So this is an interesting card.
Yeah, Reverse Valley is another of those two-sided
Stadiums, but it's got some...niche potential, I
The last time we saw this, it was
with Parallel City, which had at least 1 powerful effect
to slow things down for your opponent while the other
could either impede them or not affect you at all. Here
though, Reverse Valley only has two effects, and neither
is particularly great. On the one side, you've got the
effect of reducing any damage your Steel-Types - or your
opponent's, depending on how you play it - by 10 damage.
That's not bad, but Steel doesn't really play around
that defensively last I checked. I don't even know of
any major Steel Pokemon that get played outside of
Bronzong and maybe Dialga-EX and Aegislash-EX. And those
guys used to see play all the time! Then again, maybe
this is something for Scizor-EX?
On the other hand, you've got the
ability to give Dark-Types on whichever side of the
field the other half faces an extra 10 damage on all of
their attacks. This is arguably the better end of the
deal, given the way things have gone, but I don't seem
to recall too many Dark decks showing up either.
Obviously, there's the new Darkrai-EX, but he works
better with All-Night Party than this card. I suppose
Yveltal-EX and M Tyranitar-EX wouldn't mind the damage,
though in the latter's case it doesn't matter that much
at all, and in the former's case he's on-and-off in
terms of relevance.
So Reverse Valley is a bit of an
indifferent card, not even able to be the graceful
one-shot that Parallel City was except in a couple of
decks that probably could use the space for something
better. Not entirely a bad card, mind you, but not a
magnificently great one either.
Standard: 2/5 (it's okay, I
wouldn't say it's that great though)
Expanded: 2.5/5 (like, it could go
well with the extra Dark support in the format)
Limited: 3/5 (but aside from that,
it doesn't do much for a lot of decks)
Arora Notealus: Reverse Valley does
what Parallel City did, only to a much lesser extent.
Seeing as this is the second set in a row that we've
gotten one of these in, I'm guessing the trend is to
continue into the foreseeable future. At the very least,
they do bring an interesting dynamic to Stadiums!
Next Time: The great protector of
the Northern Wind rides again!