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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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The Creation Trio’s Time to Shine: Arceus Dialga Palkia

The Creation Trio’s Time to Shine: Arceus Dialga Palkia

Welcome back all and I’m glad to be sharing my article here on the Po Town Store. I’m very excited to be bringing you this article on the new Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX card that was recently released in Cosmic Eclipse. This is one of the best cards in the set  because of the attack effect of Ultimate Ray which is very similar to Pikachu & Zekrom-GX’s “Full Blitz”. Decks that can accelerate energy consistently through attacks on big heavy HP Pokémon will always be a great strategy in the Pokemon TCG. Flooding the board full of energy with 280HP Tag Team GX Pokémon is very hard to beat. While Pikachu & Zekrom-GX was questionably good by some players due to having to draw very well with the deck, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia (otherwise known as ADP) does not struggle with the same combo based issues all these combos ADP needs to pull off are simpler and require less cards to dig through your deck for. You can afford to play slowly and manually set up by attaching once per turn to build up your attack. While you are building up, you have access to the best GX attack in the game, Altered Creation GX. For one metal energy, it allows all your Pokémon to deal +30 damage including Pokémon that aren’t in play. If you have a metal AND a water energy attached, you get the +30 effect but also for every knockout you take for the rest of the game, you take one extra prize.
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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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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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Charizard & Braixen-GX: A Brilliant Flare in the Meta & LAIC Predictions

Charizard & Braixen-GX: A Brilliant Flare in the Meta & LAIC Predictions

Welcome back to another article here on the PoTown Store! I hope you guys are liking the new addition of Cosmic Eclipse as much as I am! In this article, I am going to be talking about the best ways to build a deck around one of my favorite cards in the new standard format, Charizard & Braixen GX from the set I just mentioned, Cosmic Eclipse. What makes Charizard & Braixen so special? It has an amazing attack called Brilliant Flare. At a hefty cost of 4 fire energy, it definitely pays off that negative aspect by dealing 180 damage and can search for any 3 cards from your deck. Brilliant Flare is such a powerful search attack and it leaves a lot of room for creativity on how you want to best abuse the attack. The tech options are endless and the deck can jam pack a lot of obscure cards/counts due to the guaranteed search to have them exactly when you want it. You can use the card in many different styles of decks, including a tech in Greens Zard, a tech in Ability Zard and its own deck using a Green’s Exploration engine with control cards such as Jessie & James and Chip Chip Ice Axe. With the first International Championships coming up at the end of this week, these are the most expected ways players attending the event will use Charizard & Braixen GX. Later on, I will be giving a meta prediction of what the top 5 decks I expect to see perform well at LAIC this weekend. But for now, here are my current lists for all 3 decks, and why they are good going into the 2019 Latin American International Championships in Brazil. 
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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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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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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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The Magnificent Magical Miracle: Gardevoir/Sylveon with Aromatisse for Portland

The Magnificent Magical Miracle: Gardevoir/Sylveon with Aromatisse for Portland

Hello readers, welcome to my first article here on the PoTownStore! My name is Arlo Neel, and in this article, I am going to be talking about the results from the most recent expanded event, Richmond Regionals, and why Gardevoir/Sylveon is the best play for the next expanded event in Portland regionals happening this weekend. At Richmond regionals this past weekend, we saw JW Kriewall take down the tournament with an unexpected deck in Rowlet and Alolan Exeggutor/Vileplume. We also saw Turbo Dark with a Weavile GX tech that made the deck’s bad Rowlet and Alolan Exeggutor/Vileplume and Zoroark Control matchups favored get second place in the event, as well as quite a lot of Zoroark Control, Buzzwole/Garbodor, Night March, and other various popular expanded decks. With these new results, the format becomes more expected and players going into Portland will know more of what they need to test against when choosing their deck for the event. 
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