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Phinnegan Lynch is Cut or Tap’s only coach currently.

Cut or Tap Pokemon TCG coaching involves a one on one Skype call between the coach and the client, or in person. Phinn answers many of the questions you may have bellow. Any other questions can be sent to

FAQs and other info on coaching

How does Phinn coach online?

Coaching with me is done using physical cards on Skype. We use Skype because it has been the most reliable way to play games and communicate with players. Google Hangouts can work as well. Coaching includes help with decklists, in-game play, finding a deck, and anything else the players needs help with.

How much does it cost?

My current rate is $30 per hour, with a $3 per hour discount for Stage 2 subscribers.

I also ask for a 15% commission based on placements of top 4 or better at Regionals, Internationals, and Worlds. I can explain the details in full upon request.

Why should I coach with Phinnegan?

I have over three years of experience and have worked with more than 75 players. The approach I take with coaching teaches students to understand how to think in-game, rather than understanding how to correct simple mistakes. I teach a thought process which equips players with the skills to fully analyze the board, allowing them to be able to work through any turn. I also teach players how to understand why they won or lost a game. It’s impossible to improve unless you know what mistakes you have made and are making.

Improving on your own is a difficult and slow process. Coaching enables players to improve at a much faster rate, while instilling them with confidence and an understanding of how to think through each turn.

I send notes after each coaching sessions for players to read over, helping them to remember what we covered. The notes make sure you don’t lose any information and know what to focus improvement on. I teach players how to do anything Pokemon TCG related, from shuffling to predicting four turns ahead. I also share any of my deck lists with someone I am coaching. This includes updates on my exact decklists and access to any of the decklists I have.

People I coach are always free to message or Email me with any questions they have. I frequently send over updated decklists to ensure they can play the best sixty cards for their next event. Finally, I can coach players of all ages. Nobody is too old (and few are too young) to learn to play Pokemon well.

Do I need to know anything about Pokemon?

No, you do not need any prior information on the game. I can teach someone who has never played at all. Do not be afraid to ask for help, no matter your level.

Is it really worth my time and money?

Yes, completely. With my coaching, you will improve much faster than if you were just testing with a friend. When coaching with me you can be sure of your results and will learn a ton from your games. The prizes and money you earn from events will compensate for the money spend on coaching if you apply the skills you learn with diligence and focus.

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