Pokémon Collector (HGSS)
Pokémon Collector is one of those cards that has become
an absolute necessity in the Pokémon TCG. At least since
we lost all the ridiculous broken draw that we had in
Base Set, where you tore through practically your entire
deck on the first turn with multiple Professor Oaks and
Certainly, in the era of Supporters, it is cards like
this which make the game function. Pokémon Collector
allows you to choose three Basic Pokémon from your deck,
which in turn means you are on your way to getting your
deck set up and working. Sounds like staple material
doesn’t it? Well, at some point in the future, it most
definitely will be, but for now, Pokémon Collector has
some stiff competition.
That competition comes in the very familiar form of
Roseanne’s Research. Although Roseanne allows you to
search for one less Basic than Collector, it is a much
more flexible card as it also lets you take Basic Energy
or a mixture of both. Decks these days tend to run very
low Energy counts and playing one or two tech specific
Energy is also common, so the ability to search it out
when you need it can be crucial. For that reason, most
decks will probably stick with Roseanne.
There are a few decks that prefer Collector, though.
Gyarados runs only 1-2 Basic Energy which is rarely
needed, and will usually be in hand anyway, thanks to
the massive draw that deck gets from Felicity’s Drawing.
In this case, being able to use Collector to search out
more Magikarps to evolve or discard is brilliant. Palkia
G LV X Power Lock decks may also consider running
Collector, as it enables them to grab two Basics to get
set up, plus a Mesprit LA for an early Power Lock.
Pokémon Collector is a card that you are only going to
see more and more of. I would advise all players to get
their hands on a playset as soon as possible. We all
remember how difficult and expensive it became to get
Roseanne before it was released as a League promo.
Modified: 3.75 (for most decks, Roseanne is better. If
and when Roseanne leaves the format, this will become a
staple card and you can add a 1 to the score)
Limited: 5 (fantastic set up card in a format full of