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Brisbane Trip Blog | What is the Digimon TCG?

Hey, what is up Gym N Japan Fam!! I (Jake) recently spent last weekend in Brisbane for a Digimon TCG tournament. So this weeks blog I will be discussing a bit about my trip to Brisbane along with what the Digimon Card Game is and how it is played!

I got into the game about 1 year ago now and have been completely addicted to it since starting. It started with myself and 2 other mates, to now having a group of around 6 of us playing together each week at our local card shop called Dragons Lair! The game is only around 15 months old now so in terms of card games it is relatively new.

I hadn’t been the Brisbane since I was around 12 years old so I completely had no recollection of what it was like! It was much more impressive but also annoying than I remember. We stayed in south bank in an Airbnb for 2 nights. The city centre is very built up and feels like a city…unlike Adelaide. I, however, was not a fan of the windy one way roads which made no sense when comparing to Adelaide’s grid like roads making it super easy to get around ahah.

The Digimon tournament went over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, with the top 16 out of 200 people playing off for first place on day 2. On day 1, the rounds continue until there is 1 undefeated player…and that was me!!! How cool is that! I played off against one of my mates for 1st place who I came from Adelaide with which made it so much better!!! However on day 2, myself, Oli, Zach and John who which all play at the same store in Adelaide, finished in the top 16 and all got knocked out round 1 of the second day ahahah! But oh well it was super fun!

Now a bit about how the game is played! There is no need to watch the anime prior to playing the game, and unlike other TCGs, it doesn’t cost $400+ to be able to play a top tier deck! Most decks are roughly around $30-60 to play and build...unless you want the alternate art cards...which many people do.

The game mechanics are pretty simple once you get the hang of it. There is basically levels from 2-7, which can sequentially evolve on top of each other based on colours and level. E.g. - Red 3 evolves into a red 4...and so on and so forth. Stronger levels do different and stronger abilities. Each colour (being 6 or 7 colours) do their own thing and have their own special abilities or attributes basically. There is a memory or 'energy' system which means you can only make a certain number of moves per turn, based on the amount you have been given by your opponent. The game ends when you 5 security cards are attacked and removed, then you are directly attacked to win the game. You can also lose from decking out or having no cards in your deck to draw at the start of your turn.

The website has more in depth rules but that is just a simple overview of how it works.

All in all, the Brisbane trip was a lot of fun, I definitely would love to go back to Brisbane for a longer time because there is so much to do there that I wish I had more time to do.


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