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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

Olympia  

- XY Generations

Date Reviewed:
Jan. 12, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.88
Expanded: 3.75
Limited: NA

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

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aroramage

Man, you don't write for three weeks, and everything just gets all kinds of wonky! What can I say, just gotta get back into the swing of things~

Speaking of wonky things, Olympia! She's basically a Switch and a Potion in the form of a Supporter. She's got her uses, I don't know if I'd rank her much higher than I did before.

Rating

Standard: 4/5 (guess there was some use of her somewhere)

Expanded: 4/5 (pretty good stuff overall)

Limited: N/A (still don't know how you rank this in Limited...still say 5/5) 

Arora Notealus: I mean really, this was the #2 card in its set, I don't think it oughta get a lower rating simply because it hasn't been seen that much. 

Next Time: Time to wrangle them!


Otaku

Our fourteenth finisher is Olympia (Generations 66/83), which we first reviewed here as the second best card from its expansion.  This is a Supporter that allows you to switch your Active Pokémon with one of your Benched Pokémon, then heals 30 damage from the former Active.  Due to the wording, if you don’t move your Active to the Bench, you don’t get any healing.  You only get to use one Supporter per turn, but on the bright side no recent Supporter blocking effects have proven worthwhile in the long run and when Items are working, we’ve got VS Seeker to reclaim a Supporter from the discard pile.  Olympia is basically a combo card, having the same effect as Switch followed by Potion, under the condition you heal the card you moved to the Bench.  This sounds kind of restrictive, and if you read that old review, you’ll see I didn’t think much of it.  It didn’t come close to making my own list, which was a Top 5 (it was a mostly reprint set; we ended up only doing a Top 3).  On the other hand, aroramage thought quite highly of the card.  In hindsight he was proven correct; I’m not sure about the numerical score but the rest he nailed; turns out having a Supporter that is an enhanced version of Switch was and is indeed worth it in some decks, and at least functional in most others.  My bad! 

So how did I go wrong?  I underestimated all the stuff Olympia does and overestimated its competition.  As far as Supporter cards to get your Active out of the way, all we really had (and in Expanded play, still have) is AZ; this allows you to return one of your in play Pokémon to your hand, including your Active.  If you do, all attached cards are discarded; for Pokémon consisting of more than one card (like Evolved Pokémon), all of those cards are still returned to hand.  Between with and various Item cards like Escape Rope, Switch, Float Stone, Super Scoop Up, and even a few other options I did not think Olympia was worth it even as TecH.  I was wrong!  There were things like Evolutions you did not want to bounce but still wanted a Supporter to move; Mega Evolutions in particular were painful to bounce because one way or another, any Spirit Link card already used was lost.  In fact, other Tools played a role; though not available at the time, now it can be nice getting something with a Fighting Fury Belt attached out of the Active slot, while healing a little damage off of it, instead of bouncing it and losing all cards attached with AZ. 

Ratings 

Standard: 3.75/5 

Expanded: 3.5/5 

Limited: 4/5 

Summary: Olympia ended up being a good, valuable addition to the Standard and Expanded card pools; she is a bit more useful to contemporary Standard play due Expanded having more alternatives.  She is functional in general, and quite useful to a few key decks; in short she achieved what I expected Ninja Boy, our 19th place finisher, would accomplish (but didn’t). 

Olympia tied with yesterday’s Zygarde-EX in voting points; both earned four, none of which came from me.  I am happy Olympia made our “extended” Top 10 (Top 19) list, though. 


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