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Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast
Tag Team Pokemon TCG Podcast

Season 3, Episode 9 · 1 year ago

3-9. Wholesomemon

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The boys are feeling a little down, so they want to share some of their happy moments in the Pokemon Trading Card Game! Good vibes only for this episode.

What is up everybody? Welcome backto tag team, the POKEMON trading card games premier podcasting duo. My nameis Riley Hulbart, joint as always by my good, good friend JW Currey. Will Gw. How's it go today? Pretty good at Riley. How areyou? I am doing a fantastic, JW, I gotta say. What'sbeen going on? Not A ton. Just continuing to prepare for my codingboot camp that starts on in January. Looking forward to that. So spendinga lot of my time just doing that, getting ready, trying toput out content, trying to been doing like a video a day. Yeah, for the last couple of months that's been my goal. I've certainly nothit, you know, exactly to that goal to a t, but thathas been what I've been trying and so it's been. It's been certainly alearning experience for me in terms of Youtube content. Yeah, so what haveyou learned? Well, I've learned how to efficiently edit last years. Yeah, so I can. I mean the way that I currently have the youtubeset up, I can edit a video in under, I would say,forty five minutes from taking it from a twitch clip or vod whatever, andthen and then doing a introduction, you know, and kind of discussing thedeck and analysis, if you will, and then, you know, clippingthat into the games from the Stream. I can do that another yeah,forty five minutes or so and I don't know, it's a nice little smoothline. Smooth smooth line, streamlined processing line. Finally figured out. That'sawesome. I you know, I used to like make videos when I wasin like Middle School, in high school, just to find no idea. Yeah, I and what I W I'm getting to it. This is I'mvery jealous that you have a streamlined process there, because I I was likesuch an always a perfectionist and maybe to a fault, with editing videos.Now would rewatch my own videos a million times and I, you know,I'd put them on Youtube and I'd watched them again and I'd be like,Oh, I don't like this, and so I take it down and Ihad more I just yeah, I get really into it. Yeah, that'scrazy. I had no idea. So what would you put videos out about? It was a lot of different it just kind of depend on what wasinterested in. Back when animation was like the big thing on Youtube. Idon't know. Do you remember that? Are and like very early Youtube,when animation was like the thing. You know, you had ego rafter withhis like awesome games. Oh yeah, and then I remember there was ayoutube video called Washington. Yeah, I remembers, and I was Washington,Washington, or like epic fights or something, and it was there was one.It was an epic fight, the ultimate showdown of ultimate also, whichshowed down of supreme destined, ultimate destiny is ultimate it Tis. Yeah,so, like animation was the big thing, and so I tried that. Itried just like maple story videos. I did like basically whatever was interestingto me at the time and kind of like coincided with whatever the trend wasat the time. You know, eas that was young and impressible. Sosure, but yeah, so I tried all sorts of things and I wouldalways spend forever on videos that were true, truly mediocre. Sure, but,you know, Fond Memories, for sure. Sure, that's cool.That's cool. If you haven't tried to make a video or produce content,I would highly encourage it. If you have that creative side in you.It's certainly gives you, I think, a greater appreciation for the people thatdo it very, very well and, yeah, makes you realize just howmuch goes into high level productions. I mean whether it's, you know,a Broadway play or sports or, you know, twitch streamers, like reallyany type of content that's being created, you just have kind of a biggerappreciation for that. Absolutely, absolutely.

So let's just jump right in then. Speaking tangentially to your content, we had another full grip online series yesterday. This time you actually got to play. So Andrew took up the reins onstreaming for the week and you don't right in there with ATP's ash andso tell us about generally how that tournament went. Tell us how you did. You know, what's the scoop? Yeah, it was a great tournament, well run. I want to just pump up Natalie and everyone else thatworked behind the scenes to get the tournament rownt running very smoothly. So westarted at seven o'clock and I ended my last round at twelve nine twenty,twelve hundred and twenty, somewhere somewhere around there, and it was just abeautifully run tournament in the sense that I like tournaments that are just punctual andon time. Yeah, and I certainly haven't had that with every single onlinetournament. So I just props to everybody from full grip for getting it outthere and being punctual. And so I played ATP for the tournaments, andthat's a little bit of a maybe a cop out. I was kind offeeling a little anxious with what to play going into it and I just didn'treally like a lot of the options. I was thinking about peek around prettyheavily, but recently there had been some uptick and ex could drill and Ihad actually played it against an ex coul drill in the Sunday pok x tournamentand I was a little bit nervous about playing that again and just feeling failinghelpless, and so I wanted to just kind of go with a deck thatI knew was just going to be as consistent as possible. You know,playing as ostion ATP deck with Forsoshtion, you know you're probably going to getthat additional draw in the first turn and you don't really auto lose too much, and so I went in with that mindset, played a very straightforward,consistent list and did end up finding an autoloss, but luckily it was lateenough in the tournament that it didn't end up, you know, putting meinto weird bracket. So I played ATP a couple of times in the firstround. In the last round, both of my opponents had less than stellarhands. The first round opponent, I think, started as Ama Zenta andattached twice and, you know, passed, and it now able to just buildup the ATP and, you know, pretty much just do my thing,even though I wasn't drawing particularly well. And then in the last round,they also that was the one that was streamed. They also just kindof had a dead hand in the mid game where they could have taken agust Ko and really swung the matchup. They weren't able to do that andso I was able to win that. Played against a couple of peak arams. One Peak Rom dead drew. They like attached an energy to aCrowbat and passed. Oh No, for a couple of turns is like okay, well, I'll take that DUB as well. And then the other peakaround matchup was actually incredibly close. I really do enjoy that kind of backand forth between peak I'm an ATP. That feels like if we did havea world's that feels like kind of very indicative of what the format like isright now. Obviously the worlds would have been in a different format, butif we had a world's in this format, like a peak around versus ATP matchupfeels like what it would be. And then, and then I playedagainst in round number five, a decision. Why? A decidual wagons, andthis was made me happy in a sense. I mean it made mesad because I lost it as a horrible matchup because I didn't include any nongx attacker, but it made me happy in the sense that that deck wasa deck that I worked on heading into kind of this competitive season, headinginto the Players Cup one with Alex Piney, and we had been kind of labbingthat deck and trying to figure out, okay, would this be a goodplay for the Players Cup, the first Players Cup, and you know, we kind of decided yeah, it probably would be. There's a lotof things that you beat and just to...

...see it perform well and when thetournament yesterday was like, Oh yeah, you know, all that time thatwas spent on that deck, which was rogue at the time, all thattime that was spent there it really didn't go in vain because we're still seeingit pop up. So yeah, that was pretty cool. Sad that Ihad to lose it. And said that it was so like it was socrushing, like there was nothing I could do, but it was cool tosee that deck again. Yeah, I remember you Ma whiling after they drewthree price cards off the ATP. There's on the single pokemon in the hand, not even an evolution. Yeah, yeah, it was pretty it waspretty funny. I was like, well, I think I have one shot here. After they knock out the ATP, they take their additional three prize.I think they have seven or eight cards in their hand. I'm like, okay, I have a mall while. That's my one out. If Ican just moll while a couple of bench pokemon and they don't have ascoop up net, then I can go ahead and gus those up for game. And they had none. So you hate to see it, you dohate to see it. and Decision I obviously and ended up winning the wholething, didn't it? They did. Yeah, so taking down a sentto Scorch vmax deck in the finals. We don't know how that game playedout, but the decidual I goons player did play the for weakness Card Energyand with obstacle and being able to one shot the vulcanyons. You know,obviously if they put the thirty damage from the evolution the obstacle on to volcano, you can do ninety damage and then you can kind of clean up therewith the decidual I. So you know, well played to our champion Jonathan andgetting that dub with the Siduy obstacon. Yeah, it's crazy to think thatthat deck is like still being played too, because we have I'll taria, which, to me, I'll tearia freeze up so much space for thedeck. But I was I was really kind of struggling to think why wouldyou play Decidua as opposed to I'll tario. Won are if you have any thoughts? Yeah, I've had this discussion before. Actually. I think Iwas talking to Andrew about it, like over text or something. I thinkI'll taria is fine if you like want to take it into decks that arecompatible with it. I think if you're going for the lockdown strategy, though, like I'll taria isn't really enough a against x that have like one outI'll Tario doesn't really do enough damage to effectively deal with them. So likea good example of that is Tabacoco, prison star and Pakram, like.You can just bolt on to it, charge it up and tap of cocoacan easily plow through all tarrea's like nobody's business. And then I also thinkif you're going, like Puer, lockdown your you need obstagon right to likecover your your basis, and I'll taria is less compatible with obstagon than deciduallyand the fact that they both use ray candy, which like isn't necessarily aplus, but like they can slot in together in that way. Sure,but the the twin energies don't work at all with obstacleon really, and thedarkness energies don't really work at all with Altaria, right, you know.So it's just like a little awkward deck building and then Decidua will do themore damage anyway. So at that point, like if you're going to already cansee that your deck building is going to be a little weird and playstage two is you might as well play the better lockdown card. In myopinion, fair enough. And also, like the HB difference is very meaningful. Yeah, of course. Yeah, that does make a huge difference.One hundred and ten is you know you're going to go one shot by Volcanians. Really, that's like the most relevant one. Yeah, that I thinkyou're too shotting them right, exactly. So, yeah, I just Ithink deciduy is definitely better if you're going for that strategy as like your mainstrategy. You know, if if you're playing a deck that plays twin energyand you slot in an Altaria, I think that's fine. I think that'sperfectly reasonable. Sure, but I definitely think to drives the better iteration ofthat card. Sure. Well, speaking...

...of I'll Teraria, though, andjust a quick aside, we did see an Altaria deck make top eight inthat full grip online series tournaments by piloted by Matt Sets Hell with his ATPATP I'll teria deck. There you are just very interesting. Just wanted topoint that out and highlight that player. Congratulations, Matt, when you're topingfinish. We have our next full grip online series tournament coming up on Novemberseventeen. So that is we're delaying it by an additional week to make enoughtime for vivid voltage to come out. So next time you you know hereabout the full gribound line series, it will be in a new format andso we're really excited for that. Yeah, and if you didn't catch last week'sepisode, we did hit on vivid voltage in that one. We're veryexcited to see how colossal shakes up the metagame. Also, the orbital card, I think is really cool. I'm kind of warming up to it more. I think it's a neat card. If nothing else, probably takes itout of good. I mean it's gotta be good, right, because youhave things like Zig sigoon being played in decks that you know it doesn't necessarilyhave any other business being in. Let mean, I'm a sucker for I'ma sucker for like that kind of spready. Yeah, I would deck and yeah, well, and it could. I mean I could even see orbeatle being just like a to tow line just in general, like it inany deck, you know, where it's like, okay, well, Ihave this, you know, ability to spread and that's very good and spreadall these damage counters across the board and that's just generally a good thing todo. So yeah, it will be to see how much these new cardsget played. I am also particularly excited, not to harp too much on thenew cards coming out, but I'm particularly excited about Don Phan being ableto do one, one hundred and twenty four one energy. I mean Iknow we have things like things like ex coul drill, but there are somepretty significant there are some different downsides to ex coul drill as opposed to DonFan. So down fan having a little bit more HP, going to beable to do that one hundred and twenty for one energy? I don't know. That seems to me like there's potential combos there. Additionally, with thedamage to the bench, being able to activate certain other attacks. So yeah, I know looking forward to that as well. Yeah, definitely some coolcards coming out in invid voltage. I'm excited to see what how shakes outand we will be covering more vivid voltage as we get closer to the setdrop. And so if you're not more toffry, that's right. Today,though, we wanted to focus in on a little bit of different kind ofcontent. So if you're looking for a hard competitive Infos probably isn't the episodefor you. Jew and I were actually talking for the podcast and we're bothkind of what kind of down today, you know, Pokemon or otherwise,and so we wanted to talk about just some happy, uplifting moments that we'dhad in the POKEMON trading card game and, you know, or Pokemon in generaland what that means to us. So I'm going to share a storyof mine and JW's going to share some stories of his and hopefully you canimpart some at least some, I don't know, some fun out of itif nothing else. Yeah, sure, just kind of I think a lotof people are maybe depressed maybe at this format, and you know we are. I mean probably for me I'm experiencing a little bit of like seasonal depression, where it's just like Oh yeah, darter every day. And in anycase I was really talking to Riley before the before the cast, and we'relike well, let's let's try to like pick our spirits up, like maybesharing some things between us would be good to kind of refocus and kind ofget ourselves out of just a little bit of a slump that I've certainly beenfeeling recently. Know for sure I have to, and so I wanted tostart off. I have A. I don't think I want to share necessarilyone large story, but I have a...

...couple like small moments that I canalways think of as being really happy and Pokemon. You know, I don'twant to talk about like winning a regional or topping a regional anything like that, like you all know those stories about me or could easily find them.Well, I want to talk about actually is some of my moments really earlyin the game, when I was just a wide eyed little lad relatively speaking. I mean I was in college getting into the game and what that waslike for me. And so we first discovered Pokemon, me and two ofmy roommates. I just want was on my roommate but who later become aroommate, Thomas an anthony. We were playing at our local league and weprimarily played the video game and we got into the POKEMON trading card game becauseof the world championship decks that they had at our league for his free use. And so we were getting into the game. We are buying all ourcards to get into our decks and we are really into packs at the time. And this is also the around the time that the the twenty anniversary generationspin sets were coming out right and so like packs were kind of like areally fun thing at the time and we distinctly went on adventures. So,you know, we're all in college and we don't have like actual means oftransportation. You know, we're confided to our foot travel and bus travel,but we wanted to go basically everywhere we could to search for roaring skies packs. and Oh yeah, if you played pokemon around that time or recently,then you definitely know why we were doing and it was on the hunt forthe legendary shame in ex card. Yeah, granted, this was before shame andspiked to like a hundred dollars. It was all. It was onlylike twenty or thirty at the time, which in hindsight just seems so ridiculous. So I didn't just buy them, but we decided that we were goingto try and pull shame Ay X. and so one day we go downto the local game stop just south of a high state's campus and we buy, like we each buy like three rowing skuys packs. He buy out theirstock because right, I'll keep in mind rowing skuys was also not the mostrecent pack at the time. So it was just whatever's left. Sure,and I pull like a full art megaladios, which like Oh, that's so cool, you know, that's so an interesting and need. Yeah, andI think my friend pulls another x card and then Thomas, the third friendwho came with us, pulls a full art shaven. We like wow,the our eyes already here, like we got to keep doing this and soso we must have gone. We I think we went to three different targetsand four different game stops. We took buses all over the city. Ohmy God, it was just so much fun and I we actually did getone more shame and a off of that. And Yeah, you know, goingto target just became like a joke almost in our group. It's likesomething we would do for fun. It was we would go to target.Yeah, but it was honestly just so far. We're on the bus forlike an hour one way going to a target just to explore for cars,and it's just like those kind of moments are so pure and almost innocent ina way, like yeah, I know we used to do that. Themost that we would do that it would be in high school. We starteda Pokemon Club in high school and primarily based around the cards, but peoplealso play the video games. But yeah, we would do that, you know, Friday night, you know, parents gave you twenty bucks. Allright, which hard gold, soul, silver tin are we getting tonight?You know, yeah, boys, and we like go out and rip thepacks open and like man, that was just so fun. It was justso much fun. And you know, then we would go back to thedorm room and we play the dark ix versus Mega garrettas matchup, and itwas just I mean, that's what it was all about and that was probably, honestly, those games just on the floor of my dorm room where someof the most fun I've had. Yeah, which kind of leads into some ofmy other happy moments. Was this...

...isn't really a happy moment, butit's the moment I think is funny. So me and this group of friendsare playing pokemon cards on the floor of my dorm room. We didn't havelike a good table to do it on because we all we just have thedeaths right, like those were filled with our computers, and so we're playingon the floor on our play mats, you know, dister everywhere. We'rebasically taking up all of the forty space and very frequently friend of mine wouldcome to my dorm room, and so she comes upstairs. She's a verynice lady, knocks on my door and my friend answers it and it's justme like on my stomach on the floor, like Pokemon guy with my friends.Well, this pretty girls at my door trying to get help with homework. Like like Oh sorry, can we pause the game for a second?So I get up and like sit on the couch and of just and nowI'm doing homework, while my friend is just sitting there waiting for the gameto continue. Right, right. So he turns on the TV and startswatching, I think, dragon tails, just like the kids show, andto keep the meme going. He actually enjoys kid shows. But yeah,basically it isn't meme. And so so, so dragontails is on the TV,pokemon cards are on the floor, everywhere. I'm trying to keep cool. It's just a complete mess. Yeah, but I'll tell you what, thatperson is a true friend because they stayed my friend and they continue tocome for homework, help and discussions when we needed it. So Oh,there you go. Shout out to that group and then shoutouts my I thinkthat leads it well into my last story. And so the same group of friends, we had a lot of pokemon that we were fond of for variousreasons, especially forgettable pokemon. Yeah, so one point, if you remember, in the worst pokemon of all time video, I had talked about howHeliolisk is forgettable. That was a mean that was started in that friend group. We came up with that because we had done a gen six like namethem all, like it's not a quizlet but one of those like onlinequids things, and the only pokemon from Gen sicks we couldn't get with Heliolisk or helioptile. Sorry, helioptile. And so that was one of them. But anotherone that very distinctly sticks out my mind is fine on, the POKEMON.Fineon is just like the ultimate forgettable pokemon because it's just a fish. It'sjust a fish, like really nothing special. It's just a normal fishh like youcould find that fish and real life. That's we had a fine on cardthat stayed with US everywhere that we moved throughout college. We had atone point tried to burn it, but it we failed and just got itcovered in wax. And so I don't know. I don't really know whathappened there. But so there's a Finnyon that's covered in wax. We wouldtape it to like a very prominent wall on every house that we lived inthroughout college, and that was our faint out as a fan OFM forces fineon, which is actually segue. It's my car to the day. Somy car to the day for this week is fine on from Phantom forces.There's really just like fineon itself. There's nothing exceptional about this card. It'struly like the epitome of Mediocrity. I'm pulling up the stat line on itnow so I can emphasize this. Yeah, so I was fifty HP pound forone energy for ten damage and there's just a Finnyon. That's it.I like what I'm here, and so I mean this fineon is is sostupid and lame, just like fineon itself. But honestly I kind of a softspot for Finny on Lumineon as result...

...of the meme of it being solame and forgettable. So fine on, I actually do really enjoy you asa pokemon and I think when I think of that friend group, one ofthe quickest things I can think of is Finny ONA. We're all still reallyclose to this day and Pokemon is still something that we can talk about.They don't play competitively, but it's something that we all share an interest forand enjoy and really what I think of like happiness with the Pokemon and didmy best moments in Pokemon. It's really about the people that play it.I really love this game and I love playing it, but the connections I'vemade through this game over the years are just truly the best I've ever hadin my life, and that goes for my friends I met in college.That goes for everyone I've met through these tournaments and online. I really can'texpress enough like how awesome this is, and Finnyon in a way represents thatfor me, especially this particular one from fan of forces. That's a greatstory. That's and that's a cool little true addition that you guys had.Yeah, it's still in possession actually of Anthony. Yeah, he still hasit in Columbus, hung prominently on a wall. Yeah, great, andevery time we moved houses we would take a picture with it as a group. That's nice. Yeah, so when they recently they've all kind of partedinto their different ways as we moved into different areas of life. But Daythere's the most recent selfie. I wasn't in it, but the rest ofthem are still in Columbus and they took one together. It is really it'sjust sweet. It's uplifting. You know, I enjoy it. Yeah, that'samazing. That's amazing. Well, when I think about just like thehappiest times that I'll miss one day, you know, presumably when life getsbusier. You know I won't have as much time and certainly won't have timeto do it with friends in the way that I used to. But justwhen I think about the fun times and Pokemon, I think about the testingsessions with you and Andrew and, you know, any friend that I've everhad. But like staying up till three, four in the morning just sling inthe same matchup back and forth, over and over, changing like onecard, turning a card backwards to see, okay, would it be better ascard a or card be changing the deck all together, swapping a techattack line out. You know, it's just all these different things that gointo, you know, testing. You know, the week before the nightbefore tournament I I miss that dearly. I missed those sessions and just beingable to I don't know, it's kind of for me, those sessions arelike an expression of self, you know. It's like I'm fully committed to thatone thing for six hours, and that's probably the lack. Like pokemonjust generally the game, is probably the longest that I'll ever be kind ofone track minded. Yeah, on anything, and I don't know why. Ican't say why, because no other game. I like a lot ofgames, but no other game comes close to the amount of attention that pokemoncan take from me. You know, like I can just be into itfor so long, for like in a very like a very singular thing toyou know, one deck. I could be into one deck for six hours. You know, it's like learning the matches, learning the INS and outs, learning the the tech cards and what to do when, and that's justso fun to me. Saying up, four, five, you know,getting a couple hours sleep, waking up doing it again. That's just that'sthe best. Is there a particular sashion that sticks out in your mind?Well, I would have to say, you know, it's a little bitcliche. You said you weren't going to talk about readinal wins, but Iwill, and it would have been, you know, the one that wasthe most recent, so that's probably also...

...why it sticks out in my mind. But just before the just before the regional win in what wrote no,yeah, so being able to stay up with Andrew's like okay, I gotthe stack. Let's, you know, let's run it, let's run allthese matchups and like let's figure it out and and really kind of solidify whatthe deck was going to be. And it started out going into the night. That was the beauty of it. It started out it's just this ideaand this concept and it was built in a completely different way with like,I forget the cards that we had specifically, but we had just a bunch ofcards that didn't really make a lot of sense with the deck. Andthen it was like okay, playing a few games, it's like, well, does that? Should we even include that? And then like pretty muchswapping, I would say, about twenty cards from where we were to wherethe regional list kind of ended up, and that's just so, so cool. I don't know, I just I look back on that session as being, you know, pretty indicative of all the other sessions, but that onesticks out the most to me just for what it resulted in. No,for sure, for sure, I testing sessions with the homies. It's justthat's where it's out, for sure. Yeah, you know, really distillthe game. People are at Banter, they're talking crap back and forth.We have this thing that we do that started world's two thousand and sixteen.I was testing with Natalie and we have this phrase and it goes I remembermy first win, and then I was testing with Natalie for the world's Tournamentand then I kept saying that and then I started to like I started likeriff on it. So then the next riff was like kind of saying itin like an elevated voice, and eventually my voice got so elevated where it'skind of turned into it like a song. So it's like and so you're supposedto say I remember my first win, when an whenever anybody gets really excitedabout winning a game. Yeah, I remember my first win. Wow, like wow, you gotta win. Well, Gee, I gotta wina long time ago. You know. It's like it's like push up guykind of thing, right, like yeah, you did a push up I dida hundred. Yeah, I did on that kind of thing. Soit's like so now it's you kind of sing it and you kind of singit inaudibly and you kind of muffle it right, so you go first,and it's that kind of thing, you know, and I don't know,that's really fun to me, those inside jokes that you get from from thebanter and just being up so late with other people. Yeah, I it'slike mainly Natalie and I, but I think it's bread to other people aswell. We were we would always like rip on people who are like complainingbecause their opponent had some Combo to win the game. Yeah, I thinkyou've heard this as well. It's like they always have. It's just likehow de men can you get your voice when you say that? I risemy pride scards, you know, I prized my press great when I hadto lay up six prizes, I had to start the game, so Itold to do this stuff like that. Yeah, I those are really someof the most pure moments of like competitive pokemon, right, but are justwith the friends trying to perfect something and you're all goofing and Gaffin and jiffin with each other. Yeah, for sure. For sure, that's awesome. Do you have any other particular moments that stick out to you? Ijust have a lot of travel stories about Pokemon, just, you know,thinking about how I've gotten certain tournaments and, you know, coming back from certaintournaments. There's a tournament that we went to in Toronto. I usedto love going to these when we had they were called city championships and theywould have these city marathons and I would I would make a point every yearto go up to Toronto. I did it for about three or four years. I want to say maybe five years, and you know, I and itwas actually always with a different group of people. So that kind ofmade it fun too, because I can...

...think back to okay, here's avery specific time that I went with this group and then it was a wholenew dynamic when I went with this group, and this group was kind of fun. And I went one time with a group and we were heading backfrom Toronto. So we had spent like two, three, four days,something like that, playing all these different local tournaments. It would have beenlike having lead cups right in a row, and so we went to a bunchof these local tournaments, got back we're driving home to Michigan and weare in a blizzard and it looked like we should not have been driving andI just like, I remember very distinctly like thinking like I can't believe I'mdoing this for Pokemon and then being heavy that I did it for Pokemon.Yeah, yeah, you know, is just it didn't make a lot ofsense. It was very dangerous. I should not have been on the road. In fact, we probably just should have stopped and pulled off the road, but we kept driving and I remember just being like the endorphin rush fromjust being in that precarious situation doing something that I really love to do.Yeah, was was a great moment. Yeah, it reminds me of Itold this on the cast I think a few weeks ago, but I gotstuck on the on the road outside of since day. Yeah, good times, good times exactly. The travel is part of the fun as well,for sure. Yeah, definitely, that's awesome. I I certainly feel uplifted. I don't know, I do as well. I do as well,let's let's make it a good week riling, for sure. So I think atthat point, if anyone has any quick stories they'd like to share,in the chat or any questions they'd like answered. We'll take a couple ofthose and I and then we'll sign off for the week. We, asalways, sincerely appreciate you. This cast is super awesome and I think wehave a great community built around it, just like pokemon itself is a prettyawesome group of people. Yeah, that's right. Appreciate all the listeners tothe podcast. I mean, I don't know analytics from any other podcast becausethose are pretty difficult to find. You know, it's not like youtube viewersor anything like that, but I can fairly confidently say that this is themost listen to podcast for competitive pokemon and we just thank you a lot formaking the cast what it is. Really really appreciate all your continued support andwe hope that if there are any concerns, criticisms or just general feedback that you'dlove to give to us, that you would reach out either on twitterat tag team Pokemon podcast or to you know, each one of us individually, facebook, twitter, twitch, even all that stuff. Word. Qciakhas a happy memory. Shout out to the honest guy that let them takea Duve this past weekend. And Yeah, yeah, so there was there wasa looks like I was say love you. Actually, Max Max leady, I played him in the first round of the polkx tournament and I hadleft the stream and clicked loss on on accident and he was gracious enough torelinquish the win. He had forgotten to retreat off of poison and and soI ended up winning that. I was playing a poison to turn of thisbuild and he was very gracious and and let you know, and call tojudge over to the virtual table. That's a wholesome allow me to think back. They was very wholesome. It was pretty much exactly how pokemon sportsmanship shouldgo. So shout out to Max leady. Honestly, I think it's so easyto get down on the game and the community what because I feel likenegative aspects sort of take out more of the Lens right when you're when you'rethinking about negative things, they just occupy...

...more of your mental space than thepositive things. But but really, I think pokemon is the great community.There's a lot of great people doing, trying to do awesome things to helpout. I mean, yeah, it's it is really cool. I've beenreally encouraged by some of the people doing well. You know, I meana part of my part of my feeling a little down about pokemon recently.It's just like, you know, I've been trying some new things and tryingto do some you know, make some content in a in a different waythan I normally have and like it just hasn't been leading to the results thatI've been seeing but or that I've been wanting to see. But on theother side of that is like I've been seeing a lot of creators grow inpretty just and maybe not significant ways. There are some that have certainly beensignificant. I think about purple cliff just like blowing up here, which isreally interesting. Maybe not so much on the TCG side of things, butcertainly was in that realm and could certainly pull some if he ever decides togo back to a little bit more tcg focused content. But there have beenother creators that have just been seeing like very consistent growth and I've been noticingand it's been really cool to see, just in the sense that pokemon reallyis a very small niche and competitive pokemon is is significantly smaller than the nicheof Pokemon, and so being able to see like growth in the genre asa whole has been really encouraging because I think, if you know, thetides rise like all ships rise equally. So yeah, hoping that that's youknow, hoping that that's case. That's that's a really interesting thing that I'vebeen seeing. This really cool to see for for us on the whole.Yeah, one more question in from Seawan Leiden asking what's the new in thepokemon world. Well, not a lot at the moment, but vivid voltageis coming out very soon and looks to shake things up a bit. Sowe we do also have some expanded bands on the horizon. It's that's tomorrowthing, that they are coming out tomorrow potentially. We know that pokemon historicallyhas been late, has been and like pretty hands off generally speaking with boththeir announcements. Well, they pretty explicitly said that they would do something.Sure, sure, we don't know what that is yet and we don't knowif that's a band of many cards or one card, or if they willreverse any of their priorities of giant lance as bad I hope, I hopethat they do. I hope that they do reverse some older bands, butin any case we have no idea the scope of the bands are. Whetheror not you know it's going to make for a good format, a badformat, you know, pretty much the same format. It's really up inthe air. So those bands will come out tomorrow. Look for those.Will certainly be covering them on the next episode. Yeah, so mapping outthe future for tag team here. We got the next episode covering some hopefullyexciting expanded news and then shortly after that we're going to have lots of vividvoltage updates to talk through all about. Right, so plenty of exciting thingsin the near future. We hope that you enjoyed this episode of positivity.I think it was certainly helpful for me because I was in kind of aDowner mood. So there's definitely refreshing for me. Be sure to check usout on twitter. That's out real John Walter at smiles of rials and attag team Pokemon, and we will be catching you next time piece. Soyeah,.

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