Hello, and welcome to the beginning of a new month, and
we begin it with a new trainer from Rising Rivals, yes,
for those of you who have seen the picture just above
this review, it's TGI 109 SP Radar (just to be called SP
Radar from now, for speed)! It's a simple card. You
choose a card from you hand to put back into your deck,
then search your deck for an SP Pokémon, and put it in
your hand. Now, if you are like me and the many other
eagle-eyed players out there, you'll immediately see
that it is very similar to the staple that is Bebe's
Search, and that it's only a normal Trainer. That
automatically means it's brilliant. Bebe's Search is
brilliant, but is limited by being a Supporter, so an SP
version being a normal Trainer is going to be even
better, unless you aren't actually running an SP deck,
at which point, it becomes useless. So it's like every
other TGI then (apart from maybe Poké-Turn, who can be
used in any deck that also uses Crobat G (PL)).
Modified: So, it's a Bebe's Search that exclusive to
SP's, can be used as many times as you like per turn,
and be searched for thanks to Cyrus's Conspiracy. It's a
fantastic card that's an automatic 4-of in an Sp deck
(or at least 3-of anyway), but is a useless card for any
non-SP deck, as you may have already been able to guess.
5/5 for Sp decks, 1/5 for non. You get 4 uses of it in
an Sp deck, so... 4/5
Limited: You will be playing SP's here if you are sane.
Because of this, SP Radar is automatically brilliant, no
matter how many you get, because it allows you to put a
useless card into your deck, and you get to grab a
possibly vital SP Pokémon. Simple, and even more
brilliant here than in Modified. Use it. 5/5
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Basically, this is Bebe’s Search for SP decks, but with
one important difference . . . it’s a TRAINER.
That’s right, no one-per-turn restrictions here, the
broken support for SP decks continues with a card that
lets you search out any SP Pokémon (including LV X) at
the cost of returning one card from your hand to the
deck. Most SP decks will be running at least two of
these, usually in addition to a couple of Bebe’s Search,
which are still needed in order to search out non-SP
techs like Claydol, Uxie, and Azelf.
Unlike some of the other SP support cards, though, SP
Radar could find its way into some decks that aren’t
built around the SP cards. Many Gengar decks, for
example, include a couple of Crobat G so that they can
KO Uxies with Shadow Room, + Flash Bite. Some Stage 2
decks like Kingdra and Beedrill tech in a Skuntank G so
that they can hit the crucial 130 damage mark (with one
attack for Beedrill, two for Kingdra) that will KO most
Stage 2 Pokémon. Mostly, though, just expect to see a
lot of this card whenever you face an SP deck.
Modified: 4.25 (great for SP decks, possible use in
decks that tech SP Pokémon)
Limited: 5 (tons of SP Pokémon in the set, getting the
one you want is fantastic)
Welcome back to the Pokemon COT0D!
Today we'll be looking at the latest of Team Galactic's
Inventions: SP Radar! By putting a card from your hand
on top of your deck, you can search for a Pokemon SP,
reveal it to your opponent, and put it in your hand.
This card's effect mirrors the text ot the popular
Supporter Bebe's Search by 97%. However, there are three
key differences between the two cards.
The first difference is that SP Radar, like Poke Radar,
is a trainer instead of a Supporter. Advantage: You can
activate more than one per turn if you wanted to, and
you still have a free space for a Supporter unlike if
you had used Bebe's. Disadvantage: Opposing Dialga Gs
will prevent the use of this card.
The second difference is it's searchability. Advantage:
Being a Team Galactic's Invention, it can be searched
out by Cyrus's Conspiracy and Honchcrow G. Disadvantage:
Sableye can't impersonate this card like it can with
Bebe's because it is not a Supporter.
The third difference is what it can search out.
Advantage: SP Pokemon have yet another search engine.
Disadvantage: It won't let you retrieve any non-SP
Pokemon that you might want to use alongside those guys.
Upon conjuring up this list, I would have to say that
the advantages greatly overwhelm the disadvantages.
Definately use this if you're using a bunch of SP
Pokemon, especially as main attackers. I wouldn't go so
far as to say that this should completely replace Bebe's
Search in those decks with the threat of Dialga G's
Deafen attack. A little bit of both seems ideal,
especially if you're using non-SP Pokemon as well.
MightyTank, for instance.
Modified: 4/5 A popular supporter in Trainer form,
specialized for SP Pokemon. Those guys have so much
going for them right now... especially after winning the
Masters division at Nationals.
Limited: 4.25/5 If you don't get a Bebe's Search, and
you plan to use SP Pokemon (and there are good ones),
use this, I implore you. It's one of the better search
engines found in Rising Rivals.