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Top 10 Cards of 2009:

Broken Time-Space

Platinum

Date Reviewed: 01.08.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.67
Limited: 4.67

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

Broken Time-Space (Platinum)

 

So, we reach the half-way point of our Top 10, and we come to a card that I have mixed feelings about: Broken Time-Space (or ‘BTS’ for short).

 

Don’t get me wrong, this is a very useful card and deserves to be on the list. It is not a coincidence that it was released in the same set that brought us SP Pokémon, because Broken Time-Space gave Evolution decks a way to compete with the sheer speed of the new all-Basic decks. With this card, and a thick Pokémon line, Stage 2 decks had another way to evolve faster besides Rare Candy. Set up decks could get Claydol up as quickly as their first Trainer turn, and decks like Gyarados became possible as it was no longer necessary to leave a weak Basic out for a turn while it waited to evolve. Stage 2 tech lines such as Dusknoir DP and Nidoqueen RR became more viable as it became less risky to use a precious Rare Candy to evolve them, and decks with multiple Stage 2 lines could set up with reasonable speed.

 

So, why do I have reservations about the card?

 

Well, from a purely practical point of view, the massive drawback to Broken Time-Space is that the opponent can use it as well. In fact, when building Stage 2 decks, I often drop it in favour of more consistency cards and make the assumption that if my opponent is going to use Broken Time-Space to speed up their deck, I will be able to make better use of it myself that way. A lot of Flygon players especially adopted the same tactic: they would use their opponent’s BTS and then discard it with Sand Wall to gain immunity for the turn.

 

The other reason this card is not my favourite is that it has substantially increased the ability of certain Stage 2 decks to get a ‘donk’ or first turn win. When playing Machamp or Kingdra, using Rare Candy and BTS meant that, with the right build, a Pokémon that could auto-KO any Basic, or deal 60 +20 damage on the first Trainer turn was all too possible. Fine if you are the person doing the donking, but not so much fun for anyone on the receiving end.

 

Despite its name, Broken Time-Space isn’t ‘broken’, but it has made a significant contribution to speeding up the game of Pokémon and making turn 1 wins more common. It has its good side and bad side, but it has certainly earned its place as the ‘default’ Stadium in most evolution decks.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 4 (extremely useful, but use with a bit of care)

Limited: 4.5 (brilliant if you pull an evolution line)

virusyosh

Greetings Pojo readers! Today we end the first week of our Top 10 by looking at a very useful Stadium card from the Platinum expansion. Our #6 card of 2009 is Broken Time-Space.

Broken Time-Space has a very simple but gamebreaking effect: Each player may evolve Pokemon that they just played or previously evolved during their turn. Since evolving is one of the most fundamental game mechanics in the Pokemon TCG, anything that speeds it up is bound to be really good. This card, along with Rare Candy, is a cornerstone in evolution decks everywhere, which are pretty much any deck that isn't an SP deck or AMU. Even then, it's still pretty useful for evolving your Claydols. If you are playing an evolution deck, chances are you should be running this card.

Modified: 5/5 This card and Rare Candy are the reasons why evolution decks aren't being completely overtaken by SP decks in this format. If you are playing an evolution deck, you should play Broken Time-Space.

Limited: 4.5/5 You're going to be evolving here, but this is a slower format. The fact that your opponent can use this too could also be a problem. Still a very high pick, though.

BoDragon

Any deck using evolution cards in the current modified-constructed format should not be without Broken Time-Space.

 

This Stadium card, released in the Platinum expansion, allows each player to evolve a Pokémon he or she just played or evolved during that turn.

 

Let us use the Togepi-Togetic-Togekiss evolution line as an example.  I play a Togepi from my hand onto my bench.  Broken Time-Space is the current Stadium card in play.  Togetic and Togekiss are in my hand.  I can use the effect of Broken Time-Space to evolve Togepi into Togetic as I just played it from my hand onto my bench this turn.  Next, I will use Broken Time-Space's effect again to evolve Togetic into Togekiss.  In one turn, you can go from a Basic Pokémon to a Stage 1 Pokémon to a Stage 2 Pokémon in a single turn.

 

Remember you cannot level up a Pokémon you just evolved using Broken Time-Space's effect.  You can level up on the next turn if that Pokémon is your active at that time.

 

Broken Time-Space speeds up the evolution process.  Using it alongside Rare Candy provides options for getting your evolved Pokémon into play quicker.

 

Modified:  5/5

Limited:  5/5

 

Bo Finley

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