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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 22 · 8 months ago

3-22. PCIII Tips and Tricks

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are gearing up for their Player's Cups runs! Tune in for some tips and tricks as well as an estimate of what you should shoot for to make it to the next stage.

Yo, what oes up guys welcome back totag team, the POKEMON trading card games for your podcasting Doo, I'm Raly,Holbert joint, as always by my good good friend, Mr Jw Creewall ID F, youhow's it going today. I've been demoted compared to last week your sayingcompared to last week, I'm not not only a good good friend insord of a goodgood, good friend. Well, you know, I think the two is kind of e flow of it,but I tefitey inthe lar that the third one kind of just OL good last it feltright lassie. You know I felt it e good good good. Last week, N, it Qei didn't,feel good, be good, but it did feel good, atte one. I recognized that as the screen wascoming up, I was like mean mugging. The camera like I had. I had this likereally like, like sorrow sorrowful face on, I don't know I've been staring atcomputer screens like too much, and you know how like, when your eyes want youto not look at light like they'll go kind of like you know: they'll heettheir lives down, yeah! That's how I feel like I am right now, just ingeneral, so my hoys on, I can't open my eyes fully because they don't my eyes,don't want to receive the light. Actually, no, I wasn't the prassesestthing. You need to get blue like flasses, but don't already have them. Ido but theyre all the way. Upstairs you think I'm going to go up two flights ofstairs to get blue like lasses. Are you kidding me? Are you wearing them likethroughout the date, though, as you're doing your clas? No, I definitely am. Idefinitely am. I just took them out all right put them off for like I took anap this afternoon. So maybe I need to get me a pair of those because I'm justI'm on a screen all day too, you do it's amazing. Actually I had migrainesfor a while yeah. I definitely Hav that I Gran I was getting. I was likedeveloping like Migraine like symptoms like it wasn't. I wouldn't say it wasBA as bad as a migraine because they wouldn't last very long and theyweren't necessarily too like deep, but I don't normally get headaches. No,certainly like you know, headaches of some sort and then yeah blue lege,glasses. They definitely change things up. There you go well I'll, have O C Ican star at a screen, for you know, fourteen hours a day with no sideeffects just like I always dreamed of the exactly man who knew it like when Iwas a kid playing on my gameboy. That would just turn out to be my reality as an adult, except with like coding and Pokmon yeah, Iusually online back when I used to work in the physical office. There is on theway to like the cafeteria area. There is this one guy who has a poster likeon the front of his door, and it's so funny to me a correct me of every time.I see it it's it says I can't wait to go home, so I can switch from badscreen to good screen ell soon soon, it'll just all be on ascreen. Like well I'll be in virtual reality, and then we won't even have toleave our home to go to work yeah I mean we're kind of for office jobs.It's almost like. What's the point of even having an office Ye, obviouslythere's hat the physicality of it, but clearly a lot of these companiesare finding some levelof success, yeah promotely, but it does get a little bitdepressing to just be staring at a screen, the same spot, especially allday your a hundred percent right now I'vestarted to incorporate like walking around my apartment at the very leastor like walking outside, during, like my lunch freak stuff like that to revialize me yeah, it's a good idea, just o refreshthe brain. So how are you doing Riley I'm doing well, I'm doing well. I'vebeen pretty tired this week for an O real reason. Besides the fact I sit upvery late on Monday, but things have been good. It's reallypretty in Madison right now, there's...

...been like this very nice amount of snowwhere it's like pretty and cool, and, like you like to look at it, but notlike super intrusive on your day to day life, so yeah, that's pretty cool. I really want to goice skating. That's something I want to pursue that be awesome. WHAIT haveyyou've iceskated before, though right I have, I mean I can't do any tricks or anything,but I would just like to get out new something a little bit fun. There's.Obviously lots of lakes and madisons kind of like one of the drawers of thecity eyen area to do it well cool, so other people are justlike chilling out there right now. TAIN early, I mean it's kind of late yeah. We had a lake. Well, we had ariver out back at our house in Michigan and we would always go you ow ice skate on that. So TAT's,pretty cool. THAT'S PRETTY AWESOME! You know whatm Iwas gonna say you know seoading cardgame online it that we got some stuff to discussmost notably Players Cup started yesterday. As those keys were being distributedand thereare already people with over one hundred points, or should I sayperson with over a hundred points- I mean maybe the later board update andthere are people. But yes, there is the one at the very least, which ishonestly impressive effort, because that takes it takes at least twentykeys to get to a hundred. If everything goes perfectly yeah and presumably itdidn't go all perfectly for this person because theyhave an odd amount ofpoints- yeah true true, so I just like- and if you play, if you go all of theGames like that's three games per, so that's like sixty games, yeah andthere's like there's weight, Ta Efen, all of them. You know, like you, know,a lot of turnent arounds here you like cream your opponent and a're justsitting there waiting for twenty minutes, Yeah Yeah Right, exactlyexactly I' promt to them. I wanted to talk about Jdo and I bothhave not started our key adventure. Yet I think we're my plan is kind of Dippmy feet in it this weekend and then next weekend is going to be when Iactually just hunk her down, but we have aintention on twitter. Wepay attention to the leaderboards and it really seems, like our prediction-is kind of come to truition, with PGROM really standing up there, as as one ofthe premier decks that people are using, of course, there's other top dacks fromour top six still making tons of appearances. You know because youropinion evolved at all in the past week and hy thoughts about you know whatpeople are using and he surprises yeah know I mean I wish I could say thatthere were, I think you know we're in this kind of end game of our formatwhere people are realizing. Oh Yeah, you know, I think, thereare number ofDX that are just generally good one of the questions that is just going to bethe proverbial question. Until we get more, you know, Tiar one options in thegame is just going to be. You know the amount of sent to scorge versus theamount of Lacario mal metal. I think that's something that I think about,because I often would like to play Lucario mail metal, but just has kindof a sketchy sent to Scorch matchop. There are things you can do. We've beenseeing the stealthy hoods make their way intoCario Mel metal to try to prevent Geuratina from ripping off the specialenergy special coding. That's been a little innovation fromrecently try to help that matchup, but it still seemsly so ron to Oo Mno, yeah,still kind of bad, especially if fou're playing like one stelthyhood right. Soat that point like do you almost include a Goo Mon Hallo for Yo to tagcall for because now you need to get thezamas, Ento, special coding, metal and this dellyhood all the same time, and presumably they're also going tohave like...

...other attackers that aren't just likethe big Sentis Forin FEMAX. You also have to be able to deal with those asthey come up. Yeah there's just seems like a lot going on at the match. IsTat tough yeah? I don't know how how excited I'd be about that Combo forsure I mean at the same time, though, like even pre, quoting metal energy, Ifelt like I would get random wans on Sena scorch here and there where theyonly had like vmaxes to attack with, and I was able to care o the box Amas Ento. No, I mean still it ispossible, like you know, it's not completely unwinnable matchup, but it'sdefinitely tough yeah. I agree a D and I agree with you that I think sa Ithink Lucara Omol has close or good matchups versus pretty much all theother topdics that wea talked about, except that Sena scorce matchup isprobably one of the most or matchups that isn't something ea to Lucarromemetal yeah, no, its almost it's almost yoredeemable. I mean I guess youcould like play multiplehoods. I feel really into that kind of thing, but Ithink generally, on the whole, like certainly withouthoods and and probablyarguably with them, it's just not going to be a good match up. So you you're stuck there a little bit for sure. So you know aours Lecar memolike still the top of your list. Are you expecting a lot of senny sporch inthe coming weeks? Well, I mean my top decks right now are Pekaram, Materndisand and colossal, like that, hasn't really changed. For me, I'm probably going to do the majorityof my players. Cept run with Pekaram, but I certainly wouldn't leave you know Lucario mementalcompletely off the table. If I do find that maybe the metagame is kind ofshaping up for it. If I especially if I don't see a lot of senscorch on thosefirst like five to ten keys, maybe that would be a back up option for me forsure, for sure yeah I mean I'm planning to go in pretty hard with Peteram aswell. It's what I did for last players cut, but the Crometal Moube also saw methrough pretty well it's really just if we can get a couple rounds out, senyscorch, it's time to crack the old knuckles and bring them out. You know.That's right! That's right! I mean it's. You know it's kind of good. I thinkgenerally to go into these Players Cup tournaments, like if you're, very confident in adeck that maybe takes one bad matchup. I think that's okay, because I think you know there's a high chance thatyou're not going to see that there are just so many decks. Everyone can playright now, so there's a pretty good chance that you're not going to seeyour bad matchup. So if you have like winnable or favorable matchups witheverything else that you expect to see- and you just have that one that's kindof on the fence or very unfavorable, then you know it be confident in it andand go for it yeah for sure. So, let's talk about,then how people are doing in the Players Cup and you know how we expectthings to shake out. So we already alluded to this. We have one player atthe top of the leaderboard right now, with over a hundred points. That's XX,Poke Kirby, I think that's whahis name is intended to be yeah and you know that's pretty impressive.I'm curious how many keys they burn. I wish I almost wish the leader board hadlike another column that that, like he's remaining or keys used, I becausesure that would be a really interesting, like data point to work off of, but we have a couple other players thatare still up there in like the s the second and third place, havingeighty eight and eighty six points respectively, w you know compared to players come toyou. Where are we expecting this one to really land for that topt? Fifty six, Idon't know I've been seeing a few people that have been like rippingthrough ripping through keys and like gettingpretty high rap. So I've seen Dan on derico shout out to you. Man, four wins in the first four keys. I sawthat on twitter, and then I saw ch Ip...

...is doing pretty well from what Iunderstand with his keys. So yeah I mean it seemd, I don't know whatwould make I mean. I don't think that this player's Cup is any easier or yknow, maybe probably not even any harder than the other one, but it doesseem like from what I've seen. Certainly, a lot of players that aregoing to first through that you know kind of ninety point threshold that wekind of think of the at least the Players Cup to having. I think,therewill, be a lot more players this time around in the in the hundreds yeah. I'm really curious what the like,what the total quantity of players is going to be for this, because, in mymind, the determining factor of largely for how many points going to be thethreshold as how many people are playing at all ank. When you think oflike a bell curve right, you'll have the more people are playing th, smaller percent of the total thathudred and inty six will be, which brings you like further to the edgethat curve. So my initial inclination is that maybethereav be less people playing in that in this Players Cup compared to theprevious one, because there seemd to be like a lot of frustration around thefifty keys. But I can't maybe that was just a mem, and people are actuallyreally into this. So I definitely think it won't be lowerthan before, at least not significantly. I think that, like ninety Yo hundredthreshold, that we talked about a couple months ago is still like a goodthing to shoot for yeah, but you know seeing these earlythese people who are applowing through theres keys, really I just makes youkind of anxious- I guess yeah for sure for sure one one note on the PlayersCup and Yolan resay this over and over. I think during the nextmonth, but you just you are not your record in the Players Cup. So if youwalk away fifty keys and you get you know fifty points or or lower, I guessyou know like you're, not your record, so so make sure to keep pokemon and whoyou are as a person like separate from each other, because you're self worthlike is never going to come from doing well at a one of these onlineevents for sure for sure so, ohts cool I mean without even he ensunder our own belts. Is there any other? Like preliminary comments you want tomake about the Players Cup, I mean really only like a full day in at thispoint so yeah I wish I mean I wish I could say something more. I think it's,it is hard, like you said, there's not really a lot of data that comes outexcept what people share and, generally speaking, the people that are going toshare are going to be the people that are feel or are you know doing well, soit's going to be hard to gauge precisely where we're at in terms ofyou know, what's been doing well, and you know kind of a point thresholduntil we get closer, you know week three week for or sure for sure, so,let's transition over then to Aur right next point of discussion, so we'regoing to do our car theday, but I do want to just like preliminary notify.If you have any questions about players, cop or General Pokemon be sure to leavethose in the chat and we'll get to those at the end of the cast today,yeah sog w bring us home with car on the day. Yeah Cardo the day. Well, thiswas a card that I pulled in a single crystal guardians pack that I got fromit was like a Dik Sporting Ara. It was at the Mo, Oh donhams. I don't know ifyou've ever heard of donaozones what has done os I've not heard outs like asporting good store intrest. So why do they havepok on cards? Because, like you know how just like random establishmentswill just have like a check edi O te check out line vesters yeah? So theyhad they had crystal Guardians, and thismust have been. I want to say I was a little older like.I think I was either...

...in college or like senior year of highschool or something, and I was like okay I'll get a pack. You know I gotlike five bucks in my pocket like I'll. Just get this crystal Guardians Pack,like I knew Crystal Guardians, was a little older of a set. You know Ididn't know too much about like the history of it or anything. I knew itwas a little bit of an older said, and I said sure you know you don't seethese around a lot. I'm only seeing my hard goldsol silver stuff. So I'll pickone of these up and I get it get at home. Open it up. You know, wasn'treally thinking too much of it and I ripped it was the crystal Guardians Charzard.So this lot delta, Specie Delta species, charzard with the Yellow and the silverand it's a duel, type of lightning and metal, and it has this. You know prettyunderwhelming attack of metal burn hundred an twenty discard, a bunch ofenergy and, as a you know, a liteability. Onceduring your turn, you play chars Ar from your hand, look at the top fivecards and choose as many energy as you like, an attachont tha one of yourpooeon, so it's kind of like. Oh, I don't know like a toga kiss orsomething like that: Righter Tikiu back so kind of a cute little card. I reallyliked it ended up sleeving a got. A graded didn't get the great. I wantedit's like a seven, but it'll always be that little nostalgia trip from thattime that I went to dunhams. So what did you go to Donhams for if itwasn't for posemone cards, I this is where I'm trying to remember,because I think it's sense change, so I feel like because I know it was donehem, so I think I could actually like probably map out like at least theyears that I could have potentially purchasedthe charzard based on yeah, when this was a donumas versus when it was anyother store, but I think it was in high school because Iwas going to get like a piece of equipment for La Crosse. I sandl Ros for sure the the mambonphase really fits into that lk, the cross persona that you had for your Sa.I wish I had. I wish I had the man Bun during Lacrosse that would have been sweet. I did havea little bit of longer hair, but it wasn't it wasn't man Bunworthy, thenfor sure. Well, that's really cool. I love those stories when people get theone pack and it's something magical and Sidt. That's so memorable, yeah, that'sright that s exactly was me Tis cool! That's awesome! That's awesome! I feellike that was kind of the the way charsars went back then to they hadsome stupid attack costs and it discarded. Ridiculous amount, F, energy,after yeah yeah- and you know I never really played with it. We did have aPOKEMA club in high school, but I did have a little collection of things Iwas like. Oh, this might be kind of cool like in the future, and so thatwas one of them that I tried to preserve, keep well well maintained for sure I also I don'tknow about you. I thought Delta species were pretty cool like insexual yeah,the Jel typing, an the and the weird, the weird duel typing yeah, the reallyweird duel typing, sometimes yeah. I don't really understand the lor behind.It is something like they were on an island or something that was like somespecial island or fuck amount of all different LAER, something yeah. Ididn't understand the lore, but it was it made for some pretty cool cards. Idon't think we'll ever see it again, but I do like when the packs up wor, thoughthat's always fun, yeah like when t when the TCG kind ofdiverges right, yeah for sure yeah, it's pretty cool yeah. I just I like tosee the TCD have like the'se creative, that's for itself. Yeah definitelycompletely agree. Ti is jump in then to our next topic,though, which we wanted to give some some tips and tricks around the players.Cot...

...not necessarily exclusively for theplayers COP, but you know tips in general to UPP your game there. We have a couple for you heretoday. Think we'll go through about three here: jfyu want it. You bring utto the first one yeah sure, so I mean the first one very obvious, but one ofmy personal goals for Players Cup is just to check all my prizes everysingle time that is like that is a manageable goal that you know we mayhave the goal of making it on to the next day of competition, or you know I mean winning the Players Cup.I guess, should be a goal for everybody that enters if they're taking itseriously, but you one of those many manageable goallike goal within a goal o certainly the check prizes, and so that's my that'smy goal for players. Cop Three is to just make sure that I check everysingle time that I play a game that I know what's prized going along withthat we were talking about kind of what to do with that knowledge. I thinkthat's something a that we were both talking about. That would be somethinggreat to kind of go a little bit more in depth on on the cast. But what doyou do now? How that you know your prizes? I think there are certain playsthat you can make that. Are you know with that? With that advancedknowledge like you're, going to take prizes on your Poness Pokemon?Presumably, if you you know, can attack, and so knowing what you may get caninfluence the decisions that you have agreed yeah. I think there's two keyelements to knowing your prizes and that's first one is knowing, obviously, what's not in yourdeck, I'm so inm playing around that. So if you have your tepic Coco Prism,Star Prize and Peparam, obviously that influences the way that you play thegame. You know you rely more heavily in Bullton, for example, to get your stuffgoing. If you prize three welders ince thatfirst water is really really critical and making sure it guets don of theright Pokemon, an there's, all sorts of ways that can obviously play inter game,but then there's the next level- and I think this is level hat's lessappreciated, like you called out, is using that foreknowledge. Like okay,you know I have three prizes left and two of them are welder, so I want to make sure that next turn Ican use that baler effectively and maybe y leaving some fire Energin yourdecks that what you can Continu your jog cards when you Walter those kinds of players, I think, arethe ones that are more often overlooked when you're checking your prizes, sor,not only understanding what your prize are, but tracking them throughout thegame and thinking about how the prize is as you take them will factor intoyour next couple turns and obviously no pride is guaranteed until the last one,which doesn't really matter, but still you can have different plansof attack for, like your next turns, depending on what you draw, which I think is is pretty pretty coolto like Uppin your game. To like the really tap level is understanding thosesituations. Sure yeah, that's really great point. It's just it's veryinteresting. How how yeah the prizes offer you twodifferent ways of looking at them right like you could, knowing that you have a draw supporterin your prizes like you, could take the cheap prize now, with the understandingthat you know, maybe your hands dead and you need that prize to get to tryto draw into that draw sepporter have definitely dolger to yeah right rightand that just all changes like if you don't have any idea of what's going onlike if you have no idea of of that being there in the first place, you cannever make that play and then, if you know what's prized, then you have touse that knowledge to you know, advance your advancer, Your Game Plan. So forsure for sure. So, let's go into tip number two here,and this is one that kind of hits home from me, because I tend to fall victimto this sometimes and that's binning...

...your deck and doing it properly yeah.So I think in Pokemon there's a lot of emphasis on sequencing, especially whenyou talk about like up in your game and sequencing properly and making surethat you're thinning your deck and doing the right thing. So, if you'retrying to draw a certain like a boss's orders off it to Dena, very commonlyyou'll play your quick balls and brought your pokemon that you don'tneed anymore and discard those that's clear, like important tented to Pokemon,because poke money draw, so many cards really important that you ste out thecards that you need and are getting to those important outs to win your games. I also want to talk, though, to theflip side of that. So we talked about the two different sides of prizes. Theflipside of thiing is the fact that you're getting rid of things. This kindof goes to like a larger topic of resource management, and maybe that'ssomething that we had dive into more on the cast and probably something weshould hive any more on the cast in the future, but something I've personally fallenvictim to is. I will thin to my immediate future, but then you knowcouple turns down the line, there's something that came an alt that is nowgone from. My deck example that I was talking with with JWwas sometimes in like a Pekaron matchup, you will thin the second pikarom afteryou have used the first and usually you don't need to Peekroms, and there arecases, though, where maybe you do, and they usually aren't obvious on firstglance, but then you end up in these weirdsituations for okay, I've thinned out my second peakerom. I need this one tolike actually execute the game winning plan. You know what do I do instead andyou know now my game plans all messed up. So the message here. I guess I want todrive home its just like prizes, you're walking a line when you're tinding yourdeck and understanding what is relevant to thin versus what is the Future GamePlan with my dad is the next level you can go to there yeap yeah, what what would be a way to do that? Wouldyou say like if you, if you're Herin the cast, you know and you're hearing,Riley and he's talking about this like Rityr? What would you suggest being away to practice that, or I guess even or maybeunderstand that that's what's happening in certain situations, sure I thinksometimes I think a lot of it comes frankly from experience. It's notsomething that you can necessarily see offhand, but it's it's really having theforethought to say what is my opponents next two turns look like. I think,that's going to be usually what pokmon the most immediate thing that you haveto think about. Ind popmon is like your opponents next turn, and probably therturnafter that because usually ive you good, you have a good idea of what yournext tranis going to be as well yeah, and if, in that next to turns you'redoing something that couldperhaps take away an important out hand. Maybe youshouldn't do that thing, yea and that that goes beyond just titing. Your decktat like that goes to playing researches. That goes to playing quickballs and marnies those kinds of things out. You know another good example isof where you may be. Overthin is where you like, preemptively Gab, somethingfrom a quick ball, and then you get Marnid so now, you've locked thePokemon in your hand, and you don't have a quick ball to search it out. Sosure you know these things add up you'llnotice them more over time, but I guess the most important element of that isthinking of what your opponents next turn will be and potentially they'return after that, and once you have a good sense of what your opponents doing.You'll have a better sense of what you need to have available to you torespond Yep, and it's definitely not one of those things that that's like it's easier said than done right.I think it's the same with you know, checking your prizes and being able tosynt the size that information into your next mose. It's something easiersaid than done, but this is where I would say: kind of physical in person.Testing and, like you said, experience...

...certainly plays into being able to develop these skills,where you have the ability to kind of take back situations Yoah, we can'treally do that on Pcgo and a Pcgo is the only place that you can practice.Your game, like you're, certainly not completely exempt from being able topractice these strategies, but you know generally like in game play.You can go ahead and throw cards and and be able to walk through thesecertain situations without being affected by a timer without beingaffected by the constraints of PTCGO. So I think even beyond Tcgo, though,like in and real life testing, just the act of testing kind of trains thatmuscle right, like you, see more situation yeah, you are more familiarwith both your deck and your opponents tack, and you understand like whatthey're trying to do. I think in the if, in the short term, this is a skill thatyou're trying to practice. I hard recommend just like papping out youropponents. Next Turin, your head, like try and predict what that next turnwill look like based on your knowledge of the game. State, if you get it right,then you're heading in a good direction. If you get it wrong, like take note ofwhat things happen differently and did it work out for them, did it not? Wouldyou have played that turn differently? I'm like actively think about thosethings, and maybe it's just one turn out of every game that you like reallythink really hard about and predict them to like exact hard. But if you actually take that time andpractice that skill you'll find yourself in less and less of these,like destructive situations, sure great point all right R, our last tip was onethat's close to Jwn. I both because we both like to do this and that's keepingtrack of your games so did Jaly. Do you want to keep you want to dive into that?A little bit here, sure I think keeping track of games? Imean that's something that we've talked about on the cast like plenty of timesbefore and if you've ever, if we've ever worked together on coaching, youhave probably talked to you about this or, if you've ever been in, like one ofmy streamy streams, I probably talked about it, but recording your games is certainly can be another avenue for youto. You know, figure out what went wrong ormaybe generally I find that it's better for kind of DDECK deck decisions. You know if you're decidingokay well, what kind of text do I want to make, or how do I want my list tolook or is this? You know metagaming decisions is Tha Toregt play if I'mlosing you know so many times to the de. Why and I'm playing deckx, maybe shouldI switch to det ECZZ, I mean it's kind of that can be a little bit morebeneficial for this writing down the games, but when writing down your games can comein very handy in terms of upping. Your game is when you can record accuratelythe like pivotal turns yeah, where you didn't quite know. What was the rightmove and then you record what happened so if you're like okay? Well here, I'mgoing to you know fullblits with my peakaround, but I don't know what toput my energy onto, and so you say: Okay, I'm Goin, to put it onto myactive, and you know so. My pegrams Goinna have six energy and then you end up losing that game. Okay, soyou can kind of go back and say: okay. Well, I did it all to the active andthen the immediate response for my opponent was that they, you knowknocked it out and then I didn't have enough energy left to finish the game.Oh okay, I see that I shouldn't have attached all my energy to the active.That's a very like base level, but you get the idea of there are these timesin the game where you have to run through some hoops in terms of thelogic of what you are doing and what you want to do and just being able to record that and goback cand kind of put yourself back in that position later on and reallyfigure out. Okay did was that the right...

...play was that the wrong play. Maybe itworked out for me here when it shouldn't have, or maybe it didn't workout when it should have and just being able to put yourself in that positionagain in the future. I think is really helpful for sure I mean another thingI'll call out within that is, even if you don't actively reference yourspreadsheets Tor, your notes for a lot of things on the act of recording itand writing it down will help you imprinted into your memory right. So Imean this is tried in true psychology. Where writing something down makes itstick better in your mind and so what I would really recommend echois a lot ofwhat Tade? U You said like record the DEX you play the dex year, ponitsplayed and then just like a quick sentence or two about like what themost pivotal moment of that game. Wha was like what was always the decisionthat you made. That was really important. Was the matchup just thatgood, for you write that down? was there some choice that youropponent made or some tach, that your oppoint Ed play that made the game a lot more difficult foryou or maybe made the game easier for you like write down those key things,theres key instances where things were important and game changing yeah, allof a Suden you'll be able to much better sin the size like. Why am Iplaying this day? You know. Why am I doing this thing? Why am I taking thisaction Yeph and especially, if you're trying to pret for an event, so maybeyou haven't decided to yet for playerscup just run a gauntlet. Youknow take a couple: a good sample size out of a couple different decks and seewhat your matchups actually you're. Looking like, yea and you'll, hopefullybe able to make an informed decision from there I mean you can I mean youcan do excel magic to if you really want to and like try and get likeexpected value kind of stuff, that's like taking into the next next level,maybe unnecessarily so, but now certainly Yeahi Tru. I mean there's,certainly like only so much. You can do it, I guess, but yeah like like you say,you know, make make some decisions and try to really work your work, your waythrough it and that's going to be super helpful for you in the long run. Forsure for sure I mean I know I try and employ all three of these differentstrategies. Pretty frequently I'm a huge fan of spreadsheet. I love to tryand predict my opponents meves and make sure my deck is prepared and, of course, like tracking prizes is theelement yeah. I think all three of these topics arehonestly really interesting and I kind of want to revisit them more indepth,an like an individual cast and futures. So yeah, that's Somethingel, that'sprobably yeah. This probably won't be the last fo here of these Hara and ifit's something that you're interested in as Wy il like, please give us thatfeedback, we'd love to hope to know. What's working for you, that's said: There's e, really the keythings that we want e to discuss in today's episode book remind Er that weare taking some questions here at the end today I see one in the chat rightnow so be sure to drop those if you haven't already, but we'll start right there from thetop, so ananderson six Fi, four five ass. What was your guys most break teformat deck you ever brought to a tournament Tho, I think Bost a Ivan. I probablyhave obvious answers to this. Yeah mine was easily my Zaric Hexmaniacmock deck that I had brought with the red cards. Theals regionals. I mean itreally just derolled the event and kind of wasn't the exact list that ended updefining Zorar, but it was the archetype that and defining Zorar usingHecx, maniac and destruption. I'm alongside this puzzles of time- and youknow ultimately hexks me Gup Bannd, because that kind of trategy was toopowerful. So that's that's a pretty like strong, strong indicator that your deck was toogood right if your arte fan- probably so so my I mean so I have you know.Obviously the regional win with row EIG, which was just an insanely bustedmedical, but I want to actually ighlight a deck thatI brought to a tournament in...

...how it must have been twenty fifteen,so Pau Lucha. There is this fighting typeHallucha that had free retreat and it had like seventy HP and it did moredamage. If your opponent- or maybe it did, it only did ICAU thin was like itdidn'tonly Inteeah itdidtid was a eighty damage or sixty damageiggerponets. It was sixty okay yeah. It was sixty damage for one fighting. Ifyour opponents active was an ex spokeman, so its primarily used against,like the Sizeman todes of the world, could be used against like Eveltel andstuff like that. But you know Sizemento generally speaking was where it was atand then did it have some other like weird ability or something I can'tremember anyway. I didn't hit for a weekness of Resistance Yeah. It didn'thit for weekness or resistance. I definitely remember that, but there wasI feel like there was something else weird about it like there was okay anyway, I must be itjust week tolightmeige, like other traditional fighting, leaknesses yea, okay, okay,that could have been it but yeah. So anyway, I took this deckto Canada and I like a Blit, so it featured Hallu Sha like for Ha Lucha,for Focus Sash, which is a card that if you have full HP as a fighting type andthey go to knock you out, you actually survive with one HP remaining our TNHBremaining, I should say- and so you play four of those and I played likelike crushing hammers, I think, and enhanced hammers and like Max Potion, so I could heal offthat Halucha that just had the one energy and I had like Lucario, whichalso was a generally cheap attacker, could attack for one energy and toenergy and three energy. So it was really just this fight guy's deck witha bunch of disruption and I'd swept through this tournament like it was. Itwas a local tournament, so it wasn't, I didn't ever get the chance to likereally bring it to a reginals or anything like that, which I'm sure Iwould have done really well, but that city season I got like three or fourwinds. I think with that deck alone, but I took to this one tournament: Noone was prepared for it. I went like for a no into the last round and theguys like, Hey man, if you just ie deal with me, then I'll make cut it three odone and I'm like, and I'd rather play it out, and I just wint just bea him d. He getsknocked out of cart and then I just sweep through kind like a perfect, likeyou know, I don't think I lost a game on the day or maybe I lost ha game oftop ed or something like that, but it was just an funny like that's like justthe perfect tournament. I think back on that day, Finaly. That's so funny! You love to see thatyou do. I don't normally remember things like that. Like deck tournaments, really they justkind of come and go in my mind, but that one stuck out to me for sure that's awesome. We got another question from the realmagnition and that is what DEX are ou lean towards the start, the Players Cupwith I'm definitely going to go. My first key t PCROM, that's a no brainerfor me yeah I mean that is the defining deckof the time and really you look at it. There's there's not a lot that countersit. You know you could you could maybe play into like a colossal deck, but even then, like colossal, you gotthe Mutus to counter that, like you could play against the Lcario Mel Metal,but you know even then it can be prettyfavorable depending on when you use your cocoa and how you accelerateyour energy, so yeah, it's pretty crazy, just how muchthe deck can do in any situation. Sure for sure. So I Hav one more question for you toround up the dayw. You make a lot of youtube videos.Recently. I've been a really big fan of this. I want to know ofv all theYouTube kind of tear meme deck, that you've worked on, asked knowlet's o acouple months which of those is the...

...funniest or your favorite, which one is the funniest that I'vedone recently like the most satisfying Combo that you've done like ever orrecently recently. So, let's go like last order.Last three months. Last quarter. That's that's tough man! That's really!Really tough, because there have been some bangers. Do there have the ingersyeah, I think I mean I think it has to be anything with Cliferry CLIFFERRI'sbecome like my like defacto like new, like squadmate over here. I loveClifari, an that flip attack. It's got the minimetronome for twin energy andif you flip heads you get to use one of your poinents attack and like prettymuch like, buy and large or useless attack unless you're playing againstZashan Bas decks, and then you just flip heads and Yeu. You have a good dayand life is good. So I would say anything that involves cal ferry isprobably one of my favorites. That's funny yeah. I do notice you playingthat Cliperygo. So good bro, the Gard is like so awful that the mionShiyou're gonna hurt its feelings. I mean ' I'm a cal fairy fan for sure. Ithought for sure that you would say the baby Triodek, Oh really, yeah, that one's kind oftough to pull off, though I guess. Okay, baby trio is a little yeah. It's alitle sketchy and also I've done it a lot. I think it's like my third orfourth video on Mabe triosayhes ow. This H he'salittl he's a little playedout for sure. So that's funny wel! Thank you all so much for tuning in andchecking us out. If you're looking to hear a more awesome, competitivecontent as where wo go through the players, cuv three be sure to drop us afollow both on your podcasting platforms and on twitter. That's goingto be at tag Te, Pokemonan, twitter and as well our own individual titners atsmoth riles and at Real Dohn Walter. He was rate in review. If you like it orif you don't, let us know what we can improve and we will catch you all. Nexttime he's see it.

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