And now let's take a look at the
card you WANT the most: Team Magma's Secret Base.
Wait what? But I wanna be Team
Aqua! Well of course you do, but let's be honest here.
Of the two Secret Bases...Team Magma's is inside a giant
volcano. How else would you explain the GLOWING ORANGE
TUBES OF LAVA in the pic? But yeah, no, Team Aqua for
life for real guys. It's just that in terms of what this
Stadium can do...geezus.
Here's the summary: if your name
doesn't include Team Magma in it, and you're a Basic
Pokemon, you take 20 damage the moment you're put into
Know who's safe against that? Team
Magma's Pokemon and anything you played at the start.
And that's it. You might say that the card's a bit
situational, that the extra 20 damage doesn't mat-okay,
HOLD THE PHONE IF YOU'RE GONNA SAY THAT, cause we've had
HTLBank, Muscle Band, and Strong Energy in the format
for a long time, so you're NOT gonna say an extra 20
damage doesn't matter.
This is the card I imagine people
will side in as a means to 1) take out their opponent's
Stadiums, 2) put some pressure by applying damage
counters to everything they play, ultimately making them
EASIER to beat, all the while 3) either not caring about
the damage due to some form of healing, Team Magma-ness,
or just not caring period and ultimately 4) making the
game go by that much faster. Let's face it, if
everything coming in has 20 damage on it already, that's
already a good chunk missing.
20 damage. It matters. Let Team
Magma's Secret Base prove that to you if you've not
gotten the message by now.
Standard: 4/5 (the truth is it can
backfire on you if you're not careful or you're going up
against another Team Magma deck, but aside from that,
this card's extra damage is just...like do we really
need another damage-dealing card?)
Expanded: 4/5 (seriously though,
you combine this with Muscle Band and Strong Energy
alone, and that's 60 damage going in. Throw in HTL for
another 10 between rounds, and you've practically KO'd a
good chunk of Pokemon with a CHEAP attack)
Limited: 5/5 (DAMAGE SO GOOD)
Arora Notealus: Seriously. Lava
flowing through tubes. I gotta admit, Pirate Cove will
always hold a special place in my heart, but MAN that's
some cool shenanigans you got there, Team Magma! Flaring
props to you!
...get it? cause you're HOT!!
Weekend Thought: Whose side are you
on after this week's picks? Do you even care for them?
Does this affect any of your strategies? Do you hate
Water and Fighting Pokemon yet?