Today we look at seventh place for our Top 10 Promising
Picks of Plasma Freeze,
(BW: Plasma Freeze /116).
They are ninjas!
is a Team Plasma Trainer.
This means it can tap a little Team Plasma
support, but not a lot of it; still any help is better
than none at all.
is a Trainer-Supporter.
There isn’t a lot of generic Trainer support to
begin with – just
– and the former isn’t a great play because you’ll have
to wait a turn to use a fetched
while the latter is an Ace Spec with decent odds of
being able to target a lot of what you would want to use
Generic Supporter specific support is limited to
(not that it sees play) and
(which has lost a lot of popularity); there are a few
Pokémon that can pull tricks, but they tend to be pretty
deck specific and none of those decks have proven
We have had one or two Pokémon that can punish
Supporter usage, but they similarly haven’t made a good
showing, though it is worth noting that the new
Plasma Freeze 5/116) can block Supporter usage with
an inexpensive attack.
allows you to reclaim a Team Plasma card from your
discard pile, be it Pokémon, Trainer, or Energy.
This is a pretty expensive deal that is likely
going to be unusable first turn since you aren’t as
likely to have any Team Plasma cards to target (either
at all, or that you would want to burn
on to reclaim).
The longer the game goes, however, the better
this card becomes.
Exactly how much better will depend upon how Team
Plasma heavy your deck is, and in what ways.
is the only simple, reliable way to return a
from the discard pile to the hand… but
is also the only Team Plasma Energy card currently
available (and unless we get a surprise from
the only one we are going to get).
Pokémon have multiple recursion options, so most
of your worthwhile targets are going to be the Team
This does seem like a good effect, though it is
also quite scary since you are giving up access to what
is usually needed draw power or reliable Trainer search
seen in the most played Supporters.
You can get an idea of the extended Team Plasma card
here; the update to my previous article detailing
the kind of support Team Plasma cards have in general is
Pokémon have other options, but unless you run
Dark Explorers 62/108) this is the best way to get
back one of the four Team Plasma Items… which includes
Triad ends up being one of the four Supporters that
Plasma Freeze 52/116; BW Promo BW75) can snag
with its Ability as well.
This is a card that isn’t about overt “combos”; running
it allows you to either effectively exceed the maximum
amount of copies of a Team Plasma Trainer, or when it
comes to any Team Plasma card have more leeway with
however many you are running.
The price of your Supporter is steep, but this is
might allow some builds to get by with just three
Machine but still prove effective.
While I downplayed that it can snag Pokémon, this
can be useful; not every deck has room for
especially if you just need to reclaim and Bench a
Deoxys EX to
make use of its Power Connect Ability to secure a KO,
that is a Supporter well spent.
There are some more Team Plasma cards that we have yet
to see stateside, but I don’t know if they are really
going to make much of a difference for
I don’t see this helping the first-turn-win,
first-turn-lock, or even classic powerhouse decks that
last I checked, still see the most play here… plus there
are some older tricks that aren’t so specific for
getting anything out of the discard.
Quick heads up; if your area has a strong
Unlimited format going, consider writing an article on
it for Pojo because I would love to read it.
This is going to be a great choice for some Plasma
decks, but not all of them; for a lot of decks raw draw
power is going to be more important than Team Plasma
While it is possible a non-Team Plasma deck that
Laser might consider running one
to function as that “fifth copy”, it don’t know of a
deck that needs one more use of
that badly that wouldn’t be better off with some other
or Junk Hunt.
As long as you are running even a single Team Plasma
card worth reclaiming from the discard pile, even a
single one, you should also make room for
you are unlikely to have any other Supporters to worry
about, so this card is no more “expensive” than an Item,
and most decks should have the room.
will likely be amazing in some Team Plasma decks, but
others may pass on it since you are trading a Supporter
for one card that has to already be in your discard
can’t come up with a good reason for using it in a deck
with only a few Team Plasma cards (like a four count of
so this is definitely specialized.
Triad was actually my number eight pick, so again
not too different than what the rest of the group rated
it, or at least the average of the group ratings.