After the newest Pokemon Trading Card Game growth, Battle Styles, most likely might guess what would observe. After all, if that set featured Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor growth, wouldn’t Crown Tundra come subsequent? So yeah, Chilling Reign isn’t precisely shocking. But it is cool, in additional methods than one.
First: it enhances the “strike” concepts in Battle Styles. The two factions of playing cards return, Single Strike and Rapid Strike, including extra to their synergistic methods. The Sword and Shield starter traces are powerhouses, however extra importantly for aggressive play, there are extra Pokemon V.
There are additionally new assist skills, letting these additional creature slots improve the lively Pokemon of every staff. For instance, Rapid Strike Passimian helps deal extra bench injury. And new vitality! Impact Energy and Spiral Energy playing cards present any vitality sort, making it simpler to play all of your Strike cohorts in a single deck. Atop that, in addition they present immunity to a particular situation. Which won’t come up a lot? But it’s a bonus.
Chilling Reign additionally focuses on the brand new Crown Tundra creatures. Especially Calyrex. The legendary rider exhibits up in two types, every with a V and VMax type. They’re each highly effective, however they play very in another way. Ice Rider Calyrex is harmful: highly effective, but in addition a useful resource hog. Shadow Rider Calyrex is extra tactical, as you’d count on from a Psychic-type card: making use of counters slightly than dealing direct injury and stopping opponent methods.
Also making an look? The Galarian types of the unique legendary chicken trio. They’re cool-looking! And uncommon, so don’t depend on discovering one in a handful of packs. They every embrace each the previous and new sides of those Pokemon. Zapdos is in search of a battle now, however it drains opponents’ vitality when it strikes. Moltres feeds from the darkness of the discard pile, however nonetheless will get a nasty kickback from its flame assaults. Articuno nonetheless assaults with its signature beams, however makes use of its new psychic powers to sift via your playing cards.
If it seems like Chilling Reign is all over, that’s pure. Due to the distinction in markets, Western Pokemon units are constructed from playing cards of Japan’s smaller expansions. So yeah, there’s a little bit of a Battle Styles sequel in right here. And a Crown Tundra set. And another stuff that’s simply sort of in right here, like a full set of Castform.
It’s an fascinating time within the Pokemon life cycle. The card recreation usually introduces new concepts with a brand new area, iterating upon it for a number of years earlier than doing it once more. We’re within the twilight of the Sword & Shield period, kind of? While the branding usually doesn’t shift with remakes, contemporary design ideas will doubtless debut with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. And once more with Pokemon Legends Arceus. It’s now that we’re seeing extra experiments, extra concepts saved from the scrap heap earlier than their alternative passes. And that may be fascinating.
The Pokemon TCG Chilling Reign growth will launch on June 18, 2021. It follows the Battle Styles growth, which launched in March 2021.