The Pleasure and Pain of Theme Deck Matchmaking in Pokemon TCG Online

The fundamental challenge with collectible card games is that your ceiling as a player is predicated by the cards you have. Even the best players will lose to average players if the power gap between decks is wide enough.

For newbies, the struggle is even worse. The combination of being short on game knowledge and powerful cards is an incredibly steep (and expensive) hole to climb out of. As a newcomer to Pokemon TCG Online, my pre-made decks would routinely get stomped out by players who had every GX/V/VMax card imaginable. Above and beyond learning how to play the game, it’s going to take some combination of time and money – probably lots of both – to avoid losing every match in Standard or Expanded format.

Thankfully, there exists salvation for newcomers, scrubs, and those who want to play Pokemon TCG Online with a more rigid set of balance boundaries. If this sounds more up your alley, then the Theme format is your battlefield of choice.

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Opening the Pokemon TCG Champion’s Path Marnie Premium Collection

Champion’s Path is a premium set of Pokemon cards that only be obtained through special collector’s sets or Elite Trainer Boxes. Unfortunately, there are no official options for buying the booster packs separately. In exchange, this set has some highly sought after cards, such as the elusive Shiny Charizard V.

Though I was originally planning on buying the cheaper Dubwool set just to get a taste, a miscommunication between Steff and I let to me going big with the Marnie set. Was the splurge worth it?

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Where Love Grows! – It Takes Two Live Stream

Cody and May’s journey towards reconciliation takes them to a notable place in their history and a place that’s been neglected. Will these experiences help them get closer to becoming human again? And I guess…back together as a couple?

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Tetris Party! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

This Tetris 99 stream really picked up in pace once kittylovemitten came through with the huge raid! Besides the always stressful Tetris 99 matches, we talk about the latest Pokemon card set, WarioWare: Get it Together, and times when video game companies betrayed us!

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Explaining the Different Matchmaking Options in Pokemon Trading Card Game Online

Matchmaking in Pokemon Trading Card Game Online isn’t quite as straightforward as sitting at a table and playing the next available opponent. There are a number of matchmaking modes you can choose from that determine which cards are eligible. Because of this, the type of game you’re agreeing to will vary wildly based on which matchmaking option you choose.

Since the game doesn’t explicitly state what each one entails, let’s take a moment to explain them all!

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Is Activate Games the Future of Arcades?

From carnival games, to arcade machines, to escape rooms, interactive amusement attractions continue to evolve. Activate Games in Canada and the US combines elements of virtual and physical play to create an experience unlike anything else I’ve experienced to-date.

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Feel the Attraction! – It Takes Two Live Stream

PlayerTwoStart and I are going to need therapy after playing through one of the most horrifying moments we’ve ever experienced in a video game. Thanks, It Takes Two! I also take a moment to teach everyone how to make three different types of paper airplanes!

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Absol Enters the Fray! – Pokemon Unite Live Stream

 

I finally spent my in-game credits on a new character! Did I make a wise investment by picking up Absol? Also, Meghan Plays Games and Space Cactus join me for this set of Pokemon Unite matches!

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Eternatus and Zacian Came to Battle! – Pokemon TCG Online Live Stream

I upgraded my Pokemon card collection with Eternatus VMAX and Zacian V! Both cards are considered some of the best in the game at the moment. How far these cards carry me against the competition in Pokemon TCG Online? We also discuss which Pokemon TCG Online codes to buy and the realities of which format players are battling in the most!

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Board Game Geek: The Card Game Review

Board Game Geek is the hands-down best resource for tabletop gaming online. It’s got a library of information for pretty much every board game and card game ever made, user reviews, message boards, user profiles that allow you to keep an online tally of your game collection and the results of any board game you’ve ever played, and more. At some point in one’s tabletop gaming journey, they will inevitably end up on the site and benefit from everything it has to offer.

What better way to commemorate the best tabletop gaming website than with…a tabletop game?

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