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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 34 · 1 year ago

3-34. Rotation! Regulation! Qualifications!

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are back with a episode filled to the brim with juicy bits off the meat of knowledge. Come check out updates on the next set, the future rotation, and some insight into Player's Cup IV.

Yo, what is up, guys? Welcome back to tag team, the POKEMON trading card games for me or podcasting duo. My name is Riley Hulbrook, joined, as always, buy my phenomenal friend Mr JW Curry. Wall get off you. How's it going today? It's going pretty well, Riley. How are you? I am spectacular. Yeah, and he is to report. Nothing of particular note. I'm deep in a book right now, which is led to some late nights. So it's been kind of a tired week. But I'm getting my second dose vaccine. WHO, which is very exciting. Let's go looking forward to that. Yeah, I'm just looking forward to getting to see people again. I'm getting a couple of weeks of remote work that they're letting us do. I plan is after after, you know, a couple weeks after I'maccinated, like maybe taking a trip somewhere. Yeah, we're you thinking? Maybe Central Northeast Ohio? I mean I'll probably swing through Ohio. Yet three total weeks remote work before June first. Okay, so I want to go to Ohio for or at least a week total. Yeah, and then I want to go somewhere warm. It's like the weathers and so bizarre, if you like, above Kentucky, where it's like it's knowing one day and it's warm the next. Like sure feels like snow. It's just not appropriate anymore. So I kind of want to disco somewhere really warm. Like I felt like we didn't have enough snow. Yeah, yeah, I felt like we should have had more snow in April. Well, no, just you know, January, February. I see. Yeah, I mean the time is past, though, so it's not like a there's no wot points for this exam, you know, like Dang Day. There's no, there's no makeup days for the School of Nature now. So it's time. The time is past. It's supposed to be warm now. It was really warm a couple weekends ago here and no, today. I want to go somewhere beach right, and I'll take like maybe half days and work remote in the mornings and then after new t the beach. That doesn't sound cool. I don't know. I mean, yeah, it sounds great. I used to do that. I would probably go down to Miami beach about once a year and that's what I would do. It would work in the mornings and then I just like go get a slurpee, sit down on the beach, watch all the crazy people and it's like take a half day, the fine the mornings and you know, especially with the pandemic, I have like a lot of is their stockpiled right now and you can only carry over so many. Yeah, that's true. Well, my big thing is that I just bought a Nintendo switch. Yeah, there you go, and I know I'm a little late to the party, but man, this thing is cool. Now do you plan? Well, I am playing the legend of Zelda, which is a game that I've been wanting to play since it was released and I've just restrained myself because it was kind of like a like a get you know, get a job type thing, get a real job type thing, and so finally did that. So I spent the money and got the game and I've been enjoying it and I all I could say is like aliens, like you know, I it's like the like the Meme Guy, the meme alien guy. That's all I think about whenever I go into the shrines. So it's pretty funny. I thought, yeah, well, that's been a good time. Sounds like things are on the off and the TAG team verse that's right. Definitely trending upward. For sure. That's cool thing. Let's say, though, did w there's a lot of interesting things happening. The hooky versus wow, so many you know, the the chilling rains that in states. Really starting to get in the nitty grady of it.

We got the full set, basically Japanese. You know, the lots of cool stuff that's coming out of that. JW is or anything like. Initially, STI's out at you. Well, I mean obviously the Calie rex has plural are very cool, but I feel like I'm I'm hopeful for the format post, you know, post new set, but it doesn't seem like it's going to shake up the format like too much, like it's not going to be like the only playable deck is going to come out of this set, which was a lot like we saw with battle styles right where just kind of shifted the format a little bit, gave a few new cards to some older archetypes and and added, you know, the rapid strikers, who obviously is a pretty dominant force, but not the dominant force. You know, there are so many decks that you can play at any given tournament. So I kind of look at this new for this new set and kind of the same light, where I'm not seeing anything that should just be wildly overpowered when you put it in the context of what we already have, and yet it should spice up the format in a way that we saw with battle styles. That I'm really excited for. That's that seems like the way to do it right. I know I'd see. I mean it just everything that I've seen so far as like led me to believe that it's just like really good set design. From the perspective of a player, like it just seems like we're not, you know, if you don't have to get the new cards like that, I feel like that's always good for like kind of growing the game right, if you're not forced to be competitive by getting those new cards, like you can still compete with the older cary, I think that's really nice. So some of the cars that are kind of standing out to me. There's a pair of supporters that I think are really interesting, and that's Peonia and peony, and these are supporters that we've seen somewhat in the past, but the are just kind of maybe a little bit more powerful than what we've seen in the past. So peonia choose up to three of your prize cards and put them into your hand and then choose that same number of cards from your hand to put them as your prize cards, face down. So something like a Gladian, which saw pretty regular play in particularly controlled x. But peonia seems certainly arguably better. Yeah, certainly argue on better. It's like you have multiple important things prized right, because, yeah, you can reuse the Peonia as well. So even if you with them off the first Pew, then you know it's in the second set of three cards, because it doesn't say so from around right, right exactly. So I think that's really cool. And then also the peony, which just discards your hand, but then you get to search for two trainer cards. So the immediate kind of Combo that you see there is getting your rare candy and your evo and sense and you can go to town getting your stage two's up and running. And you know, of course, at the cost of discarding your hand. But we have enough, you know, we have enough to get around that. I mean we have cricketun obviously, perhaps the stage two that you're looking to get out is one that draws cards like the guardivore. It's a guardivore is really cool card that we are going to see come out and as an ability that says once you're you're turning to look at the top two cards and attach any of our basics and then put the other cards in your hand. So it's very similar to Zoshan's ability, but it does one less hard and your turn doesn't end. So really really, I mean we've seen how strong that that ability is on zophtion and so seeing it on a on a base or a Non v Pokemon will be pretty interesting. Yeah, absolutely, I mean that's super cool. Of the ability definitely rocks and you the fact that you can kind of like chain them. You can continue to yea use multiple guard of ours, and obviously that's like impossible with ash just my right. The logistics of the car don't work out light way. I think that's a cool,...

...cool new card. I think the whole guard of our line is really interesting. Remind me of the attack on the guard of hard self JW before I get into this some of the other ones. Yeah, the CARDIVORE attack. It's brain way of attack to sixty damage for three colorless and then says this attack US thirty more damageree psychic energy attached to this pokemon. So presumably, if you're only playing psychic, then you'd be doing a base of one hundred and fifty, which is fine. I wish it was kind of a communal psychic attacks. You didn't have the load up on one guardivore, but I guess that's kind of the tradeoff, right, for such a such a great ability. So mediocre attacks certainly a usable attack. But you know, I think he's sounded. I think pokemon is afraid that stage two US or like too strong. Yeah, it feels like an example of that. or it's like it's don't worry, you can make this stronger if you yeah, right, like like honestly, yeah, doing, I mean maybe just doing more damage, doing having less cost right, maybe at to CC. You know, there's there's a number of ways that they, you know, could have buffed it a little bit, but yeah, they opted not to. This is what we got and hopefully it'll be good enough to see competitive play. Yeah, and well, backing it up is a strong line of other cards supporting it. Namely you have the curly l line, or currently as part of the guard of our line, which is pretty huge. I mean this I think when you, when we describe this, will be obvious. For the Curlia has I forget the name of it, but it has water duplicates. Essentially, if you're not familiar with an into break of old, the idea is if you have a curlier, you can attach a psychic energy to it and you can bench all your other curly as in your deck. So the stage to deck that is so, so huge. I mean being able to kind of like circumvent the risk of rare candy and instead get guaranteed like two to three at age two is on the third term of the game, is awesome. I mean like pretty much every stage too, would every stage to centric deck would have that attack if they could write. So that's really awesome. You could definitely like still include a couple of our candies to like kind of facilitate your drawing gin or to make yourself get a little more explosive, but that's it. That attacks really awesome and then will let you more consistently get multiple guard of wars so you can keep accelerating energy. Yeah, I mean it's kind of sad that they're you know that you have to make a stage two into a stage one, essentially to make a playable but the success of water duplicates, I mean, just definitely gives me hope for this card and any time that you have more evolutions in the format that's a good thing. There is also a goal lead. I think it's a little bit less notable than his psychic counterparts, but the GLADE is a fighting type, which is always cool. I like when they, the guard of hard decks, have those kind of like dual evolution options. For one psychic energy it can, I think it's lash for sixty and but then for a double colorless it does like sixty four each V and v Max in play. So just another like a turn this killer and I think for a deck like guard of our they would likely struggle to get over a turn of this multiple times in a match just because the damage output isn't really all the way they're so having that as an option is definitely helpful. So I mean I like the I like the package tool box, the kind of elements that these are decks usually have. You know, a kind of reminds me of like the guard of our gx with the galaide from breakthrough. Yeah, absolutely, so that's awesome stuff. There are some other cool cards, though, that were revealed recently. A whole slew of trainers revealed a lot of these glove cards, which is an interesting take on kind of like the choice band, muscle band, damage boosting archetype. So there's now all these gloves. They have different names...

...depending on the type that they're targeting, and each glove, when it's tool car when you equip it, you you thirty more damage to the opposing Pokemon of the type listed on the card. So there's justice gloves, for example, which do thirty more damage against dark types. They're similar ones for metal and grass and fire. So it's I don't know how exactly they chose the types, the picking of those gloves. You know, I don't think. I think the grass types needed that right right, but but I mean it's always nice to have the option, I guess. Like yeah, like you said, there are some types that are obviously more relevant. Dark fighting, psychic fire right now probably are the are the big four. But then it's just kind of Nice. You know, if grass does ever make a resurgence, like just give me so much their distance that I'm shrinting grass. It's just like of all the mediocre types that there are. Why do they only do grass? Yeah, fair enough. What's the what's the deal? Right, right, what were they thinking? What are they brewing back in the headquarters where they're like, we've been testing this Arkard type but it's a way too good, so we must print this grass, this grass, you know, kind of kind of anti card to beat it. Yeah, yeah, it's definitely to wonder it. Just be on the lookout, guys, because you know, pokemon gives us some pretty obvious at the synergies to so they must know something that we just can't see and maybe next set is their grass revolution. You turns out will of needed. Well, I was all along, that's right. So that's really cool. You know, a whole slew of interesting like supporter cards as well. We Got Agathoh, which is pretty cool. It let's you move three damage counters from your active on to your opponents active. You know, I don't see that being played in a tount of decks, but I like those kind of chicky little cards. It reminds me of grimsly or it's, but instead of moving damage from your ponus Wukem on you off of yours. You've a reprint of Kaitlyn, which is just a mediocre draw supporter. Yet and let's talk about why it's a mediocre draw supporter, because I feel like I've seen a few people that are like, Oh, yeah, you know, Caitlyn should be a good supplementary option for our decks. You know, we really only have research at Marni right now. Maybe bird keeper, maybe Cynthi and Caitlyn. But like, why is Caitlyn a bad not even not a good supporter, but why is it a bad supporter? Yeah, that's a fair question and I don't think it's always obvious, especially if you're not like a custom to like our theory, why Caitlyn is very good. But essentially, though, it's just so we can all level set. What Caitlyn does is you put a number of cards that you choose onto the bottom of your deck and then you draw that many cards back. Now, if you are a tune to car theory, that might already like perturbew because you're playing a supporter card and you're already losing a card. In that trade, though, you play Caitlin and since you play Cynthia, you put the Keylan like Caitlin. I was stuck on Caitlyn, Cynthia, and then I went the wrong way on that fifty choice and you show it took the wrong run. So you play Caitland. Will do the end peoplay Caitlyn. You put a five cards in the bottom of your deck and then you draw five cards, but now you've lost the CAITLIN. So if you had a hand of six cards with a Caitlin and it now have a hand six cards without a Kitlin, so you're losing a card. Basically. I'm besides that, like it's not really digging as hard as your other cards. So the only real use case for Caitlin makes any sense is if there's some resource you're trying to preserve. Your hand is clogged. But it's almost...

...like that situation should be rare enough and your deck should flow smoothly enough that you don't build your deck around that happening. I should get there to be like explosive and powerful, and what you'll find a lostation, is like you almost don't even want to get rid of. You either want to get rid of like your whole hand and you'd rather have a research or a Marni, or you only want to get rid of a couple cars and you still rather have a Marnie because it will look dig better. Yeah, exactly. And you know, another thing to mention. You're saying like, yeah, it's only maybe really good if you have that that card that you want to keep. But we already have maybe an I mean certainly a playable card in a rang guru that can just kind of keep that card on the top of your day. I feel like an Internet. It's not happening. I would rather just play a wranger and research, yea certain certainly more repeatable on that effect. And then, yeah, I mean this was a card reprint, like you said, just never saw a play before. So if you have your hopes up about Kaitlyn, I mean it. It's the kind of card that, like, on its face, I think for like if you're just a card game player or maybe a board game player, it just seems like it should be good. But in the context of Pokemon, where we already have pretty insane draw certainly compared to any other card game that I you know, that I know of. I mean I don't really know how digimon works, but like, certainly like in comparison to magic, like we just have such card draw such access to our deck that we don't really need to be diminishing the size of our hand. And then we could take it one step further to Riley is like there's a lot of hand disruption and Pokemon again compared to a lot of other card games. So you know, the Marnie's, the reset stamps could be really detrimental, right when you drawn to a Kaitlyn as your only supporter after a reset stamp to three, right, so you can only maxim yeah, put up. That's another regard point. Like, even aside from hand distruction, is, Eitland doesn't like get you out of low hands. It's it can only get you up to one card less than you currently have. Yeah, no, and I mean it. And it really gets like it's so supporter that gets worse the longer the game goes on, and I feel like that's not really the case with most supporters. You know, generally speaking, like it. It actively gets worse, you know, if your opponent is going to hand to start up to you some anyway. That's enough about Caitlyn. Just want to give that kind of a side to I mean, unless there's as a cool dive into kind of like the card theory. Yeah, that's also a couple new vs and B Max has metagross making his appearance here. Metagros not looking. You phenomenal. You phenomenal. Honestly, it's a I don't really have any commentary about is. It's kind of cool. A metagraphs is kind of cool because it you know, you can get it out and search on the first turn if you have the rapid strike mustard, and then you can magnetic adhesion. So that seems kind of really guess. Yeah, so just to this ogetics there there's the Metagrass v Max has two attacks. The METAGRAS V is much largely unrearkable that it goes vmax is to attacks. First One's magnetic cohesion for one metal in searcher deck for two cards. Put Him in your hand. kind of like a worse I'll be hand. You have Max rush, where it does a hundred. If you again and it's fifty actually day. Yeah, that's right. Yep, exactly. So do you under the first turn and then two hundred fifty from every subs quine turn, assuming that you don't switch out. Yeah, that's just like a mass of A. Definitely is. We have like such good metal types that you don't need. I mean it's definitely the kind of card that would sweep at a prerelease. Yeah, one metagraphs, one matter curt Max, Dude. Yeah, you search out all of your like your supports. Yeah, and then you're just doing two hundred and fifty eight damage a turn for to energy like that seems so bust. That's true. That is definitely a pre release. King, though the METAGRA is not super fantastic,...

...there is a bliss E v I think is actually really cool. So it has a natural coally curability. When you attached energy, you heal special conditions from it and is attack is happy blast. It's a call back to all an old blizzy card and what it does does ten damage plus thirty more for every energy attached to blissy. And after you use it, though, you get to put the three energy cards from your discard pile on to Blissy, which is insane. It like ramps up so fast and it has two hundred and fifty helf. It's a that's pretty tanky, boy or girl, and it just rocks. Like I could even see there being like Weird Niche combos where, yeah, the huge celery a bunch of energy onto the blissy and then other stuff with them. Sure, like are you saying like maybe you do it with like metal energy and then you have the Bronzeng? Yeah, something like that. Yeah, I could see that too, for sure. Yeah, so recovery energy, recovery option. I mean it's certainly interesting. We still have hyperpotion the format. So you know, maybe you put you know your energy and then you can heal a hundred and twenty a turn or more. You know, depencking out what your point it does. We obviously have KPA toughness. That's in format. A fair number of healing options outside of that, you know, with just like regular potions or Malow and Lana and things like that. So maybe there's some kind of tank archetype that can I'm a little worried about the damage output because it doesn't seem particularly good. But I certainly think blissy be like like, if you were to slot it into this current format, probably plays best with welder type decks and then you can get a lot of energy and play and then maybe like move it all the heat trends or something to kind of close out the game. So I think it has a lot of a lot of use. Yeah, I think I am. Certainly could. I do really like the idea of like a bronze like that is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of, where you can like throw it up, get a bunch of energy into play, re Tanky, like not every deck will be able to when hit Ko it and find new tricks that you now have, obviously that maybe your ponent was, and like a you get a spreading flame turn with a team. Yeah, definitely, is definitely accept it does damage, which, yeah, even more potent, right. Yeah, and then it can be like an end games. It's cool. I like it. Any other of the new cards that we haven't previously talked about, it stick out tjw. Well, not particularly. We are talking a little bit before the cast. We're like, Oh yeah, there's the the Gredient, you know, has that brazen tail ability that doesn't let energy cards get discarded, whether from crushing hammer or it, and they actually doesn't let energy get put back into your hand. So you know, things like tm l grunt just don't work on it. Basically, any energy disruption if you have the greet in a play just doesn't work. I don't think gredent is going to see play. Like I don't know if you remember Riley. Well, you probably do, but that Carbank resaid our carving that you had the powerkeeper or whatever. I think they're carving the bank. Yeah, but yeah, that bank was not really that widely played in that format that it was in the formats that I was in. So I don't see a stage one with that similar ability being played. I don't know if you disagree or agree with that, but certainly an interesting or have. I'm happy we have it, but just largely agree. You know, it's I don't really see it being played in a lot of decks. Like if you're just so critically worried about crushing hammer for whatever reason, gives you a chance to not have to worry about it. But you crushing care is also most potent in the opening game. Anyway, when like agree. Sure, absolutely though. Yeah, I mean there's lots of cool new cards coming out in this next set. There's also a whole slew of like alternate...

...and Full Arts, and these cars are just gorgeous. Do I gotta say, I don't want to go through rising one of those. If you want to check them out, go check out like ooaky Guardian, where you can be all these different arts and their glory. Aw. I wanted to ask you, though, what among these stands out to you most. Switch among these is like your favorite of alter full arts, like what what I want to get, like the card that I really want? Yeah, the one you think is like super cool or sick or just like bands out to you in a meaningful way. I mean, I like what Pokemon is doing really well, certainly recently, but I guess over the last like three years when they have put out these cards as they've done a really good job of like putting pokemon in the background. I think that is certainly something that they're going for, right. They're trying to have these pokemon kind of exist in a world, maybe tell a little bit of a deeper story, and so, yeah, with that in mind, I really have been enjoying the the Calie rex has that have that have the pokemon in it. I just think they're really cute, cool, really cute. Talking about like the basically I'll turn. Yeah, yeah, those ones are really really cool. Yeah, they look sweet. So, yeah, those would be my choices. Yeah, I was I was thinking about saying one of those. I think the one I sell it on, though, for myself is this Erra or a v all tart. That card is beautiful. You got the zero or like, kind of like front and center, looking kind of wistfully off to the side, snowing on top of a mountain top, but in the distance you can see light and trees, orges. There's the Wevele kind of hanging out with him. What's going on over here? I want to be a part of this, kind of like goodbye. We've also given off for sure. There's also another pokemon in frame. I can't really see what it is. Maybe you can spot a little better. JW is kind of covered by the and I don't quite see it, but the cars is beautiful. It though, gorgeous like that's the that's the kind of car that I would like. Nice will electric type, looking very cool. Speaking of cool cards, I think you know what time it is, JW. I for the car the day. Let's do it. So part of the day today for me is actually a card that we have previously mentioned podcast. Do you know what that Car Navjw? Well, we've mentioned a lot of cards. So could it be SCRALP? Not scrubbed and in fact, was not mentioned apps ever on the podcast. No, that can't be true. No, it definitely is. Been Venture as a car. We mentioned the scruff card. I we've mentioned scrulb itself, for sure. Okay, yeah, I don't know. I mean we've been doing this for well over, what a year and a half now, so forgive me for not remembering every single card. so forgive me for not knowing every single card that we've we've ember said I needed to SCRUBB. I need a no sequel database to store all that information on. Maybe you can make one now. So yeah, I'm learning, Bro I'm now the car. The day for today is actually Caitlyn, and here is why. So kaitlyn definitely a bad supporter, but you know, Caitlyn is the kind of card you could easily acquire in ance and like crappy decks with no any of you who've listened to the cast for a while they know I kind of got my start playing at my local league that I went to for VGC. I various decks that they had pre built and really found the game to be and a huge, huge staple, and we made fun of my league leader for this for a long time. Of all these decks is they played...

Kaitlyn all of them play Kitlyn, and you know, my first experience with the cards was really playing the world championship deck. So like a lot of research, a lot of nd so I could really the cream of the crop of a draw supporters. I'm sure you know I have that anecdote. That all meant keep mentioning on the podcast where I read research and I like I thought it was time. So going from that to Caitlyn felt kind of bad and he and Kaylyn opened up a lot opportunities for these like kind of mediocre decks to dead drawing upst each other. Sure, because if it was just not an out, it was not it out at all. But I have really fond memories of playing all those like freebuilt league decks. My League leader put a lot of thought and care so what those decks were and how they were built, and it was just such a fun experience, like honestly, like I would still go back and play those if I lived in Columba. There's just like a really good time with my friends. So I thought, in the spirit of mentioning Kaitlyn again on this cast, that it would be fun to shout that experience that I had delven Kalen. Well, that's awesome, great card of the day. But, speaking of cards, were got to lose. Some got to you got the announcement at long last. I know, I've been waiting, we've been begging, we've fleeting for POKEMON. Tell us what is rotation? I cannot get it off of my mind. You know, I need to know what I'll be playing six months from now, and Pokemon has delivered. At long last. We know and we're safe, so we can start planning for two thousand and twenty two rotation instead. So yeah, I mean it's it's a great move, you know. I mean what is their benefit to the waiting until the last minute, like every other year, to announce the rotation? Meaning know why? Don't know? You always should know what it will be. Well, I wouldn't say that outsider. Happen Weird years. Always know. Yeah, but a couple of weird years is enough to throw it down right like we I mean I think I usually when it goes, usually when it goes from a set block right, like there's only, you know, four sets of the previous block still in the format. Like that's very obvious, right that they're going to rotate to you know, just one block of cards on. But you know, again, there have been weird years in the past, so I think you don't want to take anything current. It's been pretty clear, I think, since ix one as they have these obvious like blocks within there. You know, you had like the Great Block, a, pokemon blocks, bad like the like. Sure, so you can usually kind of like break them out by mechanics. Another good example ours pretty much every prison going at the duck. Regardless, though they did announce the rotation and, like many people suspected, they are using the regulation odes on the bottom left of your cards, though, if you're listening don't know what I'm talking about, I would take out a cart one that's been printed since Word Shield. I pop that sucker in front of your face and if you look towards the bottom left of that card you will see first off you'll get the set symbol and the bottom left, that's a little bit to the right there you'll see a letter, serious letter it should be, or in e pulled out artists instructed. So what that means is we're basically taking Japan sits where they use the alphabet to kind of categorize the blocks of cards, though things that have been printed in the first block of from shield, those have that d regulation and things that are...

...printed a little bit later have that eregulation. And the thing that is important to know about those relation symbols is it makes it a lot clearer what kind of reprints are allowed. So a good example of that that I just have on my person right now is boss's orders. The boss's orders with lysander still has that dregulation symbols, so you know it's going to stay in the format at the same time as the boss's orders from rebel clash, though. It's really nice tool. It gets popon more flexibility terms of what cars they can print as well. So previously it's been a huge thing where we get where your Japan will get these cool promos, but we don't have like a good way to slap them over into the US. Or look at these corip reprints that we just don't have the capacity to like reprint in the same way. Right did the alternate are a's, but alternate our a's. They didn't have as like parts of officials their promos or like shining fates kind of sets. This could pokesmon the flexibility, like hey, you know, they have this new art of Marney. That just really I don't mean put that into a set, but give it the d regulation marks so rotate when expected, right. So it's awesome. It's good to see and it adds a lot of clarity and how the game work. So even if you weren't really clued into how the rotation mechanics work asked, you can very easily look at your collection moving forward and know what kind of cards you'll need. Yeah, absolutely. I think that was a really great summary of why those symbols matter. To be frank, I I just view it as kind of something that is a teaching tool helps kids, you know, and parents of kids know, like okay, Dne, like that's what I can play and Oh, okay, you know, I see that this card is an a, so now I can't play that. You know, it just very obvious right to say like, okay, here's what you can play, here's what you can't play, as opposed to trying to go through the set, you know, like you said, like trying to go through the set symbol, like you just go okay, well, letter, is it legal or not? You know, it's very mind are like it adds a couple of extra layers to like first off, it lets you know what kind of is about to rotates. You have a better sense of like what that'll look like. But also, I think, one of the better examples almost when there's a old, older car that got remnted kind of like within the same era. So specifically thinking of like vl tall, ex right, the V'L TREX was training to x and Y, but then there are those tins that came out. I kept it legal forever, but I had a situation at like a League Cup where bone is very confused because I had evel tall from x and Y on my deck list, like this is okay, I swear this is okay. Sure, I mean and and that's I mean, that's a great point that you bring up like again with newer players or younger players or or both. Really it could be your little confusing right, or at least the old wag the sets and will doesn't really necessarily correspond to the car's reality. So I think this is a great way to like add that level of clarity and really it only serves to benefit everyone. It benefits the judges that checks event, players who are building their decks on it benefits people who are coming into the game who want to know what cars are allowed to use. Yep, absolutely awesome stuff. I mean, I don't want to, like theory, Mont too hard on kind of what post rotation will look like, because I think that is constantly change. We think of like the tail month series and Zoshu ve dominating for a while, but I don't think it's really the case anymore with like newer cards have come out right and we're gonna get, you know what, two or three more sets by the time rotation and so there's no more to see any more. To See. We can, we can, we can speculate all we want, but in the end it's it's when we get, you know, certainly closer to that rotation day, that will have a obviously have a better idea. But one last topic that I do want to bring up, and that I mean that is the current Meta. We should talk about it just briefly, kind of bring up just a few points here about...

...it, and mostly because the Players Cup for is coming up and for me, I know I am going to be grinding that, you know, very seriously. This is something with prize money on the line, so every tournament counts. I'm going to try to get a buy. I'm going to do what I can to just play the best deck at all times, really not taking anything for granted, and I try to win some of that sweet, sweet cash. Now that there's kind of a cash now that there's a cash prizing associated with it, I feel like there's a not that the travel awards weren't prestigious, because certainly I would have liked to have one of those as well, but they're there. There's a bigger wait. I think that'll be placed on this. So I'm excited to see what the turnout is for players. Cut for that starts in two days. If you're listening to the cast on Thursday, you will get your Players Cup keys on Friday, which is really exciting. Riley, walk us through kind of what you're seeing from the metagame, what you're seeing from tournaments as they're, you know, happening every single day? What are kind of some trends that you're seeing? Yeah, I mean, honestly, it's hard to say there's any trends. There's so many things that are finding success. A couple of or major things, I would say, is in terms of popularity ATP and rapping, strike or she foo are definitely the most dominant decks in terms of popularity, but not winning every single event, but they are always in, like the noup top three most play racks. But in spite of that Ekram an event the other day, which cool, playing that stealthy hood to get around in the Q or She Xti them leverage that you too. Yep, you have multiple variance of rapid strike, which we talked about last week. Also have sometimes. I mean there was a strapless Cephal on deck that wanted tournament the other day, which kind of surprised me because they played for attackers and a Grandmar atte with no ordinary rod. But you know, they they want to tournament. That's sick and mad party definitely on the rise right now. There's just so much going on that the game is really dynamic. Yeah, I think. Yeah, it's it's it's really interesting to see kind of this I don't know, maybe a lessening of a turnitis as and maybe a turn it. This was the real gatekeeper all along. Maybe it wasn't actually ATP but it turned it is. As as we know, it was kind of the centralizing, the centralizing deck of last format, where it was just towards the end of last format. It was just seeing a ton of play. It is easily, you know, one of the top played decks and you know now we're seeing a turn it is kind of fit into the end of the fray right. It's not high above the most played, but it's one of the most played and usually hovers around three twenty five most played in any given tournament. So you know, that has led to some kind of opening up of the format. I don't really know what's the cause of that because we've always, you know, every content creator has been hitting on ATP you know, snuffs out creativity and I think even to a certain extent, like rapid strikers, you few, kind of snuffs out creativity with the snipe attacks, right. That's really hard to set up things when that thing is when nothing is sniping. So I think that they're it's just interesting to see like we've seen a decline in a turn, it is, in his popularity, and we're seeing an increase in, like you said, mad party, kind of these fringe decks. Real a boom has been seeing some success and just a number of other mew two decks are kind of coming back. So it's really cool to see I'm happy that this format is in the place that it is. Yeah,...

...so I guess that there's a key takeaway. I would play something that it's built consistent and as a generally good chance a lot in the field. I don't think there's any particular deck that's just going to blow everything out of the water. A lot of deck or seeing that's right now like something existent that you're comfortable with. Yeah, it. You really can't make a bad choice. I think there are so, like you said, so many decks. So if I were just pick like a top three, I mean I might have a personal top three, but honestly, if you told me three completely different decks, Riley, I think there would be arguments to be made that. Yeah, that could work just fine because it's so wide open. Seems like actually, more than pretty much any time in the last like three or four years that I can remember, just like any deck could win on any given night and that's very, very exciting. It is. So I hope to see you all competing and players cut for and you got that prize money on the line to give it your all and we will keep you updated as we move our players cut forward journeys as well in the spirit falling along with our journeys. You could also follow us on social media. That's at Real John Walter and at smiles of ils on twitter, as well as at tag team Pokemon for the podcast, and then make sure to follow us on as well if you want to catch us live. So the podcast recorded live at fish tvous Lash Monter and then jw does his live streams. You Right Y. Yeah, thanks so much. Rather we have one question before we before we get gone. Asked Duncan Ass. How is JW doing in my first week as a software bro and I'm doing pretty well. You know, I'm just on boarding, so it's a lot of just kind of self learning and reading documentation and watching old zoo meetings, so it's pretty good. I think we got one more question. That's Bethans mass. They've asked anything. You guys are leaning towards playing four Players Cup for and maybe give like your top to JW? Yeah, I'm I think my default is going to be peak ram but if I were to go with something spicy, I've been really enjoying real a boom. There was a period of time that I felt like I couldn't lose at the deck. I went on like a fifteen game win streak and I was just like ripping apart every single deck in the format. And then, you know, of course there's some inherent inconsistencies with that kind of deck, but I think there certainly is a fair amount of merit to bringing something a little bit off the wall to players. Cup for qualifiers. Yeah, for me top two would be probably rapid strike can bee. Yeah, yeah, very cool. A lot of decks with a lot of good options. So Great. Thank you, guys all, so much for listening. Thank you for all your support over the last you know, week, over the last month, over the last year. Really don't take that for granted. And Yeah, please make sure to rate and review if you're listening on your favorite podcasting platform. That helps us a ton, you know it. And with that we will catch you all next time. Peace. They.

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