You can battle in Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion Prerelease tournaments to get an early look at new cards on the way—and have a lot of fun doing it! Be among the first to discover the loads of awesome cards in the Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion expansion, including mysterious Ultra Beasts and more Pokémon-GX. It also features new Trainer and Special Energy cards that could be the perfect fit for your next decks. The Prerelease tournaments take place October 21–29, 2017, shortly before the launch of the new expansion on November 3. Check with your local game store to see when they’ll be hosting an upcoming event.
When you register and pay the entry fee to a Prerelease tournament, not only do you get to participate in a fun and casual tournament with other Pokémon fans, but you also get to keep all the cards you receive. When you sit down to play, you’ll receive a Prerelease box containing one 23-card Evolution pack that includes an exclusive foil promo card, plus four booster packs from the Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion expansion, and you’ll use those cards to build a 40-card deck. It’s an awesome way to get ahead on the latest cards for your Pokémon TCG collection.
While the deck you build doesn’t have to include the Prerelease promo card you receive, keep in mind that it’s often a great way to get started. From there, you can choose what other Pokémon, Trainer cards, and Energy would be good companions for that card. Take a look at the four promo cards available at Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion Prerelease tournaments!
Alolan Raichu looks like it could be really fun to play, especially in Prerelease tournaments. It can crank up the pressure on your opponent with its Psychic attack, which uses only Colorless Energy and has high damage potential. Consider building a deck featuring Alolan Raichu, or add it to other decks for extra firepower.
With two easy attacks that are useful in the right situations, Salazzle is certainly a Pokémon you can build a whole Prerelease deck around. The added searching power from its Nasty Plot attack will be a huge advantage, allowing you to find any two cards in your deck for only one Energy. And your opponents will find few antidotes to Salazzle’s Severe Poison attack, which puts four damage counters on its Poisoned target between turns instead of the usual one.
While Regirock’s Rock Peak Growl Ability makes it a great a support Pokémon for Registeel, it holds up pretty well on its own, too. The Ultra Beast Guzzlord-GX will be a tough matchup for most, but the Fighting-type Regirock is one Pokémon that can take it down handily. Hard Swing, an attack that dishes out 110 damage and ignores Resistance, is enough to defeat all but the bulkiest Pokémon with just one or two hits.
Finding the right mix of cards to support Registeel could be a challenge, but it could also lead to great results. Try to match Registeel with a Pokémon that needs a lot of Energy and could benefit from Registeel’s Turbo Arm attack. You could also use Registeel as a primary attacker with its Iron Hand attack—particularly if you manage to find Regice, which unlocks the attack’s healing power.
Of course, these are just a handful of ideas for decks you can build. Prerelease tournaments are all about discovering fun new ways to play with the cards you receive, so keep your mind open to other types of decks and strategies!
If you’re new to Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournaments or you haven’t competed in one in a while, check out this article on how these fun events work.
Have fun battling in Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion Prerelease tournaments from October 21–29!