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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Pokemon Contest Hall

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 06.29.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 2.90

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
Pokémon Contest Hall

Pokémon Contest Hall is a fun Stadium that can be very useful, allowing you to search out a Basic Pokémon every turn, put it on your bench, and search your deck for a Pokémon Tool to attach to it (sadly, it doesn’t work with Unown G, which counts as a Pokémon while it is in the deck). Unfortunately, you need to flip heads in order to do this, but with Stadiums that isn’t so much of a drawback as the card will probably have more than just a one-time use. The real drawback is that your opponent gets to use it as well, so you may be helping them to set up as well . . . faster than you if they get luckier with the coin flips.

The most obvious use for this card is in an SP deck, especially the Toolbox varieties which rely on getting out key Basic Pokémon to counter whatever the opponent has in play. The fact that you can also search for an Energy Gain is a real bonus: not only do you get your Pokémon out, you also help get it ready to attack. There are a few other decks that rely on Tools which might also find this card useful: Mismagius SF and Mismagius GL LV X both use Tools to determine the damage output of their attacks (the LV X by using its power). Wailord from GE also benefits from having Leftovers attached. There are also some decks based around Electivire SW or Rayquaza LA that make use of Energy Link.

If you are running one of those decks, then it may be worth giving Pokémon Contest Hall a try, though beware of it backfiring on you.

Rating

Modified: 2 (limited uses, and heavy potential drawback)
Limited: 3.75 (you have little or no search, so it’s a great way of getting Pokémon in play)
Steel_Winger Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!

And for those of you who went to St. Louis for Nationals, I hope you had a great time!

Today's card is one of two new Stadiums from Rising Rivals: Pokemon Contest Hall. When in play, the turn player (if his/her bench isn't full) can flip a coin. A Heads gets you a Basic Pokemon of your choice to the bench. You can also get a Pokemon Tool and attach it the Pokemon you just retrieved.

This has the feel of an early-game card. Everyone can use some Basic Pokemon at the start of every game. Sure, it's a flip, and there are better, more reliable ways to get Basics to the bench (Roseanne's Research, Bebe's Search and Great Ball to name a few) but there are very few cards that let you search out Tools as well. While it can potentially help any deck that plays it, it'll see its best use among SP Pokemon. They have Energy Gain. Think about it: Dialga G can show up from out of nowhere with an Energy Gain ready to Deafen somebody to oblivion. Raichu GL appears as if by magic to compliment Gallade 4 LV. X's Blade Storm. Everyone that's not an SP has their choice of Leftovers, Amulet Coin, Bubble Coat, and Memory Berry, but those tools are rarely played generally. Of course, you don't HAVE to search for the tools. It can be something like Poke Ball, but only for basics.

Remember: you can't search for Unown [G] as a TOOL to compliment what other Basic you retrieve. That doesn't mean you can't search out Unown [G] as a Basic itself. Also, your opponent can use this card's effect as well, just like Speed Stadium (DP). They'll probably use it to search for their own Unown [G]s if they're already set. If you use this in your deck, be very wary if your opponent uses SP Pokemon as main attackers.

Combos? I can think of a couple. Shiftry (RR), when active, makes your opponent flip Tails whenever their turn comes around. Meaning, they'll never be able to utilize this card. Oh, the potential that can be grasped, and yet, it cannot be reached!... But your opponent can simply play another Stadium to discard Pokemon Contest Hall. Here's another combo that might be worth mentioning: Broken Time-Space. For those of you who don't use SP Pokemon, if you succeed with PTH's effect, you can simply play Broken Time-Space (but not if you activated PTH in the same turn) and evolve whatever you brought out instantly.

Ratings:

Modified: 3/5 SP Pokemon have yet another tool in their arsenal, albeit a flippy one. It can make or break you, so be careful.
Limited: 2/5 It's a searcher, which is good, but once again it's flippy. A lower rating here due to the fact that there are no Pokemon Tools in Rising Rivals.

This is Steel_Winger, until next time!


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