Posted by Zach Lesage on 11/9/2022 to Articles
Silver Tempest is Here
What’s up PoTown readers? Have you been getting ready for all of the cards coming out in the newest Pokemon TCG set - Silver Tempest? This set seems to take us back to the Gold and Silver GameBoy days featuring many popular Pokemon, like Ho-oh V, Unown VSTAR, and Lugia VSTAR [Silver Tempest], and it has me hyped to start playing with all of these new cards. The goal of this article is to share my Top 10 most playable cards from Silver Tempest to help anyone kickstart competitive play from this new set. I have been testing these cards, thinking about these cards when walking my dog, and even dreaming of how these cards interact with each other. I’m getting ready to play in the 2022 Latin America International Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I hope to make a big splash there as a player. If you need any of these cards for your Pokemon Trading Card Game Online Collection, be sure to pick up some Silver Tempest PTCGO codes from the PoTown store. They have a great variety of Pokemon TCG Online codes that you can purchase 24/7 and get them instantly delivered to your email. That being said, let’s jump into this list!
10. Leafy Camo Poncho
We gotta start this list off somewhere, and before I share why I put Leafy Camo Poncho [Silver Tempest] at 10th, I wanna say that I was so close to putting Alolan Vulpix VSTAR here. So before anyone says where it is, it would likely be my 11th card, and I might kick myself later for not putting it. Leafy Camo Poncho is great at protecting your VSTAR / VMAX Pokemon from getting affected by Supporter cards that your opponent plays against you. No more Boss’s Orders [Rebel Clash], no more Flannery [Chilling Reign], and no Serena [Silver Tempest]. I’m not sure how this card will fit into previous Pokemon online decks or new decks, but I think it will be a viable card along the way for sure!
9. Radiant Jirachi
We are mainly looking at Radiant Jirachi [Silver Tempest] for its Make a Wish Ability that allows you to search your deck for up to 3 cards when it gets Knocked Out by damage from your opponent’s attack. I’m not sure which deck I would instantly put this in, largely because Radiant Greninja [Astral Radiance] is so good, but I could see this in a control-style deck. You can sacrifice Jirachi while building up a bunch of cool control cards in the background and use Make a Wish to further your success. This is a card that I might never play, but if I do find the perfect deck for it, I’m gonna wanna own it.
Have you ever wanted to stop your opponent from attacking because they don’t have enough Energy? Ariados [Silver Tempest] allows you to increase the cost of your opponent’s Pokemon VSTAR attacks by a single Colorless Energy. That makes Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR [Astral Radiance] attack for three Energy instead of just two Water Energy. I can definitely see this being teched in a few decks, but maybe this will give some Zoroark [Evolving Skies] decks an opportunity to shine. This is the type of card that could be in the top cut of a World Championships - it just needs the rest of the combo to shine.
7. Regieleki VMAX
Damage modifiers have largely been successful in the Pokemon TCG, and I don’t think Regieleki VMAX [Silver Tempest] is going to be any different. The most obvious combo that players have come up with is Vikavolt V [Darkness Ablaze] to have a damage-boosted Item lock that you can do each turn! Better yet, since most deck lists that feature Regieleki VMAX don’t play a VSTAR Pokemon, you can often tech in Forest Seal Stone [Silver Tempest] to search for key elements, like Melony [Chilling Reign], whenever you want. As more and more Basic Lightning-type Pokemon get printed, this card will continuously be brought back into the spotlight.
In the history of the entire competitive Pokemon TCG, I don’t think there has ever been a better form of Special Energy acceleration than Archeops [Silver Tempest]. You can use Primal Turbo to search your deck for up to two Special Energy and attach them to one of your Pokemon. You can easily use this card to search out Powerful Colorless Energy [Darkness Ablaze] to do some extra damage, Double Turbo Energy [Brilliant Stars] is almost like an extra attachment, and there are so many other Special Energy available. Lugia VSTAR [Silver Tempest] can allow you to summon two copies of Archeops into play with its VSTAR Ability, but you can also naturally get Archeops into play if you are playing a different style of deck.
5. V Guard Energy
Similar to how doing extra damage is great, so is reducing the damage your opponent does - that's where V Guard Energy [Silver Tempest] comes into play. The Pokemon V Guard Energy is attached to take 30 damage less from your opponents Pokemon V. If you pair this with Radiant Gardevoir [Lost Origin], Big Charm [Sword and Shield], and Hyper Potion [Champions Path], you can tank a lot of damage. I can already see this card seeing quite a bit of success with Lugia VSTAR, but maybe it would be great in an Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars] deck or Blissey V [Chilling Reign] deck.
4. Regidrago VSTAR
Choosing from a variety of attacks is quite often a rare occurrence in competitive Pokemon TCG, but Regidrago VSTAR [Silver Tempest] can copy whatever it likes with its Dragon Dream attack! Wanna go through a Miltank [Astral Radiance]? Use Giratina V [Lost Origin]. Wanna accelerate Energy? Use Dragonite [Silver Tempest]. How about sniping? Garchomp V [Astral Radiance] finally has a chance to shine! You can power it up by using Comfey, Colress’s Experiment, and Mirage GateLost Origin], but I’ve also seen some builds go for Leafeon V [Evolving Skies] and Gardenia’s Vitality [Astral Radiance]. Whichever way you decide to build this deck, I’m sure Regidrago VSTAR will see success at the top tables!
3. Lugia VSTAR
Lugia VSTAR is a beast of a card because you can use it to summon powerful Colorless Pokemon, like Archeops, and hit hard with Storm Dive. As I was explaining earlier, you can use Powerful Colorless Energy as damage modifiers, and that can bring Storm Dive into the territory of OHKOing Pokemon VSTAR / VMAX - especially after attaching a Choice Belt [Brilliant Stars]. There are quite a few ideas I have for Lugia VSTAR, but at its core, I truly believe this card is gonna see the most success with Archeops. It just comes down to which techs to play at that point. A straight-up list? Maybe? A bunch of different attackers? Well, we could get some use out of Drapion V [Lost Origin] and maybe a Radiant Pokemon. There are so many possibilities, and this card makes them all viable.
2. Forest Seal Stone
Being able to slap Forest Seal Stone onto any Pokemon V and giving it a VSTAR Ability is absolutely broken - no questions asked there. I have seen Mew VMAX [Fusion Strike] lists putting this card on a Genesect V [Fusion Strike] to search out an answer to Path to the Peak [Chilling Reign] because it was just ruled that Forest Seal Stone isn’t affected by Path to the Peak (yeah, I’m just as surprised as you are). Think about it! Crobat V [Shining Fates] can use it, Lumineon V [Brilliant Stars] can use it, and so can a bunch of other cards. This card alone might be enough of a reason for Oranguru V [Astral Radiance] to see the play - it is that good!
Boom! Here we are with the best card in Silver Tempest- Serena! Having a choice in the Pokemon TCG is quite often the key to success, and Serena offers just that! You can choose between having a draw Supporter or a card that lets you gust up Pokemon V. No longer are lists gonna blindly toss in four copies of Boss’s Orders or go with a Standard high count of Professor’s Research [Sword and Shield] and Marnie [Sword and Shield]. We now have the option to compress our lists because Serena can give us more space with less cards used which means we might have room for other unique cards. This card will likely see a bunch of play in many different decks and will change the way most players build their decks!
Get Ready to Play
Anytime a new set drops on PTCGO, the whole community is ready to play the game again! As much as our Lost Origin format has been super fun, who wouldn’t want to be one of the first people to play with Lugia VSTAR, Regidrago VSTAR, and Regieleki VMAX? I’m sure there are even more combinations hidden within this set so I’m excited to see what the community comes up with when playing at LAIC or even at Late Night events online. If you are as hyped for this set as me, be sure to pick up some Silver Tempest PTCGO codes right here at the PoTown store. Instant email delivery, a large stock of codes, plenty of variety, and more! I appreciate everyone for reading this article and for all of the support. Take care!
About the Writer
Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PoTownStore.com. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokemon events and follow him on Twitter @ZachLesagePTCG.