, and you're speakingto me and you're saying, you know, I'm kind of nervous about maybe signingup for this project because I'm, you know, I've never really youknow, I know the game, but maybe I've never played in a regionalsbefore. Like that seems to be how people, you know, determine ifyou're good or not, like if you've ever been to an in person tournament. People keep asking me this and I never have, and I feel alittle nervous. Like what would you say to somebody like that who is kindof on the fence about joining? You know, maybe like give them,give us like a prerequisite that you want people to apply to have. Andthen also, you know, if you're speaking directly to somebody that's on thefence, what would you encourage them? Yeah, so this, this program, this initiative project, whatever you want... call it, is all about, you know, the only thing that you need to bring to the tableis just a basic knowledge of how to play Pokemon. So if your experience, that's great. You can sharpen your skills and get a free coaching session. If you're brand new of the game, you've never played competitively, maybe you'veplayed in one or two online tournaments, or maybe you haven't even done thatyet, this program is definitely also for you, because the coaches aregoing to teach you rudimentary skills that you'll carry with you your entire journey inPokemon. And you know things like sequencing and you know how to choose theright deck and just, like I said, those rudimentary skills that are really necessaryfor being successful in the game. Absolutely, that's great. That's great. So and I'm just kind of like thinking and you know, let's saysomeone goes through this project and it sounds like there might be some future projectswhich we should talk about. But how cool would it be to see someonethat you know gets a coaching session, has never gone to an event beforeand then eventually becomes someone who is, you know, coaching up the nextgeneration of women and you know, you know other gender people, right,non male gender people like that would just be really cool. So yeah,I agree and that's really the goal here. This is just the first project.Like I said, I hope that I could expand this in a lotof ways and just continue that impact. Yeah, but I was really sickof I don't know if anyone is familiar with the girls in esports cycle,just a never ending circle of people complaining that women don't play a certain gameand then receiving harassment when they joined the game and then eventually quitting and thenthe cycle is never broken. Really I was very inspired to break that cycleand I hope that that's what this does. Awesome. What would the future entail? We've kind of hinted their couple of time. So this project isa week long. So what would be the future of Allot of friends.I hope that I can get women and players are marginalized genders the resources thatthey need to be successful. So, whether that's I would love some dayto be able to host articles written by women and people marginalized genders. Thatthat would be really cool. I remember a couple years ago I tried tostart a podcast with a friend and our goal was that our goal was tofeature voices in the community that never rarely or heard, because I as someonewho consumed a lot of Pokemon, tcg competitive content, I never saw peoplelike me giving their opinions on specific matters, and so I've loved maybe some dayto do that. That's just a complete hypothetical, but things like that, things that are going to either, you know, lift the voices ofpeople from those groups or get them the resources that they need to be successful. I just kind of want to be this resource for those people as awhole. Okay, Gotcha. Gotcha. So let's talk about where people cango to find out about this project, find out about how to friends.Can you give us maybe a twitter or a website perhaps the people can goto? Yes, so I have set up a website. It is hostedon meet Arenacom. That's neat arena with an E. I know probably tateis in chat. He can probably type it there. So need Arenacom issort of like your one stop place for all of the information that you needabout this project, including the application as well frequently ask questions and a contactform if you have even more questions. HMM. But yes, like Isaid, all of that is going to be on nit arenacom. I alsoset up a twitter as well, and it's a little bit more or alittle bit harder to convey. Sure, well, it's Pallett of friends,but only with one F. So it's so kind of like it's kind oflike the Irish way to do it. Pal to friends, yes, butthe Irish way to do it. Yes, Palette Oh friends, if you will, or pellet of friends, but the of shares an F with friends. Love that. How did you come up with the name? That ismy favorite part about all this. So I struggled so hard to come upwith a name because I wanted something so generally, like very general and notreally that specific to me, because I...

...wanted a lot of people to beable to contribute to it. But I was asking a bunch of friends ifthey had any ideas, and everything that everybody suggested just didn't really click untilBailey, Sarah Finski, is a fuel friend of ours, message me afterI asked her and said there's this Ed card that has a move called Pallidof friends and the move does ten damage for every different type of Pokemon onyour bench. And I know it's kind of Corny and cheesy, but Ijust really thought that captured the message of what I wanted to do here andI thought that the name just really clicked and sounded nice as well as beingsort of meaningful in a discreet way. Yes, absolutely, I think ithas a huge depth to it in just three short words. So pallid offriends. You guys can find it. WWWNNA. That's an ID Erin Acomand then also at the Irish pronunciation, Pallid oh friends. Twitter. So, Aaron, thank you for joining me today and, you know, sharingyour voice here on tag team. Any last words that you'd like to sharewith us that we should know about the project or anything personally you want toshare? I just want to say thank you. Thank you not only toyou jaw, you specifically for being a coach and contributing to this project,but also sharing your platform with me, as well as honestly cultivating a communitywhere I felt comfortable to come on here and do this. Like I said, I have a lot of anxiety about twitch because of past negative experiences,and so for me to be able to come into the tag team community andspeak about this with little to no fear, I think speaks level is to thekind of community that you and Riley have cultivated and I think that youare great influences on the community and I'm just very appreciative that you let meannounce it on here. Awesome. Well, this is really exciting. I can'twait to see not only the results of, you know, December firstthrough the eighth, but also where this can can kind of carry us interms of, you know, equity in the POKEMON TCG community. So thankyou once again, Aaron, for joining us. We are going to beright back after a brief intermission continue the second half of the podcast. Justme, myself and I. Riley is on assignment finishing his work. Iguess I don't know at this point what Riley does in his evenings. Itell them Riley, you know you got to have a life outside of work, and he says, jw I just cannot. You know, they're payingme too much money. I like my work too much. So many peoplein the hospitals are counting on me and I say that's great, but Ireally wish you're here for tag team, Buddy. In any case, weare going to head straight into the card of the day. Now, thiscard of the day. It reminds me this is going to be like areally niche, really niche subpopulation of the tag team hod cast listeners, because, and it's probably like thirty and up like Dad's probably know what I'm talkingabout. But did anyone ever read ts Eliot's book of cats? So thisthis book of cats, and I think it has a little bit of alonger name. This book of cats is a poetry book about you know,just as you would just as you would imagine, it's about cats, right, and that's actually where Andrew Lloyd Webber got the inspiration for cats. Checkit out. Really Weird stuff. I remember having an illustrated book of thesepoems and there was one cat that got absolutely fried on the electrical wire.He's like all shook up. You know how they have in the cartoons wherelike they are, they're all splayed out like starfish style and they got allthe electricity coming out of them. It was really scary actually as a child, because I'm like, well, you know what, that doesn't look verygood. I don't want to be that cat getting fried on the electrical wire. But today's cart of the day reminds me so much of that cat book, that specific page, and that is the yet to be released Joel Teon v Max. Now this jolti On v Max released in Japan as,I think, part of their main set, part of the evolving skies. ButI got kind of pushed back here.

For us as a promo, it'sa jolty on vmax in Japan is Promo one hundred and eighty eight andfor us, obviously I think the name changes, but it's this joltian that'skind of like, you know, vmac Shel Tem v Max, jumping inthe air and it's kind of surrounded by all this lightning and the just theart style and all the lightning really remind me of this ts Eliot Book ofcats, and so cart of the day. There you go. have at it, Ladies and Gentlemen, this holiday season, I'm giving thanks to ourfriends at manscaped. Speaking of electricity, do I tell my extended family thatI have the performance package for pointo from the global leaders in below the way, screaming, not to mention it includes their lawn mower, no trimmer,to tame my Bush and score Brownie points with the in laws? I don'tknow that I would share that with my inlaws, but you do. Yougift yourself manscaped or gifted to the man in your life who needs it.Join the four million men worldwide who trust manscaped with their family Cherubi's. Weare so excited here on tag team to continue our sponsorship with manscaped. Theyhave signed us on for another few months, which is very exciting. Go tomanscapecom. Twenty percent off with the Code Tag Team, plus you getfree shipping. That's an insane deal, if not for yourself, for someoneelse. Okay, it's like black Friday every single day with Code Tag team, twenty percent off plus free shipping. All right, let's get into ourMeta analysis, because that's probably why a lot of people are here as well. We had some IRL tournaments recently. Yeah, the full grip series andwhat a set of tournaments they were. So we had GLC and I thinkprobably the one that more people were interested in, the one that had moreentrance, the fusion strike legal tournament. So both presenting a cash prizes totalingonezero dollars. We saw some really excellent gameplay. Tonight will go over thestandard format results and then later on next week we'll talk about the GLC andthere's actually some bands coming up. So if you want to hear a littlebit more about GLC, we'll talk about that next week. But for theK tournament, it that happened this last weekend. We had largely, Igotta say largely, much of the same. There was some shake up, letas there's bound to be with the new set, but for the mostpart people either stayed very safe or genuinely thought that the old decks or thebest. I think it's goes without saying that evolving skies like shook of themetagame in a massive way starting on day one. We haven't quite seen thatfrom fusion strike. There's a few cards here and there that can be addedto decks to make them better. We got a new tier one archetype inthe MEU v Max deck, but other than that, frankly, hasn't addeda whole lot. So let's go on here. From eighth place, grantmanly with the single strike umbrion or Shafu v Max, opting to go againwith kind of a look back as opposed to a look ahead. If wewere looking ahead with single strike DEX, probably be playing gang. Are youguys know that? I was really high on that card. I still am, for what it's worth. Maybe not as high as I was before itreleased, but it has had some decent showing, so I feel a littlebit vindicated. Grant coming in eighth place with his umbre on Orshia Fu,seventh l seventh place sun time. Andrew was new ski with their Asashan ZamaZenta deck. Very straightforward. Once again, I'm seeing a lot of four ofus when I look at this list for of gear, for Marni,for a boss, for of the stadium, for research, for switch, forquickball, for saucer and just a ton of energy. So consistency wascertainly the name of the game there. For Andrew, congratulations on your seventhplace finish, coming in at number six. May Have heard of them? Idon't know. A Zulgercia Griego. Am I saying that right? Sixthplace with the Swee Coon Ludacolo deck.

This was deck that I was talkingto Andrew Dankas about heading into the tournament. He was really kind of big onit, and I can see why, because it reminds me a lot ofkind of Zashi and you have a built in kind of draw power withthis swee coon. You can hit for pretty consistent damage turn after turn.But what it doesn't have, you know, these a she and deck, isit has that reach with both the Italian lines to do some pink damageand the Ludacolo to do, you know, of course, a hundred additional damage. So six place, a Zul Garcia Griego coming in at Fifth JohnMustalli. I think one of the surprises of this tournament. John is oneof those players that is always trying to play something new, something unique,something to counter what other people are playing, and I think he came up witha really great archetype here for this metagame, playing Galerian wheezing with getthis Crobat v Max. Yeah, if you haven't seen this list, headon over to at full grip TCG for all of these lists. But heplayed a very heavy wheezing line. So we've seen wheezing in the past beplayed with sable eye and that's certainly the case here. So a for threeGALERIAN wheezing with one sable eye. But yeah, that's the interesting thing,right, is that most of the sable lied x they play like a threetwo wheezing. Not. John was like I want those wheezings up a sap. I think I could shut down most of the decks in the metagame ifI can just get the ability in the active and he had a really niceshow. In Fifth Place, crushing Hammers Ry Hans, fan of waves,tool jammers, gal our mind's got a lot of disruption, even sporting aGallerian Zaptos and a Crowbat v Max, like I said, so really interestinglist. Check it out at full grip TCG. We also have coming inat fourth, so this is the top cut. These players there in themoney, man, they're in the money. So fourth place, Benjamin Merritt witha brand new archetype, new archetype alert in telling on vmax. FirstTime we've seen Italian VMAX. You know, premiered right, this is a premierefor Italian and kind of paved the way for how a lot of peopleare are building their lists now. But surprisingly, absolutely no way to utilizethe ability. Again, check out this list full group TCG on twitter.No water energy at all. I get you not if you only get yourmetagame news from this podcast. Absolutely no water energy, no way to utilizethe Italian I think that's fantastic. It's it's crazy, it's cool, it'swild, it's revolutionary, I don't know any word you want to bring toit. I think is probably apt going for the single strike energy and thenpath of the peak to try to, you know, shut down opponent's abilities, scoop that energy back up turn after turn and then share all four ofSheryl in that list. So really interesting. Also plays a single strike basculine.A single strike basculine is very cool because it's a one prizer, soyou can try to offset the prize trade with your opponent, but it doesthirty plus ten for each damage counter on your opponents pokemon. So if you'reable to, you know, use your Intellian vmax for one hundred and forty, then you're swing for big damage with the basculine on the following turns.And of course you have intellion with the quick shooting to get more and moredamage on the field, augment the basculine attack power. So really interesting listfrom Benjamin there coming in at third place. More of the same and this listwould be just absolutely unchanged from pre expansion format, you know, preprefusion strike format. That's Leafyon v Max. Literally nothing different. This is likethe most standard of all leafyon build so congratulations of Michael Eden's on theirthird place. Finished number two. Second place, Tyler, Palse, Palmerson, tyler or Palmison. I Pal Myson Paulmison. It has to be Palmison, Tyler Palmison with their I know it's crazy. Shatter out of vmax deck. Again, Super Standard List with a couple of Chrisselia. That might bethe only change. No, Alcamy v Max. Didn't want to bother withthat. Fifteen energy. That seems a little high, but the results speakfor themselves. Congratulations to tyler on their second place finish and coming in atnumber one. Trevor Reading with a swee COON loody coolo build. The onlychange. I thought this was fantastic when I saw this on the stream.The only change that this list from what you would expect to see out ofa sweeken deck is one PUKE and Muku. Looks like they might have cut aquick ball. That quick ball.

A count is at three, butone PUKEA Muku, with that pitch of Puke and mukability. Put that tothe bottom of your deck draw card. Just a little bit of extra consistency, you can draw two cards to turn possibly more with Swecon v Fu canMuku really cool stuff. So again we should see the format open up alittle bit. We should write because this is week one. Where do wego from here? I think we saw at the last full group one Kand I use the in person tournaments as a little bit more of a barometerthen the online tournaments because there's more at stake. Everyone wants to win ak or an in person tournament. I like. Even for me, Igo into an online tournament, I'm playing whatever the heck I feel like thatday. I didn't test, I didn't check out my last you know,find my perfect optimal sixty cards. Nah, I'm playing what I'm feeling like,you know, and it's like well, sometimes I'll even go even more highroll right. So that I could. You know, well, if I'mrunning hot today, I flip all my crushing hammers, you know I'mgoing to win this tournament, right or on the flip side I'm out fordinner. But these people want to win. They're going to bring what they thinkis actually the best. A lot of them, I know, hadbeen testing for a while leading up to this event and it's just really interestingto see them play these decks that, for the most part, are largelyunchanged. Now that's that's not holly true. You know, we do see anItalian in that top eight. There are some some interesting, divergent,you know, thoughts on on archetypes that we know and love, but largelyspeaking, people were a little bit more conservative. We saw this in thelast full group one K. it's hard to go too far in one direction. Right. It's hard to go too far because if you're too if you'recountering a Meta that isn't actually in place, you can find yourself kind of onthe outside of the metagame, and that's a really weird thing to say, but like take take this format. So in these one case, alot of people when the first when the new set releases, a lot ofpeople will play what they're comfortable with for the most part, as long asit can be the next big deck. And the next big deck, inthis case Meu Vmax, might actually be, you know, among the best decksin the tournament or in the format or whatever. Might be among thebest decks, but people don't want to, you know, counter that deck forfear of being countered by, you know, the the slower evolving Metagame. Right, it's only one tournament, right, people are going to bea little more you have. You have the possibility of counter yourself outof the Meta game. Right, if you go one step too far,there's always this there's always this fear of being one step too far. Likeyou have. You have gone gone a little farther than you needed to.You have done a little more than you need to do. Play the deckthat was just a little bit on the outer realms of what you actually neededand what was required by the Meta of the event, and that's a reallyhard thing. That takes a lot of years to perfect. Takes a lotof years to you'll be confident with so I think for that reason, youknow, you see, you see a little bit more of a reserved attitudefrom these players, but really cool stuff. We saw some really great gameplay.Remember seeing remember seeing a lot of these swee coon decks. You know, Z will on stream, trevor on stream, just doing their thing.I think sweeten absolutely one of the better choices for this tournament because of theconsistency. I cannot state enough that consistency in online events is what's going towin you the event. You know, largely I've been playing the game fortwelve years now, largely the high rolled x for the most part then,not not every time, but for the most part, do not win.Decks like Swee Coon, win dext like Lyfeon win because they're able to drawthrough their deck. They're able to get the cards they need when they needthem. So that is not to be not to be underestimated. Let's talkinto the future, though, because again people are going to be expanding theirhorizons, as always happens, a little more conservative at the start, butagain you don't want to you don't want to go that once up too far, and in this case, I think for this tournament, a lot ofpeople brought dark at least that was the word on the street. A lotof people brought single strike Dex Johnstowie got top eight with the dark deck.There's a lot of dark from what I here, so that might have alsoscared off the the user or might have, you know, hampered the uvmx deck. But I think heading forward, what are we going to see?I've been doing some testing with the UV maax deck and I'm very convinced,very convinced, that it's just it's simply...

...the best in a vacuum. It'ssimply the best deck. Consistent, powerful enough. It's not going to blowpeople out of the water, you know, with one hit Kos. That's notits place. It's not what it's trying to do. It's trying tocontrol the game, it's trying to draw more cards than you. It's tryingto go for that one, you know, big knockout. It's trying to bemore consistent, it's trying to draw two boss's orders when it needs tryingto be low maintenance. I truly believe it is the best deck in avacuum. Now, Pokemon did a pretty good job balancing it. I wouldsay. They released actually two dark attackers that I want to talk about.First one being the Gangar V. Max was very high on that on release. It's doing it's doing okay. It hasn't, you know, one anyof these online tournaments yet. Didn't place at the Full Group K. ButGangar v Max, I'm going to stick by it until it just, youknow, two months ago and it hasn't, you know, performed significantly well.But but we're seeing some flashes of its of its promise in these onlinetournaments. And then the other dark deck to come out of fusion strike Galaryanobstagon. How about that? Glaring Obstagon? Glaring Obstagon, a single prize stagetwo. I think, you know, the single prizers probably have a chancenow because there's a a lot of dark in the format in the formof single strike umbryon. That takes out dragon boult. And then the MEUvmax deck has, from my experience, a pretty good matchup into Joelte onbecause you can one shot the vmax. You have a lot of control overtheir board. You can heal, which is definitely not something that the joltyon deck wants. You know, you can shuffle your your pokemon back intothe deck with the MU V attack. So jolty on and drag a pault. For my perspective should be on the decline. I don't think they'll havequite as strong a grip on the Meta. I think we're going to see kindof a shift back to these attackers that you know can just take oneknockout a turn. Obviously you're always going to factor in the Italians, butfor the most part you know you're swee coons, your leafeons of the world. She at a rider V's. But yeah, this Kalarian obstacon deck atthese poised to do very well. I mean again, it kind of risesand falls at the mew deck. It's obviously the best matchup for it,but it can hold its own in a lot of other matchups, doing,you know, significant damage for just a single energy. It's not to beoverlooked. I think again, we should see a decline in both jol teon and Dragon Polt. I think another thing we'll see, kind of ametagame trend that we should see heading into a more developed format is going tobe the the concise deck building of single strike. So what I've been noticingfrom players that are posting on twitter and from the decklist of single strike playersis that they're tending more and more to cut back on a lot of thesetech cards. I'm not seeing as many switch now. They're still playing switchand are bloom itself not as many switch. They're not playing as thick of linesof the ERSCHAFFU, if they're playing arch foo at all. They're playinga maybe a little bit higher count of the umbry on maybe like a threethree or forty three as supposed to like a like a three two, andthey're generally cutting back on the tool scrappers or the tool jammers or the fanof waves that they had the play that. Or they're also cutting back on,frankly, the stadiums. You know, you're seeing that as well, seeinglist with to tower of darkness, which is pretty much unheard of forthat archetype, but feeling like they can get away with it, not reallyneeding to counter any stadium. Again, with the decline of Joeltian and DragonPult, or at least my projected decline of Joltanda Dragon Bolt, you don'thave to worry as much about path to the peak now. That's like kindof this weird cycle. We talked about these weird cycles on the cast allthe time where it's like you don't tech for a counter because nobody plays thecounter, and then now all of a sudden everybody plays the counter because nobody'splaying tex to counter the counter. I...

...think we might see that with pathof the peak. Just be on the lookout. I do feel that thatcards on the decline. Not Too many decks really need abilities. I mean, you know, of course, like single strike. It would be aprime example, right you don't? You love to have the Umbryand v MaxAbility. You don't need it. You don't need it. So these singlestrike decks becoming more and more streamlined focused. I think that kind of plays intothe gang are. I gotta say that kind of plays into the gangare. You know we are seeing some gang are hound doom in telling onbuilds. That's really cool, kind of cutting out the fighting option all together. No way for people to get one shots with their or Shufu vmax has. But maybe you don't need them in the end. You know, maybeyou're just going to be consistent. Again, coming back to that consistency piece,you're not trying to set up multiple things, you're just trying to doone thing really well. I think there's a lot to be said for that. So those are just a few of the trends that I have been seeing. We are going to open it up to the chat for any questions thatyou guys have. Thank you for joining us on the cast here tonight.Ramsey says, JW. Why weren't you at the full group? K?Was surprised not to see you on the Stream. Yes, I would haveloved to be at the Full Group K. I would love to be there,but I had planned with my with my aunt and uncle, to visitthem. So we had planned this for like like, actually like three months, and I I'm not even exaggerating with that number. We plan that likethree months in advance, and so I'm not going to try to move it. or I would have loved to go to the one cake because I knowI would have won. You know, I got second at the GLC eventlast time. I know I would have won it. This time I gottop for the last GLC are, the last evolving skies event. I knowI would have want it. It's okay. Sometimes you do miss some shots.That one I missed a hundred percent of the shots. I didn't takeon purpose. On purpose. Calpernicut says, saw on twitter that you're going tohave a baby girl. Yes, we are so excited. Had theultrasound today. I'm a be a girl, dad. It'll be fun. Yeah, I just like now I'm getting into this like future mentality with kids. I'm sure all the DADS that are listening can relate. You're kind ofthinking about. I thought I saw, you know. I was like,man, I'm seeing in this waiting room right now. I'm seeing my daughter, you know, future daughter, hopefully, you know, walk down the aisle. Right. You have these like future thoughts. I think that's alot of like having a kid right. There's kind of this hope in thefuture. That's exciting, that's cool, scary. I was feeling all ofthat and more. We were just so excited. I was hoping for aboy, I really was. I really was, but I kind of feltthat, you know, that comment. I was like, Oh, it'sgoing to be a girl. I was feeling that for the last like twoor three days. I like, not a pit in my stomach, butjust that dead feeling. You know. You're like it's going to be agirl. I know it's going to be a girl. All of and siblingsare really sided that it's girl, because it'll be the first girl cousin.There have been three other boy cousins on her side of the family. Thiswill be our first child on my side of the family, the first granddaughter for my parents, grandchild for my parents. But Pretty Exciting Times hereat the Cree Wall House. So am I going to be about to shakeyour hand in Vancouver regional? I hope I can get to other regionals.At this point I don't want to put anything like setting stone. Yeah,it's hard. It's hard for me to commit at this point. I canprobably commit to obviously Columbus, right that's my hometown. I can bike intothe internationals, which is pretty sick. Probably do Indianapolis. So Columbus,Indianapolis, I mean Indianapolis, like three and a half hours for me,and then I want to make it to one more. I wanted to beSalt Lake City. I'd love to go to Vancouver, but I'm not reallysure how that works flying across the country and with work and everything, Ithink that might get a little Harry. But perhaps it's Milwaukee. Probably NotFlorida, Dude, I'm not going to...

...that Cesspool. India's Mother's Day.Yeah, see, I don't live with my mom so it's just card.It's just get her a card, you know, get our card caller.Wish you're happy mother's Day. Q Seahawk says, hope they like Pokemon andthen all for end up liking you. You. Ah, yes, yes, I could see how that would be problematic for a family. Yeah,my my daughter is not going to be a egio player. That is fordarn sure. So I hope you guys enjoyed the cast this evening. Thankyou so much to Aaron Palmer for her time for sharing again, check itout knit arenacom. That's an ideer. I NACOM trying to encourage and helpwomen and people have marginalized genders in our community. This is a big deal. This is a great thing to have happen. So excited to announce ithere tonight and to be a part of it. Be a part of thisproject really cool and I can't wait to see where this goes or what thisinspires other people to do. So with that, once again, code tagteam at Manscapecom. Twenty percent off plus re shipping. I sorry, supposedto leave that for the middle of ad read, but one last time.You know I'm a salesman we'll talk to you soon. Guys, thank youfor joining a tag team Pu.

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