Pokémon TCG News

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 1:17pm
Posted by Marriland
Charizard from the Booster Pack art with the Sword & Shield Brilliant Stars logo

The next Pokémon TCG set, Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars, has been announced and it brings forth a new mechanic, Pokémon VSTAR, which are similar to Pokémon VMAX in that they evolve from Pokémon V, but they grant just 2 Prize cards to the opponent when they’re knocked out instead of the 3 for VMAX, and they also all have a special VSTAR Power, which is either an Ability or attack which can only be used once per game (on any of your VSTAR, not just the one using it), similar to the old GX attacks.

Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars Logo

The main set has 174 cards in it (not including secret rares), including Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR, and Whimsicott VSTAR. There are also the following numbers of cards within the set:

  • 20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
  • 3 new Pokémon VMAX
  • 22 Trainer cards and 6 full-art Supporter cards
  • 1 new Special Energy card, Turbo Boost Energy

Additionally, there’s 30 additional cards inside of the Trainer Gallery special subset, which each feature artwork of well known Trainers along with Pokémon.

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:38pm
Posted by Marriland

Today marks the release of the special Pokémon TCG set, Celebrations, which come in 4-card packs contained within special Celebrations-themed products. You can see a YouTube video featuring some of these products above, which Pokémon were kind enough to send me for review.

Celebrations Logo

This set is meant to commemorate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary and, in addition to the set itself containing numerous “pairs” of legendary Pokémon across all of the Generations—with Pikachu and Mew representing Generation 1, and with Cosmog and Cosmoem both present in Generation 7—it also contains the Classic Collection subset within, which features special Pokémon 25 stamped reprints of iconic, classic cards throughout the series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, including many cards that left an impact either for competitive players or for old-school collectors.

These products have various other bonuses in them depending on which you get, such as promo cards, figures, coins, binders, and more. A previous post here on Marriland outlines all of these items along with their MSRP so you can figure out which products provide the best value.

Additionally, two new V Battle Decks have been released today—the Rayquaza V and the Noivern V Battle Decks. These each contain a full 60-card prebuilt deck that is ready to play right out of the box and are a good starting point for new players looking to get into the game. Pictures of these can be found down below.

Monday, September 20, 2021 at 3:23pm
Posted by Marriland
Pokémon Trading Card Game Live Key Art with a Pikachu VMAX shown

The Pokémon Company International has announced a new app that will launch sometime in the near future, Pokémon TCG Live, which will replace the existing Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (TCGO) app upon its release. Pokémon TCG Live will be available on PC, Mac, iPhones (iPhone 7 and up with iOS 15), iPads (iPad 2017 and up), and both Android smartphones and tablets (Android 8.0 and up).

UPDATE: This post has been updated on Sep. 21, 2021. It was previously reported that during the transfer from TCGO to TCG Live, extra individual cards beyond the cap (4 copies of most cards) would be converted into Credits. This has been corrected; Credits will only be earned from extras obtained in TCG Live, not in TCGO or the transfer process.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live logo

It brings a lot of changes from the existing Pokémon TCGO app, including a Battle Pass system, 3D customizable avatars, and ranked matchmaking. However, unfortunately the ability to trade in the new app will not be an option—instead, a new type of currency, Credits, can be redeemed for single cards that you might want or need for a deck, acting sort of like a wildcard.

The new Pokémon TCG Live app is set to launch globally (localized in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese) “sometime soon,” while later this year, a global open beta will be made available for PC and Mac, while players in Canada will be able to try out the mobile versions first with a soft launch coming later this year before being made available everywhere later on. It’s a free-to-play app and players get 8 playable decks for free, but can also unlock more cards for their decks by scanning the code cards inside of booster packs, which should be pretty much the same process as with the previous Pokémon TCG Online app.

In regards to the existing Pokémon TCG Online app, as long as you have your Pokémon Trainer Club account set up properly and linked to TCGO (which most people should), it will import most of your cards there—an exception being any sets older than Black & White, namely the HeartGold & SoulSilver series, which will not be migrated over. If you have more than 4 of a unique card in your collection (or more than 59 of a basic Energy, or more than 1 of an ACE SPEC, Prism Star, or a single part of a V-UNION card) when it is migrated over, those extra cards will not be carried over, which might seem bad at first but since you’ll only ever need 4 of a card at most for decks and since trading will no longer be an option, it isn’t a major issue.

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:20am
Posted by Marriland

The next Pokémon TCG expansion, Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike, has officially been announced and it is set to launch on November 12, 2021. This set introduces a new type of Battle Style, Fusion Strike Style, similar to Single Strike and Rapid Strike from the Sword & Shield—Battle Styles set.

Fusion Strike Pokémon are said to benefit from teamwork, having extra bonuses to their damage or effects if there are more Fusion Strike Pokémon in play. There are also Trainer and Energy cards that have the Fusion Strike mark on it, which can benefit the strategy.

The set contains 25 Fusion Strike Style cards altogether, including Mew VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V. In total, there are 20 Pokémon V (13 available as full-art versions as well), 8 Pokémon VMAX, 20 Trainer cards (7 available as full-art Supporter cards), and 1 Special Energy card.

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