Water-types gone wild

Not like that, you sicko

Welcome back to another week of Pokémon news here on Victory Road. This email is like a Super Repel (only real Pokémon fans know why it’s the best).

Bad similes aside, let’s do this.

This week’s rundown (estimated read time 3 minutes):

  • The last chance for hopeful Pokémon Worlds contenders

  • Mass outbreaks and water-type waves in the TCG app

2024 North American International Championships

Forget the NBA and NHL, this weekend features REAL primetime competitive playoff action at the 2024 Pokémon NAIC, June 7-9.

Aside from being an international event, this weekend is vital to competitive Pokémon players who still need to earn enough Championship Points for their World Championships invitation in the TCG, Scarlet & Violet (VGC), GO or UNITE.

(Don’t ask me why Pokémon loves to shout GO and UNITE in all caps.)

Check out the streaming guide here (worth the watch even if you’re a casual fan).

Water-types gone wild

It’s a water world and we’re all just living in it. Beginning today (June 6) at 5 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 9, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, you’ll find Mass Outbreaks of Horsea, Lotad, and Finizen in Paldea. They’re also more likely to have the Kindly Mark.

…except for that Lotad up above who is staring into my soul. WHAT DO YOU KNOW?!

Here’s where you’ll find each:

  • Paldea – Finizen

  • Kitakami – Lotad

  • Blueberry Academy – Horsea

Celebrating the Pokemon Trading Card Game Live app’s First Anniversary Summer Bash, Water-type Pokémon appear in a variety of ways throughout June.

Festivities kicked off already with Palafin Ranked Ladder rewards and daily Water-type Pokémon quests. Check back every Thursday through July 4 for more rewards.

And if that weren’t enough, here’s a totes adorbs little promo video.

The Cooltrainer Chronicles

The Cooltrainer Chronicles is on summer break. Join Ace this fall as he begins his unlikely first semester at Indigo Academy!

Card of the Week

I love dog Pokémon: Arcanine, Daschbun, Rockruff, you name it (except Snubbull, never Snubbull).

This Houndoom illustration rare from the upcoming “Night Wanderer” Japanese set may be the single best dog Pokémon card I’ve ever seen.

Random encounters around the internet

  • It’s a Youngster’s world: six kids from West Virginia are competing in the 2024 Pokémon World Championships

  • Learn all about the top contending decks expected at the North American International Championships this weekend.

  • Don’t forget, it’s the second weekend of Mightiest Mark Swampert in Scarlet & Violet, running today (June 6) at 5 p.m. PDT to Sunday, June 9, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

Obscure Pokémon Fact (from u/Mx_Toniy_4869)

Until next time,
Cooltrainer “pour one out for Rock Smash” Ace