Pokemon TCG lingo

Discussion in 'TCG News & Gossip Discussion' started by Dunjohn, Aug 22, 2003.

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  1. Dunjohn

    Dunjohn New Member

    Back when I quit the game a couple of years ago, it was all very simple - you had normal cards, you had holos, and, if you were lucky, you had a "reverse-holo" Entei. Now, though, as I rifle through my small-but-expanding pile of Ex-R&S cards, it's all gone horribly befuddling. What the heck am I supposed to call all this stuff? Here's what I have been saying; can someone give me the accepted jargon?

    Holos. The standard extra-rare, with a sparkly background in the picture.

    Reverse Holos. The opposite of a Holo, where the picture is plain but the rest of the card blinds you.

    Premiums. You get one of these in a pack, and it's a funkified version of a random normal card.

    Shnazzies. The coolest of the cool, with holo bits twisting and slicing through normal bits. Like my Scyther-Ex.
  2. Baboon

    Baboon New Member

    Well, here's what I refer to them as...
    Holo, as the standard 1-in-3 packs. Like Base Blastoise.
    Reverse Holo, the card you get in every pack that the whole card except the artwork is shiny/sparkly
    And the ex's, are... just ex's.
  3. Turbo Blastoise

    Turbo Blastoise New Member

    Well it depends if you are either talking about rarities or deck-building. If you're talking about rarities, the one's that I know are:

    Commons- The easiest most accessible cards to find in the game

    Uncommons- Slightly more difficult cards to get a hold of then commons

    Rare- Standard rare cards that are much harder to get a hold of. Most standard booster packs have about a 3 to 4% chance of drawing any particular card.

    Holos- Same rarity as Rares but have a shiny background in the picture

    Reverse Holos- Same as Holo except the whole front of the card is shiny

    Promos- Cards that you can't get in a regular booster pack. Most of the time these cards can be obtained in a premier event or as prizes in tournament play.

    In terms of deck-building here's some deck-building lingo:

    Tech- Cards that are used sparingly to counter other decks or to metagame other deck types

    Archetype- A particular deck or deck type that is commonly found and played regularly in the tournament scene and is among the "top-tier" of decks played in tournaments.

    Staple- A card (usually a trainer card) that is essential in most every kind of deck. A card that you pretty much "can't live without".

    Metagame- The general tournament scene that usually consists of what everyone is playing in any given area.

    Joke types- These usually consists of Electric and Fighting-based decks. LOL!!! (Just kidding!)

    That's all I know of and I hope that helps!!!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2003
  4. Dunjohn

    Dunjohn New Member

    I know about the rarities and all; it's just what to call the various foil types that was confounding me. Cheers for that though!

    Hey, back on the Wizards Board, in the Magic section, they had a special thread where each and every bit of slang associated with the game was encyclopaedified in one handy, moderated thread. We should start one.

    Which reminds me, what do you call a player who prefers not to use established archetypes at tournaments? Is it still "Maverick", or is it "Rogue", like in Magic?
  5. )v(ajin_ipg21

    )v(ajin_ipg21 New Member

    ANYONE kept any of the OLD threads? Thre were a few on thedojo & I think also @ WizPog?

    I don't no about re-creating it BUT it would ALSO be a GREAT reference!!!

    ANYONE have any of these PREVIOUS posts???
  6. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    A lot of things are in the 'legendary posts' forum on WizPoG...and since it's still read-only, it should be available for view...

  7. Tails

    Tails New Member

    I've never heard them called Mav's before... I've heard Rogue, but not too often...

    Used to use Trick, referring to Trick Decks, but I think Rogue's the new standard...
  8. Tyranitar666

    Tyranitar666 New Member

    Yeah, the term is rogue decks. Very common termonology by alot of players. I have never heard the term mavericks before either.
  9. BPM

    BPM New Member

    Heh. I like the term "Maverick". But that's also probably due the fact I like Megaman games...
    [color=BFC0EF][size=-2](Death to all humans! Robot freedom!)[/size][/color]
  10. Kyogre

    Kyogre <a href="http://pokegym.net/gallery/browseimages.p

    I think "Flippy" its a Poke-only slang word. You know, refering to cards that rely on major coin flips.

    That and "BBP", well that can only be in Poke I guess.
  11. IndigoMaster

    IndigoMaster New Member


    sorta stolen from mtg though...
  12. NoPoke

    NoPoke Active Member

    Its always bugged me.... Why are they called Holos...there doesn't seem to be anything holographic about the foil.

    Someone enlighten me please.

    Also what is 'mise'
  13. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan New Member

  14. Red5bv06

    Red5bv06 <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showpost.php?p=

    Or Top Gun
  15. Ultramew

    Ultramew New Member

    Lol @ the hidden 'death to all humans' message! ^_^
  16. Prof|l0ne

    Prof|l0ne New Member

    Well... there's also all the abbreviations, you know...

    DCE = Double Colorless Energy
    CPU Search = Base Set's Computer Search
    GoW = Gust of Wind
    promote = to take a Pokémon out of the Bench in the Active spot
    bench hitter/bench hitting = A Pokémon or a move that severely weakens your Bench.
    combo = A combination of cards that have synergy while used together (as in CPU Search and Oak, or Sneasel and Ecogym).
    (mostly Italian only) [any card name here]-ing, or to [any card name here] = to use that card, especially to gain an advantage or to hinder an opponent (as in, "Are you copycat'ing?" "Just let me Volounteer this out of my discards" "I only need to Oracle and then you're dead").
    dead = Pokémon do not die! Otherwise, a slang synonym of "Knocked Out"
    TMP = Team Multiplayer (a format of play)
    Open = Old jargon for the Unlimited format
    broken = Any card or combination of cards whose unbalancement leads to a player easily winning a game with no chance to keep him from doing so. Also see 'combo', 'Sneasel', 'Ecogym' (while in the same set as Sneasel), 'Slowking', 'Rocket's Zapdos', and others.
    Archetype = (in its most general sense) a well-estabilished deck that's widely recognized; usually a deck capable of winning consistently and/or with a strong phylosophy beneath it.
    BBP = Big Basic Pokémon (a Basic Pokémon able to hold his own with low or none extra assistance)
    Haymaker = One of the first archetypes, it used big Basic Pokémon to deal damage without sacrificing speed. See (Magic) 'aggro', 'beatdown'; (Pokémon) BBP.
    Wigglytuff, The Wave, Wiggly = (Wigglytuff only) a Pokémon; (all words) also an archetype using Jungle's Wigglytuff card to deal massive damage in a very short time. See Sneasel, broken, archetype.
    Slowking, Purple Haze = A deck abusing Neo: Genesis' Slowking's Pokémon Power. Also see archetype, broken.
    Sneasel = A Pokémon. Also the name of an extremely unbalanced card in the Neo: Genesis set, which managed to win games without a chance to stop it. See broken.
    InSaNiTy = THE way to play in Unlimited; also a deck, an archetype, a style of play and a style of life.
    Professor, Prof = me. Also anybody who was actually registered as part of WotC's Professor Program (including me). Also anybody that will be registered in Nintendo's Professor Program.
    Europeans = people like me. Also people who don't get the Pokémon products as swiftly as the U.S. does.
    NOA = Nintendo of America.
    PUI = Pokémon U.S.A., Inc. (seldom used)
    TPC = The Pokémon Company. Also see PUI
    WotC = Wizards of the Coast. We'll miss you.

    Italian people have quite a slang for Pokémon, but I'm sorry I really can't manage to translate it! :'(

    - Prof|l0ne
    also known as TheTa, TheThinker and a Thousand other Names
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2003
  17. Tails

    Tails New Member

    There's not too many to my knowledge, as far as Poké goes, but there's also "Bombs," which are cards that win the game most any time they're played. Most of these are broken in Poké, but still...

    There's also the "Staples," which are usually included in every serious deck, "Lines..."
  18. Dunjohn

    Dunjohn New Member

    I know that, in Magic, the term is Rogue, but I'd always heard Pokemon users online say "Maverick". Wasn't there a group of posters on the old boards calling themselves the "Maverick Hunters"? Apparently, they were Mavericks who deliberately hunted down the biggest archetype-user in their local areas and tried to beat them. Or, so went the claim.

    That's a nifty list, prof :) I'd never heard "promote" before, I always say "put out". But, I never really understood the idea behind InSaNiTy and, if you don't mind me saying, your explanation doesn't enlighten me. As I understand it, it's made up mainly of tech cards. That right?

    *scours list again*

    Tech: A card that should be automatically considered in or against certain strategies.
  19. Good Lord, someone remembers my old "Maverick Hunter Corps."

    The idea wasn't to beat the largest archtype in the area, but to make new deck types. Although I guess that kind of goes hand in hand.

    I still carry the name and the idea, but I disbanded the team... I think about two years ago, simply because it was hard to try and keep everything going. Still like the concept though.

    ....Does this mean I have to try and kill you now? ;)

    Anyway, putting all these definitions into a .txt file seems like a good idea. Hm.
  20. Prof|l0ne

    Prof|l0ne New Member

    Re: above

    My explanation of InSaNiTy was, you know, quite ironic. :D
    That is, InSaNiTy's a bit zen-like: you really don't know how it feels to play InSaNe until you actually do.
    On the techincal side: InSaNiTy is a deck that is mainly composed of TecH Trainer cards (up to 46 in one of its versions!). The real InSaNiTy uses some mathematical formulas to calculate the effectiveness of the TecHs it uses; other InSaNe-like decks out there don't use the formulas. Almost all decks in Unlimited, however, follow many of InSaNiTy's principles (especially having more Trainers than everything else).

    You can read all about it @ http://www.ipgeek21.com/articles/reference/lurili/insanityproject.html
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