Well of course this card - of
COURSE we picked Computer Search! I mean, it's so
obvious, right? Right?
In all seriousness, I'm almost
positive this comes as a surprise to few of you to say
the least. Just looking across the list, we've had a
solid Top 10 running - and there were so many more cards
that went unmentioned! Think about it - we're losing
Exeggutor's Supporter-stopping Blockade, Flareon's
Vengeance, Dusknoir's Sinister Hand! We've got entire
archetypes disappearing into Expanded forever and no way
of knowing if and when they'll return!
But Computer Search? Man, that's a
whole different league right there.
It's only other print was back in
the days of ye olde Base Set, and back then it was
merely an Item card. With its reprint, it didn't just
come back free-range - it got gilded the title of ACE
SPEC, meant to denote the most powerful cards in the
game (at the time), cards so powerful that a player
could only ever put one of their kind into a deck! Some
were underwhelming, like Crystal Wall that only gave
Black Kyurem-EX 300 HP; others were decently powerful,
like Life Dew stripping a Prize away from your
opponent's keep, and then there were a small handful
that were amazing, such as G Booster dealing 200 damage
per strike or Dowsing Machine letting you bring back a
And at the top of that pyramid,
there's Computer Search.
So why is Computer Search so good?
Well there's a simple reason for that; despite its
limitation to being a one-off in any deck it's played
in, and the additional cost of two cards from your hand,
its effect lets you snag any card from your deck and put
it in your hand.
That's it. Grab a card and go.
Seeing as there are cards like
Skyla and Jirachi-EX on our list, it should come as no
surprise then that a flexible searcher tops the list.
Jirachi-EX was limited to only grabbing Supporters while
Skyla got broader and could grab any Trainer card.
Computer Search simply does the job of Skyla or Ultra
Ball or even just a...well, I dunno what grabbed Special
Energies if anything, but it can do that too! Basically,
it's WORTH the extra two cards, especially nowadays
where such a cost could be circumvented by recycling the
cards with stuff like Bronzong for Energies or like VS
Seeker for Supporters!
A card with such power was worth it
even at only one, but at least with Expanded we still
have access to a staple for all decks. Meanwhile in
Standard, we wave farewell not only to this godsend of
cards, but to all the others on this list and all the
other unmentioned cards we lose.
Standard: 5/5 (the only reason you
wouldn't run this card is the cost...and that is no
excuse not to run this card)
Expanded: 5/5 (AB. SO. LUTE. LY.)
Limited: 5/5 (YOU WILL RUN THIS
Arora Notealus: Funny thing about
Computer Search is that it's meant to emulate the PC
function in the games. In other words, the reason it can
grab any card is because you can grab just about
anything from your PC!...though I'd be a little
skeptical on how you withdraw people and entire fields
of play out of your lowly computer. No wonder they
limited it to one - too much power to get those things!
Weekend Thought: Do you agree with
our list? Any particular cards you're going to miss upon
rotation? What do you think the game will be like
without some of these cards? I mean, obviously not in
Expanded, that's gonna remain the same in some sense,
but for Standard the game has changed again! A new and
exciting turn of events is upon us - and a new set
awaits us in the next week!