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)