Your current location: Home » assistant » [pokemon expansions]Pokemon TCG Expansion Chilling Reign Is The Perfect Set For Sword & Shield Fans

[pokemon expansions]Pokemon TCG Expansion Chilling Reign Is The Perfect Set For Sword & Shield Fans

2021-07-09 04:33 Tag:


  TheGamer Originals

  Pokemon TCG Expansion Chilling Reign Is The Perfect Set For Sword & Shield Fans

  By Eric Switzer

  Published 7 days ago


  While Chilling Reign doesn’t necessarily check every box, it’s still the most refined set we’ve seen so far throughout the Sword & Shield era.


  It’s hard to believe we’re already in the sixth subset of Pokemon TCG expansions in the Sword & Shield series. This is the eighth set I’ve reviewed since Sword & Shield Base Series launched in February 2020, and practically everyone has been better than the one before it. Chilling Reign is a combination of the Japanese sets Silver Lance, Jet Black Spirit, and Peerless Fighters, and is essentially a celebration of Pokemon Sword & Shield’s second expansion DLC, Crown Tundra. This set contains the first appearances of several Pokemon introduced in Crown Tundra, including the Galar version of the legendary birds and, of course, Calyrex. While Chilling Reign doesn’t necessarily check every box the way Battle Styles did, and it isn’t a special event set like Shining Fates, it still feels like the most refined set we’ve seen so far throughout the Sword & Shield era.


  I don’t think there’s ever been a mainline Pokemon card set with a theme this strong before. The winter scenes permeate at least half of the cards, and the Crown Tundra stars certainly steal the show. Calyrex, the mascot of the series, appears 12 times in the set, which might be a record. Between V, VMAX, Full Art, Alt Art, Rainbow, and the two forms, Ice Rider and Shadow Rider, it’s very likely that anyone who opens Chilling Reign will get some kind of Calyrex card. That’s a pretty special quality for a set mascot to have, and I really hope that’s a trend that continues in future sets.


  Related:?This Artist Painted A Renaissance-Style Portrait Of A Kid With Loads Of Pokemon Cards

  I love when you can tell what set a card is from just by looking at the art, and Chilling Reign does that really well. In this set, you’ll find Scorbunny rolling up snowballs, Rockruff trudging through piles of fresh snow, tons of fan-favorite ice types like Froslass and Lapras, and so much more. One of my favorite cards is a Raboot bouncing a snowball on his foot like a hacky sack like the brooding teenager he is. There might be a handful of reprints in Chilling Reign, as is common with any set, but there’s so much original art here that fits perfectly with the theme of the set that I can’t help but appreciate the whole package.


  Of course, the big prizes in Chilling Reign are the Galarian legendary birds, of which there are nine to collect between V, Full Art, and Alternate Art. The Galarian birds are sort of the perfect storm for the TCG because they appeal to both old Pokemon fans and new fans of the games, and there’s a novelty to this being the first time they’ve ever been printed. I’m on the hunt for a Moltres to finish the trio, and I suspect finding all three birds will drive a lot of people to continue investing in Chilling Reign over the next few months.


  The best thing about Chilling Reign, without a doubt, is the availability. I walked into a Gamestop two hours after the store opened and there were still single packs available. They were gone by the end of the day, obviously, but the fact that I could walk into a store and buy packs at all is a triumph. Like many, I took a big step back from the hobby when scalping became such a big issue. TPCi promises that production would increase to meet demand, and I think the Chilling Reign is our first indication that that’s actually happening. The situation is still far from ideal, but if you’re looking for Chilling Reign I think there’s a good chance you’ll actually find some.


  There’s are no Amazing Rares in Chilling Reign, which is the only thing I would like to have seen, but Shiny Gold cards are back — this time with Electrode, Bronzong, and Snorlax — and there’s also three gold energy cards, which anyone with good taste will tell you are the best kinds of cards. I’m thrilled with this set, and I think any fans of Crown Tundra will definitely connect with it too. The next set, Evolving Skies, will be an Eeveelution extravaganza in August. I fully expect Evolving Skies to totally take the wind out of Chilling Reign’s sails, but I, for one, won’t soon forget how magical this winter wonderland expansion turned out to be.


  Next:?Some Target Stores Are Selling Pokemon Cards Again


  captain america in marvel's avengers steampunk goggles

  Marvel’s Avengers New Steampunk Skins Have No Steam And Definitely Aren’t Punk

  You can now dress up your Avengers in steampunk garb, but most players can’t really see how the new skins are steampunk at all.

  Read Next

  Related Topics

  TheGamer Originals


  pokemon trading cards

  Pokemon TCG

  About The Author


  Eric Switzer

  (1104 Articles Published)

  Eric Switzer is the Livestream News Editor for TheGamer as well as the lead for VR and Tech. He has written about comics and film for Bloody Disgusting and VFXwire. He is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia and Vancouver Film School. Eric loves board games, fan conventions, new technology, and his sweet sweet kitties Bruce and Babs. Favorite games include Destiny 2, Kingdom Hearts, Super Metroid, and Prey…but mostly Prey. His favorite Pokémon is Umbreon.


  From Eric Switzer



  Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart Rivet




  who is mael seven deadly sins

  Others Scarlet Nexus



  Kingdom Hearts Singer Hikaru Utada Comes Out As Non-Binary

  Final Fantasy 14 Housing Plots

  nintendo switch pro