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Lucian's Assignment

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 05.27.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
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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Jigglypuff13 5/27 Lucian's Assignment (RR)

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.

Ratings:

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

Meganium45
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.

See you all this weekend at GameNite and at Heroic Adventures in the St. Louis Area for Battle Roads!!

Vince
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Lucian’s Assignment

 

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 game-saving card.

 

Rating

 

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 is great)

Steel_Winger 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.

Ratings:

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 surprise factor.

This is Steel_Winger, until next time!


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