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So I have a question. What is the purpose of standard decks? What cards are used for it? And tips on about building them?

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5 hours ago, sj_pokeboy said:

What is the purpose of standard decks?

 

Making money, for the company though. If they do not have Standard format, they may not be able to make enough sell of their new cards.

 

As for player, it's kind of challenging. Cards for standard format are rotated all the time, so they cannot keep using the same deck, but have to make change finding new tactics.

 

5 hours ago, sj_pokeboy said:

What cards are used for it?

 

Check the format rules.

 

 

5 hours ago, sj_pokeboy said:

And tips on about building them?

 

Prepare to invest.

 

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16 hours ago, sj_pokeboy said:

So I have a question. What is the purpose of standard decks? What cards are used for it? And tips on about building them?

 

If a deck is compatible with the Standard Format, then it is referred to as a "standard deck".  If this is not what you mean, you'll need to clarify.

 

The Standard Format is the default pool of cards permitted in competitive play, and the Format for which newer cards are usually designed.  It typically includes the last one to three years worth of product released.  Currently, cards released as part of the Sun & Moon - Team Up expansion and later sets are legal, as well as Sun & Moon Black Star Promos SM158 and higher, or Sword & Shield Black Star Promos SWSH001 and higher.

 

Once per year, older sets are removed from the Standard Format; this is referred to as "rotation".  This usually happens in August or September, but it is announced earlier.  For example, our current Format was announced in April of 2020, but didn't go into effect until August of that year.  The next set rotation has already been announced.  You can read it here.  It won't go into effect until September 10th of this year.  It works slightly different; newer cards feature "regulation marks" that let you know how long they will be legal.  This system has been in place in Japan for a while, but is now coming to the rest of the world.  Fortunately, this first time is easy; nothing from before Sword & Shield has a regulation mark, so we'll just be shifting to Sword & Shield and later releases, and only Sword & Shield Black Star Promos, being legal for Standard at that point.

 

The reason this happens is easy: the game is broken without it.  You could say it is about profits, but that should go without saying; the Pokémon TCG is not a charity, and if it doesn't make enough profit, it would be discontinued.  The PTCGO has something called the "Unlimited Format".  I think there are some oddball exceptions, but generally speaking, the PTCGO Unlimited Format allows every card ever released for the PTCGO to be used.  It contains several decks that win or effectively win (via lock) with astonishing speed.  The physical TCG's Unlimited Format is the same, but even worse.  I haven't played it for over 10 years, because there wasn't much of a point.  We had a few decks that could reliably win on that player's first turn, including the very first turn of the game.  Maybe things have gotten a bit better with the current Turn 1 rules, but probably not enough to be worth the effort of investigating.

 

The other reason to value the Standard Format, even if you find you don't enjoy the current Standard Format, is because you know it will be substantially different in two years time (usually less).  The Expanded Format is a weird cross between Standard and Unlimited.  It doesn't feature all cards, but it features all cards released since the Black & White set 10 years ago.  Less cards they've had to ban.  You might think this means a ton of competitive decks but that isn't the case.  Most cards released, regardless of the Format or the set, are filler.  They just don't really matter, except to give a false idea of how many options you have, or when the game's developers accidentally release something later that "breaks" the card (makes it too good).

 

The physical TCG faces an added problem as physical cards deteriorate!  Computer Search is a great example.  It is the overall best Ace Spec card, and it has been since it released 8-9 years ago.  Unless they start re-releasing it, it will just become more and more rare as - despite players' best efforts - wear and tear accumulate to the point they won't be legal for play.  Even in the PTCGO, as bad as it might seem having to get all the "modern" staples, it just gets worse when you need to acquire staples from the last 10 years.

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Ok...so what is currently the standard format? You said Sword and Shield. So the current format is any set released in Sword and Shield that are currently standard format? From my understanding from this that current standard format is Sword and Shield.

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Standard: Contains all cards released from Team up onwards and the upcoming sets.

Expanded: Contains all cards released from Black & white until the last set released and the upcoming ones.

Legacy: Contains the sets released from HGSS until the end of Black & white.

 

https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/2021-season-pokemon-tcg-format-rotation/

 

The 2021 rotation for 2022 season will limit Standard to Sword and shield onwards, while rest of formats remain with no changes.

 

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11 hours ago, sj_pokeboy said:

Ok...so what is currently the standard format? You said Sword and Shield. So the current format is any set released in Sword and Shield that are currently standard format? From my understanding from this that current standard format is Sword and Shield.

 

20 hours ago, Otakutron said:

Currently, cards released as part of the Sun & Moon - Team Up expansion and later sets are legal, as well as Sun & Moon Black Star Promos SM158 and higher, or Sword & Shield Black Star Promos SWSH001 and higher.

 

Sorry for the information overload.  Quoted the bit that pertains to your question.

 

If that still isn't clear, Pokémon releases most cards in "sets", also called "expansions".  Sets themselves are part of a larger "series", with series usually named after the main core video games.  A quick Google search will bring up a list of sets in chronological order.  Besides full sets, there can be "mini-sets" that vary in size: Detective Pikachu is one such set (named after the film, obviously), and it only contains 18 cards!

 

So yes, all Sword & Shield cards are legal for Standard Format play, but so are many Sun & Moon cards.  Come September 10th, then it will be only Sword & Shield for Standard.

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So I just got my first Orbeetle *****. Is that set in Sword and Shield? Thanks for clearing it up!

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wait, is it Battle Styles Orbeetle? Because if so, that is both Sword and Shield, but also very good.

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Use Filter button in collection to check and learn the Expansions/Sets of every Series and their symbols.

 

And yes, Orbeetle it's in the series.

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