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Team Rocket Strategy Guide is the official companion book to the Team Rocket expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Published by Wizards of the Coast in May 2000, it was written by Michael Mikaelian, who was also one of the cowriters of Pokémon Made Simple!, an introductory book to the TCG also published by Wizards of the Coast.
Welcome to the World of Pokémon
After a brief foreword by Professor Oak, there is an introductory section called "Welcome to the World of Pokémon". This serves as a brief overview of the rules of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and an explanation of how to identify Energy symbols, Weakness, Resistance, etc.
Here Comes Team Rocket
This section introduces the premise of the Team Rocket expansion set and an overview of some of the new cards included. The book compares some new Pokémon cards to their first appearances in the TCG, for example, the advantages of using the original Base Set Machop vs the advantages of the new Team Rocket Machop.
The section also provides "Cool Combos", creating new strategies by combining moves or Pokémon Powers of new Team Rocket cards with older cards from Base Set, Jungle and Fossil; for example, a combo of Rattata's Pokémon Power "Trickery" with Mankey's Pokémon Power "Peek". The section closes with the writers' "Top Ten Team Rocket Cards", which the author considered the best of the set.
This section focuses on "Cool Decks You Can Build", custom deck configurations focusing on the new Team Rocket cards. There are two decks listed for each TCG type: one "easy-to-build" deck and one advanced deck. Strategies for using each deck in gameplay are also included.
List of decks
Team Rocket Card Encyclopedia
This section provides an image, description and strategy guide for every card in the Team Rocket expansion, including the box topper, Dark Raichu. All cards are presented in alphabetical order.
Fossil Card Encyclopedia
As a bonus, this book also includes a guide for all the cards in the Fossil expansion, which came out prior to the Team Rocket expansion. Like the Team Rocket Encyclopedia, all cards are presented in alphabetical order with images and strategy guides.
The Complete Pokémon Checklist
The closing section of the book is a collectors' checklist of all the Pokémon cards released in English up to the time of publication. This includes Base Set, Base Set 2, Jungle, Fossil, Team Rocket and Wizards Black Star Promos.