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What Are Top Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) Strategies?

Learn about top strategies from the Pokemon Trading Card Game pros in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Joe D'Andrea, a Pokemon professor at Comic Cafe in Warren New Jersey, and we're here to show you how to play the Pokemon trading card game.

In the Pokemon trading card game, your strategy's influenced largely by the type of deck that you're playing. It helps to remember the fundamentals, there's a lot of text and a lot of numbers on these cards. So basic reading and math skills are essential, you'll want to think on your feet. Be sure to study your cards. Know them backwards and forwards. In fact, you would do very well to study an entire set of cards to see how they interact with each other. Use a deck that's comfortable with your playing style, start with Pokemon your familiar with or enjoy playing. You might want to consider building a trainer engine, this is a set of cards that helps you maximize your efficiency and keeps your deck playing consistent. Finally you'll add a variety of staple cards to your deck. Nw these aren't cards with actual staples; these are cards that are good in any deck. They include basic Pokemon set up cards like Pokemon collector or duo ball, hand refreshers like Professor Oak's new theory or Professor Juniper. Cards that help you get cards out of the discard pile, flower shop lady, junk arm, good rod, recycle, energy retrieval are all helpful here. Special energies like rescue rainbow or D.C.E. — double colorless energy. Rare candy is a trainer card that lets you evolve from basic to stage 2 Pokemon in one step. It helps to be able to search for Pokemon in your deck. For this, you'll want Professor Elm's training method, or Pokemon communication, great ball or poke ball.

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