Chasing Perfection

Atlas League, the Online TEU–DAA Metagame Progression, Players Cup II: Qualifying Hindsight, and Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox (in Expanded)
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Hello SixPrizes UGers! I hope you’re all doing well in these troubled times. I’d like to start off things by saying a huge thank you to Adam inviting me to write to 6P UG. As this is my first time writing for 6P, I thought it’d be best to briefly introduce myself for those of you who don’t know who I am.

I’m Freya Pearce, and I’ve been playing the Pokémon TCG since it first debuted but only got into competitive play in 2011, my first tournament being a State Championship in the HS–EPO format. Since then, I’ve gone on to be an official caster for TPCi since 2016 at several European National Championships, the EUIC, and the LAIC, as well as place Top 16 the World Championships two years running. The first was in 2016 which is where my tagline (“Forever 9th”) comes from as I was the only 5-1-1 to bubble miss Top 8 (it still stings) and the second was in 2017 where I finished 15th. Sadly, I’ve not really had any accomplishments of the same caliber since then, but I’m hoping to change that once IRL events kick off again!
There’s plenty of opportunity to play.

Since 2017 Worlds, I’ve been slightly on and off with playing, but in the wake of a massive increase in online tournament series kicking off I’ve been playing more than ever, primarily in the Atlas Collectables Championship Series but also in the Players Cup II Qualifiers. For this article, I’d like to focus on my experiences playing in both of these alongside the metagame development I’ve seen as these series have gone on, as well as give you a flavour of one of my favorite deck choices for Expanded currently: Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox.

The Atlas Collectables Championship Series is being run by the same organizers that ran the Pokémon Online Global (POG) Championship in August, and runs a set number of events every month, which all offer qualifying points toward next year’s POG Championship:

  • Eight “Mini” events, with a new one usually kicking off every three or four days. Six of these are in the Standard format and two are in the Expanded format.
  • One “Monthly” event, which as the name implies starts at the beginning of the month and lasts until the end of said month, and is also in the Standard format.
  • One Special Event, at the end of the month, which has a different ruleset from the norm and rewards less points than the other two event kinds. The first one that ran for example was in the current Standard format but with Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX banned.

I’ve been a big fan of these events as each round is run over the course of either 24 hours (Minis, Specials) or 72 hours (Monthlies), which gives plenty of time to try and organize time to play around mismatching timezones, work schedules and so on. I’ve been recording almost all of the matches I’ve played and if you’re curious to check those out you can do so at

As they say: Hindsight is 20/20.

As for the Players Cup II, I’ll avoid rehashing old territory too much as the structure has already been covered in a few previous 6P articles. I’m sure most of you reading this will be actively trying to burn through your Tournament Keys and rack up as much Tournament Rep as possible. For me, I’ve finished up already having ended on 90 Tournament Rep after using up all 50 of my Tournament Keys, so I’ll share some of my experience with the benefit of hindsight so if you still have keys left, you don’t end up making the same mistakes I did and hopefully end on more Tournament Rep than I did!

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