This beautifully illustrated Stadium card does something
that we have seen Stadiums do a few times in the past:
modify retreat costs. Moonlight Stadium was a pretty
popular card in Dark and Psychic decks back in the day,
while Skyarrow Bridge has
seen plenty of play in Basics decks since its release.
Paying Retreat costs is usually something you will want
to avoid (although decks which can accelerate Energy
from the discard sometimes like to do it), as keeping
Energy on the board is often the key to maintaining an
effective offence. Fairy Garden gives free retreat to
any Pokémon that has a Fairy Energy attached and so can
be used, not just for Fairies, but for any deck that
plays Rainbow and/or Prism Energy.
The thing is though, I don’t
see it as being used all that much. Partly this is
because we have other ways of avoiding paying to retreat
(Float Stone, Switch, Escape Rope), but mainly because
we have other Stadiums that are more useful.
Virbank City Gym is the
Stadium of choice for fast, aggressive decks because it
ramps up the damage done by
Hypnotoxic Laser, while slower set up decks
prefer to use Tropical Beach for the
consistency-boosting draw power.
Fairy Garden is a solid card which will see some play,
particularly when (not if) pure Fairy decks become more
powerful. For now though, there are probably other
things you would rather use.
Modified: 3.25 (these cards always get some play)
Limited: 3.75 (if you pull enough Fairies, it’s a very