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Old March 6th, 2011 (08:16 PM).
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I am about to start playing with the cards for the first time since 2003, and I dont have any cards. Any advice as to what starter sets to get?
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Old March 6th, 2011 (08:23 PM).
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Well, for a rules refresher, the Trainer Kit is not all that bad. And it comes with a couple of pretty good Pokemon from the HGSS sets in Raichu and Gyarados.

Other than that, just go with the one that has the Pokemon you like. (b'-')b

None of the theme decks are made ready to go for tournaments by any means. Tournament decks run so much faster.
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Old March 6th, 2011 (08:32 PM).
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Alright, thanks. Another quick question, how many energies should one deck have? I would like to try to build my own deck as I go along.
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Old March 6th, 2011 (08:47 PM).
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Alright, thanks. Another quick question, how many energies should one deck have? I would like to try to build my own deck as I go along.
Well, most tournament decks run between 10 and 15, as far as I'm aware. You'll probably wanna look up some deck lists. I'm not really up to speed with tournament deck building.
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Old March 6th, 2011 (10:37 PM).
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Amount of energy depends entirely on what deck you are running. Gyarados, a meta-deck right now, needs no energy to attack and only runs 'tech' energy like rescue and warp, while a less popular meta-deck called mewperior can have more than half the deck as energy. Generally, you want approximately half of your deck to be trainers and supporters, then just experiment with the number of pokemon vs. energy. Play a few matches (even if it's solitaire, it doesn't matter), and if you always draw too much energy then lower the count, and vice versa for pokemon.
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Old March 7th, 2011 (03:07 AM).
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I feel the same way, I really want to get back into the game but I'm personally waiting until Black and White come along.

I'm not sure how rotation works but I can't seem the point in all the deck building when a new generation is just around the corner.
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Old March 7th, 2011 (05:15 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Chlobo-Jester:
I'm not sure how rotation works but I can't seem the point in all the deck building when a new generation is just around the corner.
Well, deck-building now gives you experience for the future. That and rotation is usually only done four sets at a time, and there are six sets still legal from Diamond&Pearl and Platinum in addition to the 4 HGSS sets and Call of Legends, so if you do the math, they probably aren't going to be rotating the HGSS sets, which don't really have too many cards relevant in the metagame right now, but are still worth a look. Then there's also the collection element of being able to say you have certain cards even if they're being rotated out of tournament play.
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Old March 7th, 2011 (09:01 AM).
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So... at one point will back and white cards be mixing with HGSS?
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Old March 7th, 2011 (10:00 AM).
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Well, as soon as the sets come out, they're automatically play legal, so they're gonna mix as soon as they come out.
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Old March 7th, 2011 (10:25 AM).
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Ohh, that's going to be interesting... I thought they would just trash the last gen in favour for the new one.
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Old March 7th, 2011 (11:12 AM).
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They've actually never done that to my knowledge.
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Old March 7th, 2011 (01:07 PM).
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No, there has never been a totally clean slate rotation in pokemon, some sets that are legal now will be rotated while the ones released more recently will remain in format. They want sets to be in rotation for at least a year, sometimes up to two years. There wouldn't be any point to organized play if they scrapped a set they just released that year because the next set was coming out, if that were the case there would be sets released that never even saw tournament play at worlds etc.
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Old March 17th, 2011 (04:41 PM).
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just go with your favorite Pokemon
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