Pokemon TCG: Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box

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Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a collectible card game for two players, based on the Pokémon franchise. Players can collect cards representing their favourite Pokémon, over the course of the franchise’s rich history, build a team and battle it out. Originally published by Wizards of the Coast in 1996, it is (since 2003) now published by The Pokémon Company. over 30 bil…
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Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a collectible card game for two players, based on the Pokémon franchise. Players can collect cards representing their favourite Pokémon, over the course of the franchise’s rich history, build a team and battle it out. Originally published by Wizards of the Coast in 1996, it is (since 2003) now published by The Pokémon Company. over 30 billion cards have been sold worldwide since the games initial release. To play the game you will require a 60-card deck, either pre-constructed, or customised, from your personal card collection. You will also need some way to track damage and conditions. New players are recommended to pick up a Trainers Toolkit and/or a Theme deck. Those products will provide everything you need to start your collection, and provide a helpful guide to gameplay and deckbuilding. The Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box is a great product to help you then fill out your collection. Inside the Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box, you will find: x10 Champions Path Pokémon TCG Booster Packs x1 Promo Card (Full-Art Charizard V) x65 Card Sleeves (Design features Gigantamax) x45 Energy Cards x1 Players Guide x6 Damage counter dice x1 Competition legal coin-flip die x2 Acrylic condition markers x1 Code card for Pokémon TCG Online The box itself can be used for card storage, and comes with four dividers. Player Count: 2 Time: 10 – 100 minutes Age: 6+

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Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a collectible card game for two players, based on the Pokémon franchise. Players can collect cards representing their favourite Pokémon, over the course of the franchise's rich history, build a team and battle it out. Originally published by Wizards of the Coast in 1996, it is (since 2003) now published by The Pokémon Company. over 30 billion cards have been sold worldwide since the games initial release.

To play the game you will require a 60-card deck, either pre-constructed, or customised, from your personal card collection. You will also need some way to track damage and conditions. New players are recommended to pick up a Trainers Toolkit and/or a Theme deck. Those products will provide everything you need to start your collection, and provide a helpful guide to gameplay and deckbuilding. The Champion's Path Elite Trainer Box is a great product to help you then fill out your collection.

Inside the Champion's Path Elite Trainer Box, you will find:
x10 Champions Path Pokémon TCG Booster Packs
x1 Promo Card (Full-Art Charizard V)
x65 Card Sleeves (Design features Gigantamax)
x45 Energy Cards
x1 Players Guide
x6 Damage counter dice
x1 Competition legal coin-flip die
x2 Acrylic condition markers
x1 Code card for Pokémon TCG Online
The box itself can be used for card storage, and comes with four dividers. Player Count: 2
Time: 10 - 100 minutes
Age: 6+

Hello Pokéfans. In this piece, I take a look at the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) expansion: Champion's Path. Paying particular attention to the sought after Champion's Path Elite Trainer Box product.

For those unfamiliar with the game, Pokémon TCG is a collectable card game for two players. It's based on the Pokémon anime (and video game) franchise. Players can collect cards representing their favourite Pokémon from throughout the franchise's history, build a team, and battle it out. Originally published by Wizards of the Coast in 1996, it is (since 2003) now published by The Pokémon Company. Over 30 billion cards have been sold worldwide since the games initial release.

Each year, new expansions and products are released, to increase the pool of available cards, and expand the game.

The Set

Champion's Path is a special expansion released as part of the Sword & Shield Series. This series (like the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield video games) focuses on Generation VIII Pokémon, and the Galar Region. First released in September 2020, the Champion's Path expansion is an 80 card set. These cards are only available in special set-related products.

The cards in this set are composed of those from the previously released sets: Japanese Infinity Zone, Explosive Walker, Legendary Heartbeat, Charizard & Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Sets, and V Starter Decks.

Overall, Champion's Path contains 11 Pokémon V cards, and 3 Pokémon VMAX. These are powerful Pokémon players will want in their decks. I still favour Generation I Pokémon. So Venusaur V with its status affecting Pollen Bomb, and big-hitting Solar Typhoon attacks would have been in my deck. As would the immense Charizard VMax. The inclusion of the Rainbow Rare print of Charizard VMAX, and Shiny Charizard V in particular, make this set much sought after amongst collectors.

The set also contains 19 Trainer cards to aid your team in battle. Trainer cards include Gym Leaders and Rivals from the Galar region, like Milo and Hop, who provide card draw. Or Kabu and Marnie, who help you cycle through your deck to find the cards you need. Cards like Great Ball, Rotom Phone, Rotom Bike and will also help you find the specific cards you need. Whereas Pokémon Centre Lady and Full Heal will help you keep your Pokémon in play.

The Elite Trainer Box

An Elite Trainer Box is a bundle product, containing an array of cards and accessories for collectors. Typically, an Elite Trainer Box is released alongside a new expansion set,  providing a quick, cost-effective way to establish a collection.

The Elite Trainer Box will appeal to new and returning players alike. However, it is worth noting that this product does not contain a ready to play 60-card deck. If you are purchasing this for a new player, consider picking up a Starter Deck product alongside it. An Elite Trainer Box will provide the means to supplement and customise the starter deck.

What's in the Box

10 Champion's Path booster packs (Each containing 10 semi-randomised cards, and 1 basic energy).

1 full-art promo card, featuring Charizard V.

65 card sleeves, featuring Gigantamax Charizard.

45 Energy Cards (A selection of all Elemental Basic Energy).

Players guide to the Champion's Path expansion.

A Pokémon TCG rulebook.

6 damage-counter dice.

1 competition legal coin flip die.

2 acrylic condition markers.

The box itself can hold around 500 cards and comes with four dividers to help organise your collection.

Thoughts

I'm a fan of the bundle type products which are now commonplace for most trading and collectable card games. They are a great way to explore a new set and generally speaking, they offer value for money. The Champion's Path Elite Trainer Box is no exception. Eight to ten booster packs per bundle product tend to be the norm. With this product offering ten, it provides you with a  respectable quantity of cards at a relatively low price. Yes, buying singles is generally cheaper, but if you like the excitement of opening boosters, purchasing a Trainer Box makes sense.

As well as the cards from the booster packs, you get a valuable promo card that can be kept or sold. Plus, the Elite Trainer Box and each booster pack contains a promo card for the online version of the game. Giving you cards and content to play online and in person. Beyond that, you're also getting some nice-to-have accessories and a useful storage box.

If you are a new player with a limited collection, the Elite Trainer Box is a product to consider. The cards you pull from the boosters can be used to tweak or improve pre-constructed decks found in other products. Depending on what cards you already own, you may even be able to try your hand at building a new deck. With the energy cards included in the Elite Trainer Box and anything you pull from the boosters, you'll have options.

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Hello Pokéfans. I recently took a look at the Pokémon Champion’s Path expansion, and the Elite Trainer box released as part of the supporting product range. Check out the review! My aim here is to provide a quick start guide to help new players learn how to play. Though this is entitled Pokémon Champion’s Path How to Play Guide, it applies to the game generally.

What is it?

Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a collectable card game for two players. It’s based on the long-running, and hugely popular Pokémon anime (and video game) franchise. Originally published by Wizards of the Coast in 1996, it is (since 2003) now published by The Pokémon Company. Over 30 billion cards have been sold worldwide since the games initial release. With more available each year!

The core concepts of Pokémon TCG will be familiar to fans of the video games. Like the video games, Pokémon TCG makes the player a Pokémon Trainer. Players can collect cards representing their favourite Pokémon from throughout the franchise’s history, build a team, and battle it out.

Each year, new expansions and products are released, to increase the pool of available cards, and expand the game.

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What do I Need?

A 60 card deck, and a way to track damage & status effects (such as Poison, or Paralyse).

A simple way to get started is to purchase a Theme Deck product. Theme Decks contain a ready to play 60-card deck and quick-start player guide. You could also try a Battle Arena Decks product, which contains 2  60-card decks. Allowing you and a friend to battle right away.

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How do I Play?

Setup

Decide which player will start. Shuffle your deck, and offer it to your opponent to cut. Then draw the top seven cards.

Put one Basic Pokémon from your hand, face down in front of you. This will be your active Pokémon.

You may put a further five Basic Pokémon face down in a row behind your Active Pokémon. That row is your Bench and may hold no more than Five Pokémon at any one time.

If you have no Basic Pokémon in your opening hand, reveal your cards to your opponent. Shuffle them back into your deck, then draw seven more cards. Repeat this process until you can put a Basic Pokémon into your Active Pokémon slot.

Once your starting Pokémon are set, draw the top six cards of your deck. Without looking at them, lay them out, face down, besides your play area. These are your prize cards.

Both players flip over their Active and Benched Pokémon to start the game.

Turn Structure

Play alternates between each player, who will take turns until a win condition is met. A turn consists of three phases: Draw a card, take actions, and attack.

Draw a Card

Draw the top card of your deck, add it your hand.

Take Actions

You can perform six different actions, in any order, during this phase.

– Put Basic Pokémon from your hand onto your bench.

– Evolve any number of Pokémon.

– Attach one energy card from your hand to one of your Pokémon.

– Play Trainer cards (You can only play one Supporter and one Stadium card per turn).

– Retreat your active Pokémon (Once per turn).

– Use Abilities.

Attack

Only your Active Pokémon can attack.  Declare which attack you are using (sufficient energy must be attached to the Pokémon).

Check your opponents Active Pokémon for weaknesses and resistance, to work out the attack strength. Then apply the damage counters. (When calculating damage to Benched Pokémon, resistance and weaknesses are ignored).

If the attack knock’s out your opponents Active Pokémon, draw one of your Prize cards and add it to your hand. Your opponent places the knocked out Pokémon and all attached cards into their discard pile.

The turn ends after the attack phase.

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Win Conditions

You will win the game in one of three ways:

– Claim all of your prize cards.

– Knock out all of your opponents Pokémon, that are in play.

– When your opponent is unable to draw a card at the beginning of their turn (because their deck has run out).

That’s all you need to get started quickly. Each Theme Deck, Trainer Box, and Battle Arena product contains a player guide. This will cover everything you need to play a full game and includes a helpful Q&A section for commonly asked questions.

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Deck Building

My favourite aspect of Trading/Collectible Card Games is deck building. You can create a deck of your own choosing, to create a personalised gaming experience. Here are the basic rules for Pokémon TCG deckbuilding:

– Your Pokémon TCG deck must contain exactly 60 cards.

– The deck must contain at least one Basic Pokémon.

– Except for basic Energy, a deck may contain no more than four cards with the same name.

A deck contains a combination of Energy, Pokémon, and Trainer cards.  Stick to cards using up to two energy types and include at least 12 – 15 energy cards.

A basic strategy is to build a deck with a 20-20-20 split, of Energy, Pokémon, and Trainer cards. Those numbers can readily be changed, according to the specific cards you choose to play with.

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    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Easy to learn
    • Fast-paced gameplay
    • Rare collectible cards!

    Might not like

    • The ongoing cost of collecting a TCG