With the next Pokémon TCG expansion Sword & Shield—Lost Origin fast approaching on September 9, IGN is excited to offer a sneak peak at what’s to come. Check out the gallery below for your exclusive first look at the English version of new cards such as Hisuian Zoroark VStar, Rotom V, and the full-art Supporter card Nessa.
Pokémon TCG Lost Origin IGN Exclusive Preview
Hisuian Zoroark VStar in particular is of special note because it’s already proven itself in Japan where the card has done well in local tournaments. Its Ticking Curse attack does 50 damage for each of your Pokémon that have any damage counters, so a full board of six Pokémon all with damage on them maxes out at a whopping 300 damage. Even when factoring in the -20 damage from the Double Turbo Energy that many Trainers will likely use to pay for the attack cost, that’s still enough damage to knock out popular 280 HP cards such as Arceus VStar and Palkia VStar. Given that Lost Origin also includes new cards that help you sprinkle damage counters across your board, it won’t be too hard to reach that 280 damage threshold, so expect Hisuian Zoroark VStar to be sought after for competitive decks.
A mechanic that’s sure to shake up the competitive scene is the return of the Lost Zone, the place where cards go when they are completely removed from the game. Removing cards from the game may not seem advantageous, but Lost Origin contains many new cards that can only be activated when cards are put in the Lost Zone. For example, Rotom V’s Scrap Shot attack lets you put any number of Pokémon Tool cards from your discard pile into the Lost Zone, then does 40 damage plus 40 more for each card you just put in the Lost Zone. One Trainer’s junk is another Trainer’s game-winning Pokémon attack!
Which of these new Lost Origin Pokémon cards are you most excited to put in your deck? And which ones are you most eager to add to your collection? Let us know in the comments below.
If you’re interested in getting back into the Pokémon TCG or learning how to play for the first time, check out our tutorial video showcasing original cards and modern decks in action.