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Aaron's Collection

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 06.01.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 4.13

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

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I know, you all start looking at this card and think…well, Pokemon Rescue gets me one back to my hand…Time Space Distortion Gets me 2…Night Maintenance gets me 3 to my deck…what is the big deal here?

The big deal is the ability to get energy and the pokemon, or a combination thereof back into your hand NOW.

Too many SP pokemon are effectively charged with 1 energy and an Energy Gain. This rocks in the real world. Is it a 4 of that you need to put in every SP deck? No.

Is it a good card to put at least 1-2 of in an SP deck? Yes. Why? Cyrus can get it, the SP Radar, and another energy on the same turn.

Talk about an instant recharge when one of your big hitters goes down!!!

Why am I rating it so low? I have to be sold on its absolute usefulness at this point. We are just beginning to play with “developed” SP decks. This is another piece in the puzzle.

Talk with you soon!


Limited…3.5/5 The ability to get a knocked out pokemon and an energy is very helpful here.

MN State Champion
When life gives you lemons, ask for lemon flavored skittles.

Anyways, today's card of the day is one of the new SP Supporters from Rising Rivals, this time, showcasing the first member of the Sinnoh Elite Four, Aaron.

Aaron's Collection lets you pick up two in any combination of SP Pokemon (including Level X) and Basic Energy. Sounds like a weaker Night Maintenance right? Wrong, instead of shuffling them into your deck, you get to put the cards in your hand. Just alone this card is better then Time-Space Distortion or Energy Retrieval in SP decks, because of the guaranteed chance to pull at least two cards. Even in non-SP decks, you can pick up two energy, no strings attached. Oh, wait, there is one string. As mentioned earlier, Aaron's Collection is a Supporter, so unless you're running Porygon 2, you'll have to choose between Cyrus, Roseanne, or Bebe, to name a few.

Modified 3/5
Good in SP decks, but without Porygon 2, people are going to stick with Night Maintenance.
Limited 5/5
The set is flooded with over three dozen SP Pokemon, and the amount of recovery is limited. Why wouldn't you use this?

Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Aaron’s Collection

This is a really nice addition to SP decks, giving you instant recovery of SP Pokémon and/or Basic Energy for the cost of your Supporter for the turn.

Of course, there are quite a few cards that do a similar job which are in competition for deck slots with Aaron’s Collection, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. Night Maintenance gets you three in any combination of Pokémon and Energy, but only returns them to the deck. Pokémon Rescue will put one card in your hand, but can’t get back Energy. Time Space Distortion is great for getting back Pokémon as long as you flip heads. Finally, Energy Restore is like a TSD for Energy and is . . . well, practically useless.

None of those cards have either the immediate usefulness or versatility of Aaron, but they are Trainers, and you are not limited to one per turn. So, is Aaron’s effect good enough to be worth a Supporter? In an SP deck, I think the answer will often be ‘yes’. Not so much in decks which rely on a tank like Dialga G, but certainly in decks that depend upon easily KO’d Pokémon (X2 Weakness can really hurt)with cheap attacks like Gallade 4, Infernape 4, and Luxray GL. Being able to bring back one of these cards with an Energy, attach an Energy Gain, and attack may well win you the game, and Energy recovery is often crucial in SP decks which tend to run very little Basic Energy.

Try running one alongside Night Maintenance in an SP deck, and see how it works out for you.


Modified: 3 (if you can find room for one in an SP deck, it can really help you out)
Limited: 4.5 (you probably only have one or two really good Pokémon in your deck. Get them back when they are KO’d!)
Steel_Winger Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Today we look at our last featured Elite 4 member, featured in his own Supporter: Aaron's Collection!

This Supporter nets you a combination of up to 2 SP Pokemon and basic Energies to your hand from your discard pile. A specialized Roseanne's Research, in reverse.

So when would be a good time to use this? Probably somewhere around the mid to late game in a deck that's heavy with SP Pokemon, when there is guaranteed to be at least one SP Pokemon in the discard pile along with some energy.

Now, is it really worth using? Some people may compare this card to Poke Turn, which just simply brings back the Pokemon and anything else attatched (including those precious Energy Gains) straight to the hand. For Aaron's Collection to be useful, there usually has to be a Pokemon KOed. It also doesn't bring back anything else besides Pokemon and basic Energy, so those Dialga G players will have to find another way to get back their Special Metal Energies if they find their way to the discard pile. On the plus side, it can get back LV. X forms of SP Pokemon, which is nice. Besides, you can only use so many Poke Turns. I'd say Aaron's Collection is an okay card for a backup plan, even though people have many other things they may want to do with their Supporters.


Modified: 2.5/5 In a normal situation, people will prefer Poke Turn over this because nobody like seeing their own Pokemon KOed. But it can come in handy if and possibly when that Pokemon is KOed.
Limited: 3.5/5 You should run any Supporters you can get in Limited. Aaron's Collection is a lot better here with the lack of Poke Turn.

This is Steel_Winger, 'till next time!

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