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Lt. Surge's Strategy (Unbroken Bonds 178)

Trainer Supporter
Lt. Surge's Strategy
マチスの作戦 Matis's Strategy
LtSurgeStrategyUnbrokenBonds178.jpg
Illus. Megumi Mizutani
English expansion Unbroken Bonds
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 178/214
Japanese expansion Night Unison
Japanese Rarity U
Japanese card no. 051/055
Expansion Hidden Fates
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 60/68
Japanese Deck Lightning Pikachu V Deck
Japanese card no. 119/127

Lt. Surge's Strategy (Japanese: マチスの作戦 Matis's Strategy) is a Supporter card. It was first released as part of the Unbroken Bonds expansion.

Contents

Card text

All prints
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Plasma
Team Plasma
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Flare TCG logo.png FLARE
You can't have more than 1 Prism Star card with the same name in your deck. If a Prism Star card would go to the discard pile, put it in the Lost Zone instead.
TAG TEAM
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You can play this card only if you have more Prize cards remaining than your opponent.

During this turn, you can play 3 Supporter cards (including this card).

 
Do Nothing  
At the beginning of your turn, flip a coin. If heads, you can do nothing during your turn. If tails, your opponent can do nothing during his or her next turn.
 
Do Nothing  
At the beginning of your turn, flip a coin. If heads, you can do nothing during your turn. If tails, your opponent can do nothing during his or her next turn.
You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).


Release information

This card was included in the Unbroken Bonds expansion, first released in the Japanese Night Unison subset. It was reprinted in the Hidden Fates expansion and in the Japanese Lightning Pikachu V Deck.

Trivia

This card has been banned from all sanctioned Pokémon TCG tournaments using the Expanded format since October 4, 2019 in Japan and November 15, 2019 internationally as it was ruled to create an unbalanced playing environment. The concern was specific combos with the help of this card that disrupted the opponent's hand (especially on the first turns), promoting a more enjoyable environment and changing the format's reputation.

Origin

Lt. Surge is a Gym Leader in Kanto. The Vermilion Gym is featured in the illustration.


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