So your deck is built, you have playtested it against your friends, the big tournament is coming up. Now is the time to add some bling, and dazzle your opponents with your deck as well as your sparkling play ability. Yes it is time to BLING IT ON! And it is not just those big, bad EX Pokémon that can shine, oh no. Since Legendary Collection first introduced them, Reverse Holofoil Cards have been found in our Pokémon TCG packs giving a shine to even the most humble Pokémon.
Many Pokémon TCG Players like to add some of that sparkle to their decks by using holofoil, reverse holofoil and rare stamped cards to replace the normal cards in their deck. The ultimate aim will be to replace all the cards in the deck with holofoil, reverse holofoil cards and special stamped cards. With the Regional Championships completed by the time this issue goes to print and with UK Nationals looming, we thought we would give you the Pokémon World guide to adding some ‘bling’ to your deck…
Now you would think that replacing all the Energy Cards in your deck with Holofoil and Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards is going to be a hard job; after all, that could be up to a third of your deck to find. Well, think again, Holofoil and Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards are some of the easiest ‘bling’ cards to find.
You may not know it yet, but when it comes to Holofoil and Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards you are in fact spoilt for choice. There are the old Wizard of the Coast (WotC) Holofoil Energy Cards that were given out in huge numbers at their final goodbye tournaments. They are still Modified Format Tournament Legal and are highly shiny, though they do look a little outdated. They are cheap to buy too. On eBay, we found some at £4.50 plus postage for 25 Holofoil Energy Cards, that is bargain-priced bling! And there are more WotC-era cards to help you, like the Winners and non-Winners Reverse Holofoil Special Energy card. Then there are the first Nintendo Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards from Ruby and Saphire, these are harder to find as they were not printed in great numbers; however, their flat shiny look is quite classic.
Then, of course, in the EX Emerald Set Nintendo started printing a new generation of Holofoil Energy Cards, they became easier to find and the preceding sets have continued to give us some amazing variations in the look and style of Holofoil Energy Cards. When they were first seen the Matrix Energy Cards from Ex Emerald were hot property and very sought after by players. They have lost their appeal somewhat since then and with a new Holofoil treatment given to the Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards in EX Holon Phantoms, players were soon scrambling to add the newer bling energy cards to their decks. Nintendo quickly followed this up and EX Power Keepers released the Matrix/Phantoms mix effect Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards. But if you really want to impress your opponents with bling in your deck, then the lastest Holofoil Effect Energy Cards from the Pokémon TCG League Player Rewards Program are just the thing. Using the same symbols as the classic energy cards, but with a brand new highly shiny foil treatment, these cards will leave your opponent gasping and asking you just where you got your energy cards from!
Finally, if you really want to be exclusive, you could always go for the Professor Energy Cards. Issued to Pokémon Professors as a reward for all their hard work during the 2004/2005 tournament season, the Professor cards are rarely seen outside the decks of these Pokémon gurus. They don’t have a Holofoil treatment, just a very discrete and classy Professor Program Logo and the words ‘Professor Program 2004-2005’ stamped in silver just below the word ‘Energy’ on the Energy Cards.
A word of warning, though, their rarity is reflected in the cost of these cards. Current prices start from around £7.50 for a set of six and they rarely appear on eBay, if you see them and you can afford them they are well worth grabbing. But if you want to add your Energy Bling on a budget buy the old WotC Promo Reverse Holofoil Energy Cards.
Okay, so you have sorted out your Energy Cards and now it is time to look at the Pokémon. Now the fun really starts because you can bling your deck the obvious way with Reverse Holofoil Cards and that will look really cool too, just like our Holofoil Machamp line above. But once you have started on the Pokémon bling you can take your deck over the top by adding some very exclusive cards.
How about adding an exclusive Nationals Machamp to your line-up? What if we go one better and make it a Staff Promo! Again we must warn you that Staff promos are very rare cards and prices start from £30 for a good condition staff promo. What about some of the exclusive cards you already have? Maybe you have been to the 10th Anniversary Tour and can use that Pikachu promo in your deck? What about the City Championship Squirtle Promo? Or some of those pre-release stamped cards? As you play in more Pokémon Organised Play Events you can win more bling for your deck! And don’t forget your league rewards, those Pokémon Organised Play Promo Packs contain exclusive Pokémon Cards – okay, they are not shiny holofoils but they are more exclusive than most cards.
Finally, we come to the Trainer Cards, just like the Pokémon and the Energy Cards your choices are endless and with Trainer Cards being reprinted more than most other cards, you will also have an easier time adding that bling. If you want to include something a little more exclusive there are the newer Professor Reward promos like Professor Birch and Professor Elm’s Research that, like the professor Energy Cards, are exclusive to the Pokémon Professor Program and given as rewards to Pokémon Professors.
However you decide to bling up your deck, we hope you have fun doing it and that it adds some sparkle to your play. And if you have not yet participated in a Pokémon Organised Play event or you have to join your local Pokémon TCG League, just remember you are missing out on a chance to bling your deck with some very exclusive and very shiny cards.