Tag Archives: Format

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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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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Preparing Your Team: A VGC17 Staples Guide- March Update

As the season progresses, many Pokémon have risen and fallen in usage, as trainers utilise different team compositions. Different Pokémon have different varies of success, with certain Pokémon having more defined roles in their team. In this article we summarise the current ‘Staples’ of VGC17 and how important each Pokémon is to our current metagame. Some “pros” and “cons” of each Pokémon ...

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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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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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Getting more than we *Bargened* for – Interview with Bailey Owen (@BargensVGC)

  Welcome back everyone! I’m glad to present to you all a short interview we had with Box Hill winner and circuit front-runner Bailey Owen (@BargensVGC). Bailey is currently sitting around 128 CP and has cut almost every Premier Challenge he’s attended thus far, using a myriad of different teams along the way. We spoke to him on a few ...

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Play! Pokémon TCG 2015 Season Format Rotation Announced

With the World Championships right around the corner, the 2015 season rotation has been revealed! The 2015 season already underway as of July 14, and players have already begun working towards the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. The new rotation is set to occur on September 3, 2014 which will then set the stage for the remainder of the 2015 season. Please ...

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