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Burning Shadows Rulings Questions

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Burning Shadows Rulings Questions

With the Burning Shadows Pre-Release being less than a week away, thanks to PokeGym, we have some rulings on some effects that you may run into. Have a quick read through before you attend your local event!   Sun & Moon–Burning Shadows FAQ POKÉMON ATTACKS:== BUBBLE NET (Araquanid - Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows)Q. If I use Araquanid's "Bubble Net" attack and my opponent switches in a new Active Pokémon, can they attach an Energy to it during their turn?A. Yes they can. The effect was on that specific Defending Pokémon and was removed when it went to the Bench.== DUST...

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Pre-Release Tips

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Pre-Release Tips

With pre-release coming up this weekend, I thought I'd give those first-time players some handy tips to get you through the tournament. Remember this is a sealed tournament, so what you get is entirely random, which may make some of this advice very easy or very hard to follow. Remember, pre-releases are a way to get the product early, so you can only play in one per day and are not allowed to buy extra packs during or after the event. How does it work? You will receive a pack with 22 cards and 4 booster packs to build a...

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Common Questions About Pokemon Tournaments

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Common Questions About Pokemon Tournaments

After starting up hobby leagues in 2 different stores, we've heard a lot of the same questions time and time again, so we aim to address some of these questions today so you can have a better understanding of what's going to happen before you turn up to your first Pokemon Tournament! What is a Pokemon Tournament? It sounds a bit big and scary when called a tournament, so think of it more as a Pokemon event. Basically these events are where people can come together to play some games with some new people and hopefully make some new friends...

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World Championship Tournament Report - By Tama Carr

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World Championship Tournament Report - By Tama Carr

This week we have an article from Tama Carr, who recently represented New Zealand at the World Championships in San Francisco! Have a read and see what exciting adventures could be in store for you if you decide you want to try and earn a world championship invite next year! A Kiwi’s San Francisco World Tournament 2016 Preparation to take on the World  Unfortunately, we do not have a kiwi Pokemon yet. But hopefully Nintendo release some little flightless bird in one of the upcoming generations (I envision it will be Grass/Ground type). New Zealand would then be able to...

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Deck Building Advice

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Lots of people don't know a lot about what they're doing when they're making their first deck, so have a read through for some ideas of how to build your first deck! Keep in mind that this is all general advice, certain decks should not follow all of the advice, but it's a good starting point. Firstly, why should you even listen to me? I'm a competitive player myself and while I don't have as much time to play now as I'd like, I still get games in when I can. I qualified for and competed at the Pokemon World...

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Fun Tournament Formats to Play at Home

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Fun Tournament Formats to Play at Home

Introduction This article will give you some ideas of fun tournaments you can play at home. Many people get a little bored of playing the same type of deck for months on end or get sick of one person winning all the games because their deck is more powerful than everyone elses, so this article aims to give some ideas about different ways of playing that may change things up a bit and make for some fun games. Draft / Sealed This is a classic format that means everyone starts off on even ground. The idea of a sealed tournament...

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Rotation and What it Means for You

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Rotation and What it Means for You

Rotation for 2017 has been announced! You can check out the details of the Pokemon announcement here. The short version is that only cards from Primal Clash onwards will be legal for tournament use. I'll give you a brief rundown of what this will mean for you and the notable cards we lose in standard format. What is rotation? Rotation occurs most years and it is where the cards that are eligible for use in standard tournaments are updated. Older cards may still be able to be used for expanded tournaments but in New Zealand we don't have any sanctioned...

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Preparing For the Pokemon National Championships

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Preparing For the Pokemon National Championships

In case you're not aware, the Pokemon National Championships are coming up on Sunday the 5th June at Mercure in Auckland City. It is a free event and registration starts from 8am and closes at 9am. You will need a full 60 card deck from the standard format (so can only contain cards from the XY sets) and you will need a deck list, if you're not sure what this is, turn up early and get someone to help you at the event. There are 3 age groups, so people will play against people roughly the same age as themselves....

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Draw Supporters - Which Ones are Right For Me?

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Draw Supporters - Which Ones are Right For Me?

Quite often in articles I talk about adding draw supporters you like to your deck. There are a few to choose from though, so how do you know which one's right for your deck? In this article I will look at some of the top draw supporters in format at the moment and their benefits and draw backs. What is a draw supporter? A draw supporter is basically any supporter card that helps you to draw more cards from your deck. There are a lot of supporters that help you draw cards, but many of them (Skyla, Pokemon Fan Club,...

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Auckland City Championships Report by Louis Chi

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Auckland City Championships Report by Louis Chi

Hi everyone, I’m back today to talk about the City Championships that was held at Baydragon Botany on January 23rd 2016. As some of you may know, I decided to pilot Night March for the event. Consistent with the thought process of my previous article, the ability for little Night Marchers to knock out pretty much any Pokemon in the current meta-game is too strong to ignore. I knew that Night March was most likely to be the highest represented deck on the day, and the remaining decks were built with Night March in mind. As a result, I played...

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