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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Great Ball

Fire Red Leaf Green

 

Date Reviewed: 08.08.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 2.25
Modified: 3.37
Limited: 4.125

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

Bullados Great Ball RG

Advantages:
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.

Disadvantages:
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.

Ratings:

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.
3.5/5

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.
3.75/5

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.
4.25/5
 
Pidgeot5 Great ball

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.
1/5

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 see.
3/5

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.
4/5
 


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