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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Mr. Stone's Project

EX Dragon Frontiers

 

Date Reviewed: 11.24.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1
Modified: 2.16
Limited: 4

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


Jason
Klaczynski
"Ness"
2006 World
Champion
MR. STONE'S PROJECT:
Modified:
In our limited set modified format, the Holon Engine (Holon
Transceiver,Holon Mentor,Holon Adventurer,Holon Scientist) has become a
popular basis for almost every deck. That being said, non Holon Supporters
are not used even close to as much as they were in the old modified.
Because Holon Lass exists, it can be fetched with Holon Transceiver, and
will easily replace Mr. Stone's Project in any deck that runs the Holon
Engine. Holon Lass also has the advantage of grabbing non-basic energy.
While Mr. Stone's Project can guarantee energy, and also can get energy from

the discard, it also is limited to only basic energy, and can never get more

than two. Typically, the energies players will want to search for will be
non-basic energy, making Holon Lass superior in every way possible.
Modified: 1.5/5

Unlimited:
Horrible. Besides having almost no viable decks with basic energy, superior

cards exist, and enough draw exists to get those energies, without wasting a

supporter.
Unlimited: 1/5

Limited:
While any draw tends to be very strong in limited, energy is the one thing
you usually will have enough of, assuming you play enough in your deck.
Still worth playing, though, especially since it can get energy back from
the discard.
Limited: 3.5/5
 

Alex
"Chuck" Brosseau
5th place Worlds 2006 (Also current "best looking player")
Mr . Stone Project

Pretty average supporter. Searching your deck for 2 basic energy cards early on can be pretty useful. Holon Lass seems to be better though, as it should net at LEAST 2 energy, and can get non-basic energy as well. It also has that little bonus of being a Holon supporter, so you can Trans for it. Ohh, you can get energy out of the discard too? Ehh, Power Tree and Farmer are better at this as well.

Unlimited: 1/5

Supporters aren't that great here. This one is no exception.

Modified: 3/5

Not worth it, but I guess it's pretty average as it doesnt hurt you, and provides a pretty decent effect.

Limited: 4.5/5

Very good here. Deck thining and having the right type of energy at the right time is huge.
 

William
Hung
My reviews and ratings are for Modified only.

Mr. Stone's Project

Modified 2/5 - It is a decent card to thin your deck and have plenty of Energies for the next several turns. However, drawing a lot of cards with Copycat, for example, can most certainly provide you with Energies and much more, like key Pokemon and Trainers. Therefore, it is somewhat below average.
 


Otaku

If you find the review is too long, skip straight to the Ratings and Summary! 

 

Name   : Mr. Stone’s Project

Set       : EX Dragon Frontiers

Card#   : 77/101

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.

 

Search your deck for up to 2 basic Energy cards show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand.  Shuffle your deck afterward.  Or, search your discard pile for up to 2 basic Energy cards, show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand.

 

Attributes: Mr. Stone’s Project is a Supporter, and thus faces steep competition for use in Modified, though not so much for Unlimited.  The reason being that, as the rules text on all Supporters says, you can only use one a turn.  Decks have to straddle the fine line between running enough that they are playing one per turn for at least the first half of the game, but not having so many that they keep getting stuck with handfuls of cards they can’t use for several turns.

 

Also, with the advent of Holon Transceiver and the assorted Holon Supporters (collectively referred to as the Holon Trainer Engine or Holon Engine), it’s a bit harder to get played as a non-Holon Supporter.  The synergy of those cards lets them get played over what would seem to be a superior non-Holon counterpart.

 

Abilities: Mr. Stone’s Project let’s you get up to two basic Energy cards from either the deck or the discard pile.  This is a nice bit of flexibility, since early game its deck thinning (and helping you set up, though in what is often a marginal manner) while late game you may find yourself actually short on Energy and needing this so you can power up and attack!  First released in EX Emerald, I’ve had time to see it used, and now realize this is a solid card.

 

Uses and

Combinations: When we first reviewed this card when it was brand new, I was disappointed that it merely got basic Energy cards.  Having seen it in action and how the game has progressed, I see now that there are indeed decks where it is well worth a Supporter slot to ensure you have the exact two basic Energy you need (well, unless they are already attached or in Prizes).  This can make utilization of the three Holon Energy easier and you’ll notice that some of the cards that break the “one Energy attachment per turn” rule only work with basic Energy cards, another possible use for it.

 

There are some alternatives to using this, though, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention them.  Cast Away gets you a Supporter (thus replacing itself), a basic Energy card, and a Pokémon Tool, so it is good for a deck wanting to get its Energy out faster.  Energy Recycle system is a non-Supporter that can let you recycle one more basic Energy card by returning it to your deck or one less going directly to your hand.  Energy Search is a handy way to thin your deck, or rather, to “safely” eat up space if your deck somehow has everything you think it needs but is under 60 cards.  Still, while doing only half of half the options of Mr. Stone’s Project, it is not a Supporter.  Holon Farmer is a Supporter that lets you recycle Energy and Pokémon.  Lady Outing lets you get three Energy cards from deck, so long as each is a different kind of basic Energy.  Finally Power Tree gives you repeated basic Energy recycling, one card a turn, so long as your discard pile lacks any Special Energy.  Many of these shouldn’t be used unless Mr. Stone’s Project would in some way clash with the rest of the deck.  For example, if you are already very Supporter heavy, then Energy Search would be a better candidate.  A few are probably better choices than Mr. Stone’s Project for most decks: Cast Away really is a nice card.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5 – Most Energy isn’t basic, and it tends to be easier to use a recursion card like Town Volunteers to send upwards of five Pokémon or basic Energy cards back to your deck then draw it out with a Professor Oak than mess with this.

 

Modified: 3/5 – As stated, I finally see it has its place in certain decks.

 

Limited: 5/5-This thins your deck and makes running multiple Energy types easier.  It is also a not uncommon to run low on Energy in this format since you won’t have constant draw Trainers replenishing your hand.

 

Summary

Mr. Stone’s Project is one of those cards that seems a bit weak at first glance but when actually used proves to be just right: good enough to be handy for many decks, but not something most decks will feel they have to run.

 


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