In the end, the purpose of Pokémon TCG Stay is to interchange the decade-old Pokémon TCG On-line as the best way to play the enormously standard card sport over the web. Nonetheless, as of at present’s international beta launch, given the bugs and points we’ve skilled we’d strongly recommend you keep away from it for now. Nonetheless, for those who’re decided, then for goodness sakes, learn on to seek out out what you should do first.
Pokémon TCG On-line (PTCGO) is undeniably a wobbly outdated piece of software program. Struggling to take care of web connections on pill, and a clunky factor to deal with on PC, it’s actually fit-for-purpose, however there’s quite a lot of room for enchancment. The intention is that such enchancment will come within the type of Pokémon TCG Stay (PTCGL). In varied betas for the final couple of years, and delayed from its meant launch in 2021, it’s lastly ready for everybody to obtain at present, whereas PTCGO stays obtainable till the beta is over. It’s simply, effectively, I wouldn’t be switching simply but.
The most important problem is, migrating your account into PTCGL means by no means, ever having the ability to log again into PTCGO. It completely warns you this can occur if you choose in to migration, nevertheless it’s far too straightforward to overlook simply how severe the results of this are, and the way a lot there may be to lose. Then, if you do, you’ve moved from a comparatively steady model of the sport, to 1 that I’m shocked The Pokémon Firm noticed match to launch worldwide.
Go Spend Your Cash Or They’re Gone
Those that’ve been enjoying PTCGO for some time will inevitably have a teetering pile of Pokécoins they’ve gained, with which packs of playing cards and ornamental gadgets might be purchased. Migrate to PTCGL and, effectively, you’ve misplaced them. There’s apparently some type of conversion to an quantity of PTCGL’s Crystal forex, nevertheless it’s opaque, and the 2 currencies aren’t equal. You undoubtedly wish to go to On-line and spend as a lot of them as you possibly can earlier than they’re misplaced.
You Have To Export Your Battle Decks Or They’re Misplaced
This one I had no clue about in any respect. Whereas migrating your account to PTCGL brings throughout your card assortment in addition to some of your card packing containers, sleeves and cash (though it’s not clear which gained’t make it), and in addition acknowledges your pre-Solar & Moon playing cards (despite the fact that you at the moment can’t play them), it simply gained’t trouble importing your personally created battle decks.
That is totally mysterious, and admittedly simply damned silly. Having missed this element, each hand-built deck I’ve made is now simply gone perpetually. And it’s not as if there’s a sublime answer for many who do know prematurely.
As a way to maintain your individual Battle Decks, you’ll want to log in to PTCGO, after which export the textual content of your “deck lists” to a textual content file. To do that, go to Deck Supervisor, then View Deck, then Export Deck, which it can save you as a .txt or Phrase file. You do that for each single deck, after which migrate your account to PTCGL. You may then copy this textual content into PTCGL’s Deck Editor, through the Create Deck – Import Deck menu choices. However for those who migrate first, there’s completely no technique to extract this knowledge from the outdated app. Given it’s apparently so simple as a textual content file swap, it’s past silly this isn’t an automatic strategy of account migration.
It Limits How Many Playing cards It Imports, And Destroys The Relaxation
Whenever you import your account, it’ll solely carry throughout a most of 4 of any card. Why? In response to the FAQ, simply because. As an alternative, greater than 4 of something you may have in your assortment is simply burned for zero compensation.
This will get worse for ACE SPEC, Prism Star, and Pokémon Star playing cards, the place you possibly can solely maintain one among every. The identical is true for every quarter of a Pokémon V-UNION card. Why? It simply is.
There’s additionally the weird determination to solely will let you carry over 59 of any fundamental Power sort. 59!
Oh, and for those who’re questioning how one can see the playing cards in your assortment now, outdoors of deck constructing, you possibly can solely discover them by…wanting within the Store? Yup, severely.
It’s A Buggy Beta
It’s not like PTCGO was the world’s most dependable piece of software program. Seemingly a butterfly farting close to your wifi was sufficient for it to knock you again to the login display screen, and its load occasions have been…not spectacular. However PTCGL simply appears a cluster of points proper now. Certain, it’s a beta, in order that’s comprehensible, however given importing your account to it means by no means having the ability to return to the higher model, it’s undoubtedly data you’ll wish to know.
Among the best options of PTCGL is the Battle Cross, which is a way more refined model than the fortnightly unlockable gadgets in its predecessor. Nonetheless, more often than not as I exploit this new software program, it simply tells me it’s not accessible. It did this to me, in actual fact, proper in the course of the enforced tutorial, which means I used to be locked up on a web page I wasn’t allowed to go away, however couldn’t do something with. I needed to stop out and begin over, proper in the course of the sport’s obvious makes an attempt to offer me some Silver Tempest Lugia-based playing cards, and I actually do not know now if any of it labored.
After profitable battles I’ve performed since, I’ve wished to see my progress. However I’m simply getting advised, “This characteristic just isn’t obtainable now.” Not spectacular.
Additionally not spectacular is discovering, each time you open the app, that the sport’s needed to disable one of many key parts of the sport’s new meta, Forest Seal Stone. These VSTAR-giving instruments are a model new mechanic for Silver Tempest, and one among them is already “banned from play” because of not working correctly in PTCGL.
Oh, and presumably much less necessary, the sport’s new avatars maintain altering themselves with out warning, which means the man I’ve constructed to look a bit like my son retains switching himself over to a extremely douchy pair of sun shades.
There’s No Functioning Swear Filter
Properly, I simply can’t watch for my eight-year-old to log in and play towards Fuckle_Shuckle. Nice work, everybody.
The New In-Sport Currencies Are Bewildering
One of many best issues about PTCGO was that, regardless of the plain billions that would have been made, it by no means allowed real-world cash to be spent in-game. Whereas its infrastructure was completely constructed round these code playing cards you get in Pokémon card merchandise, these at all times really feel like a bonus additional, by no means the explanation you’d purchase something, permitting the web sport to really feel like a freebie.
At present, the identical is true of PTCGL, with no manner to purchase something instantly throughout the app. Nonetheless, it appears unbearably inevitable, given the bewildering variety of new currencies it sports activities.
You continue to have gold cash, that are gained by levelling up, finishing quests, reaching Battle Cross tiers, and which might be “purchased” with Crystals. Crystals are gained by, er, levelling up, finishing quests, and reaching Battle Cross tiers. However they will also be spent on getting the Premium Cross for the Battle Cross, which lets you, um, unlock extra Crystals? Then there are Credit! These might be gained by—you guessed it—levelling up and reaching new tiers within the Battle Cross. However you may also recycle playing cards you achieve over the brand new four-maximum restrict for Credit, after which use them to purchase particular person playing cards within the Deck Editor. Confused? I believe that’s the concept.
Of all of them, the one one you typically need are Crystals, so that you’ll by no means guess which is hardest to come back by. In by far the dumbest side, to unlock the Premium Battle Cross you want Crystals, which it suggests you achieve by profitable them within the Battle Cross, however they’re solely rewarded within the…that’s proper! The Premium Battle Cross.
It’s certainly unimaginable that one of those madly overlapping faux-coins gained’t finally change into obtainable for a small money sum. I hope I’m incorrect, however, you recognize, capitalism. We’ve reached out to The Pokémon Firm to see in the event that they’ll share any plans.
Buying and selling Is Gone
Actually, I discover this one of the vital surprising adjustments, and positively not one that you just’re warned about when migrating. PTCGL has no buying and selling possibility, which is simply the most important disgrace.
In PTCGO, if there have been a specific card you actually wished or wanted, you could possibly look via the buying and selling part to see what others could be prepared to swap it for. If it wasn’t there, you could possibly recommend your individual commerce, depart it up for twenty-four hours, and see if anybody would chew. It was a beautiful on-line model of one of many key parts of any TCG, and it’s such a bummer to see it simply solely eradicated within the replace. We’ve requested The Pokémon Firm if it’d ever come again.
You Will Ultimately Have To Swap
There’s no hiding from it ultimately. PTCGO is meant to be sunsetted as quickly as PTCGL is able to depart beta. The Pokémon Firm remains to be being cagey about when this might be, however very open and clear that its time is sort of up. The corporate guarantees there might be loads of warning earlier than the older model is switched off for good.