Thursday, 19 December 2013

Gold Series 2014

This piece of news isn't exactly new since it was already announced a couple of days ago. However, the hype revolving around the sixth instalment of the OCG Gold Series (excluding the Gold Box) is definitely worth a blog post!

Set to be released on the 11th of January worldwide, Gold Series 2014 has to be the best Gold Series ever, introducing a huge array of powerful cards, more than any of the past Gold Series can be compared to!

GS06-JP001 - Obelisk the Tormentor (only available in Gold Secret Rare)
GS06-JP002 - The Winged Dragon of Ra (only available in Gold Secret Rare)
GS06-JP003 - Slifer the Sky Dragon (only available in Gold Secret Rare)
GS06-JP004 - Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
GS06-JP005 - Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
GS06-JP006 - Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos
GS06-JP007 - Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
GS06-JP008 - Caius the Shadow Monarch
GS06-JP009 - Elemental HERO Prisma
GS06-JP010 - Tour Guide from the Underworld
GS06-JP011 - Confronting the "C" (new for OCG)
GS06-JP012 - Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max
GS06-JP013 - The Melody of Awakening Dragon (new worldwide)
GS06-JP014 - Cybernetic Fusion Support (new worldwide)
GS06-JP015 - Forbidden Lance
GS06-JP016 - Powerful Rebirth (new worldwide)
GS06-JP017 - Imperial Iron Wall
GS06-JP018 - Vanity's Emptiness (via online poll)
GS06-JP019 - Number 61: Volcasaurus (via online poll)
GS06-JP020 - Celestial Wolf Lord, Blue Sirius (via online poll)

Similarities with Past Gold Series:
- Just like every Gold Series, this pack will reprint a Monarch card, "Caius the Shadow Monarch"
- Every pack will contain a mixture of commons and Gold Rares/Gold Secret Rare
- The total cards in this series is 20

Differences with Past Gold Series:
- This is the first time that several cards will only have a foil rarity and not common rarity
- This pack will introduce new cards previously not available in any languages
- This pack will include cards via the results of online polls
- The number of cards is reduced from 7 to 4
- The price of the pack is reduced from 300¥ to 150 ¥

Overall I find this Gold Series to be really good, less crappy cards and tons of powerful cards. Dragon Rulers will be reprinted for the first time, making those incredible Dragons more affordable. The pack price has also been reduced from 300¥ to 150¥ due to a reduction of cards per pack. This is also a good change as packs will now be more affordable to the general public.

The idea of reprinting Obelisk, Ra and Slifer probably came from the TCG Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants. I'm not complaining though, its an awesome idea!

I also like the idea of determining 3 cards via online poll though it was disappointing that "Raigeki Break" didn't make the cut. I would have preferred it over "Celestial Wolf Lord, Blue Sirius" anytime.

Other notable reprints that I'm happy about also includes "Forbidden Lance" and "Imperial Iron Wall", now we can finally have blingged Iron Walls and "Vanity's Emptiness" as well!

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