Well ladies and gentleman its official Pokemon Is a Thing! at The Hidden Lair. Now I know what you are thinking “who plays pokemon?” Let me answer that for you we do. This game is so simple anyone can play it. You simply draw cards and play Pokemon. The object of the game is to take your 6 prize cards before your opponent, or knock out all of your opponents pokemon. We have had 2 tournaments now and it is apparent that we will be playing this game for awhile at the Lair.
Formerly made by Wizards of the Coast Pokemon is now made by Pokemon USA and is completely separate from Wizards now. Pokemon USA has taken the game to new heights the introduction of EX and Mega Evolution’s to the TCG has made the game faster and much more exciting. For example Charizard, everyone knows Charizard, under ideal circumstances would take 3 turns to get out. Now with Charizard EX you can play it as a basic making the very powerful Fire/Flying type easier to use and more effective.
Now your asking yourself “why doesn’t every use EX’s?” well when you knock out an EX you take 2 prizes instead of the usual 1 and with only 6 prizes to take taking 2 at a time will speed the game up significantly. That being said they are not necessary to play the game in fact playing with non EX pokemon is a way to slow down the faster EX decks and is a very legitimate strategy to use.
All and all the Pokemon TCG is a great game for all ages its simple enough for the kids to understand yet has complex strategy’s for the long time card player to develop and use. I’ll be the first to admit I was hesitant at first but now Pokemon is rapidly becoming one of my favorite games to play and the excitement of opening boosters for this game is amazing.
Late Wednesday night on July 9th, the first of soon to be many Pokemon Tournaments was held. Being a unsanctioned tournament standard tournament rules did not apply. Everyone came prepared with their versions of decks rumored and official meta decks. Team Plasma decks (w/ Lugia EX and Deoxys EX…etc), the strong Pyroar deck and many others to be named came to the Lair for an all out Pokemon-fest!
One player managed to stay on top all night with his Mega Kanagaskhan/Aromatisse, Adam Dunn. With Aromatisse, he could move his Fairy and Rainbow Energies all across the board. Keeping Kangaskhan in front to take all of the blows and healing every bit of damage that she had taken by using the Aromatisse/Max Potion combo. Previous Champion of the Lair, Andrew Tempel said “I can’t get past that Mega Kangaskhan!”, while doing tons of damage using his Team Plasma Lugia EX. Andrew and Adam met back up after the top 4 at the finals seat. After a tough battle of Colress Machines and Max Potions, Adam squeezed the win out of the first unsanctioned Pokemon Tournament. Congratulations to Adam on becoming a Champion of the Lair!
War of Light is finally here and we are all excited. The second month of this 6 month OP Kit is a good one. The Participation item is the Green Construct Decoy that gives, whoever is holding it, Shape Change. The Top 8 Prize is Guy Gardner, a Green Lantern with Invincible for most of the dial, and only looses it to gain Invulnerable. He is playable at 120 or 90 points so he makes an excellent fill in character on a team. The First Prize is the Yellow Lantern Arkillo. First of all, this sculpt looks really cool. Second, he can be played at 170 or 100 so you can find room for this guy when needed, and last but not least, he has Blades Claws Fangs and Flurry for 3 clicks on the dial…. That is a ton of damage potential. The War of Light promos and set looks just as good, if not better, than the Fear Itself stuff so we are excited to bring this set into town.