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Dealing With Non-Pentagon Threats on Battle Spot – A Season 12 Reflection

  Battle Spot Season 12 saw the rise of some really interesting non-pentagon threats. These Pokémon gained previously-inaccessible moves or abilities, through being migrated from previous games via Pokémon Bank. These moves could have come from either old move tutors, or even special events. This article aims to enlighten you on new developments that have been seen throughout the 12th ...

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Top Players, Top Pokémon #2: Sam Schweitzer (SamVGC) and Porygon2

We’re back! Recently, I spoke with Sam Schweitzer (SamVGC), an Australian player living in the US. He’s recently had a huge breakout in their circuit, and he took some time out to share with us his MVP from his last few tournaments. Hello, Sam! I hear that you like Porygon2? Why do you like to use it competitively? Hi there! ...

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Draw a Card #3: Vespiquen

  To start us off, I’d like to know what people think of  Vespiquen AOR. The stats on this card are all really quite useful. Both it and Combee can be targeted with Level Ball, having 40 and 90HP respectively, with Vespiquen having a free retreat cost, decent offensive typing on Grass, and a relatively uncommon weakness to Fire, outside ...

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Draw a Card #2: Zoroark

  Hey there Trainers, and welcome to another Draw a Card installment! Today, let’s have a look at one of the new cards from the BREAKthrough set with a lot of promise, and that’s the Illusion Fox Pokémon, Zoroark! Zoroark is a 100HP Stage 1 Darkness type Pokémon with a weakness to Fighting, resistance to Psychic and a retreat cost ...

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Draw a Card Issue #1: Gallade

  Hey there Trainers, and welcome to another Draw A Card analysis. With the release of the new set BREAKThrough today, we can start having a look at the interesting new cards from the set. I’d like to start with a card I find quite interesting, the new Gallade. A Fighting-type Stage 2 with a huge 150HP, the old Pokédex ...

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Pokémon TCG: BREAKthrough Trainer Review

Hey there everyone, I’m James Goreing and welcome to a brief review of the Trainers for the November 2015 release, XY’s eighth set, BREAKthough! Boasting 164 cards in total, BREAKthrough is one of the larger sets in recent memory. However, the composition of this set is interesting: multiple useful Trainer card reprints, powerful and interesting Stage 2 Pokémon, ten (count ...

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Pokémes Amis: Getting Involved in Your Local VGC Community

  Do you love playing Pokémon, and battling others, but don’t feel like you have anyone to hang out with and talk Pokémon on a regular basis? This might be the article for you! Here we will look at the different things you can do to get involved with, and help build up, your local VGC community. This includes looking ...

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Pokémon TCG: 2016 Staples Checklist

Hello again everyone, I’m James Goreing and I’m here today to help beginning and continuing players alike to be prepared for the coming tournament season by discussing the essential, must-have Trainer cards for the 2016 season. Trainers are the engine of every deck; the actual Pokémon may be the exciting and colourful part of playing the Pokémon TCG, but it’s ...

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Top Players, Top Pokemon #1: Sam Pandelis (ZeldaVGC) and Talonflame

  Lads and Ladies, I (Cappa) present to you a new segment we’re working on here at PokeAus, where we interview successful Australian players and ask them to talk about their favourite competitive Pokémon and how it’s utilised. Today, I chatted to 2-time Melbourne Regional Champion and NB Circuit veteran Sam Pandelis (@ZeldaVGC, hit him up on twitter) about his ...

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Training for Pokémon like an Elite Athlete

G’day, Rhydian Cowley here. I go by Mindape in the Showdown chat, on the forums, and in Twitch chat. When I’m not playing Pokémon, I train and compete at an elite level in athletics (my event is the glamorous 20 km Walk). I have represented Australia at international events, and I’ve travelled to many foreign countries. My ultimate goal is ...

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