Discussion in 'Deck Help and Strategy' started by pokeNewb, Aug 19, 2003.
How would i build a deck? Are there pointers? i am new so please bear with me. Thanks.
Well, to start, I recommend buying a pre-made deck, which you could find in really any store, like a Wal-Mart or Shopko, or usually you can find them in video game stores as well. You could then buy boosters, and, if you get the appropriate cards, you could put some of them in the deck.
It will be harder for you to make a deck, because being a newbie, you will have to buy a lot of boosters, or buy a lot of cards over the internet. I highly recommend buying a pre-made deck to start. Try to get one from the EX: Ruby and Sapphire expansion, if you can.
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Here's an article on building a starter deck:
It's a bit out of date (not the new rules), but the basic points are still valid.
Generally speaking, I'd go with a preconstructed deck, if only to get the energy cards you need. take a look at the ones available from the e-sets on up and see if there's anything there you like.
along with purchasing a preconstructed deck, I'd recomend buying as many boosters as you feel comfortable purchasing, 3-5 is a great start. but even a single booster is helpful if you're strapped for cash. Try to buy boosters from the same block (e cards, or ruby/saphire) of cards so that they have a better chance of the pokemon going together.
the next thing to do is look at your new pool of cards and see what you have good evolution lines of and what compliments your preconstructed deck.
next thing to do is change out cards in your preconstructed deck to make it as consistant as possible. for instance,
say your precon deck comes with 2 natu's and 1 xatu. a fun pokemon, but a 2-1 line isnt very good, if you happened to get one more natu and one more xatu in your booster packs, then you could add those two cards and change from the weak 2-1 line to a decent 3-2 line.
the more consistant your deck, the more likely it's going to do what you want.
if you didnt get anything that's really usable for your precon deck in your boosters, thats ok, these cards were made for trading. See if you can trade for cards that you need for your first deck.
other than that, I'd suggest looking at some of the peoples decks here and you'll get a feel for advanced deck creation.
things to keep in mind :
consistancy, (dont do alot of single cards, make sure you have 2-4 of each card you want to use in your deck)
dont go overboard on the pokemon (try to stick to about 20 pokemon [that includes copies of a basic and evolution cards])
dont forget good trainers.
have fun with it!
I always recommend the the four articles by durandal that can be found at www.pokeschool.com. "The Basis of a Good Deck" Chapters 1 through 4 are a solid start for beginners. You can find them here http://www.pokeschool.com/tcg/articles/deck.asp :thumb:
Visit the following link for basic deck building guidelines:
MAYBE I should ADVERTISE my site for deck tips???
*please watch that, AT LEAST MOST referred this member to 3rd party sites*
PS Uh we shall be MORE lenient that we have been in the past, JUST don't blatantly spam or mean other any harm, this person asked a question and we are trying to help. THey did not ask us to BUILD them a deck (plural?)
I recommend buying the PokemonTCG game for Game Boy. Should find it for a low, low, price! That is how I learned. It shouldn't be too hard.
XFlare has a good idea, but watch out for these things:
- The decks used by computer opponents are not well constructed.
- The deckbuilding tips given in-game are not especially good.
- It only has the Base, Jungle, and Fossil sets, with a few Promos.
Even so, you might be able to use the Game Boy version to get a fairly good feel for the game.
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