Everything you need to know about a Pokémon TCG Prerelease
Article originally by aaronminjoot
Updated for Unified Minds
If you’ve stumbled into this Pokémon TCG Prerelease guide, you might be playing the Pokémon TCG for the first time, or you’re a returning player from the past. Welcome!
A Pokémon TCG Prerelease is a great way to introduce (or re-introduce) yourself into the Pokémon TCG in a more casual and fun tournament setting.
What is a Pokemon TCG Prerelease?
A pre-release is a sealed tournament organised whenever a new expansion is released. Sealed here refers to the format (officially called a Limited format) where you are only allowed to build a deck from the cards you open from the prerelease kit you are provided (Basic Energy cards is the only exception to this).
You will build a 40-card deck using these cards, with Basic Energy cards provided by the TO (Tournament Organisers). You will then use that deck to play a Swiss-format tournament, with the eventual winners getting more prize packs!
How much is a Pokemon TCG Prerelease?
One session costs RM125, but that may change depending on the store that is hosting the event. Please check with the store for more details.
What do you get at a Pokemon TCG Prerelease?
You will receive one prerelease Build & Battle Box with:
- A 23-card Evolution pack (including 1 of 4 exclusive foil promo cards). You will receive one of four variations, each with its own set of Pokémon evolution lines and Trainer cards
- Four 10-card booster packs
You will receive at least three more packs or a specified number of packs by the TO (Tournament Organizer) at the end of the tournament, but if you managed to rank higher in the Swiss tournament, you can win even more!
What should you bring to a Pokémon TCG Prerelease?
- At least 40 sleeves for your deck, you don’t want to damage your new cards
- Some dice to mark damage on your Pokémon, and to determine who goes first
- Adequate storage to hold your pre-release deck and the extra cards you got from the kit (your Pokémon prerelease Build & Battle kit box might not be big enough)
- A smile on your face and an eagerness to make friends and have fun! 🙂
How should you build your Pokémon TCG Prerelease deck?
- Deck layout: You should get two or more Pokémon evolution lines in your Prerelease Box, so try to fit those and roughly 10-14 Energy cards. Add as many Trainer cards, especially those that help draw more cards and search for your Pokémon in your deck
- Try to focus on one or two Pokémon Types, so you won’t be stuck with the wrong kind of Energy card when you want to attack with your Pokémon
- Look out for Pokémon with Colorless-cost attacks that can be added into your deck if you don’t have enough strong cards
- Pokémon-GX cards and Prism Star Pokémon are good. Where possible, try to add them or better, build your new prerelease deck around them
- Unlike a normal Pokémon TCG game, you can build a deck with more than four cards of the same card name! However, you can’t have more than one of the same Prism Star Pokémon or Trainer.
If you have any questions, ask your friendly TO – they are more than willing to help with advice to help build your Pokémon TCG Prerelease deck. But most importantly, have fun!
Further event information, terms & conditions, as well as rules and regulations, can be found here !