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Top 10 Cards of 2012:

#3 - Computer Search -  Boundaries Crossed

Date Reviewed:
January 2, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 5
Limited: 5

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

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

#3 Computer Search (Boundaries Crossed) 

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all recovered well from your celebration. The holidays are just about over and it’s time to face the grim reality of work/school/January in general, but we still have the final three cards in our top 10 countdown to celebrate. 

We kick off the week with the card that I actually had as #1 on my list, Computer Search. Am I miffed that it’s only #3 on the official countdown? Slightly, though I do understand why: it hasn’t really been around long enough to have really made an impact, whereas the top 2 card have racked up plenty of achievements since their release. 

Nevertheless, I will stand by my opinion that Computer Search is the best card in the format. For the cost of a two card discard, anything in your deck is searchable . . . via Trainer! Double Colourless Energy, Rare Candy, Pokémon Catcher . . . anything. As long as you have two other cards in your hand it isn’t even a bad top deck (like Ultra Ball is), as you can just use it to grab Juniper and refresh your hand with seven cards, which is wonderful. Because Computer Search is so very versatile, it’s impossible (and unnecessary) to pin down exactly why it’s so good: it can be virtually anything you like whenever you like. 

True, it does take up the ACE SPEC slot. True, some people have found that they would prefer Gold Potion in one or two decks. True, the upcoming release of Scramble Switch and Dowsing Machine might give it more competition, but the fact remains that Computer Search is brilliant in any deck that will ever be played. It’s only ever going to help with consistency and a fast set up, and those are two crucial elements in any successful deck.

That’s why I don’t feel I can give this card less than the maximum score.


Modified: 5 (makes any deck better than it would be without it)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Computer Search
Well this was a given as the staple ACE SPEC card when it was announced.  Especially compared to the other ones that came out.  It's the exact same as the old one, the only difference being you can't play 4 of them.
There's really not too much to say about the card.  You get anything you want when you play it.  Of course it has the cost, which can be a drawback sometimes (when you don't have enough or you have good cards).
I guess my biggest problem with the card is that it allows for so many options.  When I play it, I tend to think of the different cards I can get and what I can do with them.  With that much potential, I easily get careless.  In some situations, it's not easy to tell what to get.
Other than that, It rightfully deserves to be so high up on the list.


As this is the first Card of the Day since, I wish you a happy New Year, readers!  I hope you took time to appreciate what you enjoyed in the old year, received some comfort over old wounds, settled any lingering grievances, and have taken time to plan out at least the next few steps of your future!


We are at last to the top three cards of 2012, and number three is Computer Search!  Now those paying attention should remember we have a “no reprints” rule for Top 10 lists.  Computer Search had a major change from the original (the addition of the “Ace Spec” mechanic) while also being Modified legal for the first time ever this year, and in a sense even the official rules think this makes it functionally a new card; older copies of Computer Search are not legal for play in Modified, even with a newer copy for reference outside of your deck.


Computer Search, recently reviewed here, brings universal search back to the game.  Instead of costing you your Supporter for the turn or requiring you run a particular Pokémon, it will cost you your Ace Spec slot (of which you have just one for your entire deck) plus two cards from your hand.  A classic example of “you get what you pay for”, it has still proven to be a must for the vast majority of competitive decks.


How does such a card not rank higher?  It was the review team’s number one pick for BW: Boundaries Crossed, had a nearly perfect score across the board no other card this year (reviewed or not) matched, and is played in nearly all competitive decks?  While this is true, it is important to consider what it does, how it does it, and what would the format be like without it.


Computer Search increases the reliability of your deck, but the boost is quite small without combos to aid Computer Search.  Common though these combos are, Skyla run alongside Ultra Ball (likely) and Energy Search (unlikely) would allow you to snag anything but Special Energy… and while you would be out a Supporter anytime you needed a Trainer (unlike when you add Computer Search to hand without resorting to Skyla), your Ace Spec is now free and you only have to discard two cards when trying to get a Pokémon.


Only when Sableye (BW: Dark Explorers 62/108) and ample discard fodder join with Skyla will Computer Search create impressive jumps in reliability.  Gold Potion is the only other Ace Spec worth playing in general (and some would say even accounting for specific decks), and is well worth running if you lack Computer Search.  It is hurt by a strange restriction of only working on the Active Pokémon and by the format hitting so hard that sometimes, even healing 90 points of damage won’t be enough.  This lack of competition really helps Computer Search.


For Unlimited, you will almost, almost always use Computer Search; it was already a staple here and usually at a three or four count before it became an Ace Spec.  This may not hold true after future releases, but at least for now the only format where it is more of a must run is in Limited.




Unlimited: 4.95/5


Modified: 4.75/5


Limited: 5/5 



The scores Computer Search receives may be a bit deceptive; its status as an Ace Spec prevents it from being run in multiples, and as a single card you would be foolish to make it your only search option.  Despite thinking it off limits at the time, I still considered Computer Search for my 2012 list and rejected it.  At a single copy in a deck, even the decks that can use it best still have to luck into opening with it or burn a precious first turn Supporter usage on it.


If you think this is harsh, try looking up some of the coming Ace Spec cards; Computer Search won’t seem as impressive when it has more competition.  This is a great example of a “shallow but wide” impact; nearly every competitive deck runs a copy, but if Computer Search had been bumped to the next set, the format would be largely the same save for Gold Potion being in every deck.

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