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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Boundaries Crossed Countdown!

#2 - Skyla

- Boundaries Crossed

Date Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.33
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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#2 Skyla (Boundaries Crossed)

Even though Pokémon is a franchise aimed at being kid-and-family-friendly it is still a Japanese franchise. This means that from time to time we get fanservice, and in this case it means an airline pilot whose official uniform consists of a crop top and hot pants. Doesn’t seem all that practical to me, but I’m sure some people will appreciate it. That, in case you were wondering, is why the Full Art version of this card is currently worth around $30.

Moving swiftly on, Skyla is a Supporter, and you can only play one of those per turn so it had better be good. Luckily, it is: when you play Skyla you can search your deck for any Trainer card and put it in your hand. And, yes, that does include Supporters, Stadiums and Items, which are now all sub-classes of Trainer. To put it another way, Skyla can fetch you a Professor Juniper, a Skyarrow Bridge, or a Dark Patch, depending on what you need.

Is Skyla a good card? You bet it is. Sure, you are missing out on using a draw Supporter for the turn, but how many times do you play that draw Supporter looking for that one card that you need? Quite a lot, I suspect. Skyla can fix that problem for you. Moreover, unlike our two best draw Supporters (Juniper and N) you get to keep the rest of your hand so (for example), if you have a Basic Benched and are holding the Stage 2, you can play Skyla and grab the Rare Candy. Perhaps best of all, it also searches out our #1 card from the set which gives you access to absolutely anything in your deck. And that is simply amazing.

I suspect that players will end up having a bit of a love/hate relationship with this card: sometimes she’ll get you the one card you need to win; sometimes she will be the only card in your hand and you’ll be wishing bitterly that you had a Juniper instead. Personally, I think it’s great and that 2-3 copies should be in practically every deck, however I know there are some highly respected players who leave her out of some lists altogether.

This card is only going to get better as more powerful Trainers are released in future (go find some spoilers for Ether, Poison Hypnotic Beam and Colress Machine). I think every player should make sure they have a playset of this card – don’t worry; you can pick up the non Full Art ones fairly cheap!

Rating

Modified: 4.25 (Trainers run the game – a card that will search them out is worth a Supporter slot)

Limited: 4 (You may not have that many great Trainers to search, but you’ll still always play this card)

virusyosh

Greetings once again, Pojo readers! Today we're all the way up to #2 on our Boundaries Crossed Top 10 countdown, and this is a card that is going to see play in most decks due to its high amount of flexibility. Today's Card of the Day is Skyla.
 
Skyla is a Supporter, meaning you can play one per turn, and if you do, you can't play any other Supporters on that turn. Therefore, in order to play Skyla, you'll want to make sure that its effect can outweigh the potential benefits of playing something like N, Professor Juniper, Bianca, or Cheren instead. Fortunately, Skyla has quite an awesome effect: it allows you to search your deck for a Trainer card, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand, shuffling your deck afterward. Note that with the ruling on how the Trainer supertype works, Skyla can fetch Item cards (like Rare Candy, Rescue Scarf, or Pokemon Catcher), Supporters (N, Juniper, etc.), and Stadiums (Skyarrow Bridge, Pokemon Center, Tropical Beach). The ability to grab any Trainer card is a great boon for any deck, and while you can't play another Supporter that you search out with Skyla until the next turn, the added flexibility of getting Items and Stadiums can make it a good play over (or even with) Random Receiver in many decks. Overall, Skyla is a great choice to consider when building any deck, as it greatly increases consistency, even if it is a bit slow.
 
Modified: 4.5/5 Skyla should be considered for most, if not all Modified decks. While grabbing another Supporter can slow you down, decks that aren't worried about breakneck speed should definitely give the Mistralton Gym Leader serious consideration, as the card is a huge consistency booster.
 
Limited: 5/5 It's a search card in a format where both search cards and Trainers are rare. Of course you should use it!

Jebulous Maryland Player

Skyla is a Supporter that lets you search your deck for a Trainer card, reveal it, and put it in your hand.  This card has a ton of flexibility.  So the choices from playing this are: another Supporter, an Item, or a Stadium.  If you go for another Supporter, you can't play it.  I would think you would usually do this if you are in an okay/good position.  If you were in a bad position, you would choose something to help out immediately.  Getting a Supporter means getting that Juniper you've been wanting but haven't gotten because you have been in a Supporter drought.  The biggest problem is that your opponent will know what you got, and will try their best to N you.
 
The next option is an Item.  This is where Sklya shines.  It allows you to get an Item that you need, and you can play it immediately.  Need Energy?  Dark Patch or Energy Search.  Need to evolve?  Rare Candy.  Need to take out something on the Bench or stall?  Pokemon Catcher.  Sklya lets you get anything for the situation you are in.  And I mean ANYTHING.  Since Computer Search is an Item, you can Skyla for Computer Search, and then use it to get any card in your deck.  Only problem is if Computer Search is prized... so don't rely on it too much.
 
Lastly you can get Stadiums.  This play won't be seen too much.  For the Tornadus EX donk deck maybe, since it relies on a Stadium to be in play.  I guess Skyarrow Bridge if you haven't gotten to it yet.
 
So it's a great card, at least a 1 per deck card (unless you have a deck with no Items...).
 
Modified: 4.5/5
Limited: 4.5/5
Combos With:  ...
 
Questions, comments, concerns: jebulousthemighty@yahoo.com


Otaku

Time for the second most anticipated card of BW: Boundaries Crossed according to the compiled list, and it is… Skyla (BW: Boundaries Crossed 134/149, 149/149)! We even get two versions this set as my reference just indicated; the normal version and the Full Art!

Given that this is a not a complex Trainer, I will forgo a more organized breakdown of the card. Skyla is a Supporter, the Trainer class that enjoys potent effects, but that you can only play once-per-turn (or rather, once during your turn). Skyla is the only search Supporter in the format at the moment, which makes it even more unusual that her effect searches out any one Trainer (Item, Supporter, or Stadium; Ace Spec or plain).

Trainer search cards have often been rare; they aren’t a new thing and when they do exist, they are often potent. Skyla seems poised to continue that trend; it is only the degree of usage that I believe is in question. All decks can use Skyla: not all decks can utilize her effect equally well. There are two cards that seem essential for optimizing Skyla: Computer Search (BW: Boundaries Crossed 137/149) and Sableye (BW: Dark Explorers 62/108).

Few players have failed to realize that Skyla also enjoys search Items; while only good once (barring specific combos), a Computer Search in deck and two cards you can stand to part with in hand allow Skyla to actually snag any one card from your deck. You might also want to run (even as TecH) copies of other search cards; it is hard to make room for something like Energy Search, but that and an Ultra Ball allow you to still grab almost anything from your deck via Skyla.

Sableye comes into the equation because of its “Junk Hunt” attack; recycling Items means all the low count and even TecH cards you fetch with Skyla can be spammed. Simply put, I know I had to run some cards at higher levels not because I actually needed that many copies, but because running any less made me worry I wouldn’t get them in time. Useful but somewhat specialized cards like a lone Enhanced Hammer or Tool Scrapper are now easy pickings, while more general usage cards like Crushing Hammer are easier to spam. The big show of course is opening by spamming Computer Search itself with Skyla ensuring you open with it.

Skyla doesn’t need Sableye, of course; that was for optimal usage. Since most decks will be running an Ace Spec and some TecH, most decks can use Skyla. While something built around Sableye can probably risk maxing it out, most decks I think will need to keep themselves down to two or three; enough that it is floating around in the deck to aid in set up, but not to choke your hand with them when what you really need is to drop a Professor Juniper for a fresh, full hand of seven cards.

Skyla should definitely see widespread usage in Modified. What about Unlimited? I still haven’t gotten a ruling about whether older copies of Computer Search are played as written (while unlikely, as they are not legal for Modified this is a possibility), not allowed at all, or played as if they had the new Ace Spec text, but most decks only run select Supporters and don’t depend upon them for draw power here, so Skyla becomes a likely substitute; get the Trainer you need, even if it is a classical over-powered Item based draw card.

For Limited, it all depends upon what else you pulled and is worth running. If you didn’t get any other Trainers worth running, Skyla would be useless. If you have at least one, it is almost a must-play. Search is incredibly potent in Limited, and usually so are most Trainers you pull.

If you don’t like knowing about upcoming cards, skip to the Ratings. If you’re still reading, then I will point out that Skyla was hurt by the four Item cards cut from this set (at least when compared with the equivalent Japanese set): Bicycle, Escape Rope, Ether, and Virbank City Gym. Escape Rope isn’t really a huge deal, and only qualifies since it would be another good Item to search your deck for. Bicycle on the other hand would allow a Skyla, when your hand was low, to function as an emergency draw card; that is pretty important. Ether and Virbank City Gym both had decks waiting for them, and would have been using some Skyla to improve odds of opening with them.

Ratings

Unlimited: 4/5

Modified: 4/5

Limited: 4.8/5

Summary

Skyla will have more than just fans of the character chasing after copies of the card; I think most decks will run at least two and some decks will be maxing her out, so you should be tracking down a play-set. Skyla only made number three on my own list, but that is because Landorus EX (BW: Boundaries Crossed 89/149, 144/149) took my number two slot, and the number one card of the group list is the same as my own number one pick.

More on that tomorrow.


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