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Double Trouble: Nice Ice Types

Prepare for double, PUCL, and, as always, make it Double! It’s time yet again for another installment of Double Trouble. Last year, precisely one year ago on Christmas Eve, I talked about Hail in the VGC. And pondering on what to write about for this year’s holiday season having already covered Hail, I thought, “Why […]

Double Trouble: Let’s Talk CHALK

Prepare for long-overdue Trouble and make it Double, PUCL! It’s another installment of Double Trouble. The Post-Worlds edition. And really, World’s could be boiled down to two main points: -Japan CRUSHED it. -CHALK dominated. So seven of the eight top eight players in the Masters Division were all from Japan. The winner of the entire […]

Double Trouble: Feeling Lucky, PUCL?

Prepare for trouble, and, as always, make it double, Puclonians! Have you missed me? I missed you. But Work. Has. Been. Hectic. This week’s installment is a follow-up to my last one about how inescapable luck is in Pokémon. And if something is inescapable, why not utilize it. If you can’t beat it, join it, […]

Double Trouble: Celebrate MickeyPanda

Prepare for Trouble, and, as always, make it Double, Puclonians! It is time for a VERY special installment of Double Trouble. Did you read the word “Celebrate” in the title? You read titles before clicking to read more, right? Of course you do. So you know what that means! Yup. We’ve had a birthday! August […]

Double Trouble: As Luck Would Have It (Because She Does)

Prepare for trouble, and, as always, make it double, Puclonians! It is time for what could perhaps be considered an especially troubling installment of Double Trouble! Prepare for… an opinion piece! Flinch hax. Para hax. Freeze hax. Focus Miss. Stone Miss. Rock Slide DOUBLE MISS. Critical Hit. Swagger. Dark Void. When playing Pokémon, there is […]

Double Trouble: Mythical Musings

Prepare for Trouble, and make it Double, Puclonians! Double Trouble, et cetera. In the VGC, all Pokémon that can only be obtained through events – never through regular game play – are banned. Banning these event-only Pokémon, also known as Mythical Pokémon, actually makes a lot sense in terms of having a fair playing field, […]

Double Trouble: Hardcore – (Mega) Metagross & Hydreigon

The concept of cores in competitive Pokémon is one that transcends the different formats we play in, permeating them all. But as is so frequently the case with various aspects and foundations for competitive battling, applying them a Doubles format necessarily changes the nature of things. In addition to the considerations one looks at for […]

Double Trouble: Celebrate Lord Jushiro

Prepare for Trouble, and, as always, make it Double, Puclonians! I was not kidding when I said last week June is bringing with it a flood of fantastic Writing Staff birthdays. Yesterday was Scron’s birthday and this Friday is Lord Jushiro’s! Two PUCL birthdays in one week: that really IS Double Trouble! Of course, that […]

Double Trouble: Celebrate Scron

Prepare for Trouble, and make it especially Double, Puclonians! After quite a dry spell, it is finally time for a deluge of “Celebrate” installments of Double Trouble this month. As is customary for these articles celebrating the writers of PUCL and their work on behalf of the community, I asked Scron what three of his […]

Double Trouble: Room for Trick Room

Prepare for Trouble, and make it Double! And this week’s topic is indeed a frequently troublesome one for many a VGC player: Trick Room! For those unfamiliar with Trick Room, it is a move that “twists the dimensions” of a battle for five turns, making slower Pokémon attack before their faster counterparts while it is […]

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