Quagging ‘n’ Nagging

The Making of Quagsire/Naganadel for the DC Open, My Latest List, and What Has Changed About the Deck
Hello and welcome! My name is Jonathan Croxton and today I’d like to bring you some information on Quagsire/Naganadel. If you didn’t know, I piloted QuagNag to a Top 16 finish at the DC Open. I’ll start with the story of making the deck, then go over that list, and finally show my current list […]

SixPrizes 7

Sure, Why Not, It’s a Friday
At some point, you’ve got to ship. And after nearly three months of plinking and plonking at my keyboard—almost twice as long as it took me last time—I’m deploying the new SixPrizes. Ready or not, here it is.1 Some Background: It’s been a curious past two-plus years here at 6P. Attentive readers will remember that […]

Punching Above Your Weight Class

Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX/Mismagius Hand Lock for UPR–HIF/Atlantic City/Köln
Hello everyone! With Sheffield Regionals behind us, players are starting to use information from that event to shape their testing and deck decisions for Atlantic City, Köln, and Knoxville soon after. Hidden Fates has been legal for play for a small while now and not made too much of an impact—largely due to such a […]

Advanced Strategies for Taking 6 Prizes

A Complete Guide to Naganadel-GX Checkmate w/ the DC Open Winning List
Hey everyone! I hope your Worlds experience was great. Whether playing in the Main Event or the Open, the tournament is always enjoyable. We saw some well-known decks perform well and some new creations as well! Ability ReshiZard and non-Rainbow Mewtwo & Mew-GX are two decks that did exceptionally well, winning the Seniors and Masters […]

Purple Reign

A Complete Guide to Gardevoir, the Best Deck of the 2010 DP-on Format
I want to start off with an introduction as it has been several years since my last article. My name is Jay Hornung and I played this game competitively from 2004–2013 before I retired from professional Pokémon and started my career in the real world. My accomplishments in the game include earning 10 consecutive Worlds […]

When the Tail Spins the Tyranitar

Winning by Losing with BombTar (i.e., Dark Tyranitar/Electrode ex or Pow Block) in the 2006 HL–HP Format
The Worlds 2006 (HL–HP) format is heralded as the best of the retro formats by many- for the diversity of viable decks, unique card effects not seen before or since, and the amount of creative plays made available to skilled players at all times thanks to the unprecedented consistency of cards like Pidgeot RG or […]

Grab Bag

Attendance at Tournaments, Commentating (Drama in Storytelling), the Grind, Marketing, and a Funny Story
6P welcomes back Brent Halliburton on a multitude of topics… Attendance at Tournaments There was some chatter on Facebook about how attendance was down at tournaments, possibly due to the Expanded format or rising prices. I wondered if there was a way to get a little bit of science applied to the problem. I asked […]

Hot Thunder and Hot Blunders

A Top 16 Collinsville Tournament Report with PikaRom
Hey what’s up my guys! My name is Evan Gregory, and I play the Pokémon TCG competitively. I have played rather casually for about five years now, hitting a couple of Regionals here and there; however, this year, since worlds is in D.C., I have decided to shoot for my worlds invite. Starting with a […]

Zoroark’s Zenith

Discussing the Dominance of Zoroark-GX in the Entirety of the TCG
Hey everyone, and welcome to another article brought to you by our overlord, Zoroark. It may be the Illusion Fox Pokémon, but its success certainly isn’t an illusion! It has come to my attention that there has recently been plenty of discussion regarding the amount of success Zoroark-GX decks have had in Standard and Expanded. […]

Merry Times in Maryland

6P Podcast Ep. 27
On today’s episode, Mike is joined by Maryland players Nguyen Tran and Charlie Lockyer—fresh off Top 8 at the latest Regional Championships in Roanoke, VA. They discuss their successful Virginia runs, the state of the Standard format, and give a peek into Expanded for Anaheim. iTunes SoundCloud  

The Forest for the Trees

Christopher’s Look Back at Portland, ft. Trevenant BREAK Report & First Thoughts on Lost Thunder
Hello again, everyone! It’s good to be back after a pretty productive weekend in the Pokémon TCG world. We saw some top players’ ingenuity destroy Portland, in the sense that the deck was unbelievably versatile. I hit Daniel Altavilla’s iteration of it during my Day 1 run, and could not believe the sheer mass of […]

The Podcast: Ep. 25

‘Exploring Expanded’ with an Eye toward Portland’s Regional Championships
On this episode, Mike is joined by Israel Sosa, Phinnegan Lynch, and Tyler Ninomura to discuss the new look of the Expanded format heading into the first large Expanded event of the year: Portland Regionals! iTunes SoundCloud

Expanding on Expanded

Friday Flyer #7: A Few More Expanded Notes and Nuggets
Hello everyone! Another week down, and this time, we moved thoroughly into the Expanded frontier. Travis, Pablo, and I had a trio of articles going into the larger format as we evolve past the bans it received this summer. It’s going to be an interesting format, and I’m curious to see what works out from […]

Triumph to the Top

A Top 8 Senior Worlds Buzzwole/Lycanroc Report
Hello everyone. Ben Branch-Trevathan here with a top eight Worlds report. I am a junior in high school and I started playing last September. Last season, I earned 652 CP, with my first big placement being top thirty-two at NAIC. And now here is the tale of how I took Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX to a fifth place […]

Tournament Thresholds and Things

Friday Flyer #2: An Examination of the 19 Point Day 2 Cutoff
Seven days are all that separate North America’s player base from the first Regional Championship of the 2019 Championship Series. Of course, we’re looking at a bit longer for Europe, and Latin America is getting a head start with a Regional tomorrow—and all lag behind Oceania’s Melbourne Open. Nevertheless, for many of the people that […]


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