Let's see first what people say
about this card. "Whoa, that Trainer Card could be one of the
worst Trainers ever made. It lets you search for a Basic Energy
card. So, what's the point of this Trainer, when you can easily
replace it with an Energy card to practically do the same
For the majority of decks, that's
true. However, if you (like me) play Ho-oh in Modified, then you
might like to put in one or two copies of this card, so that
your Ho-oh does more damage. In short, this card is superb in
decks containing most (if not all) of the basic Energy cards.
Ho-oh in Modified is a classic example. (Ho-oh with 6 different
energy cards attached to it does 90. I've actually managed to do
that with the help of this Trainer card. It's a nightmare to
setup, and its weakness doesn't help either, but if you manage
to setup it, it's almost unstoppable. Hint: Expedition Ampharos
seems to do wonders with Ho-oh.) Well, sorry about the sudden
shift in attention to Ho-oh. Maybe we'll do a COTD for it soon.
"What are you saying, Energy Search
isn't even legal in Modified." Well, consult any Expedition
spoiler, and you'll find out that it was reprinted in that set.
"But who plays Ho-oh anyway???" Well, it's a craze in #pojo now
(sorry Krayzie for the pun). By the way, if you haven't done so
lately, pay a visit to Pojo's official Pokemon channel on
Mediadriven. It's cool. :)
Unlimited: Of course Ho-oh would be
a sad attempt in this format. Just replace Energy Search with an
extra energy card.
Modified: If your deck has 4 or more
different basic energy cards, put two Energy Searches in your
deck. You'll like it, trust me. For the remaining 99.9% of
Pokemon players, don't play this card in Modified. It's
pointless, trust me.
4/5 in the former case, 1/5 for the
Draft: In Draft, you won't usually
find yourself in an energy drought, whether you're drafting
Fossil or Expedition, the two expansions where this card is
available. So do the same trick as for unlimited: put in extra
energies instead of this Trainer. I know it's a Common, but
Basic Energy is even commoner, since you can play any amount of
it in a Draft deck.