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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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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 how ...

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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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2016 Australian VGC Retrospective: A Big Season for Some

  With the 2016 VGC season over, and the 2017 season soon to explode with the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, let’s look back at Australia’s 2016 VGC season, and how it unfolded. The 2016 season once again saw Australia compete under the Championship Points (CP) system as part of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) rating zone. The newly introduced CP ...

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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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