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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 back to tag team, the POKEMON trading card games premier podcasting duo. My name is Riley Hulbart, joint as always by my good, good friend JW Currey. Will Gw. How's it go today? Pretty good at Riley. How are you? I am doing a fantastic, JW, I gotta say. What's been going on? Not A ton. Just continuing to prepare for my coding boot camp that starts on in January. Looking forward to that. So spending a lot of my time just doing that, getting ready, trying to put 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 not hit, you know, exactly to that goal to a t, but that has been what I've been trying and so it's been. It's been certainly a learning experience for me in terms of Youtube content. Yeah, so what have you learned? Well, I've learned how to efficiently edit last years. Yeah, so I can. I mean the way that I currently have the youtube set up, I can edit a video in under, I would say, forty five minutes from taking it from a twitch clip or vod whatever, and then and then doing a introduction, you know, and kind of discussing the deck and analysis, if you will, and then, you know, clipping that 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 smooth line. Smooth smooth line, streamlined processing line. Finally figured out. That's awesome. I you know, I used to like make videos when I was in 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'm very jealous that you have a streamlined process there, because I I was like such 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 I had more I just yeah, I get really into it. Yeah, that's crazy. 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 was interested in. Back when animation was like the big thing on Youtube. I don't know. Do you remember that? Are and like very early Youtube, when animation was like the thing. You know, you had ego rafter with his like awesome games. Oh yeah, and then I remember there was a youtube 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, which showed down of supreme destined, ultimate destiny is ultimate it Tis. Yeah, so, like animation was the big thing, and so I tried that. I tried just like maple story videos. I did like basically whatever was interesting to me at the time and kind of like coincided with whatever the trend was at the time. You know, eas that was young and impressible. So sure, but yeah, so I tried all sorts of things and I would always 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 that do it very, very well and, yeah, makes you realize just how much goes into high level productions. I mean whether it's, you know, a Broadway play or sports or, you know, twitch streamers, like really any type of content that's being created, you just have kind of a bigger appreciation 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 on streaming for the week and you don't right in there with ATP's ash and so 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 that worked behind the scenes to get the tournament rownt running very smoothly. So we started 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 a beautifully run tournament in the sense that I like tournaments that are just punctual and on time. Yeah, and I certainly haven't had that with every single online tournament. So I just props to everybody from full grip for getting it out there and being punctual. And so I played ATP for the tournaments, and that's a little bit of a maybe a cop out. I was kind of feeling a little anxious with what to play going into it and I just didn't really like a lot of the options. I was thinking about peek around pretty heavily, but recently there had been some uptick and ex could drill and I had actually played it against an ex coul drill in the Sunday pok x tournament and I was a little bit nervous about playing that again and just feeling failing helpless, and so I wanted to just kind of go with a deck that I 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 get that 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 late enough in the tournament that it didn't end up, you know, putting me into weird bracket. So I played ATP a couple of times in the first round. In the last round, both of my opponents had less than stellar hands. The first round opponent, I think, started as Ama Zenta and attached twice and, you know, passed, and it now able to just build up 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 kind of had a dead hand in the mid game where they could have taken a gust Ko and really swung the matchup. They weren't able to do that and so I was able to win that. Played against a couple of peak a rams. One Peak Rom dead drew. They like attached an energy to a Crowbat and passed. Oh No, for a couple of turns is like okay, well, I'll take that DUB as well. And then the other peak around matchup was actually incredibly close. I really do enjoy that kind of back and forth between peak I'm an ATP. That feels like if we did have a world's that feels like kind of very indicative of what the format like is right now. Obviously the worlds would have been in a different format, but if we had a world's in this format, like a peak around versus ATP matchup feels like what it would be. And then, and then I played against in round number five, a decision. Why? A decidual wagons, and this was made me happy in a sense. I mean it made me sad because I lost it as a horrible matchup because I didn't include any non gx attacker, but it made me happy in the sense that that deck was a deck that I worked on heading into kind of this competitive season, heading into the Players Cup one with Alex Piney, and we had been kind of labbing that deck and trying to figure out, okay, would this be a good play for the Players Cup, the first Players Cup, and you know, we kind of decided yeah, it probably would be. There's a lot of things that you beat and just to...

...see it perform well and when the tournament yesterday was like, Oh yeah, you know, all that time that was spent on that deck, which was rogue at the time, all that time that was spent there it really didn't go in vain because we're still seeing it pop up. So yeah, that was pretty cool. Sad that I had to lose it. And said that it was so like it was so crushing, like there was nothing I could do, but it was cool to see that deck again. Yeah, I remember you Ma whiling after they drew three price cards off the ATP. There's on the single pokemon in the hand, not even an evolution. Yeah, yeah, it was pretty it was pretty 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 I can just moll while a couple of bench pokemon and they don't have a scoop up net, then I can go ahead and gus those up for game. And they had none. So you hate to see it, you do hate to see it. and Decision I obviously and ended up winning the whole thing, didn't it? They did. Yeah, so taking down a sent to Scorch vmax deck in the finals. We don't know how that game played out, but the decidual I goons player did play the for weakness Card Energy and 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 there with the decidual I. So you know, well played to our champion Jonathan and getting that dub with the Siduy obstacon. Yeah, it's crazy to think that that 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 the deck. But I was I was really kind of struggling to think why would you 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 I was talking to Andrew about it, like over text or something. I think I'll taria is fine if you like want to take it into decks that are compatible 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 out I'll Tario doesn't really do enough damage to effectively deal with them. So like a good example of that is Tabacoco, prison star and Pakram, like. You can just bolt on to it, charge it up and tap of cocoa can easily plow through all tarrea's like nobody's business. And then I also think if you're going, like Puer, lockdown your you need obstagon right to like cover your your basis, and I'll taria is less compatible with obstagon than decidually and the fact that they both use ray candy, which like isn't necessarily a plus, 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 the darkness 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 the more damage anyway. So at that point, like if you're going to already can see that your deck building is going to be a little weird and play stage two is you might as well play the better lockdown card. In my opinion, 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 think you're too shotting them right, exactly. So, yeah, I just I think deciduy is definitely better if you're going for that strategy as like your main strategy. You know, if if you're playing a deck that plays twin energy and you slot in an Altaria, I think that's fine. I think that's perfectly reasonable. Sure, but I definitely think to drives the better iteration of that card. Sure. Well, speaking...

...of I'll Teraria, though, and just a quick aside, we did see an Altaria deck make top eight in that full grip online series tournaments by piloted by Matt Sets Hell with his ATP ATP I'll teria deck. There you are just very interesting. Just wanted to point that out and highlight that player. Congratulations, Matt, when you're toping finish. We have our next full grip online series tournament coming up on November seventeen. So that is we're delaying it by an additional week to make enough time for vivid voltage to come out. So next time you you know here about the full gribound line series, it will be in a new format and so we're really excited for that. Yeah, and if you didn't catch last week's episode, we did hit on vivid voltage in that one. We're very excited 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 it out of good. I mean it's gotta be good, right, because you have things like Zig sigoon being played in decks that you know it doesn't necessarily have any other business being in. Let mean, I'm a sucker for I'm a sucker for like that kind of spready. Yeah, I would deck and yeah, well, and it could. I mean I could even see or beatle being just like a to tow line just in general, like it in any deck, you know, where it's like, okay, well, I have this, you know, ability to spread and that's very good and spread all these damage counters across the board and that's just generally a good thing to do. So yeah, it will be to see how much these new cards get played. I am also particularly excited, not to harp too much on the new cards coming out, but I'm particularly excited about Don Phan being able to do one, one hundred and twenty four one energy. I mean I know we have things like things like ex coul drill, but there are some pretty significant there are some different downsides to ex coul drill as opposed to Don Fan. So down fan having a little bit more HP, going to be able 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 the damage to the bench, being able to activate certain other attacks. So yeah, I know looking forward to that as well. Yeah, definitely some cool cards coming out in invid voltage. I'm excited to see what how shakes out and we will be covering more vivid voltage as we get closer to the set drop. 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 of content. So if you're looking for a hard competitive Infos probably isn't the episode for you. Jew and I were actually talking for the podcast and we're both kind 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'd had in the POKEMON trading card game and, you know, or Pokemon in general and what that means to us. So I'm going to share a story of mine and JW's going to share some stories of his and hopefully you can impart some at least some, I don't know, some fun out of it if nothing else. Yeah, sure, just kind of I think a lot of 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 any case I was really talking to Riley before the before the cast, and we're like well, let's let's try to like pick our spirits up, like maybe sharing some things between us would be good to kind of refocus and kind of get ourselves out of just a little bit of a slump that I've certainly been feeling recently. Know for sure I have to, and so I wanted to start off. I have A. I don't think I want to share necessarily one large story, but I have a...

...couple like small moments that I can always think of as being really happy and Pokemon. You know, I don't want 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 early in 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 was like for me. And so we first discovered Pokemon, me and two of my roommates. I just want was on my roommate but who later become a roommate, Thomas an anthony. We were playing at our local league and we primarily played the video game and we got into the POKEMON trading card game because of 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 our cards 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 generations pin sets were coming out right and so like packs were kind of like a really 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 of transportation. 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 for the legendary shame in ex card. Yeah, granted, this was before shame and spiked to like a hundred dollars. It was all. It was only like 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 going to try and pull shame Ay X. and so one day we go down to 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 their stock because right, I'll keep in mind rowing skuys was also not the most recent 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, and I think my friend pulls another x card and then Thomas, the third friend who came with us, pulls a full art shaven. We like wow, the our eyes already here, like we got to keep doing this and so so we must have gone. We I think we went to three different targets and four different game stops. We took buses all over the city. Oh my God, it was just so much fun and I we actually did get one more shame and a off of that. And Yeah, you know, going to target just became like a joke almost in our group. It's like something 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 for like 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 in a way, like yeah, I know we used to do that. The most that we would do that it would be in high school. We started a Pokemon Club in high school and primarily based around the cards, but people also play the video games. But yeah, we would do that, you know, Friday night, you know, parents gave you twenty bucks. All right, which hard gold, soul, silver tin are we getting tonight? You know, yeah, boys, and we like go out and rip the packs open and like man, that was just so fun. It was just so much fun. And you know, then we would go back to the dorm room and we play the dark ix versus Mega garrettas matchup, and it was 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 some of the most fun I've had. Yeah, which kind of leads into some of my other happy moments. Was this...

...isn't really a happy moment, but it's the moment I think is funny. So me and this group of friends are playing pokemon cards on the floor of my dorm room. We didn't have like a good table to do it on because we all we just have the deaths right, like those were filled with our computers, and so we're playing on the floor on our play mats, you know, dister everywhere. We're basically taking up all of the forty space and very frequently friend of mine would come to my dorm room, and so she comes upstairs. She's a very nice lady, knocks on my door and my friend answers it and it's just me 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 now I'm doing homework, while my friend is just sitting there waiting for the game to continue. Right, right. So he turns on the TV and starts watching, I think, dragon tails, just like the kids show, and to 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, that person is a true friend because they stayed my friend and they continue to come for homework, help and discussions when we needed it. So Oh, there you go. Shout out to that group and then shoutouts my I think that 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 various reasons, especially forgettable pokemon. Yeah, so one point, if you remember, in the worst pokemon of all time video, I had talked about how Heliolisk 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 name them 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 another one 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's just a fish, like really nothing special. It's just a normal fishh like you could find that fish and real life. That's we had a fine on card that stayed with US everywhere that we moved throughout college. We had at one point tried to burn it, but it we failed and just got it covered in wax. And so I don't know. I don't really know what happened there. But so there's a Finnyon that's covered in wax. We would tape it to like a very prominent wall on every house that we lived in throughout college, and that was our faint out as a fan OFM forces fine on, which is actually segue. It's my car to the day. So my 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's truly like the epitome of Mediocrity. I'm pulling up the stat line on it now so I can emphasize this. Yeah, so I was fifty HP pound for one 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 so stupid and lame, just like fineon itself. But honestly I kind of a soft spot for Finny on Lumineon as result...

...of the meme of it being so lame and forgettable. So fine on, I actually do really enjoy you as a pokemon and I think when I think of that friend group, one of the quickest things I can think of is Finny ONA. We're all still really close 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 for and enjoy and really what I think of like happiness with the Pokemon and did my 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've made through this game over the years are just truly the best I've ever had in 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't express enough like how awesome this is, and Finnyon in a way represents that for me, especially this particular one from fan of forces. That's a great story. 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 has it in Columbus, hung prominently on a wall. Yeah, great, and every 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 parted into their different ways as we moved into different areas of life. But Day there's the most recent selfie. I wasn't in it, but the rest of them are still in Columbus and they took one together. It is really it's just sweet. It's uplifting. You know, I enjoy it. Yeah, that's amazing. That's amazing. Well, when I think about just like the happiest times that I'll miss one day, you know, presumably when life gets busier. You know I won't have as much time and certainly won't have time to do it with friends in the way that I used to. But just when I think about the fun times and Pokemon, I think about the testing sessions with you and Andrew and, you know, any friend that I've ever had. But like staying up till three, four in the morning just sling in the same matchup back and forth, over and over, changing like one card, turning a card backwards to see, okay, would it be better as card a or card be changing the deck all together, swapping a tech attack line out. You know, it's just all these different things that go into, you know, testing. You know, the week before the night before tournament I I miss that dearly. I missed those sessions and just being able to I don't know, it's kind of for me, those sessions are like an expression of self, you know. It's like I'm fully committed to that one thing for six hours, and that's probably the lack. Like pokemon just generally the game, is probably the longest that I'll ever be kind of one track minded. Yeah, on anything, and I don't know why. I can't say why, because no other game. I like a lot of games, but no other game comes close to the amount of attention that pokemon can take from me. You know, like I can just be into it for so long, for like in a very like a very singular thing to you 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 just so fun to me. Saying up, four, five, you know, getting a couple hours sleep, waking up doing it again. That's just that's the best. Is there a particular sashion that sticks out in your mind? Well, I would have to say, you know, it's a little bit cliche. You said you weren't going to talk about readinal wins, but I will, and it would have been, you know, the one that was the 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 got the stack. Let's, you know, let's run it, let's run all these matchups and like let's figure it out and and really kind of solidify what the 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 idea and 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 of cards that didn't really make a lot of sense with the deck. And then it was like okay, playing a few games, it's like, well, does that? Should we even include that? And then like pretty much swapping, I would say, about twenty cards from where we were to where the 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 one sticks out the most to me just for what it resulted in. No, for sure, for sure, I testing sessions with the homies. It's just that's where it's out, for sure. Yeah, you know, really distill the 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 remember my first win, and then I was testing with Natalie for the world's Tournament and then I kept saying that and then I started to like I started like riff on it. So then the next riff was like kind of saying it in like an elevated voice, and eventually my voice got so elevated where it's kind of turned into it like a song. So it's like and so you're supposed to say I remember my first win, when an whenever anybody gets really excited about winning a game. Yeah, I remember my first win. Wow, like wow, you gotta win. Well, Gee, I gotta win a long time ago. You know. It's like it's like push up guy kind of thing, right, like yeah, you did a push up I did a hundred. Yeah, I did on that kind of thing. So it's like so now it's you kind of sing it and you kind of sing it 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 the banter and just being up so late with other people. Yeah, I it's like mainly Natalie and I, but I think it's bread to other people as well. We were we would always like rip on people who are like complaining because their opponent had some Combo to win the game. Yeah, I think you've heard this as well. It's like they always have. It's just like how de men can you get your voice when you say that? I rise my pride scards, you know, I prized my press great when I had to lay up six prizes, I had to start the game, so I told to do this stuff like that. Yeah, I those are really some of the most pure moments of like competitive pokemon, right, but are just with the friends trying to perfect something and you're all goofing and Gaffin and jiff in with each other. Yeah, for sure. For sure, that's awesome. Do you have any other particular moments that stick out to you? I just 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 certain tournaments. There's a tournament that we went to in Toronto. I used to love going to these when we had they were called city championships and they would have these city marathons and I would I would make a point every year to 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 it was actually always with a different group of people. So that kind of made it fun too, because I can...

...think back to okay, here's a very specific time that I went with this group and then it was a whole new 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 back from Toronto. So we had spent like two, three, four days, something like that, playing all these different local tournaments. It would have been like having lead cups right in a row, and so we went to a bunch of these local tournaments, got back we're driving home to Michigan and we are in a blizzard and it looked like we should not have been driving and I just like, I remember very distinctly like thinking like I can't believe I'm doing 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 of sense. 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 from just being in that precarious situation doing something that I really love to do. Yeah, was was a great moment. Yeah, it reminds me of I told this on the cast I think a few weeks ago, but I got stuck 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 at that 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 of those and I and then we'll sign off for the week. We, as always, sincerely appreciate you. This cast is super awesome and I think we have a great community built around it, just like pokemon itself is a pretty awesome group of people. Yeah, that's right. Appreciate all the listeners to the podcast. I mean, I don't know analytics from any other podcast because those are pretty difficult to find. You know, it's not like youtube viewers or anything like that, but I can fairly confidently say that this is the most listen to podcast for competitive pokemon and we just thank you a lot for making the cast what it is. Really really appreciate all your continued support and we hope that if there are any concerns, criticisms or just general feedback that you'd love to give to us, that you would reach out either on twitter at tag team Pokemon podcast or to you know, each one of us individually, facebook, twitter, twitch, even all that stuff. Word. Qciak has a happy memory. Shout out to the honest guy that let them take a Duve this past weekend. And Yeah, yeah, so there was there was a looks like I was say love you. Actually, Max Max leady, I played him in the first round of the polkx tournament and I had left the stream and clicked loss on on accident and he was gracious enough to relinquish the win. He had forgotten to retreat off of poison and and so I ended up winning that. I was playing a poison to turn of this build and he was very gracious and and let you know, and call to judge 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 should go. So shout out to Max leady. Honestly, I think it's so easy to get down on the game and the community what because I feel like negative aspects sort of take out more of the Lens right when you're when you're thinking about negative things, they just occupy...

...more of your mental space than the positive 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 help out. I mean, yeah, it's it is really cool. I've been really encouraged by some of the people doing well. You know, I mean a 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 trying to do some you know, make some content in a in a different way than I normally have and like it just hasn't been leading to the results that I've been seeing but or that I've been wanting to see. But on the other side of that is like I've been seeing a lot of creators grow in pretty just and maybe not significant ways. There are some that have certainly been significant. I think about purple cliff just like blowing up here, which is really interesting. Maybe not so much on the TCG side of things, but certainly was in that realm and could certainly pull some if he ever decides to go back to a little bit more tcg focused content. But there have been other creators that have just been seeing like very consistent growth and I've been noticing and it's been really cool to see, just in the sense that pokemon really is a very small niche and competitive pokemon is is significantly smaller than the niche of Pokemon, and so being able to see like growth in the genre as a whole has been really encouraging because I think, if you know, the tides rise like all ships rise equally. So yeah, hoping that that's you know, hoping that that's case. That's that's a really interesting thing that I've been 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 the pokemon world. Well, not a lot at the moment, but vivid voltage is coming out very soon and looks to shake things up a bit. So we we do also have some expanded bands on the horizon. It's that's tomorrow thing, that they are coming out tomorrow potentially. We know that pokemon historically has been late, has been and like pretty hands off generally speaking with both their 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 know if that's a band of many cards or one card, or if they will reverse any of their priorities of giant lance as bad I hope, I hope that they do. I hope that they do reverse some older bands, but in any case we have no idea the scope of the bands are. Whether or not you know it's going to make for a good format, a bad format, you know, pretty much the same format. It's really up in the air. So those bands will come out tomorrow. Look for those. Will certainly be covering them on the next episode. Yeah, so mapping out the future for tag team here. We got the next episode covering some hopefully exciting expanded news and then shortly after that we're going to have lots of vivid voltage updates to talk through all about. Right, so plenty of exciting things in 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 a Downer mood. So there's definitely refreshing for me. Be sure to check us out on twitter. That's out real John Walter at smiles of rials and at tag team Pokemon, and we will be catching you next time piece. So yeah,.

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