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Top 10 Cards from Shining Fates

Top 10 Cards from Shining Fates

Alola Trainers! My name is Joshua Vanoverschelde but some of you might know me better as ZapdosTCG! Today we are going to talk about our new mini set Shining Fates.
This is a set that contains a lot of Shining variants of already existing cards. Which makes this an ideal set for new players. There are a couple of really great cards in this set which see a lot of play. Think about Decidueye, Crobat V, Cramorant VBoss's Order, etc...

In this blog post, we will cover my personal top 10 cards to look forward to. Although this might be a mini set, certain cards might actually have an impact on the current meta! We are not including reprints in this top 10 (just so you know).
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The Will of Iron - Everything you need to know about LucMetal!

The Will of Iron - Everything you need to know about LucMetal!

Lucario and Melmetal Tag Team GX (LucMetal) combined with Zacian V and Zamazentais a force to be reckoned with on the online scene. After winning the first Player’s Cup, it went on a tear online getting various cosigns from top players – the main strength of this deck is the high skill ceiling it can have. As a LucMetal player, you tend to play very methodically and slow the game down to a hault. Hiding behind Lillie’s Poke Dolls, you can buy yourself infinite amounts of time just using Zacian’s Intrepid Sword ability to attach extra energy, and draw into extra resources. Reducing damage is something that is always good, but this deck is arguably the tankiest one in the entire format – decks are going to have an extremely hard time taking down most of the Pokemon in this deck once you place some damage reduction buffs on them. I could talk about LucMetal all day, but let’s dissect what really makes this deck tick, and what the strategy is. Without further ado, let’s talk about LucMetal Zacian today!
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“Mountains out of Molehills” – The Player’s Guide to Excadrill!

“Mountains out of Molehills” – The Player’s Guide to Excadrill!

Much like most schools, there’s many different cliques. There’s the cool kids, the smart kids, and jocks, and the geeks; in this case, a new kid just came into town. You guessed it, that new kid is Excadrill! Being brought to the scene by Sander Wojkic, the control master, he capitalized on his Player’s Cup II qualification with this deck that packs a surprise factor on the ladder! Excadrill is always something that has seen play in the Tier 3 bracket, but as of lately it’s been making a splash in an effort to counter some of the top dogs in the metagame – mostly Pikarom and Eternatus. Before Vivid Voltage is set to release, this Excadrill is probably the best Fighting-type attacker besides Marshadow and Machamp Tag Team GX, mostly due to its efficiency for being able to attack for a single energy. Being a 1-Prize attacker means that the game also will go on for longer than most other matchups, and gives the opponent less of a reward for getting a couple speedy KOs on our Pokemon. Today, we’re going over all things Excadrill.
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Whimsicott: more Tools, more Power

Whimsicott: more Tools, more Power

With the release of the Pokemon TCG’s newest expansion, Vivid Voltage, we now have a whole new onslaught of archetypes to face off against. While we aren’t quite sure which ones will rise to the top, the community is starting to gravitate towards a few choice favourites – namely Coalossal VMAX, Orbeetle VMAX, and a surprise guest at the table – Whimsicott. This cotton candy fluffball has rose onto the scene as being the most constent, aggressive 1-Prize attacker in format: this floofer packs a PUNCH. A 250 damage punch, to be exact! Being able to consecutively stream these massive attacks against the opponent is what makes the deck so strong – since we’re just a frail Stage 1 Pokemon, we’ll need to setup many many many of these guys. However, our deck is engineered to spawn as many attackers as needed, so we’re in luck! Generally speaking, I enjoy playing this deck more than most other 1-Prizer decks because of how turbo it is, and just how fool-proof your board can become in the late game. For any Expanded players or long-time veterans of the game, this deck feels very comparable to the late Vespiqueen, except instead of waiting until the end of the game to do high damage amounts with Bee Revenge, we can get there as quickly as the second turn! Without further ado, let’s jump into the article! Let’s talk about one of my favourite new decks, Whimsicott!


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Best Pokemon TCG Decks to Play

Best Pokemon TCG Decks to Play

Wow, I can’t believe that the new year is upon us already! It’s kind of crazy to think about how wild COVID-19 has been, and how the Pokemon circuit as a whole has been scrapped. Understandably so, it’s important that society returns to normal as quickly as possible; that being said, I think it’s important to reflect on what has been doing well online lately, and to document it in kind of a “New Years deck dump”. Today isn’t going to be a typical article, as I plan on just dumping a ton of very solid lists that will carry you to high placements at events. These lists have been tried and true by many players around the globe, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you run into any of these 60 card gauntlets at your next online event. Without further ado, let’s hop into some of my top plays this Winter 2021!
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ZapdosTCG's BUSTED Baby Blacephalon list! | PoTown Blog

ZapdosTCG's BUSTED Baby Blacephalon list! | PoTown Blog

Yo everyone! My name is Joshua Vanoverschelde but some of you may know me as ZapdosTCG. I've been playing the game for almost 10 years now and I owe a large amount of my success to playing Baby Blacephalon.
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State of the Game - PTCGO is Where it's At

State of the Game - PTCGO is Where it's At

None of us can know for sure when the game will return to a semblance of what it looked like before, but what WE DO KNOW is that the GAME WILL HAVE CHANGED. Let's take a look into the current state of competitive play, how it got affected by global events and what the future of the Pokemon TCG might look like in the future.
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5 Best Cards from Vivid Voltage - Set Review

5 Best Cards from Vivid Voltage - Set Review

Hello, it’s Jack, back again for another article! This time I will be going over the new set, Vivid Voltage. Vivid Voltage is an extremely interesting set, containing new Amazing Rare Pokémon and a very high number of new cards.
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Players Cup 2 Pre-Notes

Players Cup 2 Pre-Notes

Hey everyone,   Levi here, today I'm excited to bring you my thoughts on the current state of the meta right before the Players Cup II commences. In this short article, I'm going to go over three of my favorite, most powerful decks.
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Dystopian Pikarom – Bringing Light(ning) to the Chaos

Dystopian Pikarom – Bringing Light(ning) to the Chaos

PikaRom has been around in different styles since it was printed. It started out as an incredibly fast, hard-hitting deck that aimed to target down Tapu Lele-GX with Tag Bolt GX to try and get a 3 or 4-prize turn and then use Let Loose early and again later to completely reset an opponent’s board, sometimes before they could even get anything going for them. It shifted into a deck that relied on using Vikavolt V’s Item Lock early until a Full Blitz could get a KO and then going from there to try and maintain a game-winning board state, and now in it’s arguably weakest form it is utilizing Crushing Hammer with Reset Stamp to be a slower deck that has infinite options AFTER a Full Blitz but takes longer to reach that point.
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Why ADP Zacian is the play for the Players Cup II

Why ADP Zacian is the play for the Players Cup II

Hey everyone, it's me, Jack, back again for another article. This time I will be writing about what is, in my opinion, the best deck in standard right now. If you've been playing the online tournaments trying to qualify for the Players Cup II you will have ran into some variant of Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX/Zacian V. This deck is incredibly powerful and speeds up the pace of the game significantly with Altered Creation GX enabling you to take an extra prize card upon every knockout. Because of the strength of this deck, I have been playing it for a while now and I think I have come across a very strong decklist for this format.

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Players Cup Tournament Report

Players Cup Tournament Report

Hey, I’m Jack Millar, a Pokémon TCG player from Australia and I recently won the Pokémon Players Cup Finals. Another Australian player, Matthew Burris also used the exact same anti-meta deck as me and placed second, so the tournament was a huge success for us! In this article I will go over how we created the deck, which you can use on Pokemon TCG Online as well, how we thought the matchups played out heading into the finals and how my rounds went.
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Intro to PTCGO

Intro to PTCGO

The purpose of this article is to give an introduction to the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO) client for beginning competitive players. This may be players who are intending to play entirely on PTCGO but would like to use competitive “meta” decks, or players who also intend to play in real-life tournaments but wish to use PTCGO for practice.
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The Meta Watch: How both Formats are Looking Right Now

The Meta Watch: How both Formats are Looking Right Now

Hello PoTown Store readers! We are currently a couple of big events into the new Sword and Shield meta and the meta has seen dominance by one archetype. In standard we have ADP/Zacian V which has been by far the most played deck and the most successful deck, including a big win from the all too familiar, Tord Reklev, at Malmo regionals. However, in the expanded format the top deck includes Trevenant & Dusknoir GX/Milotic which aims to limit the opponent's hand size to 1 card and ability lock them as fast as possible. Most recently, Justin Bohkari won Collinsville regionals with the Trevenant & Dusknoir GX deck and showed its ability to beat any deck no matter the matchup. Both of these decks are considered to be in the lone Tier 0 area which is something we haven’t seen in quite some time in the game, but it makes room for creativity and other decks that are favored against the best decks to have a chance in the meta. With that being said, let's go into some meta evaluations for both Standard and Expanded and find out what the best plays for each format are.

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New Set, New Meta! Welcome to Sword & Shield

New Set, New Meta! Welcome to Sword & Shield

Welcome back PoTown Store readers! Hope all has been well and that everyone is enjoying the new Sword and Shield set! The first tournament Sword and Shield will be legal in is OCIC (aka Oceania International Championships) coming up later this month. This event will be streamed by Pokemon so be sure to check it out if you want to see what all the games top players think are the best decks in this format. When thinking of the new standard format with Sword & Shield, a lot of new things change in the meta because of powerful new Pokemon and Trainer cards that were released in the set. The turn one no supporter rule also comes into effect, which will cause some decks to be built a little differently. Keeping this in mind, there are a lot of new decks making it into the Top 5 decks in the format! Here is my current predicted Top 5 decks to look out for in OCIC!
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