August’s English Set: ‘Black & White – Emerging Powers’

Sorry for the lack of updates this past week! I’ve had a stroke of bad luck – my laptop is being repaired right now and the backup computer I was using coincidentally died a few days ago (the motherboard failed). The only way I could check the Internet was through my iPod; all of the updates I just posted, spare this one, should have been posted on Saturday and Sunday. Luckily, my friend dropped off his PC a few hours ago and I’m allowed to use it until my laptop is repaired (if I break it, though, he’ll kill me). Now on with the updates!

August’s English set will be named Black & White – Emerging Powers and will feature at least 98 cards. It will likely be a combination of the cards that were cut from the first Black & White set (41 cards), cards from the Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion Battle Strength Decks (25 unique cards), unreleased BW promo cards, and reprinted Trainers and Energy. Images of the set’s booster packs and theme decks as well as Thundurus (#97/98) and Tornadus (#98/98) are below – click them for larger images.

Like the first English Black & White set, Emerging Powers‘s two theme decks, Power Play and Toxic Tricks, will be released early on August 17th. The theme decks feature a Krookodile and Scolipede that have not been released in Japan yet (they are not just alternate art), meaning they are probably future promos. On August 31st, two weeks after the theme decks are released, the main set’s booster packs will hit store shelves. Every booster pack will feature a code card that can activate virtual cards for use in the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online program.

It seems now that Red Collection as well as the cards from the BW Battle Theme Deck Victini will comprise either our third or fourth Black & White set. As they were designed to promote the two Victini movies, their release depends on when the dubs of the two Victini movies premiere in America. The Zoroark movie premiered on Cartoon Network this past February, meaning it is very likely Red Collection can be our February set rather than our November set. In that case, we will receive Japan’s third Black & White set (the one following Red Collection, which will probably be released around October) as our third Black & White set for a near-simultaneous release. It wouldn’t be the first time that has happened! But we’ll see what goes down – this is all just predicting at this point (though based on history, of course!).

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Landmark Release of Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers Ushers In New Age of Game Play with Link to Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

It’s the dawn of a new age for fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game with the release of Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers. Coming in August, this landmark expansion will be the first to give Pokémon TCG players full access to theme decks and booster packs in the new player-versus-player Pokémon Trading Card Game Online!

Pokémon TCG players who log into will have the freedom to battle anytime, anywhere against players from around the globe. The competition intensifies when players purchase Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers theme decks and booster packs. These products will allow players to build customized decks for online battle with virtual cards unlocked with special in-pack codes!

The new Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers expansion, featuring only Unova region Pokémon, comes ready for battle, whether playing in the real world or online, with more than 90 cards and brand-new Item cards to revitalize each deck. As players explore the secrets of the Unova region, they’ll discover a legion of 25 astonishing, never-before-seen Pokémon, including the debut of the Legendary Trio of Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion!

Two Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers theme decks arrive at major retail stores nationwide on August 17. Each theme deck-Power Play and Toxic Tricks-will feature a special foil card! The four booster pack designs, debuting in stores August 31, feature fierce new Pokémon-Tornadus, Cobalion, Braviary, and Darmanitan-with each booster pack including one guaranteed foil card! [WPM Note: They probably mean a reverse holo, not a regular rare holo.]

Key features of the new Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers expansion:

  • Free codes to unlock similar virtual cards for the player-versus-player Pokémon TCG Online
  • Over 25 new Pokémon from the Unova region
  • Debut of the Legendary Trio of Unova
  • Two new theme decks, Power Play and Toxic Tricks, built around powerful Pokémon Krookodile and Scolipede
  • Full-card art cards of the Legendary Pokémon Tornadus and Thundurus
  • Contains more than 90 cards