Hello and welcome to a full week of reviews, here on
CotD. We’re kicking off with a look at a
Trainer-Item which might seem a bit superfluous at the
moment, but is sure to get some play somewhere down the
Sacred Ash’s effect is pretty simple: you shuffle five
Pokémon from your discard pile into your deck. It
doesn’t say ‘up to’ five, so if you have five or more
Pokémon in there, that’s how many you must put back.
Most of the time it won’t matter, but it can be a bit
annoying being forced to get back unwanted Pokémon and
risk drawing into them. Of course, if you have less than
five discarded, you can still use Sacred Ash under the
‘do as much as you can’ principle.
At the moment, we have Super Rod in the format, which
doesn’t recover as many Pokémon, but has a higher
utility as it enables you to get back Energy as well. I
expect most decks that use recovery will prefer Super
Rod for this reason, though decks which run a lot of
Stage 2 Pokémon, or want a large Bench for something
like Raichu XY or
Empoleon DEX could consider
Sacred Ash a viable alternative.
However, this is the time of year where we must look
ahead to the September rotation. As the most recent
printing of Super Rod was back in the Dragon Vault mini
set, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it go. If it
does, then Sacred Ash looks set to become the standard
recovery card for decks that need that kind of thing.
Modified: 3.5 (not the most exciting card, but the game
always needs something like this)
Limited: 4 (you likely won’t have many good Pokémon, so
being able to get them back is always nice)
Unlimited 150 review.
We begin this week of reviews with another Trainer card
from Flashfire, Sacred Ash. We’ve had similar cards in
the past such as Night Maintenance and the new version
of Super Rod that shuffle 3 Pokémon and/or Energy back
into your deck whereas Sacred Ash gets 5 Pokémon
instead. Picking which ones to use will depend mostly on
how much you need to recycle energy, decks that reuse
Energy with cards like Dynamotor Eelektrik or Fire
Starter Blaziken might prefer to use Sacred Ash. One of
the downsides is that it’s not “up to 5”, meaning you
might be forced to return Pokémon to your deck that you
don’t want to be redrawing later, such as knocked out
starter Pokémon like Dunsparce and Sableye.
3 (A good recursion card, but Night Maintenance is more