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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Old Amber

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 12.18.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.63
Limited: 21.3

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Old Amber

 

Ever since they changed the ruling on Fossil Basics so that they gave up a Prize when they were KO’d, Fossils have seen a huge drop in playability. Then Gastly SF, Dialga G and Spiritomb AR came along to give the archetype even more problems by bringing Trainer Lock into the game.

 

Even for a Fossil, Old Amber is very hard to play, thanks to the lack of the word ‘Fossil’ in its name. This means that even Relicanth GE and Fossil Excavator can’t search it out, forcing you to rely on topdecks, straight draw, or Kabuto MD’s flippy Power to get the card in your hand. There are a few other ways of searching it, such as Farfetch’s SF’s Go and Collect attack, but these are very rarely seen.

 

Assuming you manage to get Old Amber on to the Field, its Hard Amber PokeBody does give it some protection, as it does not take damage from any attacks whilst on the Bench. In theory this could work with attacks that have recoil damage (like Luxray GL LV X’s Flash Impact), but even here there are much better ways of avoiding it (Bench Shield, Quagsire GL, Manectric PL, or simply using Poke Turn on what you damage).

 

In the end though, the extreme difficulty of searching for Old Amber is so destructive to deck consistency that it has ensured that a very good evolution, Aerodactyl MD, has seen pretty much no competitive play since it was released. That in itself should tell you how much of a problem card Old Amber really is.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1 (a Basic that you can’t search out? That’s completely horrible)

Limted: 1.25 (meh, you can’t search for much in this format anyway)

Guy

Old Amber:

Old Amber is the trainer (which inconveniently lacks the word Fossil in its name) that evolves into Aerodactyl. Without the word "Fossil" in its name, it cannot be Fossil Excavated out of the deck. Also, the Relicanth from Great Encounters can't search it out. Chatot G can get it out or 2 PokeDrawer+ can get it out however. Obviously if you play Aerodactyl this card is a 5/5, but among the Fossils it is sub par. At least you can discard it when you want to, but you can't Excavate it out, so....hopefully you won't have to do that. I'll give it a 2.25/5

Modified: 2.25/5
Limited: 3/5


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