Using Dowsing Machine on the Future of the Card Game, In the last year, we saw some huge moves for the card game as a whole. Pokémon TCG got back to it’s roots with the base Black and White set. We saw a lot of the same abilities we saw in the original base set. We’ve seen attention put into reprints of powerful cards and making the game changing cards more available to players. We’ve been given an online client who’s potential has yet to be tapped, but is growing quickly. The past has past though, Sable-donk has been buried and Luxchomp isn’t even a deck people recognize. Pokémon Cards have three main types of formats. We see just Pokémon, with no fancy gimmicks; the base Black and White set is an example of this. We also have EX Pokemon, our current format. Level X Pokemon has been a repeated as have Gym Leader series. Our up-and-coming set is Team Plasma themed and will most likely divide the format. You will be forced to choose to play a Team Plasma deck or non-Team Plasma Deck. Kidd Starck had brought to my attention that in the past Pokémon has opened their format wider to allow a high variance in decks. Currently, the trend is to cut three sets after each world tournament. If that continues to be the case, almost all of the decks that are viable now will continue to be viable. This could mean instead of playing the same four decks against each other that by the time we get to worlds we will see eight or ten different playable decks.
If you don’t have a play set of Pokémon Catcher yet, I would not be dropping $15 a piece for them. We saw a preview of a small type-based series in Japan that included a Pokémon Catcher in one of the decks. I expect the price to decline over the coming months. Also, unless you NEED to play Keldeo/Blastoise, don’t drop $25 a pop on the non-full art versions. They’re coming in a tin shortly. That being said though, you should expect that deck to become even more popular. Play against it now so you know how to handle it when it dominates the format. I would also guess Darkrai’s price is going to drop and it will find a place on a shelf collecting dust. Right now, decks are including Darkrai because it’s both a strong attacker as well as an excellent support Pokémon. We will, in the near future, be getting a tool that allows Pokémon to have free retreat. Granted tools are much easier to deal with then a Darkrai; if you get offered a good trade, I wouldn’t think twice.
Full art cards have really put a beautiful edge on the collector’s side of the game and you should decide now if you’re going to want them or not. Remember, a non-full art Bianca does the same thing as a full art Bianca. We’re going to see more and more full art supporters and people who want their deck to look awesome will pay top dollar or make amazing trades to get them. They are a great way to get the hard sought after cards you may be looking for.
Next year will bring new decks, strange twists, and I’m sure some unbelievable moments for both It’s Super Effective as well as the Pokémon card game. If you have any predictions post them in the comments! What do you think will be the next move for Pokémon TCG to make?
Written by Vinnie
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