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Great Ball RG
Deck searching. This is a great advantage from something
that is not a Supporter, as you can figure out what you
have and don't have and create a strategy out of what
you have, rather than what you think you have.
Gets a Basic. Basics aren't that difficult to find, but
it's the deck thinning aspect of that statement that
makes it more appealing. Most of the time, just getting
a single basic out of the deck won't impact the game
much. However, if you can get anything out of the deck,
it's less of a chance that you'll draw it at some point
later on when you need something else more.
Puts the Basic on the bench. This is a massive drawback,
as you cannot search your deck if you don't have the
space on your bench to put the new Basic down. Also, if
its on your Bench, it's vulnerable to attack from an
opponent's big Pokemon.
Unlimited: I can actually see this thing being very nice
in a Basic dominated format, as it doesn't require a
discard or any other real "cost" outside of just playing
the card. Also, it helps power up NG Sneasel, which is
one of the more broken Pokemon in the format. However,
it cannot replace Comp Search as the main search in a
deck. As a backup searcher when nothing else really
seems to fit the deck, this is a good choice.
Modified: I have no idea why this card works here. Just
that one disadvantage just makes it seem wrong for the
format. Reversal is all too popular right now with the
domination of Turn 2 Control after Nationals. However,
it can thin the deck, and it does allow for evolutions
with Trainer cards (Candy, Wally). Overall, it's a
decent card, better in Modified than Unlimited.
Limited: First take here. Searching is almost taboo
here, and anything that thins the deck, even by a card
is always worth something. Also, there's very little
gusting ability out of this set, with only Reversal
here, and that relies on a flip. Your opponent isn't
likely to draft more than 2 of those things, making
Great Ball a pretty decent investment.
This card reminds me of a certain deck a friend of mine
built using as many ‘ball’ cards as she could find then
playing ball like pokémon as well, before adding in a
Vulpix line to make great balls of fire. That thought
aside, great ball is a card that I think may very well
see more play. For instance, if playing the new mark of
evolution pokémon you could use great ball to find
either the baby or its basic evolution. Or if playing
the new Eevee it would be useful here too as you could
search for Eevee and then play the right energy evolving
it immediately. While I don’t think it’s a good idea to
use it and reduce the amount of Celio/Elm’s method you
have in your deck it can help you get the pokémon that
you wanted in order to start the ball rolling. How many
times have you got the evolution card but no basic to
play it on? Great ball solves this problem without
wasting a supporter to find the measly thing, either way
play it alongside Celio or Elm’s training method and not
to replace it.
Unlimited: No, no way. Many better options here.
Modified Hl-on: In the right deck it could be just as
good as Celio (using Eevee or babies/basic evolutions),
although more often the not it would be used just to
save Celio a job of finding the basics provided you have
the space. Jeremy used it to (pardon the pun) great
effect as he had so many basic searching tools to assure
him of a good set up and it may very well see an
increase in play especially now that Dunsparce is no
longer around and is replaced by Paras, Plusle and
perhaps Cleffa, it could be just better to sidestep
those options and go for the ball, we’ll just wait and
Limited: A strong choice, finding things is always good
as chances are you will have a useless evolution card in
your hand which suddenly becomes useful when you play
great ball. Again looking through your deck to see if
that single evolution card is in there is also good.
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