So I have been playing the trainer challenges and I understand how the game is played and using the decks available in the trainer challenge I have no problem. I am trying to get all stars on all levels to get the bonus packs possible.
From here is where I get a bit confused and stuck going forward. I realize this specific topic spans across multiple sections but there wasn't like a "new person" section or "general forum" I will just ask all of my questions below:
- I have opened some of my packs and have a handful of cards but I have no idea what cards I should be constructing a deck with, is there any kind of good templates or guides available online that go into great detail on building a "competitive deck"? Basically I know nothing about deck building. I really want to be able to have the knowledge to build my own deck that pleases me but also wouldn't get destroyed by everything
- After the trainer challenges are complete and I have received all the packs possible how am I supposed to obtain more cards outside of trading? (I won't even ask about trading right now because from reading on that on these forums its confusing).
- How do I obtain more tokens and how do I get tickets? When I have tokens what should I spend them on? Booster Packs? Decks? Combination?
- When I go to versus mode and play under "theme" I get absolutely wrecked in the few games I have played, any suggestions as to why? Also what are the differences between "standard" "expanded" and "legacy" and when should I play them?
- As someone who was familiar with the cards from way back in the late 90's I am not sure what some of these GX cards are or the like. I only remember common (circle), uncommon (diamond) and rare (star) cards, and now there are some orange stars, etc. Is there somewhere that breaks down all the different cards in good detail or can someone help explain?
- How active is the community (within the app)? Are there a large amount of people who religious play Pokemon TCG Online? I am a huge large community guy.
I used to love collecting the physical cards when I was young way back in the late 90's so this game is hitting me right in the feels, and I really enjoy the actual card game itself but I want to make sure I am playing this to its full capability and not wasting time with pointless game modes or spending any in game tokens or tickets on silly stuff.
I am sorry for such a long, long post but really looking for some help as I want to keep going with this app/game! Any information and advice, tips, tricks, are GREATLY appreciated. As once I am done with 4 staring all challenges in gold, platinum, and the city championship I will be lost on what to do.
1. This is the deck construction forum, I'm sure there are people and posts that will help. Know that the 20/20/20 format used by most theme decks is BAD. That's too much energy except for a few exceptions, and too few trainers. Probably too many pokemon, too.
2,3. You can play versus mode, starting with Versus Theme, to get tokens, tickets, and cards. The first tokens should be used to buy better theme decks. Keep playing the daily challenges, which will move to versus- and event-only.
4. The best theme decks right now are the most recent ones, from Sun and Moon (SuM) onward. The free ones you get are not very good at this point, though they were very good when first released. People will mostly use those new decks, and they'll beat the older ones easily.
In your theme decks, there are certain pokemon that are essentially junk. They are weak, without any abilities, and don't evolve into anything better. Try to not play those when you figure out which they are.
The first Versus games you play will be with a hidden rating that puts you somewhere in the middle. When you lose these, you drop down until you start winning. The rating being hidden causes some confusion, but it updates as you play, and tries to match you against opponents of similar ability. It never looks at your cards, but having better cards can help you improve, if you know how to use them.
The Standard format is currently all SuM series cards, from the base Sun and Moon set through Lost Thunder, and soon to add the Tag Team set.
Expanded includes all that, and adds in the XY and Black and White series sets.
Legacy is just the oldest cards, Heart Gold and Soul Silver, with Black and White. There are three pokemon from XY that are valid in Legacy due to dates and such.
(note: if a card is exactly the same as an older/newer version, it can be used in place of that card.)
With the cards you have from the non-SuM theme decks, you can build something for Expanded, but there are some rarities you won't see without trading.
New cards from SuM theme decks will build Standard decks, but you're more likely to run into decks copied from the latest real-world tournaments.
5. The cards are still broken down by the same rarities, but there are extra-rare cards. The orange star in the game is labeled "rare holo." That's not exactly right, though it might only be due to cards being mis-classified, I'm not sure. The cards themselves have black or white stars in most cases, because, well, there are varying rarities even then. These include the full art, rainbow, gold foil, and even just reverse holo cards. They look nice, but most have less-rare variants that are functionally identical.
Edited by SandaledOtter, 11 January 2019 - 08:26 AM.
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