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So what are some basic tips to make a deck? Is there a cheap way to get lots of cards/decks or is the only way to buy booster packs?

 

Thanks for the tips!

 

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Unless someone happens to give you cards, then you have to buy packs and decks in store that say they contain an online code. You do get a basic Lightning deck to start with, and if you defeat all 20 of the trainers in the gold league with the same deck( Basic Fire, Water, or Grass) then you can use those cards, too.

 

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Here's some things that will help you in every deck you build:

 

1) 4 Pokemon Collector. I don't care what deck you are running, this is pretty much an absolute must. Very rarely will you need less, and in those cases, I'd still go with 3. Get your hands on them because they are a staple in every deck!

 

2) Limit the amount of energy in your deck. 15 energy is about the ceiling on how much you should have. Any more, and you're taking too much space up. Depending on the deck, anywhere from 11-15 is reasonable, but anything higher is probably too much.

 

3) When building your deck, look for cards that work well together, particularly cards with abilities. For example, Leafeon from Undaunted and Roserade/Amoongus(ND). Both of these Pokemon have abilities that compliment Leafeon's first attack very well, which does 50 damage times the number of special conditions affecting the opposing Pokemon, all for a mere 1 energy of any type.

 

Other cards that "sync" up are those you've probably heard of, but cards like Magnezone/Eelektrik, Typhlosion(Prime)/Reshiram, Feraligatr(Prime)/Kyurem, etc.

 

4) As far as acquiring cards goes, it depends. Are you asking about the physical card game or the online card game? For the real life game, the best way to build your deck is through purchasing booster boxes if you have the money (usually cost anywhere between $80-100 per box, where you get 36 packs). Alternatively, there are many websites to purchase individual cards for cheap, like Trollandtoad.com. If you prefer just buying a few packs here and there to open, you can do this to some success, but it's difficult to get a good deck by doing that.

 

For the online game, the best way to build up your collection is by trading pack codes for good cards. Most cards can be traded for with only a couple packs, so you can quickly build up a pretty good deck with only 20 or so codes. You can also open packs, but that's more hit-and-miss, since you aren't guaranteed to get what you want (and sometimes you won't get anything good).

 

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No, not all deck need 4 collectors. I have decks that never has a collector and I wish there is an anti-collector card (seeker is close enough but not quite). Junk-arm is useful enough (if it works). Trollandtoad is pretty good for getting cheap boosters or online credit but their shipping speed is just horrible. I have bought stuff that shipped from China the same day and arrived earlier.

 

At the end it is all about how your deck is built. Seriously, anybody can win with a deck packed with Reshi, Zek, 4 collectors, 4 dce etc. But how good does that really make you? I am going back using lesser cards for a challenge. It's not all about winning to me (hack even in expert you don't really win anything meaningful) but more like how do I use what I have in my hand and max out the result. I like that instead of sitting with a 180 hp EX that deals more dmg when it takes more dmg and shut down my brain ^_^

 

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Here's some things that will help you in every deck you build:

 

You can also open packs, but that's more hit-and-miss, since you aren't guaranteed to get what you want (and sometimes you won't get anything good).

 

Just thought I would add to this: If you don't get a card (or cards, as the case may be) you like, you can put it up for trade. You may get the cards you want that way, too. <img src="http://www.pokemontcg.com/javascripts/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/png/wink_smile.png" alt="" />

 

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If you're dealing with the basic decks you get for free here, then I bet you don't have any of the more staple cards like pokemon collector, junk arm, pokemon communication. Here are a few cards I have found useful for making the basic decks viable, even against a Zekrom deck.

 

All these cards come with the basic decks you are given for free, no boosters required!

 

Togepi/Togetic

 

Togepi is really useful especially if you can get it out in the first few turns. Its attack plead only cost one energy for 20 damage, and if your opponent doesn't want to take the damage, you get to draw two cards. Often your opponent won't want his basics taking damage, so its a good way to open up more options by throwing cards into your hand.

 

Togetic though can be far more useful. For one energy it can use "Chase Up", which allows you to search your deck for any card you want! You can use it to get more cards to draw, or even pull out evolutions. It only has 80 hp, so it probably won't survive for more than two turns, but that is more than enough to get a fully evolved starter up and running, and that is worth way more than one prize card.

 

Hoothoot

 

Use one energy, put a pokemon to sleep. If you're feeling lucky, it can help you buy some turns.

 

Poke Ball/ Dual Ball

 

Pokemon Communication/Pokemon Collector are more useful than these two, but these come in the starter decks. They work well to get out a few basics, and I especially use them early game to fish out a togepi. Plus they are trainers, so you don't have to use a coin flip on a supporter, which you can only play once per turn.

 

Chancey

 

Especially in basic vs. basic fights like many opponents in the novice section. Chancey is a basic pokemon with 90 hp, which means it can take at least 2 hits from most anything besides a Flareon and a Torterra with pluspower. Useful for buying those critical few turns you need to set up another pokemon on the bench.

 

Bill/ Professor Oaks New Theory (PONT)/ Engineer's Adjustments

 

Get as many of these drawing cards as you can get! The basic deck is already extremely slow to set up, so you'll need all the draw power you can get to compensate for that slothiness. I believe with all 4 basic decks you can get you'll have about 4 Bill's, 2 PONT's, and 3 Engineer's Adjustments.

 

2-4 Evolution Lines

 

You only get one copy of your stage two heavy hitter no matter what basic deck you choose, so you'll have to compensate by running multiple evolutionary lines. Three Stage 2 paths is a good number according to my play experience, and this is after having 2 Stage 1 chains and some fodder basics. Two Stage 2 paths can work, but there's a good chance one or both will get in the prize cards, so I would recommend 3-4 chains.

 

Tons of Energy

 

You only get one copy of each of your Stage 2's, and once they die they are gone forever, so keeping them alive is imperative. Do not hesitate to hard retreat if you think you can salvage your pokemon and use its heavy attack for a better time. I've run 20 energies and 3 fisherman's and still nearly ran out in my quests of preservation. Play your cards right though and your pokemon will bring you a few extra kills.

 

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The rest will likely come down to your personal style and preference. Now these cards are far from ideal, and if you want to buy boosters to get better cards, then more power to you. But these cards will really make a basic deck have the speed it needs to stand up against the powerhouses like Zekrom and Reshiram. I actually modified a basic green deck with the cards above, and managed to take out a Zekrom EX, as well as another Zekrom.

 

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I think VikesRule has the best advice here, some of the other advice is not so great and some of it is even downright bad. For example I think putting 20 energy in nearly any deck is far too much. I think you can make some pretty solid decks by combining the 4 free theme decks you unlock in the trainer challenge, but I don't think you will get the best strategic advice on these forums, unfortunately I think it's against the rules to give you an external link to anywhere better though.

 

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