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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Traveling Salesman - Aquapolis

Date Reviewed: 04/14/03

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Traveling Salesman

I really don't see this card being played that much because we don't really have any good TMs yet. The only Pokemon Tools that we usually play are just Gold Berry and Focus Band. You can usually just draw them by some other draw power in Constructed.

In Unlimited, when you have cards like Computer Search and Oak, you don't need this card at all. Rating: 1.3/5

In Modified, it can be good to get those Focus Bands and thin your deck. Sometimes, a Focus Band flip can make or break the game for you. Usually, you don't need this card as there are quite a few Draw Power here as well. Rating: 2.4/5

In Draft, usually you get very little TMs/Tools. I wouldn't pick this. Rating: 1.3/5
X- Act
"YAY I can get 2 Focus Bands from my deck to my hand!" That's what a person in #pojo said as soon as he saw this card. A comment, which disgusted me and almost made me throw up. =/
Anyway, this Supporter isn't bad, I suppose, but then again, the only Supporter that is plain bad is Mary's Impulse. This one lets you get 2 TMs and/or Pokemon Tools from your deck to your hand. Could be useful in the right deck.
Unlimited: Well, Pokemon Tools are important, but they aren't so important as to warrant playing this Supporter. So I'd use the space that this Supporter might take in the deck for a more useful card. It's not bad, it's just that it's not useful enough.
Modified: I'd say that so far, this card is almost useless in Modified. Wait for the new Xatu from Skyridge though, and this card may see more play. If Xatu survives translation, it has a Poke-Body that allows you to play ANY Technical Machine on it, and has an attack that lets you shuffle any card from your discard pile into your deck (so you can get your Technical Machines back after using them). That will be a pretty nice rogue deck. :) And Traveling Salesman can help you get whichever Technical Machine(s) you need. Besides that, I don't see any real use, except for that Focus Band freak I mentioned earlier. =/
Draft: Hmm. I really don't know how to rate this. Even though all Technical Machines and Pokemon Tools in Aquapolis are uncommon, chances are you won't get more than 2 or 3, and even if you do get more, most probably you won't use all (if any) of the Technical Machines. That renders this card almost useless. Well, teching one or two in your draft deck won't hurt you, I suppose. Enabling you to search for a Healing Berry (=/) or two might be good in certain situations. That's if you're lucky enough to get a decent amount of them though. =|

Aquapolis Traveling Salesman

Traveling Salesman. This is the sort of guy who would sell you a vacuum cleaner or a twelve month subscription to AOL and then throw in a free bath robe or hair cream. But no, he is not trying to sell you exercise equipment. The Traveling Salesman is supporting you with two free Technical Machines or Pokemon Tools for being such a good customer. There are no conditions on this offer, no shipping or handling or even sales tax is you reside out of New Jersey (excluding the Supporter Rule). Problem is, there are not a good selection of TMs and PokeTools to use in your deck currently. But still, on its own, this is a solid card to save for future business endeavors...

Unlimited - This format is filled with cards that are cheap and fast. Technical Machines and PokeTools are counter productive to these decks which rely on efficiency. If you put Traveling Salesman in a deck with TMs/PokeTools you are wasting more space. There are limitless draw and search options in this format instead of Traveling Salesman. 1/5

Modified - The only time I have actually witnessed this card being used in this format was with Revelation Kingdra and the Water Cube 01. Since Seadra's attack that Genetic Memory uses does ten damage to one of the opponent's Benched Pokemon, one person decided to use Water Cube 01 to do twenty damage to a Benched Baby to get around the Baby Rule and KO it. Additionally this card can pull those Gold Berries and Focus Bands everyone abuses. If you can find a use for it, this card is great. But the other 75% of the time... 3/5

Limited - Odds are you wont find a Technical Machine or PokeTool in a limited event. So Traveling Salesman is not worth using. 1/5 is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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