Aspects of the Pokemon Trading Card Game I Enjoy

From JRPG-style turn-based battles to match 3 puzzle games, the experience of Pokemon battling each other has been translated into basically every game genre. My favourite of the bunch? Tabletop card game.

Yes, I understand that there’s a little bit of recency bias at play. I only started playing Pokemon Trading Card Game a few months ago. Even so, the way in which I have invested my time and brain power towards playing the game, buying the cards, and understand the nuances of combat is beyond anything I’ve put into any other Pokemon game.

Here are the aspects of the Pokemon Trading Card Game experience that I find incredibly captivating!

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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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Long Bombs! – Mario Golf: Super Rush Live Stream

Some of the shots that my fellow golfers and I hit during this Mario Golf: Super Rush session were absolutely nuts! I also go into detail about my history with the Mario Golf franchise and why I have such mixed feelings about this latest entry.

Click through for the full video, highlights, and shoutouts!

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I Just Want a Cape! – Super Mario World Live Stream

With my 3-year-old “nephew” tuning in, we decided to play a little bit of Super Mario World for him! I embarrass myself by being completely unable to get a cape, and I struggle to explain where Yoshi disappeared to after I jumped off his back to reach the final platform. Apologies for the conflicting music. Will remember to shut off the lo-fi beats for games where I want to play the music!

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No Online Play for Asmodee Games on Nintendo Switch is a Deal-Breaker

Lost in the midst of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hype, Asmodee released the first of their digital board games to the Nintendo eShop. While I have not played Carcassonne on the Nintendo Switch, the physical board game is one of my faves, and the iOS port is stellar. I’m confident that the core gameplay is intact.

However, there’s one feature that is missing from this game that makes its purchase unjustifiable for me: online play. It also looks like the rest of the games in this series so far are also lacking online play. Without it, I’m probably not going to buy any of them, even if these are great renditions of great board games. Especially at the price they’re currently being sold for.

This is especially head-scratching, as you could play Carcassonne online on the Xbox 360 a decade ago. Its exclusion here is simply baffling. Until we get online play in here, I don’t see any reason to buy these versions over the physical board games or the much-cheaper-and-probably-just-as-good mobile ports.

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Double Jump vs. In Third Person in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee!

Click the image to watch us battle on!

In case you missed it last night, I had the honour of making an in-game cameo on Double Jump‘s live stream as Kris and I battled in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee! It’s always fun to play and collaborate with them, even though I was fighting with everything I had. Kris’ Pikachu named Piper is no joke!

Watch us battle on!

Thank you to both Kris and Rachel for allowing me to play with you on your stream. It’s all love at the end of the day, but with the Pokemon wars having officially begun, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate out tomorrow, I foresee a lot of confrontation between us!

If you haven’t already, give Double Jump a shot! They make awesome gaming content for their site that’s released daily and they stream multiple times a week. I read it every day and their stream is appointment viewing for me.

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River City Ransom Co-Stream with Kris & Rachel from Double Jump!

“Barf!” Continuing our first co-stream, Kris, Rachel, and I beat up thugs, eat sushi, and demonstrate questionable teamwork in River City Ransom! Streaming with Kris and Rachel was fantastic and I look forward to doing this again on our Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon! Make sure to follow them on everything!


Dr Mario Co-Stream with Kris & Rachel from Double Jump!

Double dose of Double Jump today! Kris, Rachel, and I come together for our first co-stream! First on the docket is Dr. Mario! They’re awesome and it was so much fun getting to play games and hang out on stream together. If they’re not back on sooner, they’ll be joining me and many others on our Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon! Make sure to follow them on everything!


Street Fighter V’s Terrible Launch Day

When I was playing my final retail copy of Street Fighter V before launch, everything was great when it came to its online functionality. Yesterday, it was abysmal. Disconnects everywhere, matchmaking was very slow, and for a while, didn’t work at all.

This sucks for everyone involved. Online games usually have problems at launch, but they ran the beta four times for this! Yet still, it breaks catastrophically. I’m guessing this will be fixed sooner rather than later, though this first night of Street Fighter V in the wild has been depressing.

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My Thoughts On “Pulling Out”

Since the dawn of online gaming, nothing is more annoying than playing with or against a quitter. Someone who will go as far as disconnecting from the Internet to sabotage a game, whether it’s to avoid losing or to rip someone off in a trade. If you play any video game online, you will run into these types of players. Even when some games penalize players for quitting early, it doesn’t stop everyone from behaving this way. I’m not saying anything prophetic or new here, but man…it sucks.

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