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Sunyshore City Gym

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 06.30.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 3.10

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

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Jigglypuff13 6/30 Sunyshore City Gym (RR)

Hello, and welcome to Tuesday and a new Stadium card from Rising Rivals, yes, as you've already guessed, it's Sunnyshore City Gym! It's a simple card, so it'll be a short review today. If you have played any of the newest games (DPPt), then you may be able to guess that this card helps Lightning Pokémon, and it does that quite well. What it does is allow all Lightning Pokémon in play to ignore Resistance when they attack, and make all Lightning Pokémon in play have no Weakness. Simple, yet effective. Ignoring Resistance is useful since Flygon (RR), the main Pokémon with Lightning Resistance, is so popular at the moment. There are other Lightning Resistant Pokémon as well, but none are quite so well played. Getting rid of Weakness is also, and obviously, brilliant. This means that your normal fear of Fighting Pokémon is gone, which is great. This card does help your Lightning Pokémon alot, but it also helps your opponents, so you may want to bear that in mind if you are building a deck which contains Lightning Resistance or Fighting Pokémon in combination with Lightning Pokémon. Of course, there aren't many decks that will combo those sorts of Pokémon together, with the main Lighting Pokémon being played today being Luxray GL (and it's Lv.X), and that probably isn't comboed with either of those two too often.

Of course, while Sunnyshore City Gym does sound nice and tempting, but there are a couple of things to bear in mind. First of all, it will only help Lightning Pokémon. Obviously this will limit it's playability, but if you didn't realise this already, then you should learn to read the card. Then, if you are playing Lightning Pokémon, then it's most likely to be Luxray GL (and Lv.X), at which point, there are other, probably more helpful and possibly more disruptive stadiums you could use, like Galactic HQ or Snowpoint Temple, or even Conductive Quarry. Out of that lot, Sunnyshore Cty Gym doesn't really seem that great. Even if you are using a different Lightning Pokémon, then Broken Time Space is probably going to be a lot more helpful than getting rid of Weakness or Resistance. Also, Fighting Weakness might be annoying due to Machamp, but other than that, there aren't that many Fighting decks about, meaning there isn't much point in getting rid of the Weakness in the first place.


Modified: It seems nice, but really, most of the time, there are going to be more useful stadiums. Helping set up (Broken Time Space), disrupting your opponents (Galactic HQ), or whatever else you could use are almost definitely going to be worth the space more than Sunnyshore City Gym. No matter what deck, I'd leave this card alone. 1.25/5

Limited: There are several Pokémon that benefit from this card (Kecleon springs instantly to mind), so it becomes a bit more viable. However, while it does seem helpful, it is again a double-edged sword (again, Kecleon springs to mind), but it probably will be worth it since there are a lot of Fighting Pokémon in the set, thus they will see a lot of play, meaning you can protect your Lightning Pokémon from them with this card. I suppose the only thing lacking is a lot of Lightning Pokémon in the set. Still, get any, and this card will probably be useful. 3.25/5
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Sunnyshore City Gym

This is a card that Lightning decks have needed for a long time.

The effect of Sunnyshore City Gym is very simple. When it is in play, Lightning Pokémon have no Weakness, and their attacks are not affected by Resistance on the defending Pokémon. As many Lightning types have low HP and are weak to the popular Fighting type, this Stadium gives a real boost to cards like Ampharos PL, Luxray LA, and Raichu SF . . . all of which are potentially good Pokémon that are hurt by their Weakness to Machamp.

The Resistance-cancelling effect is less useful. Decks featuring Gastrodon, Rhyperior, or Mamoswine are pretty rare. Hippowdon sees some play, but largely as a support Pokémon. The most common Pokémon with Lightning resistance is Flygon, but playing this Stadium will actually help them, as Flygon’s Sand Wall attack will discard your Stadium and give Flygon immunity from attacks on your turn.

If you want to build a deck around one of the neglected Lightning types I mentioned earlier, then Sunnyshore City Gym is a must. Whether it is quite enough to make these decks competitive is another matter.


Modified: 2.5 (welcome boost for a currently weak type)
Limited 3 (if you pull some Lightning Pokémon, it will be helpful)
Steel_Winger Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!

Today's card is the second of the two new Stadiums from Rising Rivals: Sunyshore City Gym. This Stadium eliminates the Weakness of all Lightning-type Pokemon in play and also ignores any Resistance from their attacks.

This card is excellent if your deck is packed with Lightning-types. How?

It can get rid of the x2 Weaknesses of Luxray GL LV. X and Raichu GL.

Flygon (RR), Hippowdon (RR), and their LV. X forms have -20 Resistances to Lightning-types; this Stadium will even the playing field against them.

Machamp (SF) will find it a bit harder to OHKO some of the evolved Lightning Types with Hurricane Punch.

The new Rotoms (RR) won't have to fear any Dark-type Pokemon.

Almost all Lightning-type Pokemon have a Weakness to Fighting-types. Machamp (SF) is still taking Basics out, Hippowdon (RR) is still looking for the spotlight, and Flygon (RR), even though it's not a Fighting-type, is teched in a lot of decks. Rampardos (PT), Armaldo (LA), and Nidoking (RR) even make an unexpected appearance once in a blue moon. If these guys give you trouble, I recommend Sunyshore City Gym. It has its uses, but don't expect to see a lot of this card for the simple fact that Lightning-exclusive decks are uncommon at the moment. It may be a bit of a choice between this and Conductive Quarry (SF) since Lightning-types tend to discard energy as much as Fire-types do, however.


Modified: 2.75/5 If it's not named Luxray GL (LV. X), Raichu GL, Manetric (PT) or Pachirisu (GE), it's a Lightning-type that isn't seeing much play at the moment. This Stadium does deserve some consideration, though.

Limited: 3/5 There are plenty of Pokemon that resist Lightning-types here, and even fewer Lightining-types themselves grace this set. If you do decide to roll with the guys in yellow, make sure you pack a copy or 2 of this card.

This is Steel_Winger, until next time!

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