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EXP+ was started to provide content aimed at helping players improve their game. Our content is focused on Final Fantasy TCG, but also looks at mechanics of gaming as a whole to foster the type of thinking that will make you successful. We believe that in order to help this game grow and succeed we need to invest in you, the players. Please enjoy our site, and let us know if there is a topic you would like us to cover!

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8/8/18 Practice Makes Perfect


We've got a new article for you this week about something that is important no matter what your skill level: practice. We dive into what "deliberate practice" is and how you can get the most out of your time to prepare for upcoming FFTCG events! This is the first entry in a three-part series we will be doing on the importance of practice and we will be concluding with brief interviews from a few top-level competitors in Part III. Check it out here! In other news, All In One Collectibles has our own Local Qualifier coming up this Sunday, and the next Zodiac Trial is right around the corner on August 19th! Keep an eye on Facebook for the event page coming this week.


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8/1/18 See You At Nationals!


Local Qualifiers are still happening every weekend, and with Gen Con coming up this weekend we will have a whole slew of new invitees to Nationals coming up very soon. Speaking of which, I qualified over the weekend myself! That means both members of EXP+ are qualified now, and you will see us both at FFTCG Nationals! I piloted a "mono" water deck that was teched out to beat the two biggest decks in my area right now, turbo ice and mono lightning. I had a tough matchup against honorary EXP+ team member and my long-time best friend Alex Tessmer in the finals but I eked out the win against his Wind/Earth list. Next we just have to get Alex his invite! Obligatory pictures below. New article coming next Wednesday! Stay tuned!


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7/25/18 MAJOR UPDATE!


Hey all! We know it's been a while, there's been a lot going on! Opus VI has released, Local Qualifiers are in full swing, and we have two more Zodiac Trials under our belt. Our team has been working tirelessly to test and grind out invites for National Championships. On that note, our very own Dan Cousillas has just qualified for Nationals over the weekend! Woo! We've had a lot going on behind the scenes for EXP+ and we are getting ready to launch into what I like to call Phase 2, which starts right now! We are starting a Facebook page, weekly updates, collaborations with other sites, guest articles and more. Competitive FFTCG is heating up as we approach Nationals, and so are we!

Check out our Facebook page here and our first guest article about net-decking here!

Of course we've got new content for you too, like this article on how to improve your analysis; especially useful with a new set to evaluate! We will be updating the Facebook page every time we have new content available for you so stay tuned! As always thanks for your continued support!


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6/20/18 SPOILER ALERT


We have been given the opportunity to share a spoiler with the community for the upcoming set, Opus VI! We've typed up an article about the card and you can read it here! If this is your first time on our site, welcome! We hope you take a moment to peruse our articles and let us know what you think.


Spoilers ahead! Check out the article here!


6/10/18 Heaven on Earth


We just came back from the largest local tournament we've seen in our area for FFTCG hosted down at Gamer's Heaven in Phoenixville, PA. It was a gorgeous store with all of the singles and supplies a FFTCG, or any TCG for that matter, player could need. Staff was helpful and welcoming, local players were kind and inviting, and the competition was fierce! We decided to test a new Earth-Wind build that we thought would have a better matchup against the 3-color monsters deck that had been crushing a few tournaments in our area lately. We were right to expect it! 3-Color monsters had a great showing at the event, and it's back to the drawing board for us! Shoutout to all of the guys at Gamer's Heaven for hosting an excellent event, Nick Schnell for organizing it and hyping us up, and the RVA Returners for making the drive up to play with us. Can't wait for the next one, and hope to see you guys at the next Zodiac Trial!


SPEAKING OF WHICH, the next Zodiac Trial is happening at the end of this month! Check out the EVENTS tab for more information!


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5/30/18 May the FFTCG Be With You


May has been a crazy month so far for the FFTCG! With Toronto hosting the second ever Crystal Cup event, RVA Returners hosting an awesome live-stream cookout tournament, and our own Zodiac Trials - Aries tournament, it feels like the East Coast is starting to get a lot more events lined up. June is only going to be crazier, with Kansas and California hosting Crystal Cups, and with our friends down at Gamer's Heaven hosting the first FFTCG cash tournament for the area.


Personally, I have been working on a new series of articles meant to coincide with the release of Opus VI to help players step up their testing and deck building in the upcoming new meta. Articles will continue to come out every few weeks, and we have a spoiler to share with you guys next month as well so stay tuned. We are going to have a busy summer of FFTCG, and we hope you keep coming back to check out all of our upcoming FFTCG content!


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5/11/18 Aries Cup - A Prelude


Happy Friday everyone! We are so excited to attend the first Zodiac Trial event, the Aries Cup, at All In One Collectibles tomorrow! We will absolutely be posting Top 8, tournament reports, and retrospectives on how everything went after the event as well as pictures and details on the next Zodiac Trial! We've put a lot of work into organizing a regular circuit of events for our area and we want to make sure that the players have a good time. A live stream of the event will be available. If you are interested in Judging or commentating for this circuit please reach out to us!


See you there!

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4/26/18 A Zodiac Brave Story


We are happy to announce that together with PlayFFTCG.com, SideQuest and All in One Collectibles we are finally starting our own local circuit of tournaments called the Zodiac Trials! These will be regular events held in "seasons" of twelve events; one for each of the signs of the zodiac. Players will have a chance to compete for unique themed playmats, big prizes, and a chance to have their name inscribed on the Zodiac Plaque to permanently leave their mark on the circuit. Click here for more details, or head over to our Events tab to learn more!


It has taken a lot of time and energy to set up these events, so we apologize for there being a lull between posts! Rest assured we have content coming for you soon! Thanks for all of your support!


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4/20/18 Big Things Coming!

We are back from the Boston Crystal cup and it has inspired us to start increasing the presence of the North-East and the East Coast in general in the FFTCG! We have a big project that we will hopefully be announcing next week so stay tuned!


As far as Boston goes, John did make Day 2 and place Top 16 at the event with his pet Garnet deck (plus a splash of changes) called Save the Queen! We have been waiting to make a report until Square Enix makes their official report on the event including deck lists. It was an amazing time! Furthermore we would like to congratulate our friend Alex Tessmer who also made Top 16 playing a strong water/wind list we had been working on together. It was a pretty good showing, but of course there is always room to improve and level up our game! As always thank you for your support, and shout-out to anyone that we met at the Crystal Cup or who are checking us out for the first time because they got a card at PAX! Welcome!


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4/2/18 Boston on the Horizon!


First of all we'd like to thank everyone for the feedback we've been getting on our articles! Thank you so much for taking the time to read them. We are hard at work testing and preparing for the upcoming first official Crystal Cup tournament in Boston this weekend, and promise we will have plenty of content coming for you following the event! Tournament prep is hard work, but we've also had to adjust to the new Opus 5 meta fairly quickly. To help you adjust as well, we've written an article on it! Click here to read!


We have more things coming for you soon! Thanks for your support and stay tuned!


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3/16/18 Opening Day!


Welcome! Today marks the official launch of the EXP+ website! Right now we have a few articles to read and the first episode of our podcast will be coming soon. We appreciate any and all feedback from you, the players, as we want to run a site that provides constructive, quality information to help you improve your play. If there is a topic you would like to read an article about or would like to hear us cover on our podcast, please let us know! Thanks for checking us out, and we hope that we help you level up your game!


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2/22/18 So It Begins...


We are just starting out and appreciate your patience with our limited selection of content as we create more for you to enjoy! Although our soft launch is today, we will be officially launching in mid March. Dan and I have a vision of providing a new type of content for players of the FFTCG that focuses on the mechanics you need to win more games. Other games have great resources like Next Level Magic that talk about the theory and thinking that will make you a better player, and we wanted to provide a similar style of content for the FFTCG. Our articles are short and sweet, but encourage you to analyze the way you play FFTCG in order to improve your game. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer, and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!


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