the Pokémon TCG outdid itself with its latest version, Sword and Shield – Fusion Strike.Fusion Strike, which released in November 2021, is the biggest expansion that the Pokémon TCG already came out with a whopping 264 cards before Secret Rares. The set is partly based on the Japanese extension Fusion arts but also fits several key Japanese promotional cards as well as set cards like Eevee hero which have not been included in the English equivalent of this set, Sword and Shield – Changing skies. Sword and Shield – Fusion Strike is distinguished by the emphasis on the mythical Pokémon Mew and Gengar VMAX, as well as the introduction of a new style of fighting in the competition. JCC with Pokémon Fusion now joining Rapid Strike and Single Strike. Now that we’ve highlighted all of the top cards and counted my top ten picks, let’s take one last look at the set for a full review of the set.
Meow! Mew is the main focus on Sword and Shield – Fusion Strike, with six cards dedicated to the first (and best) Mythic Pokémon. What about the six cards? For me great Mew cards of all time, and just look at the Mew story. There is a parcel competition.
The cards feature some great artwork throughout even outside of Mew including the Chandelure VMAX and a host of terrific alternative arts including Mew V, Mew VMAX, Genesect V, Gengar VMAX, Inteleon V, Celebi V, and Espeon. VMAX. The Espeon VMAX Alternate Art was the missing Alt Eeveelution Changing skies and is an easy shoo-in for the best card in the set as well as one of the best of the year overall.
The weakest aspect of Fusion Strike is his selection of Trainer Supporters, with only Elesa’s Sparkle and Chili & Cilian & Cress being really interesting cards. Unfortunately, all of these get Rainbow Rares as well.
A Pokémon TCG crucible
This set is made up of cards from the Japanese set that were cut from the equivalent English set, promotions that had not yet been released to an international audience, and the Japanese set. Fusion arts. Thematically, it’s not as unified as the previous sets this year, and it plays more like a sort of 2021 retrospective that I really like. There are some really terrific carts in the main section of the set, with two Ninetails cards that are, to me, as memorable as the Secret Rares.
The simple fact is, this year has tipped the scales. In any other year, Sword and Shield – Fusion Strike would have been the set of the year. However, the dawn of Alternate Arts enriched the 2021 releases so much that it raised the bar for what modern style Pokémon TCG together can deliver. It’s not as perfect an offer as Changing skies, as dynamic as Icy reign, and that didn’t change the game because Fighting styles done by reintroducing Alts, but it’s a strong ensemble with strong focus and magnificent artistry.
FINAL NOTE : 7.5 / 10
That’s it for the spotlight on Pokémon TCG: Sword and Shield – Fusion Strike. You can read the full series of projectors by clicking on our Fusion Strike label.
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