When The Top Cut began in 2011, our goal was to expand coverage of the Pokémon TCG through live streaming, recorded matches, and professional commentary. Over the past two years, we have provided that from all sorts of events, ranging from Battle Roads to World Championships. In many ways, we have achieved our goal. Since we began, we’ve seen great steps forward in the game and in the community. Every day we’re seeing more streams from events, and TPCi even provided a live stream from the World Championships. The game is growing.
Unfortunately, The Top Cut is heading in a different direction now. After discussing it internally for a few months, we decided that it’s in our best interest to stop streaming and recording games from sanctioned events this season. While we enjoyed bringing all the content to the community for the past few years, the reality is that providing that coverage is a lot of hard work and sacrifice that we just can’t justify any longer.
However, we will continue to provide coverage in other areas. Weekly streaming, articles, and videos will continue. The Top Cut Invitational will keep happening, and we’ll stream from any independent events (like the Klaczynski Open) if we can. If we’re given an opportunity to commentate at any events, we will do that as well. We’re not sure where The Top Cut will go from here, but we aren’t done by any means.
We do want to take this opportunity to thank every person who has supported us over the past few years. To everyone who has donated, given words of encouragement, or simply tuned into one of our streams – from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. Without the support of the community, we would have nothing.
The Top Cut is proud to be a part of the Pokémon TCG community, and we hope to help it continue to grow and prosper for years to come.