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Rare Candy - Sandstorm


Date Reviewed: 8.09.04

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Young John 

Rare Candy

 

Unlimited:

Rare candy>>> pokemon breeder. It gives you more speed than breeder does so play this for sure. Only reason you won't play this is if your deck isn't stage 2 based.

4.5/5

 

Modified:

It's a way to skip a stage in evolution... making the game much faster... since speed is good that would make this good lol.

4/5

 

Limited:

It depends on what you draft, if you get a evo line with stage 2 or something or even a stage 1 probably play it. It'll allow for more speed and serve as a stage 1 if you don't draft the middle stage or something.

3/5

Johnny Blaze RARE CANDY – One of the most played non-drawing non-supporter trainer cards. With the new ruling that Pokemon USA, Inc.(PUSA)introduced to coincide with the Japanese rulings at Worlds, Rare Candy can now be played 1st turn. Unlike its counterpart, Pokemon Breeder from Unlimited, Rare Candy can be used on the 1st turn of the game to evolve your basic into a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Pokemon from your hand. This will go into effect as of 9/1/04 for all other Organized Play (OP).

Unlimited – 5/5 I hate giving perfect reviews but with this new ruling Rare Candy is the most easily abused card in this format. Can you say 1st Turn Slowking or multiple Slowkings? How about 1st Turn Raindance? Unlimited was almost always about whoever goes 1st wins well this ruling now makes it whoever goes 1st wins.

Modified – 4/5 Not a perfect score here because ATM Rock – Stone Generator knocks it down a notch. But if you are running a Stage 1 deck which I predict Worlds will be won using a Stage 1 deck (my opinion only) then how can you not say 1st turn attacker? You can also get a 1st turn Stage 2 attacker but not as efficient as a Stage 1. Again the worst case scenario is that your opponent uses ATM Rock to draw a prize but then the evolution goes back to your hand. And if it happens to be an EX that just got de-evovled your opponent only draws 1 prize instead of 2. Despite ATM Rock, Rare Candy will still be seen in abundance.

Limited – 3/5 With the rarity of uncommons (Read Stage 1’s) in draft this card can help out tremendously. If you are fortunate to draft 1 and some evolution lines defiantly play it.
 

Otaku

Name:  Rare Candy

Text: Choose 1 of you Basic Pokémon in play.  If you have a Stage 1 or Stage 2 card that evolves from that Pokémon in your hand, put that card on the Basic Pokémon.  (This counts as evolving that Pokémon.


 

We once again take a look at Rare Candy.  Why?  Because we’ve had some significant ruling changes since it was first evaluated.  First, Rare Candy can now be used first turn.  Second, the player who goes first no longer can play a Supporter.  These two things make the card even more useful now.  First turn Slowkings are a huge pain.  First turn Dark Vileplume’s are fun though. Aaah, my lovely black rose. @};- Or for the more faint hearted, try a first turn Vileplume ex, though since it has to be active, it isn’t going to be able to attack too soon.

 

In Modified, it means some people may risk burning one on their Delcatty for more precious first turn draw power.  It also may make a new archetype: Armulligan.  Simply put, Armulligan uses no “true” basics, just the various fossils, plus assorted TecH, and mulligans until the player can start with a Claw Fossil, Rare Candy, one normal energy, and a Double Rainbow.  Imagine, even if you go first, your opponent can still completely shut off your access to supporters, and be slamming your for 50 a turn.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 4.5/5-The only efficient way to play most Stage 2 Pokémon in this format, as you can now skip straight to the big guys on the first turn. 

 

Modified: 4.95/5- This may be perfect at what it does, and what it does is game breaking.  I took off one twentieth of a point because it makes you weak to Devolution attacks.  However, this is mostly for balance, so it may indeed be a “perfect” card.

 

Limited: 3.5/5-It can act as a sort of a “variable” stage 1 if you draft multiple Stage 2s.  So you can run guys whom you either didn’t pull the Stage 1 for, or didn’t pull a lot of for it, as well as running multiple stage 2 evolution lines in the same draft deck.

 

 


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