Video Coaching Ep. 2 (ADP VS Malamar)

Seems about time I post a video! Lately I have been more interested in writing than creating game play content. Starting with this post, I will be putting up the video uploads again. Video Coaching is a series where I play both sides of a match up. I explain how to approach the match up from each perspective, share thoughts about the lists, and explain … Continue reading Video Coaching Ep. 2 (ADP VS Malamar)

Meta Options for Dallas: ZoroGarb, Dark, and Ultra Necrozma Garbodor

Above is an audio recording of the article. Normally these recordings will be behind a paywall, but this was my first attempt at recording an article. The last two pieces have been about rogues and I want to give the meta-believers some content before Dallas. The three described decks are consistent, safe picks, with solid match ups. This piece focuses on the general strategy of … Continue reading Meta Options for Dallas: ZoroGarb, Dark, and Ultra Necrozma Garbodor

The Birds and the Bees: Expanded Vespiquen Checkmate

Before San Diego Regionals I had come to the conclusion that Persian Checkmate was the only deck I truly cared about and wanted to play. In my preparation for Dallas Regionals I have found that the same concept behind Persian in Standard can easily be applied in Expanded, but with more options and a higher level of consistency. The most significant additions are VS Seeker … Continue reading The Birds and the Bees: Expanded Vespiquen Checkmate

Controlling Expanded: Seismitoad Zoroark

The next major event is Dallas Regionals, which of course will be Expanded. Several bans along with a new set becoming legal means we will be playing in a dramatically different format from Portland. ZoroGarb took a big hit from the bans with the loss of Lt. Surge, Reset Stamp, and Red Card. However, the archetype that lost more than any other is Control. If … Continue reading Controlling Expanded: Seismitoad Zoroark

Options for Brazil: Dark Box, Malamar, Oranguru Pidgeotto, Persian Box, Gardeon, and PikaRom

Brazil Intercontinentals is this coming weekend and there is plenty to unpack with the introduction of Cosmic Eclipse to Standard. This piece covers information on several decks and how they can adapt to the new format. I start by going over information about the format in a general sense. The new Tag Engine is interesting and powerful, the impact of Pidgeotto is very real, and … Continue reading Options for Brazil: Dark Box, Malamar, Oranguru Pidgeotto, Persian Box, Gardeon, and PikaRom

Expanded guide to match ups for Blastoise, ZoroGarb, and ZoroControl

Before we get into this article, I want to make you aware that this post has a small library of my current lists. Recently I have been working hard on improving many of these lists and making the post easier to navigate. There are deck for current Standard, current Expanded, and Standard + Cosmic Eclipse. Check it out! Many of our subscribers have explained that … Continue reading Expanded guide to match ups for Blastoise, ZoroGarb, and ZoroControl

First takes on Expanded – Mewtwo variants, ZoroGarb, Archie’s Blastoise, and Turbo Dark

We all need a little guidance in the new Expanded format with multiple new sets released and about 4 months since the last major Expanded event. This article is here to give you a look at some of the decks that are predicted to be in the Top Tier. This piece is meant to give veteran Expanded players a refresher on the format and an … Continue reading First takes on Expanded – Mewtwo variants, ZoroGarb, Archie’s Blastoise, and Turbo Dark

Joker – using Blowns to find order within a chaotic format

“Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh and you know the thing about chaos, it’s fair.” – Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, 2008) If you have been playing Pokemon since the rotation before Worlds, you should be acutely aware of the fact that the format is very luck-based. Pokemon feels like gambling. I don’t … Continue reading Joker – using Blowns to find order within a chaotic format

Green’s ReshiZard – the fire variant that gives you control

The biggest issue I have with decks like Mewtwo Box and Ability Zard are that they run almost entirely on Welder and Dedenne, leaving your match results largely up to drawing those at the right time. Discarding too many of one card or another off Dedechange, or prizing two Welder, can easily lose you games. That is exactly why I prefer Green’s; this variant of … Continue reading Green’s ReshiZard – the fire variant that gives you control

Dark Box – an approach focused on consistency

The main problem players have with Dark Box is bad variance. They can win four games in a row and feel like the deck beats everything, then lose four in a row and feel like the deck is garbage. I kept this in mind when building my list. If Dark Box can be consistent, it is without a doubt a very powerful archetype. The match … Continue reading Dark Box – an approach focused on consistency

Gameplay Analysis Episode 17 – Gardevoir Sylveon VS Dark Box

This is a best of three with Michael and I playing out this new match up. We now have paper proxies for everything in the current rotation, those proxies from the last video with the key are no longer going to be a part of these videos. This video is also 60 FPS in 1080P with good lighting. Recently I have been trying to upgrade … Continue reading Gameplay Analysis Episode 17 – Gardevoir Sylveon VS Dark Box