The new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon – Guardians Rising expansion comes packed with a number of unique cards, such as the Choice Band. Read on below for a closer look at this new card:
The Choice Band is another potent Trainer card. Over the past few years, Pokémon Tool cards have been a big part of generating extra damage to Knock Out opposing Pokémon. Silver Bangle, Muscle Band, and Fighting Fury Belt all made a major impact on competitive play. In the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion, there’s a new Pokémon Tool card that could have a similar effect: Choice Band.
Choice Band is reminiscent of Silver Bangle, but it comes with two major differences—it gives bonus damage against both Pokémon-GX and Pokémon-EX, and any Pokémon can use it (Silver Bangle has no effect if it’s attached to a Pokémon-EX). 30 additional damage is a significant amount, often enough to push attacks to the point of one-hit Knock Outs rather than requiring two attacks. For example, Golisopod’s Resolute Claws attack would do 150 damage to Darkrai-EX, which isn’t enough for a KO. But with Choice Band in the equation, that gets bumped up to 180 damage—the perfect amount to take down the big Pokémon-EX in one attack.
The big question is whether Choice Band will replace Fighting Fury Belt in the Standard format. Currently, Fighting Fury Belt is used in nearly every deck that uses Basic Pokémon-GX and Pokémon-EX, especially because the extra HP gives those Pokémon some added durability. But what’s more valuable: extra HP or extra damage? It may depend on the strategy, or perhaps some combination of both will be used. This will be something players need to figure out during their practice.
Look for Choice Band to be a big part of competitive play in the future. Whether you’re using Pokémon-GX and Pokémon-EX or trying to beat them, it will be a valuable tool.