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Pokémon TCG: Crown Zenith Elite Trainer Box (10 Boosters & Premium Accessories) & TCG: Sword & Shield—Silver Tempest Elite Trainer Box (8 Boosters Premium Accessories)

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Not only are there more cards, but they are more frequent too. In this set, you might hit a decent card in the rare slot one time out of five or six, due to size of the set compared to the number of Vs and Full Arts. The Galarian Gallery hits are somewhere between one in three and one in two. I will take those odds. I have issues with Crown Zenith. I know it is a holiday set so it won’t have the cohesion and theme of something like Lost Origin; I know that this is the last chance to dance with Sword and Shield so this the last opportunity to get some of these cards out. There are, however, some things that shouldn’t have been done, and that’s not just put Helioptile in the set. At the end of 2022, the idea of Crown Zenith being our equivalent of VSTAR Universe made it look beyond awesome.

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But I told you at the beginning that I HAD buyer’s remorse, past tense. This is because there are a lot of good reasons to buy this set, and it is not just because it has soooo many pretty cards in this set. The set’s products will begin to release on January 20th. It will be a special set focusing on alternate art reprints, most of which will come from Japan’s VSTAR Universe.Inside the box, you’ll find all the usual contents and then some. The dice are yellow and brown in a kind of banana-toffee chew vibe (don’t eat the dice), the dividers feature Lucario with red detailing on one side and blue on the other, there are the usual vinyl status counters, and the sleeves. The sleeves, however, are bit more player-friendly, with a matt finish and feel rather than the usual shiny gloss. On top of all that, you'll find 65 card sleeves featuring Lucario to protect your cards while you play, an acrylic VSTAR marker, 45 Energy cards to power up your team, and a sturdy Lucario-themed collector's box with dividers to keep your cards safe and organized. The first is a Bidoof, which at first I thought was a reprint of the not as good Bibarel, but because it is Bidoof, not Bibarel, it’s very good indeed. This is because it has an ability that prevents it from taking damage in the bench – great for when your opponent is playing nasty snipe cards like Sableye and you’re waiting for your Bibarel to come. There’s also a new holo Kyogre that does the aforementioned nasty snipe – four energy, put three in your hand and do 180 damage to one of your opponent’s Pokemon. Oh, I Am Really Going To Miss Frosmoth And then the set lists started to break. Yes, there would be all those fancy cards from VSTAR Universe, but wasn’t there a whole load of cards that hadn’t made it into the main sets? Sure, there were those Vs and VSTARS, but there was more… cards with special artwork in the new Galarian Gallery, including Mewtwo VSTAR, Darkrai VSTAR, and Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR

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With over 160 new cards to discover, Crown Zenith is a treasure trove of never-before-seen Radiant Pokémon, ultra-powerful Pokémon V, mighty Pokémon VSTAR, and the unstoppable Pokémon VMAX. Adding these incredible cards to your collection is a game-changer that will give you the competitive edge you need to come out on top. If you are purely a player, I would say that this is a ‘take it or leave it’ product. There is no denying how lovely this set is, but if you are looking for very playable cards, there are other, cheaper ways of getting them. You might want to hold out for Scarlet and Violet. Elite Trainer Boxes for the holiday sets are lovely, and the Crown Zenith box is no exception. There’s a big and bold picture of Lucario on both sides of the box, with cool blue lines on one side and fire red on the other. After removing the sleeve (which curiously has no inner illustration), the same images are repeated on the box itself. Very swish. Also inside the sleeve is the set guide, filled with tantalising images of the delights that may or may not lie inside. This set is a lot bigger than previous holiday sets – this has 159 cards plus 70 Galarian Gallery cards (the fancy ones in the reverse holo slot); whereas Pokemon Go only had 88 including secret rares and Shining Fates had 72 cards plus 120 shiny Secret Vault cards.Attention all Pokémon Trading Card Game enthusiasts! The ultimate sendoff to the Sword & Shield series has arrived, and you can get your hands on it now at Magic Madhouse. Experience the grand finale in all its glory with the new Crown Zenith expansion and take your collection to the next level. The pictures tell the story, but in the end I pulled two signature trainers (I count these as they are quite useful and/or good looking), two full arts (Hisuian Electrode and Altaria, not shown as I gave this to my son), two Vs (Rotom and Leafeon), a Radiant Charjabug, a Full Art Trainer (Raihan) and the absolutely beautiful Lumineon V. I also got the Alt Art Lucario VSTAR, which comes as a promo in every ETB box. I also got two of the good Luxrays and a brace of Trekking Shoes to go with my flex cards.

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