If You Can’t Beat Them, Fireball Circus Them

Blacephalon and Dragapult VMAX (My Two Favs to Grind With), Thoughts on PTCGO + the Players Cup, and Limitless Invitational Meta Musings

Hello 6P! I’m back with another article for you, but let me start off by thanking you, the reader, for your continued support throughout this whole bizarre reality we are living in right now.

The global leaderboard as of June 10.

We are in full swing with the Players Cup qualification period for the month of June and, as expected with a brand new system, there are quite a few hiccups. The first and most important one being that not all tournaments are counting toward the leaderboards. I’m hoping this is a bug that TPCi will fix eventually, where they can just rerun whatever script they have that calculates your points and it will update the leaderboard with the correct counts. As of today, I’m missing points for exactly half of the tournaments I’ve played in on PTCGO. I have faith that it’ll all be made right by the end of June, but just in case, I’m part of the lucky few that have extra tournament tickets to do a big grind toward the end.

In the beginning, I was going to set myself the goal of being #1 in LATAM for the month of June, but with all the technical issues, I figure it is best to be conservative now and give it my all when the next phase of Best-of-3 tournaments starts in July. Being at least 256th place in LATAM should be a matter of investing time, rather than a challenge of skill, with all the tickets that I have.

We have kickoff! (Almost—three more days.)

The real challenge for me this June, however, was participating in the Players Cup Kickoff Invitational that took place on the weekend of the 30th and 31st of May. That’s why I wasn’t able to participate in the Limitless Online Series Qualifier #4—I was under an NDA to not disclose that I was invited until Pokémon announced the participants of the tournament officially. I was invited at the beginning of May and really eager to share the news but I wasn’t able to until a few days ago.

The tournament will be broadcast this weekend, on June 13th and 14th. I unfortunately can’t give out any details of the event, not even what deck I decided to play. I will say though that I definitely recommend you check out the stream as there were some great games and matchups that unfolded. And of course I hope you’re rooting for Tablemon from the past to have won the tournament! It’s unfortunate that there is a conflict of schedule with the Limitless Invitational taking place this weekend as well, but I’m sure both events will be worth your time watching if you’re looking for some top-level Pokémon TCG gameplay.

Now that the Limitless Qualifiers are over, there are still a bunch of tournaments and events you can join over on Discord, such as the PokeX ongoing tournament series which will have its own invitational coming soon, along with a Regional-style Best-of-3 tournament happening on June 20th! I’m particularly excited about that one as it has a $10 entry fee and the prize pool could be significant with enough players. If that’s something that might interest you, this is the Discord server where it all happens: http://discord.gg/eeGRM3Q

So we have the ladder, the Players Cup, and these independently-run events, and I’ve actually upped my play time now that I’ve needed to update my old Tablemon account for the Players Cup, since I obviously couldn’t keep playing with the demo PTCGO account (which has a full collection) that I’d been using exclusively the past four years.

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