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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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Pokémon Sun and Moon: What does it mean for Competitive Players?

  With the most recent trailers and information reveals about the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon, we thought it useful to take a look at how these reveals affect the competitive battling side of Pokémon. We hope to update and add to this article as more is learned about Pokémon Sun and Moon and what it will introduce or change. In ...

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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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Pokémon TCG in Australia – The Next Generation

  As the end of the school holidays approach, it’s time to delve into those often-forgotten age brackets, our Juniors and Seniors Divisions! Juniors Division Juniors is an interesting division in Australia, and indeed Asia-Pacific as a whole. At any one time, the total number of competitive players isn’t that large. Last year saw every player who had qualified for ...

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Draw a Card #7: Giratina EX

  Today we are talking about Giratina EX from the Ancient Origins set. The card itself boasts some decent stats: standard 170HP, hefty three retreat cost, one attack and one ability. The Ability Renegade Pulse prevents all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Giratina EX by your opponents Mega Pokémon. Historically, Safeguard-style effects have always been useful, who doesn’t ...

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