By Anh Do
Welcome heroes, to the Training Area. Each week, I will guide you through a new topic to help you master the skills needed to be an expert in the Power Rangers Action Game. For our first session, let’s discuss about building your own deck!
Building a deck is one of the best parts about Power Rangers. A deck is your own personal creation that you can show off in battle. And the best part is that you can work on your deck anywhere you have your cards—at home, at your local game store, or at a convention! Sometimes, though, it can be hard to know where to start.
First, let’s review the basics:
- All decks have 30 cards
- You can have up to three copies of any card number in your deck
- Cards that do not have Villain can not be includes in a Villain deck
It’s up to you which Rangers, Zords, Megazord, Support, or Villain cards to include in your deck. As you buy more boosters and collect more awe-inspiring cards, you can handcraft a new masterpiece every time you play. But the power contained in your deck must be carefully balanced. If you make a deck with only low cost Ranger cards, you’re not taking advantage of the epic Megazords. If your deck has too many high cost Zords and Megazords—like Gosei Great Megazord or Lion Foldingzord—an opponent’s deck of low cost cards might deplete your deck during the turns you take direct damage because you weren’t able to play a card into your Battle Area.
How do you strike the right balance? This simple tool will show you the way.
Introducing the Power Pyramid!
The Power Pyramid makes deck-building easy! There are three floors inside the Power Pyramid. Put your cost 0-1 cards on the first floor. Cost 2-3 cards go on the second floor. Cost 4 or higher rest on the third floor.
Each floor should contain fewer cards than the floor beneath it. For example, if you start with fifteen cards on the first floor, you could have nine cards on the second floor, and six cards on the third floor. But not ten cards on the third floor.
Of course, this isn’t the only way you could fill up a pyramid! It all depends on the type of deck you want to make. You could also fill up the Power-pyramid like this:
Now you have a deck that will play a little more quickly at the start. But the tradeoff is that you won’t be playing as many medium-high cost cards. You could even take this strategy to the extreme and build an aggressive deck, which consistently aims to deal a steady stream of 2 damage each turn such as a Samurai/Super Samurai deck.
Practice putting the Power Pyramid to good use. If you find you lack a good variety of Rangers or Megazords, be sure to amp up your deck with a few extra booster packs. Then come back to the Training Area next week, when I show how proper timing can mean the difference between 1 damage and 6 damage. Until we meet again, heroes!