The Wonder of Worlds: On Pokemon’s TCG World Championships

Competition: a driving ideal behind the pinnacle sporting events of modern times—the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, Champion's League Final—and a whole host of other events known throughout the world. For participants and supporters of those participants alike, these events are a spectacle all their own; a unique event with their own unparalleled atmospheres. For … Continue reading The Wonder of Worlds: On Pokemon’s TCG World Championships

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Exploring the Pokemon TCG’s Best Finish Limits in 2019

Exactly a year ago, I was headed into a rare "off" weekend on the Pokemon TCG World Championships grind. Bookended by trips to Sao Paulo, Salt Lake City, and Toronto on one end, and Roanoke (VA), Madison, Singapore, Mexico City, Mexico City again, and Columbus, that weekend was spent somewhere in Ohio chasing some League … Continue reading Exploring the Pokemon TCG’s Best Finish Limits in 2019

A Chapter in Endings and Beginnings

Everything ends. I want to announce one such ending today. In April 2017, I embarked on a journey with my friend Alex Hill over on SixPrizes.com, assuming joint responsibility for day-to-day operations of the site from its owner, Adam Capriola. For a product I'd been involved in since 2014, it was a great moment personally. … Continue reading A Chapter in Endings and Beginnings

A Reflection on My Community Involvement in PTCG

What a wild ride.  I thought I might be able to get away without making this post, but I think it's better that I wrap everything and put a proverbial bow on the last few years.  Better for me in a mental sense.  Better for anyone who cares to be reading this in a what-to-look-for … Continue reading A Reflection on My Community Involvement in PTCG

“The End of the Line” – Lessons, Experiences, and Memories of the 2017-18 Season

“PND”—Post-Nationals Depression.  Dating back to the days of US Nationals, especially coming to prominence over the last few years of the tournament’s existence, it refers to the effect of spending 4 days at the biggest Pokemon event of the year, among friends from around the country (and now world!)…and then returning to real life.  The … Continue reading “The End of the Line” – Lessons, Experiences, and Memories of the 2017-18 Season

On Chasing Top 16: The Travel and the Motive

Initially, this was something I planned to write at the end of the season as part of a series of articles going over a year in a review—a recap of my travel undertaken in pursuit of a Top 16 berth, the various pitfalls thereof, etc.  However, I've also explored some Best Finish Limit data recently … Continue reading On Chasing Top 16: The Travel and the Motive

On Cheating, Peer Pressure, and Recognition in the TCG

Dear recently aged-up Master, Senior, Junior, long-time player, parent, or other interested reader, This, I'll admit, is something I don't relish writing, but is something I think needs to be said.  One of the most profound effects of last season's shift to cash prizing, the spotlight of an official stream on the biggest stages, and … Continue reading On Cheating, Peer Pressure, and Recognition in the TCG

On my Journey Through a Card Game

This is something I've thought about writing for awhile time.  To discuss all of the sideways looks, odd replies, or other commentary I've gotten on "I play the Pokemon Trading Card Game competitively," I'd be here awhile.  Not all of those strictly came with a negative connotation, and sure, it definitely isn't exactly a normal … Continue reading On my Journey Through a Card Game