It will come as no surprise to you that I love Pokemon, but my experience with the trading card game has been limited the past 15 years or so. When I was a kid, I had the cards, but wasn't super into them. Since then, I've had a few laying around here and there purely for the love of their art. I always keep up with the latest Pokemon news and often marvel at the collection of decks, cards, etc. that are being released. It wasn't until Pokemon Company International sent me a box of goodies the other day, and threw me back into the world of the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
(Special thanks to Cassandra Reynoso.) So, what was in the box? Two of their new Steam Siege Decks! Gears of Fire theme deck which combined fire and steel, and Ring of Lightning theme deck which combined electric and psychic.
There was only one thing to do after that…sit down with my boyfriend and bust open some packs! The balance of cards in each deck is on point. With a steady amount of energy cards, trainer cards, and Pokemon it's easy to open up the deck and start playing right away. Don't get me wrong, building your own deck can be fun, but this is also a nice alternative. It's also good for people like me who haven't played in years because it allows you to learn what a balanced deck feels like while you play. In turn, when it's time to build your own, you have a better sense for it.
While I favored the fire/steel deck to begin with, we both alternated to get a different feel for each deck. The two most powerful cards in each deck were Hoopa and Volcanion. After careful consideration, I've decided that Hoopa is the better of the two. Even though his Portal Strike move takes one turn to re-charge, it's oh so strong. If played early enough in the game, it's easy to destroy all of your opponents Pokemon.
Lucky for us, we also got to experience what it's like to play with a different combination of cards because of a few extra things that were thrown in to the box. I highly recommend these limited edition Mythical Pokemon Collection packs. They're around thanks to Pokemon's 20th Anniversary Celebration and the pins that come with them are a fun added bonus.
I will admit that my boyfriend and I haven't stopped playing since we opened all of these up, and we even went out to buy the Elite Trainer Box to further our collection. A big thank you to Pokemon International Company for being so generous and for throwing me back into the world of the Pokemon Trading Card Game. What a fun few days it has been, and I'm sure I'll be writing more about it in the weeks to come. For more information about how you can start your own Pokemon Trading Card Game collection, visit their website.