13 Feb 2019

Beyond the TAG TEAM cards in Sun & Moon—Team Up

TAG TEAM partners may be the stars of the latest Pokémon TCG expansion, but let’s not neglect the set’s other impressive cards.

With the release of the latest Pokémon TCG expansion, Sun & Moon—Team Up, you're undoubtedly hearing a lot about the new TAG TEAM cards that add a whole new element of strategy to the game. But with all the excitement surrounding those cards, let's not forget all the other fantastic cards that you'll find in this new expansion. Take a look at some of the other useful cards that will boost the power of your deck.

Powerful Prism Star Cards

Prism Star cards continue to be mighty additions in the Sun & Moon—Team Up expansion. Tapu Koko Prism Star, for example, makes an impact with its Dance of the Ancients Ability, which lets you attach a Lightning Energy from your discard pile to 2 of your Benched Pokémon, if Tapu Koko is also Benched. Tapu Koko must then be placed in the Lost Zone, and any cards attached to it get discarded.

Shaymin Prism Star proves to be a heavy hitter if you have a full Bench and lots of Energy. With only 80 HP, this little Pokémon may not be very resilient, but its Flower Storm attack hits for 30 damage for each basic Energy attached to all of your Pokémon. Drop this card into the match after you've powered up your crew, and it could easily Knock Out a TAG TEAM with one shot.

This expansion contains a couple of Prism Star Stadium cards that can be game changers as well. Wondrous Labyrinth Prism Star adds an extra Colorless Energy to the attack costs of any Pokémon that isn't a Fairy type. Meanwhile, Black Market Prism Star makes a player take one fewer Prize card when their attack damage Knocks Out a Darkness-type Pokémon that has Darkness Energy attached. Note that these cards affect both players, so make sure you're not hindering yourself by playing them. Both cards also repel any effects from Item and Supporter cards, making them a bit trickier to remove from play.

Potent Pokémon-GX

There are some great Pokémon-GX in the Sun & Moon—Team Up expansion that aren't part of a TAG TEAM. Lycanroc-GX and its Twilight Eyes Ability can disrupt your opponent's plans by discarding an Energy card from their Active Pokémon. Its Splintered Shards-GX attack, which does 30 damage for each Energy card in your opponent's discard pile, could also prove extremely harmful if used at the right time.

If you need to find specific cards, Hoopa-GX's Rogue Ring attack lets you bring two cards from your deck into your hand. That's a valuable skill for the low cost of just one Darkness Energy. Incineroar-GX's Scar Charge Ability lets you take cards from your deck for a different purpose: if you put three damage counters on Incineroar-GX, you can attach three Darkness Energy cards from your deck to it. This sets you up to use Incineroar-GX's Darkest Tornado-GX attack, which hits for 10 damage plus 50 more damage for each damage counter on Incineroar-GX. Use Scar Charge twice before using the GX attack, and you can hit your opponent for a massive 310 damage! Just be ready to tend to Incineroar-GX, who will already be down at least 60 HP.

Forceful Fossils

Omastar and Kabutops are both Pokémon that have been restored from fossils, and this prehistoric pair make a solid showing in the Sun & Moon—Team Up expansion. In order to get either of these Stage 2 cards into play, you'll first need to play the Unidentified Fossil Item card, which functions like a 60-HP Basic Pokémon. The Stage 1 Pokémon that evolve from it (Omanyte and Kabuto) will then pave the way for these two.

Both Omastar and Kabutops have interesting Abilities that are great for disrupting your opponent's strategies. Omastar's Fossil Bind prevents your opponent from playing any Item cards from their hand if you have fewer Pokémon in play than they do. And if Kabutops is your Active Pokémon, its Fossilized Memories Ability keeps your opponent from playing any Supporter cards from their hand. Either way, being unable to get these valuable Trainer cards into action can easily spell doom for anyone who goes up against these two.

Awesome Abilities

Be sure to take a good look at all of your cards' Abilities! These will prove extremely useful during matches, and you'll find that they can make or break your strategy. Take Mr. Mime's Scoop-Up Block, which prevents your opponent from returning any Pokémon to their hand once it has damage counters on it. This Ability should prove very effective in countering opponents who rely on Acerola to protect their hardy Pokémon-GX.

Absol's Dark Ambition keeps your opponent on the defensive by increasing the Retreat Cost of their Active Basic Pokémon. Both of those cards are great for disrupting your opponent's game, but Jirachi's Stellar Wish directly affects the player who uses it. With this Ability, you can look at the top five cards of your deck and put a Trainer card from among them into your hand. This will make Jirachi fall Asleep, but it's a small price to dig up a valuable Item, Supporter, or Stadium card.

Of course, these are just a few of the cards to be found in the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Team Up expansion. Check them all out and see which ones you want to add to your collection. Then, put together your perfect deck and get ready to battle!

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