The newest set in the TCG format has been released.  Sun & Moon: Burning Shadows is the third series of boosters in the Sun & Moon series (Referred to as BUS or SM3)

This is the last set to be released before the rotation on September 1.    They can be used right now in standard, but there is going to be a huge shift in Standard format due to the pokémon and supporters we will be losing.   This is a good time to start modifying your decks (Make a copy first) to the new format, and get used to the cards.

Let’s look at some of the cards we will be getting….

 

Darkrai GX

Darkrai GX is one of my favorite pokémon in this set.   It has a decent attack, for two dark energy and one colorless, it does Dark Cleave for 130 damage, not affected by resistance.  That is a decent attack, and can be boosted with a Choice Band for 160 damage.   But the best part about it is the ability:

Restoration
Once during your turn (before your attack), if this Pokémon is in your discard pile, you may put it onto your Bench.  Then, attach a DARK Energy card from your discard pile to this Pokémon.

This means that Darkrai can come back from the dead.   You really won’t need more than 2.     Awesome Sauce!

 

Alolan Muk GX

This card has some weight to it.  The GX attack (which doesn’t require ANY energy) lets you switch their active pokémon with one of their benched pokémon, and leave it BURNED, PARALYZED, and POISONED!   Ouch!     Now the main move, Crunch (2 Darkness, 2 colorless) deals only 120 damage, which won’t OHKO much, but it does discard an energy from your opponent’s active pokémon, so that could slow your opponent down to allow a 2HKO…   I’m up in the air about this card, but I’m sure it will see some play.

 

Necrozma GX

I don’t like this card.   It has an interesting ability, Light’s End (Prevent all damage done to this Pokémon by attacks from Colorless Pokémon) but that only protects you from one type.   The energy cost for the attacks is too much.  Three colorless energy, but you need psychic energy (to discard) in order to do any real damage.  Sure, the GX attack is great, but it’s not enough for me.    (For 3 Colorless, Black Ray GX does 100 damage to each of your opponent’s GX or EX pokémon) 

 

Ho-Oh GX

I love this card.   Especially with Kiawe, this is a great addition to a Volcanion deck.   Choose to go first if you win the coin-flip, and if you get Ho-Oh on turn 1, and Kiawe, you start with a HUGE advantage, a fully powered Ho-Oh on Turn 2.   (Luck be with you) The thing I love about this card is that although you cannot use Phoenix Burn twice in a row, you can still use Sacred Fire for a 50 damage to any of your opponent’s pokemon.

 

Tapu Fini GX

I’ve got mixed feelings about Tapu Fini.   I like that it has a one-colorless attack that does damage and lets it switch out.   The main attack, Hydro Shot, costs two Water and one Colorless energy, and you have to discard two Water energies…. And for only 120 damage.    The GX attack is pretty cool.. For one water energy, your opponent shuffles his ACTIVE Pokemon and all cards attached to it into his deck.   But, you cannot use this to win the game… It only works if your opponent has a benched pokémon to switch in, otherwise the attack does nothing.

Gardevoir GX

Gardevoir…. This is a great card.  I like this a lot!  This is a speed demon, with the ability to attach a Fairy energy from your hand to one of your pokémon.   The attack only needs one fairy energy, but the more energy, the stronger the attack.  Infinite Force does 30 damage times the amount of energy attached to BOTH active pokémon.  This is killer!  The GX move allows for recycling, where for one fairy energy, you shuffle 10 cards from your discard pile into your deck.   This is the Pokémon to watch out for!