Here’s a problem I’ve been wondering about, and I would like to know your guy’s opinions. 

First, a little background. I’m a Junior in high school, and my play group mostly consists of my younger brother, and our neighbors, who range in age from high school to elementary school. Whenever we trade cards, I try to trade fairly for monetary value, as I am most in tune to that sort of thing. However, my brother doesn’t, and if I try to dissuade trades, he claims that it’s because I don’t want him getting powerful cards, as we play against each other the most. 

What should I do if I see someone getting ripped off in a trade? What if someone is willing to be ripped off because they want the cards they are getting more than the cards they are getting rid of? 

Can you guys help? What are your thoughts? @flavoracle @magicjudge @mtgtalk

Pokemon Card of the Day #539: Magcargo (Deoxys #20)

Magcargo was one of those Pokemon that helped get the cards you needed, and was very good at it. Its job was to put cards from in your deck on top of the deck, which was quite useful. Its most notable use was alongside the Holo Ludicolo from the Deoxys set, as Ludicolo could then draw that card, acting as a Pidgeot that took up a lot more space but could attack more efficiently. Better yet, multiples of each could stack, so it could be more potent as time went on. That was the kind of card Magcargo was, and it was something to really take note of.

80 HP was pretty average on a Stage 1, but it could take a hit from a decent amount of Pokemon. The Water Weakness wasn’t too bad at the beginning, as Blastoise ex was usually supporting other Pokemon anyway, and mostly came into play in the mirror match against Ludicolo. Later on, especially in DX-On, it got a good bit worse, as Vaporeon ex and then Empoleon could hit that Weakness. The Retreat Cost was quite high at 3, so having some Trainer to switch Magcargo out was a good idea.

Magcargo’s claim to fame was its Poke-Power, Smooth Over. Once during your turn, you could search your deck for a card, shuffle your deck, then put that card on top of your deck. That let you draw it during the next turn, with a drawing Supporter, or most notably, Ludicolo. Unlike Pidgeot, which couldn’t stack by using multiples to search twice in a turn, Magcargo was allowed to do so, and that could be very useful if you drew that card with some other effect during that turn.

Knock Over did 10 damage for a single Colorless Energy and discarded a Stadium card in play if you wanted to. Discarding a Stadium was the reason to even bother with this attack, as getting rid of an unfavorable Stadium was quite good. If that wasn’t needed, the attack could be ignored.

Combustion was just a solid 50 damage for 1 Fire and 2 Colorless Energy. Nothing great, to be honest, but not bad for what amounts to a supporting Pokemon.

Magcargo’s best use was in the Ludicargo deck, but a few people did try it elsewhere. It wasn’t quite as potent without the easy card drawing Ludicolo provided, though, so it was usually seen in that one deck. It was clearly very good in there and still useful outside of it, and was one of those cards that, while not being quite as good by the time it rotated out as it was when it was released, held its own for the entire time. This was a very important card, and while not every deck was going to use it by any means, most good players were going to keep a few around to build decks with it at some point.


Learning language can be as fun as playing Magic: the Gathering!

kaiserruhsm asked:

What's up with Japan that wizards has two tcg's? Is it that people will play more than one tcg, or is wizards actually competing with itself and the market is big enough that it doesn't matter?

Trading card games are a big, big thing in Japan and the market has a large number of them.

Pokémon Day Is on the Way!

Mark your calendars for a huge Pokémon celebration on February 27!

On February 27, 1996, the first Pokémon video games launched in Japan, kicking off a global Pokémon phenomenon that continues to this day. Exactly 20 years later, Pokémon Day will celebrate the historic milestone with events across the globe!

Look forward to the rerelease of Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Red, and Pokémon Yellow for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Rediscover the magic of the original Pokémon games almost exactly as they first appeared. These games will be available on Nintendo eShop. Also look for Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in a special New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle.

Visit participating stores on Pokémon Day for special Pokémon events. Head to Toys“R”Us to receive special foil cards featuring Pikachu and Magikarp from the new Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion, as well as a Pokémon activity book and a poster of the original 151 Pokémon, while supplies last. Toys“R”Us will also have an exclusive Generations-themed binder available for purchase to store your new cards.

As part of the Pokémon 20th celebration, GameStop stores are offering a Mythical Pokémon poster with purchase of any Pokémon product while supplies last. An exclusive Mew plush is also available for purchase.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-day-is-on-the-way/