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“Shocking Discoveries” – Pikachu/Zekrom Tag Team Dominates the Online Scene!

“Shocking Discoveries” – Pikachu/Zekrom Tag Team Dominates the Online Scene!

Pikachu and ZekromTag Team GX (otherwise known as “Pikarom”) is just a deck that will never die - in a recent bout of events, this popular archetype has been piloted by Pokemon veterans from around the globe to high placements! As the first Tag Team to come out, it’s surprising that this deck has had such longevity over the course of time. Its recent resurgence is also unexpected due to the loss of Thunder Mountain Prism in the rotation, which was a key card Pikarom would use to obtain a Turn 1 Full Blitz attack. Now, with just Tapu Koko Prism to lean on, the deck is still managing to find new ways to tackle the format and beat down on meta decks.
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“Dread End” – A Look at a Top Contender that Smashes Pikarom!

“Dread End” – A Look at a Top Contender that Smashes Pikarom!

Pikachu and Zekrom Tag Team GX (or ‘Pikarom’) is a deck that has been caught dominating the online tournament scene. It’s been piloted by some of the world’s best players, including but not limited to Daniel Altavilla (#1 Global CP Leader for 2020) and Azul GG (arguably one of the most consistent players of all-time). It gained traction as a surprise deck because most players thought it was a ‘dead’ deck post-rotation, however it recently has proved that it has the tools to take out top contenders. Today’s article is all about a deck that I believe has the power to dethrone Pikarom from being the best deck, and also has the ability to take out other threats in the format. That deck just so happens to be a big fan favourite, Eternatus VMAX!
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“The Deep End” – Wailord V Takes Over!

“The Deep End” – Wailord V Takes Over!

When players initially say the new Pokemon TCG Online Expansion, Champion’s Path first release, they took one look at the set and passed it off as “mediocre at best”. Alcremie VMAX was a card that stole the show for many players, however with a Weakness to Metal-type Pokemon, and Zacian V getting a cosign from many seasoned pros online, this creampuff Pokemon doesn’t seem fit for the current metagame. I decided to poke a little deeper and look at a few more Pokemon from the set. Skimming through the Colourless-type Pokemon, Altaria seemed like a very strong card, namely being able to take care of popular V and GX Pokemon. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way for Altaria to take on 1-Prize Pokemon such as Blacephalon UNB, or Decidueye DAB. After gathering some PTCGO codes, doing some trades, and getting all of my cards for Wailord V, I’m pleased to say that I think we’ve found a clear winner from the set. Let’s take a deeper dive into one of the coolest card from the newest Pokemon TCGO Expansion, Wailord V!
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From Standard to Expanded format

From Standard to Expanded format

“My Tapu Lele-GX (Guardians Rising) will nab me an Acerola (Burning Shadows) to win me the game!” Wait, what?!?!?! Aren’t those cards rotated out of our Standard format Zach? Well, the answer is yes, but it should be noted that the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online has a few formats, but Standard and Expanded are the most notable. While Standard plays with some of the most recent cards in the Pokémon TCG, Expanded “expands” that collection to include cards all the way back to Black and White! It might be daunting to think about playing with a pool of cards over the past decade, but it gets significantly easier when you realize that most decks are similar in both Standard and Expanded due to the power creep of the game. What I’m essentially saying is that newer Pokémon are typically overpowered compared to cards released a few years ago and Expanded usually only adds support Pokémon and amazing Trainer cards to top Standard decks. There are obviously some exceptions to that rule, but our current Expanded format is dominated by Coalossal VMAX (Vivid Voltage), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX (Team Up), and Zacian V decks (Sword and Shield). The goal here is to give you the necessary tools to carefully jump into the exciting Expandedformat and enjoy more of Pokémon TCGO. Let’s start by going over some format staples.
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Updating PikaRom and Centiskorch

Updating PikaRom and Centiskorch

Sometimes when a new set on PTCGO releases, it brings new Pokemon decks, and sometimes it brings new cards to existing concepts. In the case of Vivid Voltage, it brought great new decks, such as Coalossal VMAX, but it also brought new tricks for Centiskorch VMAX (Darkness Ablaze) and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX (Team Up) too! I’m Zach Lesage (@theloneblown) and I’m here to showcase my updated Centiskorch VMAX list and my updated Pikachu & Zekrom-GX list for all of you Pokémon Trading Card Game fans! Both of these decks have had an impressive run in online PTCG events so far and it is likely that they will both be great for a long time to come! If you happen to be missing any cards for any of the below decks or if you wanna crack open some online packs, you can always use code zlesage5 to save 5% on your next order of codes at PTCGOStore.com. Let’s jump into these updated lists and away we go...
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Top 5 Vivid Voltage Cards

Top 5 Vivid Voltage Cards

Vivid Voltage, our newest Pokémon TCG set, looks to add layers of depth to our current format that has already been over explored. You might be wondering, “What do you mean by over explored?!” Well, let me explain - due to the global pandemic of Covid-19, all of our Pokémon Trading Card Game play has shifted to PTCGO. With more players at home playing online, the community has worked together to find the absolute best decks for our Team Up to Champions Path metagame. Vivid Voltage acts as the light at the end of our tunnel by offering us many interesting cards, which include an entirely new form of rarity, that should keep the game fresh for the foreseeable future. Some of the more interesting concepts come from the new “Amazing Rare” cards like Jirachi and Raikou that both feature strong attacks, but require unique energy costs. The set also offers powerful Pokémon VMAX cards such as Coalossal VMAX and Orbeetle VMAX that will attempt to disrupt our metagame. With almost 200 cards being added to our available card pool on TCGO, this article will feature cards that I have handpicked; the cards I feel will actually go the distance! I have already picked up plenty of Pokémon TCGO codes from here to acquire what I need and you should too! Don’t forget that you can save 5% off your order by using my discount code zlesage5Let’s look into my Top 5 cards - and away we go...
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Top 5 Champion's Path Cards

Top 5 Champion's Path Cards

Every fall we have received a special collectors set for the Pokemon TCG and Pokemon TCG Online. More often than not, these sets serve more as a way to sell additional product for the holidays, and don’t very often bring much of a competitive impact. With the exception of Zoroark-GX in Shining Legends, very rarely have exclusive cards from these sets seen competitive play. Champions Path is actually bringing some very powerful reprinted cards to the table in Eldegoss V, Professors Research, and Marnie. I think it’s a great thing to include these strong support cards as reprints in this set, but outside of these cards that have already proven themselves, it seems like the set doesn’t have too much to offer at this time. With that being said, some of these cards do show potential, especially if future support comes for any of them in the future. These are my top 5 Pokemon TCGO code cards from Champions Path.
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