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Top 10 Dark Explorers Cards:

#6 - Random Receiver

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.25
Limited: 5.00

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

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Dark Explorers Countdown
#6 Random Receiver

For our final review of the week, we look at one of my favourite cards from the set. One that placed a bit higher than #6 on my own top 10 list.

Random Receiver is a Trainer Item that reveals cards from your deck until you hit a Supporter. Then you get to put that Supporter in your hand. Why is this so good? Well, we all know how vital it is to be able to play a Supporter on every turn that you can (especially early game when an explosive set up is so important), and you cannot always rely on having one in your hand at any given time. Yes, there’s always Pokégear 3.0, but that comes with a possibility of failure: Random Receiver will guarantee you a Supporter (as long as there is one in the deck, of course). This offers a big boost in consistency, and that’s so important in Pokémon. Great plays and innovative techs may win you games, but over the course of a long tournament, it’s consistency that pays off in the end.

There are some decks that will still prefer to run Pokégear over Receiver. If you run Pokémon Collector, you will prefer to use Pokégear because it gives you a choice which may include that vital early Collector, instead of just giving you the first thing it comes across. Decks that run off-beat tech Supporters like Seeker and Black Belt will probably stick with Pokégear too, as they would likely prefer not to be given one of those cards when they are trying to dig for draw. For everything else though (i.e: most decks), there’s Random Receiver. It works brilliantly with a search engine based around the Ball Cards (Dual Ball, Level Ball etc), because they pretty much exclusively run draw Supporters, and whether Receiver grabs you a PONT, a Juniper, or an N, you will most likely be able to make good use of it.

This is the kind of card that I completely approve of and believe is very good for the game. Everyone accepts that there is a certain amount of luck of the draw (and the coin flip) involved in Pokémon, but anything that can cut down on that can only help increase the value of skill and good deckbuilding in the game. Random Receiver does that job by taking some of the chance factor out of drawing into your Supporters.


Modified: 4.5 (improves deck consistency, which is something we all want)

Limited: 5 (as long as you manage to pull a Supporter)


Happy Friday, Pojo readers! I hope that you all have exciting weekend plans. Today we're reviewing the #6 card on our countdown of the Top 10 best Dark Explorers cards, and we'll end this week with a fairly useful Item card, Random Receiver.
Random Receiver is an Item card, so you can use as many of it as you'd like per turn (as well as other Items) without having to commit to that turn's Supporter slot; however, Random Receiver is also blocked by Vileplume, Gothitelle. and Zebstrika. Random Receiver has a fairly simple effects, where your reveal cards from the top of your deck until you reveal a Supporter, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand, shuffling the other cards back into your deck. This card is great as it guarantees getting a Supporter (where Xtransceiver and Pokegear 3.0 are more lucky reliant), however one drawback when compared to Pokegear is that you aren't given the choice amongst multiple Supporters. That being said, a guaranteed Supporter is great in any format, so expect Random Receiver to make its way into many decks in both Modified and Limited alike.
Modified: 4/5 Supporters are a major part in getting decks to run in Modified, so Random Receiver will be great here to ensure that you get a Supporter when you need it. Of course, it could always get you the wrong one, but this card's pseudo-search shouldn't be overlooked. Expect to see this card to see play in decks that utilize Pokegear already, as this card is a major upgrade, even if you don't get to choose from multiple Supporters.
Limited: 5/5 Supporters are much less common in Limited, therefore drawing into them is a lot harder, as well. Even if you're running just one Supporter, Random Receiver will fetch it for you, and if you're running more than that, great. With the reprints of Professor Juniper, N, and Cheren all showing up in this set, Random Receiver can be an important part in getting the cards you need to set up before you opponent, and therefore aid in helping you grab a victory.

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