People are enlisted in theTCG for Pokemon's most beautiful cards

People are enlisted in theTCG for Pokemon's most beautiful cards

I love fancy Pokemon cards. It''s clear that the basic technique of the trading card game is higher than it has ever been. These fancy cards, such as the adorable Espeon VMax taking a nap on a whole building or Charizard and Vensaur duking it out in one of the modern games most valuable cards, are the reason I cant go to Asda without thinking about a few booster packs. There''s also a problem.

While rarity is a common feature in all trading card games, the hierarchy of Pokemon card rarity has changed to a point where the term rare means nothing. Step aside, boring cards that would previously have caused you to brag to all your friends for months. In the modern collecting game, its all about Rainbow Rares (a rainbow recolouring of some Pokemon and trainers), Gold Rares (a select number of blindingly sparkly bits of cardboard) and the big daddy: alternate art.

Alternate art cards are, as youve probably imagined, special versions of certain cards in a set that feature exceptional artwork. If it weren''t for attacks and energy costs, youd think they would be a customized piece of high-quality fan art rather than a legal card. I believe they are a significant step in the right direction when it comes to rejuvenating the somewhat stale basic card design. However, there is a flaw.

These cards are extremely rare, but Pokemon has always had very rare cards! you scream, completely unprepared for the lack of hand it has gotten over the last few sets. Lets talk numbers. If the Pokemon Company did then some of the hopelessly cardboard-enamoured masses would move on. That hasnt hindered some assiduous, financially-illegal fans from working it out.

The researchers at TCGplayer studied data from over 8,000 astral radiationance to see how significant it is to pull some of the most recent sets hot cards. The equivalent of 24 booster boxes was discovered once in 2,160 packs, according to their findings. (If youve just pulled out your calculator, a single pack is 3.99 and a booster box is typically 124.99.)

Sixty booster boxes. It might take you 60 booster boxes to find that chase card. That''s nearly seven grand, by the way. It''s not about that particular card. It''s illustrating the absolutely ridiculous pull rates that have made the Pokemon TCG absolutely reliant on after-market purchases in order to complete sets.

I can accept a set with one or two cards that are so rare you remember exactly where you pulled them, sitting in your car after picking up a random pack or at the end of a terrible booster box you purchased at the moment! I think, Oh well, this is nice, but I might as well flog it. The obstacle to completing a modern set of Pokemon is two hundred feet high and is made of cash.

In the midst of a time when money for entertainment - especially trading cards, where you can literally buy a pack and get nothing you wanted - will become so limited, Pokemon is making it harder than ever to catch''em all. Am I going to spend the equivalent of my next leccy bill on a booster box without any kind of guarantee that I will walk away with something I want?

I have long advocated for guaranteed pull rates for Pokemon. Interestingly enough, there is a guaranteed pull rate system for certain Pokemon TCG products in Japan, but it''s high time that the English-language game catch up. I know for a fact that I and many other collectors would be more invested if we knew we were guaranteed one of the twelve alternate art cards in each sealed booster. It''s a reward for gamers who are so invested in your game theyre buying boxes for hundreds of pounds. This would not remotely affect

Wizards of the Coast, the brainchild of the Pokemon TCG, has offered to provide guaranteed mythic MTG cards as opposed to Ultra Rares. However, The Pokemon Company is reluctant to do the same thing. Whether its to keep the mythical, or because these chase cards sell tons of packs, it is great for its bottom line but is challenging for players.

The Pokemon TCG''s Sword and Shield era comes to an end, and the final two mainline sets are announced. However, the first set of Sword and Shield, while containing a few secrets, was so easy to complete in two boxes. It''s still a lot of money, though it''s not more than 2,000 packs.

The first set of the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet era will be released next year, and I for one cant wait. Sure, the hits will not be so high that your hands will shake with anticipation as you try to put the card in a top-loader, but you might actually fill those binders without having to sell your automobile.

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