1. What is the TCGO?
The TCGO is often described as a simulator for the physical game. A lot of people will come to this game to try out decks that they might want to use at physical events. This is pretty much a simulator game that provides an event mode, a versus mode and so on. Lots of people will play this game if they have no events that are near them or available to them physically. The same goes for versus mode and you playing with people physically. The TCGO is in a way more advanced for any normal physical TCG player. For example you get to trade a lot, you can keep track of your collection, you can customize your avatar and so much more. To sum it up, the TCGO is a advanced simulator compared to physical TCG.
2. What are some bad things about the TCGO?
People probably ask a lot "Well if the TCGO is so good, why wouldn't I want to play it?" Well this game has bugs like all games and can be temporarily closed due to updates, so if you love Pokemon TCG so much, it is good to also be able to play physically. Lots of people have lost progress and have needed to send out support tickets to the developing team. They also have to sometimes wait away for that ticket to be submitted and fixed. You could also get hacked, that is always a chance to take with every video game. The TCGO is a video game. It is going to have some problems, so fully consider this until you think this is way better than physical TCG.
3. What is the goal of this game? Is there a goal?
The TCGO really has no goal. You can't win thousands of packs and a lot of money like in the physical TCG. This game is meant to be a fun alternative for the physical TCG. You could set your own goal. But the TCGO will not send you thousands of packs for completing or doing something on the TCGO. The game does have a versus ladder to complete and other things to achieve, but you can always do them again. There is no one ultimate goal.
4. Why should I play this game?
This game is fun. If you like the Pokemon Trading Card Game I see no reason why you shouldn't play this game. Like I mentioned on part 1, the game is great for trying out decks that you might use in physical TCG at events or anything else. It is just like the physical TCG, but with more to do than your average physical player.
5. Are all the different game modes worth the time? What are all the game modes?
This is a question that lots of people will ask. They will say something like "Is Trainer Challenge worth it?" " Is the versus ladder worth it? " " Why would I waste my time testing my deck against the CP? " "Why would I play in events?" Well, lets start with Trainer Challenge. Trainer Challenge doesn't give you much. 1 victory pack for beating a trainer every four times three times seems like a lot of work. They go pretty quick because the CP is very fast. But, it might not go quick at the same time because you are stuck with horrible theme decks. There are much quicker ways to earn packs, and this is not the one that you should put all of your time into to complete. You could beat a couple, but that is all that I would suggest. Next, the versus ladder. There versus ladder is most of the time worth it as it provides multiple awards that you can obtain over time. It can take awhile though. Sometimes the versus ladder will also be bad and it isn't even worth it t play the game for another 21 days. But, most of the time the versus ladder will provide good rewards and it will be worth your time it you are a big Pokemon fan. Wonder why I say that? Well, no matter what the versus ladder still requires a lot of grinding and it isn't worth it if you only get on like once a week. But for most people, overall a good thing to do. Third, testing your deck against the CP. Don't do it. Test your deck against real life players and not the CP which has the programming of what to do for any specific shuffle they end up with. FInall y, events. In events you can play in theme mode, expanded mode, or standard mode. Each one requires a certain amount of tickets for your entry. During it you will be in an 8 player bracket trying to obtain rewards for winning each match. If you are low on time, you might not do this because of your match is short enough, you might have to wait a little while for your next opponent. Overall events are good if you have time for them.
6. A guide to trading.
Now for the trading mode. When you are on the trading mode you can see all the current trades on what can be called the market. A lot of them are really bad trades that you should never accept. For example, a lot of people offer a Evolutions pack and a uncommon chest for a Ex or GX that's not that good. It sounds like a good deal right? No. If you were to go look at the set Evolutions you would see that there are very few good competitive cards. For the uncommon chests, you usually get five coins and a uncommon or a bad rare. For some good cards that you might be willing to trade, you should consider finding some prize guides online and see what your Cards are worth. If you find no trades that you like, then set up your own. But he aware, because posting trades of your own does cost some coins, so keep the trades pretty fair so you'll have a good chance of them getting accepted. In the trading mode you can search for specific cards, sets, or even packs. Just watch out for bad trades. Also, a lot of them aren't to bad. Like a Tyranitar EX for an Evolutions and a uncommon chest.
7. Your personal and customizable things.
In the game you can customize your avatar and look at all your statistics. You can even look at what sets you are closest to completing. You can also customize your avatar on the Official Pokemon Website.
8. Deck building and your collection.
You are able to build your own decks in standard, expanded, or legacy. You could also have a deck made for you in the hated deck wizard. Don't ever use the deck builder. It just has you select one of your favorite Pokemon then it throws together a totally random other 59 cards. For the other deck building modes, it is pretty simple to make your deck. Standard= Sun and Moon base through Dragon Majesty currently. Expanded= Black and White base through Dragon Majesty. Legacy= All the cards in your collection. Keep in mind that for all of these modes, you can't use banned cards. In the game you have an option to look at all the cards you have in the game. In it, you can search for specific cards and Mark cards not for trade or for trade. You cannot trade cards with the lock symbol next to it.
9. Daily goals and rewards.
In the game when you first login, on the home screen, you will find a bouncing gift box every 5 hours. It has the rewards in following order. 5 coins, 10 coins, 15 coins, 1 event ticket, and 1 booster pack. It is a fun way to get some extra rewards. You also have another goal that will say if you do this, you get this many coins or this mystery booster pack.
Everybody knows this right? This just controls multiple features in the game.
The shop is a way that you can obtain booster packs, theme decks, deck boxes, or sleeves. A booster pack costs 200 coins that you will earn in the game through various modes and achievements. Sleeves cost 300 coins, Theme decks are 500 coins, and finally I believe deck boxes are 400 coins. Correct me if I'm wrong.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game Online is a great game. It can be used for practice. It is a little more advanced than playing with your siblings. This game is fantastic.
Edited by WingsofFire1014, 18 October 2018 - 02:38 PM.