Everything You Need to Know About Tag Team Supporters

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  1. PokePop

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    Everything You Need to Know About Tag Team Supporters


    First the Pokémon TCG introduced Tag Team Pokémon and they took the game by storm with their super high HP and super strong attacks. Now the Pokémon TCG has extended the concept to Supporter cards with the introduction of Tag Team Supporters in Cosmic Eclipse. These Supporters have one normally strong Supporter-type effect, and as a bonus, you can activate a second strong effect for a cost. In addition to being powerful, they are also searchable! The new Item card "Tag Call" allows up get up to two "Tag Team" cards. These can be either Tag Team Pokémon-GX, or Tag Team Supporters, or one of each! A very powerful combo!

    Because this is a new mechanic, there have been a lot of questions about exactly how these cards work.
    Can you use only one effect or the other?
    Are there any restriction or exceptions to that?
    What the heck are Bellelba and Brycen-Man wearing, anyway?
    Important questions like that.
    Let’s see if we can clear some of them up.

    First, before addressing individual cards, let’s look at the beginning phrase of the secondary effect of these cards: “When you play this card, you may discard…” and then it states a cost. These are costs and not effects of their own. If you can’t do the secondary effect described after this cost, you can’t just pay the cost for no reason.
    OK, let's take a look at the individual cards...

    [​IMG]Bellelba & Brycen-Man
    If either player has any cards in their deck, you have to do the first part of this Supporter. There is no “may” in the text. It will work as long as either player has one card in their deck. The principle of “do as much as you can” applies.

    However, if neither player has any cards left in their deck, you can still play the card and do just the second effect as long as at least one of the players has more than 3 Benched Pokemon. This, of course, begs the question: “If your opponent has no cards left in their deck, why don’t you just end your turn and win the game?” So, more than likely you'll be performing the main effect all of the time even if you don't want to.

    Cynthia & Caitlin
    [​IMG]If you have a Supporter card (other than another Cynthia & Caitlin) in your discard pile, you have to put it into your hand when you play this card because the discard pile is public knowledge and the card does not say “may” for this effect.
    However, if you have no valid Supporter in your discard pile, you can still discard a card from your hand to draw 3 cards. You can't used the secondary effect to discard if you have no deck.

    [​IMG]Guzma & Hala
    Since the first part of this Supporter is to search for a specific type of card (a Stadium), you can fail that part since your deck is private knowledge.
    Similarly, if you want to, you can also discard 2 cards for the second effect and fail that search as well, for the same reason. And of course, if you genuinely can’t find any one of the types of cards you are searching for, you can still get one or two of the other types using the “do as much as you can” principle. Note that you have to have a deck to search, of course, or else you can't even play the card. And you have to at least shuffle your deck even if you intend to fail all of the searches.

    Mallow & Lana[​IMG]
    You have to have a Benched Pokemon in order to play this card at all. That's because both effects depend on switching your Active Pokemon. If you have a Benched Pokémon, you have to perform the Switch. It is not optional.

    In addition, since the healing of the secondary effect is on the “Pokémon you moved”, you cannot play this card for just the secondary effect since you have no valid target for the effect if you did not do the first effect. You also cannot discard cards for the cost of the secondary effect unless that Switched Pokémon has at least one damage counter on it.

    [​IMG]Misty & Lorelei
    Since the first effect is a search of the deck for a specific type of card, you can fail part or all of it if you wish. You still have to do the search, if you have a deck to search since it does not say may, but as noted above, your deck is private knowledge and you can fail any search of it for a specific type of card. You have to at least shuffle your deck.

    It is very important to do the discard for the secondary effect, if you are going to use it, before you search for those energy cards, since you cannot use them as part of your discard cost of 5 cards. If you have not used your GX attack, you can’t use the secondary effect and therefore can’t discard the 5 cards since it is a cost.

    Finally, note that if your opponent’s Latios GX’s “Clear Vision GX” attack has been used, Misty & Lorelei will not allow you to bypass that effect.

    Red & Blue
    This is another card, like Mallow & Lana, where the secondary effect is done to a card that was affected by the primary effect. However, since the timing of the discard is “when you play this card”, you can discard 2 cards, and then if you don’t get a Pokémon-GX from your deck to evolve one of your Pokémon, then you can/ would have to fail the secondary effect.

    Also note that if you don’t have a Pokémon in play that can evolve into a Pokémon-GX (even if that card is not legal in the format being played) you can’t play the card at all. This is similar to rulings are cards such as Wally and Evosoda.

    Well, there you have it! I hope that clears up some questions that you have.
    If there are any other things that you need cleared up on these cards, please comment in the forum topic for this article, or post in the Ask the Rules Team forum.
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  2. BJJ763

    BJJ763 Trading Mod Supervisor Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    I was really hoping you'd answer the "What are Bellelba and Brycen-Man wearing?" question. :rolleyes:
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  3. someg6

    someg6 Member

    Just for clarification, I can choose to use the secondary effect first when playing a tag team supporter correct? For instance, while playing expanded say I have a guzma and professor sycamore already in the discard pile. I want to play the cynthia & caitlin tag team supporter to get one of them back to hand. Although, I would like to use the secondary effect to discard one card from hand to draw three beforehand to see if I can draw a guzma and/or professor sycamore from deck. Then afterwards, activate the first effect to retrieve either the guzma or professor sycamore already in the discard.

    On a side note, I'm assuming to use the secondary effect on the cynthia & caitlin tag team card first I would have to be able to satisfy the condition of the primary effect before even being able to play it (IE: having a non cynthia & caitlin tag team supporter in the discard beforehand). Much like the lana & mallow tag team supporter.
  4. ShadowCard

    ShadowCard Active Member

    I agree with BJJ763, I read reading for the answer to that question.

    Good question.
  5. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    You have to resolve the effects on the card in the order that they are written on the card.
    So you would have to choose a Supporter from the discard before drawing 3 cards.

    As for playing Cynthia & Caitlin when you have no Supporter in the discard, just to draw 3 cards, I'' quote what I wrote in the article:
    "However, if you have no valid Supporter in your discard pile, you can still discard a card from your hand to draw 3 cards. You can't used the secondary effect to discard if you have no deck."
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  6. Otaku

    Otaku Active Member

    Wonderful article. I wrote some very clunky Card of the Day reviews, and for the five people who still read those, it would have been much better if I would have linked here than bloated the article with my own less clear explanation. XP

    There was one part in the article that left me scratching my head, at least a little.

    I've been very busy with IRL matters since before Cosmic Eclipse officially released. Aren't most of the primary effects found on these cards more in line with Item cards than Supporters? Sometimes good Item cards, but short of what we've seen on other Supporter cards. If I'm just not seeing the forest for the trees, go ahead and let me know. If this seems like a stupid nitpick... go ahead and let me know. >.> It is the only way I'll learn and I wasn't sure if I should ask even this time. ^^'
  7. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    The strength of a Supporter effect is pretty subjective.
    You go all the way from super strong effects like Welder and Wally to really under powered ones like Pokemon Breeder and Mr. Stone's Project, or even Mom's Kindness!
    So, I didn't mean to invest all that much meaning into that sentence.
    Hope that helps

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