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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Sky Field

- Roaring Skies

Date Reviewed:
May 20, 2015

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.58
Expanded: 2.58
Limited: 3.10

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

It's been a while since we've had a set without a Stadium (that actually goes to Plasma Blast from only a couple years ago), as every set in recent memory has come out with at least one Stadium (even Flashfire had Magnetic Storm). Kinda funny how that works, and I think that says a lot about the game when you've got a handful of Stadiums that everyone's looking at or else using. And this is about to come up as one of the most helpful if not most interesting of Stadiums.

Sky Field does its own simple effect that most Stadiums do - you gotta appreciate that about the Pokemon TCG, always very simple - but this effect is very powerful in a number of different ways. As long as Sky Field's hanging around, both players get access to having a Bench of up to 8 Pokemon! Normally, players only get 5 Pokemon for their Bench, which can lead to a pretty tight set depending on what kind of support you're putting up. 

Think about it. You've usually got your attacker in your Active slot, followed by a back-up for if he falls (1), and then you might have your Ability-mon to support you - like Garbotoad, Blastoise, Altaria from this set, Bronzong, you get the idea (2) - that leaves only 3 spaces left for other Pokemon...which are usually going to be either copies of your attacker or your other Ability-mon. That doesn't leave a whole lot of room, but it does make a nice shift. 

Now though, you've got access to those Ability-mon, that back-up attacker, AND some extra stuff! 3 extra slots means 3 extra ways to outplay your opponents! Play Jirachi-EX for that Supporter, Shaymin-EX for the draw power, the Jirachi from this set to threaten for Doom Desire, Keldeo-EX for retreat - there's a lot more you can do with the Bench at that rate! Not only that, if you feel like things are a little hairy, you can get rid of Sky Field in favor of another of your Stadiums and discard any extra Pokemon without having to worry about them getting KO'd. Amazing! 

I don't imagine a whole lot of people will be running this in general outside of M Rayquaza-EX decks - you know, the ones who like having Benched Pokemon. Sure, it's wildly useful, but you've gotta build your deck to take advantage of it, and at the moment, a lot of decks are just fine with the 5 slots they've got. 8 slots does mean more Dialga-EX for Bronzong to power up, but it also runs the risk of losing some of those components when those slots are slashed off. That's just one particular example, but the point is there's a risk/reward factor involved with a card like this, and most decks may not want to impede on that risk for that little extra reward. 

If you've got M Rayquaza-EX - you know, the one that's not a Dragon - you'll want to run this. Outside of that, either you're tailoring your deck to take advantage of it or just not playing it. 

Rating 

Standard: 2.5/5 (a simple yet powerful effect, but not one justified running in everything) 

Expanded: 2.5/5 (same here) 

Limited: 3/5 (I suppose having more space for back-up attackers is good?) 

Arora Notealus: Alright, now for the real question of this card...how exactly are we having a Pokemon fight in the SKY?! Are we just flying giant blimps or something, cause otherwise I think SOME of us can't actually FLY!! And I'm not just talking Trainers - pretty sure most of the Pokemon aren't capable of FLYING or LEVITATING!! 

Next Time: Yo, champ! How you doing?


Otaku

Good news readers!  I procrastinated so now I am trying to quickly write this review, which means even though the back of my brain is screaming there has to be some sort of joke or pun or play on words I can make with “hump day” and Sky Field gym but we need to get to the review so you’ll be spared. 

Sky Field (XY: Roaring Skies 89/108) is the only Stadium in this new set and it has an unprecedented effect; while it is in play you are allowed to have up to eight Pokémon on your Bench!  If Sky Field leaves play, the owner of Sky Field discards Benched Pokémon until he or she has five left and then the other player does likewise.  Extra Bench space can be useful for most decks, but has two major uses, which can easily overlap: 

  • Supporting Abilities
  • Supporting Attackers

The former is pretty easy to understand; Sky Field makes it a lot easier to have something like Mr. Mime (BW: Plasma Freeze 47/116) as well as space for Jirachi-EX, a Keldeo-EX, etc. in addition to whatever your deck normally needs.  This is very handy for Abilities used from the Bench that stack.  Supporting attackers can simply be spare attackers or it can be attacks that count something in play.  M Rayquaza-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 76/108, 104/108) is the poster-mon for this set and benefits by going from needing a boost to OHKO most Basic Pokémon-EX to OHKOing all current Mega Evolutions!  This is probably the most common place you’ll be seeing Sky Field, but there are actually quite a few others that get a significant boost (though not necessarily to a competitive level). 

There are others though. Raichu (XY 43/146) was already handy for hitting Weakness (which it still does) but Sky Field allows it to not-only OHKO things like Yveltal-EX or M Rayquaza-EX a little easier, but now Circle Circuit can max out at 160 base damage… so a few buffs put anything less than a Mega Evolution into range.  Zoroark (BW: Dark Explorers 71/108; BW: Legendary Treasures 90/113) performs similarly, though doesn’t get to exploit a significant amount of Weakness.  Though originally just for a PTCGO challenge, I am now wondering if Shiftry (XY: Flashfire 7/106) could finally deliver on the promise it held before we realized that it wasn’t quite fast enough.  The Type is now so handy for hitting Seismitoad-EX, the draw Ability is useful if you’re facing a lock deck (Item or Supporter) and Deranged Dance can also get to the point where it OHKOs Mega Evolutions without Weakness thanks to Sky Field.  There are others to consider as well, like Round decks; Seismitoad (BW: Noble Victories 24/101; BW: Legendary Treasures 42/113) could - again - reach 240 damage and thus OHKO Mega Evolutions! 

Expanded may add some more options but nothing major occurs to me.  In Limited you should take this unless you’re running a +39 deck; unlike in sets with multiple Stadiums, there is no need to run a Stadium just to discard other Stadiums.  Still it should prove generally useful here even if you don’t get something that can really feed off of it. 

Ratings 

Standard: 3.75/5 

Expanded: 3.75/5 

Limited: 4.9/5 

Summary: Sky Field enjoys a potent but somewhat simple effect that could be a real game changer.  I was surprised it didn’t make the top 10, but as it was so closely associated with other finishers it may have seemed redundant.  On my own list though it was the eighth place pick.


Emma Starr

                Probably one of – if not, the most unique card ever made to this date is Sky Field. Why is this so ground-breaking, yet never touches the ground? Well, this is the only card that has been able to break the 5-Pokémon-in-a-bench condition. But for something so awesome-sounding, how did it not make the Top 10, one may ask…

                Well, let’s think of the positives first. With eight Pokémon on your bench, you can have many more Pokémon on your bench, which can open up many more options for yourself. You could even be compelled to load up your bench on the first turn to avoid getting N’d, and losing all of the Pokémon in your hand (that is, if you had more than 6 basics in your hand to begin with, which would be…different, to say the least.). And of course, it powers up Mega Rayquaza EX (RS 76). But really, those are the best advantages I can think of, minus some combos that could happen with attacks that involve the number of Pokémon on your bench in Unlimited.

                Now, what makes this card so lackluster? Well, by reading the card again, you’ll see that your opponent can make use of the effect any time as well. But even if they do, chances are that most people really won’t need all this space in the first place. I mean, ask yourself how many times you have actually needed more than 5 Pokémon in reserve. Let’s also not forget that virtually every deck has a useful Stadium for themselves now, and if they play one, this Stadium and the 1-3 of your Pokémon that are making use of this are all getting discarded. Sure, your opponent has to do the same thing after you if they are making use of the effect as well, but the fact that you, the owner of the card does this first can also be a curse in some circumstances. So, in all honesty, I don’t think one should play this card unless they’re also playing Mega Rayquaza as well, or a Pokémon with an effect like his. 

                Standard: 1.5/5 (Useful for M. Rayquaza, and maybe some other things I can’t think of right off. It does break one of the standard rules of the game, so any card that does something like that should warrant at least a look.)

                Expanded: 1.5/5

                Limited: 1/5 (unless you pulled Rayquaza EX and the right Mega as well, I really can’t see how this could put you in much of an advantage.)


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