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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Holon Researcher

EX Delta Species

 

Date Reviewed: 11.25.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.1
Modified: 2.5
Limited: 4.25

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


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Review is too long? Skip straight to the Ratings and Summary! 

 

Name   : Holon Researcher

Set       : EX Delta Species

Card#   : 95/113

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.  If you can’t discard a card from your hand, you can’t play this card.

 

Search your deck for a (M) Energy card or a Basic Pokémon (or Evolution card) that has δ on its card, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand.  Shuffle your deck afterward.

 

Attributes: The third and final card this week is another Holon Supporter.  In case you missed my previous CotDs this week (they were late), I classify Holon Supporters as its own subtype due to their two common traits.  First, Holon is in their name (making them legal to search via the non-Supporter Trainer card, Holon Transceiver), and they all share the common “discard a card to play” clause.

 

All this means is that this card needs a really, really good effect to offset the cost of playing it, especially for Unlimited.

 

Abilities: You can get a Metal Energy or Pokémon δ from your deck.  Since you’re discarding a card from your hand to do this, it’s pretty pricey: two cards and your Supporter use for the turn for either a Metal Energy (just the actual card; Dark Metal Energy, Multi Energy, etc. aren’t legal targets), or Pokémon δ.  While Metal Energy can only be searched easily via Poké-Powers (Holon Lass is good, but doesn’t search the entire deck normally), Pokémon can be sought via Celio’s Network, and there are even more restrictive but non-Supporter options, like Great Ball, Master Ball, etc.  All in all, this seems a bit disappointing to me.

 

Uses and

Combinations: It’s not horrid for decks using actual Metal Energy along with Pokémon δ.  You can use it for either, separately, but I think better options exist (see above).  If this was an “and” statement, it’d be a lot more exciting.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5-You might as well stick with the superior draw and search options of this format.  If I have to discard one card for a Supporter, I might as well discard two cards for a Computer Search and still have my Supporter for the turn, or use Bill after using Oracle to topdeck the two cards I needed.

 

Modified: 3/5-This is for decks utilizing both Metal Energy and Pokémon δ in reasonable amounts.  If a deck uses just one, reduce the rating by one point.  If a deck uses neither, or very, very few copies of one or both, then just use the traditional search and draw options.

 

Limited: 4/5-As usual, Holon Researcher is strong here.  Metal Energy is in this set.  Metal Energy is incredibly valuable here, provided you have a Metal-Type Pokémon to use it (and especially if that Pokémon needs to fill a Metal Energy requirement to attack).  You also have to work hard to not have several Pokémon δ in your deck.

 

Summary

A good attempt spoiled perhaps by overcompensation.  The ability to search out Special Energy is quite rare in Modified, and has been through most of its iterations.  Understandably, that means that relaxing those restraints requires, slow, deliberate steps.  This first one may not go far enough (assuming there is a way to do this without accidentally breaking the game).

 


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Today's card is Holon Researcher from Delta Species

This card is a search for a Metal or a delta Poke. Seeing as delta Pokes probably wont be used in unlimited, the only real effect is to get the Metal. So, for one discard you could get a Metal... or with two you could get anything with Computer Search :-\. Yeah... don't run this card. Its not a good search and this environment has oogles of searching trainers that are better.

Unlimited Rating 1.2/5
 

Kevin89
Holon Researcher

Unlimited:
computer search just completely dominates this card. of course, you have to discard one card more, but you can search for ANY card, and it's not a supporter.
1/5

Modified:
You have to discard a card to play this card, which makes it pretty bad.
if you only want to use this as a delta pokemon search card, celio is better because you don't have to discard a card to play it.
If you want to search metal, I wouldn't play a supporter for it.
The choice to search for a metal or a delta pokemon is what makes this card a bit playable, as this card is useful in more situations.
2/5

Limited:
It's actually pretty good here, the requirement to play this card doesn't really hurt here, you could always discard a useless basic at that moment, or an energy card if you have enough of them anyway.
you can search for a metal energy if you got one, which are very useful in limited, not only because it reduces 10 damage when attached to a metal type pokemon, most of the delta pokemon need a metal energy to use their best attacks too.
if you haven't got any metal in your deck, you can search for a delta-pokemon card, most of the evolution cards in this set are delta pokemon. getting evolutions into play could win you the game, this card adds a lot of consistency.
4.5
 


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