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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 5 New Legendary Treasure Cards

#1 - Elesa  

- Legendary Treasures

Date Reviewed:
Nov 8, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.25
Limited: 1.0

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

#1 Elesa 

If you want an illustration of how mediocre the new cards in Legendary Treasures are, then consider this: our #1 card is effectively a reprint of Department Store Girl from the Arceus set, a card that got only moderate attention and even less play when it was legal. It wouldn’t even have made the top 10 cards of that set, never mind reaching #1. 

That said, Elesa does do something that no other card can do, and she does it very well too: Elesa is a Supporter that enables you to search your deck for up to three Tool Cards and put them in your hand. Tools seem to be more important than ever in this format and a lot of decks will run powerful cards like Float Stone, Silver Bangle, Eviolite or Dark Claw. Most decks, however, can rely on their regular draw to supply these cards, or maybe use Skyla, which has a much higher general utility than a card like Elesa. Tools are important, but the vast majority of decks don’t need multiples of them badly enough to want Elesa to be their Supporter for the turn. 

The exception to this would be the Tool Drop deck which relies on stacking multiple Tools on Sigilyph PLB to pump up Trubbish PLS’s attack. It’s a risky deck that employs a fragile combo, but it has had one or two good performances in recent tournaments, and can be fun to play too. Really, this is the only kind of deck that I can see using Elesa: it’s a pretty niche card when all’s said and done.

Rating

Modified: 3 (very limited use, but does a good job where it’s needed)

Limited: 1 (there are no Tools in the set)


Otaku

Today we finish counting down our Top 5 Promising Picks of BW: Legendary Treasures.  If you skipped the rest of the week, know that we altered our normal Top 10 formula because the set was mostly reprints (which we normally wouldn’t cover).  With new rules going into effect today and the still relatively recent rotation, we decided that we would then also do a Top 5 Reprints list next week (so still a total of 10 cards).

 

So the top new card is Elesa!  Due to the semi-restricted nature of Supporters (you may only use one per turn – you would think helpful “supporting” characters would be more cooperative) you need to balance the needs of your deck: options versus reliability.  You can’t just run as many of each Supporter as you wish because you would just have huge dead hands each turn.

 

This format has had some stellar Supporters, but the game’s power creep means that only Professor Juniper and N have been staples.  Several other Supporters are common sights in decks, but exactly what extras to run (if any - certain Items can be used to “fake” having more Supporters) has been pretty variable as none match the power or consistency of those two.

 

Elesa doesn’t change that.  She snags three Items from your deck; in terms of raw card count this is only the same amount of card advantage generated by Cheren… and we don’t play Cheren competitively, do we?  The key here is quality – you get the exact three Pokémon Tools you want and in most decks, you’ll be able to drop them instantly; important for the fast paced format.  In fact, the only thing preventing this from being a staple in all decks (along with some of the fantastic Items we have access to) is Tool Scrapper.

 

Still, some decks can use it very well.  If Elesa targeted deck or discard pile, it would be a staple regardless of Tool Scrapper.  Decks that already run heavy on Pokémon Tools (six Pokémon Tools or more) should definitely run it anyway – either your deck is built around a combo that calls for several Pokémon Tools to be available, or you’re using them to tweak your Pokémon for the current situation.

 

I can’t recommend it if you run less than four Pokémon Tools, but even if you run four or five; a single copy might be worthwhile.  Bit of a bummer if it hides on the bottom of your deck and have less than three cards to search out when you finally get to use it, but especially if you’re good at baiting out Tool Scrapper it can still generate good advantage.

 

In Unlimited, the raw draw and search power of the format means you shouldn’t need to waste a Supporter on searching out Items.  In Limited, this set doesn’t have any Pokémon Tools.  So in either format, don’t bother (and remember I am not supposed to score cards lower than 1/5).

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5

 

Modified: 3.5/5

 

Limited: 1/5

 

Summary

Elesa actually isn’t a bad card in many decks and is very good in specific ones.  I am not expecting her to be even a one-per-deck staple in general, but for those key decks at least one and possibly two or even three could be useful.  The rule changes may increase Pokémon Tool play… or they may decrease it if people begin to rely more on Tool Scrapper.

 

I scored Elesa as my top pick for this set.  As is so often the case, I have some buyer’s remorse; originally I was anticipating metagame I no longer am so certain will materialize, as well as giving a bit more credit than I probably should have to the decks I expect will run her reliably.  At the same time, Spiritomb (BW: Legendary Treasures 87/113) counters Ace Specs, a card in almost ever deck but just one card, while Meloetta EX is just a Bench-sitter that doesn’t even have an Ability but could make Round decks tournament viable.  So while I question my decision, I still stand by Elesa as being a good card and possibly the best new card of the set.


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