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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 22 · 1 year 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 is up? Guys? Welcome back to tag team, the POKEMON trading card games from your podcasting Doo. I'm Riley Hobart, joined as always by my good, good friend Mr JW creewall. It W how's it going today? I've been demoted compared to last week. You're saying, compared to last week I'm not only a good good friend instead of a good, good, good friend. Well, you know, I think the two is kind of the flow of it. But I have stephely lore the the third one kind of just felt good last it felt right last week, you know, I felt it felt good, good, good, last week. Not Quite didn't feel good to be good, but it did feel good. But one guy, you recognize that. As the screen was coming up I was like mean mugging the camera like I thought I had this like really like like sorrow sorrowful face on. I don't know. I've been staring at computer screens like too much and I you know how like when your eyes want you to not look at light, like they'll go kind of like, you know, they'll keep their lids down. Yeah, that's how I feel like I am right now just in general. So my eyes are going from I can't open my eyes fully because they don't my eyes don't want to receive the light. Actually, I know I was in the process. Thing. You need to get blue like glasses, but don't you already have them? I do, but they're all the way upstairs. You think I'm going to go up to flights of stairs to get blue like glasses? Are you kidding me? Are you wearing the I'm like throughout the day, though, as you're doing your class? I know I definitely am. I definitely am. I just took them out, all right, put them off for like I took a nap this afternoon. So maybe I need to get me a pair of those, because I'm just I'm on a screen all day to you do. It's amazing. Actually, I had migrains for a while. Yeah, I definitely got that migrains. I was getting. I was like developing like Migraine like symptoms, like it wasn't I wouldn't say it was a bad as bad as a migraine because they wouldn't last very long and they weren't necessarily to like deep. But I don't normally get headaches. No, certainly like you know, headaches of some sort and then, yeah, blue like glasses. They definitely change things up there you go. Well, I'll have the time. I can stare to screen for, you know, fourteen hours a day with no side effects, just like I always dreamed of. Exactly. Man, who knew it, like when I was a kid playing on my game boy? That would just turn out to be my reality as an adult, except with like coding and Pokemon. Yeah, I actually on back when I used to work in the physical office, there is on the way to like the cafeteria area, there is this one guy who has a poster like on 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 bad screen to good screenl soon, soon it'll just all be on a screen, like we'll all be in virtual reality, and then we won't even have to leave 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? Obviously there's that the physicality of it, but clearly a lot of these companies are finding some level of success. Yeah, remotely, but it does get a little bit depressing to just be staring at a screen the same spot, especially all day. Sure, a hundred percent right, though. I've started to incorporate like walking around my apartment at the very least, or like walking outside during like my lunch break, stuff like that to revitalize me. Yeah, it's good idea, just refresh the brain. So how are you doing, Riley? I'm doing well. I'm doing well. I'M I've been pretty tired this week for no real reason besides the fact I sit up very late on Monday. But if things have been good, it's really pretty in madisone right now there's been like this very nice amount of...

...snow where it's like pretty and cool and like you like to look at it, but not like super intrusive on your day to day life. So, yeah, that's pretty cool. I really want to go ice skating. That's something I want to pursue. That be awesome. Wait, have you? You've I skated before, though? Right, I have. I mean, I can't do chicks or anything, but I would just like to get out and do something a little bit fun. There's obviously lots of lakes in Madison's kind of like one of the drawers of the city area to do it. Cool, cool, so other people are just like chilling out there right now regularly. I mean it's kind of late. Yeah, we had a lake, well, we had a river out back at our house in Michigan and we would always go there. You go ice skate on that. So it's pretty cool. That's pretty awesome. You know what also wants M I'm gonna say you know what else? He's pretty awesome. The POKEMON S trating card game online. That we got some stuff to discuss, most notably Players Cup started yesterday as those keys were being distributed, and there are ready people with over one hundred points, or should I say person with over a hundred points. I mean maybe the leaderboard update and there are people. But yes, there is the one at the very least, which is honestly impressive effort, because that takes it takes at least twenty keys to get to a hundred if everything goes perfectly. Yeah, and presumably it didn't go all perfectly for this person because they've an autumount of points. Yeah, true, true. So it's just like and then if you play, if you go all of them games, like that's three games per so it's like sixty games? Yeah, of course there's like there's wait and all of them, you know, like, Uh Huh, you know, a lot of turn rounds here, like cream your opponent and are just sitting there waiting for twenty minutes. Yeah, yeah, right, exactly, exactly. How props to them. I wanted to talk about JW and I. Both have not started our key adventure yet. I think we're my plan is to kind of dip my feet in it this weekend and then next weekend is going to be when I actually just hunker down. But we have paid attention on twitter. We pay attention to the leaderboards and it really seems like our prediction is kind of come to fruition, with p Ram really standing up there as as one of the premier decks that people are using. Of course, those other top acts from our top six still making tons of appearances. It because your opinion evolved at all in the past week? Any thoughts about, you know, what people are using? Any surprises? Yeah, no, I mean I wish I could say that there were. I think, you know, we're in this kind of end game of our format where people are realizing, Oh yeah, you know, I think there are a number of decks that are just generally good. One of the questions that is just going to be the proverbial question until we get more, you know, Tier One options in the game is just going to be, you know, the amount of set to scorch versus the amount of Lucario Mel Metal. I think that's something that I think about because I often would like to play Lucario Mel metal but just has kind of a sketchy sent to scorch matchup. There are things you can do. We've been seeing the stealthy hoods make their way into cariomel metal to try to prevent Garatina from ripping off the special energy, special coding. That's been a little innovation from recently try to help that matchup, but it's still seems rock kind of yeah, still kind of bad, especially if you're playing like one stealthy hood right. So at that point like to you almost include a goose on hollow for you to tag call for, because now you need to get the Zambas into special coding metal and this Stelly Hood all the same time, and presumably they're also going to have like other attackers that aren't just like the Big Sandy scored femax.

You also have to be able to deal with those as they come up. Yeah, there's just seems like a lot going on at the match is tough. Yeah, I don't know how how excited I'd be about that Combo. For sure, I mean, at the same time they're like even pre coding metal energy. I felt like I would get random wins on Sennis court here and there where they only had like v Max's to attack with and I was able to Kre the vaults. Damasanta, though, I mean it's still it is possible. Like you know, it's not completely unwinnable matchup, but it's definitely tough. Yeah, I agree and I agree with you that. I think said. I think Lukarrama mettal has close or good match dose versus pretty much all the other top decks that we talked about, excepted Senna scorch matchup is probably one of the most or matchups. That isn't something into Lucaro memtal. Yeah, no, it's it's almost it's almost irredeemable. I mean I guess you could like play multiple hoods. I feel really into that kind of thing, but I think generally on the whole, like certainly without hoods and and probably arguably with them, it's just not going to be a good matchup. So you're stuck there a little bit, for sure. So you know, are Lukaral memtal like still the top of your list? Are you expecting a lot of tenny scorch in the coming weeks? Well, I mean, my my top decks right now. Our Peak Rama turned this and and colossal like that. Hasn't really changed for me. I'm probably going to do the majority of my players cut run with P K Ram, but I certainly wouldn't leave, you know, Lukario memental completely off the table. If I do find that maybe the metagame is kind of shaping up for it. If I especially if I don't see a lot of Sen to scorch in those first like five to ten keys, maybe that would be a backup option for me for sure. For sure. Yeah, I mean I'm planning to go in pretty hard of peak ram as well. It's what I did for last Players Cup, but the caraw metal, amount metal also saw me through pretty well. It's really just if we can get a couple rounds out tenny scorch, it's time to crack the old knuckles and bring them out. Yeah, that's right, that's right. I mean it's you know, it's kind of good, I think, generally, to go into these Players Cup tournaments like if you're very confident in the deck that maybe takes one bad matchup, I think that's okay because I think you know, there's a high chance that you're not going to see that. There are just so many decks that one can play right now, so there's a pretty good chance that you're not going to see your bad matchup. So if you have like winnable or favorable matchups with everything else that you expect to see and you just have that one that's kind of on the fence or very unfavorable, then you know, would be confident in it and 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 expect things to shake out. So we already alluded to this. We have one player at the top of the leaderboard right now with over a hundred points. That's XX poke Kurby. I think that's what his name is intended to be. Yeah, and you know, that's pretty impressive. I'm curious how many keys they burned. I wish, I almost wish the leaderboard had like another column that that like he's remaining or keys used, because sure that would be a really interesting like data point to work off of. But we have a couple other players that are still up there and like the s the second and third place, having eighty eight and eighty six points respectively. The W you you know, compared to players come to, where are we expecting this one to really land for that top fifty six? I don't know. I've been seeing a few people that have been like ripping through, ripping through keys and like getting pretty high rep so I've seen Dan on Derko shout out to you man, for wins in the first four keys. I saw that on...

...twitter, and then I saw change hip is doing pretty well, from what I understand, with his keys. So yeah, I mean it seemed I don't know what would make I mean, I don't think that this player's cup is any easier or maybe probably not even any harder than the other one, but it does seem like, from what I've seen, certainly a lot of players that are going to burst through that, you know, kind of ninety point threshold that we kind of think of the at least the Players Cup to having. I think there will 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 my mind the determining factor largely for how many points it's going to be the thresholds, how many people are playing at all. Thanks, when you think of like a bell curve, right, you'll have, the more people are playing, the smaller percent of the total that two hundred and fifty six I'll be, which brings you like further to the edge that curve. Yeah, so my initial inclination is that maybe there's been less people playing in that in this players come compared to the previous one, because there seems to be like a lot of frustration around the fifty keys. But I can't maybe that was just a meme and people are actually really into this. So I definitely think it won't be lower than before, least not significantly. I think that like ninety a hundred threshold that we talked about a couple months ago is still like a good thing to shoot for. Yeah, but you know, seeing these early these people who are plowing through these keys early's just makes you kind of anxious, I guess. Yeah, for sure, for sure, one hundred and one note on the Players Cup, and you'll hear me say this over and over, I think, during the next month. But you just you are not you're record in the Players Cup. So if you walk away fifty keys and you get, you know, fifty points or or lower, I guess you know, like you're not your record. So so make sure to keep pokemon and who you are as a person like separate from each other, because your self worth like is never going to come from doing well at at one of these online events, for sure for sure. So both cool, I mean without many games under our own belts. Is there any other like preliminary comments you want to make about the Players Cup? I mean, are really only like a full day in at this point. 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 out accept when people share, and generally speaking, the people that are going to share are going to be the people that are feel or are, you know, doing well. So it's going to be hard to gage precisely where we're at in terms of, you know, what's been doing well and, you know, kind of a point threshold until we get closer, you know, week three, week four, for sure, for sure. So let's transition over then to our next point of discussion. So we're going to do our car the day, but I do want to just like preliminary notify if you have any questions about players, cop or General Pokemon, be sure to leave those in the chat and we'll get to those at the end of the cast today. Yeah, so JW bring us home with car in the day. Yeah, card of the day. Well, this was a card that I pulled in a single crystal guardians pack that I got from there's like a Dick Sporting her it was that the Molloh Dunham's. I don't know if you've ever heard of done dooms. What is done them as I've not heard it done like a sporting good store in so why do they have pokemon cards? Because, like you know how, just like random establishments will just have like a check at the checkout line vestors. Yeah, so they had they had crystal guardians and this must have been I want to say I was a...

...little older. Like I think I was either there in college or like senior year of high school or something, and I was like okay, I'll get a pack. You know, I got like five bucks in my pocket, like I'll just get this crystal guardians pack. Like I knew crystal guardians was a little older of US set. You know, I didn't know too much about like the history of it or anything. I knew it was a little bit of an older set and I said sure, you know, you don't see these around a lot. I'm only seeing my heart, gold, soul silver stuff. So I'll pick one of these up and I get it, get it home, open it up. You know, wasn't really thinking too much of it and I ripped it was the crystal Guardians Charz Ard. So this AH, wow, Delta Specie, Delta species, charzard, with the Yellow and the silver and it's a dual type of lightning and metal and it has this, you know, pretty underwhelming attack of Metal Burn hunderd twenty. This card a bunch of energy and, as a you know, little ability. Once during your turn you play chars are from your hand. Look at this hop five cards and choose as many energy as you like. An attached them the one of your pokemon. So it's kind of like, Oh, I don't know, like a toga kiss or something like that, right or pick a back. So kind of a cute little card. I really liked it. Ended up sleeving it got a graded. Didn't get the great I wanted. It's like a seven, but it'll always be that little nostalgia trip from that time that I went to Dunham's. So what did you go to Dunham's for if it wasn't for POKEMON 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 done them. So I think I could actually like probably map out like at least the years that I could have potentially purchased a chars are based on, yeah, when this was a duneams versus when it was any other store. But I think it was in high school because I was going to get like a piece of equipment for La Crossexam Lacrosse. So for sure the the man bun phase really fits into that. Look, La Cross persona that you had for yourself. I wish I had. I wish I had the man Bun during Lacrosse. That would have been sweet. I did have a little bit of longer hair, but it wasn't it wasn't man Bun worthy then, for sure. Well, that's really cool. I love those stories when people get the one pack and it's something magical inside. It's so memorable. Yeah, that's right, that exactly was me. It's cool. That's awesome. That's awesome. I feel like that was kind of the way charts ards went back then too. They had some u bit attack costs and it discarded ridiculous aunt energy after yeah. Yeah, and I you know, I never really played with it. We we did have a POKEMON club in high school, but I did have a little collection of things. I was like, Oh, this might be kind of cool like in the future, and so that was one of them that I try to preserve keep well, well maintained, for sure. I also, I don't know about you, but I thought Delta species were pretty cool, like conceptually. Yeah, the duel typing in the and the weird, the weird dual typing. Yeah, we the really weird dual typing sometimes. Yeah, I don't really understand the lore behind it. Is something like they were on an island or something that was like some special island or Pokemon of all differently or something. Yeah, I didn't understand the lure, but it was it made for some pretty cool cards. I don't think we'll ever see it again, but I do like when the packs of war though. That's always fun. Yeah, like when that when the TCG kind of diverges right. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, it's pretty cool. Yeah, I just I like to see the TC have like these creative that's for itself. Yeah, definitely completely agree. But let's 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 the Players Cup, but you know, tips in general to up your game. there. We have a couple for you here today. Think we'll go through about three here, JW Wy, don't we? You bring us to the first one? Yeah, sure, so. I mean the first one very obvious, but one of my personal goals for players cut is just to check all my prizes every single time. That is like that is a manageable goal that, you know, we may have 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 it seriously. But you know, one of those many manageable goal, like goal within a goals, is certainly the check prizes, and so I'm that's my that's my goal for Players Cup three is to just make sure that I check every single time that I play a game that I know it's prized. Going along with that, we were talking about kind of what to do with that knowledge. I think that's something that you that we were both talking about. That would be something great to kind of go a little bit more in depth on on the cast. But what do you do now now that you know your prizes? I think there are certain plays that you can make that are you know with that, with that advanced knowledge, like you're going to take prizes on your opponent's Pokemon, presumably if you you know, can attack, and so knowing what you may get can influence the decisions that you have agreed. Yeah, I think there's two key elements to knowing your prizes, and that's first one is knowing. Obviously, what's not in your deck. I'm so and playing around that. So if you have your tap, Coco, prism, Star Prize and Peek Aram. Obviously that influence is the way that you play the game. You know you'll rely more heavily on Bolton, for example, to get your stuff going. Maybe you prize three welders, since that first water is really really critical, and making sure you guest on the right Pokemon. There's all sorts of ways that can obviously playing tier game. But then there's the next level. I think this is level that's less appreciated, like you called out, is using that for knowledge. Like, okay, you know, I have three prizes left and two of them are welder so I want to make sure that next turn I can use that welter effectively and maybe leaving some fire energy in your decks that way you can continue to draw cards when you welter. Those kinds of plays, I think, are the ones that are more often overlooked when you're checking your prizes. So not only understanding what your prizes are, but tracking them throughout the game and thinking about how the prize is as you take them will factor into your next couple turns. And obviously no prize is guaranteed until the last one, which doesn't really matter, but still you can have different plans of attack for like your next turns depending on what you draw, which I think is is pretty, pretty cool to like up in your game, to like the really top level is understanding those situations. Sure, yeah, it's really great point. It's just it's very interesting. How how? Yeah, the prizes offer you two different ways of looking at them, right, like you could, knowing that you have a draw supporter in in your prizes, like you could take the the cheap prize now, with the understanding that you know, maybe your hands dead and you need that prize to get to try to draw into that draw supporter. Have definitely dont to. Yeah, right, right, and that just all changes, like if you don't have any idea of what's going on, like if you have no idea of of that being there in the first place, so you can never make that play. And then if you know what's prized, then you have to use that knowledge to, you know, advance your advance your your game plan. So for sure, for sure. So let's go into tip number two here, and this is one that kind of hits home for me because I tend to fall victim of this sometimes, and that's spinning your deck and doing it properly. Yeah,...

...so I think in Pokemon there's a lot of emphasis on sequencing, especially when you talk about like up in your game and sequencing properly and making sure that you're thinning your deck and doing the right thing. Though, if you're trying to draw a certain like a boss's orders off with to dn a very commonly you'll play your quick balls and brought your pokemon that you don't need anymore and discard those. That's clear like important tended to Pokemon, because pokemoney draw so many cards. Really important that you think out the cards that you need and are getting to those important outs to win your games. I also want to talk, though, to the flip side of that. So we talked about the two different sides of prises. The flip side of thinning is the fact that you're getting rid of things. This kind of good, just like a larger topic of resource management, and maybe that's something that we should dive into more on the cast and probably something we should dive into more on the cast in the future. But something I've personally fallen victim to is I will thin to my immediate future, but then, you know, couple turns down the line, there's something that came an out that is now gone from my deck. An example that I was talking with with JW was sometimes, in like a peak ram matchup, you will thin the second peak rom after you have used the first, and usually you don't need to peak roms. There are cases, though, where maybe you do, and they usually aren't obvious on first glance, but then you end up in these weird situations where, okay, I've thinned out my second peaker Rom, I need this one to like actually execute the game winning plan. You know, what do I do instead? And you know now my game plans all messed up. So the message here, I guess I want to drive home. It's just like prizes. You're walking a line when you're thinning your deck and understanding what is relevant to thin versus. What is the future game plan with my deck? Is the next level you can go to? There? Yeah, yeah, what what would be a way to do that? Would you say, like if you if you're here in the cast, you know, and you're hearing Riley and he's talking about this like Riley, what would you suggest being a way to practice that? Or, I guess even or maybe understand that that's what's happening and in certain situations. Sure, I think sometimes, I think a lot of it comes, frankly, from experience. It's not something that you can necessarily see off hand, but it's it's really having the forethought to say, what is my opponent's next two turns look like? I think that's going to be. Usually what a pokemon the most immediate thing that you have to think about, and Pokemon is like your opponent's next turn and probably their turn off to that, because usually have you good you have a good idea of what your next turn is going to be as well. Yeah, and if in that next two turns you're doing something that could perhaps take away an important out, then maybe you shouldn't do that thing. And that goes beyond just sitting your deck that like. That goes to playing researches, that goes to playing quick balls and Marnie's, all those kinds of things out. You know, another good example is where you may be over thin, is where you like preemptively grab something from a quick ball and then you get marnied. So now you've lost the Pokemon in your hand and you don't have a quick ball to search it out. So sure you know these things add up, you'll notice them more over time. But I guess the most important element of that is thinking of what your opponent's next turn will be and potentially their turn aft for that, and once you have a good sense of what your opponent's doing, you'll have a better sense of what you need to have available to you to respond. 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 to Syn the size that information into your next moves. It's something easier said 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. You know, we can't really 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 to practice these strategies, but you know, generally, like in Gameplay, you can go ahead and throw cards and and be able to walk through these certain situations without being affected by a timer, without being affected by the constraints of Pcgo. So I think even beyond Tcg oh though, like and in real life testing, just to the act of testing kind of trains that muscle right, like you see more situation. Yeah, you are more familiar with both your deck and your opponent's deck and you understand like what they're trying to do. I think in the if in the short term, this is a skill that you're trying to practice, I recommend just like mapping out your opponent's next turn your head, like try and predict what that next turn will 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 of what things happened differently and did it work out for them? Did it not? Would you have played that turn different really? I'm like actively think about those things, and maybe it's just one turn out of every game that you like really think really hard about and predict them to like exact hard but if you actually take that time and practice that skill, you'll find yourself in less and less of these like destructive situations. Sure, great point. All right, are our last tip was one that's close to JW and I both because we both like to do this, and that's keeping track of your games. So it did. JV, do you want to keep you want to dive into that little bit here? Sure, I think keeping track of games, I mean that's something that we've talked about on the cast like plenty of times before and if you've ever if we've ever worked together on coaching, you've probably talked to you about this or if you've ever been in like one of my streams, I probably talked about it. But recording your games has certainly can be another avenue for you to, you know, figure out what went wrong. Or maybe generally I find that it's better for kind of deck deck decisions, you know, if you're deciding, okay, well, what kind of text do I want to make or how do I want my list to look, or is this, you know, metagaming decisions? Is it's the right play? If I'm losing, you know, so many times to the deck, why? And I'm playing deck X, maybe should I switch to that because z? I mean it's kind of that can be a little bit more beneficial for this writing down the Games. But when writing down your games can come in very handy in terms of upping your game is when you can record accurately the like pivotal turns, yeah, where you didn't quite know what was the right move, and then you record what happened. So if you're like, okay, well, here I'm going to, you know, full blitz with my peek around, but I don't know what to put my energy onto, and so you say, okay, I'm going to put it on to my active and you know, so my peak IMS going to have six energy and then you end up losing that game. Okay, so you can kind of go back and say, okay, well, I did it all to the active and then the immediate response from my opponent was that they, you know, knocked 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 the active. That's a very like base level. But you get the idea of there are these times in the game where you have to run through some hoops in terms of the logic of what you are doing and what you want to do, and just being able to record that and go back can kind of put yourself back in that position later on and really...

...figure out okay. Did was that the right play? Was that the wrong play? Maybe it worked out for me here when it shouldn't of or maybe it didn't work out when it should have it. Just being able to put yourself in that position again in the future, I think, is really helpful for sure. I mean another thing I'll call out within that is, even if you don't actively reference your spreadsheets or your notes for a lot of things, on the act of recording it and writing it down will help you imprint it into your memory. Right. So, I mean this is tried in true psychology, where writing something down makes it stick better in your mind. And so what I would really recommend echoes a lot of what JW said, like record the decks you play, the decks of your opponents played, and then just like a quick sentence or two about, like what the most pivotal moment of that game was like. What was always the decision that you made that was really important? Was the matchup just that good for you? Write that down. was there some choice that your opponent made or some tech that your opponent played that made the game a lot more difficult for you or maybe made the game easier for you? Like write down those key things, those key instances where things were important in game changing. Yeah, all the sudden you'll be able to much better in the size. Like why am I playing this deck? You know, why am I doing this thing? Why am I taking this action? Yeah, and especially if you're trying to prep for an event. So maybe you haven't decided yet. For Players Cup just run a gauntlet, you know, take a couple of good sample size out of a couple different decks and see what your matchups actually are looking like, and you'll hopefully be able to make an informed decision from there. I mean you can, I mean you can do Excel Magic to if you really want to, and like try and get like expected value kind of stuff. That's like taking you to the next, next level. Maybe unnecessarily so, but certainly, yeah, I've tried. 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 way through it, and that's going to be super helpful for you in the long run, for sure, for sure. I mean, I know I try and employ all three of these different strategies pretty frequently. I'm a huge fan of the spreadsheet. I love to try and predict my opponent's moves and make sure my deck is prepared and, of course, like tracking prizes, is the element. Yeah, I think all three of these topics are honestly really interesting and I kind of want to revisit them more in depth and like an individual cast and futures. So, yeah, that's something like here. That's probably yeah, this probably won't be the last ye here of these garats and if it's something that you're interested in as well, like, please give us that feedback. We'd love to Helpe to know what's working for you. That said, there's a really the key things that we wanted to discuss in today's episode. Book Reminder that we are taking some questions here at the end today. We I see one in the chat right now, so be sure to drop those if you haven't already. But we'll start right there from the top. So, im Anderson, six, four five, ask what was your guys most break the format deck you ever brought to a tournament. So I think most street wing. I probably have obvious answers to this. Yeah, mine was easily my Zark HEX MANIAC Muck deck. That I had brought with the red cards to Dallas regionals. I mean it really just deam rolled the event and kind of wasn't the exact list that ended up definding Zo Ark, but it was the archetype that defining Zark, using hex maniac and disruption alongside this puzzles of time and you know, ultimately hex Mani Upan because that kind of strategy was too powerful. So that's that's a pretty like strong. Is Strong indicator that your deck was too good. Right, if your part gets man probably so. So my I mean so I have, you know, obviously the regional win with raw egg, which was just an insanely busted medical. But I want to actually highlight a deck that I brought to...

...a tournament in how it must have been twenty fifteen. So Paul Lucca. There's this fighting type haul Lucca that had free retreat and it had like seventy HP and it did more damage if your opponent, or it maybe it did. It only did. I think it was like it did only attack. It did it did eighty. Was a eighty damageer. Sixty damage if your opponents it was sixty. Okay, yeah, it was sixty damage for one fighting if your opponent, it's active, was an ex pokemon. So it's primarily used against like the seizem toads of the world. Could be used against like evel tool and stuff like that, but you know, sizemoad, generally speaking, was where I was at. And then did it have some other like weird ability or something? I can't remember. Anyway, didn't hit for a weakness or resistance? Yeah, it didn't hit for weakness or resistance. I definitely remember that, but there was I feel like there was something else weird about it, like there was. Okay, anyway, I must be it just we can lightning. I get like other traditional fighting weaknesses. Okay, okay, that could have been it, but yeah, so anyway, I took this deck to Canada and I like a blitz, so it featured Halloucha like for Halloucha for Focus Sash, which is a card that if you have full HP as a fighting type and they go to knock you out, you actually survived with one HP remaining, or ten HB remaining, I should say, and so you play for those and I played like like crushing hammers, I think, and enhanced hammers and like Max Potions. So I could heal off that Hallousha that just had the one energy and I had like Lucario, which also was a generally cheap attack, or could attack for one energy and to energy at three energy. So it was really just this fight guy's deck with a bunch of disruption and I've swept through this tournament like it was it was a local tournaments. I wasn't. I didn't never get the chance to like really bring it to a regionals or anything like that, which I'm sure I would have done really well, but that's city season. I I got like three or four wins, I think, with that deck alone. But I took to this one tournament. No one was prepared for it. I went like for no into the last round and the guys like Hey, man, if you just id with me, then I'll make cut. It three hundred and one, and I'm like and I'd rather play it out, and I just thought I just beat him. He gets knocked out a cut and then I just sweep through cut like a perfect like. You know, I don't think I lost a game on the day, or maybe I lost a game of top eight or something like that, but it was just absolutely like it. That's like just a perfect tournament. I think back on that day fondly. That's so funny. You love to see that. Yeah, you do. I don't normally remember things like that, like deck tournaments, really they just kind 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 Real Magnesian, and that is what decks are you leaning towards to start the Players Cup with? I'm definitely going to go my first key, Youth Pe Krom. That's a no brainer for me. Yeah, I mean that is the defining deck of the time and really, you look at it, there's there's not a lot that counters it. You know, you could, you could maybe play until like a colossal deck, but even then, like colossal, you got them. You two's to counter that. Like you could play against the cargo mel metal, but you know, even then it can be pretty favorable, depending on when you use your cocoa and how you accelerate your energy. So yeah, it's pretty crazy just how much the deck can do in any situation. Sure, for sure. So I have one more question for you to round out the day tow you make a lot of youtube videos recently. I've been a really big fan of this. I want to know of all the YouTube kind of tear meme decks that you've worked on. Asked. I don't know. Let's go a couple months. Which of those...

...is the funniest or your favorite? Which one is the funniest that I've done recently, like the most satisfying Combo that you've done, like ever or recently 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 been Banger is? Yeah, I think. I mean, I think it has to be anything with CLA faery. Cli fairies become like my like de facto like new like squadmate over here. I love clafery in that flip attack. It's got the mini metronome for twin energy and if you flip heads you get to use one of your opponents attacks. It's like pretty much like buying large a useless attack, unless you're playing against Zosh and based decks and then you just flip heads and you you have a good day and life is good. So I would say anything that involves will faery is probably one of my favorites. That's funny. Yeah, I do notice you playing that cliff ay so good, Bro. The card is like so awful that the this one should you're gonna hurt its feelings. I mean, I'm a I'm a cool fairy fan, for sure. I thought for sure that you would say the baby trio deck. Oh Really? Yeah, that one is kind of tough to pull off, though, I guess. Okay, baby trio is a little yeah, it's a little sketchy and also I've done it a lot. I think it's like my third or fourth video on baby trio. Is Very sure played out of this Peah, he's a little he's a little played out for sure. So that's funny. Well, thank you all so much for tuning in and checking us out. If you're looking to hear more awesome competitive content as where we go through the players cut three, be sure to drop us a follow, both on your podcasting platforms and on twitter. That's going to be at tag team pokemon on twitter and as well our own individual twitters, at smiles files and at Real John Walter. Leave US rate and review if you like it, or if you don't, let us know what we can improve and we will catch you all next time peace see it.

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