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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Pokémon Circulator

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.75
Limited: 4.00

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

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Pokémon Circulator

 

Pokémon Circulator is a Trainer with a neat disruptive effect: when you play it your opponent is forced to switch their active with one of their Benched Pokémon. Sure, it’s not as good as flipping heads on a Pokémon Reversal or using Bright Look, but it’s a guaranteed effect that if played right can cause an opponent some problems.

 

Back when almost everyone (including me) was assuming that the next rotation would be PL-on, people were predicting that this card could see some play in future. Now they are wondering why they ever bothered printing this card. Why? Because next format we will still have Warp Point.

 

Warp Point is exactly like Pokémon Circulator except that you have to switch your active as well. Although there may well be times when you want your opponent to switch without switching yourself, this can usually be worked around by sending up a free retreater (Crobat G, Chatot MD, something with Unown Q attached) and moving it back to the bench. In exchange for this occasional inconvenience, you get much greater utility: I think I have lost count of the number of times Warp Point has saved me in a game by getting a damaged high-retreat Pokémon back to the Bench, or allowing me to retreat a Pokémon like Claydol or Regice that has been dragged active by my opponent.

 

So, as long as we still have Warp Point, we have a card that is more versatile and therefore superior to Pokémon Circulator. The upshot is that, assuming we don’t get another Warp Point reprint, this card is going to have to sit it out in the binder until September 2011 at least.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.75 (I’ll stick with Warp Point, thanks)

Limited: 3.5 (useful disruption here)

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo viewers! Today's Card of the Day is Pokemon Circulator from HS Unleashed.

Pokemon Circulator is a very simply Trainer card: Your opponent switches their Active Pokemon with one of their Benched Pokemon. This is very similar to a one-sided Warp Point, and identical to Cyclone Energy. As I said yesterday, most cards in your deck should either net you card advantage or lead to a KO, and this card can definitely lead to a KO. Even though your opponent gets to choose what to switch, this card is still probably worth running alongside of Switch and Warp Point in order to cause some disruption, even if you just pick off a support Pokemon or a Basic that your opponent just put down. Plus, even in some situations, your opponent may want to limit what is on their bench (if you're running Palkia G Lv. X or Jumpluff, for instance) so you may end out taking out something that they really need.

Modified: 3.75/5 While it doesn't belong in every deck, the kind of disruption this can provide is nice. Even still, most SP decks (and some others) will still rely on Luxray GL Lv. X, but if you can't get a hold of one or don't want to run it, this can be a very nice replacement.

Limited: 4.5/5 Run it here. If used at the right time, it can completely mess up your opponent and get you a KO. This card won me a few games at my Unleashed prerelease, so if you are drafting from the set, use it.


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