Friday, May 1, 2015

Pokemon TCG Roaring Skies Prerelease: Delta Plus

At a recent Pokemon TCG Prerelease in Madison, WI, I got a chance to talk to one of the players about the cards with the "Delta Plus" Ancient Trait:

Cards discussed in this video:

-Articuno (17)
-Natu (28)
-Swellow (72)


Steven: Hi. I’m Steven Reich, here at Pegasus Games in Madison, WI, at one of the Pokémon TCG Roaring Skies prereleases. I’m here with Megan Coe, who is one of the participants in the Masters Division of today’s prerelease tournament. Megan, we’ve picked out sort of a suite of cards because we’re focusing today on the Delta Plus Ancient Trait. So, first of all, what does the Ancient Trait exactly do?

Megan: Delta Plus allows you to draw one extra Prize Card, similar to “Plasma” Lugia’s Overflow ability. In Limited, it winds up being really nice, because you’ve only got 4 Prize Cards to deal with. So, suddenly you’re drawing 2 or 3 Prize Cards, and it winds up being pretty effective.

Steven: Yeah. And, there’s about 3 or 4 different cards in this set that have that Ancient Trait. First of all, how do you expect that this might be used? Do you think any existing decks might use some of these Pokémon in them to get extra Prizes?

Megan: I’m planning on splashing in the Articuno card, the half-art one, with my Blastoise-Keldeo deck, because it’s water. It’s not that big of a stretch to go with. Natu also has the Delta Plus ability. Psywave, I’m not seeing as strong of an attack. Plus, it’s just a little guy with 40HP. So, probably not too much there. Swellow, I could see it going in like a Mega Rayquaza deck since you’re relying on colorless types more there. But, personally, Articuno is my favorite card, just in general.

Steven: Yeah, that definitely seems like the most viable of the ones in there. Going back to Articuno for a second, the other thing I’ve noticed is that the card’s second attack is very flip reliant. So, you’re probably going to end up having to play Trick Coin, or maybe “Fliptini” in there.

Megan: I guess I would lean more towards “Fliptini” with a Muscle Band, or Silver Bangle, just for the consistency. For the sake of making sure that you have +20. The nice thing is that it starts out with 20 damage, so you never have to worry about completely “donking” on the attack.

Steven: Yeah, you’ll never completely whiff on there, which is nice. And, if you have a Silver Bangle and Articuno against an EX-or a Muscle Band, depending on the situation. It will be interesting to see if that gets any play. Now, Blastoise-Keldeo has kind of fallen down a little bit, just because of the prominence of VirGen. But, we’ll see what happens. VirGen is still out there, but we’ll see if Articuno is not weak to Grass, so maybe that helps it out.

Alright. Well, thank you very much, Megan. This has been Steven Reich from Pegasus Games in Madison, WI at one of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Roaring Skies prereleases.

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