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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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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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