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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Rocket's Mission
- Team Rocket Returns


Date Reviewed: 11.25.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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


William
Hung
 
Rocket's Mission
Modified - 3/5 - It works well in decks with Dark Pokemon, but even then, Steven's Advice or TV Reporter is more efficient.

Limited - 5/5 - That's because you can discard anything that you don't need and still draw 3.
It's easy to do in Limited.

 

Johnny Blaze
Rocket's Mission

Rocket has invaded and taking over from where Team Magma and Team Aqua has left off. This card is exactly like Magma or Aqua’s Schemer. A must in all Team Rocket or Dark specific decks. Heck its even a poor man’s TV Reporter.

Unlimited: 2/5 – Probably not here. It is draw power and if you are playing Team Rocket in unlimited you lose. Ha-Ha. Actually pretty good here teamed up with the new Rocket’s Meowth.

Modified: 4/5 – Draw power is nice and if you are playing Team Rocket or Dark, then like I said this is a must for Team Rocket decks.

Limited: 5/5 – With little drawback and splashable in any deck this is also a must in Limited. Chances are you will have Dark or Rocket Pokemon.

 


Otaku

Remember, if you think this review is too long, skip straight to the Ratings and Summary! 

 

Name   : Rocket’s Mission

Set       : EX: Team Rocket Returns

Card#   : 88/109

Rarity   : Uncommon

Type    : Trainer

Sub-type: Supporter

Effect Text: You can play only one Supporter card each turn.  When you play this card, put it next to your Active Pokémon.  When your turn ends, discard this card.

 

Discard a card from your hand.  Draw 3 cards.  If you discarded a Pokémon that has Dark of Rocket’s in its name, draw 4 cards instead.

 

Attributes: This is a Supporter, which doesn’t matter a whole lot in Unlimited, but means it faces steep competition for deck space in Modified.  Even if that wasn’t the case, being a limited category of card allows it to have a more potent effect.

 

Abilities: The natural comparison for this card with Team Aqua’s Schemer and Team Magma’s Schemer.  Both cards require a discard to draw three cards.  The difference is the Schemers require it be a Pokémon, but Rocket’s Mission allows you to discard any card.  Then, again like the Schemers, if you discard a Pokémon of the appropriate alignment (Dark or Rocket’s), you get to draw four cards.  So in reality it is better than the Schemers and in some decks arguably better than the much vaunted TV Reporter.

 

Uses/Combinations: A must have for decks with more than one or two Dark or Rocket’s Pokémon.  I also recommend it to player’s like me whose hand size tends to always stay high.  The deck I have been testing it in for Modified has only six cards that can trigger the extra draw power.  Now, I have a few tricks to make it easier, but even if I had no cards to trigger it, it would be tempting.  Between this, Bill’s Maintenance, and TV Reporter you can build a deck with solid, reliable, albeit it an incremental draw power.  Still, with each of these and VS Seeker maxed out, you can more or less have almost constant, even draw pace.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 3.5/5-Most decks won’t bother, but I believe this is one of the cards that could help make a Rocket’s Haymaker or Beatdown supported by Slowking or Dark Vileplume into a viable deck.

 

Modified: 4/5-I find it’s pretty rare to top deck in Pokémon.  As such, this card is almost the equal of TV Reporter in general decks.  In fact, if TV Reporter didn’t exist, this could very well have fill the void.  It wouldn’t be a perfect fit, but very, very close.  Plus it gets bonuses in the right deck.  Oh, and anyone paying attention should note that if we were to re-review TV Reporter, in the current iteration of Modified I would definitely boost it’s rating to at least this high.

 

Limited: 4.5/5-Draw Power, hello.  Plus, you should be getting access to the bonus draw most of the time.

 

Summary

Team Rocket proves they are more experienced than their Aqua and Magma counter parts by making their customized draw card almost as good as TV Reporter.  The difference between the two is that Rocket’s Mission sadly requires the discard be first.  On the bright side, if it is a Dark or Rocket’s Pokémon, you get to draw four.  This makes it a must for decks with those Pokémon, and a solid choice for Modified decks without them that want steady, reliable draw power.

 

 


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