Furious Fist has been release and Fighting type Pokemon have received a huge boost in the metagame with Pokemon and support. While Fighting Pokemon are taking the main stage, there is one non-Fighting type Pokemon that is hoping to make a name for themselves. This one is ready to barge into the battle and hit hard. For this week’s featured card, we have one that will barge in to show us it’s stuff. So prepare for a rush with Dragonite EX!
Dragonite EX was release in the recent set, Furious Fists. It is a Dragon type Pokemon with 180 HP and a weakness to the Fairy Type. It has a single attack called Jet Sonic that cost two Grass and one Lightning Energy can cause does 80 damage. If you discard an energy attached to Dragonite EX then you can do an additional 40 damage to hit the opponent’s Pokemon for 120 damage. Dragonite EX has an ability to help assist attaching energy to it call Barge In. This ability allows you to attach any basic energy attached to your Pokemon onto Dragonite EX once you put it on your bench. If you do this then you can move Dragonite EX into the active position.
Furious Fists is finally out and the metagame is getting a punch in the face with all the new Fighting Pokemon! This set also release plenty of great support cards to help them. This week we are going to feature a card based on a Pokemon from Generation 4. It is quick to battle and the Pokemon has always been a fan favorite. The card we are going to look at is the flagship Pokemon for Furious Fists and will surely put up a great fight in this metagame. Lets look at Lucario EX!
Lucario EX was released in Furious Fists and has 180 HP. It is a Fighting type Pokemon with a weakness to Psychic type Pokemon. It has three attacks which is rare for a Pokemon card to have. All three attacks only use up Fighting energy but this card is quick to attack. If you attach one Fighting energy then it does 30 damage with Missile Jab which doesn’t apply resistance. Lucario EX’s second attack is Corkscrew Punch for 60 damage which takes two Fighting energy and allows the you to draw until you have a hand of six cards. Lastly, Lucario EX can use Somersault Kick to simply do 100 damage.
The Pokemon World Championships for the TCG are happening this weekend in Washington DC. This means that the season is coming close to an ended and that the best will be crowned champions. Now that the season is drawing to a close, we will see rotation taking full effect on September 3rd. We will lose many great cards and a few great decks. Which ones will be gone? Below is a list of those cards that are being rotated out. So click below and find out which noteworthy cards will be needing replacements in your decks.
Furious Fist comes out in less then a week so that means a lot more cards that will enter the format. This week we are going to feature a card that has been around for a long time. It has had an interesting history with it’s popularity as it was once used a lot but has quickly went down in use. Now that Furious Fist coming out, this card could see a rise in popularity and use. This week we are going to feature the card that is rather catty. Landorus EX!
Landorus EX was first release in Boundaries Crossed. It has a massive 180 HP and is a Fighting type Pokemon that is quick to attack. When you attach a single Fighting Energy then Landorus EX can attack the opponent’s active Pokemon for 30 damage one bench Pokemon for another 30 HP using Hammerhead. The usefulness of Landorus EX doesn’t stop there as it can do even more damage with two Fighting energy and a third energy. Land’s Judgement can do 80 damage but if you want to do a little bit more for the knock out then you can discard all Fighting energy attached to Landorus EX for an additional 70 damage. If you play your cards right then you can knock out an EX Pokemon thanks to all the splash damage from Hammerhead.
Nationals have wrapped up and rotation for next season has been announced. All that is left is the big stage, Worlds! This year World Championships will feature a lot of interesting decks to end the 2014 season with a bang. This week we are going to feature a card that has been splashed into many decks. It can do heavy damage with a simple energy cost and evolves from a pretty famous Pokemon. This card may have been released in XY base set but it has shockingly raised in popularity. This week we are going to feature Raichu!
Raichu is a Lightning Pokemon with 90 HP. It has a zero retreat cost making it easy to put into the active only to switch it out with a Pokemon on the bench that is ready to hit hard. Raichu can also hit hard for 100 damage using Thunderbolt which cost two Lightning and one other energy but it will have to discard all energy cards attached to it. This attack will not be used. The main draw for Raichu’s usage is the attack Circle Circuit. If you attached two energy or a Double Colorless Energy then you can do 20 times the number of Pokemon on your bench. So if your bench is full then that is 100 damage. The same amount of damage if you use Thunderbolt.
Pokemon.com has announced the Standard 2015 TCG format to be Boundaries Crossed-on. This means that only cards from Boundaries Crossed and sets printed afterwards must be used for Standard competitive play in tournaments. Also included in Standard format will be McDonald’s Collection and Black Star Promo Cards: BW55 and higher, XY01 and higher. This format will be in full effect starting on September 3, 2014.
Some of the cards that will be rotated out will included: Rayquaza EX, Super Rod, Level Ball, Dark Patch and Sableye. You can read more about which other cards that will be leaving the Standard format here. N will be staying in Standard format thanks to a Black Star Promo reprint for Pokemon Leagues during the Fennekin Season.
Also starting on September 3rd will be the new Expanded format. This special format will allow players to compete in tournaments using cards from older sets. The sets that will be allowed in the Expanded format will be Black & White and on, McDonald’s Collection and Black Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher.
This week we are going to feature a match by Pooka from The Top Cut. Pooka takes a look at the deck that was used by National TCG Masters Champion, Brandon Salazar. The deck is an interesting one where Pooka shows why and how it was able to pull off so many victories at US Nationals a few weeks ago.
The deck that Brandon used could be consider an “anti-metagame” deck. This means that it had everything in it to counter all the biggest threats within the metagame. In a format that is heavily reliant on abilities, Garbotoxin Garbodor is needed to shut down the abilities that many decks depend on. Mewtwo EX that can jump into any battle with a simple Double Colorless Energy to do heavy damage quickly. Raichu is in the deck so it can knock out Yveltal EX by striking at it’s Lightning weakness with a full bench. Doing 100 damage isn’t too bad as well. Druddigon provides great hits after your opponent takes a prize and can knock out Rayquaza EX and Black Kyurem EX
with one swipe. Lastly, Landorus EX is here to be the heavy hitter using Hammerhead to do an easy 30 damage with a Fighting energy and take down low HP Pokemon on the bench. This card has been used over and over again and is a solid attacker.
This deck uses a lot of bunch of different Pokemon to do damage but it is able to attack everything with something to take prizes. Even better is that the deck is flexible enough where it can switch to one prized attackers to do heavy damage with little lost. What really gives this deck an extra punch is a variety of Trainer cards such as Hypnotoxic Laser with Virbank City Gym and Muscle Band. This can be the difference between doing normal damage and a knock out. Add Lysandre and you can target Pokemon on the bench to put the tide of the game in your favor.
This deck was able to win the Master’s National title against a seasoned veteran. Now take a look at this video that shows why it was able to do so well on the grand stage for Brandon with Pooka at the wheel. Click below to watch the match!
Masters TCG National Champion Brandon Salazar was recently interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel about his win at Nationals on July 4th weekend. He talks about the mindset he had when playing at the tournament and what it takes to make a competitive deck. You can watch the interview by clicking below or read the whole article here.
Brandon Salazar is one of the youngest players win the titles of Champion for US Nationals.
US Nationals are under way this weekend. The best players from all over the United States will come out with their best decks to win Championship Points. All of this leads up to the big competition at Worlds in Washington, DC. This is a sign that the season is coming to a close as trainers fight against each other to see how great they are.
This tournament also means that we will soon receive news about next year’s format and which sets will be used to shape it. Rotation is a powerful thing and it could spell the end of some decks and the rise of others. It is a powerful tool that can make trainers finally put down a great deck and start working on new decks. Finally, it could mean huge changes to a metagame that is always changing.
This week, we are going to discuss different scenarios depending on which sets are rotated out. Click below to read more.
This week we are going to look at a card that has gotten a lot of talk. It is a well known card to Pokemon players if they remember the days of Pokemon Gold and Silver. It has Rollout into our hearts and Stomped fear into our minds. It will then Milk Drink our tears as we watch our Pokemon faint one after another. It is trying to Attract players to be used in matches. This card was introduced in Flashfire but it isn’t trying to start a fire. We featured a deck using this card and now we are going to feature the card: Miltank!
Miltank is a Normal Basic Pokemon with 100 HP. It has two attacks where one attack does 60 damage for three energy. The attack that we are going to focus on is Powerful Friends. Miltank’s Powerful Friends cost a single energy and does 10 base damage. If there is a Stage 2 Pokemon on the bench then this attack can do 70 more damage. That is a lot of damage for a single energy.