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The Importance of Tech Cards in the Pokemon TCG

The Importance of Tech Cards in the Pokemon TCG

What’s up ChannelFireball readers? It is an honor to be writing for you all today, I’m Rahul Reddy – allow me to introduce myself briefly. I have been in the Pokemon TCG scene for about 10 years now, earning a Worlds invite from the 2016 season onwards. The last few years I have been actively chasing Top 16 in North America; I made the Top 8 at the 2019 European Internationals and Top 16 and Top 32 at Worlds 2018 and 2019 respectfully. Besides that, you may know of me because of my affiliation with the best deck ever: Vespiquen. Today I wanted to touch on one of the most important aspects of the game – something that sets a top player apart from the average player: the importance of tech cards.

What is a tech card? Well, the answer is simple, they are just cards you fill out your deck with to help increase your chances of winning certain matchups or to boost your own consistency. Most archetypes have 50-55 of their 60 cards already predetermined for them so the last few slots you have at your disposal are crucial in key moments that could determine your entire tournament run. Let’s start by looking at the Rapid Strike Urshifu list that I used to win a Limitless Weekly and comparing it to the list that CFB’s Azul Garcia Griego used to win Player’s Cup III.

PTCGO Code

##Pokémon - 18
4 Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 87
3 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 88
4 Jirachi TEU 99
2 Crobat V SHF 44
1 Mewtwo UNB 75
1 Jirachi-GX UNM 79
1 Giratina UNM 86
1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
##Trainer Cards - 33
4 Professor's Research SHF 60
3 Marnie SSH 169
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
1 Cheryl BST 123
4 Switch HS 102
4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Pokémon Communication HS 98
2 Escape Rope PLS 120
2 Air Balloon SSH 156
1 Great Catcher CEC 192
2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179
##Energy - 9
5 Fighting Energy 6
4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140

PTCGO Code

##Pokémon - 18
4 Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 87
3 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 88
3 Jirachi TEU 99
2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
1 Mimikyu CEC 97
1 Mew UNB 76
1 Jirachi-GX UNM 79
1 Giratina UNM 86
1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
1 Crobat V SHF 44
##Trainer Cards - 33
4 Professor's Research SHF 60
4 Marnie SSH 169
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
4 Switch HS 102
4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
4 Quick Ball SSH 179
3 Pokémon Communication HS 98
1 Reset Stamp UNM 206
1 Karate Belt UNM 201
1 Great Catcher CEC 192
1 Escape Rope PLS 120
1 Air Balloon SSH 156
2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179
##Energy - 9
5 Fighting Energy 6
4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140

Looking at the two lists, they look very identical for the most part, but the few changes that Azul made ended up carrying him to the tropaeum. From here I’ll start with my personal list and explain why I chose to play certain tech cards, then I’ll show why some of those cards carried over to our Players Cup III Champ’s list (or why they might have hit the virtual binder).

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