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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Drake's Stadium

Power Keepers

 

Date Reviewed: 03.05.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.00
Modified:1.50
Limited: 3.25

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


Raichu88
My name is Drake
My Stadium can block 10
But only from Colorless
So you could play me now and then

Unlimited: All though there are some good Colorless Pokemon here 10 isn’t gonna cut it.

Rating : 1/5

Modified: Windstorm is around and I don’t think blocking 10 is that much of a big deal.
We have Metal energy to block 10.

Rating : 1/5

Limited: Good with cards like Altaria. In Limited Altaria with Drake’s Stadium is really good

Rating : 2.5/5

garsh0p
Drake's Stadium

this stadium protects... well... very few pokemon. salamence ex and flygon ex come to mind. i don't think its necessary. you'd be much better off playing windstorm. if you want to play a stadium, play a stadium that has a more devastating effect, like shutting off powers, etc.

1.5 / 5

Otaku

Name   : Drake’s Stadium

Set       : EX Power Keepers

Card#   : 72/108

Rarity   : Uncommon

Type    : Trainer

Sub-type: Stadium

Effect Text: This card stays in play when you play it.  Discard this card if another Stadium card comes into play.  If another card with this name is in play, you can’t play this card.

 

Any damage done to (C) Active Pokémon (both yours and your opponent’s) by an opponent’s attack is reduced by 10 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

 

Drake’s Stadium is one of the Elite Four themed Stadiums in this latest set.  Drake favors Dragons in the video games, so his Stadium aids Colorless Pokémon.  While in play, any damage done to Active Colorless Pokémon is decreased by 10 after Weakness/Resistance.  This is a fairly trivial effect and one that can backfire given that Colorless Pokémon are fairly common in decks, so while a mono-Colorless deck can always get that protection, many decks will have their own potential attacker that can be sheltered by the effect.  This is further hurt by the relative weakness of the effect: it’s only going to be advantageous if you have some other form of protection (so that the -10 eliminates the last bit of damage) or you are setting up a large Colorless Pokémon very, very fast (so that the attacks of your opponent’s Pokémon are small and weak and your HP so large it creates a large savings after several turns).  Obviously, while your opponent can only hit for 10 points of damage, it makes your Pokémon immortal.  It doubles your Colorless Pokémon’s lifespan if the opponent can only hit for 20 points of damage, a 50% increase if they hit for 30 points of damage, etc.  If you have a 100+ HP Colorless Pokémon, those first few are pretty impressive.  Otherwise, it’s pretty minor even if you have 120 HP Pokémon and they are hitting for 70 points of damage per turn.

 

Given the low amount of damage blocked and potential for it to help the opponent as well, I must recommend against using this card unless you actually can figure out a good combo for it: I haven’t been very active in the game so its possible I missed something.  The new Altaria has a decent Poké-Body enabled by having Drake’s Stadium in play, and I suppose it could be a decent card in its own deck, but that’s the only reason to play this, and its still not a given since there are many other useful Stadiums.

 

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited         : 1/5 – We have champs like Chaos Gym and still stellar cards like Healing Fields for this to compete against.

 

Modified          : 1.75/5 – If it blocked even 20 points of damage, it could have been a solid option for Colorless decks.

 

Limited            : 4/5 – Much better here due to there being several other Stadiums you might need to counter as well as the likelihood that you’ll have some Colorless Pokémon to make use of it.

 

-Otaku


Jason
Klaczynski
"Ness"
2006 World
Champion
Drake's Stadium:

There aren't too many playable colorless Pokemon in the format.  Obviously, Holon's Castform is in over half of the viable decks in modified, and while an extra 10 damage to KO it can buy you a turn, it simply isn't worth it.   Even so, the card is susceptible to Windstorm.  However, this isn't the main reason why Drake's Stadium won't fit in decks in modified.

The main reason most stadiums aren't playable is because decks don't have room.  Any deck that relies on Poke-Powers or Poke-Bodies MUST run Windstorm to deal with the threat of Cessation Crystal.  Windstorm ends up being a counter to other stadiums, and as a result, there is no need, and more importantly, no room in decks for stadiums.

Modified: 1.5/5
Alex Bramham

 

Drake's Stadium

There are much better stadium choices however there are advantages. During the early game, if you have an active holon's castform with Drake's you are likely to survive an extra attack or two for a larger hand with delta draw.

As well as this, to remove it your opponent must use up a resource. If your more threatening stadiums and tools are being kept for later, that Windstorm they used can really leave them vulnerable. Other starting pokemon such as Stantler can also benefit, but there are better options. If Drake's is countered the following turn, it provided no effect as no attack was made.

Other stadiums such as cursed stone and holon ruins still do something even if they are short-lived. Although it can be played to counter other stadiums, it is unlikely to prevent more damage than buffer piece and may even benefit your opponent! As it only affects actives, you are still vulnerable to bench damage such as Raichu d.

Modified: 2/5


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