Hello everyone, I grew up on Pokemon and always loved the card game. I never had the opportunity to play in tournaments or anything like that so when I found out there was an online TCG I got pretty hyped. So I am going to share my experiences so far in PvP and maybe a few criticisms along the way.
I have had a lot of fun matches, typically those matches are against those who build their decks from a talented and challenging approach. I have had matches that went from me being behind by 5 cards to winning the game and likewise, all because of well thought out decks. I originally started only playing theme decks, which was pretty frustrating because everyone uses the new decks and it gets pretty boring when you get matched against the same cards you have. So I tried my hand at making my own deck, and I can say thing is for sure, there are some very good players out there who put a lot of effort into their decks and the creative strategies that come with them.
Unfortunately, more often than not, I am matched against the player who has decided to do nothing but build their decks around GX cards, which I personally feel takes away from the actual fun of the game and does not require much talent or creative thought, but most certainly they did spend a lot of money or farmed their way to the top. I have gone up against one deck that was nothing but GX cards that a player could swap out their cards at any time, and constantly eliminate energy cards from the game altogether while making my cards unable to do any damage. Somehow I won that game, even though the player started waiting as long as possible to make their move in hopes I would quit (completely ridiculous) but my cards won out in the end.
My most recent game was up against nothing but a bunch of Shuckles(GX) and Stakkatakas?(GX) and cards that eliminated energy cards and cards in my hand. I lost that game, I appreciate the strategies many come up with to show their skill but I have to be honest, having nothing but GX cards in your deck does not come off as a skilled player to me, especially the way TCG was played when I was younger, it really does take the sport out of it. Sure, I could spend my own money, I could go out and buy packs and redeem them and get GX cards and play nothing but a GX deck, but I would not feel like I put any effort into my deck, just a bunch of overpowered cards that I know most players won't be able to counter.
Aside from that, I am enjoying my experience, although I am a bit bitter that the game has come down to whoever can buy/farm the GX cards the most, it still can be a very challenging and strategic game given the proper players.
I am happy to be a newbie in this community, and to see the game is still so popular.
Hope to battle you all soon.