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Pokémon Trading Card Game – Sun & Moon Unified Minds

Pokémon Trading Card Game – Sun & Moon Unified Minds 

Friday, August 2nd will see the release of the 11th instalment in the Sun & Moon story arc. Titled Unified Minds, and with a card list of 236 its one of the biggest Pokémon expansions to be released. 

The Sun & Moon Tag Team release from February of this year introduced us to the brand-new mechanic of TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX. These exciting cards featured a duo of Pokemon who combine their abilities into a single powerful card that includes an often game-winning ability and attack. The aptly titles Unified Minds set expands the TAG TEAM experience by introducing eight new pairings: 

Umbreon & Darkrai-GX, Mewtwo & Mew-GX, Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX, Garchomp & Giratina-GX, Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX, Slowpoke & Psyduck-GX, Espeon & Deoxys-GX, and Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX.

Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX is sure to offer a boost to Lightning Decks, and Garchomp & Giratina-GX is an impressive card that any player would be happy to open in a booster. The unexpected yet makes-perfect-sense combo of Slowpoke & Psyduck-GX is waiting for someone to find it a home, considering its damage output and low-cost attack. The star of the TAG TEAM cards and likely the best card in the whole set, is Mewtwo & Mew-GX who pairs perfectly with another card from the set, Jirachi-GX since it cancels out Psychic-type Weakness and helps to search for Energy Cards.

Unified Minds also introduces some cool Trainer and Support cards. Reset Stamp is a very powerful effect the later the game goes, and GX based strategies will appreciate the inclusion of Cherish Ball and who doesn’t like a good healing effect like Great Potion? Misty’s Favour is a powerful tutor in being able to search up three other Support cards.

For players who are new to the game and who want to get started with a ready-to-play product, then the Theme Decks are your best choice. Unified Minds will feature two pre-constructed decks: Soaring Storm, a Ligthning, Colourless and Dragon-type deck with Dragonite as the main Pokémon and Laser Focus featuring Necrozma.

Decklists

Soaring Storm

1 Dragonite
1 Dragonite
3 Dragonair
3 Dratini
2 Lanturn
2 Chinchou
1 Pidgeot
2 Pidgeotto
3 Pidgey
2 Thundurus
2 Tornadus
2 Alolan Grimer
2 Bug Catcher
2 Cynthia
1 Energy Recycle System

1 Fisherman
2 Hau
2 Lillie
2 Pokémon Communication
2 Pokémon Fan Club
1 Switch
1 Tate & Liza
11 Lightning Energy
9 Water Energy

Laser Focus

1 Necrozma 
1 Necrozma
2 Malamar
2 Inkay
2 Gumshoos
3 Yungoos
2 Silvally
3 Type: Null
2 Audino
2 Mesprit
2 Dedenne
2 Tauros
2 Bug Catcher
2 Cynthia
2 Hau

2 Lillie 
2 Mysterious Treasure 
2 Pokémon Fan Club 
1 Switch 
1 Tate & Liza
 2 U-Turn Board 
2 Weakness Guard Energy 
18 Psychic Energy

In addition to decks, Sun & Moon – Unified Minds will be available locally in booster packs, 3-pack Blisters, as a Mini Portfolio and the popular bundle, the Elite Trainer Box. So whichever way you choose to expand your collection, be sure to search for the products online, in hobby stores, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys and selected CNA, PNA and Musica outlets. Keep an eye out as well for in-store events where you can learn-to-play, trade cards and enter tournaments. 

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