Pokémon have officially confirmed the eight Tag Team GX cards that will make up our August set, Unified Minds! Let's take a closer look as these powerful new duos, and which cards we except will be the harder to obtain when the set launches on August 2nd 2019.
Let's start with the ones that many Pokémon fans would consider the “coolest” out of the eight new Tag Team GXs!
First up we have our second grass-type Tag Team card, Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX. This wasn't a pairing many were expecting and it came as a pleasant surprise to see, arguably the two most popular grass-type Pokémon from the Sun & Moon generation, teaming up on one card.
Whilst we expect Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX to be popular amongst collectors, it lacks the immediate impact or grass-type synergy to make it an obviously powerful card in the TCG straight out the bat. It might see more play in the future, but I expect this card to drop under $10 (USD) quite quickly after launch.
Slowpoke & Psyduck-GX was another card we definitely weren't expecting to see, as Tag Team cards usually either feature Legendary or evolved Pokémon. We expect this card, and its full art, alternate art and rainbow variants (all of which should be in Unified Minds), to be extremely popular amongst collectors straight away.
As well as being adorable, the card has some potential in competitive Pokémon TCG, synergising with a new Misty card that allows you to find supporters easier, and that there is a ton of fire-type decks around, will make this card one of the more saught after Tag Teams when Unified Minds launches on August 2nd.
Next up we are treated to TWO new Eeveelution Tag Team cards parterning up with Legendary Pokémon. Umbreon & Darkrai GX features arguably Eevee's most popular evolution teaming up with Darkrai who is also one of the most printed Legendary Pokémon in the TCG.
Espeon & Deoxys-GX possibly has my favourite art from all the regular Tag Team cards in the set, and also provides Deoxys with it's first official appearance on a GX card. Both this and Umbreon & Darkrai-GX don't seem obviously powerful but they have been popping up in some winning decks in Japan and are ones to keep an eye out for.
Both these cards come from Japan's Tag Team GX Starter Decks, and so far we've only seen these regular art versions shown above. It will be interesting to see if Japan gets full art, rainbow etc versions of these cards. If not then it will be slightly pricier to obtain these two than most of the other Tag Teams in the set, as they are the only copies players can use in their decks.
Garchomp & Giratina-GX features arguably two of the most popular dragon-type Pokémon from recent years, and has a ton of potential in the TCG. Synergising well with Malamar from Forbidden Light, this card seems powerful with its large damage output and GX attack, and should be popular amongst players and collectors alike.
We definitely didn't seen Mega Sableye & Tyranitar GX coming! Mega Pokémon haven't been a feature of the TCG since 2016's XY Evolutions set, and Sableye himself never saw his Mega form as an official card during the XY era.
Despite its extremely heavy energy requirements, the card has seen some small success in Japan, combining well with the Weavile-GX which we should also get in this set, and using Naganadel from Lost Thunder to retrieve energy from the discard pile. The card isn't an obvious MEGA hit straight away, but it's definitely one to consider in the future.
Last but definitely not least, arguably the two most powerful Tag Team cards from Unified Minds. I spoke in a recent article about the power of Mewtwo & Mew-GX and its incredible Perfection ability, but it's still nice to see an English scan.
Mewtwo & Mew-GX, and its full art and rainbow rare versions, are expected to be the “chase card” Pokémon of Unified Minds, and will likely be $15+ or more ($25+ full arts, $35+ for rainbows) at launch, make sure to pick up your copies early before they start getting used in tournaments!
As a big Pikachu fan, it's fantastic to see the English version of Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX, especially as it has tons of potential in the TCG. The artwork of the two Raichu's teaming up is simply adorable, and it has a place straight away in a Pikachu & Zekrom-GX as a secondary attacker. I can't wait to pick up my copy!
All of these GX cards (plus most of their full art, alternate art and hyper rare versions) will be available in Unified Minds booster packs starting August 2nd. Prerelease events where you can get the cards up to two weeks early, begin on July 20th.
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Pro Player