Ok seriously people I can't believe no one's started a thread about the most recent tcg update already. The scans for Cold Flare and Freeze Bolt have been translated kindly by our fellas at pokebeach and are tempting us with some seriously powerful cards while it seems there's still hope for strategy rather than pure brute force.
Personally I've been looking forward to most of these, but the one that I'm 99,9% sure will be in everyone's decks is (curiously) an old classic:
Computer Search – Trainer
Discard two cards. Search your deck for any one card and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.
ACE SPEC: You can’t have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
You can use any number of Item cards during your turn.
So the old good computer search is back, too bad there can only be one per deck but hey, searching for any card is always welcomed. (too bad the early translation was flawed since it said you could look for 2 cards instead of one but meh reality is harsh xD).
Another card that caught my eye was Skyla:
Skyla – Trainer
Search your deck for a Trainer card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.
You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).
I'm kinda dissappointed this wasn't an item card but whatever, it was too good to be one anyway xD. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this card is "Computer Search" and "Catcher". Being able to get either of these at any time sounds really game breaking to me honestly. Also if the translation is as accurate as it looks when it says "search your deck for a Trainer
card" then we could assume this includes other supporters as well (since every card now differentiates when referring to item trainer cards, supporters, etc.) but this las bit is just speculation, although getting your N's or Biancas ready for the next turn doesn't sound bad either.
Finally, and to not extend this post too much I'd like people to check an old classic revived, this is Blastoise:
Blastoise – Water – HP140
Stage 1 – Evolves from Wartortle
Ability: Rain Dance.
As often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may attach 1 [W] Energy card to 1 of your Pokemon. (This doesn’t use up your 1 Energy card attachment for the turn.)
[C][C][C][C] Hydro Pump: 60+ damage. This attack does 10 more damage for each [W] Energy attached to this Pokemon.
Weakness: Grass (x2)
So basically this is Base set Blastoise pumped up. Rain dance will be back into the format and except now it works exactly like Emboar's Inferno Fandango as the water energy can go to any pokemon even if it's not a water type. While not the best attacker requiring a massive 4 energy cost to attack or retreat, 100 damage for 4W is still nice if you're in a desperate situation, also the energies aren't that hard to come by if you include stuff like Cilan among your supporters (no more than 1 or 2 though). Considering the above trainers I mentioned I think playing Blastoise won't be hard to play at all, specially considering that its basic form Squirtle
, while having an acceptable 60 hp also counts with an amazing ability "Shell Shield - As long as this Pokemon is on the Bench, it takes no damage from attacks
" meaning we have a benchsitter that is inmune to snipe attacks so the only way to stop your squirtle army will be by burning out all catchers.
I could write about a lot of other amazing cards here (check raticate, keldeo-ex and Charizard for starters) but that would take up a lot more space in this post that I want to. Tell me what you think this expansion will bring if it makes all the way to america. :p