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PokéMonday: Shiny Kalos Legendaries!

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Today on PokéMonday, Let’s take a look a the Kalos Region Legendary Tins!

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Shiny XY & Complete Forme Z

With Summer Time, comes the Summer Tins.

For those who aren’t familiar with Pokémon TCG Tins. They’re Seasonal Collections usually following a theme, and this year’s Summer Tins feature the Legendaries from the Kalos Region, Shiny Xerneas, Shiny Yveltal & Complete Forme Zygarde.

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Now let’s take a closer look at the contents.

The first thing you’ll get is the Exclusive Promo EX Pokémon, shown on the front of the Tin. These Promos are re-prints of existing cards from the current Standard Format. However they each do feature a unique variant artwork.

Within the Tins, you will also get 4 Booster Packs, 2 from the Current “Fates Collide” Set, as well as 1 pack from “BREAKThrough”, which debuted the current BREAK Evolution Mechanic, and 1 pack from “Roaring Skies” which is one of the highly sought after sets from the current Standard Format.

The Pokémon TCG: Shiny Kalos Tins also contain code cards that  can  be redeemed in Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. These code cards will unlock a digital version of the corresponding promo and also unlock a full deck and matching deck box featuring Xerneas, Yveltal, or Zygarde for your online collection!

So come down today! These Tins are available in store right now!

 

PokéMonday: Pokémon TCG on the GO!

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Today on PokéMonday, we’ll be talking about Pokémon Trading Card Online.

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With Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, you can play Pokémon TCG even on the go!

If you remembered, every Theme Deck, Booster Pack and Pokémon TCG Collection comes with a Code Card that unlocks a digital version of the product you’ve just got.

Now let’s take a look at what you can do in  Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

Collect

Daily Challenge

  • Every time you login, you can complete Daily Challenges to earn booster packs, Trainer Tokens, and more!

Shop

  • Trainer Tokens earned at Pokemon.com or in the Pokémon TCG Online, can be redeemed in the Shop for booster packs, theme decks, and cool gameplay accessories!Pick a Trainer
  • You can earn free booster packs by defeating computer-controlled opponents in the Trainer Challenge!Redeem Codes
  • Redeem code cards found in yourPokémon TCG products to unlock online booster packs, theme decks, or promo cards!

Trade

  • If you need to get that one specific card, you can use the in-game Trade system to expand your online collection!

Trading

  • By searching through the public trade offers, you can get cards that will add the finishing touches to your favorite deck!

Battle

Game Modes

  • A wide selection of options allows you to play at your own pace!

Pick a Deck

  • Brush up on your skills while battling against computer-controlled opponents in the Trainer Challenge!

Versus Mode

  • Test your skills against your friends or challenge random players from around the world in Versus Mode!

Reward Ladder

  • As you win games through the Versus mode, you’ll climb up the Reward Ladder to earn cool rewards!

Collection

  • Use your favorite Pokémon TCG theme deck, or build a custom deck using the Unlimited or Standard deck construction formats!

Pull of the Week.

Today’s Pull of the Week comes from the Fates Collide Set. However this Card is not a Physical one, but one from Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

So this week’s card is MEGA Alakazam EX. A full art version to boot.

Pull of the Week

So here’s the fancy Digital Card. At a glance, it is very easy to overlook the use of this card, due to the fact that the printed damage is only 10 Damage. However, if you read the special effect, it does 30 more Damage for each damage counter on the Defending Pokémon. That means if the opponent’s Pokémon has 30 Damage (3 Damage Counter) on it, Zen Force will deal a total of 100 Damage!

Put together with Alakazam EX Ability (Kinesis) which allows you to place 2 Damage Counters on the Opponent’s Active Pokémon as well as 3 Damage Counters on 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon when it Evolves into MEGA Alakazam. That make it a really interesting way to deal damage to your Opponent’s Pokémons.

PokéMonday: They’re not just Rare. They’re Secret Rares!

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Today on PokéMonday, we’ll be talking about Pokémon Trading Card Rarities!

Bonus Points if you get the reference.
Bonus Points if you get the reference.

I’m sure most of you know that Pokémon cards have their own rarity. Rarities are denoted by the the symbol at the bottom right of the card, along with the Set Number and Set Symbol.

The commonly known symbols are usually the Circle, the Diamond & the Star. Used to represent Commons, Uncommons and Rares respectively. Let’s take a look at a quick breakdown of the Cards.

Common

Commons

As per its classification, these are going to be the most common cards you’re going to see. Almost all Basic and/or Unevolved Pokémon will fall within this category.

Uncommon

Uncommons

Uncommons are the next step up the Rarity ladder.  This is where most of the Stage 1 Evolved Pokémon reside, along with all the Trainers and Special Energy cards.

Rare

Rares

Now here comes the interesting cards, Rare Cards are all the Final Stage 2 Evolutions as well as Pokémon that are deemed Legendary within the Pokémon Universe.

Holofoil Rare

Holo Rares

Holofoils are rarer compared to non-holofoil rare cards. This is denoted by by their Reflective Sheen behind the artwork.

BREAK

The recently introduced BREAK cards also fall under this category. BREAK cards are unique in their orientation and design. Being a new Game mechanic, allowing your Pokémon to reach their full potential.

But did you know, there are Pokémon cards that are considered rarer then those just stated?

Ultra Rare

Ultra Rare

Within this rarity, you would find EX Pokémon. EX Pokémon were first introduced back in 2012, and they’ve been highly sought after by both Collectors and Gamers ever since. Visually EX Pokémon seem to be breaking the borders of the card, possibly a showcase of their Powerful Nature.

If you thought that the Artwork for the EX Pokémon were impressive. Wait till you crack a pack and find a Full Art Variant. Full Art Cards are exactly the same gameplay-wise as their standard counter part. However, they receive a visual upgrade that is a treat to your eyes. The surface of the Cards feature a special embossed etching treatment, making the Cards both nice to touch as well as look at.

Secret Rare
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Now to end of today’s article with the exceptionally rarest of rares, The Secret Rare Cards!

Secret rare cards are cards with set numbers outside the printed size of the set (for example, a card numbered 125/124 for Fates Collide). They usually sport a Golden Border and a unique Artwork.

These Cards are notoriously hard to obtain.

Pull of the Week.

For this PokéMonday, I opened 6 packs for to showcase the rarity spread for this article, and was really lucky in getting at least one of each rarity to grab an image of. (Not a Secret Rare though. I can only be so lucky)

So today’s Pull of the Week is a really cool Garchomp from the BREAKPoint Set.

Pull of the Week

So being a Holofoil Rare, the backdrop for the art work has this rainbow sheen, with Garchomp almost bursting out of the card.

Next, when we take a look at Garchomp’s attacks, Turbo Assault and Bite Off.

With Turbo Assault, Garchomp deals a decent amount of damage at 60, but it’s the ability to attach AN ENERGY from your discard pile to anyone of your Pokémons. That’s right it allows you to pull back even Special Energy cards, like Double Colourless Energy, and attach it to any Pokémon. This makes Garchomp turn the tide by getting back your useful energy cards while still dealing damage.

Next Bite Off is an EX Pokémon Killer costing only 2 Fighting Energy. While only dealing 80 damage normally. Against an EX Pokémon, your opponent must PREPARE FOR TROUBLE, as you MAKE IT DOUBLE for a whopping 160 damage.

The only downside that I would say it has is that it’s a Stage 2 Pokémon. Which means you’re gonna need to evolve your Gible, which will take at least 2 turns. If only there was a way to get Fighting Pokemon out faster. Hint Hint

 

PokéMonday: Once you pop, the fun don’t stop.

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Today on PokéMonday. We’re taking a look at Booster Packs. More specifically how to properly* open them for the most suspense.

Booster SpreadLet’s start with opening the pack.

Opened Pack

So when you open your pack, you’re going to get your 10 cards as well as a Pokémon Trading Card Game Online code card for a digital booster pack from the same set.

Pokemon Pack Out

Here are the Cards from a pack that was just opened.

As you can see the last card in the stack is not a Rare Pokémon. This is because the Out-of-the-Pack card order is

  • 5 Commons
  • 1 Reverse foil (A BREAK Card if you’re lucky)
  • 1 Rare or Ultra Rare
  • 3 Uncommons

So in order to have the Rare be the last card. we are going to need to do some re-ordering.

So to do that we’re going to need to shift the last 3 cards when opening a pack.

Pokemon Take 3

So the last 3 Cards above are the uncommons.

Pokemon Shift 2

So by shifting them 2 cards down. We can confirm the the Rares will be at the back.

Pokemon Pack Resort

And there we have it. Got a Serperior, not a Shiny card but useful overall.

So now that you know how to open your packs. Come down to Games@PI and get yourselves a booster and try it out.

 

 

Pull of the Week.

Now starting with today’s PokéMonday.

I’m going to try to include some of the interesting Pulls over the week.

So let’s have a closer look at the Serperior pulled from the pack in the article.

Serperior

Firstly the artwork shows the regality of Serperior against a calming backdrop.

Next, when we take a look at Serperior’s attack, you can see that this Serperior is really energy efficient for its damage output. Requiring only a single Grass Energy to use both attacks.

Coil is a really useful attack, even though it does a printed 40 Damage. It’s ability to add an additional 60 damage to the opponent’s Active Pokémon, makes it able to consistently pump out a massive 100 Damage from the second attack onward.

Now with Slashing Strike, it does have the penalty on not being able to use the attack twice in a row. The possibility to do 140 Damage for a single Grass Energy which would take down most opposing Pokémon, even though it does take a turn before to charge up with Coil.