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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Lass's Special

- Fates Collide

Date Reviewed:
June 29, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.25
Expanded: 1.37
Limited: 3.25

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

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aroramage

Well now aren't you a cheeky one! Oh Lass, alas, if only you were...um...great? 

Well, Lass has a special, and it's supposed to give you more cards. In fact, it lets you draw cards up to the number of Basic Pokemon your opponent controls on their Bench. Unfortunately, that restriction means that you're only able to draw up to 5 cards at the most, and chances are you're only getting 2-3 cards if that considering most Basics aren't really Bench-sitters. 

There may be moments where you get 4-5 cards, but more often than not, you're going to be better off with something like Sycamore, which can net you 7 cards, or something like Shauna, which would give you up to 5 cards. Arguably, even something like Tierno, which only draws you 3 cards, would be better than this since with Tierno you at least know you're getting 3 cards! Lass's Special is far too reliant on the opponent to fall into its strategy in order to be effective. 

As far as draw Supporters go, you've got much better options. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (she's only getting the half a point for the fact that she at least draws cards) 

Expanded: 1.5/5 (but that's not saying much, especially given so many different draw Supporters) 

Limited: 3.5/5 (at least she's got good potential here) 

Arora Notealus: It's a shame because a card like this even a couple years ago wouldn't have been so bad. When Pokemon-EX were more prominent, and the metagame revolved around deck types like VirGen and Black Kyurem-EX, this card would've done really well. Now though, it's not even okay by comparison to what we've gotten. 

Next Time: The mother of all cards!!


Otaku

Lass’s Special (XY: Fates Collide 103/124) gets to be stuck in the middle this week.  It is a Supporter so it faces steep competition from the likes of Professor Sycamore, Lysandre, etc. regardless of whether or not these cards have a similar effect.  On the other hand thanks to Battle Compressor, VS Seeker, and Shaymin-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 77/108, 106/108) have made it so much easier for a Supporter to slip into a deck.  Lass’s Special is a draw card that doubles as a sort-of anti-Basic Pokémon effect: it allows you to draw a card for each of your opponent’s Benched Basic Pokémon.  This is brilliant against decks like Night March and perhaps some decks that need Skyarrow Bridge but against most decks, it is an unreliable Tierno.  Now circumstantial draw doesn’t have to be bad; I still prefer my Expanded decks include a Colress and would run it if it was still Standard legal.  Colress feeds on Bench size, but it can also work with your own which is a serious advantage.  Being totally reliant on your opponent is never a good thing.  For Expanded play it might work in a deck that likes to use Archeops (BW: Noble Victories 67/101; BW: Dark Explorers 110/108) to block Evolving.  Suddenly every deck can only field Basics (at least with ease) and so you’ll have a chance to draw up to five cards.  Unless the opponent uses Sky Field in which case it is up to eight cards.  That… still doesn’t sound all that great.  Enjoy it in Limited where any draw power is welcome. 

Ratings 

Standard: 1.5/5 

Expanded: 1.25/5 

Limited: 3/5 

Summary: Lass’s Special isn’t that special; it punishes your opponent for having a Bench full of Basic Pokémon, but even many decks built around Basic Pokémon will likely be able to keep the Bench low if they see you are running this card.  Remember your opponent has to have at least four Basic Pokémon for the card to be better than Tierno or Cheren!


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