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Steamforged Games, leading UK tabletop games developer and publisher (Monster Hunter World: The Board Game, DARK SOULS: The Board Game , Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game , Bardsung , Epic Encounters , and more) announce acquisition of the Euthia IP and a partnership with Czech studio, Diea Games, to resurrect the Euthia board game crowdfunding campaign that was cancelled in May  this year after raising over half a million dollars in just two days.  Euthia, rated 8.8 on BoardGameGeek and currently out-of-print, is an open-world fantasy sandbox RPG board game that initially ran on Kickstarter in 2020 and was well-received by the public. Described as Diablo-esque by reviewers, the game can be played competitively, solo, or cooperatively. News of the cancellation of the second crowdfunding campaign was felt throughout the tabletop community. With Steamforged's support, Diea Games are now able to realise their dream of becoming a full-time development studio and can continue their w

Pokémon TCG: V Battle Decks - Venusaur vs Blastoise

The V Battle Decks have been revealed. These are most likely a replacements for the Theme Decks (see original post below for my thoughts) and will be similar to the Venusaur and Blastoise Decks Japan is getting. There will be two versions; individual decks featuring Venusaur V and Blastoise V ($14.99 MSRP), and a Venusaur vs Blastoise Bundle ($29.99 MSRP) including both decks.

Unfortunately these appear to only contain the V cards and not the VMAX versions. Once we have the full card list they will be posted here.

These decks are an upgrade over the current Theme Decks and will contain a Metal Coin instead of the current plastic version. It can be assumed the damage counters, playmat, and deck box will still be paper versions. In addition buying the Bundle package you will receive 8 additional Trainer cards to improve the decks, two of which will be special holo-cards.

These decks also have a new type of indicator called Play Level, which is to help new players in the Pokémon TCG know where to start. These are considered Level 1 Beginner decks, and we can assume the future League Battle Decks will be Level 3 Advanced.

Description

Mighty Pokémon V Battle for Victory!

Powerful Pokémon V are ready to charge onto the battlefield in the new Pokémon TCG: V Battle Decks! Each 60-card deck is led by a valiant Pokémon V and includes everything you need to play right away. Let the battle begin!

In each box, you'll find:

  • 1 Ready-to-Play 60-Card Deck
  • 3 Reference Cards
  • 1 Rules Booklet
  • Single-Player Playmat
  • Damage Counters
  • 1 Large Metallic Coin
  • 1 Deck Box
  • 1 Quick Guide
  • 1 TCGO Code Card

Two Strong Pokemon V Stand Ready!

Get ready for a major Pokémon battle with a ready-to-play double deck bundle with extra Trainer cards! The Pokémon TCG: V Battle Deck -Venusaur vs. Blastoise includes a deck for you and one for a friend, so you can face off. You can choose either Venusaur V or Blastoise V to lead your team in a heads-up battle against another Trainer. Then, switch up the decks and see what things look like from the other side can you win with both powerful Pokémon V?

The Pokémon TCG: V Battle Deck—Venusaur vs. Blastoise includes:

  • 2 Ready-to-Play V Battle Decks (60 cards each)
  • Each deck includes a powerful special Pokémon: Venusaur V or Blastoise V
  • 8 Additional Trainer Cards: including 2 foil cards
  • 2 Large Metallic Coins
  • 2 Deck Boxes
  • 2 Quick Guides
  • 2 Single-Player Playmats
  • 6 Reference Cards
  • Damage Counters
  • 1 Guide to Upgrading Your Decks
  • 1 TCGO Code Card for Both Decks

Original Post

The good folks over at Total Cards have confirmed that we will be getting a new V Battle Deck for the Pokémon TCG in February. These were already revealed by distributors but were unsure of specifics. I mentioned in my weekly recap on YouTube that these were most likely going to be similar to the V Starter Decks that were released in Japan in July.

The February listing shows two items, a V Battle Deck and a Battle Deck Bundle. This suggests we are getting two V Battle Decks and a single combined product similar to the older XY Battle Arena Decks. The listing also doesn't list any Theme Decks, so it is possible this new V Battle Deck will be replacing our Theme Decks.

Since Sword and Shield's release the International Market has been slowly catching up with Japan's releases. In addition we have also started to use the same Format Stamp (the little letter D on the Sword and Shield cards) meaning all future rotations will be based on the marker and hopefully make a unified format, as currently our standard is Team Up and newer and Japan is Ultra Sun Ultra Moon (Ultra Prism) and newer. Having similar Starter Decks would go a long way toward that goal.

Once we have official description, images and deck lists we will update the this article.

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