Could I get a Crash course in learning how to play the TCG?

Discussion in 'TCG News & Gossip Discussion' started by Team Rocket Elite, Aug 8, 2003.

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  1. Team Rocket Elite

    Team Rocket Elite New Member

    I'm primarily a Pokémon GB player and was planning to attend the Pokémon GBA-TCG tournement set up by Nintendo. The details are here:

    However, I've only played about 4-5 TCG games in my life(excluding the GB TCG game) and the last one was a few years ago(I have little to no experience with cards after the Fossil expansion). So I'm wondering about what all the rules changes that have been made since the Fossil expansion. I was also wondering if someone could explain how the TCG portion of the tournement in the above link will work and strageties I could use.
  2. yoshi1001

    yoshi1001 Active Member

  3. PokemonCardSell

    PokemonCardSell New Member

    Very good link Yoshi! And no your not on a crash course. It's actually something to do lol :p Well anyways have fun playing. Also make sure you get all the rules right and in your head before you go and join a league
  4. White Gryphon

    White Gryphon New Member

    It's really important that you get all the rules memorized like the back of your very hand, so that any card strategy you think up will automatically fit the game like a hand in a glove. It's kinda like... learning to ride a Rapidash. :thumb:
  5. Prof. Douglas Zuver

    Prof. Douglas Zuver New Member

    Espeon wanders by...
    Then pauses sensing someone nice wanting help...

    Espeon "First, lets start with the newest rule changes:

    When an opponent defeats a Pokemon-ex they take two prizes instead
    of one. Pokemon-ex cannot evolve into normal stage one or two Pokemon that
    are not Pokemon-ex.

    When you start the game without Basic Pokemon in your hand, show your
    hand to your opponent, shuffle it back into your deck, and draw 7 new cards.
    Your opponent can then choose to draw an extra card.

    When you start a new game, the player who goes first skips his or her first
    draw card step.

    The special condition Confusion now only affects a Confused Pokemon when
    it attacks. As it attacks, flip a coin as usual, but on tails, the Confused Pokemon
    receives 3 damage counters, instead of the previous 20 damage.
    Confused Pokemon can now retreat normally.

    Retreating your Active Pokemon is now an action that can only be done once
    per turn.

    Darkness and Metal Energy are now easier to play. They still count as special
    energy, giving their special effects only to Pokemon of the matching type. As
    they give effects strictly to those Pokemon, the other drawbacks to those
    energy types have been removed.

    Players are now limited to playing one Stadium card per turn."

    Espeon pauses looking up at the new rules...

    Furret wanders in carrying a guidebook on how to play
    limited tournaments.

    Furret "Hmmm...sealed play-A player receives unopened product
    and uses it plus basic energy to build a 40 card deck...the normal
    limits of no more than 4 of any card do not apply here, because
    the player is limited only by what they receive in their packs..."

    Espeon "MTM and DMTM both recommended putting about 18
    energy in the deck of one or two different colors. Pokemon USA's
    guide to the subject says 17 energy..."

    Furret "Why are you starting with energy first???? Why not Pokemon?"

    Espeon "Doug has won several battles in limited play because his
    opponents lacked the energy needed to attack. It seems to be a
    common mistake to make..."

    Furret "Seems to me you should look at all the nice trainers and put
    them in first. Sealed play has so few."

    Espeon "...furthermore, energy serves as the basis for...."

    Furret ignoring Espeon "Then look for some good Pokemon that don't
    evolve that has 60+hp, like those neat new Pokemon ex."

    Espeon " conclusion, low drawing power and lack of other ways
    to retreat to the bench make energy a vital necessity of..."

    Furret still ignoring Espeon "Then comes the tricky part trying to
    choose your color types, etc. so that everything blends together.
    Evolution is nice, but with only 4 prizes don't count on the game
    lasting long enough to Evolve much. Look carefully at your cards,
    do they have any special tricks or abilties. Think very small
    and appreciate little things like resistance or Pokemon Powers
    that might help out. Simple stratagies are best."

    Espeon listening to Furret nods solemnly..
    Furret hands Espeon two Lava Cookies.
    Espeon raise its eyebrows quizicaly...
    Furret looks innocent...
    Espeon "Didn't Doug give you six?"
    Furret digs into its pocket and pulls out a beeper...
    Furret "Gotta go, somebody wants another Metal Energy..."
  6. ukpokemonpro

    ukpokemonpro New Member

    If your a GBA player get the old TCG cart for the CBC and play it.. the cards have changed a lot but the basics of the game are all there.. then review Prof. Douglas Zuver post and especially the changes since Nintendo tok over ..

    there that should get you going methinks ..
  7. tia3

    tia3 New Member

    i have a question... can a pokemon be burned and poisoned at the same time?
  8. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Yep. Burned, Poisoned, and [Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed], all at the same time!
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