As most of you know, I am very new to the world of Pokemon TCG so I’m taking in all that I can. I’m reading up on websites like Pokebeach or the TCGO stuff on Reddit but the main thing I’m doing is listening to YouTube channels during my work day.
My day job is basically maintaining a database and running reports, so it’s perfect for listening to podcasts, videos and stuff that can keep my mind occupied.
I have subscribed to several YouTube channels focused on Pokemon TCG, but, honestly, I’m more excited to see notifications from some over others…all of the ones I follow are good but there are some that I specifically look for on a daily basis.
Here is my list of my top 5 with a couple of “honorable mentions” thrown in….they aren’t in any type of order but they are the 5 I go to first.
The Meta Deck – I posted about these guys before- they are one of the first channels I found and Safraz does a great job of explaining decks- not just building them. I really don’t like videos where someone just shows you their deck build, without showing you HOW to actually play the deck…knowing how to play it is the key point in being successful. He does a good job of making decks for the Shaymin and Non-Shaymin players and he’s videos are a great way to learn the basic techniques to the game.
The Pokemon Evolutionaries – Professor K and N are some of my son’s favorite Pokemon TCG folks, so I had to check them out. The channel is a great combination of the PTCG and PTCGO- from doing fan mail, to decks to opening new product and giving you an idea of what to expect when you spend your money. They also do a great job of trying to focus older set as well, like opening up 1st Edition Jungle packs. I will admit, there is a lot of goofiness going on, which takes a little getting used to but, once you do, every video is highly enjoyable.
Omnipoke – This channel is mostly ran by Joe (who is a commentator for Pokemon.com streams) with Jack and a few others making for great conversation. They do a great job of building decks and showing how they work, but I love them for the 3-4 hours long “live” streams that they post…now, when I watch them on YouTube, they aren’t “live” but it’s cool to listen to them answer questions from viewers, build decks suggested by views or just play against viewers. On top of all of that, they are a great channel to get the heads up on the best decks for up coming events and they do an amazing job of really breaking down the current “meta”.
PTCGRadio– AKA The Wossy – this is another one of my first YouTubes and it mostly focuses on the newest stuff coming out. Most of Ross’s videos are quick and to the point and focus on a specific card that is coming up and how it will affect the meta in the future. Ross is also a commenter for Pokemon.com streams so he has some great commenting videos of “real life” matchups. If you need to know what is coming out soon- this is the channel to be watching. Ross also has a Podcast called “PTCGRadio” which is way more in depth and is a great way to hear interviews and really know what is going on in the real world of Pokemon TCG (and not just the online version.)
Next up is actually two channels in one- YellowSwellow and YellowSwellow TCG– these are ran by Dennis and this is another great “best of both worlds” channels as Dennis plays in a ton of tournaments but is also big online as well. He does a great job of keeping folks updated as well as building new decks and trying new stuff…such as a an ALL PIKACHU DECK! While The Meta Deck goes into more detail (my opinion), Dennis is more entertaining with his voices and intensity. Also, Dennis has videos that deal with PokemonGo and Pokemon Duel as well.
I do have a few “honorable mentions” that I’m just now following but really seem promising.
Demon Snowking (DSK) – this is kind of a “local favorite” since he is in my area (sort of). He seems to be the “newer” guy on the block but already has a ton of great content focusing on both real and online aspects of the game.
Last, but no where near least is Sheriff Crazy….honestly, he doesn’t post as much as I would love because his videos are entertaining. It looks like he mostly focuses more on the online stuff but I would love to see more uploads from him.
I’m sure there are TONS more channels out there that I just haven’t found yet and hopefully I’ll discover them during a down time when these other guys haven’t posted anything new.
AND yes…there are a few that I’ve found that I just can’t watch….a few folks with HUGE amounts of subscribers but I just can’t do it….I’ve tried! I won’t bad mouth anyone because everyone in this gaming community seems really awesome- let’s just say they don’t match up with my taste buds.
Love, Peace and Sharkyness!