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The Gym Heroes Strategy Guide is a book primarily concerning the cards of the Gym Heroes expansion set of the Pokémon TCG. The book is written by Teeuwyn Woodruff and was published by Wizards of the Coast in August 2000. It contains a detailed rundown on all the cards in the set, even stating their uses in certain situations. It is known for detailing ways in which seemingly useless cards can be made playable.
At the beginning of the book, the foreword from Professor Oak welcomes the reader and gives them a brief explanation of the concepts illustrated in the book.
The World of Pokémon
In "The World of Pokémon," the essentials of the TCG are explained, to ensure that the reader understands what they're reading. "Anatomy of a Pokémon Card" tells about the basics of a Pokémon TCG card. Lt. Surge's Raichu is used to illustrate the points shown, such as Hit Points and Attacks.
Train with the Heroes
Next, the "Train with the Heroes" section explains the concept behind the Gym Leader Pokémon introduced in the Gym Heroes expansion, as well as the Gym Leader Trainer and Stadium cards and a few strategies to use them. This section also includes a list of "10 Cards That Will Give Your Decks a Workout", which the author considers to be among the most interesting and potentially helpful in the set. The list is as follows:
Cool Decks You Can Build
The book details numerous deck ideas utilizing mostly cards from the Gym Heroes set, as well as some from other sets. This section is divided into "Easy-To-Build Decks" and "Advanced Decks." The listed decks are as follows:
Gym Heroes Card Encyclopedia
The main section of the book gives pictures, rarities, card types (i.e. Trainer cards, Basic Pokémon, etc.), and paragraphs explaining the uses for each card. Every card in the set is covered in alphabetical order, with the exception of basic Energy cards.
Complete Pokémon TCG Checklist
The last section of the book is a checklist of all the sets released before Gym Heroes for players to track their collections.