Release the Owls

Players Cup Finals Mini-Recap, Tips for Players Cup II, On Overcoming Pokémon Fatigue, and Finding Fun in Silly (But Competitive!) Decklists
Swooping in! (And without Decidueye.)

Hi Underground readers! My name is Sam Taylor, I’m from the UK, and I’ve played Pokémon competitively on-and-off for around 10 years now. My Pokémon journey started as a Junior qualifying for the 2010 Video Game World Championships, before a Nationals win in Seniors in the TCG in 2013 brought me to the TCG. Since then, I qualified for Worlds in Masters in 2015 just missing out on Day 2, before taking a hiatus to focus on university (only attending the odd local event).

When I heard Worlds 2020 was going to be in London, I knew I had to jump back in. I attended a couple of Regional Championships, won a League Cup, started racking up points… And we all know how the rest went. Just as I was beginning to get back into the swing of things, organized play stopped—with little sign in-person events are coming back anytime soon.

But then Pokémon announced the Players Cup. Finally, an online event with some real prizing! I knew I had to take it seriously, and after the qualifiers I found myself somehow in the final 16 vying for the Internationals trips. It feels great to be back.

Back when I was a wee Senior, I did actually write a few articles for SixPrizes—feel free to check out my author bio after this article! I’m super excited to be back writing my first Underground article; it feels like I’ve come full circle. Today, I’m going to be going over what I learned from making the final of the first Players Cup; some musings on the current format and how to get through waning interest; and some of the decklists I’ve enjoyed using in the second Players Cup.


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