Prerelease Guide: What Cards To Look Out For In Celestial Storm?

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Another new set, another Prerelease to look forward to! As the latest legal set for the Pokémon TCG World Championships 2018, Celestial Storm brings a lot of great cards onto the playing table.

Whether you’re new to the game or looking to expand your card pool for the next League Challenge, you might be wondering what cards to look out for in this latest set. We have compiled what we believe are the 10 best (or more interesting) cards from Celestial Storm (in no particular order). 

And for first-timers, do check out our Prerelease guide first!


 

Rayquaza GX
The chase card of the new set and expected to make a hit in this year’s Pokémon TCG World Championships. It’s Dragon Break Attack deals 30 damage times the amount of basic Grass and basic Lightning Energy attached to all your Pokémon.

To help accelerate the process, it’s Ability, Stormy Winds, allows you to attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to Rayquaza GX, provided you play Rayquaza GX from your hand to your Bench, and discard the top 3 cards from your deck.

Latias Prism Star
Rayquaza GX’s partner in crime has only one attack, Dream Mist. It deals a minimal 30 damage but allows you to attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to each of your benched Dragon-type Pokémon, like Rayquza GX. It’s a Prism Star however, so you can only have one of this card in your deck.

Sceptile
Sceptile is a new counter for the Ultra Beast Pokémon dominating the metagame currently. It’s Ability Nature Power gives all your Pokémon with a Grass Energy attached immunity from damage by your opponent’s Ultra Beast Pokémon.

It also has a single Grass Energy attack, Powerful Storm, which deals 20 damage times the number of Energy attached to all your Pokémon.  A card to watch out for in the future.

Stakataka GX
And since we’re on the topic of Ultra Beasts, Celestial Storm introduces a new Metal-type Ultra Beast – Stakataka GX. It has an interesting Ability, Ultra Wall, which reduces any damage dealt to your Ultra Beast Pokémon by 10. And this multiplies, so if you have four Stakataka GX, that’s a 40 damage reduction.

This could be paired with Nagadanel GX for the ultimate Ultra Beast defensive deck.

Shrine of Punishments 
Another hyped card from the new set, Shrine of Punishments is the perfect addition to non-GX decks. As long as this Stadium card in play, all players must put 1 damage counter on all of their Pokémon GX and Pokémon EX in play between turns. Just imagine the damage steadily increasing between turns.

Electrode GX
Here’s another new Electrode with an Ability to generate Energy cards, but this version is the definition of “high risk, high rewards”. To activate Extra Energy Bomber, you have to Knock Out Electrode GX (which gives your opponent two Prize Cards). In return, you can search your deck for 5 Energy cards of your choice, and attach them to any of your Pokémon in any way you like.

There’s a catch however, as you can’t set the Energy cards onto Pokémon GX and Pokémon EX. But you could set the Energy cards on their pre-evolution forms first.

Steven’s Resolve
After getting Kiawe, here’s another Supporter card that ends your turn immediately after its played. Steven’s Resolve allows you to search for any 3 cards you like, then your turn ends.

There is a Metagross in this set, when in the Active Pokémon spot and you play Steven’s Resolve, your turn doesn’t end. Could make an interesting Metagross deck in future.

Dunsparce
Celestial Storm also brings many modern reinterpretations of Neo and EX series cards, some of which ruled the roost back in the day. Among these cards was Dunsparce, first seen in EX Sandstorm.

With its first attack, Strike and Run, you can search for up to 3 Basic Pokémon and put them on your bench, then you can switch Dunsparce with one of your Benched Pokémon. A pretty neat combination, though it takes up an Attack turn and requires an Energy card.

Ludicolo
Here’s a reprint of a card that once ruled the Pokémon TCG metagame when it was released in EX Deoxys back in 2005 and 2006. The key was its Ability Swing Dance, which allowed you to draw a card. Paired with Magcargo’s Ability Smooth Over (see below), you are able to draw into just about any card you need based on your situation.

On the flipside, Celestial Storm includes a Swampert with the Ability Power Draw (Discard one card from your hand, draw three cards) and Zoroark GX, still the king of the hill for card draw. Still, Ludicolo is a nostalgia piece for those who played the game 13 years ago.

Magcargo
Ludicolo’s old tag team partner also gets reprinted in Celestial Storm. It’s amazing Ability Smooth Over lets you search your entire deck for any one card, and put it at the top of the deck. Naturally, Magcargo makes a perfect combination with Zoroark GX – expect to see the pair in many decks.


There you have it, 10 of what we feel are the most interesting cards in Celestial Storm. Let us know what cards you managed to pull, and see you at a Prerelease!

 

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