Hey, I remember Colress! Struck me
as a great draw engine if need be, though it can be
tough luck against some decks such as those decks
running only four of the same Pokemon. Fortunately, he
saw a lot of play, since most of the mainstream decks
tend to like their Bench-sitters.
The reason for that? Colress allows
you to shuffle your hand back into your deck before
drawing a number of cards equal to the number of Benched
Pokemon - both yours AND your opponent's!
To be honest, any deck can benefit
from Colress. So long as there are plenty of Benched
Pokemon to make it worthwhile, you could easily plus
with Colress, and that's what makes him a great mid-game
option - when a lot more Pokemon are in play ready and
waiting to go. Eelquazas could use him to plus off their
benched Eelektriks, as can any Steel decks running
Bronzong. The new Sky Field lends itself an even greater
plus, adding in 3 more Bench spaces to fill up on both
sides - meaning up to 6 more cards to draw with Colress!
So it's probably for the best that
he retires to the Expanded format - we don't need that
kind of crazy draw power coupled with M Rayquaza-EX!
Sadly, this does take away from some other decks, the
aforementioned Bronzong decks coming to mind. Primal
Kyogre would've loved to keep Colress around, as well as
Seismitoad-EX as another means of support. Still, many
of the decks that would benefit from it pale in
comparison to M Rayquaza-EX's benefits - at least for
now he's curbed by the removal.
...well, once September rolls
around. Have fun dealing with otherwise till then, and
if you play Expanded, keep your Colress around to
benefit off of all the M Rayquaza-EX Bench Spam!
Standard: 4/5 (great draw power
right in a good part of the game - use it wisely!)
Expanded: 4/5 (have fun with him!)
Limited: 5/5 (between him and Team
Plasma Grunt, Colress is the superior draw Supporter)
Arora Notealus: Colress never
really was a bad guy, in my opinion. Sure, he headed up
Team Plasma for a bit, but ultimately he's a researcher
doing his thing. Compared to some of the Pokemon
Professors around and about, he's no golden boy, but he
was aiming to find the true strength in Pokemon, working
to tap into the hidden powers they had. I wonder what
he'd say about Mega Evolution?
Weekend Thought: It's a tough list,
huh? What do you think of this week's cards? Are you
gonna miss them? Or will you just end up playing
Expanded to make up for it?
Next Time: The triumphant