Talk:Pokémon VS (TCG)
We should talk more about these cards....ht14 22:04 (GTC) 8 February 2008
I understand everything except the following sentences: There were three random half decks released: Grass & Lightning, Water & Fire, and Fighting & Psychic. Each half deck contained a random assortment of set type Pokémon (i.e. one could only get a Fire-type Pokémon in the Water & Fire half deck). The problem becomes even more confusing since you only show the three half decks below. How did anyone get the other cards particularly the dark and metal types? Was it meant to read that you could get either Fire-types or Water-types in a Water & Fire half deck and that other 30-card packs were distributed with random Pokémon cards that were not half-decks? I just went to Serebii and they were only slightly more clear about the packs that were not one of the three half decks mentioned.--White Phoenix (talk) 10:21, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
- Nice catch. The page is false. The switch didn't happen until Pokémon Web. I figured this out because the Japanese for Faint Attack on Karen's TM 01 (VS 125) specifies Pokémon Powers while the Japanese for Faint Attack on Houndour (Aquapolis 87) splits the two. Thank you! MaverickNate 02:53, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
VS Optional Rules
While going through some of my old site notes, I found a piece of info about the VS set's rules. Namely, MEDIAFACTORY had some optional deck rules to go with the "half-decks" they released for VS: "Half Deck" and "Mix Deck". They were:
Half Deck Rule
Similar to that of the original Wizards Pokémon TCG Starter Deck basic rules (you know, the starter box with the Fire and Fighting Pokémon and a 1st Edition Machamp). It's not exactly the same, but a close approximation, just so you know what it's all about.
- Your deck is 30 cards; no more, no less.
- You can't have more than 2 cards of the same name in your deck (other than Basic Energy, natch)
- You only play with 3 prizes.
- Other rules apply as normal.
Simple, isn't it? Basically EVERYTHING has been split in half. Thus, the Half-Deck Rule.
Mix Deck Rule
Because VS was the first set to use the current Japanese TCG backs, the Mix Deck rule was made to work with that change. Specifically, the Mix Deck rule is a deck which mixes both VS cards and Pre-VS cards (the ones with the old backs). However it's not as simple as that; the subsequent rules are:
- 60 Cards Per Deck.
- 30 Cards must be 30 of the VS cards (or any card using the new backs, such as the next "Pokémon Web" set)
- 30 Cards must be 30 of the old backs. Now of those 30 older-back cards;
- 10 MUST be Pokémon Cards
- 10 MUST be Trainer Cards
- 10 MUST be Energy Cards
- All other rules still apply (ie: limit 4 cards of the same name per deck)
I forget if the "10/10/10" rule applies to the 30 new-back cards as well. But either way, I suspect that the "10/10/10" Rule was MEDIAFACTORY's way of addressing competitive play as well as the reality that the early days of the TCG was "Trainermon" for the longest time.