NicoNo

/vp/ PTCGO Pastebin for new and returning players

Apr 30th, 2020
2,829
Never
Not a member of Pastebin yet? Sign Up, it unlocks many cool features!
  1. PTCGO Pastebin/FAQ
  2. Updated May 03 2020
  3.  
  4. Q: I'M NEW, HOW TO POKEMON CARD???
  5.  
  6. 1. Download the PTCGO client from http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg/play-online/download/ for PC, or the app from Google Play Store (for tablets) / APKMirror (for phones).
  7.  
  8. 2. Go to the Trainer Challenge page and complete those battles (YES, ALL OF THEM) with each of your Starter Theme decks. Beating the Trainer Challenge will unlock cards for your three starting theme decks, allowing you to use them online as well as granting you tokens.
  9.  
  10. 3. Once you have earned 500 tokens from competing in the trainer challenge, purchase ONE theme deck from the shop. Anything post-Unified Minds (Laser Focus and Soaring Storm) and Relentless Flame are good options, but Dragonite, Kyogre, Groudon, Charizard and Rillaboom should be between your first picks.
  11.  
  12. 4. Complete the Trainer Challenge battles again with your new theme deck. Upon beating each trainer with a new theme deck, you will be awarded one pack, of its respective expansion. You gain a new pack by completing a league with every theme deck you purchase - that is, 12 battles against the AI vs different opponents.
  13.  
  14. 5. Once you have completed the trainer challenge, begin playing versus matches to earn ladder rewards as much as you can each day - up to 11 wins. You also earn points towards versus ladder rewards with each prize you take, even if you lose.
  15.  
  16. Q: OKAY, THEN WHAT?
  17. After this, progression becomes more open ended. Your goal is to accumulate TRADABLE value. All packs and cards purchased with tokens or awarded by the trainer challenge (before level 16) / bonus wheel are no-trade.
  18.  
  19. You can acquire TRADABLE value by
  20. 1. Reaching trainer level 16 and completing daily challenges that award packs (packs awarded before lv16 are no-trade)
  21. 2. Entering tournaments, even if you lose in the first round, you get at least one tradable item.
  22. 3. Purchasing PTCG paper products and redeeming code cards, or purchasing second-hand code cards from these products.
  23. 4. Playing the market.
  24.  
  25. On the third option, you will usually find the best prices for code cards on ebay. Beware of mixed code card lots that do not list exactly which packs you are getting, people will generally try to inflate pack count with low value packs such as Unified Minds, Celestial Storm or from expanded sets like Evolutions. Currently Unbroken Bonds, and Sword & Shield are the gold standard of trading packs, with new sets like Rebel Clash being incredibly volatile - valuable while the hype season is fresh, then slowly decreasing in value depending on the staples they contain. Unbroken Bonds holds the most valuable standard staple at the moment, Dedenne GX, while Sword & Shield is the newest and most 'solid' set, that also contains staples like Zacian V, Marnie, Cinccino, etc.
  26.  
  27. Every trading site varies a little bit in what they're willing to give for each pack but the difference in value is about the same when it comes to which packs are high value and which ones are low value. When trading for high value cards like popular full arts, staples like TEU Jirachi or Dedenne GX, people often won't even accept shit packs like Celestial Storm as part of a trade, even if it's a 'fair' trade.
  28.  
  29. OPENING TRADABLE PACKS IS GAMBLING, since packs are the primary currency of this game, and chances are high you will get less than one pack's value by opening a pack. Sometimes you will hit it big, most of the time you're just burning money.
  30.  
  31. When it comes to playing the market, https://ptcgoprices.com/ is a guide using bots that pick up the value of cards in public trades in real time. Unless you find a reasonable trade listed, it's almost always worth listing your own since people will list looking for more than what they're selling is worth.
  32.  
  33. Q: OKAY BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH THESE FUCKING TOKENS?
  34.  
  35. 1. Purchase a theme deck if it has cards you need for building a standard/expanded deck, saves you tradable value. For example, buying two of Laser Focus (Necrozma) will give you 4 copies of Cynthia, the Malamar line and Mysterious Treasure, which is the minimum skeleton for building a Malamar deck. Newer decks like Zacian, Kyogre or Rillaboom will give you copies of Professor's Research, Switch and Ordinary Rod, or deck dependent cards like Phione, Viridian Forest and Pokémon Communication.
  36. 2. Purchase Unbroken Bonds, Team-Up or Sword & Shield packs hoping to get that Dedenne-GX / Jirachi / Zacian V.
  37. 3. Save them until a new set of your interest releases, so you can get blow them on said set and get most cards without trading. Keep in mind there's a 25,000 token limit.
  38. 3. If you're a hardcore trader, use them to set-up chains of trading for the stuff you want (use the trading guide for reference).
  39.  
  40. Q: WHY DOES THIS GAME PLAY SO SLOW
  41.  
  42. Theme plays very slow compared to standard and expanded, it's a format designed for kids so the decks are built so that it's hard to completely stomp in a game with them.
  43.  
  44. Q: WHAT THE FUCK ARE STANDARD AND EXPANDED?
  45.  
  46. Standard format is the format that most people play. It currently includes every set newer than Ultra Prism. Standard usually rotates every year after Worlds (middle of August), but this year is somewhat different. Thanks to Covid-19, Worlds was cancelled, but the date of rotation was kept - from August 28 onwards, only cards released after Team-Up will be playable in standard.
  47.  
  48. Expanded format includes all sets newer than Black & White Base Set. At some point, older BW sets may be rotated out of expanded, but TPCI has stated they aren't doing it yet. The format tends to play faster and more consistently due to Battle Compressors and VS Seekers making it easier to rapidly thin your deck. At the moment, lockdown decks like Rowleggs, and Trevenant & Dusknoir GX are the prominent meta choices, with decks like Ultra Necrozma and Turbo Dark being more popular in the lower-to-middle ladder.
  49.  
  50. Expanded has a banlist that is growing after many years of it being a minimally regulated format. https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg-banned-card-list/
  51.  
  52. Legacy is the third PTCG format which includes only cards from the HGSS era and BW era, no XY onwards cards allowed. This format is the hardest to get into since none of the cards that can be used in it are in print or available in the store except as promo bundles. The format is mostly a meme with no IRL support and rapidly declining online support but the meta never changes, so if you don't like change, this is the format for you.
  53.  
  54. Q: OKAY I GOT ALL OF THAT AND HAVE SOME PACKS TO TRADE, WHAT NOW?
  55.  
  56. Build a decklist, post it in the general, get criticism. Dedenne-GX and Jirachi are the most universal Pokémon-based consistency enablers, with additional options like Cinccino, Zacian V, Zebstrika, etc., varying on the deck being played.
  57.  
  58. For best results, post your decklist as an image. Most standard decks currently want
  59.  
  60. x3-4 Quick Ball
  61. x0-4 Cynthia
  62. x0-4 Marnie
  63. x0-4 Professor's Research - your choice and number of draw supporters depends on how much you value additional draws, setup potential, disruption, and saving potentially valuable resources for later in the match. Most decks want a number between 8-10 draw supporters, depending on consistency engines and deckspace.
  64. x1-2 Boss's Orders
  65. x1-3 Dedenne GX
  66. x1-2 Ordinary Rod
  67. x2-4 Switch
  68. x0-2 Oranguru SSH
  69. x1-3 Stadiums of your choice . Given how strong current Prism Star stadiums are (Black Market, Heat Factory, Thunder Mountain, Wondrous Labyrinth), you want to bump them out as quick as possible. Chaotic Swell, Viridian Forest and Power Plant are popular options depending on the deck you are playing.
  70.  
  71. The Jirachi package
  72. x3-4 Team-Up Jirachi
  73. x1-2 Escape Board
  74. x3-4 Switch
  75. x3-4 Scoop Up Net
  76.  
  77. Q: WHAT'S THE META?
  78.  
  79. ADP/Zacian is currently the BDIF, with Mew3 variants and Magcargo/Cinccino mill also getting a big share. Counterpicks like UNB Blacephalon, Obstagoon and LOT Granbull also enjoy some measure of success, with Blacephalon being the most relevant one. However, with the release of Rebel Clash, the consistent gust of Boss's Orders, and the spread galore of Dragapult V-Max, it looks like mill decks will take a hit. Dragapult V-Max is profiling to be a strong contender post-Rebel Clash, with archetypes like PikaZekrom, Fire Box and Frosmoth taking advantage of new cards like Boltund V/Speed Lightning Energy, Ninetales V and Capacious Bucket respectively.
RAW Paste Data