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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Evosoda 

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 27, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.75
Limited: 4.50

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

Evosoda 

There was quite a bit of hype over this card before release and some players still believe it’s good. I’m not one of them though. 

You can understand why people think that way. A card called Evosoda that grabs evolutions? Could this be the boost that Stage 1 and 2 decks have needed for so long? Well, sadly no. Unlike Rare Candy (and older cards like Broken Time-Space and Wally’s Training), Evosoda doesn’t allow you to break any of the rules of evolution: in fact, it specifically states on the card that it cannot be used on the first turn or with a Pokémon you have just put into play. 

What this leaves you with is basically a conditional Pokemon search card that fetches evolutions from the deck provided you already had the Pokémon you are evolving on the Field at the start of your turn. As such, it is a whole lot less flexible than Ultra Ball, and can’t get the Basic into play like Level Ball. More importantly, it doesn’t make the process of getting your evolutions into play any easier or faster. I suppose I could see some reason to use this in a deck with multiple Stage 1s (Trevenant XY maybe?), but even there I would almost certainly prefer the greater utility of Ultra Ball and friends. Stage 2 decks will just stick with Rare Candy as it enables them to skip the Stage 1 for greater efficiency and speed.  

Sadly, this card’s name promises things that the card text doesn’t deliver. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (when it comes down to it, just a mediocre search card)

Limited: 4.5 (if you play stuff that evolves, you will want this)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Evosoda.

Standard.
I think many people have misread or misunderstood this card. It’s not like a Rare Candy that works from your deck, it just searches for the next Evolution and evolves it. So in most cases it’s worse than a card that says “search your deck for a Pokémon /an Evolution card and put it into your hand”. Most of the time it’s better to just use something like Ultra Ball that can search for both Basic Pokémon and Evolution cards. A deck that is completely focussed on Evolved Pokémon is quite rare since Black & White but perhaps a deck like Empoleon can use Evosoda in addition to Ultra Ball to get its Stage 1 and 2s into play reliably. 

Unlimited 150.
Evosoda is much better in this format for one reason: evolock. The main evolution locking card used is Aerodactyl (Fossil) but there’s also Archeops (Noble Victories) and both can be a serious problem especially used with Omastar (Majestic Dawn) which returns all your opponent’s highest stage Evolution cards to their hand. Once the lock is in place you either have to KO the Aerodactyl or simply use Basic Pokémon, further complicated by cards like Mewtwo LV.X that can’t be damaged by unevolved Pokémon. Evosoda adds another card to the list of the few Trainers and Supporters that allow you to evolve during evolock like Rare Candy and Wally’s Training.
Like in Standard, there’s better cards like Ultra Ball or Luxury Ball that can search for a wider variety of cards and allow you to keep them in hand if needs be but, if you have any evolock decks in your local meta then Evosoda will definitely be worth the slot.

Ratings.
Standard: 3
Unlimited 150: 3.5


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