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Preparing Your Team: A VGC17 Staples Guide

  As is the norm for most new formats, a lot of Pokémon have risen and fallen (and occasionally risen again) in usage as varying team archetypes are explored. With the rapid changes we’re seeing, it may be hard to understand what Pokemon to use and how they work. In this article I’ll summarise current ‘Staple Pokémon’ of VGC17 and ...

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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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Preparing For Worlds: A Metagame Analysis

  Hello there! My name is Bailey, though you’d probably know me as Bargens. Recently there hasn’t been too much going around regarding the metagame at Worlds and after having a relatively positive response last year I decided I’d try and give my insight into how I think Worlds will be this year. I’m going to be basing my opinions off of ...

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Big Leads: Knowing Your Xerneas + Groudon Leads

Hi everyone! With Worlds coming up and Australian players being a little stressed about team building, there was a lot of ambiguity around how exactly to benefit from leading with and against ‘Big 6’ teams (an archetype consisting of both Groudon and Xerneas) and their different variations, so I’m pretty much going to be providing a summary of the strengths ...

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2016 Australian TCG Nationals – Top Contenders

  This weekend, Melbourne will play host to the 2016 Australian National Championship for the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game. Saturday July 2nd will feature the Swiss rounds from 10am, with Sunday July 3rd holding the TCG finals from 10am and VGC finals from 1:30pm. Over one hundred competitors are expected for each game, vying for the coveted ...

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Hang On, What Do I Use For VGC16?

  With Regionals fast approaching the question of ‘What team am I going to use’ looms over the head of every player in the nation. From recent Premier Challenge and Grassroots results it is fairly clear that Australia’s team building is lacking, with a large majority of players using teams taken from US Events and European Regionals, or having blatant holes to common ...

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