Don’t Migrate To Pokémon TCG Live Until You’ve Read These Tips

The new-look Pokemon TCG Live play board.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

Ultimately, the purpose of Pokémon TCG Live is to switch the decade-old Pokémon TCG Online as the way in which to play the enormously common card recreation over the web. However, as of as we speak’s world beta launch, given the bugs and points we have skilled we might strongly counsel you keep away from it for now. However, in the event you’re decided, then for goodness sakes, learn on to search out out what you should do first.

Pokémon TCG Online (PTCGO) is undeniably a wobbly outdated piece of software program. Struggling to keep up web connections on pill, and a clunky factor to deal with on PC, it is definitely fit-for-purpose, however there’s plenty of room for enchancment. The intention is that such enchancment will come within the type of Pokémon TCG Live (PTCGL). In varied betas for the final couple of years, and delayed from its supposed launch in 2021, it is lastly in a position for everybody to obtain as we speak, whereas PTCGO stays accessible till the beta is over. It’s simply, effectively, I would not be switching simply but.

The main problem is, migrating your account into PTCGL means by no means, ever having the ability to log again into PTCGO. It completely warns you it will occur whenever you choose in to migration, however it’s far too simple to overlook simply how severe the results of this are, and the way a lot there may be to lose. Then, whenever you do, you’ve got moved from a comparatively secure model of the sport, to at least one that I’m stunned The Pokémon Company noticed match to launch worldwide.

Go Spend Your Coins Or They’re Gone

Those who’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 could possibly be purchased. Migrate to PTCGL and, effectively, you’ve got misplaced them. There’s apparently some type of conversion to an quantity of PTCGL‘s Crystal forex, however it’s opaque, and the 2 currencies aren’t equal. You positively need to go to Online 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 Lost

This one I had no clue about in any respect. While migrating your account to PTCGL brings throughout your card assortment as effectively some of your card bins, sleeves and cash (though it is not clear which will not make it), and in addition acknowledges your pre-Sun & Moon playing cards (despite the fact that you presently cannot play them), it simply will not hassle importing your personally created battle decks.

This is completely mysterious, and admittedly simply damned silly. Having missed this element, each hand-built deck I’ve made is now simply gone without end. And it is not as if there’s a chic answer for many who do know upfront.

In order to maintain your individual Battle Decks, it is advisable 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 Manager, then View Deck, then Export Deck, which it can save you as a .txt or Word file. You do that for each single deck, after which migrate your account to PTCGL. You can then copy this textual content into PTCGL‘s Deck Editor, by way of the Create Deck – Import Deck menu choices. But in the event you migrate first, there’s completely no technique to extract this information from the outdated app. Given it is apparently so simple as a textual content file swap, it is past silly this is not an automatic technique of account migration.

Building decks in PTCGL

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

It Limits How Many Cards It Imports, And Destroys The Rest

When you import your account, it is going to solely deliver throughout a most of 4 of any card. Why? According to the FAQ, simply because. Instead, greater than 4 of something you might 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 in every of every. The similar is true for every quarter of a Pokémon V-UNION card. Why? It simply is.

There’s additionally the weird choice to solely permit you to deliver over 59 of any fundamental Energy kind. 59!

Oh, and in the event you’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 Shop? Yup, significantly.

The broken Battle Deck warning in PTCGL.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

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, and its load occasions have been…not spectacular. But PTCGL simply appears a cluster of points proper now. Sure, it is 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 is positively info you may need to know.

One of the most effective options of PTCGL is the Battle Pass, which is a way more subtle model than the fortnightly unlockable gadgets in its predecessor. However, more often than not once I use this new software program, it simply tells me it is not accessible. It did this to me, in truth, proper in the course of the enforced tutorial, that means I used to be locked up on a web page I wasn’t allowed to go away, however could not do something with. I needed to stop and begin over, proper in the course of the sport’s obvious makes an attempt to present me some Silver Tempest Lugia-based playing cards, and I actually don’t know now if any of it labored.

After successful battles I’ve performed since, I’ve needed to see my progress. But I’m simply getting informed, “This characteristic just isn’t accessible now.” Not spectacular.

Also not spectacular is discovering, each time you open the app, that the sport’s needed to disable one of many key components of the sport’s new meta, Forest Seal Stone. These VSTAR-giving instruments are a model new mechanic for Silver Tempest, and one in every of them is already “banned from play” as a result of not working correctly in PTCGL.

Oh, and probably much less essential, the sport’s new avatars maintain altering themselves with out warning, that 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.

The delightful Fuckle_Shuckle

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

There’s no functioning put on filter

Well, I simply cannot anticipate my eight-year-old to log in and play in opposition to Fuckle_Shuckle. Great work, everybody.

The New In-Game Currencies Are Bewildering

One of the easiest 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. While 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 net recreation to really feel like a freebie.

Currently, the identical is true of PTCGL, with no means to purchase something immediately inside the app. However, it appears unbearably inevitable, given the bewildering variety of new currencies it sports activities.

You nonetheless have gold cash, that are gained by leveling up, finishing quests, reaching Battle Pass tiers, and which may be “purchased” with Crystals. Crystals are gained by, er, leveling up, finishing quests, and reaching Battle Pass tiers. But they can be spent on getting the Premium Pass for the Battle Pass, which lets you, um, unlock extra Crystals? Then there are credit! These may be gained by—you guessed it—leveling up and reaching new tiers within the Battle Pass. But you too can recycle playing cards you acquire over the brand new four-maximum restrict for Credits, after which use them to purchase particular person playing cards within the Deck Editor. Confused? I believe that is the thought.

Of all of them, the one one you typically need are Crystals, so you may by no means guess which one is the toughest to return by. In by far the dumbest side, to unlock the Premium Battle Pass you want Crystals, which it suggests you acquire by successful them within the Battle Pass, however they’re solely rewarded within the…that is proper! The Premium Battle Pass.

It’s definitely not possible that one of those madly overlapping faux-coins will not finally turn into accessible for a small money sum. I hope I’m mistaken, however, you recognize, capitalism. We’ve reached out to The Pokémon Company to see if they’re going to share any plans.

The card gallery pages are now hidden...in the shop?

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

Trading Is Gone

Honestly, I discover this probably the most stunning modifications, and definitely not one that you simply’re warned about when migrating. PTCGL has no buying and selling possibility, which is simply the largest disgrace.

In PTCGOif there have been a selected card you actually needed or wanted, you can look by the buying and selling part to see what others can be keen to swap it for. If it wasn’t there, you can counsel your individual commerce, go away it up for twenty-four hours, and see if anybody would chew. It was a stunning on-line model of one of many key components of any TCG, and it is such a bummer to see it simply solely eradicated within the replace. We’ve requested The Pokémon Company if it would ever come again.

You Will Eventually Have To Switch

There’s no hiding from it in the long run. PTCGO is meant to be sunsetted as quickly as PTCGL is able to go away beta. The Pokémon Company continues to be being cagey about when this can be, however very open and clear that its time is sort of up. The firm guarantees there can be loads of warning earlier than the older model is switched off for good.

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