I found this Pokemon TCG repack in my backpack. I must have bought it awhile ago and totally forgot about it. This repack has 20 cards plus 2 foil cards and 2 online codes. These repacks are usually about $5 so I am not expected much.
Nice! I pulled 2 Pokemon League promos cards, Celesteela and Empoleon. As for the rest of the cards, you can find the most random cards in these Pokemon repacks and this one is no different. There were old cards, new cards, energy cards and world championship cards (which aren’t tournament legal) but honestly there wasn’t anything else of note.
I also checked and claimed the Pokemon online codes. They are Regigigas and Rowlet promos from blister packs.
All in all, I am just happy to pull two Pokemon League promos cards. I have opened a lot worst in these types of repacks.
I having been finding these packs of Yu-Gi-Oh Invasion of Chaos from Yu-Gi-Oh repacks. It is of course a much older set but they are definitely not first edition but instead from a recent reprint of the set. I have 7 of these packs, each with 9 cards.
I know I was playing Yu-Gi-Oh when this set first came out but I don’t remember anything about it. Opening these packs, it is so weird to me to have so little text on each card but as expected there isn’t many cards worth putting in a deck anymore due to power creep. The only two I think that still sees play is Heart of the Underdog and Gren Maju Da Eiza (both in fringe decks). I actually have a Heart of the Underdog deck with Exodia and Igknights and one of my Heart of the Underdog is badly damaged so now I can replace that.
Also one card I am excited to pull (and I pulled two of them) is Mad Dog of Darkness. It is part of series of cards that tells the tragic story of Outstanding Dog Marron and I always wanted to build a that deck.
Overall I love these throwback packs and it was a fun break.
The Great Pokemon Card Shortage of 2021 is in full swing. Local card shops have marked up Pokemon TCG boxes and packs by 50%- 75% (scalpers on eBay and the like even more), big box stores have move what little Pokemon cards they do have to locked cabinets and some have even stop selling any cards altogether due to “troublemakers”. I have been buying trading card games here and there for decades and I have never seen anything like this before.
I actually went to the Nintendo store on release day to see if they have some of the new products. I went to the usual card section and they only had old theme decks on the shelves. Luckily as I was walking out, I noticed they had a few of the new products behind the counter and I got this Galarian Rapidash V box.
I have been looking to open more Sword and Shield Battle Styles packs and this box has two of them. The other two packs are Darkness Ablaze and Sun & Moon Crimson Invasion.
I didn’t pull any GX, V or V Maxes so that is a bit disappointing. The Galarian Rapidash V is not a bad card though and I think the card is exclusive to this box. The only card I need from the packs was Dedenne for my Mad Party deck. I wish they will stop adding a random pack from a really old set in these products. Darkness Ablaze makes sense to include but Crimson Invasion does not and it is a really weak set in general in my opinion.
I hope the Pokemon Company will finally get around to printing more cards soon but from what I heard the next set Chilling Reign would also be hard to get…
Dragon Ball Super Card Game seemed like a lot fun so I scrapped two decks together just to check it out. One of my friends had two demo decks from past comic cons which can be combined to one full deck and I got a bunch of freebie packs from Game Trade Magazines. It is Jackie Chun vs Future Trunks.
What drew me to the game the most is its simplicity. You basically just want to have a higher power than your opponent to win battles. I also like that there are no dead cards in your hand since all cards can be used as energy and most cards can be used as additional attackers or combat boosts. So the real trick of this game is using your resources as efficiently as possible. Card advantage is really, really important in this game. This game also has an interesting catch up mechanic (for most characters) where if you take enough damage you get to use the more powerful version of the character, gaining more attack and better abilities. Also this game sort of has prizes like Pokemon TCG (you set aside 8 cards in the beginning of the game to track how much life you have) but when your opponent wins a battle against your leader and deals damage, you get the card(s) and not him or her. When I think about it, I like this mechanic way better.
All in all, this game is easy to learn, plays fast (about 15 minutes a game) and has a great theme. I highly recommend it.
There has been a Pokemon TCG card shortage so it is rare to find any Pokemon cards for retail price and it is even rarer to find any packs for under retail price. There are tons Magic cards but no Pokemon cards in all the usual places. I have never seen anything like this before. In fact, I haven’t open any Pokemon packs since shortly after Christmas (excluding the McDonalds or General Mills cereal packs) but today I found this Sword & Shield Battle Styles Pokemon TCG 3 pack blister for 20% off. I would have gotten more but there was only one left on the shelf.
It is always nice to pull a V or V Max in a 3 pack blister and I got a Necrozma V. I am also pretty excited about the foil Rapid Strike Energy. Because of the Pokemon cards shortage, I actually haven’t been following the Pokemon TCG news as closely as I have in the past so I don’t know what are the good cards in the set. But Necrozma V seems pretty strong since it can deal 220 for only 3 energy without that big of a drawback. Orbeetle also seem pretty strong and it should some powerful combos possible. At the very least, Orbeetle should be the glue for a fun deck revolving around underutilized Stage 2s.
As exciting as finding this blister pack is, the set I am really excited for is Shining Fates. It really feels like that set doesn’t exist at all…
More and more Pokemon products and promos are coming out in celebration of their 25th anniversary. I have picked up a couple of Pokemon TCG packs from McDonald’s Happy Meals already (I am 17/25 in completing the set and no foil Pikachu yet). I have been also looking at the cereal aisle for the General Mills cereal Pokemon TCG packs and I finally found one supermarket that had it. They only had Cinnamon Toast Crunch though and I honestly have never tried it.
The pack comes with 3 cards and one of them is guarantee to be a foil Pikachu with the 25th anniversary logo which is a great thing, saving me from having to buy boxes and boxes of cereal I don’t really want. Also a Galarian Ponyta in the set is exclusive to Cinnamon Toast Crunch boxes.
So in my pack I got a Pikachu, a promo Gossifleur and a Yamper. I actually own a couple of copies of the Gossifleur promo and the Gossifleur in this set has a slightly different foil pattern. Pikachu is the only card in the set with the 25th anniversary promo and you can’t tell the reprints apart other than the foil pattern. (Non foil cards are identical to cards from the original sets.)
2021 is Pokemon’s 25th Anniversary and they have a lot of exciting things planned this year. One of the first things on their calendar is the McDonald’s 25th Anniversary Pokemon TCG set. You can get them with a Happy Meal and I got two packs today.
I love the Pikachu Happy Meal box and that it is comes with a little deck box for the cards. A holo Pikachu card is the chase of the set which I didn’t get but I am pretty happy to just start collecting the set. From what I hear these packs are going to be sought after so it may sell out. I am not sure I will be able to collect the whole set (25 cards) but I will try!
I have a couple of Pokemon TCG packs left over from Christmas. I have 3 packs from a Flareon promo blister, 4 packs from a Polteageist V Box, 4 packs from a Copperajah V Box, and 5 packs from a Zamazenta V tin.
I pulled a few of staples that I still needed but for me I was just looking for foil trainers, secret rares, Vs and V Maxes from these sets. I did OK and pulled a Salamence V from the Flareon blister, a Cinderace V and a foil Sonia from the Polteageist V box, an Aolan Ninetales GX and Falinks V from the Copperajah V Box and a Ninetails V from the Zamazenta V tin.
I have two Standard Pokemon TCG decks now (a Sirfetch’d V deck with Bea and a Turbo Zacian deck now with a Zamazenta V) but I have no idea when I can play them in person. Probably not for awhile. Of course I can play similar decks online and I just got a bunch of digital packs to trade to get the cards I need.
I have been saving for a big Pokemon TCG pack opening. I have one box with the Galarian Sirfetch’d V promo, one tin with the Zacian V promo and one Darkness Ablaze Elite Trainer box. So that is 10 packs of Darkness Ablaze, 2 packs of Rebel Clash, 2 packs of Sword and Shield, 2 Evolutions packs, 1 pack of Sun & Moon Burning Shadows and a bunch of extra stuff.
I pulled a couple of staples to build decks with but here were all my big pulls.
Oh I also pulled this in my very last pack.
It is a Crobat V full art and it probably one of the the most valuable and useful card to build decks with in the last few set.
I also recently got a Sirfetch’d theme deck and I had an idea to build a fun deck around him. It centers around Bird Keeper, Sirfetch’d and the Sky Circus pokemon who get free attacks when you use Bird Keeper. So the core of the deck would be something like 4 Galarian Farfetch’d, 4 Galarian Sirfetch’d, 1 Galarian Sirfetch’d V, 3 Ducklett, 3 Swanna and 4 Bird Keepers.
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!