Pokémon Trading Card Game Live Preview: A New Way to Play Pokémon TCG

Drop the old and with the new! Pokémon Trading Card Game Live is an upcoming video game that lets you play Pokémon TCG, replacing the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online client launched in 2011. Live offers a fresh look, first ranked mode, and system New crafting among other updated features. IGN attended the first PTCGL rollout with a press group to see the game in action on desktop. We’ll share everything we’ve learned, showcase some new screenshots, and give our thoughts on what we’ve seen.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live Game Overview

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live uses the same official rules as the physical TCG. If you learned how to play Pokémon TCG back when it first came out in the ’90s, you’ll be happy to know that not much has changed. Sure, there are new cards like Supporters and VMAX Pokémon, but the easy-to-learn/hard-to-master gameplay remains the same as Pokémon evolves, claiming attacks and winning six Prizes to win. For those who need to update the rules or are learning for the first time, PTCGL provides a brief guide that teaches you everything you need to know.

Cards are played by dragging and dropping them into the appropriate position on the board, with marked prompts to help guide your hand. Although we didn’t try it out ourselves, playing the cards seemed easy and fluid. Pokémon cards fly into the air to perform attacks, and the board lights up with neat growths corresponding to the Pokémon’s elemental type. The presentation is flashy and clean, but also sparse and basic.

To be sure, PTCGL offers an improved image over PTCGO, but so far, it doesn’t appear to have pushed its innovations far enough. When comparing the PTCGL game board with other digital TCG games like Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel or Magic: The Gathering Arena, the lack of style is even more apparent. Pokémon is a franchise bursting with substance and flair, but as far as this demo goes, very little of it is shown in PTCGL.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live board game. (Image supplier: The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live board game. (Image supplier: The Pokémon Company)

Board Games Magic: The Gathering Arena. (Credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Board Games Magic: The Gathering Arena. (Credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel game board. (Credit: Konami)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel game board. (Credit: Konami)

The same can be said for player avatars, there are tons of cool but slightly quirky customizable options with overly slick features, exaggerated smiles, and empty eyes. Again, Pokémon features a host of iconic characters, each with their own signature outfit – there you go. watched Cynthia’s eye-catching all-black battle lewk? –But you wouldn’t know it from the simple sweaters and shirts on the shelf in the PTCGL.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live Preview on Desktop

PTCGL offers both Casual Mode (Standard Format with Extended Arrangement) and Ranked Mode (Standards Only), which is a new, long-awaited feature for card players. Pokémon Online. Ranked Mode lets you advance to new levels of competitive play, earning rewards along the way. It currently lacks a numbered ranking system upon reaching the top level, so it is unclear what will motivate players to continue playing after reaching the top of the ladder.

When playing PTCGL, players will be provided with a number of ready-to-use 60-card decks. More cards can be obtained through a variety of methods, including a Battle Pass, booster packs, and a new crafting system. Yes, there is no longer player-to-player trading like there used to be with PTCGO, but this is a most welcome change as all cards can now be easily earned through crafting regardless of level. popular. Gone are the days of having to exchange 30 packs for Mew VMAX on release day – and thanks to Arceus for that.

PTCGL presents itself as a completely free to play game with no microtransactions. Its three currencies (Coins for cosmetics, Credits for crafting and Crystals for additional rewards and perks) are all earned by playing the game and getting them from daily quests, Battle Pass and the like. However, as anyone who has purchased a physical Pokémon booster knows, the code cards found in the packs can be redeemed in-game for digital boosters, so there is an option for players to drop cash to earn their collection faster than normal play. naturally allowed. This sounds like a “pay to win” issue and to a certain extent it is, but from what we’ve shown in the demo, it doesn’t seem too difficult to assemble. a deck that competes using only the resources provided, meaning that ultimate victory will depend on the skill you have more than the cards you possess.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live Overall Thoughts

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live is definitely a major upgrade to the online Pokémon TCG experience, with a new modern look and some long-awaited features, but impressive graphics and in-game presentation. The demo makes us unsure if it’s big enough, especially when compared to its competition.

What platforms is Pokémon TCG working on? Is it cross platform?

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live will be available on iOS, Android, Windows PC and Mac. It will be cross-platform so you can access and play on the same account when switching between desktop, tablet and mobile.

As for languages, it will be available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.

What happens to your Collection on Pokémon TCG Online?

If you already have a collection on Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, you’ll be able to transfer it to Pokémon Trading Card Game Live. PTCGO will eventually be shut down, although no date has been announced.

When will Pokémon TCG go live?

There is currently no public release date for Pokémon Trading Card Game Live. However, the Canada-only limited beta will open on February 22, 2022.

Joshua Yehl is IGN’s TCG resident Pokémon. He has been a fan of the game since it first came out, has played competitively since 2015 and qualified to compete in the Pokémon TCG World Championship. Hit him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl to chat more about Pokémon TCG Live.

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