Special Conditions - A Pokémon TCG Podcast

Special Conditions - A Pokémon TCG Podcast

Special Conditions is a Podcast dedicated to the Pokémon Trading Card Game that brings over 40 years of combined TCG experience to the game table! Hosts Adam Tuttle and Ken Pescatore bring unique perspectives on collecting, competing, and the current card market in a family friendly environment.


August 12, 2022 49 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 8/10/2022

Publish Date - 8/12/2022


We have an interesting card of the week in Regigigas from Astral Radiance! Snag this card for less than a buck and build one of the most unique decks in the current meta! WIth a diverse single prize list, you can take your opponents by surprise and flex this meme like deck at the same time!


Koffing is our Art of the Week with our four examples showi...

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Special Conditions Podcast 116

Recording Date - 8/3/2022

Publish Date - 8/4/2022


With the Pokémon GO Release being available for a month now, we have seen more and more Trainers jump into the TCG for the first time. This means that popular Pokémon like Charizard and Mewtwo are in high demand for both collectors and competitors. THis week we dig in to Mewtwo VSTAR and its many variations. Being the most valuable card in the set, c...

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July 15, 2022 45 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 7/13/2022

Publish Date - 7/15/2022


This episode was recorded live on Twitch! Check out our YouTube to catch the VoD!


We begin this episode with an unlikely card of the week, Flying Pikachu! It helped Azul win the NAIC and was the perfect anti-meta card for Palkia! Adam breaks down how its simple mechanic shut down the powerhouse.


Art of the week belongs to Rayquaza, with a selectio...

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June 29, 2022 42 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 6/21/22

Publish Date - 6/29/22


We start things off with a look at a $2.00 card that is making big waves in the meta, Radiant Greninja! Sometimes the cards that become meta popular end up being very expensive, but not this time! Adam breaks down how to use this card and how inserting this single card into your deck can make a big difference!


Art of the Week honors go to Mewtwo, which ...

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June 18, 2022 51 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 6/14/22

Publish Date - 6/17/22


A new challenger approaches! Origin Forme Giratina swept the Melbourne Regionals in spectacular fashion! It had absolutely no time for Arceus, Mew, or anyone else! We dig into the card to find out what makes it so good and an immediate threat in the current meta!


Our art of the week features none other than Charizard! We take a look at 4 examples that s...

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June 10, 2022 52 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 6/7/2022

Publish Date - 6/10/2022


This week we take a look at a tried and true itel lock deck with Vikavolt V! This deck has been a staple in the format since the last rotation. Could stacking ability blocking and item locking become a threat? With the way the top lists have been diverse at the last few Regional Tournaments, I wouldn’t rule anything out!


With Wimpod being released in...

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June 7, 2022 60 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 6/2/2022

Publish Date - 6/6/2022


With Astral Radiance being available for a bit, we are starting to see the meta relevant cards shake out. Will Machamp prove to be a better Fighting option than Lucario or Urshifu? Based on the market value of the Alt Art you may think so!


For our art of the week we look at some cards featuring various professors over the years. From a classic Imposte...

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May 18, 2022 58 min
Special Conditions Podcast 110 Recording Date - 5/12/2022

Publish Date - 5/18/2022


Indianapolis Regionals gave us some incredible competition and footage to enjoy over the Tournament. With Arceus making a strong push in the top 8, the meta may finally be balancing out. With slight variations of the Arceus lists, we saw a little bit of spice come in the form of Galarian Moltres V.


We dig into Mimikyu VMAX for our Card of the Wee...

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May 8, 2022 54 min
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May 8, 2022 69 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 4/20/22

Publish Date - 4/24/22


At the end of our last episode we discussed the Lucario VSTAR Premium Collection and wondered if the latest VSTAR could make an impact in the current meta. Adam takes a deep dive look at Lucario and helps us understand how you may make sense out of this card. 


Cherubi is our Art of the Week and we have some really good ones. From unique color palettes t...

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April 15, 2022 62 min

Special Conditions Podcast 107

Recording Date - 4/13/2022

Publish Date - 4/15/2022


A few weeks ago Shaymin was featured in Art of the Week but now we return to take a deep dive on how it is played. Shaymin is an exceptionally versatile card that can be paired with a bunch of different deck cores. We have seen it have success with Arceus VSTAR, Leafeon VMAX and Torterra! Adam runs through what makes this card a fun and practical c...

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April 8, 2022 48 min

Special Conditions Podcast 106

Recording Date - 4/7/2022

Publish Date - 4/8/2022


We begin with our most budget friendly Card of the Week ever! Rapid Strike Malamar can be picked up on TCGPlayer for about a buck and it brings a serious competitive style to the table! It took second place in Liverpool and was able to hang with the likes of Arceus VSTAR, Mew VMAX, and Gengar VMAX! We profile a deck that can be assembled for under $3...

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March 28, 2022 42 min

Special Conditions Podcast 105

Recording Date - 3/24/22

Publish Date - 3/29/22


With the first 2022 Regionals happening post Brilliant Stars, we finally have a deck that can take down the all mighty Mew VMAX! Arceus V STAR is here in a big way and not only took the top spot in the Salt Lake City, but 4 of the top 9 decks used it as a core. Mew VMAX didn’t even make top 8, which leads us to believe that the mighty Mew has finally m...

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March 15, 2022 55 min

Special Conditions Podcast 104

Recording Date - 3/8/2022

Publish Date - 3/14/2022


Another Charizard? Yep! The secret ingredient to selling cards is absolutely in the Brilliant Starts recipe! We take a dive into Charizard VStar and how it can be used in play. With some absolutely incredible art, this card looks to be a favorite of players and collectors alike.


Shaymin is featured in our Art of the Week as we look at a few divers...

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February 7, 2022 44 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 2/1/2022

Publish Date - 2/6/2022


Leafeon is our card of the week and we jump right into our deep dive. With Mew being so dominant, finding ways to take a shot at it can be difficult! Perhaps we can find a play with Leafeon!


Mismagius is our Art of the week and we have some good ones! From spooky looking ghost designs to stunning and colorful, there are plenty of illustrations to gawk...

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January 31, 2022 35 min

Special Conditions Podcast 101

Recording Date - 1/26/22

Publish Date - 1/30/22


After discussing the dominant Mew VMAX Genesect combo last week, we figured a good starting point would be to bring up another popular deck and card combo in the meta. Let’s talk about Jolteon VMAX and how it can be paired with Inteleon to create a fun and competitive list! 


Wooloo is our Featured Art of the Week and we can’t stop gushing at the cute...

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January 23, 2022 55 min
Special Conditions Podcast 100

Recording Date - 1/19/22

Publish Date - 1/23/22


Adam jumped back into Competitive TCGO this week as part of a Team Challenge and was completely dismantled by Mew VMAX. We take a deep dive into Mew VMAX in Card of the Week and explain how pairing it with Genesect creates a deadly combo! The art is also amazing so be sure to check out the blog!


Zweilous is featured in Art of the Week and we take a l...

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January 17, 2022 45 min

Special Conditions Podcast 99

Recording Date - 1/11/2022

Publish Date - 1/16/2022


We start things off with a dive into Gengar VMAX from Fusion Strike! Out of the gate is has some stunning artwork, however it also has the functionality to match! With a GMAX attack that has KO ability as well as some sneaky tactics, Gengar can be an additional threat to any Single Strike Deck!


Golduck is our Art of the Week and we span the histor...

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January 3, 2022 1 min

Happy New Year!

Here is a quick update and thank you from Special Conditions! We have some big plans for 2022 and we are excited to share new info with you over the next few weeks!

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December 13, 2021 36 min

Special Conditions Podcast 

Recording Date - 12/8/2021

Publish Date - 12/13/2021


This week brings us some of the best cards that we have even seen! Behold the amazing art of VMAX Climax! WIth some of the most incredible Character and Pokémon illustrations we have ever seen, it looks like there will be plenty to chase. You better believe that people will be going insane looking for Leon and Charizard.


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