Ranking the Eevee and Eeveelution VMAX Pokemon from Worst-to-Best

Eevee and all of its evolutions exist as VMAX cards in the Pokemon Trading Card Game. Besides being some of the most sought-after cards from a collector’s perspective, a number of Eevee’s evolutions are some of the strongest cards in the game right now.

Based on my experience playing with and against them, here are my rankings from worst-to-best!

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Single Strike Urshifu VMAX vs. Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX: Which League Battle Deck Should You Get?

The latest decks in the Pokemon Trading Card Game League Battle Deck series are based around two different variations of the same Pokemon: Single Strike Urshifu VMAX and Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX. They play quite different from one-another, making the choice of which one to get first all the more confusing for newcomers with aspirations of playing more competitively.

It’s hard to go wrong either way. Both are good decks out-of-the-box and serve as foundations for you to shape into top-tier decks. Both come with great Supporter cards that work well in these decks and future decks you may build down the road. Both share the same typing resistances and weaknesses. Both are really fun to play!

If you’re looking for detailed breakdowns of each one, as well as deck lists you can use to upgrade them, I got you!

Personally, I’d recommend getting both. However, I understand that not an option for everyone. If you have to pick just one, I make some recommendations based on factors that could sway your decision.

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Pokemon TCG League Battle Deck Spotlight: Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX

The League Battle series of decks from The Pokemon Company are a fantastic way to jump into competitive play. Following in the footsteps of Zacian and Inteleon before them, Single Strike Urshifu and Rapid Strike Urshifu are the latest Pokemon to get their own decks in the League Battle series. Not only are these two decks a great introduction to serious play, both can be upgraded to become top-tier decks!

I covered Single Strike Urshifu in a previous post, which you can read here. This time, let’s examine why the Rapid Strike version is also a great option for aspiring players!

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Extra Life 24-Hour Marathon – Part 2 and 3

Part 2 of our Extra Life marathon includes opening the Pokemon Celebrations Pikachu Figure Collection, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Pokemon TCG Online!

In the third and final act, we play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Overcooked 2, and Monopoly: Animal Crossing Edition!

View the full post to see the full stream, highlights, and shoutouts!

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Extra Life 24-Hour Marathon – Part 1

Part 1 of our Extra Life marathon includes action from Tetris 99, Mario Party Superstars, Jackbox 8, Exit: The Game, and opening Pokemon card packs!

View the full post to see the full stream, highlights, and shoutouts!

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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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What You Need to Know About Pokemon Trading Card Game Theme Decks, V Battle Decks, League Battle Decks, and More

One of the best ways to start playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game right away is to buy a pre-made deck. They have everything you need to play right away without having to worry about the deck-building part, which can be overwhelming for new players.

Odds are, when you go to the store, you will see pre-made decks in many different formats. What’s the difference between each one? Let’s run through the major formats to help you decide which to pick up!

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I May Have Bought More Pokemon Cards…

Having recently started building Pokemon card decks, it became fairly evident that we was short on trainer cards that would have gone a long way towards making these decks flow better. Furthermore, I wanted to add a few more V and VMax cards to expand our options and complete any loose evolution chains we currently had.

With a trip downtown coming up, I figured it would be a great time to order singles from my favourite local game store from the website and pick them up while I’m in the city.

I did order some singles…and some other stuff. Here’s what I got!

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My Biggest Pulls from the Chilling Reign Set of Pokemon Cards

40 packs later, it’s time for me to chill on Chilling Reign. Fueled by off the strength of my newfound excitement for the game and the allure of potentially pulling a golden shiny Snorlax card, I made the bold move of buying a booster box. Kudos to my mother-in-law for giving Steff and I four extra packs to work with for a total of 40!

Before shifting our focus on the upcoming Evolving Skies set, let’s look back on some of the best cards pulled from our booster packs!

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