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Pojo"s Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Dusk Ball

Diamond & Pearl Mysterious Treasures

 

Date Reviewed: 09.04.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.18
Modified: 2.77
Limited: 4.93

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


Otaku

Name: Dusk Ball

Set: Mysterious Treasures

Card#: 110/123

Rarity: Uncommon

Type: Trainer
Sub-Type:
Ball

Text: Look at the 7 cards from the bottom of your deck. Choose 1 Pokémon you find there, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. Put the remaining cards back on top of your deck. Shuffle your deck afterward.

 

Dusk Ball is the counterpart to Master Ball: instead of searching the top 7 cards of your deck, it lets you search the bottom seven. Still limited to Pokémon, of course, and it combos a bit different: things like Celebi* from EX Crystal Guardians and the card you don't add to your hand from Pokedex Handy 910 (if it was a Pokémon) would easily and simply combo with Dusk Ball.

 

There is one thing that is nicer about it than Master Ball: unless your deck has seven or less cards, you won't have that annoying "the next card was what I wanted" or "the next X cards, which I could have drawn with my Supporter, had it". Also good for the people who claim "my good Pokemon are always stuck at the bottom of my deck". Granted we almost always have a search card available to run (it isn't Yu-Gi-Oh, after all), but they guaranteed ones are Supporters and one's deck can only handle so many.

 

I think this card has great promise: we already have two cards left from the last format that can still combo with it (though neither are worth building an entire deck around). TPC seems to like working with the bottom of the deck now. Even ignoring such combos, Master Ball has long been a solid Normal Trainer to add to one's deck, and very speedy, low Supporter decks may indeed find running more than a combined four copies of Master Ball/Dusk Ball handy.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1.5/5 - Not bad, but oh-so-outclassed by the available card pool.

 

Modified: 3.5/5 - A very good card here. It isn't anywhere close to a staple (but few things are now, much to my delight), but like Master Ball, it will now be one of the first things I turn to if I notice my deck is too Supporter heavy or just amazingly has room left.

 

Limited: 4.75/5 - Search power in Limited is almost always a must, though with me that is still only worth four of the possible five points. The rest comes from not being a Supporter or Pokémon (obvious though that might be) and because your deck is much smaller in this format. Do the math: 40 cards total less your seven card opening hand, your four Prize cards, and initial draw means just 28 cards left in your deck if you use this card on your first turn (and you went second). Oh, and this is the format that lacks draw power and where a card hiding in the bottom of your deck is actually likely to happen.

 

In closing, let me once again clarify what it is I am trying to say: this isn't a card for Unlimited (that should be Obvious), is a must-run in Limited, and for Modified is one of those cards you should always look at if there are any slots left after "staple positions" (Main Pokémon line, any supporting Pokémon, draw and search supporters, Pokémon-switching cards, maybe one or two others). That isn't always going to happen, but I find at least half my decks have such room. Also good if you find you have too many Supporters, and maybe a Celio's Network or the like is safe to cut. Finally, I compare this card to Master Ball a lot, and would score that card quite similarly. I mention this because I noticed "we" (and this was before I was a CotD reviewer) didn't score Master Ball very high five years ago when it was first (and last) reviewed here. Of course, we had Pokimon Trader then, and there just wasn't as many good Supporters back then.

 

-Otaku

 

Raichu88
My name is Dusk Ball
I look at the bottom 7
If you find the right card
You’ll be in heaven


Unlimited: We have so many Trainers to choose from that this isn’t an option.

Rating : 1/5


Modified: I think it’s a nice card but Quick Ball is just so much better cause it will always get you a Pokemon card instead of hoping for a Pokemon in those 7 cards.

Rating : 1.5/5


Limited: Any Deck thinning is Good in Limited take it.

Rating : 5/5
 

Greenzan
goose
Dusk ball MT

Hello people. Today’s COTD is a new trainer from MT that will see some play. You just look at the bottom 7 cards of your deck, and choose a pokemon in those cards and put it into your hand, easy no? Whether you are able to do this from the bottom of the deck or from the top (like Master Ball) is a very tough choice to make when building a deck. But you know what they say, the devil’s in the details, and that’s exactly the case when choosing between Master Ball and today’s COTD. Let’s just hope that all 7 of those cards aren’t all energies and trainers.

Pros –
Non – supporter
Lets you choose a pokemon out of 7 cards

Cons –
Slightly risky

Unlimited – nothing when compared to Bill 1/5

Modified – It’s good! The ability to get things from your deck is always good. 3.5/5

Limited – Take it. Its draw power and everyone needs draw power in limited. 5/5

Till tomorrow,

“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”


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