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4.25 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 4.50 (based on 4 reviews)
Draft: 4.50 (based on 4 reviews)
Reviewed May 13, 2002
Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
|This is an evil, evil
This card has an effect on the
game almost as significant as the Baby rule. Your opponent never
knows if his attack is going to KO your Pokemon or be all for
naught. Recent rulings have made it clear that anything that
causes a KO as a result of an attack will trigger the Band. This
is an improvement from earlier ruling when only direct damage or
damage counter placement would trigger it. Of course, Poison
damage, damage from Pokemon Powers, or damage from other,
non-attack sources will still get around the Focus Band.
Unlimited: Good to use against
Sneasel, which often does enough damage to get a One Hit KO.
Modified: Very good to use here. A lot of decks use
mega-damaging monsters, such as 'Gatr and Blaine's Arcanine.
Gold Berry would do you no good against these creatures. 4.0/5
Draft: A first pick. If will give
you one extra turn and a lot of Draft games get decided by the
difference one turn makes at the end. 4.5/5
One of the most crucial trainers, especially in Modified. A lot
of times, the game relies on a single Focus Band Flip. Heads, my
active would survive and KO your final Pokemon for the game.
Tails, I lose. The ability to have UNLIMITED HP (what I
mean is, your opponent can deal like 1000+ damage and your
active would STILL survive) is just awesome.
In Unlimited, it depends on which kind of Pokemon do you play.
If you play Big Pokemon like Steelix or Chansey, then Gold Berry
would be a better choice. However, if you play Pokemon with 60HP
or less, Focus Band is usually a better choice.
In Modified, most of the main Pokemon are Stage 2s that
deal tons of damage. Usually, Gold Berry won't do much. It's all
about the Focus Band.
In Draft, with only 4 Prizes, Focus Band would definitely be
invaluable. A 1st Pick.
Unlimited Rating: 5/5
Modified Rating: 5/5
Draft Rating: 5/5
Concentrate, Luke....Use the
In unlimited, what can I say? Half the time
it's a good card. Half the time it's not. Either way, it's
discarded. However, it does something only Giovanni's Machamp,
Fossil Haunter, and Baby Pokemon were able to do: Save things from
certain destruction. And 50% of the time, you do. Works for me.
In modified, I like it even more. Which is
something, because I hate coinflip cards. But here, you have
Giovanni's Machamp decks, which make Focus a 75% affair, and lots
of baby Pokemon too. Privatek. 4/5
In draft, you're only likely to get one. You
might never see it. It might never work. But it also might win you
the tourney. 3.5/5
Focus Band. The ultimate card.
Seriously, any modified deck needs this card. Any STANDARD deck
needs this card. This guy is the epitome of Pokemon at this
time. Do you really wanna gust that Blaine's Arcanine when it
has a focus, and aren't you worried about what it would do to
you if they flip heads? How awesome is that!?!
Focus Band, with babies, gives them
a 25% chance of knocking you out. Thats a LOT better than 50.
Standard Rating: 5/5.
Modified Rating: 5/5
Draft Rating: 4/5.
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