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Old February 5th, 2013 (11:32 AM).
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    Hey Guys and Girls,

    Today i bought my first pack of Pokemon cards for about 10 years and i am interested in getting back in to playing it. I have a few questions which i hope you's can answer.

    1. How can i find out where the nearest Pokemon society is to me? or a place just to battle and trade.
    2. Which parks are the best value for money.
    3. Which packs/decks do you request i should get to start with?

    Thanks for your help and hope to speak to you all throughout the forum.

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    Old February 5th, 2013 (2:39 PM).
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    Regarding 1: https://www.pokemon.com/us/account/events/ is how you can find a league near you. However, only the cards legal in the current modified format are legal. The sets that contain cards legal in the current format are listed here: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=289800

    2. That depends on what you want to do. For playing, the packs that are typically the best value right now are Dragons Exalted, Dragon Vault, Boundaries Crossed, and Plasma Storm, simply because those are the newest sets and a lot of the better cards in those sets are cards not everyone has yet.

    3. I recommend starting out with a Black & White Trainer Kit to teach yourself how to play again (works better with a friend, though). Next, I suggest getting a Mewtwo EX tin (since Mewtwo's so heavily used in competitive play and is its own best counter because of its X-Ball attack) and then looking up information on the following 3 deck archetypes: RayEels, Darkrai/Hydreigon, and Blastoise/Keldeo. After looking up information on those, decide which one of those interests you the best, or if none of those do, look up some other cards from tournament legal sets that look interesting to you. I can't really recommend any of the theme decks for tournament play since they generally don't contain the best cards for competitive play, and when they do it's only 1 copy of that card. Getting good Trainers from them is a bit of a different story, however, as a theme deck may contain 1 or 2 good Trainer cards.

    If you have any questions please post them here!
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    Old February 6th, 2013 (1:25 AM).
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      Thanks for the reply.

      it looks like Fanboy 3 is the closest to me in Manchester, does anyone go there?
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      Old February 6th, 2013 (2:04 AM).
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      I don't know if anyone here goes there as I'm in the States and, as far as I can recall, the UK members who post in the PTCG section of this forum aren't from Manchester.
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      Old February 8th, 2013 (6:16 AM). Edited February 8th, 2013 by Renpuu.
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        Most likely if there is a big city with a tournament, then there shall be players there.
        Even smaller towns have an active Pokemon league in certain areas near me such as:
        Crawley and Aldershot. The bigger cities such as Southampton and London defiantly have active leagues/premier events so I would not be surprised if Manchester has an active Pokemon TCG community.

        In terms of learning the game there are many resources available. If you're looking to watch good tournament play, than "The top cut" is a good youtube channel showing various deck profiles and battles.
        They are a group of american players who are considered Worlds competitors so you can't really get better than that.
        The official Pokemon trading card game website will have resources to show you have to play the game such as tutorials etc.

        If you're looking for buying packs/booster packs than Boundaries crossed is one of the best sets to buy due to having good overall EX Pokemon and decent Ace-specs.
        The new set plasma storm has good Ace Specs but the EXs are fairly limited. The plasma storm set is mainly the new supporters/trainer items in the set which make the set worthwhile. Also if you plan to construct the new poison style deck with Crobat then it could be a worthwhile investment. Lugia EX could also be a viable attacker but we are yet to see what impact plasma storm will have on the game.

        The Pokemon tins with Darkrai EX, Mewtwo EX and Rayquaza EX are a best place to start when it comes to buying packs as you get an EX which is worth half of the RRP of the tin alone ! They are great value for money and all of the EXs are seeing tournament play.
        Mewtwo EX is a very universal attacker and it's seen in majority of decks.

        Most tournaments are going on this weekend such as the ECC (European challenge cup) which is classed/considered as a "European Worlds" but plasma storm is not legal for that event and I have a city championship on Sunday which will be technically the first event with legal plasma storm cards. I have no new cards, so I shall have to make do since it's too short notice to get most of the new supporter/item cards in time.

        The current top tier decks are:
        Blastoise/Keldeo EX/Mewtwo EX
        Mewtwo EX /Ho-oh EX with various attackers
        Darkrai EX Variants such as Hammer time, Darkrai EX/Mewtwo EX, Darkrai EX with various fighting attackers such as Terrakion/Landorus EX

        But it may change once plasma storm has a few months of legality and settles into the current format.
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