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Zach Lesage

Search Your Prize Cards!

Zach explains how to properly search out your missing Prize Cards

05/29/2019 by Zach Lesage

Growth as a Player

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s me Zach and I want to help you grow as a player. You may have noticed that I have seen strong results this season, but that has only come from me evaluating how I have been playing over the past two seasons. In this article, I specifically want to go over the importance of searching though your Prize Cards when you play the game. Now don’t read into this literally, I am talking about when you play a Nest Ball (SUM; 123)  on your first turn and you find out what is missing from your deck. You never know if you will have all of your Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  hiding in your Prize Cards or if you want to take a Knock Out because you have a high chance of getting a Supporter card. Let’s dive into this article. And away we go…

Sequence Properly

Have you ever questioned yourself when you are play testing a certain deck and you do NOT have a reliable way to confirm what is the BEST way to play? My goal when writing this section is to apply as many strategic plays that will be able to allow you to grow as a player in order to improve your play habits. In your hand, when you have a decent start, you can quickly determine what is the best way to play your hand; it will usually be in a particular order. In a normal game that I was playing on PTCGO today, this is the hand that I was dealt:

Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)

Ultra Ball (SLG; 68)

Heat Factory Prism Star (LT; 178)

Kiawe (BUS; 116)

Fire Crystal (UBO; 173)

Fire Energy (BUS; 167)

Fire Energy (BUS; 167)

I was forced to start with the Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) , because it was the only Basic Pokémon in my hand, so I went ahead with starting my turn. I started the game by drawing my card for my turn, a Nest Ball (SUM; 123)  and I was left to stare at a bunch of paths I could take from the game. Do I want to use Ultra Ball (SLG; 68)  to search out a Pokémon? What about that Nest Ball (SUM; 123) ? Do I want to use Heat Factory Prism Star (LT; 178)  to draw some more cards? Who do I attach to? Should I play Kiawe (BUS; 116)  this turn? Do I play a Cynthia (UPR; 119) ? Where do I actually start? Well, despite myself having urges to play all of these FANTASTIC cards, there needs to be a proper order that is based on the amount of knowledge each card can give me. When playing Pokémon, the ultimate goal is to make each decision with the most amount of knowledge because you can then make the most ideal plus available to you. Looking at this situation, there are many paths to go on, but which one is ACTUALLY the best? Let’s see where I went with it:

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