Pokemon Trading Card Game set - HS Unleashed
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  • Followers of the Pokemon Trading Card Game have probably noticed that the super-powerful Level X Pokemon are no longer around, being replaced by slightly less strong Pokemon Prime
  • These cards are even more interesting for the thin plastic over them that provides some texture to the front of the card and adds a tiny bit of extra thickness

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      Followers of the Pokemon Trading Card Game have probably noticed that the super-powerful Level X Pokemon are no longer around, being replaced by slightly less strong Pokemon Prime. In the new HS Unleashed series of cards, this trend continues, as well as the increasingly popular LEGEND cards, still requiring two cards to complete, but now featuring two legendary Pokemon. This set brings a lot of premium cards to the table, and is certain to please any player or collector with its excellent art and powerful new cards.

      Among the new premium cards are also Trainer-style cards that feature the mystery Pokemon Unown. They are not especially useful cards, but they look neat and are written in the ancient alphabet (made up entirely of Unowns) that you have to look at closely to translate (each Unown is


      shaped like a letter of the alphabet). These cards are even more interesting for the thin plastic over them that provides some texture to the front of the card and adds a tiny bit of extra thickness. After feeling a few packs, you get to know which ones most likely have an Unown Trainer card in them, which takes away from the suspense of opening a pack but is very handy to anyone selling the cards.

      The Prime cards are well-liked among fans, but not too powerful. There are some interesting Prime Pokemon in the new Unleashed set, such as a Lanturn Prime. Since Lanturn hasn’t been an especially popular Pokemon, this may seem like an odd choice. The slightly more well-liked Ursaring, Kingdra, and Steelix also get Prime cards among others. These ...


      • particular cards call to mind the old “Dark” and “Light” cards from several years back, when the series was still printed by Wizards of the Coast. The Pokemon trade extra HP for weaker attacks or the other way around - a stronger attack but less HP.

        Meanwhile, the LEGEND cards are the most interesting part of this set, and a large part of the reason I have bought so many packs. These cards feature the three legendary dogs - Suicune, Raikou, and Entei. Each card features two of the above - Suicune and Raikou, Suicune and Entei, and Raikou and Entei. Thus each card is a dual-type and has double the power to boot. Of course, it means a player must draw both cards to use them, but any collector would be pleased

        to see the realistic, highly-detailed art these cards feature.

        Overall, the set has gone back to more hand-drawn pictures as opposed to the computer generated art that was featured in past sets. There are more interesting poses, with even the land-snake Pokemon Dunsparce getting a ferocious attack pose in the set. Some of the regular Trainer cards are interesting, though there does not seem to be anything too powerful (like the Rare Candy or Luxury Ball cards from old sets). As a collector, player, as well as a re-seller of the cards, I have to say this is one of my favorite sets in a long, long time (I have been collecting since the original Base Set). It seems that Nintendo has chosen to go back towards the Trading Card Game’s roots, and for that, I am grateful.




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