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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Fast Ball - Skyridge

Date Reviewed: 06/19/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Fast Ball
If someone makes a competition for the biggest misnomer in the world of Pokemon, this Trainer card will surely not win it. It can really speed up an appropriate deck. And what better card is there to do that that one that has the word 'fast' in it?
You get the very first evolution card from your deck, at the insignificant price of letting your opponent see part of your deck. This card is superb in decks where you have only one Evolution card. Entei/Magcargo comes to mind in Modified. In Unlimited, there are Slowking/(Sneasel)/Murkrow, Rocket's Zapdos/Muk, etc. It's simply amazing in these type of decks.
Unlimited: I'd play a few to get out that Slowking even faster, although Computer Search usually does the job. Nothing wrong in getting out your evolution quicker though, right? You get the Slowpoke via Pokemon Fan Club, and the Slowking via Fast Ball. Or the Grimer and the Muk. Or whatever you have. Impressive stuff.
Modified: It's simply too good in Entei/Magcargo. Magcargo does need to get out really quickly, and Fast Ball allows it to do just that. The problem is that it's just not very good in other decks. Most of the other decks play more than one evolution line and/or play a Stage 2 line. In that case, Fast Ball won't allow you to get what you want.
Draft: Any search card in Draft is good. Although you might not get the evolution card that you wanted, you still get something. So why complain?
pERfeCt 0nE
Fast Ball

Not too shabby.  I would recommend using pokemon trader over this but if it didn't exist, then many of us may be using either fast ball or master ball.  If you only use one evolution line its good.  For example:  I have one Poliwag and one Poliwhirl, I use fast ball, whichever I get- I CAN use and it doesn't require the shuffling of a pokemon in my hand away.  fairly nice.

Unlimited-  Nope.  What evolution would you even use? that's what CPU would be for then!!!
rating--- 1

Modified-  Good.  I've seen a n00bish ND Politoed deck using 4 pokemon traders, 4 Pokemon Fan Clubs, 4 fast ball, and 4 master ball- it really was quite fast but he didn't have room for DG or GB/FB with all the pokemon advantage- LOL.  well its decent- as I said- its a "possible" again, "possible" replacement for pokemon trader in specific decks
rating---  3

draft-  Very cool here.  Normally you only use 2 or 3 evolutions, and i think that its worth its risk.  Definitely a high draft choice.
rating--- 3.25
dontknow09 Fast Ball

The last Pokeball we had was Masterball (I'm not counting Dual Ball). It's nice to see something like this come back. This card is really good for decks that run only one line of evolution. The downsides, if you use it too early, your opponent can plan ahead when they see you have in your deck. Could it replace other searching cards? Possibly. For me, I'd rather leave my deck unrevealed and stick with a trader or something.

Unlimited- There are plenty of other search cards. Most deck's don't run evolutions or run more than one line. Even then, I still wouldn't want to reveal my deck.  2/5

Modified- Same situation out there, but revealing your deck just wouldn't hurt as much.  2.5/5

Draft- I really don't think it matters if your deck is revealed or not. As long as you can get that evolution out, you're set. But it'll be a problem if you have "extra" evolutions that you don't need.  2.5/5


The Poke`mon Master 1110
Fast Ball:

In all honesty, they have yet to make a truly good ball.  Master Ball was ok, and Lure Ball works ok with retro energy, but nothing truly great.  This card... is no exception.  I'll make this short and sweet;  don't play it.

Unlimited:  Crap.  There is NO reason to play this here:  1/5

Modified:  Not even good here.  Don't bother:  2/5

Limited:  Could be alright, but isn't there a better car?  Raticate?  Growlithe?  No?  Well, if you have to...: 2.5/5

The Bottom Line:  1.75/5 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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