Pokémon fans can learn how to play the Trading Card Game with Top Deck Academy

Top Deck Academy Pokemon Tcg
Top Deck Academy Pokemon Tcg (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

What you need to know

  • The Pokémon Company has debuted its Top Deck Academy series.
  • The series will teach both newcomers and established players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game community strategies to improve gameplay.
  • The series will be featured on The Pokémon Company's Twitch and YouTube channels on Thursdays at 2 p.m. PT.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game, or TCG, has been quite popular ever since its debut, with international championships taking place each year. The basic concept is still in place from the video games like Pokémon Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch, one of the best games on the system. For those who are new to the TCG and wish to learn how to play, however, all of the new information can be a bit overwhelming.

The Pokémon Company has announced that it will be releasing a set of educational videos designed to help beginners learn how to play the TCG in a course called Top Deck Academy. Top Deck Academy will feature influential members of the Pokémon Trading Card Game community. The course is designed to not only teach newcomers the rules of the game but also to provide guidance to existing players at beginner and intermediate levels, teaching them how to create custom decks and develop strategies to improve their gameplay.

Top Deck Academy will be featured on The Pokémon Company's Twitch and YouTube channels, making them free and accessible for many players. The first episode debuted on Thursday, February 4th, 2021, with future episodes set to release on Thursdays at 2 p.m. PT.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.