Erik Nance

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  • Joined Jun ’11

Bio: My brother and I have played the Pokémon TCG competitively for about 7 years now. In that time, we’ve competed at the highest level and done pretty well. Here is a quick list of my personal achievements in the game:

– World Championship Level: Top 16 in 2006, Invitation in 2008, Top 32 in 2010
– National Championship Level (US): Top 32 in 2008, 2nd Place in 2010, Top 32 in 2012
– Regional Championship Level: 3rd Place in 2006 (Southeast), 1st Place in 2008 (Southeast), Top 32 in 2012 (Georgia), Top 32 in 2012 (Pennsylvania), Top 16 in 2013 (Pennsylvania), Top 16 in 2014 (Virginia)
– State Championship Level: 2nd Place in 2010 (SC), 2nd Place in 2012 (NC), multiple top cut finishes
– City Championship Level: Multiple CC wins and top cut finishes
– NC Gym Challenge winner in 2006

Quad Goals

Form-Fitting an Old Concept to Today’s Standard Format

Pokéfficiency

On Succeeding as a Time-Crunched Competitor and the Challenges of PokéParenting

Cards on the Fence

A Test for Whether Cards are Staple-Worthy or Binder Snacks

Endgame

An Examination into the Seldom Accredited Game-Ending Plays of Past and Present

Wayback Machine

On Works Past and Updating Old Theories for New Formats
It uses its long tongue to taunt opponents. Once the opposition is enraged, this Pokémon hurls itself at the opponent, tackling them forcefully. (Galarian Linoone)

In Writing

Winter Regionals 2016: Life, Loss, and Closing the Chapter on Durant

Fast Foward

Analyzing BREAKpoint Cards Against Their Classical Counterparts

Setting Sights

7 New Year’s Pokémon Resolutions (and an Update on Engines)

Inspector Gadget

Investigating Effective Supporter Builds in the Standard and Expanded Formats

Let’s Review!

A GroundBREAKing Mechanic, Game-Changers, Reprints, and Gauging Potential
It’s so strong that it can knock out some opponents in a single hit, but it also may forget what it’s battling midfight. (Cramorant)

The Last Draw

A History of ‘Deck Out’ Strategies, Durant Again, and the Bunny Zone

Missed Connections

Five Great Cards That Surprisingly Never Stood a Chance

What’s Your Type?

XY-on Examinations of Grass, Fire, Water, Lightning, Darkness, and Fighting

Tints and Tones

Investigating the Strengths of Various Card Types (Colorless, Dragon, Metal, Fairy, and Psychic)

Me First and the Gimme Gimmicks

A Study in Gimmickry in the Pokémon TCG
It spits out thread imbued with a frigid sort of energy and uses it to tie its body to branches, disguising itself as an icicle while it sleeps. (Snom)