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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day
Top 10 Boundaries Crossed
#2 - Skyla
- Boundaries Crossed
Nov. 15, 2012
& Reviews Summary
Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.
3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
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Combos With: See Below
#2 Skyla (Boundaries
Even though Pokémon is a franchise aimed at being
kid-and-family-friendly it is still a
franchise. This means that from time to time we get
fanservice, and in this case
it means an airline pilot whose official uniform
consists of a crop top and hot pants. Doesn’t seem all
that practical to me, but I’m sure some people will
appreciate it. That, in case you were wondering, is why
the Full Art version of this card is currently worth
Moving swiftly on, Skyla is
a Supporter, and you can only play one of those per turn
so it had better be good. Luckily, it is: when you play
Skyla you can search your
deck for any Trainer card and put it in your hand. And,
yes, that does include Supporters, Stadiums and Items,
which are now all sub-classes of Trainer. To put it
another way, Skyla can fetch
you a Professor Juniper, a Skyarrow
Bridge, or a Dark Patch, depending on what you need.
Is Skyla a good card? You
bet it is. Sure, you are missing out on using a draw
Supporter for the turn, but how many times do you play
that draw Supporter looking for that
one card that
you need? Quite a lot, I suspect.
Skyla can fix that problem for you. Moreover,
unlike our two best draw Supporters (Juniper and N) you
get to keep the rest of your hand so (for example), if
you have a Basic Benched and are holding the Stage 2,
you can play Skyla and grab
the Rare Candy. Perhaps best of all, it also searches
out our #1 card from the set which gives you access to
anything in your deck. And that is simply amazing.
I suspect that players will end up having a bit of a
love/hate relationship with this card: sometimes she’ll
get you the one card you need to win; sometimes she will
be the only card in your hand and you’ll be wishing
bitterly that you had a Juniper instead. Personally, I
think it’s great and that 2-3 copies should be in
practically every deck, however I know there are some
highly respected players who leave her out of some lists
This card is only going to get better as more powerful
Trainers are released in future (go find some spoilers
for Ether, Poison Hypnotic Beam and
Colress Machine). I think every player should
make sure they have a playset
of this card – don’t worry; you can pick up the non Full
Art ones fairly cheap!
Modified: 4.25 (Trainers run the game – a card that will
search them out is worth a Supporter slot)
Limited: 4 (You may not have that many great Trainers to
search, but you’ll still always play this card)
Greetings once again, Pojo readers! Today we're all
the way up to #2 on our Boundaries Crossed Top 10
countdown, and this is a card that is going to see play
in most decks due to its high amount of flexibility.
Today's Card of the Day is Skyla.
Skyla is a Supporter, meaning you can play one per turn,
and if you do, you can't play any other Supporters on
that turn. Therefore, in order to play Skyla, you'll
want to make sure that its effect can outweigh the
potential benefits of playing something like N,
Professor Juniper, Bianca, or Cheren instead.
Fortunately, Skyla has quite an awesome effect: it
allows you to search your deck for a Trainer card, show
it to your opponent, and put it into your hand,
shuffling your deck afterward. Note that with the ruling
on how the Trainer supertype works, Skyla can fetch Item
cards (like Rare Candy, Rescue Scarf, or Pokemon
Catcher), Supporters (N, Juniper, etc.), and Stadiums (Skyarrow
Bridge, Pokemon Center, Tropical Beach). The ability to
grab any Trainer card is a great boon for any deck, and
while you can't play another Supporter that you search
out with Skyla until the next turn, the added
flexibility of getting Items and Stadiums can make it a
good play over (or even with) Random Receiver in many
decks. Overall, Skyla is a great choice to consider when
building any deck, as it greatly increases consistency,
even if it is a bit slow.
Modified: 4.5/5 Skyla should be considered for most, if
not all Modified decks. While grabbing another Supporter
can slow you down, decks that aren't worried about
breakneck speed should definitely give the Mistralton
Gym Leader serious consideration, as the card is a huge
Limited: 5/5 It's a search card in a format where both
search cards and Trainers are rare. Of course you should
Jebulous Maryland Player
Skyla is a Supporter that lets you search your deck
for a Trainer card, reveal it, and put it in your hand.
This card has a ton of flexibility. So the choices
from playing this are: another Supporter, an Item, or a
Stadium. If you go for another Supporter, you can't
play it. I would think you would usually do this if you
are in an okay/good position. If you were in a bad
position, you would choose something to help out
immediately. Getting a Supporter means getting that
Juniper you've been wanting but haven't gotten because
you have been in a Supporter drought. The biggest
problem is that your opponent will know what you got,
and will try their best to N you.
The next option is an Item. This is where Sklya shines.
It allows you to get an Item that you need, and you can
play it immediately. Need Energy? Dark Patch or Energy
Search. Need to evolve? Rare Candy. Need to take out
something on the Bench or stall? Pokemon Catcher. Sklya
lets you get anything for the situation you are in. And
I mean ANYTHING. Since Computer Search is an Item, you
can Skyla for Computer Search, and then use it to get
any card in your deck. Only problem is if Computer
Search is prized... so don't rely on it too much.
Lastly you can get Stadiums. This play won't be seen
too much. For the Tornadus EX donk deck maybe, since it
relies on a Stadium to be in play. I guess Skyarrow
Bridge if you haven't gotten to it yet.
So it's a great card, at least a 1 per deck card (unless
you have a deck with no Items...).
Combos With: ...
Questions, comments, concerns:
Time for the second most anticipated
card of BW: Boundaries Crossed
according to the compiled list, and it
Skyla (BW: Boundaries Crossed
We even get two versions this set
as my reference just indicated; the
normal version and the Full Art!
Given that this is a not a complex
Trainer, I will forgo a more organized
breakdown of the card.
Skyla is a Supporter, the Trainer
class that enjoys potent effects, but
that you can only play once-per-turn (or
rather, once during your turn).
Skyla is the only search Supporter
in the format at the moment, which makes
it even more unusual that her effect
searches out any one Trainer (Item,
Supporter, or Stadium; Ace Spec or
Trainer search cards have often been
rare; they aren’t a new thing and when
they do exist, they are often potent.
Skyla seems poised to continue that
trend; it is only the degree of usage
that I believe is in question.
All decks can use
Skyla: not all decks can utilize her
effect equally well.
There are two cards that seem
essential for optimizing
Computer Search (BW: Boundaries
Crossed 137/149) and
Sableye (BW: Dark Explorers
Few players have failed to realize that
Skyla also enjoys search Items;
while only good once (barring specific
Computer Search in deck and two
cards you can stand to part with in hand
Skyla to actually snag any one card
from your deck.
You might also want to run (even
as TecH) copies of other search cards;
it is hard to make room for something
Energy Search, but that and an
Ultra Ball allow you to still grab
almost anything from your deck via
comes into the equation because of its
“Junk Hunt” attack; recycling Items
means all the low count and even TecH
cards you fetch with
Skyla can be spammed.
Simply put, I know I had to run
some cards at higher levels not because
I actually needed that many copies, but
because running any less made me worry I
wouldn’t get them in time.
Useful but somewhat specialized
cards like a lone
Enhanced Hammer or
Tool Scrapper are now easy pickings,
while more general usage cards like
Crushing Hammer are easier to spam.
The big show of course is opening
Computer Search itself with
Skyla ensuring you open with it.
Sableye, of course; that was for
Since most decks will be running
an Ace Spec and some TecH, most decks
While something built around
Sableye can probably risk maxing it
out, most decks I think will need to
keep themselves down to two or three;
enough that it is floating around in the
deck to aid in set up, but not to choke
your hand with them when what you really
need is to drop a
Professor Juniper for a fresh, full
hand of seven cards.
should definitely see widespread usage
What about Unlimited?
I still haven’t gotten a ruling
about whether older copies of
Computer Search are played as
written (while unlikely, as they are not
legal for Modified this is a
possibility), not allowed at all, or
played as if they had the new Ace Spec
text, but most decks only run select
Supporters and don’t depend upon them
for draw power here, so
Skyla becomes a likely substitute;
get the Trainer you need, even if it is
a classical over-powered Item based draw
For Limited, it all depends upon what
else you pulled and is worth running.
If you didn’t get any other
Trainers worth running,
Skyla would be useless.
If you have at least one, it is
almost a must-play.
Search is incredibly potent in
Limited, and usually so are most
Trainers you pull.
If you don’t like knowing about upcoming
cards, skip to the Ratings.
If you’re still reading, then I
will point out that
Skyla was hurt by the four Item
cards cut from this set (at least when
compared with the equivalent Japanese
Escape Rope isn’t really a huge
deal, and only qualifies since it would
be another good Item to search your deck
Bicycle on the other hand would
Skyla, when your hand was low, to
function as an emergency draw card; that
is pretty important.
Virbank City Gym both had decks
waiting for them, and would have been
Skyla to improve odds of opening
will have more than just fans of the
character chasing after copies of the
card; I think most decks will run at
least two and some decks will be maxing
her out, so you should be tracking down
Skyla only made number three on my
own list, but that is because
Landorus EX (BW: Boundaries
Crossed 89/149, 144/149) took my
number two slot, and the number one card
of the group list is the same as my own
number one pick.
More on that tomorrow.