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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Here Comes Team Rocket!
- XY: Evolutions

Date Reviewed:
Nov. 6, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.0
Expanded: 2.0
Limited: 2.75

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

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aroramage

TO PROTECT FROM DEVASTATION!!
TO UNITE ALL PEOPLES WITHIN OUR NATION!!
TO DENOUNCE THE EVILS OF TRUTH AND LOVE!!
TO EXTEND OUR REACH TO THE STARS ABOVE!!
Jessie! 
James!
TEAM ROCKET, BLASTING OFF AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!!
SURRENDER NOW OR PREPARE TO FIGHT!! 

Ahhhh...that never really gets old, does it? I mean, it does, but never quite that old, you know? 

Anyways, Here Comes Team Rocket! is a Supporter card that's been printed a couple times, but that's pretty much the only thing noteworthy. It's still got the same effect as always, both players play with their Prizes face-up for the rest of the game. This has a bit of a double-edged sword effect; you get to find out what you've got stashed away and will know just what you're going for when you KO something...but so will your opponent. You'll know what they've got too...but so will they. 

In the end, it's a Supporter that's a bit superfluous in the long run. Sure, it'd be nice if you didn't have to reveal your side of it to your opponent, but what kinds of stipulations would make this card playable in terms of information revelation? Reveal your opponent's but not your own? Or I guess look at your own? Or exchange your hand with your Pri-oh, geez, no, that's way too much. 

In any case, Here Comes Team Rocket! will always be one of those cards that works in its own personal space but that won't see competitive play if only because of what it does...that, and other Supporters can do more for most deck strategies anyway. 

Rating 

Standard: 2.5/5 (it's a bit of here and there kind of card) 

Expanded: 2.5/5 (which deserves it's neither here nor there rating) 

Limited: 2.5/5 (really, it's hard to say what use you'd get from this card that your opponent WON'T get) 

Arora Notealus:...Meowth, that's right! 

Next Time: The king returns!


Otaku

Today we look at Here Comes Team Rocket! (Team Rocket 15/82, 71/82; EX: Team Rocket Returns 111/109; XY: Evolutions 113/108).  This is a Supporter card, though the first time it released predates the Supporter mechanic, so it was played like a “normal Trainer” (what would now call an Item).  I am not 100% sure, but the Team Rocket printings shouldn’t be legal because they lack errata, though the Secret Rare EX: Team Rocket Returns 111/109 printing may be close enough to be legal.  We’ve reviewed it twice before, both times after it was updated into a Supporter.  So what does it actually do? 

Here Comes Team Rocket! Reveals the Prize cards of both players and leaves them face up.  You can get a one-sided version of this effect via Town Map, which is just an Item.  Is it really worth helping your opponent out to avoid Item lock or be able to fetch this from the discard via VS Seeker?  No.  In one of those older reviews I thought well of Here Comes Team Rocket! In part because we didn’t have an option like Town Map (or if we did, I missed it both then and now), but mainly because it was “cool” to see Jesse, James, and (in the original and most recent one) Meowth all together.  Though I didn’t realize that back then, of course.  The nostalgia angle applies now as well, but there is one more reason, though for now it doesn’t really matter: it counters Greedy Dice.  I actually mentioned Here Comes Team Rocket! Countering Greedy Dice when we looked at that card here.  It makes me look a bit silly because I was worried about a hypothetical future release or reprint breaking Greedy Dice and instead the next set releases a counter to it.  If you didn’t feel like reading that older review, Greedy Dice works when you take it from your Prizes, but specifies it must be taken while face down (hence why we aren’t trying to abuse it with Town Map). 

Odds are no deck in Standard or Expanded play will need Here Comes Team Rocket!.  For Limited play I would run it, but remember that your opponent gets the same effect; you should just have room enough in your deck for it, but weigh the situation when you go to play it.  You won’t know the contents of your opponent’s deck but you might be able to gleam from something if they lack a good poker face.  When you know your Prizes, it can make them a valuable resource beyond the obvious determinant of who wins the game; even in Constructed play (and not just Limited) it can be really handy to know you can get a particular card after scoring a KO. 

Ratings 

Standard: 1.5/5 

Expanded: 1.5/5 

Limited: 3/5 

Summary: Here Comes Team Rocket! may bring back fond memories and technically can help you out, but unless you are worried about Greedy Dice it won’t be worth running over Town Map, and Town Map isn’t a staple either.  So did we really need to review this card?


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