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TCG & Collectibles General Chat Thread

Merry Chrysalis
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So, I just read some interesting news...after being removed from its initial place in the Grass group and bring sorted into the Psychic type group since generation 4, Poison-type Pokémon are now going to be represented in the TCG’s Darkness type with the release of Gen 8 cards! This is rather interesting; I could’ve predicted Ghost-type Pokémon being sorted from Psychic into Darkness instead, or even Poison-types going back to having Grass group cards, but I didn’t quite expect this. And apart from special cases such as Dark Pokémon/Delta Species Pokémon, this’ll be the first time that Pokémon not regarded as Dark-types elsewhere in the franchise will be sharing the Darkness group with actual Dark-types. Although this could mean more unusual type interactions that don’t always line up with the main series type matchups (something that Ghost-types being classified as Darkness instead would actually help to correct instead), I can see how it works from a thematic standpoint; Poison is a “sinister” type much like Dark (hence why they’re both popular choices for villain teams), whereas Poison has much less of a thematic connection to Psychic-types. Anyone else have any thoughts on this development?
 
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So, I just read some interesting news...after being removed from its initial place in the Grass group and bring sorted into the Psychic type group since generation 4, Poison-type Pokémon are now going to be represented in the TCG’s Darkness type with the release of Gen 8 cards! This is rather interesting; I could’ve predicted Ghost-type Pokémon being sorted from Psychic into Darkness instead, or even Poison-types going back to having Grass group cards, but I didn’t quite expect this. And apart from special cases such as Dark Pokémon/Delta Species Pokémon, this’ll be the first time that Pokémon not regarded as Dark-types elsewhere in the franchise will be sharing the Darkness group with actual Dark-types. Although this could mean more unusual type interactions that don’t always line up with the main series type matchups (something that Ghost-types being classified as Darkness instead would actually help to correct instead), I can see how it works from a thematic standpoint; Poison is a “sinister” type much like Dark (hence why they’re both popular choices for villain teams), whereas Poison has much less of a thematic connection to Psychic-types. Anyone else have any thoughts on this development?
That's interesting...
 
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why are the TCG typings so different from the actual games?
 
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To simplify the game mechanics a bit (like for instance so that it’s not incredibly rare to hit a Pokémon for weakness if they don’t squeeze a bunch of type symbols into the bottom of the card), multiple Pokémon types are grouped under similar types in the TCG. Here’s a Li’l guide with the TCG types on the left, and the main series types that fit them on the right:

Colorless: Normal, Flying, Dragon (pre-Gen 5)
Fire: Fire
Water: Water, Ice
Grass: Grass, Bug, Poison (pre-Gen 4)
Fighting: Fighting, Rock, Ground
Psychic: Psychic, Ghost, Poison (Gens 4-7)
Lightning: Electric
Dragon: Dragon (got its own TCG type in Gen 5)
Fairy: Fairy
Metal: Steel
Darkness: Dark, Poison (Gen 8)
 
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