As I sit here in my ivory palace, heading to my own
“Champion’s Room” to drink from the chalice of victory….
What a cool trainer for an SP deck.
The ability to reduce your retreat cost by 1 is HUGE for
those few SP Pokemon that we LIKE and have 2 retreat
costs, such as…
The Fighting Toxicroak Promo
Dialga G Level X
And others I am too lazy to think of!
Then just imagine all your 1 retreat pokemon being free
retreat pokemon! Free retreat Luxray, Free retreat
Infernape…and so on!!!
Then imagine all of your crobat having a negative 1
retreat cost (-1) (OK, the last thing DOES NOT HAPPEN,
I think this is a gym that MUST be considered in an SP
deck. Just too valuable!!!
Modified 4/5. Good gym, few drawbacks, extremely useful.
Limited 4/5…Sometimes saving that 1 energy in retreat is
game breaking. Take it so you control the choice!!!
See, I actually CAN rate a card high in this set!!!
See you all Saturday at GameNite in South County Mall
and Sunday at Heroic Adventures in Edwardsville IL!!!
Baby Mario Top 4 UK Nats
At last! Some support for SP Pokémon! [/sarcasm]
Today’s Stadium is another card which has a simple and
seemingly nice effect. When it is in play, the Retreat
cost for all SP Pokémon is reduced by [C].
Reducing retreat costs can be very beneficial to a deck.
Moonlight Stadium has seen a fair bit of play for this
reason, as did the old Phoebe’s Stadium which had a
similar effect. At first glance it seems that it would
fit well into an SP deck, as they tend to run low on
Energy (10-12 is common), and can’t always afford to
waste it on retreating Pokémon.
But . . . SP decks already have PokeTurn, and this will
almost always be the preferred method of switching out
an undesirable or damaged active Pokémon. In addition to
this, many of the most played SPs have either free
Retreat (Infernape 4 LV X, Luxray GL LV X, Crobat G), or
a very low Retreat cost (Blaziken FB, Honchkrow G) which
is easily managed. For everything else, like I said,
there is PokeTurn.
One possible situation in which this card would shine is
in decks which use Dialga G LV X as a tech for its
PokeBody (say, to shut off Nidoqueen RR or Mewtwo LV X).
These decks will often need to have Dialga G active to
Level Up (unless they rely on a Level Max flip), but
won’t want to pay the retreat cost of [C][C] to move it
to the bench. However, there is always Warp Point and
Switch for these situations, and they are much more
useful in general play.
If you want an obscure combo, you could also pair it
with Breloom SW or Lunatone SV who both hit Pokémon
with a zero Retreat cost.
Modified: 2.25 (it does something nice for SP decks, but
it is not necessarily something that they need).
Limited: 3.75 (the set is full of SP Basics, and you
don’t have the other switching cards to use here)
Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!
Today's card is the second of the two Stadiums released
in Supreme Victors: Champion's Room. This Stadium lowers
the Retreat Cost of all SP Pokemon by one energy.
This card has potential, but let's discuss why a person
would use this in an SP deck besides Snowpoint Temple or
There are plenty of SP Pokemon that are commonly played
that could use a Retreat Cost deduction: Dialga G (LV.
X), Palkia G (LV. X), Turtwig GL, Luxray GL (non-LV. X),
Infernape 4 (non-LV. X), Gallade 4 (LV. X), Absol G (LV.
X), Blaziken FB (LV. X)... you get the drift. The ones I
listed are the most commonly played. Sure, there's Poke
Turn and Switch and Warp Point and Super Scoop Up, but
there's no guarantee you can draw into them (unless you
use Cyrus's Conspiracy to search for Poke Turn), so this
can be of help if you REALLY need to conserve your
attached energy cards. If you feel that you can get to
the other 4 mentioned cards in your deck reliably (and
good builds can and will do so) then you probably don't
need this card in your build. Still, I think it deserves
a go at least once.
Combos? Try using this with Turtwig GL and Sceptile
(GE). Champion's Room reduces the Retreat Cost of
Turtwig GL by one, and Sceptile counts every Grass
attached as 2 energies, so that means that you can
retreat Turtwig GL for one energy. Of course, When
Turtwig GL is in dire straits, it can heal itself by a
lot, so there's probably no need for it. Still, the
option is there.
Modified: 2/5 This is extra insurance that you can get
your SP Pokemon out of harm's way when you need to. But
this card has some great competition for the Stadium
slots in your deck.
Limited: 3/5 There are a lot of Pokemon that need this
in play if they wish to see another day, like Electivire
FB. If you use a good amount of SP Pokemon, put a copy
or two of this card in.
This is Steel_Winger, until next time!
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