It’s safe to say that many of us have gotten used to the new Pokémon TCG season.
However, the rotation has shown there are plenty of cards that we have missed (or happy it has finally rotated) that may have turned the tide in a recent tournament. We asked on Facebook, and have compiled the top 10 Pokémon cards that you, Pokémon TCG players have missed the most. In no particular order:
When this card was first released in Breakthrough, it was a meagre card that stayed in most player’s bulk piles – until the release of Sun & Moon and Pokémon GX. Because the card’s effect only penalised Pokémon EX, this loophole meant players can now use Brigette to play from the deck up to 3 Pokémon GX of their choice. A staple 1-2 copies in most decks.
While a similar effect was first seen in EX Team Rocket as Rocket’s Admin (now an expensive vintage card for reasons unknown), N as we know it first debuted in Black & White: Noble Victories and soon became a staple Supporter to disrupt your opponent’s hand. While the rotation after 2016 Worlds saw the card leave the format for a short bit, Fates Collide reprinted the card – and saw it being a 2-4 copies staple in many decks.
Never has there been a more powerful draw Supporter than Professor Sycamore, which first made its appearance as Professor Juniper in the first Black & White Expansion. From its first release in late April 2011 until Worlds’ 2018, this “Discard your hand and draw 7 cards” was a must-have in every deck.
An interesting Supporter card that has come and gone in a few decks since it’s release in Breakpoint. If there’s a Stadium card in play, discard it, then your opponent discards 3 cards from his/her hand. Timed right, you could completely stop the momentum of an opponent by discarding precious cards needed to set up their deck quickly. Usually, only 1 copy is needed in a deck.
This is the first Stadium card to have two different effects, depending on which side the effect faces to which player. Parallel City was used mostly for the blue side, which limits an opponent’s Bench to 3 Pokémon. This was the bane of many decks, as a limited Bench size makes it difficult to play support Pokémon like Tapu Lele GX, Octillery or Oranguru. And if you already had more than 3 Pokémon on the Bench, you had to discard Pokémon until you had 3 left. This was devastating if you already had a great setup in place. Commonly 2 copies were used.
Before this card came out, rarely were you able to set more than 1 Energy card a turn (except for those who abused Dark Patch). But when Breakpoint released Max Elixir, it made already powerful Basic Pokémon EX and GX even faster to set up – as long as you managed to find one basic Energy card among the top 6 cards of your deck. An important card behind many championship winning decks, decks played 3-4 copies of this Item.
You never had to worry about which Pokémon to promote when your Active Pokémon got knocked out when you have Float Stone in your hand. This Pokémon Tool gave any Pokémon free retreat and was the perfect card to attach to your support Pokémon. It was even more effective when used together with Keldeo EX, and later Dusk Mane Necrozma GX, to retreat and promote any Pokémon at will. A minimum of 2 copies in most decks.
Puzzle of Time
Another interesting addition from Breakpoint was the Puzzle of Time – when playing 2 copies at once, you can take back any 2 cards you want from the discard pile. Kept in bulk piles when it was released, but became a staple when players realised the Puzzle of Time worked best with Zoroark GX. No less than 4 copies are used in Zoroark GX based decks.
A great deck from when it was first released in Breakpoint until Worlds’ 2018, Greninja BREAK was the deck that players recommended if they didn’t have Shaymin GX and later, Tapu Lele GX. While the deck evolved over time, the core remained the same – use Frogadier to search as many other Frogadier from the deck and play it onto the bench, skipping Froakie altogether. Greninja from the same set was able to negate your opponent’s Pokémon Ability, and Greninja BREAK was the finishing blow, with the Ability to place 6 damage counters on any of your opponent’s Pokémon anywhere for the cost of discarding 1 Water Energy.
If there was one card that split players’ opinion on the health of the game, it was the Garbodor from Breakpoint with the Garbotoxin Ability. Negating all Ability on both sides of the field can be game-changing, as proven by World Championships 2018 winner Robin Schulz. A 1-2 off at most for those who looked to annoying their opponents.
There are plenty of cards we missed that didn’t make the cut – Red Card, Volcanion (and Volcanion EX), Rainbow Road Xerneas and many more. It’s great to see that players have quickly adapted, with new cards to disrupt your opponent’s hand (Marshadow Shining Legends) and annoying Stadiums (Shrine of Punishment). Looking forward to what the upcoming sets will bring to a fresh rotation.