Hello again readers, I’m back with another article for you today. Leading up to writing this, I was holding out hope that we would receive an official Darkness Ablaze set list so I could talk about the new cards and maybe come up with some initial lists. Yes, we know most of the cards, but there will be a number of Pokémon V and VMAX excluded from the set, and I want to know all of the cards involved before exploring a new set. Instead, I’ll be sharing a lot of the concepts that I’ve built that I’ve had sitting in my PTCGO account for a while.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to play around with other decks very much since last time, because of the Players Cup and the importance of not wasting tickets. I’ve been grinding events with the exact Zacian/LucaMetal list I talked about last time, and it’s been going very well. The lists that I’ll be sharing today aren’t necessarily untested, but they haven’t seen the extreme levels of scrutiny that I would apply to a deck I would be sleeving up for a Regional or higher.
As for the Players Cup, on the day that I’m writing this, there was an announcement that they would be “fixing” the leaderboard issues, and I hope to see my correct Tournament Rep when I wake up tomorrow. Without a change and counting players who are unable to qualify, I’m currently sitting at 130 Rep, at around 70th place in NA. At the current moment, 256th is at 49 Rep, which leads me to believe that I will safely qualify. However, if things do get close, I can do nothing about it because I’ve burnt through every single Tournament Ticket on my account.
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On the Players Cup as a whole, first and second impressions left a whole lot to be desired. However, it seems that with today’s announcement, the biggest issue that existed, which was the leaderboards, has been remedied. Yes, it started out very rough, but things have started to smooth over and look much better. I can understand being annoyed about this issue, but at this point, anything more than a passing annoyance feels like an overreaction.
The second biggest issue is the number of tournament tickets required to qualify. To be frank, anyone complaining about tickets at this point just wants to be unreasonable. Zak Turchansky posted the math on how many tickets a person could expect to farm before the end of the Players Cup, and came up with around 171 tickets, AKA 21 tournaments. That translates to a potential of 168 Tournament Rep. That’s barely less than what I’ll end up with after starting with 240 tickets and being incredibly lazy and not farming the free tickets. If the final number ends up being less than 168 in North America, then no player should have any feelings of resentment because they started with no tickets.
My opinions are only based on the NA region, but they apply even more strongly to the other regions. The Oceania region is incredibly easy to qualify in, and LATAM is slightly harder. Europe is harder than the other two, but does fall short of North America. Literally any player with a PTCGO account in that region has the opportunity to qualify, and thus has no basis to complain about it if they do not.
However, there are still multiple other reasons to be discontent with the system, but the two “big” ones have been pretty much invalidated at this point. There’s still people who will be unable to even participate because of email issues, and obviously the underage player problem. The only group of players that I feel has the absolute right to be upset are those from the Asian countries that were formerly classified as being within the Oceania region. The last-minute announcement that they would be unable to play must really sting, and I do feel bad for them.
I’ve talked about this long enough, but I feel like most of that was worth saying. Time for us to get into the decks that I’ve messed around with on PTCGO.
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