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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 34 · 7 months 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 Tup guys looking back totag team, the Fookmon trading card games for me or podcasting Duou? Myname is Raly holwork Joinet, as always by my phenomenal friend Mr JW creewall.It O Vieu. Has it going today it's going pretty well Riley. How are you Iam pectacular Yah Aa News to report, nothing of particular note,I'm deep in a book right now, which is led to some late nights. So it's beenkind of a tired week, but I'm getting my second dose maccine to whicis very exciting. Let'sgo no looking forward to that yeah! I'm just looking forward to to getting to seepeople like I'm getting a couple of weeks of remote work that they'reletting us do jo plan is after after you know a couple weeks after Imaccinated like maybe taking a trip somewhere, yeah were ou thinking, maybe centralnortheast oon. I mean I'll, probably sing through Ohio. We hat three totalweeks from OTWORK EFOR June, first, okay, so I want to go to Ohio for atleast a week total yeah, and then I want to go somewhere warm. It's likethe weathers. Bon sobizare, if your like above Kentucky, where it's like it's knowing one day and it's warm the next,an like sh feels like snow is just not appropriate anymore, so I kind of wantto disco somewhere really warm like I fel, like we didn't, have enough snow,yeah yeah I felt like we should have hadmore snow in April. Well, no just you know, JanuaryFebruary, I see yeah I mean the timeis passed though, so it's not like a there's, no wesot points for this exam.You know like Tang. Thank there's. No there's no makeup days for the Schoolof Nature, no yea! So at time the timeis passed it's supposed to be warmnow. It was really warm a couple weekends ago here and no today, so Iwant to go somewhere a beach right and I'll take like maybe half days and workermote in the morning ISD that afternoon, El the B. Doesn't that soundcool I mean yeah, it sounds great. I used todo that. I would probably go down to Miami beach about once a year andthat's what I would do it would work in the mornings and then I just like goget a slerpy sit down on the Beach Watch, all the crazy people and justlike take a half toathe sinthe mornings, and you know, especially with thepandemic. I have like a lot of as that are stockpiled right now and you canonly carry over so man yeah, that's true! Well, my big thing is that I justbought a Nintendo switch yeah there you go, and I know I'm a little late to theparty, but man this thing is cool. Now. What are you playing? Well, I amplaying the legend of Zelda, which is a game that I have been wanting to playsince it was released and I've just restrained myself because it was kindof like a like a get. You know get a job type thing. You know get a real jobtype thing, and so finally did that. So I spent the money and got the game andI've been enjoying it and all, I could say, is like aliens like you know I it's like the like theMeme Guy, the meme alien guy. That's all I think about whenever I go intothe shrines, so it's pretty funny, that's Ot! Deaso,that's been a good time sounds like things are on the off in the tag team.Verse, that's right, definitely trendingupward for sure. That's cool things. Let's say that I there's a lotof interesting things happening the Foki Verus as well. So many you knowthe the chilling rains that and Stayedo...

...really starting to get in the nitegratyof it. We got the full set, basically Japanese, now e lots of cool stuff.That's coming out of that JW Isore, anything like initially pik out at you. Well I mean. Obviously the the callyrex is blural are very cool, but I feel like I'm, I'm hopeful for the formatpost. You know opost new set, but it doesn't seem like it's going to shakeup the format like too much like it's not going to be like the only playabledeck is going to come out of this set, which was a lot like. We saw withbettle styles right, where just kind of shifted the format a little bit gave afew new cards to to some older archetypes and added. You know therapids strekers, who obviously is a pretty dominant force, but not theDOMINAVT force. You know there are so many deks that you can play at anygiven tournament. So I kind of look at this new for this new set in kind ofthe same light, where I'm not seeing anything that should just be wildlyoverpowered when you put it in the context of what we already have, andyet it should spice up the format in a way that we saw with battlestyles thatI'm really excited for, and that's that seems like the way to do it right. Iknow I see I mean it just everything that I've seen so far as like led me tobelieve that it's just like really good set design from the perspective of of aplayer like it just seems like we're. Not You know if you don't have to getthe new cards like that, I feel like that's always good, for, like kind ofgrowing the game right, if you're not forced to be competitive by gettingthose new cards like you can still compete with the older car. I thinkthat's really nice, so some of the cars that are kind of standing out to methere's a pair of supporters that I think are really interesting and that'sPiana and Pany, and these are supporters that we've seen somewhat inthe past, but these are just kind of maybe a little bit more powerful thanwhat we'v Seen in the past Sopionya shews up to three of your prize cardsand put them into your hand and then choose that same number of cards fromyour hand to put them as your pris cards face down. So something like aGladian which saw pretty regular play in particularly control dexs but Pionioseems certainly arguably better yeah, certainly arguen better. If, likeyou have multiple important things prized right because yeah you can reuse the Pionia as well. Soeven if you with them off the first peon hand, you know it's in the secondsead of three cars because it doesn't say titing around right right exactlyso, I think that's really cool and then also the pny, which just discard yourhand. But then you get to search for two chiner cards, so the immediate kindof Combo that you see there is getting your rare candy and your Ebo ind censeand you can go to town getting your stage tos 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 aroundthat I mean we have crickatoon. Obviously, perhaps the stage to thatyou're loogoing to get out is one that draws cards like the Gardoar. Sogardavor is a really cool card that we are going to see come out and as an ability that says once tyeringOtrtorniny Mey, look at the tap two cards and at'Acha Ne Ober basics andthen put the other cards in your hand, so it's very similar to Zahan's ability,but it does one less card and your turn doesn't end. So really,really I mean we've seen how strong that that ability is on Sahan and soseeing it on a on a base or a non V. Pokemon will be pretty interesting.Yeah absolutely I mean that's super cool of that ability definitely rocksand you the fact that you can kind of like chain them. You can continue touse multiple guard of ours and obviously that's like impossible. Wasthat Shit just my right, the logistics of the car don't work out Thatwa.

I think it's a cool cool new card. Ithink the whole guard of our line is really interesting. hremind me theattack on the guard of ARITSELFDW EFORE. I get intosd on the other ones. Yeah,the GUARDOF AR attack its brainway of attack to sixty damage for threecolorless and then says this attack those thirty more Damotree psychichenergy attached to this pokemon. So, presumably, if you're only playingpsychic, then you'd be doing a base of hundred and fifty, which is fine. Iwish it was kind of a communal, psychic attack. You didn't have the load up onone guard, a ore, but I guess that's kind of the tradeoff right for such asuch a great ability, so mediocre attack, certainly a usableattack, but you know I thin Ke S. Hani Tho pokmonis afraid that stage tos are like too strong yeah. This feels like an exampleof that, or it's like. It's don't worry. You can make this stronger if you yeahright, like like honestly yeah doing I mean maybe just doing more damage,doing having a less cost right maybe had to CC. You know theres, there's anumber of ways that they, you know, could have buffed it a little bit but y they aptted not to this is whatwe got and hopefully it'll be good enough to t, see competitive, Plame,yeah and well backing it up is a strong line. Other cards supporting it, namely youhave the curly Ouline, are currenly as part of the GUARDEF AR line, which ispretty huge. I mean thits. I I think when you, when we dscribed this Witlle,be obvious. The CURLIA has, I forget the name of it, but it has water,duplicats, essentially thou. If you're not familiar with an interbreak of old. The idea is, ifyou have a Curlia, you can attach a sich energy to it, a d you can venchall your other curlias in your deck, so the stage Todeck that is so so huge Imean being able to kind of like circumvent the risk of rare candy andinstead get guaranteed like two to three age. Twos on the third term ofthe game is awesome. I mean like beot every stageto with every stage to centric deck would have that attack if they could right. No, that's really awesome. Youcould definitely like still include a couple, our candies to like kind offacilitate your drawing gin or it make youself get a little more explosive.But that's that attack is really awesomeand them wil. Let you more consistently get multiple guard of wars, so you cankeep accelerating your energy yeah. I mean it's kind of sad thattheyre. You know that you hade to make a stage to into a stage one essentiallyto make a playable, but the success of water duplicates, I mean justdefinitely gives me hope for this card and anytime, that you have moreevolutions in the format. That's a good thing. There is also a galade and Ithink it's a little bit less notable than his second counterparts, but the Galatis a fighting type, which is always cool. I like when the the gardenprodects have those kind of like dual evolution options for one PSYCHOCenergy. It can, I think it's slash for sixty and but then for a doublecolorlest. It does like sixty for each V, andv maxim playso just another like a ternajust killerand I think for thec like Bardvar. Theywould likely struggle to get over a turn ofthis bultiple times in a match,just because the amage o put isn't really all the way there. So havingthat as an option is definitely helpful. So I mean I like the I, like thepackage tool, boxy kind of elements that these ardecks usually have. Youknow it kind of reminds me of like the the guard of our GX, with the galadefrom breakbhroug yeah, absolutely othat's, awesome stuff. There are someother cool cards, though that wee revealed recently, I whole slew oftrainers revealed a lot of these glove cards, which is aninteresting take on kind of like the choice ban, muscle band damage, boosingarchetype. So there's now all these gloves. They have different namesdepending on the type that they're...

...targeting and each glove when its tolcard. When you CIP it you do thirty more damage to theopposing pokemon of the type listed on the card. So there's justice gloves,for example, Wich, do thirty more damage against dark types, theres similar ones for metal and grassond fire. So it's I don't know how exactly theychose the types to pick ino those gloves. You know, I don't think I think the grass types Le Need Neotheath right right, but but I mean it's alwaysnice to have the option. I guess Ilike Yeah, like you said there are sometypes 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 knowif grass does ever make a resurgence like just not so much their disagreewith tem printing grass. It's just like of all the medioker types that thereare. Why do they only do gas yeah Fairne? What's what's the deal rightright? What were they thinking? What were they brewing back in theheadquarters where they're like we've, been testing this arcetype? But it'sway too good. So we must print this grass. This garass, you know kind ofkind of anti card to beat it yeah. So yeah, it'sdefinitelymakes. You wonder just be on the lookout guys, because you knowpokmon gives us some pretty obvious eserrgies, so they must know somethingthat we just can't see, and maybe next sat is the grassrevolution youer. That will of neeither was allalong. THAT'S RIGHT S! So that's really cool. You know a whole slew of interestinglike supporter cards as well. We Got Agatho, which is pretty cool. Let's Yomove three damage counters from reactive onto your opponents active youknow I don't see that being played in as hon of decks, but I like those kindof cricky little cards. It reminds me of Grimsley or input instead of moving damage fromyour Pote puck mony off of yours, if a reprint of Katelyn, which is justa MEDIOCAR, draw supporter Yett, and let's talk about why it's a mediocadrossporter, because I feel like I've seen a few people that are like Oh yeah,you know Kailan should be a good supplementary option for our decks. Youknow we really only have research and Marny right now, maybe birdkeeper,maybe Cynthian Kailin but like. Why is Katlyn a bad, not even not a goodsupporter, but why is it a bad supporter? Yeah, that's a a fair question and Idon't think it's always obvious, especially if you're not like a customto like our thery ykl, an ist, very good, but essentially Ho still. We can all level set what Kalan dies is he put a number ofcars that you choose onto the bottom of your deck and then you draw that manycarts back now. If you are attuned to car theorythat might already like perturb you, because you're playing a supporter cardand you're already losing a card in that trade, though you play Hait Linans,you play Cynthia, you put theer Kalan play Kailin. I was stuck on KailanCynthia and then I went the wrong way on that. Fifty fifty choice o you Chi, took thewrong on so you play depelines t Oyah, you peoe lay Kalyn, you put ay fivecards in the bottoe of your deck and then you draw five cars, but now you'velost the Katlan. So if you had a hand of six cards with a Catlan in it nowhave a hand six cars without a Caling, so you're losing a car. Basically YeahM. besides that, like it's, not really digging as hard asyour other cards, so the only real use case, borcate lamakes. Any sense is, ifthere's some resource you're trying to preserve your hand, is clogged, butit's almost like that situation should...

...be rare enough and your deck shouldflow smoothly enough that you don't build your deck around that happening.You should boly ther to be like explosive and powerful and what you'llfind in lovcason. It's like you almost don't even want to get a rid of it. Youeither want to get rid of, like your whole hand and you'd rather have aresearch for Marni, or you only want to get rid of a couple. Cars and you'dstill rather have a Marnin because it will like dig better yeah exactly, andyou know another thing to mention you're saying like yeah: it's onlymaybe really good. If you have that that card that you want to keep, but wealready have maybe an I mean- certainly a playable card in a rengaroo that canjust kind of keep that card on the top of your day, and if you tak, I nn is fohappening. I would rather just play a ranger and research yeah certain,certainly more repeatable on that effect, and then yeah I mean this wis a card reprint,like you said, just never saw play before. So if you have your hopes upabout Kailyn, I mean it's the kind of card that like on its face, I think for like ifyou're just a card game player or maybe a board game player, it just seems likeit should be good, but in the context of Pokemon, where we already havepretty insane draw, certainly compared to any other card game that I you knowthat I know of I mean I don't really know how Digiman works but likecertainly like in comparison to magic like we just have such car draw suchaccess to our deck, that we don't really need to be diminishing the sizeof our hand, and then we could take it. One step further to Riley is likethere's a lot of hand desruption in Pokemon again compared to a lot ofother card games. So you know the marnies. The reset stampscound be really detrimental right. When you draw into a Qatlin as your onlysupporter after a reset stamp to three right, so you can only Max you put em.That's a e good point, like even asideom hand. destruption is Aitland.Doesn't like get you out of low hand si it can onlyat you up to one card less than you currently have yeah no, and I mean- andit really gets like it's so supported that gets worse the longer the gamegoes on and I feel like that's not really the case with with mostsupporters. You know, generally speaking, like it actively gets worse.You know if your oponet ist going to hand strupt you some anyway, that'senough about Kala just wanted to give that kind of aside to imeannles thersas a cool dive into kind of like the car theory, yeah there's also a couplenew vs and BMAXES Metagros, making his appearance here, Medigos not looking tophenomenal to phenomenal. Honestly, it's a I don't. Now, don't really have anycommentary about it's kind of cool metagrass is kind ofcool because it', you know you can get it out and search on the first turn. Ifyou have the rapid strike mustard and then you can magneticad hesion, so thatseems kind of Wal it Gess Yeah. So just a es ate tere there's themedagros vmax has two attacks. The MEICOSV is pretty much largelyunremarkable. ANDIGORS VMAX is to attack First Oneis,Bang Tan, a conhesion for one metal in SEARC. You deck for two cards put themin your hand, kind of like a worse Il Behon an you have Max brushver. It does ahundred. If you begin, then it's Jom fifty extra day, yeah, that's right, Yep Yep! Exactly so,do you hondred the first tern and then two hundred and fifty from everysubsequent turn. Assuming that you don't switch OUP yeah yeah, that's justlike a massive Agu. Definitely Issyou have like such goodmetal. Tides that you don't need. I mean it's definitely the kind of cardthat would sweep at a prerelease yea one PATAGRAPAN metter ad yeah, yousearch out all of your like Tisyeah and then you're just doing tho hundred andfifty damage a turn for two energy, like that seems so busted yeah, that'strue. That is definitely a frerelease king. So the metagras not super antasticthere is a Blissy v I think, is...

...actually really cool. So it has aNatura Colly cureability when you attach o energy, you heal specialconditions from it and thes attack is happy last, it's a callback to Oll an old blizz ardand what it does as ten damage, plus thirty more for every energy attachedto blissy and after you use it, though you get to put the re energy cards fromyour discard file on Doplicy, which is insane it like rams up down fast, andit has two hundred and fifty Houfe, it's a that's pretty tanky boy or girl,and it just rocks like I could even seether being like Weird Nich Cambos, where Tike you caccelerate a bunch ofenergy on to the blissy and then other stuff with them. Sure like are you saying, like? Maybeyou do it with like metal energy and then you have the Brown Song Yeah K,something like that yeah. I could see that too for sure yeah, so COVERBinteryy recovery option. I mean it's certainly interesting. We still havehigpopotion the format, so you know. Maybe you put, you know your entergyand then you can heal hundred d, twenty a turn or more. You know, depending onwhat Youre Pont int does we obviously have Cape of toughtess, that's informat, a fair number of healing options outside of that you know withjust like regular potions or mallow Andlana, and things like that, so maybethere's some kind of tank arcotype that can I'm a little worried about thedamage output because it doesn't seem particularly good, but I certainlythink blissy be like like if you were Yoe to Slat it into this current formatprobably plays best with welder type decks, and then you can get a lot ofenergy and play and then maybe like move it all the heat trans or somethingto kind of close out the game. So I think it has a lot of a lot of use yeah.I think I think Er Sortli good. I really like the idea of like a Brozikdeck is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of where you can like throw itup, get a bunch of energy into play. Retanky, like not every deck will beable to Wont Hi, Kao It and find new tricks that you now haveof your sleeve that maybe your ponit was Ri and, like a you, get a spreadingflame turn with ITU yeah definitely is definitey, except itdoes damage which yeah even more potent right yeah and then it can be like anend games. It's cool like it any other of the new cards that wehaven't previously talked about. TAN STICK OUT TOUDFW! Well, not particularly, we ware talkinga little bit before the cast were like Oh yeah, there's the the greedence. Youknow has that brazen tale ability that doesn't let energy cards get discarded,whether from crushing hammer or, and they actually doesn't let energy putback Ino your hand, so you know things like tvl grunt, justdon't work on it. Basically, any energy disruption, if you have the great in oplay just, doesn't work, I don't think breedant is going to see play like Idon't know. If you remember rily well, you probably do but that carbink Owrarving you had the powerkeeper or whatever I think, the'r caring. Thebank yeah but yeah that big was not really thatwidely played in that format that it was in the formats that it was in. So Idon't see a stage one with that, similar ability being played. I don'tknow if you disagree or agree with that, but certainly an interesting R ae. Wehave it, but just largely agree, you know it's. I don't really see itbeing played in a lot of decks like if you're just so critically worried aboutcrushing hammer, for whatever reason gives you a chance to not have to worryabout it, but you crushing cam is also most potent inthe opening game anyway, when, like I agree sure absolutely so yeah I mean there's lots of cool newcards coming out in this next set, there's also a whole sle like alternateand full arts, and these cards are just...

...gorgeous to I got to say I don't want to go through every singleone of those. If you want to check them out, go check out like Bokie Guardian,where you can see all these different arts and their glory Wi wanted to ask you that what amongthese, the Ansatma sitch among these is like your favorite, F Altar, full artslike what what I want to get like the cart that I really want, yeah, the oneyou think is like super cool or sick or Jut like tands out to you in a meanfulway. I mean I like what Pokamon his wet doing really well, certainly recently,but I guess over the last, like three years when they have put out these cards s they've done areally good job of like putting pokemon. In the background, I think that iscertainly something that they're going for right. They're trying to have thesefokmind kind of exist in a world, maybe tell a little bit of a deeper story and so yeah. With that in mind, Ireally have been enjoying the the cally rexes that have that havethe pokemon in it. I just tlike they're, really c cool, really cute talk aboutlike the Dusic eed alltern yeah, yeah thos. Those ons are really really cool.Yeah. They look sweet so yeah. Those would be my choices. Yeah I was. I was thinking about sayingone of those I think the one I sell it on, though, for myself is the Zera or of the altar. That card isbeautiful. You got the zero oral like kind of like front and center looking kind of wistfully off t theside snowing on top of a mountain top, but in the distance you can see light and trees, orgus weevil kind of hanging out withhim. What's going on over here I want to be a part of this Kand of like theby we've, a toen off for sure, there's also another Puck Mon in frame, and Ican't really see what it is mabe. You can spot a Litl, better dwskind of covered by the and Don'quite si it. I the cars isbeautiful. It thoug gorgeous N, like that's the that's. The kind of coverthat I would like. I peitle electric type Lhat can very cool poking of cool cards. I think you knowwhat time it is Ju after the car of the day. Let's do it so part of the daytoday, for me is actually a card that we have previously mentioned podcast. You know what that Cardinat Gw well,we've mentioned a lot of cards, so could it be scrulp hot crubped and in fact op was notmentioned aps ever on the podcast? No, that can'tbe true. No, it definitely has been venture as a car. We mentioned this Colf card. Wementioned SCRALP itself, sure, okay, yeah, I don't know I meanwe've been doing this for well over what a year and a half now. So forgiveme for not remembering every single card. so forgive me for not knowing everysingle card that we've that we've ever said. I need mention to scrup. I need ano sequel database to store all that information. Oh maybe you can make onenow so yeah. I'm learning Broan, though now the car of the day for today isactually Kaitlin, and here is why so Kailin definitely a bad supporter. But you know Kaitlan is the kind ofcard you coan easily acquire in a pince and like crappy decx wit. No any of you who've listened to cast fora while Mey know. I kind of got my start playing at my local league that Iwent to for VGC, I KDP various tecks that they had prebuilt and really foundthe game to be and a huge, huge staple, and we madefun of my legal leader for this. For a long time of all these deckes, theyplayed Calin,...

...all of them, Pliye Palin- and you knowmy first experience with the cards- was really I'm playing the worldchampionship deck. So like a lot of research, a lot of end so like reallythe cream of the crap with draw supporters, I'm sure you know I havethat anecdote that all meant keep mentioning on the podcast. For I readresearch and I lik- I thought it was so going from that to Kaitland ell kindof and Caland opend up a lot of opportunitiesfor these, like kind of mediocre decks, the dead drawinup each other, I'm sureas if it was just noting out. It was not out at all, but I have really fundmemories of playing all those like freebilt league decks. My my leagueleader put a lot of thought and care th what those decks were and how they wereBil, and it was just such a fun experience like honestly like I wouldstill go back and play, though, as if I lived in Columba Itwas, just like areally good time with my friends. So I thought in the spirit of mentioningKaitlan again on this, cast, that it would be fun to shout an experiencethat I had belvent Kalen. Well, that's awesome great card of theday, but speaking of cards or that's a loosesong, Bat Thi or Yo got the announcement at long last. I know ifYo'm waiting, we've been begging. Wevein leading fopocoon tell us what isrotation. I cannot get it off on my mind, you know I need to know what I'llbe playing six months from now and Pokemon has delivered a long last. Weknow and we're safe, so we can start planning for two thousand and twentytwo portation. Instead yeah I mean it's a great move. You know I mean wha. Whatis their benefit to the waiting until the last minute, like every other year,O anats, the rotation? You know what know you always should know what itwill be. Well, I wouldn't say that outside Er happened, good years alwaysknow yeah, but a couple of weird years isenough to throw dowt right like we, I mean, I think I feel like when it goesusually when it goes from a set block right like there's only you know foursets of the previous block still in the format, like that's very obvious, rightthat they're going to rotate to you know just one block of cards on, butyou know again, there have been weird years in the past, so I think you don'twant to take anything EO. Why it's been pretty clear. I think since ix someone-and they have these obvious- likes UF blocks within there. You know you havelike niy great block. I A poemup woks AD, like the dol like sure no, you can usually kind of like break themout by mechanics another good example: ours pretty much every prison Oaon it the duck, regardless, though they did announcethe rotation and, like many people suspected, they are using theregulation odes on the bottom. Left of your cart, o. If you're listening,don't know what I'm talking about, I would take out a cart on that's beenprinted since or shield. I popped that socker in front of your face and if youlook towards the bottom left of et card, you will see first off you'll get a setsymbol in the R bottom lup tat's a little bit to the right. There you'llsee a letter, serious letter it should be or ine hold out. Art is instructed. So what that means is we're basicallytaking Japansis. They use the alphabet to kind ofcategorize the blocks of cards, so things that have been printed in thefirst block of from shield dose have that deregulation...

...and things that Ave pented a little bitlater. Have that e regulation and the thing that is important to know aboutthose relation symbols is, it makes it a lot clearer what and if reprints areallowed Tho a good example of that that I just have on my person. Right now isbosses orders, but the bossens orders with lisander still has thatderegulation symbols. So you know it's going to stay in the format at the sametime as the boss's orders rebel clash. So it's really nice toll. It gets holkon more flexibility terms of what cars they can print as well. So previouslyit's been a huge thing where we get Wev Japano get these cool promos, but wedon't have like a good way to slap them over into the US or look at these cripreprints that we just don't have the capacity to like refrit. In the sameway, I did the Altero our as but alternat our as they didn't have, aslike parts of officials, their promos or like shining fates kindof sets. This ecause pokes me on the flexibilitylike hey. You know: Hey have this new art of Marny that just dot really. Idon't really put that into a set but give it the deregulation Mark Soorotate when expected right. So it's awesome it's good to see and it adds alot of clarity, an how the game work. So, even if you weren't really cluedinto how the rotation mechanics work past, you can very easily look at yourselection moving forward and know what kind of cars you'll need. Yep Absolutely. I think that was areally great summary of why those symbols matter. To be frank, I I justviewid as kind of something that is a teaching tool, helps kids. You know,and parents of kids know like okay dny, like that's what I can play and okay,you know. I see that this card is an a so I can't play that. You know it'sjust very obvious right to say. Like okay, here's what you can play, here'swhat you can't play as opposed to trying to go through the set. You know, like you said like trying togo through the set symbol. Lik You just go: Okay, whatl letter! Is it I legalor Timyos Very Min it like. It adds a couple of extra layers to like firstoff in lets. You know what kind of is about to rotate s. You have a bettersense of like what that'll look like, but also, I think, one of the better examples.Almost when there's a older car that got reinted kind of like within the same era, so aspecifially thinking of like eveltal ex right e e x, os turning the X and hy,but then there ware those tins that came out that kept it legal forever.But I had a situation at like a leak cup where tone was very confusedbecause I had eveltall from xmy on my deck. Plas like this is a I swear t.This is okay. usure 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 bothreally, it cund be our little confusing right or at least the Olltwi. A satsymbol doesn't really necessarily correspond to tha cars leality. No. I think this is a great way to likeadd that level of qlarity and really it only serves to benefit everyone atbenefits. The judges, kthacks theyve been players who are building theirdecks and it benefits people who are coming into the game who want to knowwhat cards are allowed to use Yep, absolutely o awesome stuff. I meanI don't want to like theory, mone too hard on kind of what post rotation willlook like, because I think that is constantly Chang, we think of like theTalmon series and Zashivi dominating for a while, but I don't think thit'sreally the case anymore, with like newer cars that have come out right andwe're GOINGTO get. You know what two or three more sets by the time rotation anso there's no mor to see any more to yea. We can. We can, we can speculateall we want, but in the end his's is when we get. You know, certainly closerto their rotation day. That Wi'll have a obviously have a better idea, but onelast topic that I do want to bring up, and that I mean that is the currentMeta. We should talk about it just briefly kind of bring up just a fewpoints here about it and mostly because...

...the Players Cup for is coming up, andfor me I know I am going to be grinding, that you know very seriously. This issomething with prize money on the line, so every tournament counts. I'm going no try to get a by I'm goingto do what I can to just play the best deck at all times, really not takinganything for granted, and I try to win some of that sweet sweet cash now thatthere's kind of a cash now that there's a cash prizing associated with it. Ifeel like there's a not that the travel awards weren't prestigious, becausecertainly I would have liked to have one of those as well, but therethere there's a bigger weight. Ithink that ill be placed on this, so I'mexcited to see what the turnout is for playerscop for that starts in two days,if you're listening to the cast on Thursday, you will get your Players Cupkeys on Friday, which is really exciting, Riley Walkus, through kind ofwhat you're, seeing from the metagame, what you're seeing fromtournaments as theyre, you know happening every single day. What arekind of some trends that you're seeing yeah. I mean honestly it's hard to say if there's any trends,there's so many things that are finding success. A couple of more major things,I would say, is in terms of popularity, ADP and happen strike. Orshefu aredefinitely the most dominant decks in terms of popularity, not winning everysingle event, but they are always in like the nuptop three most playacks, but in spite of that Baw ECROM. In anevent the other day, W ith cool playing that stealthy hood to getaround Imq or she a still have an leveragething you to yep yeah, multiple variance and rapan strike, which wetalked about last week. Also have sometimes I mean there was a papeseffelon deck that wanted tournament the other day, which kind of opprised me,because they played four attackers and a Cramat with Noordinary God. But you know they want toturnamentbecas. That's sick and mad party. Definitely on the riseright now, there's just so much going on that game is really dynamic. Yeah, Ithink yeah. It's it's really interesting. To seekind of this I don't know, maybe a lessening ofaternitus and maybe aturnithis was the real gaykeeper all along. Maybe itwasn't actually ADP, but atturn. It is, as we know, was kind of thecentralizing, the centralizing deck of last format,where it was just towards the end of last format. It was just seeing a tonof play. It was easily, you know one of the top playe decks and you know nowwe're seeing at turn to just kind of fit into the into the fray right. It'snot high above the most played, but it'sone of the most played and usually hovers around three to five most playedin any given tournament. So you know that has led to some kind of opening upat the format. I don't really know. What's the cause of that, because we'vealways you know, every contact creator has been hating on. You know, ATP. Youknow snuffsact creativity and, I think, even to a certain extent, like rapidstrikers, few kind of snuffs tout creativity with the snipe attacks.Right, that's really hard to set up things when that thing is when nothingis sniping. So I think that they're, it's justinteresting to see like we've, seen a decline in atterniniss in hispopularity and we're seeing an increase in, like I said, mad party kind ofthese fringedecks Rillaboom has been seein some success and just a number ofother you K, Meuto 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 keytakeaway I would play something that is builtconsistent and, as a generally good chance, a lot ofthe field. I don't think there's any particular deck. That's just going toblow everything out of the water. A lot of extercy that's right. Now splay something asistant that you're comfortable with yeah it. You reallycan't make a bad choice. I think there are so like you said so many decks. Soif 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, Ithink there would be arguments to be made that yeah that could work justfine, because it's so wide open seems like like actually more than pretty much any time in the last likethree or four years that I can remember just like any deck could win on anygiven night and that's very, very exciting. It is, I hope, to Eyou all competing andplayers cut for, and you got that prize money on the line to give it your owl,and we will keep you updated as Wev our players cut for journeys as well in thespirit falling along with our journeys. You could also all of us social media,that's at Real John Walter and at smiles of LS on witter, as well as attag Ta Pokmon. For the PODCAST and then make sure to follow us on as well, ifyou want to catch us live so the podcast record, whie at Er TV, slash,moter and thenw does his live streams. You rit cess yeah, thanks so much rater.We have one question before we before we get gone s DUCKANASS. I was Gar o bedoing in my first week as a software brow and I'm doing pretty. Well, youknow I'm just on boarding. So it's a lot of just kind of selflearning andreading documentation and watching old zoot meetings. So it's pretty good. I think we got one more question:that's Ethins mass theyve askd anything you guys are leaning towards playingfor Players Cup for and maybe give like your Talp to you JW.I yeah. I think my default is going to be Pikarom, but if I were to go withsomething spicy, I've been really enjoying rillaboom.There was a period of time that I felt like I couldn't lose it the deck. Iwent on like a fifteen game wind streak and I was just like ripping apart everysingle deck in the format, and then you know, of course, there's some inherentinconsistencies with that kind of deck, but I think there certainly is a fairamount of merit to bringing something a little bit off the wall to Players Cup forqualifiers yeah for me top to would be probably rapid strike, compete, yeah, yeah, very cool lot of dex with alot of good options. So great, thank you guys, Al so much for listening.Thank you for all your support over the last. You know week over the last monthover the last year, really don't take that for granted and Yeah Polise makesure to rate and review if you're listening on your favorite podcastingplatform that helps us a time. You know it and with that we will catchyou all next time. This do you.

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