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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2013 pokemon shits on anything you've ever learned about card advantage in yugioh (mostly). there's also time to set up intricate locks that'll take you literally 3 prizes behind but still allow you to claw back and win. it's a whole new game, and far more fun than yugioh imo. techs are actually important cos you can dig for them with specific search cards, and generally you can see all of your cards if you want to. anyway, enough chit chat, it's an easy enough game to understand; there's a nice little intro video on the official tcg site that gives a nice simple tutorial on to how to play the game. itt i'll only be summing up the competitive scene. if you want casual play, buy a starter deck or draft at your locals, it'll still be hella fun. (lists credited to heytrainer.org and it's members). Speed Darkrai [spoiler] 3 darkrai ex 3 sableye 1 keldeo ex 4 professor juniper 4 skyla 4 n 4 dark patch 4 pokemon catcher 4 energy switch 4 ultra ball 4 hypnotoxic laser 3 dark claw 2 random receiver 1 energy search 1 switch 1 computer search 2 virbank city gym 11 darkness energy [/spoiler] the idea of this deck is to hit hard, fast and consistently. play for the t1 computer search followed by junk hunt which in turn will 99% guarantee the t2 night spear. not only will this probably get you a knock out, but it'll also hit a nice 30 to an EX on the bench. night spear + dark claw + virbank + laser is another knockout on mewtwo/keldo/anything really. don't worry about eviolites, most things will be getting knocked out by poison so terrakion retaliate isn't that much of a big deal any more. not to mention terrak can be one hit by the above combo without the snipe damage. keldeo is there to avoid opposing laser sleep, do some cool dark patch combos plus sort of helpful if you have a shit start vs landorus EX. keldeo blastoise [spoiler] 4-0-3 Blastoise 3 Keldeo EX 2 Black Kyurem EX 4 Juniper 4 Skyla 2 Colress 1 N 1 Bianca 1 Cilan 4 Catcher 4 Ultra Ball 4 Energy Retreival 4 Candy 1 Energy Search 1 Computer Search 1 Bicycle 2 Tropical Beach 12 Water 2 Lightning[/spoiler] keldeo is evolving to take on EXs in one hit for far less energy. some people like the idea of black kyurem, others don't, but at 200 damage a shot, it's pretty insane. idea is to get a beach up asap as you won't be attacking til you get a blastoise. then you just rain down energy onto kyurem and keldeo and sweep. t2 blastoise starts are incredible and pretty much give you the win. it's a very herpy deck but skilled players definitely stand out compared to the luck sackers. klingklang [spoiler] 4 klink (3 retreat) 1 klang 3 klinklang (plasma) 1 klinklang (shift gears) 3 cobalion EX 1 cobalion NV 1 Registeel EX 35 TRAINER 4 juniper 4 n 4 skyla 2 tropical beach 4 pokemon catcher 4 rare candy 3 ultra ball 3 heavy ball 2 switch 2 escape rope 1 max potion 1 super rod 1 computer search 11 metal[/spoiler] this is a bitch of a deck to face but incredible to play if you like control. plasma kk shuts off any EX damage against your metal type pokes. shift gear kk lets you move energy around freely. paired with cobalions, this deck is brutal. you tank either with no damage or if you somehow do get hurt, heal it off with max potion and shift gears. difficult to set up but once you do, it's an incredibly easy win. rayquaza eels [spoiler] 4-4 Eel 3 Rayquaza EX 2 Emolga 1 Keldeo EX 1 Victini 4 Juniper 4 N 2 Colress 2 Skyla 2 Bianca 3 Ultra Ball 2 Super Rod 3 Level Ball 3 Switch 2 Skyarrow Bridge 1 Dowsing Machine 3 Catcher 1 Energy Switch 1 Tool Scrapper 4 Fire 8 Lightning[/spoiler] thought by many to have died after the release of plasma gale, somehow this deck just keeps on winning. the ability to ohko everything in the format is just too good to give up obv. coupled with the ability to sneak by klingklang relatively unharmed makes it a great deck too. set up eels, dynamotor onto your pokes and attack hard and consistently. keldeo allows you to essentially dynamotor to the active, victini blends perfectly with the existing energy to take on kk and emolga is there to push out 4 tynamo asap, as well as resist landorus. if you wanna test online, head over to bebessearch.com and build your deck there. next, sign up to playtcg.com and start playing online. most randoms are fucking awful so it's ideal if you play with friends. it's very similar to yvd. the only thing i suggest is that you organise your hand better, cards get stuck behind other cards and you can barely see them, if at all. it's great for testing and a necessity for anyone serious about getting into the tcg (unless you're fortunate to have a league nearby). there's the official pokemon tcg online (PTCGO) that requires cards to play (you get a digital pack free with every irl pack) and everything is fully automated. the program is so nice to play and really shits all over playtcg. i've even gone out of my way to BUY codes alone to buy online packs cos they're 10-20p each and well worth it. there's trading, friend matches and just regular public play, and the userface is so easy to interact with it's just a pleasure to use. another thing you'll notice is the amount of pride most pokemon players have. as generally the format degrades into r/p/s formats, deckbuilding is seen as having just as much skill, if not more, as playing the game. this means that unless the winners are incredibly generous, tournament winning/topping decklists are rarely found online. they are shared within the top % of players, but sometimes they leak. either way, your best bet is to take a skeleton list and customise it how you want to, that's all they did!