Author Archives: Ellis Longhurst

Competitive Pokemon Trading Card game player since 2006. Competed for Australia at the 2015 World Championships, & the 2017 European International Championships. On-stream commentator and post-match interviewer at the 2016 Australian National Championships. Currently invested in supporting the growth of the Australian Pokemon TCG community. Current Video Game journalist for GameCloud Australia.

Rainbow Road in the 2017-2018 Standard Format : Deck List and Discussion

Last weekend, in what seemed like a throwback to the 2008 World Championships, a Gardevoir/ Gallade deck was used to win the 2017 Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championships in both the Junior and Masters divisions. It was the most hyped deck going into the tournament, and is still being touted as one of the top decks in the standard ...

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Gyarados in the Primal Clash to Guardians Rising format: Anti-Decidueye Deck list and Analysis

From the Magikarp Salesman arc in the anime, to that guy with six Magikarp (who has a meme Facebook page dedicated to him) in the video games- Magikarp has always been a figure of mirth in the Pokémon universe. The pathetic, useless element of Magikarp has extended to its trading card game counterparts. By contrast, Gyarados has always been a ...

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Skeleton Lists: Vespiquen, and Yveltal/Garbodor

Introduction A skeleton list is an incomplete deck list that highlights the essential or minimum number of cards necessary for a successful deck of that archetype. Assuming that the creation of the skeleton list was influenced by proven 60 card lists, skeleton lists are useful for competitive TCG players for a variety of reasons: They provide players with an understanding ...

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Skeleton Lists: Mega Rayquaza and Mega Mewtwo

Introduction A skeleton list is an incomplete deck list that highlights the essential or minimum number of cards necessary for a successful deck of that archetype. Assuming that the creation of the skeleton list was influenced by proven 60 card lists, skeleton lists are useful for competitive TCG players for a variety of reasons: They provide players with an understanding ...

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Skeleton Lists: Turbo Darkrai, Decidueye GX, and Volcanion EX

Introduction A skeleton list is an incomplete deck list that highlights the essential or minimum number of cards necessary for a successful deck of that archetype. Assuming that the creation of the skeleton list was influenced by proven 60 card lists, skeleton lists are useful for competitive TCG players for a variety of reasons: They provide players with an understanding ...

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Blowing Away the Trash: Competitive Uses for Field Blower

Guardians Rising brings us a plethora of new cards when it is released on May 5th. One card has already risen above the rest –  Field Blower. Field Blower is an Item card that allows players to choose up to 2 in any combination of Pokémon Tool cards and Stadium cards in play (of their own and/or their opponent’s) and discard ...

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Pokémon TCG World Championships: How to earn an invite in Japan

Why Takuya Yoneda’s Top 8 Championship Points from the Oceania International won’t matter The 2017 Pokémon Oceania International Challenge saw players from across the globe converge on Melbourne to compete in an intense three days of competitive trading cards. Japanese player Takuya Yoneda, rose above 250+ competitors to earn a coveted place in the top 8 of the Masters Division. ...

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Oceania International Championship: 5 TCG Players to Follow

The Oceania International Championship is less then 24 hours away! I have put together a preview article on TCG players to keep an eye on during the event. In the International spirit of things, I featured a player from five different countries. The Australian (Jordan Palmer) Ah, Mr. Consistency. Our homegrown hero. If the Palmer United party was run by ...

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Pokemon TCG: Being decisive about Wishiwashi

Basic fish Pokémon. Historically, they have had mediocre attacks and hit points that render them susceptible to being knocked out on the first turn of the game. However, 30HP basic fish Pokémon often occupy a prominent place in the competitive Pokemon Trading Card Game metagame. Feebas evolves into Milotic, which proved to be a powerful supportive Pokémon in the EX Dragon Frontiers ...

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Pokémon TCG – The Oceania Meta at a Glance

Oceania Meta The Oceania International Challenge is fast approaching! The event will be held between March 10-12 (Friday to Sunday) at Melbourne Park Function Center in Melbourne, Australia! How will you decide which deck to pilot? It may be helpful to know which decks are dominating Pokémon Trading Card Game events in Oceania. Here are the results from every sanctioned ...

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