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Ruins of Alph

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited:  2.00

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

Ruins of Alph 

A Johto-themed Stadium is up for review today. The Ruins of Alph is either the place where you go to fill your Pokedex with every Unown, or the minor inconvenience you have to walk through after Violet City. If you stay and search around you can find some good stuff there though (including a Rare Candy!). 

Ruins of Alph has quite possibly the shortest  text of any Stadium and one of the most straightforward effects. When it is in play, each Pokémon has no Resistance. 

Is this useful? Well, there are certainly times where it can be. Donphans with Expert Belts positively hate not being able to OHKO annoying Crobat Gs that are trying to Toxic them to death, and Dialga G is often pretty miffed at its inability to do much damage to Luxray GL. In general though, Resistance is rarely a big part of the TCG (the vast majority of Pokémon don’t even have it), which makes the use of this Stadium very situational. 

Then there is the competition it faces for deck space from other Stadiums. Even in the examples given above, Donphan decks will get far greater utility out of Broken Time-Space or Stark Mountain, while Dialga G (if it runs a Stadium) usually prefers to put the hurt on Stage 2s with Galactic HQ, or recover Special Metal with Conductive Quarry. 

Ruins of Alph is a very specific answer to a pretty rare problem that decks might face. If you have a deck where Resistance is a constant or serious issue, then this could be the answer you have been waiting for. For everything else, there are many better options. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (too niche for a big score)

Limited: 2 (there are a few cards with Resistance in the set, but it’s rarely an issue)


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