Welcome to Wednesday and the second day of our Rising
Rivals Trainer week, continuing with Lucian's
Assignment! This is a Supporter with a simple effect,
you can move as many Energy Cards from one of your
Pokémon to another. Fairly simple and fairly useless to
be honest. OK, if you have another of your main attacker
on your bench and a damaged one active, then you can
save the energies by attaching them to your fresh
attacker, preferably one who can then come active
quickly, then it isn't too bad, but it's way too
situational to be any good. Only good later on in the
game, and even then, Energy Switch or Energy Link do the
same job a lot better, especially since they aren't
Supporters. Being a Supporter is another big downside.
Maybe it's just me, but I much prefer to use a Supporter
to draw or search for cards rather than move energies.
Modified: Simple card, simple review. This is a rubbish
Supporter. Moving energies is best done by a (normal)
Trainer or Poké-Power, not a Supporter. It wastes time,
a space in the deck and your Supporter for a turn. OK,
it has uses, but it's way too situational to even be
considered really. 1.25/5
Limited: A little better here I suppose. Moving energies
from Pokémon already in play to the big hitter you just
played on your bench can be useful, and with you getting
so few Trainers to play here, it won't waste a Supporter
for a turn since you probably won't have another one you
can use. Still very situational though. 2/5
OK, this is an interesting little supporter.
Let’s break it down. You can move as many ENERGY as you
like from one of your Pokemon to another one of your
Pokemon. It is a one to one switch, does not let you
reset your entire board.
Second, it is not restricted to basic energy. What a
great way to move call energy, upper energy, or other
special energy from one pokemon to another. May be an
ideal way to move some Special Metal or Dark around from
a pokemon likely to get knocked out, eh?
Next, it uses your supporter, for what is usually a
pretty mild effect. May help from time to time, but I
really am not sold on this supporter. The supporter is
searchable (Cyrus), so if you know you need it, there
are ways to get it. May also be useful for those
horrible energy accelerators, as an alternative way to
move energy (such as Regirock).
Here we go…
Modified – 2/5 Not really sold here.
Limited – 3/5..There are better supporters, but the
value of not losing energy drops and increasing your
energy is very valuable, especially in this format where
there is so little energy acceleration, and lots of
special energy to choose from.
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Unlike the other cards we are reviewing this week,
Lucian’s Assignment is not just for SP Pokémon. Lucian’s
is ability to move energy from one Pokémon to another is
perfect if you have a lot of Energy invested in a
Pokémon that is about to be knocked out, or if you are
going to Poke Turn one of your SP Pokémon and you do not
want the energy on that Pokémon to be wasted. One of the
great things about Lucian’s is that it isn’t limited to
Basic Energy, so feel free to use it to move Special
Metal from one Dialga G to another!
But is this card worth playing for your one supporter
per turn? In my opinion, yes, but only in those decks
where big, Energy-intensive Pokémon such as Tyranitar
SF, Blissey MT or maybe even the new Flygon are played.
It’s not for every deck, but for some it can be a
Modified: 3 (a great card in a few decks)
Limited : 3.5 (Any supporter can be good and being able
to save your energy before your Pokémon is knocked out
Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!
Today we review our second supporter from Rising Rivals:
Lucian's Assignment, which allows you to move any amount
of energy from one Pokemon to another. It reminds me a
bit of Energy Link, but you don't need 2 copies to use
it and it's a one-shot effect, being a Supporter.
I believe it's best used when a Pokemon is on the ropes
and your other main attackers aren't quite ready just
yet. SP Pokemon can be saved using Poke Turn, but using
this beforehand can greatly lessen the time it takes to
power up another Pokemon in its place. Dark and Psychic
Pokemon can retreat for free using Moonlight Stadium
(and other Pokemon can retreat for free without it, such
as the new Flygon), so that's all the more energy to
move around thanks to Lucian's Assignment. There is a
downside, though; you can only transfer the energy to
just one Pokemon instead of distributing it around many
others like some attacks and Poke-Powers do. Still, it
makes for a big surprise when your opponent forces a
switch with Luxray GL LV. X, Palkia LV. X, or Warp Point
on a Pokemon they think is unable to attack, only for
you to have it powered up the very next turn!
The more energy your deck tends to use, the better this
card will appear to you. Leafeon LV. X (MD) and
Gardevoir (PT) can get some good use out of it, as
they're all about energy. SP Pokemon are the best to use
it with, though, because of Poke Turn.
Modified: 3/5 It has its uses in quite a few decks. With
this and Switch/Warp Point, you can power up big
attackers in an instant!
Limited: 3/5 When your Pokemon is on the ropes or not
powered up yet, as they sometimes will be, you can use
this to prepare some costly attacks in advance. Big