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.

Card Clash: Comparing the New and the Old

Introduction There are hundreds of cards in the current standard format for the Pokémon Trading Card game. Many of these cards have similar effects, but a different mechanic to achieve that effect. For example, Professor Sycamore and Professor Birch both allow players to draw a fresh hand of 7 cards. One is a staple 4-of in almost every deck, while ...

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Tool Time: Items to Boost your GX Pokémon

A Tool Card is a type of Trainer Card that may be attached to your Pokémon to provide them with benefits. This could be an increase in damage output, increased hit points, a reduced retreat cost etc. Generally, only one Tool Card can be attached to a Pokémon at any one time. In the current standard format, there are very ...

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Eeveelution Solutions: Enhancing your Stage 1 GXs

The latest Pokémon Trading Card game expansion Sun and Moon graces the world with five new Stage 1 GX Pokémon. These are Lurantis GX, Gumshoos GX, Lycanroc GX, Espeon GX and Umbreon GX. These GX Pokémon have the power of a mega, but are classified as a stage 1 rather than an evolved Pokémon. This means they can utilise the ...

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Pokémon TCG: Uncovering the Secrets of Sun and Moon

  As inhabitants of Earth, we’re lucky enough to be treated to the Sun and Moon every day and night respectively*. Only once will we be treated to the release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Sun and Moon set. The Sun is an incredibly important star, and the Moon is a body of astronomical importance. But how important will ...

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Yveltalk with Jordan Palmer: Analysing the Yveltal / Garbodor Pokémon TCG deck

  London is known for its beef-eaters, but it was all about the bacon-bird at the European International Championships. The Yveltal/ Garbodor deck featured 11 times in the Top 32, 5 times in the Top 8, and made up every deck in the Top 4. The December event was neither the beginning nor will it be the end of this ...

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Pokémon TCG European International Championship: Event Report

  From December 9th-11th 2016, the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London played host to the first of four International Championships to be held across the globe during the 2016-2017 Pokémon TCG competitive season. The big cash prizes, Championship Points on offer and the desire to taste the salty tears of fallen enemies attracted 492 masters division competitors, including players who ...

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TCG – Beyond Night March: APAC’s first impressions of the 2017 Format

  League Challenges are underway, the first International Championship is fast approaching, and the period usually dedicated to city championships is looming. So, if you’re one of the 1587 people (perhaps a slight exaggeration) that I contacted, who replied with “I haven’t played since Nationals, I don’t even know what is going on with the meta,” it is probably time ...

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