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Pokemon Sundays #3 - No Returning Champions!

  The game that keeps bringing in people A lot can be said about the Pokemon TCG especially since the big "internet boom" last year that brought back out the collectors, new collectors and even the scalpers. Even with the resurgence of people buying packs it ain't stopping some of the veterans such as myself and newer players from playing the game.  Our 3rd Pokemon Sunday brought in new players from around the area and we battled it out in a tournament for 6 people with the first finals being a BO3.  It was fun seeing every one playing different decks especially non-meta ones. We seen an electric deck that runs tapu koko vmax instead of pikarom, a beefed up evolution deck, and we saw the occasional ADP. This was our first tournament to not feature any of the returning champions from the last two Sundays but we hope to see them soon. Let's get someone to win 3 tournies in a row! We are getting ready to post sign-ups for our OL Season so hopefully we can bring in more f
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Pokemon Sundays #2 with Final commentary... Of some sort!

Pokemon TCG Showdown! Our 2nd Pokemon Sunday Session started off with a huge bang! We had more players show up and we even got one from the previous league play. The Casual Sunday Tourney had 9 entrants which is about double from last week. With this, we were able to see more decks meta or non-meta play. We had a player play with a beefed up version of the Vivid Voltage Charizard deck. We had someone play a Charizard League Battle Deck with some upgrades and of course we saw the usual ADP and Eternatus come into play as well. The battles were long but we were able to finish it off with a crazy finals which we were able to captured and put up a none-to less professional commentary version of it on youtube (check below!) Tournament finished! I may re-assess how to run the finals where the bracket can reset and the someone coming from the lower brackets will have to beat the Winner bracket twice and a 20 minute match timer for each round. All rounds will start at different times so runnin

Let's get more Pokemon TCG News - Starting with V-Union!

 So with the upcoming Pokemon Sundays I am help running I began to finally dig into the Japanese Meta cause they always have sets ahead of us and their rotation (I think it's now standardized) consisted of more sets included but will change now due to the regulation marks (but they will always have more cards than us) So in the West, we already got Chilling Reign and we are being introduced to Evolving Skies but late last night we were given the news about the new V-Union Mechanic. A mechanic that might look familiar to veteran TCG players in terms of Legends and Break mechanics. Whatta ya hear, whatta ya say? - Paulie Zacian V-Union Greninja V-Union Deck Introducing another V Mechanic to be seen in the V-Union Decks that is dropping this Fall (Japan). They don't count as a basic or an evolution pokemon and the only way to play them is when you have all the pieces in your discard pile.   Pokemon V-Union might look similarly to how exodus is played in Yu-Gi-Oh but you won't

Pokemon Sundays

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Pokemon - Players Cup IV

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The Team of Gamblers

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