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“Thin Ice” - Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX with Astral Radiance

“Thin Ice” - Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX with Astral Radiance

Hey there Trainers! I hope you’re enjoying the time in between NAIC and Worlds - it’s one of the most fun times to be a player because people are trying to break the format as creatively as possible! Many testing groups are keeping their decks secret, and some people are itching to test out their new concepts on the ladder. Okay, not just some - A LOT of people are trying out new concepts on the ladder! One of those unique concepts is actually this Palkia VSTAR/Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX deck that can hit extremely hard and take easy OHKOs. It can carry this pressure throughout the entirety of the game and does a really good job of it too. Let’s chat about Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX today! 
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Top 3 Decks Heading into Worlds 2022

Top 3 Decks Heading into Worlds 2022

What’s poppin’ PTCGO store readers? I’m excited to share this article with you because I am testing for Worlds like crazy! This season of competitive play has been interesting due to the global pandemic, but things are finally back into full swing! I know I was on a roll after my finalist placement at the 2020 Oceania International Championships, but the break for a few years did set back my play more than I thought! I was able to make Top 32 at Vancouver and Top 64 at the North American International Championships - I think I got it back! At NAIC, we saw a metagame filled with Arceus VSTAR (Brilliant Stars) / Inteleon (Sword and Shield), Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR (Astral Radiance) variants, and Flying Pikachu VMAX (Celebrations) was able to take the whole event down! Since that event, the metagame has sorted itself out with online events, unofficial in real-life play, and at-home testing, but where is it at? We’ve seen everything from Mewtwo V-UNION (Sword and Shield Promo) decks pop off, Stonjourner VMAX (Sword and Shield) counter the meta, and Radiant Charizard (Pokemon GO) try their hand at being the best. Well, we are kinda stuck in between right now - the metagame is in a weird place. With about two weeks until Worlds at the time of writing, this article will share the best decks heading into the World Championships. As a special bonus, you can use code zlesage5 to save 5% on your next order of codes. Let’s jump into it!

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Mewtwo V Union Maximum Control!

Mewtwo V Union Maximum Control!

Hey, what's up, PTCGO Store readers? I hope you all have been having a great day! Summer is upon us, and we are closing in on the biggest event of the year! It has been over two years since Pokemon hosted a World Championship! The 2019 World Championships saw Henry Brand take down the 2019 Washington DC World Championships with Mewtwo and Mew Tag Team GX. Its incredible versatility and strength allowed it to take a stranglehold of the event and would dominate the standard format until its rotation this past year! With the 2022 World Championships fastly approaching, players from around the world are beginning to ramp up testing for the biggest event of the year! Whether it be players playing in the London Open, or the main event itself, this is the one event of the year that doing well can put you into Pokemon legend forever! Today, I am going to be going over Mewtwo. Not Mewtwo and Mew Tag Team, but a new Mewtwo, one that has begun to shake the standard format to its core. This deck is none other than Mewtwo V Union. If you are looking for any PTCGO codes, make sure to use Code SmartTCG for 5% off your next order here on the PTCGO Store!
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“Full Moon Swing!” — Does Lunatone/Solrock live up to the hype?

“Full Moon Swing!” — Does Lunatone/Solrock live up to the hype?

Hey there Trainers! I hope you’re enjoying the time in between NAIC and Worlds - it’s one of the most fun times to be a player because people are trying to break the format as creatively as possible! Many testing groups are keeping their decks secret, and some people are itching to test out their new concepts on the ladder. Okay, not just some - A LOT of people are trying out new concepts on the ladder! One of those unique concepts is actually this Lunatone/Solrock deck that can hit extremely hard, very fast. It can carry this pressure throughout the entirety of the game and does a really good job of it too. It’s been a scourge for any players who are testing for Worlds, but for a good reason - it wins games. Let’s chat about Lunatone/Solrock today! 
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Top 3 decks for July

Top 3 decks for July

Hey, what's up PTCGO Store! I am stoked to be writing another article for you all! We just saw the first 3 major tournaments conclude in the Astral Radiance format, and the metagame has been altered quite substantially. Originally, many of us thought that it would just be Palkia VSTAR (Astral Radiance), Arceus VSTAR (Brilliant Stars), and Mew VMAX (Fusion Strike) dominating the standard format. However, with that being said, the metagame has begun to develop significantly different than I think a lot of people were expecting. Yes, we still have the most popular decks performing at a high level, but we have some surprises that truly have begun to alter the metagame. If you are looking for any cards in this article, make sure to use SmartTCG for 5% off your next order! With that being said, let's take a look at the #1 deck in the standard format
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“Milking It” - Blissey V / Miltank in Standard

“Milking It” - Blissey V / Miltank in Standard

Good morning trainers! Coming off the end of the Regional Championships for the 2022 season, we saw the Astral Radiance set make a huge splash. Amongst the new decks that took place, we saw RegigigasPalkia VSTAR, and Blissey V take the center stage! Today, we’re going to talk about the nursing Pokémon themselves, Blissey. Buckle up, because this is going to be one crackin’ article!
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“Perfect Dark” — Turbo Darkrai VSTAR in Standard

“Perfect Dark” — Turbo Darkrai VSTAR in Standard

Good morning Pokémon trainers! I am very excited to be coming to you with this new article that goes over some new cards from the newest expansion, Astral Radiance! I know that most people like myself enjoy fast, aggressive turbo decks: lucky for you, that’s what we have for you today! This Darkrai VSTAR deck is just about as fast as they can come, and will storm through any deck in its path. We’ll go over all the ins and outs of this deck in this article as well as a starter list to try out this new concept. I hope you enjoy it, let’s chat about Darkrai VSTAR!
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“Rapid Revenge” - Is Rapid Strike Urshifu The BDIF?

“Rapid Revenge” - Is Rapid Strike Urshifu The BDIF?

Good morning Pokemon Trainers! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the release of PTCG Live! There has been a lot of hype behind this platform, and for good reason - it will be the new home for all things eSports-related in the world of Pokémon. There’s a new ranked ladder, a new currency system, and more! Important to note is that there are still PTCGO codes that can be inputted within the game, so be sure to pick some up from our store. There are a lot of new top decks but I wanted to re-review one of my favorite decks, Rapid Strike Urshifu. With its unique positioning in the format, it should be very strong against many single Prize Card Pokemon as well as Arceus VSTAR (which has been seeing an insane amount of play). Let’s do away back play back and look over an updated list for Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX, aka MelonyFu!
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Duraludon VMAX is Back on Top!

Duraludon VMAX is Back on Top!

What’s Poppin PTCGO store readers? Brilliant Stars has been out for about three weeks now and I’ve had my fair share of time to test most of the new decks. While we already have seen Duraludon VMAX [Evolving Skies] decks winning in the past, there are new ways to play this deck in Brilliant Stars. At the 150 player Full Grip Games Event, we saw Riley Hulbert take down the entire event with a new take on the deck - one featuring Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars]. This article will feature both of these decks to share why they’re each viable and explain how the concepts work! If you’re missing any cards for these decks, use code zlesage5 to save 5% on your next order of PTCGO codes right here at the PTCGO store. That being said, let’s hop into the strategy of Duraludon VMAX and see how it looks. And away we go!
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“A Bug’s Life” - Durant in Standard!

“A Bug’s Life” - Durant in Standard!

Trainers! I’m spending this week going to visit my dad and go have some fun renovating his house. He lives quite a while away so I have tons of time to think of some awesome decks for the Brilliant Stars expansion - some competitive, and some fun ones. I have a local friend at the league who really enjoys mill archetypes, and he tasked me with the following challenge: “what is the best mill deck you can possibly make in the standard format?” Well, let me tell you, immediately Durant came to mind! It gains a lot from the Brilliant Stars expansion, and although it’s a bit more on the fun side, it can definitely steal games with ease against some of the top prospects this format has to offer. I don’t think every deck ever created needs to be piloted to win a tournament - sometimes it’s how you win the tournament that matters more than the win itself. Are you looking to flip all 60 cards in your opponent’s deck into their discard pile? Do you want to see your opponent struggle to move their active? Well let me tell you, do I ever have a deck for you! I hope you all remember to enjoy this article brought to you by PTCGO Store. Let’s talk about one of the funniest decks to play right now, Durant!
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