I have opened a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie before but now I have a hanger box of Yu-Gi-Oh The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition! I haven’t watched the movie yet but this is a fun set to open as it focuses on Yugi and Kaiba cards. This box has 3 packs with 5 cards each and 3 ultra rares variant cards as a bonus.
I happy to pull another Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl. The art on these cards are incredible and may just build a deck around these two cards solely for nostalgic reasons. I am also always happy to pull an Egyptian God, Silfer the Sky Dragon even if it is terrible card for the TCG.
Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden just came out. I was looking at the set list and there were a couple of figures that I wanted so I picked up a single booster pack (for now) and hope to get lucky. Each booster packs has four repainted plastic figures.
I pulled one of the figures that I was really hoping to get, Abominable Yeti 31/45! I really love the sculpt but unfortunately you can see the segments of the different pieces that make the whole figure which is a little bit annoying. The other figures are Kobold Vampire Spawn 13/45, Goliath Barbarian 8/45 and Human Trapper 15/45. Is it just me or does the Kobold Vampire Spawn figure looks kind of like an evil Mushu from the good Mulan movie? Maybe I can write that in a story somehow…
Pokemon TCG cards have always been fun to collect and I recently got back to playing again. Darkness Ablaze is the newest Pokemon TCG set and it has me excited. Night March was my favorite deck when I played in tournaments and it is back and better than ever with Mad Party. It has the same mechanic of trying to get as many Night March/ Mad Party Pokemon in the discard pile. Plus the Mad Party has the Alice of Wonderland theme which is huge plus for me. There is also a darkness theme in the set which is also pretty exciting.
I split a booster box of Darkness Ablaze so I have 18 packs. Here are my pulls.
I got a Centiskorch V, Scizor V and Salamence V full art. Centiskorch V and Salamence V is likely to see play but Scizor V is not a good card. I also pull a foil Decidueye, Glimwood Tangle and Bunnelby and a bunch of other staples like Turbo Patch, Piers, Rose and Rose Tower. There are no playsets of any card though. What I am a little sad about is that I only pulled 5 of the 16 Mad Party Pokemon I need so I am very far from building that deck.
But on Pokemon TCG Online I got a lot more luck I just bought 5 packs with my pokecoins and I pulled a Crobat V and Grimmsnarl V. Crobot V is probably the chase card of the set and after I pulled that I felt like I didn’t need to open any more packs. One great thing about buying Pokemon TCG packs is that they come with codes which give you packs on the Pokemon TCG online platform which is then used as the currency to trade for singles. I used some of those packs to trade for the cards I needed to play the Mad Party deck online. I have been playing with it for a couple of hours now and it is such much fun but quite difficult to play. Even when making mistakes here and there I have about a 75% win rate right now!
I was shopping at a Target I don’t usually go to and of course I had to check out the card section. This Yu-Gi-Oh repack caught my eye. It has a bunch of stuff for $20: 4 rare cards, 3 foil cards, 2 booster packs, 2 “legendary” packs, 1 sealed deck and 1 storage cube. You can see a pack of Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon, a pack of Invasion of Chaos and the cards Heraldic Beast Amphisbaena and Mecha Phantom Beast Jaculuslan through the cube. Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon and Invasion of Chaos is two of the earliest sets of Yu-Gi-Oh but I am pretty sure they are a reprint of some sort.
So I got x2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon, a Invasion of Chaos and a Shining Victories for my packs, I got Heraldic Beast Amphisbaena, Mecha Phantom Beast Jaculuslan, P.M. Captor, x2 Moon Dance Ritual, Heraldic Beast Twin- Headed Eagle and Swarm of Crows for my loose cards and the Phantom Knights deck from the Legendary Hero Decks collection.
All four packs have a 2017 copyright so they are definitely not from their original printings. Still they are cool packs to own and I think I am going to keep them sealed for now.
None of the loose cards excite me and I already own the Phantom Knights deck. Still it is good to have extra copies of some of the stronger cards especially some of the better extra deck cards. The deck as the whole always confused me. The deck has sort of a Level 3 XYZ theme but it goes all over the place. The two of the cards in deck are banned, The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche and Number 86: Heroic Champion – Rhongomyniad and the Phantom Knights trap cards all have a ton of text so that doesn’t help.
All in all, I am really happy to have gotten this repack. I may open the packs later but I just know the packs are worth more sealed than opened…
Since I can’t meet up in person for board games anymore I have been doing a lot of gaming online. Board Game Arena has been an invaluable resource and I highly recommend it. But I have been also playing a lot of Pokemon TCG online and Yugioh Duel Links. One product I have been eyeing to help with my Pokemon TCG decks both online and with physical cards is the Pokemon TCG Trainer’s Toolkit.
The Pokemon TCG Trainer’s Toolkit comes with x2 of most staple cards in the Standard format. The biggest inclusions include Dedenne-GX and Boss’s Orders. Basically every deck plays them. It also has a nice box for decks, counters, dice, sleeves, some alternate art cards, 4 packs and a code to have all this stuff on Pokemon TCG Online.
Here is what I pulled from the packs.
I didn’t pull anything too exciting. I did get two Ninetales and I can now build the gimmicky deck that plays Burning Scarf, Arcanine and Ninetales. But it definitely not a strong deck but it could be fun.
All in all, I play a bunch of different TCGs and I have never seen a product that includes so much for playing competitively!
I picked up this Pokemon TCG Galar Pal Yamper & Morpeko Mini Tin along with my groceries the other day. Yamper and Boltund are among my favorite pokemons in the newest generation. Here is what is inside the tin.
It comes with a coin, an art card of the Yamper and Morpeko and two Pokemon packs, Sword and Shield and Evolutions. The art card is a little bent at the corner since the tin has rounded corners and if you collect all five Galar pal tins you can complete the big picture.
Here are my pulls. I am pretty happy with the Torkoal V and I pulled a couple of useful cards to build decks with. As for the tin, I wouldn’t use it for Pokemon cards (because I can worried the rounded corner can damage the cards) but it may be useful to repackage a smaller card game like say No Thanks.
I have had some more free time lately so I have been trying to read more. One thing on my reading list has been the Yu-Gi-Oh mangas. I got all of Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal and most of Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V. One cool thing about these mangas is they all come with a promo card. You just have to be careful. People often take these promos so you have to double check that the manga is sealed. One shop near me though sells most of these mangas for like $1 without the promos so I can get those to read and buy rest to fill the holes. Here are the Yu-Gi-Oh promos cards that I have gotten recently.
Most of them are boss monsters for a deck and seem fun to play. I wonder I can build a deck that plays all of them…
Anyways, I finished reading Zexal. It was a fun read. It was fast paced and there were bunch of weird duelists that kept the story from being too serious. I am slogging through Arc-V though. I am about half way through and it is just not clicking with me. It is a bit confusing and it has a lot of themes I have seen elsewhere in other Yu-Gi-Oh story lines. Maybe I have to read something else and get back to it to give it a fair shot.
Also on a side note, I just started the Arc-V anime and I find it a bit slow too. But I would love to see Konami try to bring action dueling to real life. I can just imagine people running all over the place to get action cards in a tournament.