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Top 10 Pokemon Cards of 2015

#3 - Sky Field
- Roaring Skies

Date Reviewed:
December 28, 2015

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.88
Expanded: 3.75
Limited: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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And now with the last week of 2015 (crazy year that it's been) wrapping up, we count down the last three of our Top 10 for 2015 list with the bountiful Sky Field!

This was a Stadium card that, since its introduction to the game back in Roaring Skies, has shaped how the game has been played. Its simple effect of giving both players 3 extra Bench slots for Pokemon opens up the playing field for more combos, more "played from your hand" type of Abilities, and MORE DEVASTATING M RAYQUAZA-EX ATTACKS!! Well, at least for the Colorless form. Dragon one doesn't really need this for his attack... 

But this card isn't just about getting extra spaces to put down Pokemon, as evidenced when having to deal with the consequences of its destruction - sometimes it's about figuring out which Pokemon to deny your opponent the KO from. This is useful for set-up Pokemon that aren't needed to be on the Bench, stuff like Shaymin-EX and Jirachi-EX (in Expanded) rather than Blastoise and Emboar. 

In any case, Sky Field opens up a lot of plays and possibilities much more than being a set-up for one Pokemon's attack. Expect it to hang around! 


Standard: 3.5/5 (a simple yet powerful effect with a lot of versatility)

Expanded: 3/5 (does well here too)

Limited: 3/5 (...yeah, it's...alright)

Arora Notealus: I'm rating this a little better than my initial review, since it's shown up in a couple of other decks as a nice tech option, and hey, Stadium Wars are still a thing! Every advantage you can get, am I right?

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The second runner-up (that would be our third place finisher) in our Top 10 cards of 2015 countdown is Sky Field (XY: Roaring Skies 89/108), the stadium that I believe is the first card to allow either player (in this case, both players) to exceed the five Pokémon limit for a player’s Bench.  We first reviewed it here where it… did not make our Top 10 list.  I can’t speak for the other reviewers, but it did manage to make my own Top 10 list back then, however only as my eighth place pick.  We had no shortage of cards for our Top 10 list for 2015, so how did a card that didn’t make our Top 10 list for the set make the Top 10 list for the entire year? 

Like I said, it allows each player to have up to eight Pokémon on his or her Bench and that is useful in general; while we don’t always need the extra room, most decks can put it to good use.  It came out when we already had a card like Colress that allowed you to draw a number of cards equal to the number of Benched Pokémon in play (for both players) turning a potential 10 card draw into a potential 16 card draw.  It came out when we had attackers like Raichu (XY 43/146) which could use a Double Colorless Energy to go from zero to “Circle Circuit” in a single turn, with Circle Circuit being an attack that did 20 for each of your Benched Pokémon; a Stage 1 that with a full Bench and Muscle Band can land a 180 damage hit.  At the time though it seemed most important for M Rayquaza-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 76/108; 105/108) and perhaps it still is; a Mega Evolution that can hit the field in a single turn and attack for up to 240 damage with its “Emerald Break” attack.  Yes it takes a lot; using its Ancient Trait (Δ Evolution) and Rayquaza Spirit Link to enter play in a single turn and Mega Turbo (usually with Double Colorless Energy) to meet the three Energy cost of Emerald Break. 

All of these have one other card (sometimes two other cards) in common, though: Hoopa-EX (XY: Ancient Origins 36/98, 89/98; XY: Black Star Promos XY71) and Shaymin-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 77/106; 106/108).  We also see some less prominent but similar cards that really enjoy having the extra Bench space; Unown (XY: Ancient Origins 30/98), Mr. Mime (BW: Plasma Freeze 47/116) or the not-quite-reprint Mr. Mime (XY: BREAKthrough 97/162), Expanded favorites like Keldeo-EX and Virizion-EX, etc. but Shaymin-EX is probably the biggest; it enables massive set-ups but at the cost of Bench space, and Sky Field gives us three extra slots to burn for it.  Does that mean every deck that runs multiple Shaymin-EX should run Sky Field?  No, but it is still an extra bit of synergy that helps decks with another reason for running Sky Field, as well as sometimes making Sky Field backfire because of how often your opponent can take advantage of it.  So the fact your opponent can relatively easily benefit is a definite drawback, and if you have a set-up that requires the large Bench you have to discard down to the new Bench size (usually the default five, but if your opponent uses Parallel City it could go down to three!) but even this can sometimes prove useful as sometimes you benefit from discarding injured or no longer useful Pokémon.


Standard: 4/5 

Expanded: 4/5 

Limited: 4.9/5 

Summary: So when we put it all together, we see that Sky Field has been quite significant to the overall metagame since it released, even with the relatively fragility of Stadiums.  Certain decks are made by this card with all of us having to learn how to best utilize it both while Sky Field is in play and when it subsequently gets discarded, so I went ahead and bumped its scores up from my previous ratings in Standard and Expanded. 

For my own Top 10 cards of 2015 list, I had Sky Field as my fifth place pick so while this seems a touch high, it isn’t anything to bother even me.  With 19 voting points, Sky Field managed to secure third place quite solidly.  At the same time Sky Field missed tying second place by eight whole voting points, so it seems to have placed as high as it could hope.

Jason Klaczynski
(Three time
World Champ)

Sky Field (Roaring Skies)

XY Raichu went from maxing out at 100 damage, to 160! Add a Muscle Band and its Circle Circuit attack can KO most EX Pokémon in one hit! It isn’t just Raichu that benefits from Sky Field; so does M Rayquaza EX, which can hit for a whopping 240 with eight Pokémon on the bench. Playing Sky Field, and then another stadium also allows players to clear their bench of unwanted Pokémon that could be liabilities, like Shaymin EX.

(Jason had this at #4 on his Top 10 List)

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