Giratina 3-Pack Blister Now in Stores!

The Giratina 3-pack blister is now appearing at stores like Target and Walmart! It comes with three booster packs and either a Kyogre or Groudon coin.

Since the blister’s release date is in December, the promo will be legal for tournament play on January 6th under TPCi’s new legality schedule.

Giratina was released in Japan in October as a Gym tournament promo, making this one of the shortest turnaround times for TPCi to release a Gym tournament promo in English. This is because of the card’s importance to the metagame.





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  1. Asmer Keep the High Tide on the Flipside
    Asmer

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    Oh... poor Frog... :(
     
  2. Bmeowmix Vaporeon Enthusiast
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    Alright, so I've compiled a list of "relevant " things that this card will hurt:
    1. Greninja
    2. Zoroark (occasionally)
    3. ...?
    This Giratina is going to break (ha) those decks in half... As well as my heart. But yeah, there goes the meta.

    But nah, for real this card is atrocious.
     
  3. BKRapper Aspiring Trainer
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    Die, frog! Die!!
     
  4. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer
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    Toad in the hole for real.
     
  5. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    I don't get why people thinks this kills frogs.... It just means they'll play Silent Lab
     
  6. poke4trade Raising Ash
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    Bye bye trev. -- expanded is back.
     
  7. Asmer Keep the High Tide on the Flipside
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    Which means they lose out on Faded Town unless they split Stadiums, which isn't consistent anyway. Sure, Giratina doesn't kill Frogs (I mean, you can easily argue that Garbodor doesn't kill Volcanion), but it sure does help.

    Also, what @poke4trade said. You can smack both Trevenant and Greninja BREAK in Expanded now.

    -Asmer
     
  8. dude_from_norway Aspiring Trainer
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    off with their heads!!!!! (frog heads)
     
  9. RealSlim Dragons Breeder
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    I'd play 1 Giratina instead of Mew in my Rainbow Road deck... bye Greninja, it was very good to play with your deck.
     
  10. professor layton Aspiring Trainer
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    It's a shame to see greninja have so many issues. It's probably the best deck ever made to also be budget friendly in the XY era.

    edit: it isn't super budget friendly, but it is insanely cheap compared to other decks.
     
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  11. Asmer Keep the High Tide on the Flipside
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    Agreed. The fact that it has had so much success in both Standard and Expanded and can be built for under 100 dollars is incredible. It'll be sad to see it be put to rest, honestly.

    -Asmer
     
  12. Otaku The wise fool?
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    Running a split Stadium line has at times been the norm, and has been a "thing" as of what... a few months ago? Last Year? Just not the default deck building position. That being said there is also the redundant nature of things; Greninja BREAK decks already counter Abilities thanks to "Shadow Stitching" on Greninja (XY: BREAKpoint 40/122).

    I hope I don't sound like I'm just trying to nitpick; yes I think this new Giratina promo will be bad for Greninja BREAK and Trevenant BREAK decks. Yanmega BREAK as well if it is still seeing serious play. It is just that in the case of Greninja BREAK it already had two good Stadium cards vying for deck space (Faded Town and Rough Seas) and can shut down Abilities on the opponent's turn via attack, so having to replace one or both of the other Stadium cards with Silent Lab means unneeded overlap except for Giratina.

    Hypothetically Trevenant BREAK could work in Silent Lab as well; it would mean restructuring the deck so that it wasn't entirely (or possibly at all) reliant upon Dimension Valley. Do I think that will happen? Possibly, but more as someone not wanting to move on than keeping Trevenant BREAK a top performer. Yanmega BREAK might actually be able to weather this, though; if you're using a build that speeds it into play then after a few turns Forest of Giant Plants isn't necessary (still helpful, but not necessary).

    Any other BREAK Evolutions that would really feel this?
     
  13. BKRapper Aspiring Trainer
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    Which is a heck of a lot easier to get rid of than an ability
     
  14. Hemos The demonic Shadow Lugia/Mystical Raven Witch
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    I actually know a couple of people whose strategy relies solely on Greninja BREAK. I'D LOVE to get a few copies of this into a deck and use it against them >:)
     
  15. Asmer Keep the High Tide on the Flipside
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    The only problem with Shadow Stitching is that it doesn't change the situation for Greninja BREAK. Remember that Shadow Stitching only lasts until the end of your opponent's next turn, which means you will not be able to use Giant Water Shuriken on your next turn. I will say that splitting a 2-2 Stadium is fairly okay in certain decks (Greninja BREAK can be one of them), but also consider that when you drop either Faded Town or Rough Seas, you lose out on Damage and Survivability respectively. That said, if this card does become a factor in Expanded (I doubt Standard will need this going forward, considering we now have a GX system), I have a feeling Greninja BREAK decks will either need to start teching in Silent Lab and lose one of the two previously mentioned, or will have to play more Hex Maniac (or play it period, depending on the builder).

    Besides Frogs, Trees could be okay, but I think most Tree Players like Dimension Valley a lot. Still, I can't see why that deck couldn't utilize Silent Lab. After all, you lose a turn of set up (maybe) for the ability to shut down Giratina-Promo/Shaymin-EX/Whatever other Basic with a good ability? That seems like a good trade-off to me. Yanmega BREAK would probably not be too happy for the same reason it isn't happy with Garbodor. That said, Yanmega itself can do a good amount of damage to any Giratina with a tool attached, so that may be a way to play around it. Besides that, I can't think of another BREAK deck that poses a threat at the moment that would be affected by this. If anyone else can, post it here.

    Still, as an overall, this promo, much like the Magearna promo, seems to be targeted towards 1-2 decks at most (Magearna was meant to smack Rainbow Road around), and I honestly find that disappointing. I would like to see more promos with a bit more versatility in the upcoming months, but that's just my opinion.

    And no worries. You aren't nitpicking. You always have solid points when you post things. xP

    -Asmer
     
  16. BraviaryBoi Anonymus
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    So, what are you guys gonna put this in besides rainbow road.

    And forget Greninja, as long as This card exists, yanmega break is 100% dead
     
  17. sandsmash23 Aspiring Trainer
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    Wow, I was just looking at the list of Breaks to see what others might be affected by the Greninja/Trev countermeasure and realized that there are a lot of Breaks and nearly all of them come from Pokémon with useful or niche abilities.
    The semirelevant Breaks that are affected are: Zoroark, Yanmega, Carbink, Bronzong, Yveltal, Pyroar, Wobbuffet, Raticate, Omastar, Marowak, Clawitzer, Starmie, Lugia, Delphox, Noivern, Golduck, Nidoking.
     
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  18. Asmer Keep the High Tide on the Flipside
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    I 100% forgot about Carbink. It'll shut down safeguard, which is actually quite nice for decks like M Mewtwo Y (who can also use Giratina as an attacker, btw) and M Gardevoir.

    ...guess that technically answers @BraviaryBoi 's question, even if putting it in M Mewtwo Y isn't the best idea (then again, deck isn't doing all that great right now, anyway... >< )

    -Asmer
     
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  19. BraviaryBoi Anonymus
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    According to my friends in Dallas, 9 M Mewtwo cut
     
  20. Asmer Keep the High Tide on the Flipside
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    Correction: Deck is doing quite well. Carry on.