A new teaser trailer for new Pokemon cards debuted at the Pokemon World Championships 2019 in Washington, D.C., giving players their first look at what to expect from the new Sword and Shield expansion — and it looks like something big is coming.
The trailer showed off “Pokemon V” as a new card type, although no details were given beyond the name and that Gen 8 legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta will have a Pokemon V card.
Their attacks were shown but other attributes like Energy cost, Resistance, Weakness and Retreat Cost were missing, as is typical for this kind of preview. Text at the bottom of the card reveals that Pokemon V will essentially be the successor to Pokemon GX — powerful cards that give up two Prizes when knocked out.
Most intriguing was how the end of the teaser revealed a massive Pokemon V card surrounded by the same violet storm clouds present when Pokemon go Dynamax in the video game. No details were given about the new card type aside from its massive 330 HP, but we can speculate that it will introduce the Dynamax mechanic to the TCG in a huge way, and we mean that literally.
With other TCGs like Magic: The Gathering and Transformers Trading Card Game featuring playable oversized 3.5 x 5 inch cards in the form of Commanders and lumbering Autobots/Decepticons, respectively, it could be that Pokemon is finally getting in on the oversized action.
In those games, these big cards are separate from the main deck of regular sized cards. The way this could work in the Pokemon TCG is for a Pokemon V to be swapped out for a Dynamax card for a few turns before it reverts back to normal size, just like in the video game. And like in the video game, it’s easy to imagine the Dynamax Pokemon card will have enhanced attacks that the player can take advantage of for a limited amount of time.
It’s worth pointing out that the TCG often borrows mechanics from the video games but doesn’t always use the same terminology, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the TCG’s version of Dynamaxing goes by a different name.
Currently, oversized Pokemon cards are sold as non-playable novelty items, so if this teaser makes good on its promise of a towering monolith card, then an actually playable version is on the way.
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