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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Ultimate Zone

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 01.18.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 3.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Ultimate Zone

 

Ok, we’ve got the 2009 Top Ten out of the way, and now it’s time to get back into the groove on Pojo’s CotD.

 

We kick off with a Stadium card from the Arceus set: the impressively-named Ultimate Zone. With a name like that, this card has to be something really special, right?

 

Right?

 

Well . . . sort of.

 

Ultimate Zone allows you to move Energy from your Benched Pokémon to an active Arceus. You can do this as many times as you like and there is no restriction on what type of Energy you can move (Basic, Special . . . it all works). Obviously this is massively beneficial and fits right in with the apparent purpose of the dedicated Arceus deck, which is to always hit for Weakness by attack with the Arceus of the right type, usually after Levelling Up into the Omniscient Acreus LV X.

 

Once you have sufficient Energy in play (Ripple Swell Arceus will help), Ultimate Zone becomes invaluable to the smooth operation of an Arceus deck, allowing you to retreat for the correct type and then make sure that it has the Energy it needs to use whatever attack best suits your purpose. This is the card that Arceus decks really need in order to make the most of their flexibility.

 

So . . . this Stadium has a terrific effect, but a very specialised application as it really is for Arceus decks only. Unfortunately Arceus hasn’t really shown itself to be a competitive Pokémon yet, even though it is a lot of fun to play. Maybe that will change when the next set is released, as forthcoming cards like Double Colourless Energy and Pokémon Communicator would be very useful in an Arceus deck. Only time will tell. At the moment, this is an absolute staple in a deck which you are unlikely to see outside of League play.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 4 (it is the Ultimate  Stadium Card! – but only in an Arceus deck)

Limited: 3 (you will probably pull of couple of Arceus, so it might come in handy)

BoDragon

Happy belated new year.  Our first original card of the year 2010 is Ultimate Zone from Platinum--Arceus.

 

This is a useful Stadium card allow each player on his or her turn to move an Energy card attached to one of his or her benched Pokémon to his or her active Arceus as often as he or she likes.

 

This Stadium benefits Arceus's Fire-type (Platinum--Arceus, #AR3), Water-type (Platinum--Arceus, #AR4), Psychic-type (Platinum--Arceus, #AR7), Fighting-type (Platinum--Arceus, #AR8), Metal-type (Platinum--Arceus, #AR9), and its Meteor Blast attack level-up (Platinum--Arceus, #95) for their massive attack costs to deal moderate to heavy damage without losing them to the lost zone, the discard pile, your deck, or your hand.  Moving energy around between these specific types will power the right active Arceus who can capitalize against your opponent's defending Pokémon at specific times.

 

This Stadium card will be used exclusively in Arceus decks, and will likely not see much play. 

 

Ratings:

Modified:  2/5

Limited:  4/5 

Bo "BoDragon" Finley

Pokémon Organized Play:  Tournament Organizer, League Owner, Pokémon Professor, Judge


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