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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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Sword and Shield Must Get Cards

Sword and Shield Must Get Cards

Hey PoTown readers, Reid back here for another article. As I prepare to go to Collinsville for another expanded regional, I take a look at some of the best and must get cards from the new Sword and Shield set and go over one major rule change for TCG. As the TCG game has upgraded over the years, we now get a look at Pokémon V and VMax for the first time. Similar to old EX days VMax Pokémon evolve from V Pokémon. Like the Gignatamax in the Sword and Shield video game VMax Pokémon gain a massive amount of HP, they are also similar to Tag Team Gx’s as the prize return for knocking out a VMax is 3. The set also comes with a lot of Pokémon that compliment the VMax’s like Frosmoth is the sidekick to Lapras VMax and Cinccino is the accomplice to Snorlax VMax. If you liked to play Zoroark GX in standard or maybe you still enjoy it in expanded, the new Snorlax VMax with Cinccino can be built similar or even different. Stick around for the entire article and get a sneak peak at a Snorlax VMax list in the end (Buy some Sword and Shield TCG codes right here to start getting some awesome new cards). With Sword and Shield going to be legal on February 21st, lets go ahead and look at some of the best cards from the set. 
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Alolan Sandslash GX Analysis

Alolan Sandslash GX Analysis

Hey Potown readers! Its Reid here bringing you my first article on Potown. As I just got back home from the Dallas Texas Regional Championship I take a dive into the new Alolan Sandslash GX box. With today being the release of the new Alolan Sandslash GX we get a closer look at the second Pokemon being brought into the TCG game from the new Sword and Shield set (codes from the box can be bought right here on our website). We will have additional topics about a certain deck list that can drastically change the meta of the Pokemon TCG game and stick around till the end as we will have a recap of from Dallas and talk about the winning List. 
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The Gold Rush Pokemon: Meowth VMAX, the first VMAX Pokemon in Action

The Gold Rush Pokemon: Meowth VMAX, the first VMAX Pokemon in Action

Hello PoTown Store readers and to the new visitors on the site! Welcome back to another article here as we prepare for the Dallas Regional Championships that appear to be coming closer and closer. The first new thing about the expanded format we need to pay attention to is the new Meowth VMAX card that is officially going to be legal for Dallas. Meowth V and Meowth VMAX are the first cards to be released from the Sword and Shield set in the Pokemon TCG in the form of a promo box (you can buy the code for right here on our website). Meowth VMAX is mostly the card we are going to be looking at because Meowth V isn’t particularly exciting, but it is necessary to evolve into the Meowth VMAX. So, let's look at the Meowth VMAX, and see why it could potentially be a good card in both standard, and expanded Pokemon TCG decks.  
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PTCG Standard format and Dallas thoughts

PTCG Standard format and Dallas thoughts

Hey PoTown readers! This is Isaac bringing you another article, this time on the current state of the standard format as well as my top pick going into expanded.
The current standard format is very defined as after multiple regionals and cups, the meta has shifted and the same decks have seen success. Malamar has picked up a large amount of success as many players are beginning to realize its potential and the large skill gap that it presents. After experiences with the Pokemon TCG format several times at regionals and cups, I’ve concluded that Pokemon Gardevoir & Sylveon GX is my favorite deck in PTCGO and has the best matchup spread.
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San Diego Recap and Thoughts Going into Expanded - Pokemon TCG

San Diego Recap and Thoughts Going into Expanded - Pokemon TCG

What's up PoTown store readers! Its Isaac again, bringing you another article this month! Today, I’m going to be recapping San Diego regionals and then taking a dive into expanded with an analysis of one of my favorite decks in the expanded format.


The Standard Format

After Daytona regionals, Gardevoir & Sylveon GX winning the event had a large impact on the meta in San Diego for several reasons:
  1. Giratina & Garchomp ended up winning the event as an effort to beat the Gardevoir & Sylveons and have decent matchups vs the rest of the meta
  2. Lucario & Melmetal GX ended up placing 2nd, as it was played to be extremely favored vs Gardevoir & Sylveon and the Malamars that would inevitably show up
  3. Pidgey was also played to be favored vs Gardevoir & Sylveon 
-> All these decks did extremely well as they were played to counter certain decks and took up a large portion of the meta in San Diego
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New Pokemon TCG Set “Sword & Shield” Set List Analysis

New Pokemon TCG Set “Sword & Shield” Set List Analysis

Welcome back PoTown Store readers to another article! Here today, we are going to be talking about all the newest Pokemon TCG cards to come out of the recently leaked, Sword & Shield Base Set. The newest form of powerful Pokemon is Pokemon V. Pokemon V are similar to Pokemon EX from the XY series as they don’t have a GX attack, but they have higher HP and can once again, evolve. Except like Pokemon GX, they don’t evolve from regular Basic Pokemon, they are the Basic Pokemon. The Pokemon V can sometimes evolve into Pokemon VMAX, which is like the Gignatamax evolution in the Sword & Shield video games. Pokemon VMAX are still somewhat a mystery in how they work, but for what we know right now they evolve from Pokemon V, gain massive HP, and are worth three prizes just like Pokemon TAG TEAM GX. The Pokemon VMAX in the set so far include Lapras VMAX, Stonjouner VMAX, Snorlax VMAX, and Morpeko VMAX. All of the VMAX Pokemon get over 300 HP which has only been seen on the Magikarp & Wailord GX TAG TEAM that came out around last year. The set also has quite a lot of good Trainer Cards, and non Pokemon V cards that I think will have a huge impact on the standard format. Be sure to check back here on the Po Town Store after Sword & Shield releases sometime in 2020 to get some Sword & Shield Pokemon TCG codes to get started with the new series! With that being said, I compiled a list of the top 15 new cards from the set that I expect to be great going into next format. 
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Daytona Regionals Report and Meta Going Further: The Power of Mewtwo

Daytona Regionals Report and Meta Going Further: The Power of Mewtwo

Hey PoTown readers! Today, I’m going to be bringing you guys my first article on Daytona regionals and how the meta has shifted, as well as my tournament report from Daytona this past weekend!

LAIC results:
The results from LAIC were very crucial in determining the metagame for daytona regionals so let’s talk about what happened in Brazil. In Brazil, MewMew, ADP, and ability zard were the three biggest decks as well as the top three decks with the strongest results. Ability zard ended up winning the entire event along with mewtwos and ADPs taking up top 8 spots as well.

Ability zard winning this event affected the metagame for daytona for three reasons. 
  • Ability zard is a favorite as a deck for many casual and newer players to play as it is fairly easy to pilot.
  • Florida has had the largest showing by far from league cups regarding the success of ability zard
  • The deck is very draw dependent so it is appealing to many players who have the “win or go home” mindset
As expected, ability zard had a large showing in Daytona, but not as much as everyone thought. Baby blowns instead, was statistically the 2nd most played deck by a landslide, as many players decided to pick it up so they would have a favored matchup vs the predicted most popular deck (ability zard). The conversion rate of baby blowns was by far the worst however as they lost to the Malamars and ADPs in day 1.

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Top 10 Cards to come out of Cosmic Eclipse

Top 10 Cards to come out of Cosmic Eclipse

10. Bellelba & Brycen-Man

This powerful Tag Team Supporter is a great addition to the Stall and Control decks in the format. Being able to mill the top 3 of your opponents deck can not only limit their options, but also make them deck out quicker so you can win games within the given time frame. I expect this card to be around for as long as Stall and Control decks exist.

9. Silvally GX ...

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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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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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