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The MetaPod – XY: BREAKthrough set review w/ WanderingVenser

Hello Nurglings!

Welcome to the first official blog post where I announce the fact that our “Pokémon talk” recordings shall now be called:

The Metapod Log

I’m aware that this recording is VEEERY long, but we talked about every single card and we may have spent a bit to much talking about the early bad cards just to rush through them towards the end.

BUT, still had a great and fun time reviewing this card for card, and I hope you will enjoy it as well.

Thanks for watching/listening!

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Pokémon TCG deck – Medicham [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Medicham
Deck Name: Medichamp
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Medicham

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Meditite 4 VS Seeker 6 Fighting Energy
4 Medicham 4 Ultra Ball 4 Strong Energy
4 Hawlucha 4 Fighting Stadium
2 Landorus 3 Korrina
2 Machamp 3 Professor Sycamore
2 Shaymin-EX 3 Muscle Band
2 Level Ball
2 Battle Compressor
2 Lysandre
2 Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick
1 Focus Sash
1 Switch
1 Professor’s Letter

[THERE WILL BE A VIDEO TALKING ABOUT THE DECK HERE SOON!] 

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Pokémon TCG deck – Sceptile EX / Giratina EX [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Sceptile EX / Giratina EX
Deck Name: Sceptina
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Sceptile Giratina

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Sceptile EX 4 VS Seeker 4 Double Dragon Energy
2 M Sceptile EX 4 Ultra Ball 8 Grass Energy
3 Spinark 3 Professor Sycamore
3 Ariados 2 Battle Compressor
3 Giratina EX 2 Lysandre
2 Shaymin EX 2 Enhanced Hammer
2 Level Ball
2 Switch
2 Sceptile Spirit Link
2 Forest of Giant Plants
2 Professor Birch’s Observations
1 Professor’s Letter
1 Energy Retriever
1 Xerosic
1 Hex Maniac

Hints / Things to think about

  • This deck plays very differently depending on your Matchup, some games you will focus heavy on Sceptile EX second attack. And at others Giratina EX ability and attacks. If you play the deck alot be sure to learn and understand when yo focus on which Pokémon.
  • M Giratina EX is great for healing but also for putting those two extra Energy cards on to your Giratina EX on your bench.
  • Sceptile EX first attack may not seem but much. But some fortunate flips can turn a game around,
  • Ariados attack stops your opponent from retreating, in a bad situation remember this as you can Lysandre out a weak or Pokémon without energy you can stall the game (hopefully) for a few turns.

[THERE WILL BE A VIDEO TALKING ABOUT THE DECK HERE SOON!] 

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Pokémon TCG deck – New Night March [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: New Night March
Deck Name: New Night March
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Night March

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Joltik 4 Acro Bike 4 Double Colorless Energy
4 Lampent 4 Battle Compressor 2 Psychic Energy
4 Pumpkaboo 4 Trainer’s Mail 1 Lightning Energy
3 Shaymin EX 4 Ultra Ball
4 VS Seeker
4 Dimension Valley
3 Professor Sycamore
2 Revive
2 Switch
2 Lysandre
2 Muscle Band
1 Hex Maniac
1 Professor Birch’s Observations
1 Teammates

Hints / Things to think about

  • Ultra Ball is not only a way to find Shaymin EX and discarding Night March creatures. You can also use it to search for a extra Night March creature in the early turns to discard when you play a card like Sycamore.
  • If able, always try and go for the 2 price knockouts, it truly does not matter if this gives your opponent a chance to get Knockout the turn after. The important thing is to be ahead, not to save your Pokémon.
  • Is that a Pyroar? Hex Maniac is the answer!
  • We no longer have Mew EX as our extra/good attacker, but we do have Revive to give us a second chance with those creatures.
  • If you can not afford Shaymins: Try and get a 2-2 line of Milotic with the Sparkling Ripples ability (Primal Clash)

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Pokémon TCG deck – Mienshao [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Mienshao / Hawlucha
Deck Name: Mienshao
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Mienshao

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Hawlucha 4 VS Seeker 4 Strong Energy
4 Mienfoo 4 Fighting Stadium 4 Fighting Energy
4 Mienshao 4 Focus Sash
2 Shaymin EX 4 Robo Substitute
1 Landorus 3 Professor Sycamore
3 Professor Birch’s Observations
3 Muscle Band
3 Korrina
2 Level Ball
2 Ultra Ball
2 Lysandre
1 Professor’s Letter
1 Sacred Ash
1 Switch

Hints / Things to think about

  • This deck has some incredible damage output with some tiny Pokémon. Together with Muscle Band, Strong Energy and Fithing Stadium even the weekest can do plenty of damage.
  • The main strategy is to attack with Mienshao and Hawlucha (when you can), and keeping them alive by either bouncing them back to your hand or putting a Focus Sash on either of them.
  • Do not be affraid to play Focus Sash on your important Pokémon even when they are on your bench, especially on your Mienfoo and Mienshao. Becuase you can bounce it back to your hand and change the equip later.
  • A good trick is to have two Mienfoo active early, this way you can play your Mienshao every turn and bounce them back. While using Robo Substitute and Hawlucha with Focus Sash as active sacrifices.

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Pokémon TCG deck – Sharpedo EX / Hydreigon [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Sharpedo EX / Hydreigon
Deck Name: Sharpedo (Seriously it does not need anything cooler than that!)
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Sharpedo Hydreigon

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Deino 4 Acro Bike 8 Darkness Energy
2 Zweilous 4 Ultra Ball 1 Psychic Energy
3 Hydreigon 4 VS Seeker
4 Sharpedo EX 3 Rare Candy
1 Malamar EX 3 Professor Sycamore
1 Shaymin EX 3 Silent Lab
1 Lugia EX 2 Switch
2 Professor Birch’s Obserbations
2 Head Ringer
1 Battle Compressor
1 Enhanced Hammer
1 Sacred Ash
1 AZ
1 Hex Maniac
1 Lysandre
1 Team Flare Grunt
1 Xerosic

Hints / Things to think about

  • Do not worry if you have to start the game with a active Deino or Shaymin EX using a single energy to retreat first turn can be acceptable. And often even recomnded if it’s the only way to get a energy to the discard pile first turn.
  • The deck as it is now is very focused on energy dissruption, if you feel it’s a bit to unstable. You can easily replace Enhanced Hammer, Team Flare Grunt and even Xerosic with other cards like Trainers’ Mail or a extra Silent Lab.
  • Do not be affraid to retreat with your Pokémon by discarding energy cards! You can easily get them back with a Hydreigon on the field.
  • The Psychic energy is semi important in matches where you fight against decks that are either very good at knocking out EX Pokémon and/or against cards like Regice!

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Pokémon TCG deck – Rayquaza EX / Hawlucha [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Rayquaza EX / Hawlucha
Deck Name: Hooray
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Rayquaza EX Hawlucha

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Rayquaza EX 4 Acro Bike 3 Fighting Energy
3 M Rayquaza EX 4 VS Seeker 4 Double Colorless Energy
3 Shaymin EX 4 Mega Turbo
4 Hawlucha 4 Trainers’ Mail
2 Hoopa EX 4 Ultra Ball
3 Professor Sycamore
3 Sky Field
3 Rayquaza Spirit Link
2 Battle Compressor
2 Switch
1 AZ
1 Hex Maniac
1 Lysandre
1 Professor Birch’s Observations

Hints / Things to think about

  • This deck is all about the all in if you have the second turn, don’t be affraid to waste a few resources if you have the chance to get a good KO on your first attacking turn. It’s one of the main ideas with the deck.
  • No matter what EX you’re looking for, you could always probably Ultra Ball for a Hoopa EX first. This changes with some situations but most often, go Hoopa EX.
  • Yes you’re correct, if your opponent plays a card like Beautifly or Regice, you will have to believe in your Lysandre/Hex Maniac luck.

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Pokémon TCG deck – Ancient Trait Entei / Pyroar [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Ancient Trait Entei / Pyroar
Deck Name: Fire Dogs
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Ancient Trait Entei Pyroar

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Entei 4 Acro Bike 6 Fire Energy
4 Unown 4 VS Seeker 4 Double Colorless Energy
2 Litleo 4 Blacksmith
2 Pyroar 3 Battle Compressor
2 Shaymin EX 3 Ultra Ball
3 Professor Sycamore
3 Hard Charm
3 Muscle Band
2 Switch
2 Lysandre
2 Scorched Earth
1 AZ
1 Ace Trainer
1 Sparkling Robe

Hints / Things to think about

  • Getting a first turn attack with Entei is not impossible with this deck. Always see if you have the options to do a first turn KO before wasting your supporter for the turn. Becuase you need to use Blacksmith to make it happen.
  • You do not always need to do your strongest attack with Entei even tho you have the option. Sometimes, you just want to tank up with Hard Charms and use ”Flame Screen” to set up a KO for next turn while being able to tank alot of damage.
  • Never forget, fire Energy in the Discard Pile is a tool for you with this deck.
  • Play a fire Energy or draw two cards with Scorced Earth, in most situations the card draw is correct to give your more options. But it all depends on the situation you’re currently in.
  • Entei’s second attack can do a maximum of 170damage in one attack. Make sure to punish those Manectric Exs’!

[THERE WILL BE A VIDEO TALKING ABOUT THE DECK HERE SOON!] 

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Pokémon TCG deck –Latios EX / Crobat [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: Latios EX / Crobat
Deck Name: Latios Intolerant
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

Latios EX

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Latios EX 4 VS Seeker 4 Dragon Energy
2 M Latios EX 4 Trainers’ Mail 4 Psychic Energy
2 Shaymin EX 4 Ultra Ball 1 Water Energy
4 Zubat 4 Muscle Band
4 Golbat 3 Professor Sycamore
3 Crobat 3 Super Scoop Up
2 Latios Spirit Link
2 Lysandre
1 Battle Compressor
1 Ace Trainer
1 Hex Maniac
1 Shauna
1 AZ
1 Pokemon Fan Club

Hints / Things to think about

  • So first of all, the M Latios EX that is used in this deck is not your main attacker, it’s there for the abiltity to snipe Pokémon on the bench. It can pull of some impossible wins by just hitting that benched Shaymin EX. In most games tho, Basic Latios EX will beyour main attacker.
  • Do not be affraid to throw away cards in the first turn if you need to find energies or Muscle Bands. This is a general rule for the Pokémon TCG but make sure to remember this even when you sit several parts of the Crobat line in your hand.
  • Super Scoop is not only for the Crobats and Shaymins. It’s also there for healing, returning energys to your hand and ofter nifty trix.
  • M Latios EX has NO RETREAT COST. It’s something I tend to forget becuase it does not feel like a free retreater… but it’s very important to remember.

[THERE WILL BE A VIDEO TALKING ABOUT THE DECK HERE SOON!] 

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Pokémon TCG deck – M Tyranitar EX / Crobat [Standard]

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Main Pokémon: M Tyranitar EX / Crobat
Deck Name: Tyranitarusrex
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016

M Tyranitar EX

Pokémon

Trainer

Energy

4 Zubat 4 VS Seeker 5 Dark Energy
4 Golbat 4 Mega Turbo 4 Double Colorless Energy
2 Crobat 3 Ultra Ball
3 Tyranitar EX 3 Super Scoop Up
3 M Tyranitar EX 3 Professor Sycamore
2 Shaymin EX 3 Tyranitar Spirit Link
1 Absol 3 Team Magma’s Secret Base
2 Battle Compressor
2 Lysandre
2 Shauna
1 Sacred Ash
1 AZ
1 Hex Maniac

Hints / Things to think about

  • Compared to many other decks where you want to use Golbat and Crobat for bench knockouts, remember that you want to spread the damage counters to make sure that you’re M Tyranitar EX can geta knockout on a good variation of targets.
  • Absol is there to make sure you can move damage counters that may have been missplaced with your Crobat line abilites AND to give you the ability of moving damage counters with a basic Pokémon, you will not always have the chance to evolve a Golbat on the turn that it matters.
  • Knowing when to play your Team Magma’s Secret Base is very important. You want to make sure that you damage your opponents Pokémon and not hindering your own.
  • Do NOT forget to discard atleast one Dark Energy to your discard pile early in the game so that you can use that Mega Turbo.

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