Originally reported by PokeBeach, then confirmed by Pokemon themselves, the next international set will be titled Battle Styles. Now this isn’t any ordinary news report, although I’ll be relaying it nonetheless if you missed it – I’ve got some thoughts about what this might mean for the game moving forward.
The set will drop March 19 and we’ll be doing the whole compliment of singles and sealed here at ChannelFireball.com. What’s most exciting about the set are its two new key words, Rapid Strike and Single Strike. These don’t mean anything on their own; they’re just like a certain trainer’s Pokemon, much like Crobat G for example. From the cards that have already been revealed, it’s easy to tell there’s potential here for a complete metagame shakeup. Personally, I’m hoping that Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX finally finds itself on the way out.
There’s going to be over 160 cards in the set – 60 of which will feature the aforementioned keywords – and we’ll know more about the contents based on Japan’s counterpart set debuting on January 22. Here’re some of the pretty graphics, promotional material, card scans and some translations (again, all credit and thanks go to Pokebeach).
The most exciting thing here so far has to be Houndoom. Surely this isn’t the best this set can produce – I bet it’s just a glimpse at it – but the card is quite good. I love specialized mechanics and this will bolster Single Strike Pokemon decks – maybe there will be a ramp Pokemon for Rapid Strike ones! Octillery’s Ability is really cool, although it still might be too slow for the format. Emboar could even be good since you can use the new Mustard Supporter to get it into play too.
Both Mustard Supporters are almost identical to Archie’s Ace in the Hole and Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick, both of which created extremely fun and unique opportunities in their formats. Granted, our current Standard doesn’t have the discarding effects those formats did such as Ultra Ball, but there’s still Quick Ball among other things. Perhaps this set will even introduce something that discards two cards to bolster those Supporters.
Rapid Strike Energy might have been mistranslated, but as it stands, the card is insane. It could singlehandedly be enough to power up some super strong Rapid Strike Pokemon! The Energy powers up Empoleon V in one go and I’m sure there’s more Water/Fighting-type Rapid Strike cards on the way.
If nothing else this set already feels like a breath of fresh air. New mechanics are always a surefire way to spruce up a game and I’m hoping the power of Rapid Strike Energy along with some broken attacker can push ADP further out of the metagame. Battle Styles looks like a lot of fun and I can’t wait for March! Stay tuned to ChannelFireball.com and ChannelPokemon on Twitter for more news, preorders and the date of the next CFB Pro Showdown.