Last week, a player named Sean Adams hosted a 44 person, online 2004 Worlds tournament. Team Magma’s Groudon and Blaziken squared off in the final round again. While the Blaziken list that took second place in 2004 is outdated (newer lists replace Rayquaza ex for Ditto from Skyridge and Corsola from Hidden Legends), this video is still a fine example of 2004 gameplay.
The Holon Phantom is now only 29 subscribers from hitting 1000! This is a rematch from his second tabletop battle video, which is also his second most popular video, but the quality of his videos have definitely improved since then, so I’m hoping this video will get almost as many views as the original. (As you can probably guess, I’m a big fan of this channel.)
This is the first tabletop battle video for the Prop 15/3 format to use optimal lists! Prop 15/3 is one of my favorite formats and my go-to format for teaching the game to friends. To find out more about this hidden gem of a format, read about it on Jason Klaczynski’s blog! https://jklaczpokemon.com/prop-15-3
There were a couple of other videos I wanted to post for the YouTube channel I shared earlier. This was one of the most back-and-forth games I’ve seen in a long time. I was on the edge of my seat at the end! (The other one was the “2 Year Anniversary! Retro Format Base Theme Deck Tournament” video, but I’ll want to add the link to a separate post later so it’s not spam.)
I found this YouTube channel called Holon Phantom with over 70 tabletop Pokémon TCG battles, many of them for vintage formats. I’ve been thinking about sharing it with this community for a while because I have really enjoyed the quality of the videos and the diversity of the decks used. Also, the channel is still growing. I hope you find this series as interesting as I have.
Encouraging news on pull rates from Scarlet & Violet! Special Illustration Rares have a 1 in 32 pull rate, and Ultra Rares have a 1 in 15 pull rate, catching us up to Japan in "secret rare" volume! (I.E. (very) roughly 3 "secret rares" per $120.)