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

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On “Everyone”

A common trope when a top name takes heat in a given circle is to spread the blame—"oh, everyone does it." This manifests once in awhile in the Pokemon Trading Card Game competitive scene, and unfortunately, it's one of those times right now. Whatever is or isn't true, I want to focus briefly on the … Continue reading On “Everyone”

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 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

On Editorializing Social Thought and Discourse

I don't particularly go looking for controversy—generally, doing so strikes me as bad practice. Once in awhile, though, it manages to arise out of the day-to-day. On Friday, over in my editing world of SixPrizes, we had an article discussing the treatment of women in the Pokemon TCG, and what could be done to better … Continue reading On Editorializing Social Thought and Discourse