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Top 10 Cards of 2013

#4 - Colress  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
December 30, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.75
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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2010 UK National

#4 Colress 

I am not surprised to see this card on our countdown. It is very widely played and I have used it often myself. I even had it in the initial list for my own top 10, but in the end, I chose to replace it with something else. 

Why? Well, basically because I don’t believe Colress is that good of a card. I think it owes its playability to the fact that our Supporter options (and even our draw options generally) are very limited. Once you have put in your four copies of Juniper and N, where do you turn? Most probably to Colress because, mediocre as it is, it is still better than Bianca or Cheren. If we had something like Steven’s Advice or Professor Oak’s New Theory in the format, you would not see an awful lot of this card. If we had good, consistent Pokémon-based draw, then likewise. 

That said, Colress certainly isn’t a bad Supporter. The ability to shuffle in your hand and draw a card for each Pokémon on both Benches can certainly yield spectacular results in the mid-late game. One major drawback though is how ineffective it is on the first couple of turns: since its release it has not been uncommon to see players having to Colress for 2-3 cards out of desperation when going first, and that is not a position you ever want to be in. 

So . . . yeah, Colress is ok and you probably should play it in a lot of decks. I just wish we didn’t have to. 


Modified: 3.5 (Hey! Pokémon! Give us some better Supporters! Give us Claydol back!)


Welcome dear readers as we begin another week of our Top 10 countdown.  As we started in the middle of the week with the list and took Christmas Day off, we are now on the number four spot.  So what card just missed out on the Top 3?  Colress, a card we first reviewed here: in an interesting parallel Colress was our number four choice for the Top 10 Cards of BW: Plasma Storm.  So does being the fourth place pick overall mean it’s moved up, stayed the same, or become better?


In this case, I believe it has become better accepted but is not actually stronger or weaker; two of the cards that topped it (Lugia EX and Scramble Switch) probably shouldn’t have.  To explain adequately has created ludicrously long reviews even by my standards, and yes that is plural; I am currently on my third (almost) full attempt.  You see, Professor Juniper, Professor Sycamore, and N are amazing, even if the first two I listed can’t be used in the same deck.  It can be hard to appreciate if you didn’t play during the right period of the game’s history, when we were reliant on Supporters for most but not all of our major draw power.


So these three are amazingly strong, but as you can’t play the first two at the same time and most decks need to run a good 10-12 draw Supporters, we get to where Colress comes in.  It is a Team Plasma affiliated Supporter, opening up some options few decks will use but that are good to recognize exist, like reclaiming it with Shadow Triad.  It has you shuffle your hand into your deck and then draw cards up to the total amount of Pokémon in play (both players, not just one or the other).  This means a minimum draw of two up to a maximum of 12.


Colress does a great job; yes it is pretty bad when you aren’t shuffling to draw at least five, but at least you can still use it in those circumstances and adjust your deck so that you avoid them.  You also won’t have to worry about discarding important cards like with Professor Juniper or helping your opponent into a better hand like with N.  It is at its weakest first turn, but it seems like a small price to pay unless you’re deck works best with a small Bench or employs a strategy that will prevent your opponent from having a Bench.  The times when Colress hits six to twelve cards is more than enough to balance out the weaker draws, which should be a rarity outside of a player's first turn.


I do worry at how “spoiled” the format has made us with regards to Supporter strength; few if any competitive decks have a good reason for running Supporters like Tierno or Cheren, which draw a straight three cards, even though that is still stronger than where most Supporters used to be (draw three but have to discard or shuffle away one).  We have a format that has multiple factors rewarding playing decks that can easily play down your hand, which in turn makes the format even more suited to Professor Juniper and N which in turn drives the format to be even faster.


Colress isn’t much of an option for Unlimited; you certainly can play it but as you have access to “old school” draw power that was Item based, including cards like Professor Oak (discard hand, draw seven cards).  Simply put Supporters here can be reserved for those more obscure effects, like that of Seeker.  It isn’t truly bad so much as outclassed by older cards.  For Limited, you pull this, you run it; technically you could get by without it if you’re running a deck with a big, Basic Pokémon and 39 Energy, but you might as well drop one Energy for the option.




Unlimited: 2/5


Modified: 4/5


Limited: 5/5



So by now most are comfortable Colress; it isn’t a card to max out for most decks and of course some decks shouldn’t run it at all because they work better with something else (Bianca, Random Receiver, Skyla, etc.) but one or two Colress is a common sight for deck lists.  I actually had Colress in my number eight slot for my picks, but I regret it as its impact wasn’t deep but it was wide… not the first time that theme will apply to the Top 4.

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