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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - October 27, 2022

Draconic Roar!

The Four Great Dragons are taking their rightful place in the Digimon pantheon! Draconic Roar is the newest booster set release coming out for the Digimon TCG. Gather your dragon pals as you take to the skies for battle!

This set release has a lot to live up to. Not only will the Four Great Dragons be added to the scene, but some previously released dragon Dramon will be getting some boosts. Palidramon, Wingdramon, and Dinobeedramon will be getting some big updates, including colour and ability changes!

But that’s far from all! This set will introduce some brand new dragon Dramon with new abilities. These new creatures will help amplify your draconic abilities, and create a truly powerful dragon deck!

What should you expect in this set? Get ready for:

  • Common Cards: 26
  • Uncommon Cards: 20
  • Rare Cards: 18
  • Super Rare Cards: 8
  • Secret Rare Cards: 2

From these cards, there will 18 Parallel Cards for you to collect! Each booster pack will contain 12 cards, and each booster box will contain 24 packs. Each booster box will also include a special alternate art promo card!

Draconic Roar comes out on November 11th, 2022!

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Louis-Serge Gagne Louis-Serge Gagne - September 6, 2022

Lost Origin: Lost in the Endless Goo – Hisuian Goodra VSTAR!

Lost Origin will bring a lot of new ways to play in the standard format, and I’m not just talking about new cards. The Lost Zone mechanic is back from its break since the Sun and Moon block and a lot of new viable cards uses it to attain some really great effects.

Hisuian Goodra VSTAR doesn’t use the Lost Zone mechanic to its advantage, but a lot of cards that supports it do. Goodra VSTAR’s attack reduces the damage it would receive during the opponent’s next turn. This damage reduction can be stacked with other similar effects to make Goodra a living tank. Its VSTAR Power is an Ability that heals every damage on it. If you play your cards right, you can attack and tank for multiple turns in a row and then heal all of your opponent’s progress to make it a decisive victory for you.

Pokémon 

  • 3-2 Hisuian Goodra VSTAR
  • 1 Radiant Gardevoir

Hisuian Goodra VSTAR is a 270HP Pokémon with the Iron Rollout attack that does 200 damage in addition of making it 80 damage resistant during your opponent’s next turn. If you add it with Radiant Gardevoir, you now take 100 less damage consistently every turn that you attack. In this format where it’s important for a lot of decks to 2-hit-KO or 1-hit-KO a lot of Pokémon, 100 damage reduction is already plan-foiling enough. But with Goodra’s VSTAR POWER – Moisture Star, you can cancel multiple turns of tireless swinging and go back as if they didn’t do anything.

The plan of a Goodra VSTAR deck is to do 200 damage every turn while minimizing damage as much as possible. The biggest problem around it is its attack cost. Charging 3 energies, including 1 Metal and 1 Water, is not a walk in the park. That’s where the Lost Zone engine comes in.

  • 4 Comfey
  • 1 Cramorant

Comfey is the poster child of the Lost Zone engine. Similarly to Celebrations Mew or Amazing Jirachi, it is a Basic Pokémon that helps you get cards from the top of your deck when it is in the Active Spot. When you look at the top 2 cards of your deck with the Flower Selecting ability, you choose 1 to go in your hand, and the other goes to the Lost Zone. Normally putting a precious card in the Lost Zone is a really bad effect, even with a consistency boost like that, but our deck here will profit from this.

An example of that is Cramorant. It’s also a new Pokémon from the Lost Origin set that can uses it’s 110 damage attack for free if you have 4 cards or more in the Lost Zone. Having a Basic Pokémon that can attack for free in the mid-to-late-game can be really useful against cards like Miltank that are immune to Hisuian Goodra VSTAR, or when you need to take 1 turn for your main attacker to be ready.

  • 2-2 Banette
  • 1 Snorlax

Banette, again a new card that synergizes with the Lost Zone, is a Stage 1 Pokémon whose ability you can use at anytime. Puppet Memorial can grab you a Supporter card from your discard pile at the cost of putting the Banette and its pre-evolution in the Lost Zone. This is a nice recycling effect and +2 cards in the Lost Zone for you. Reusing supporters will prove to be really efficient for the deck as you’ll see later.

Instead of attacking in the early game, after using a bunch of Flower Selecting abilities, you can end your turn with a draw-up-to 7 with the help of Snorlax from Vivid Voltage. This can prove useful to help you stay in the game after a bad first turn as well. If you want to gamble or trust the consistency of your Goodra deck, you can remove the Snorlax for a Diancie from Astral Radiance for a different effect (giving you more of a protection to your Hisuian Goodra V waiting to evolve).

Trainer and Energy Cards 

  • 4 Colress’s Experiment
  • 2 Melony

Colress’s Experiment will be the second main way of putting cards in the Lost Zone. It makes you look at the top 5 cards of your deck, putting 3 in your hand and 2 in the Lost Zone. Basically a Super-Comfey as a Supporter.

Sometimes, it is possible to attack turn 2 with Goodra if you attached an energy turn 1 to Goodra V, and then Melony + attach for turn to the Goodra VSTAR on turn 2. Melony is also a +3 cards in hand, so it helps getting a good hand in addition of the energy acceleration.

  • 2 Fantina
  • 1 Roxanne

Once you’ve achieved putting 10 cards in the Lost Zone, the real fun will begin with Fantina. Her card makes all your Pokémon take 120 less damage from Pokémon V. So in addition to Goodra’s attack and Radiant Gardevoir’s ability, you now take 220 less damage from Pokémon V. Loop it with Banette and now you can have an almost endless absurd walling with Hisuian Goodra VSTAR.

Roxanne will be hard to find when needed, but if you manage to find it at the perfect time, or managed to fetch it back from the discard pile with Banette, you can excessively disrupt your opponent other than tanking more damage than necessary.

  • 3 Mirage Gate
  • 1 Hyper Potion
  • 2 Lake Acuity

The last and most important piece of this Lost Zone puzzle. Mirage Gate triggers when you have 7 cards in the Lost Zone, and boosts up the deck’s tempo to 100. Mirage Gate can search your deck for 2 Basic Energy of different types and attach them directly to your Pokémon in any way you like. This is the card we needed to help the weird energy cost of Goodra’s attack. If you managed to put 7 cards in the Lost Zone on turn 2 (2 or 4 from Colress’s Experiment + 2 from Banette + 1 or 3 from Comfey), you can use Mirage Gate and have a ready-to-attack Hisuian Goodra VSTAR! And with Mirage Gate, Hyper Potion is also a really good card. It’s an alternative healing effect that can make a Goodra stick to the active for much longer.

Lake Acuity is the final card that reduces damage for this deck. If any Pokémon has a Water or Fighting Energy, it takes 20 less damage from attacks. This with Fantina, Iron Rollout and Radiant Gardevoir can make your Hisuian Goodra VSTAR take 240 less damage from attacks of Pokémon V (100 less from non-V).

To put it in perspective: Arceus VSTAR with no Double Turbo Energy and Choice Belt deals 0 damage to Hisuian Goodra. Palkia VSTAR with both benches full, a Choice Belt and a Leon used does 80 damage. Mew VMAX with a Choice Belt and 4 Power Tablets used copying Melodious Echo with 4 Fusion Strike Energy in play deals 180 damage after using all their resources. In all of those extreme instances, you can heal it right up with the VSTAR Power or with Hyper Potion. That’s how absurd this deck’s tanking potential is.

  • 1 Ordinary Rod
  • 1 Tool Jammer

Ordinary Rod is a nice safety net for the deck: if you discarded energies and want to put some in the deck for Mirage Gate, if one of your Goodra got KOed early game and you have some bad prizes, if a sniping deck Boss-KOed your Manaphy, Ordinary Rod will be there for you.

Tool Jammer nullifies Choice Belt that could be worrisome against you. It also cancels Air Balloon, which is a nice roadblock versus some combo decks.

Closing Thoughts 

In my opinion, Hisuian Goodra VSTAR is the best Rule Box Attacker from Lost Origin. It has immense tanking potential, 200 damage is good enough damage to 2-hit-KO most evolved V decks, and it has the Comfey and others to help it consistency-wise. Goodra doesn’t need much more than that.

Goodra’s biggest weakness is effect prevention. For example: Duraludon VMAX does 220 damage while ignoring any effects on the defending Pokémon that would reduce damage. So Duraludon VMAX will always 2-hit-KO you, while you 2-hit-KO them. For this specific matchup, I think the player that uses the healing at the best time will be victorious. The Supporter card Phoebe and Mew VMAX’s Max Miracle are also to watch-out for. Path to the Peak is also harsh for the deck, but it’s not a deal-breaker. It only shuts off Radiant Gardevoir’s ability and Goodra’s VSTAR Power.

Thanks for reading!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - May 10, 2022

Tamer’s Evolution Box 2!

The Tamer’s Evolution Box 2 is a brand new box set to help organize and revamp your next Digimon TCG game! Fill your deck with brand new art reprint cards and impress your opponents with a beautiful playmat, deck box, and more!

Following up from Tamer’s Evolution Box 1, this brand new Evolution Box set will include everything you need to keep your deck and cards protected with style. This Tamer Box will include:

  • An exclusive playmat
  • An exclusive memory gauge and marker
  • Fifty deck sleeves and five Digi-Egg Deck sleeves
  • An exclusive deck box
  • Alternate art reprint cards
  • And a large storage box to hold all your goodies!

Every Digimon player and/or collector will want to get their hands on this set! The Evolution Box won’t be around for long, so make sure to pick up your copy while supplies last!

The Tamer’s Evolution Box 2 is out now! Get your copy from Three Kings Loot here!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - May 6, 2022

Arceus V Figure Collection!

Arceus V is making a big splash in the Pokemon TCG! The Arceus V Figure Collection has everything you need to help build a brand new Arceus deck for your next play session!

Since the release of Brilliant Stars, Arceus V, Arceus VMAX, and Arceus VSTAR has been getting some much deserved attention. With powers like Trinity Nova to boost the energy of your benched VMAX Pokemon, or Starbirth to search for any two cards in your deck, who wouldn’t want to get their hands on these powerful creatures? Throw in a Inteleon or two to tap into the Inteleon engine from Chilling Reign and dominate the battlefield!

This collection for Arceus will include:

  • A foil promo of Arceus V
  • One premier sculpted Arceus figure
  • Four Pokemon TCG Booster Packs
  • And a code to get access to Pokemon TCG Live!

Between this collectors set, and a few booster sets from Brilliant Stars, you will be ready to take on your next Pokemon TCG tournament by force!

Arceus V Figure Collection is out now! Order your copy at Three Kings Loot here!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - March 10, 2022

Astral Radiance!

Astral Radiance will be the next booster set coming to the Pokemon TCG! Set in the Hisui region, this land is subject to changes in both space and time. Fractal pieces of Dialga and Pialka linger in this realm, ready to bend reality as they see fit. Be careful who you cross here – you never know where you might end up.

This booster set is going to bring VSTAR to new level. Not only will we be getting some powerful Dialga and Pialka VSTAR cards (known as Origin Forme), but we will also see Decidueye, Typhlosion, and Samurott in VSTAR status!

But we are not just getting new Pokemon to help our deck builds. Be prepared for some new Trainers to help change the tide of battle! With twenty new cards in the Trainer sphere alone, there will be plenty of new gems to go around.

Last but not least, make sure to keep an eye out for a brand new type of Shiny Pokemon. This set will officially introduce Radiant Pokemon, a unique sub-type that promises to make a big splash!

 

Astral Radiance comes out on May 27th, 2022!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - March 9, 2022

One Piece: The TCG!

In celebration of 25 years of One Piece, Bandai has revealed a brand new card game – One Piece: The TCG! This new game will incorporate major characters from the manga along with unique mechanics to help you in your search for the One Piece!

Similar to the Digimon release, there will be four starter decks to get new players familiar with the game system. These decks will include: The Straw Hat Pirates, The Worst Generation, The Seven Warlords of the Sea, and The Animal Kingdom Pirates.

You can also expect a booster set release soon after the starter decks! Romance Dawn will the first booster box set for players to customize their starter decks to their hearts desire.

It is important to note that while there have been previous One Piece TCG’s in the past, this new edition will be entirely independent of past versions. This means that cards in previous TCG versions of One Piece will not be compatible with the new format.

It’s time to set out and become the new King of Pirates! Gather your crew, set sail, and get ready to claim your destiny!

One Piece: The TCG comes out in July, 2022 in Japan, and later in 2022 for the rest of the world!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - January 11, 2022

Awakening of Chakrabarthi!

Awakening of Chakrabarthi is the first booster set release for Cardfight!! Vanguard in 2022! This set highlights some brand new cards only found in the climactic scenes of Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress Season 2.

This new set will see the release of some powerful, never before seen cards to hit the meta. This includes Dragon Empire, Dark States, Brandt Gate, Keter Sanctuary, and Stoicheia! Not only will there be brand new cards, but support for constructed decks that came out for Advance of Intertwined Stars and Sealed Blaze Maiden!

There are 15 new RRR cards awaiting to be added to your collection, along with 107 Parallel cards. With 120 brand new cards, along with some of their Parallel duplicates, there will be something for everyone in this set. Make sure to pick up your booster box before it is too late!

Awakening of Chakrabarthi comes out on February 11th, 2022! Pre-order your booster box at Three Kings Loot here!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - March 19, 2021

Game On! – Digimon

Check out this week’s episode of Game On! It’s time to learn how to play the Digimon TCG!

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