August’s English Set: ‘Darkness Ablaze,’ Plus Two New Types of Products!

The name of our next English set will be Darkness Ablaze!

As its name suggests, the set will be based on Eruption Walker featuring Centiskorch VMAX and Japan’s upcoming set World Down featuring Eternatus VMAX. (The set was recently renamed to Infinity Zone due to coronavirus.) We should also see the cards from Japan’s Charizard VMAX and Grimmsnarl VMAX decks.

Darkess Ablaze will release on August 14th. This is one week later than usual for a set release. This would have lined up with the dates of Worlds 2020, so it’s unknown if all our August sets will do so in the future so they somehow tie into the event. Or perhaps TPCi is moving set releases to the second week of the month from now on. We’re not sure yet!

Along with the set name, two new types of set products were revealed.

A “Darkness Ablaze Premium Checklane Blister Pack” will retail for about a dollar more than a regular checklane blister. Checklane blisters always come with one booster pack, a promo card, and a coin (pictured right). We’re not sure how the “premium” version will differ, but it will obviously come with an extra goodie like a pin or promo.

There will also be a new “Darkness Ablaze 2-Pack Blister.” It will obviously come with two booster packs and other goodies or promos. For some reason, preliminary listings show it’s a little cheaper than the $3.99 it costs for one of the set mini-albums with a booster pack. But this doesn’t make sense, as the price would be far too cheap for two booster packs (not to mention it will obviously come with extra goodies). So we’re not sure what’s going on with this product yet.

As usual, Darkness Ablaze will also see the release of a 3-pack blister, a 1-pack checklane blister, theme decks, an Elite Trainer Box, and a mini-album with a booster pack.

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  1. steffenka Miss Vaanjie


    You'll have to wait until they officially announce Gigantamax Blastoise (and Venusaur) before they do that, right now it's still teased :p
  2. MtSilverHermit Aspiring Trainer


    I'll continue to be patient
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  3. NicoNoo Meta/budget player


    Doubt it. Unlike the babies that aren't really that marketable (counted exceptions such as Pichu or Munchlax), Dragon types, mons like Dragonite, Haxorus, Goodra and Salamance and Kommo-o remain marketable (three of those are pseudos for God's sake). Not to mention that Dragonite's and Salamence other half is already colorless. What are they gonna do? Make a typeless Dratini/Dragonair?
  4. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Now that Pokemon-V are Basics again, they could just skip Salamence, Dragonite, and Kommo-o's pre-evos and print them as Pokemon V.

    I think Goodra and Haxorus might just get axed (haha) until further notice though. While I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't print them at all until they found a workaround (ex: changing their types à la Delta species), I think IF they do decide to make Dragons Colorless again (MDCA!) it'll still be a long time before they actually print them as such (ex: not until next year).

    There's almost 900 Pokemon, including brand new Pokemon and Gigantamax formes to come in the SwSh DLC (Galarian Kanto Birds, Galarian Regis, Galarian Slowpoke, Urshifu, Calyrex, etc.) -- they can more than afford to pretend Goodra and Haxorus (and Druddigon, the only other pure Dragon) don't exist.
    Last edited: May 7, 2020
  5. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  6. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer


    This looks like nothing to complain about, so: "yawn, another Pikachu promo over something from Sword & Shield"
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  7. FireLizard Dragon shipper


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  8. Clam Almost decent


    I do love me some theme decks also that coin is very cute
  9. AshCo さくうぴい?!


    Ooh nice Galarian Darmanitan! I'm huge on Darmanitan so I'll have to pick up a single of the foil at some point. That's the first foil Darmanitan since the BW Prerelease promo, right? Can't believe it's been nine years.
  10. (The set was recently renamed to Infinity Zone due to coronavirus.)

    That was never ever confirmed, it was merely speculation on Pokebeach's part.
    TheAquaPiplup, MilesEX and Clam like this.
  11. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB


    Well why else would they reveal a set to be named "World Down" and then change the name to something else in the middle of a global pandemic? I mean yes technically it's "speculation" but sometimes the simplest solution really is the solution.
  12. Luplayz The Master of bad Pokemon


    with the darmanitan deck, you can notice Zen Mode on it, and also noticing that the Galarian Darmanitan has new art, there might be a Galarian Zen Mode Darmanitan upcoming? but if it would be in the Theme Deck it wouldnt have its Fire Typing.

    So either its that Zen Mode will be in the set without the fire typing, in the set with the fire typing, or just there to be on the deck art, but I'm really hoping for it to be in the set/deck.
    I guess we'll see soon!

  13. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
    Grass-Type Farm Owner


    Yay, a card for snowman mode Darmanitan.
  14. Clam Almost decent


    Just what we needed!
  15. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer


    I'm looking forward to seeing this set. I'm also looking forward to getting the Sirfetch'd Deck. I wonder if the Dracozolt, Arctozolt, Dracovish and Arctovish will be the same as Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos, Shieldon, Tirtouga, Archen, Tyrunt and Amaura, as in they will evolve from Unidentified Fossil. Would make sense here. I also wonder if we will be getting a Goomy or a Jongmo-o card. Either one of those will determine the fate of Dragon-type cards, wherther they will be retained with Psychic Weakness, or reverted back to Colorless, but with Psychic Weakness instead of Colorless (with Dragons being weak to Fairy).
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  16. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Calling it now: Galarian Darmanitan will finally be the deck that ends Charizard's dominance in the Theme Deck format.

    If Zen mode Gal-Darma is as powerful as it is in-game, then Gal-Darma decks will also counter themselves (since looking at the deck box it'll probably be a Fire type card... but I guess only using Water Energy because the deck is pure Water? Weird :/).

    On the other hand if the (speculated) Fire half of the deck is unusable, then the deck could be soft-countered by Zacian/Zamazenta, which in turn gets destroyed by Charizard, meaning the movement towards an RPS theme deck meta has now begun...

    Probably better than just using Charizard to steamroll everyone, though, which I completely admit to doing.

    Also, side note: I really hope they're not just going to re-use the Rebel Clash GD/Sirfetch'd. That is really lazy and does absolutely nothing to highlight star cards in that set. I've been pretty disappointed with that overall -- I'm sure any one of us could come up with decent theme deck ideas "starring" only Pokemon from within these massive sets and not needing to resort to other sets.
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  17. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer


    The pack design is giving me a flashfire vibe
  18. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer


    In my opinion Dragonite reign supreme right now, it have a good matchup agaisnt everything in the theme deck, Charizard is good but it relies a lot on Rapidash coin flips of course is annoying when flip heads 5 time in a row... but when they dont Charizard deck isnt that dangerous also Kyogre can easily destroy Charizard while Dragonite really doesnt have a counter, Groundon can deal with the electrict types but then you switch to use your fighthing resistance pokemon, Dragonite has better covering than Charizad

    I doubt it, just for the art it looks they are new, also the zen mode in the box is intriguing, could the deck include a total of 4 GD? That will be interesting
  19. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    Made me miss buying decks. Always thought the booster boxes are what you want to buy so you can collect as much but the theme deck has always had their own charm I guess. Really nice artwork.
  20. Kaizaac Aspiring Trainer


    Huh, I think the theme deck cards is from Rebel Clash. Bit odd, but they’re cools cards.