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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Scramble Energy - Deoxys

 

Date Reviewed: 03.11.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 3.25
Modified: 3.5
Limited: 4

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

pokeguru Scramble Energy
95/107 Uncommon
Ex Deoxys

Basically, this energy provides colourless energy, unless you have less prize cards than your opponent. If that happens, it becomes 3 of any energy of your choosing and this stays until you have the same number of prizes as your opponent. However, you may only attach it to Evolved Pokemon and they can't be Pokemon ex. If it devolves or evolves into an EX, it's discarded.

Strengths

Ah, Scramble Energy...how many times have you helped me...When an opponent is beating you, there is not that much better than drawing Scramble energy. This card provides 3 of any Energy as long as your opponent has less prize cards than you. This card works well with the Manectric from Deoxys as with this, it can do 70 damage in just one turn of play, and that's just one example. Think, if you're stuck and you are almost guaranteed to be beat, use Scramble and you can charge up the most powerful attacks in seconds. In ways, I could compare it to the Rocket Returns pokemon star, which help when your opponent has only one Prize card left. but there is less risk with this one.

Weaknesses

2 words. Pokemon ex. This card does NOT work with exs at all. You cannot charge up your powerful Deoxys ex or Salamence ex with this one. This card will not allow it. Also, you can only use it with evolved pokemon. Not very helpful if using powerful Basics like Absol or Deoxys. Finally, it relys on your opponent having less prize cards left than you. You can only use the 3 energy bit if you have more prizes left than your opponent (NOT the same amount or less prizes).
When that happens, all you have is a colourless energy.

Final Rating:
Unlimited: 8/10: Good when you're stuck, plus there are no EXs to attach it to!
Modified: 7/10: Again, very good, but relys on Evolved non-ex Pokemon.
Limited: 9/10: In limited, you need all the Energy help you can get.
You probably won't draw an EX anyway, so if you get it, play it.

later. pokeguru. pokeguru@gmail.com
 

Ash
I really love this card. It can be a new generation of all decks – just like Rare Candy. :P Joking =/ I’ve been waiting for so long since the Jap set Breaking Blue Sky was released…now let’s see.

Scramble Energy – Special Energy Card

Scramble Energy can be attached only to an Evolved Pokémon (excluding Pokémon-ex). Scramble Energy provides [C] Energy. While in play, if you have more Prize cards left than your opponent, Scramble Energy provides every type of Energy but provides only 3 in any combination at a time. If the Pokémon Scramble Energy is attached to isn't an Evolved Pokémon (or evolves into Pokémon-ex), discard Scramble Energy.

Abilities: It’s extremely useful. We can give another name for it: Triple Rainbow Energy. Compare it with Rainbow Energy and Double Rainbow Energy: Rainbow Energy need you to put 1 damage counter on the Pokemon, Double Rainbow makes the attack damage reduces by 10. And Scramble? Unlike those two…if your prize cards are same or less than your opponent, it only provides C energy. That’s the time for us to shout ‘kill me, let’s see what’ll happen!!’. It’s great if you’re facing Magma decks, since Groudon always comes fast and kill Dunsparces…(I experienced it with Magma…=( )

Combos: You ask me – combos? ALL evolved non-EX Pokemons. That’s TRUE, It’s even better than Boost Energy in some situations. I love to use it with Exeggutor (FRLG). First we use Psychic Exchange to search for everything that we need, and let your opponent kill it – then pump out another Exeggutor. Anyway the strategy to play this card is to let your opponent to kill useless Pokemons!!

Ratings:

Unlimited: 3/5 – I think Double Colorless Energy maybe better than that since old Pokemons usually need colorless attack costs.

Modified: 4/5 – As I’ve said, a new generation for all Pokemons. It should be in every decks!!

Limited: 4/5 – Great! The most important thing in limited event is quick. It’s still great even it’s providing C!

Overall: 3.75/5 – An excellent card.
 

Otaku

If you think this review is too long to read, just skip straight to the Ratings and Summary sections! 

 

Name: Scramble Energy

Set: EX Deoxys

Card#: 95/107

Type: Energy

Symbol: (C)

Subtype: Special Energy

Text: Scramble Energy can be attached only to an Evolved Pokémon (excluding Pokémon-ex).  Scramble Energy provides (C) Energy.  While in play, if you have more Prize cards left than your opponent, Scramble Energy provides every type of Energy but provides only 3 Energy in any combination at a time.  If the Pokémon Scramble Energy is attached to isn’t an Evolved Pokémon (or evolves into a Pokémon-ex), discard Scramble Energy.

 

Attributes: This is your pretty typical Special Energy.  You can have four in a deck and provides a base of just (C) Energy, though as we will see, its effect modifies this at times…

 

Abilities: This can’t be attached to Pokémon-ex or Basic Pokémon.  Pretty standard fair so far, but the effect is a little something old, a little something new.  If you are ahead in Prizes (you have earned more of your Prize cards), then it is just a Colorless Energy.  If you are behind, that is at least “technically” losing, it becomes a triple Rainbow Energy with no draw backs other than what is mentioned before this line!  Very powerful… perhaps too powerful.

 

Uses/Combinations: This is basically Pokémon insurance.  If you get behind, this can help you even things up.  More importantly, the farther behind you are, the better this gets.  Two prizes behind?  That’s two attacks with a huge discount for Energy.  Almost any deck where an Evolved, non-Pokémon-ex Pokémon is the attacker, a single copy of this card should be included.  It is insurance.  If you bugger up, it can bail you out.  This is the problem.  Playing a confusing game against Ash (the CotD staffer) the other day where I made a really stupid error that confused us for a bit, I had legitimately pulled ahead in prizes (in his “defense”, I was running an obscure deck he had never seen before).  Long story short, I pulled ahead, but Scramble Energy allowed his deck to come from behind.  He did use more than one, but his deck had a reason for it.  In the end it worked really well for him.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 3/5-Include it if you have a non-Pokémon-ex Evolution as a main attacker.  Otherwise, don’t.

 

Modified: 3.75/5- Include it if you have a non-Pokémon-ex Evolution as a main attacker.  Otherwise, don’t.

 

Limited: 4.5/5-Include it if you have a non-Pokémon-ex Evolution as a likely attacker.  Otherwise, don’t.

 

Summary

This card isn’t all that potent, it’s just how it uses its power: it makes it easier to come from behind.  In my opinion, it makes it too much easier.  If you are behind by two Prizes, you probably will be able to attack until death using just that Scramble Energy for fuel.  If one player has a big lead, it shouldn’t be entirely luck based in most serious games, and as such they have made a way for a lucky draw to pave the way for a turnover.  Sounds a lot like “classic” Yu-Gi-Oh…
 


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