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Published on February 6th, 2015 | by Ninjette Natasha


Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY Primal Clash Launch

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On the 3rd February I went to the Pokémon TCG Primal Clash launch at the Loading Bar in Dalston, along with Action Ash to check out the new decks on offer for release the following day.

The new booster packs and theme decks introduce more than 150 new cards and are called Earths Pulse, fighting and lightening Pokémon, and Ocean’s Core, fire and water Pokémon. An interesting feature that they have introduced in this new expansion is ‘Primal Reversion’ shown in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This is just like mega evolution except instead of  the trainer using energy from people and Pokémon, they use energy from nature. The Pokémon also needs a particular orb to be able to use Primal Reversion, the only two Pokémon that can use this at the moment are Kyogre and Groudon and by using the blue orb for Kyogre and the red orb for Groudon they can evolve into Drizzle and Drought.

There are also twelve new Pokémon EX cards, two new Mega Evolution Pokémon, Ancient traits which are very similar to abilities, over thirty trainer cards, four full art rare Ultra cards, and two special energy cards.

Game in progress

We walked into a packed room full of Poke-players, Pokémon cake pops, Pokémon pizzas which received a warm welcome at the last event,  and even a Pokémon cocktail that the team put together which was a great addition to the evening.

Pokemon Cocktails Pokepops

After having a few games and familiarising myself with the new decks I got the opportunity to have a chat with Samuel Mclewee, second placed winner in 2014’s UK TCG Masters Tournament;

Hey Samuel, it’s lovely meeting you. So when did you first start playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game?

Well, I started collected the cards at 4 years old, but I have been playing professionally since 2008

What inspired you to go pro and how did you find out about it?

Mainly my brothers, and one of my brothers played Pokémon as well. We’re very competitive against one another. I found out about playing professionally by looking on the back of the booster packs and looking on the official website for tournaments. I attended tournaments in Crawley along with my brother and it all took off from there.

What is your favourite Pokémon card?

It has to be Charizard

What is your favourite Trainer card?

Scramble Switch

What would you suggest to be a good ratio of cards for a deck?

This doesn’t apply to all games or decks but I generally go for the 13 rule. So 13 Energy, 13 Supporters, 13 Pokémon, and the rest Trainers

What does your training consist of?

To train I play against my brother a lot, and I also play in my local league which my brother and I set up in Shoreham-by-Sea

Pokemon champion

After the event I received a Pokémon goody bag consisting of; a tote bag, an Ocean’s Core deck, two booster packs, a Tomy toy, a T-shirt, and a guide on the origin of the game.

The Loading Bar is a brilliant place to meet new people, play a huge variety of games, or just chill out and have a drink. I went to this event on ‘Tabletop Tuesday’ and the place was heaving so this would be a great opportunity to learn to play, or join in some great tabletop games and drink some very interesting game based cocktails.


I recommend these decks and boosters highly, they’re full of great new cards, and there are some brilliant additions to building your current deck. You get online codes inside of booster packs and decks so that you can unlock cards to play in  the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online at The PokémonTCG Online is also now available for iPad via the Apple App Store.

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