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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 3 New Generations Cards

#3 - Revitalizer

- XY Generations

Date Reviewed:
February 24, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.75
Expanded: 3.95
Limited: See Below

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

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aroramage

What do you mean we're having another countdown in the midst of our countdown? That's just silly! We just finished the Top 10, and the next set is...well, actually, it's already out. That's right, we're gonna be talking a little bit about the new set, Generations! Now this set is just an extra set made to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Anniversary this year, and it's only packaged in with certain collections, like the Mew Collection Box that came out this month! 

...which reminds me I need to go stop by GameStop before they stop giving out Mew codes for the game... 

ANYWHO, this set is mostly made up of reprints of cards from earlier sets, but there are a few cards that are brand new, and of those we've compiled a small list of our Top 3 cards for the set, starting with Revitalizer! It's a pretty basic Item card that only has the effect of adding 2 Grass Pokemon from your discard pile to your hand, but that can still be a big boost to Grass-oriented decks. 

Since there's no limit to what Pokemon you can bring back aside from the Typing, this means you can get back some pretty powerful Pokemon - Sceptile-EX, Virizion-EX, Genesect-EX, Vespiquen, Combee, Exeggcutes that have been discarded, the new Adaptive Evolution Caterpie and Metapod line-up, the list goes on and on. Combined with cards like Battle Compressor, this can easily turn into a "Grab 2 Pokemon from your deck" type of card, and there's not much the opponent can do about it outside of locking you out of Items with Seismitoad or Vileplume, the latter of whom can also be added to your hand with Revitalizer!

Now does this bring new life to Grass decks? Not really, it's just a new card that helps them do their thing even more. But hey, the simplest cards always do, right? 

Rating 

Standard: 4/5 (certainly another great tool for the Grass deck players)

Expanded: 4.5/5 (I mean, it's no Forest of Broken Plants, but we didn't need another of those anyway) 

Limited: N/A (...I'll be honest, I'm not sure how you'd run a Limited format with this particular set, since the boosters are only available in specific collections like this. I'd assume this would be a 3/5 though, given the limited line-up)

Arora Notealus:...I mean...I don't wanna bring the mood down on Grass decks, but we should be honest and call this what it is: fertilizer. Yeah, that's definitely what that is. Immunizer, Revitalizer, more like Fertilizer. Guess they didn't want that implication being made though...I mean, would you want to rub fertilizer on your Grass Pokemon? You know what that stuff's made of, right? I mean, where would they even get that? 

Next Time: From beyond the realms of time and space, the mind endures throughout the cosmos...and wears a really cool cape.


Otaku

Now that we’ve finished our countdown for our Top 10 picks from XY: BREAKpoint… it is time for another countdown!  The-powers-that-be scheduled another set for this month; Generations officially released February 22nd (just two days ago when this article was new).  February 27, 1996 is the date when Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green officially released in Japan, so it is the birthday of the entire franchise… even if most of us didn’t get to join in until a few years later.  With another set, comes another countdown, but this time it is just a Top 3.  Why?  This set is 

1.    …mostly reprints, shrinking its effective size, so no need to cover more.

2.    …largely commemorative and for new/returning players, so it isn’t worried about being particularly competitive.

3.    …being released so close to another set that I didn’t want to make anyone compose a second Top 10 so soon.

4.    …released just in time for us to have a three day gap to fill at the end of this week. 

The usual rules apply so all those reprints weren’t eligible for the Top 10.  An interesting note is that this set seems similar to the original Base Set in terms of card selection.  Cards are not reprints of Base Set cards, as some mistakenly reported previously.  Almost every reprint is of something originally released or re-released in an XY-era expansion.  Generations also includes a subset like we saw in BW: Legendary Treasures, once again referred to as a “Radiant Collection”: cards with similarly styled “cute” artwork and altered numbering system.  These cards were released in Japan as the PokéKyun Collection.  They are eligible for the Top 10 list. 

So with that out of the way, we come to our #3 pick: Revitalizer (Generations 70/83).  This is an Item that allows you to add two Grass-Type Pokémon from your discard pile to your hand.  This isn’t a major effect, but then again it is a minor cost; an Item with no extra requirements to use it.  You trade that one card from hand (Revitalizer itself) for two cards from the discard pile, albeit restricted to not only a specific major card division (Pokémon) but also a specific Type (Grass).  To add a single Pokémon from the discard pile (any Type) also requires an Item (Buddy-Buddy Rescue) that also allows your opponent to do the same thing, so the price seems fair.  Now, why would this card be particularly good?  The answer lies in what Grass-Types are prominent; Ariados (XY: Ancient Origins 6/98), M Sceptile-EX, Sceptile-EX (XY: Ancient Origins 7/98, 84/98), Vespiquen (XY: Ancient Origins 10/98) and Vileplume (XY: Ancient Origins 3/98).  Not all of these have the same need for Revitalizer but now we get into the specifics. 

Ariados and Vileplume are Bench-sitters used for their Abilities… and while they can work together, more than one Ariados and more than one Vileplume on your Bench at a time are redundant, providing incentive to run lower counts of them.  Throw in how many times you’ll need to discard them because even with Forest of Giant Plants you can’t get their lower Stages in play before you have to use Ultra Ball or Professor Juniper/Professor Sycamore to chuck them, and we see why an Item that can get back the entire Ariados or two-thirds of the Vileplume line could be appealing (yeah, even when Vileplume locks down Items).  Vespiquen is a high-caliber glass cannon that does more damage based on the amount of Pokémon in your discard pile and (like most) tries to rip through its own deck as quickly as possible.  It is a somewhat common problem that you’ll be a Vespiquen shy of what you need to win (sometimes easily, sometimes at all); again this provides an Item that can get back the entire line, or two of whichever Stage you need.  For any and all Grass-Types that Evolve from other Grass-Types, if Forest of Giant Plants is involved you can even immediately get an Evolution line back into play! 

I don’t want to build the card up too much; there are other options to reclaim discarded Pokémon, but this is an Item to add it to your hand.  Now if they had gotten their own equivalent to Archie’s Ace in the Hole or Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick, perhaps it would be better… but I don’t know, and they didn’t.  We see some Vespiquen decks at least using Buddy-Buddy Rescue or Puzzle of Time to get back an extra attacker; the former might be what Revitalizer replaces, while the latter actually combos wish Revitalizer.  The big, impressive combo (that can still work as smaller, less impressive combos) is using Teammates to get two copies of Puzzle of Time, then play those to get a Double Colorless Energy and Revitalizer back from the discard pile.  At last use Revitalizer to get back the Vespiquen (that was probably the Pokémon just KOed).  If you had another Combee already in play or run Forest of Giant Plants, you’ll have an attacker for this turn and the start of one for the next turn. 

This is quite deck specific, unless Revitalizer ends up being the missing piece that makes Ariados a more common site in general, which is doubtful.  Still a solid addition to Standard and Expanded play.  If you are able to participate in some sort of Limited event with Generations product (the set doesn’t seem to be using the traditional release methods), then as long as you have even a few Grass-Types worth running, this is a great pull.  The thing is, you might not, so it really isn’t an automatic inclusion for your deck. 

Ratings 

Standard: 3.5/5 

Expanded: 3.35/5 

Limited: 3.75/5 

Summary: A nifty trick for Grass-Types, one that I suspect will become relevant to the competitive scene as at least on paper.  I have no first or second hand testing results, so try it for yourself if you can snag a copy.  This card takes third place because it tied with our second place pick.  Why?  Because this was my number one pick for the entire set but wasn’t on any other lists.  As this is just a Top 3, it meant one card that showed up on multiple lists took first place, and I had to break a tie between second and third, which Revitalizer lost.


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