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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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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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Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Deck List

Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Deck List

The newest Tag Team trio Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX made its debut performance in LAIC this weekend, and it lived up to all the hype with its huge showing at LAIC! ADP (short for Arceus, Dialga, Palkia) has the best GX attack in the game in Altered Creation GX which gives you an effect for the rest of the game that not only adds 30 extra damage to your attacks, but it also takes an extra prize card on every knockout you take! ADP also has an amazing first attack that is similar to the once popular Pikachu & Zekrom GX in Ultimate Ray which can set up some additional back-up attackers in Keldeo GX, Lucario & Melmetal GX, and another ADP if you need to. Since the GX attack speeds up the amount of prizes you take per knockout, you can win games before your opponent can even set up their board to deal with all of your powerful, set up Pokemon GX. This deck is one for the ages, and because of its fantastic GX attack, it is in contention to be one of the best decks in the Pokemon TCG format. 
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Ability Zard Deck List

Ability Zard Deck List

The fast and aggressive fire box deck in Ability Zard deck made a huge comeback at LAIC, and even ended up winning the event at the hands of one of the top players in the game, Robin Schulz. This deck relies on the popular Welder supporter card engine which is so stranger to the Pokemon TCG to set up its many different fire energy attackers that require quite a lot of energy in order to attack. If you can use Welder consistently, the Ability Zard deck can hit some of the biggest numbers in the game even as fast as turn 2! Once you have your attackers established, this deck also has access to Ninetales which can consistently bring up any Pokemon on your opponent’s bench at the cost of discarding two fire energy. This deck aims to take as many big knockouts as possible will constantly pressuring your opponents board at all points during the match. During the end of the game when you’ve gone through a lot of fire energy, Victini Prism Star can do a lot of damage and reset all of those used fire energies back into the deck to help close out the game. If you like decks that are fast and super aggressive, Ability Zard is the best deck for that and you’ll have a lot of fun playing it too!
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Guzzlord & Naganadel/Mismagius Deck List

Guzzlord & Naganadel/Mismagius Deck List

When this deck was featured on stream round one of LAIC at the hands of Danny Altavilla, the Pokemon community was introduced to one of the most unexpected decks to come out of Cosmic Eclipse,  Naganadel & Guzzlord GX. What makes this deck so special is it’s ability to win in 3 attacks against opposing Tag Team GX decks, as well as be able to attack with Jet Pierce as fast as turn one.
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Doll Stall Deck List

Doll Stall Deck List

You may be wondering what exactly this deck is and how it works as a good Pokemon TCG deck considering it doesn’t seem to attack every turn due to it’s one of energy card count, and the 4-0-4 line of Florges from Forbidden Light that has never seen competitive play until now.
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Mewtwo/Mew GX Deck List

Mewtwo/Mew GX Deck List

The reigning 2019 World Champion deck in Mewtwo/Mew GX has proven itself again and again throughout every tournament in the United States and EU, that it is the most powerful deck in the standard format. This deck’s main focus is to copy many powerful Pokémon GX’s attacks from the bench, or in the discard pile. 
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Pikachu/Zekrom GX Deck List

Pikachu/Zekrom GX Deck List

The first ever revealed Tag Team GX Pokémon in Pikachu/Zekrom has gotten some new Tag Team GX competitors in recent sets, but it is still dominating the competition. The Pikachu/Zekrom deck aims to set up a turn one, or two Full Blitz attack with help from its Prism Star friends, Tapu Koko and Thunder Mountain which help accelerate energy.
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Pidgeotto Control Deck List

Pidgeotto Control Deck List

Ever since the Pidgeotto Control deck made Top 8 at the World Championships, it has been consistently topping every standard event in both the United States, and European regions. This deck is not played like your ordinary Pokémon TCG deck where you take all 6 prizes to win, it instead capitalizes on another win condition in the Pokémon TCG, decking your opponent out.
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