Ahhhh, 2016. A new year of new
possibilities and new and exciting cards!
Which is why we're wrapping up the
BREAKThrough set first.
Starting off, we take on Reserved
Ticket, a simple coin flip of a card that has a pretty
neat effect. Effectively, this card gets you any card
you need - Energy, Supporter, Item, Tool, Pokemon,
anything! Whatever it is, you get it!
...provided you flip heads.
...and you don't mind waiting a
turn, since it goes on top of the deck...
Of course, there are numerous ways
to just draw the card you've placed on top - Sycamore
being the obvious candidate, but then there's stuff like
Octillery from this set, Slurpuff from XY, Shaymin-EX,
Bicycle, Colress, Cheren - freaking Cheren could draw
whatever card you place on top! All you need to do is
get it out of your deck and on top...and that's
determined by a coin flip.
If you don't have a card draw, it's
not going to be a terribly huge problem in Standard,
since we don't tend to have "shuffle your opponent's
deck" type of cards there, but Expanded runs N, which is
notorious for shuffling your opponent's cards back into
their deck (as well as your own). This can reverse the
good that Reserved Ticket brings, if it brings it, and
makes it a bit more chancy in this format.
Overall, Reserved Ticket is a bit
of a toss up, since most decks that would run it don't
want to be giving their spaces towards an Item that
doesn't always pull through. Decks will want to run
cards that can get them what they want, when they want
them. It's why cards like Skyla, Ultra Ball, Trainers'
Mail, and even Archie's/Maxie's are good - you get
instant payment and minimal cost for what they do.
Reserved Ticket just sets things up like a reservation
at a nice restaurant.
And even then, you might find the
seating's full cause you came too late.
Standard: 2.5/5 (a chancy card with
good payoff...if you're successful)
Expanded: 2/5 (N's presence alone -
never mind that he's run in a majority of the decks here
- will cripple this card's appeal)
Limited: 3.5/5 (50/50's worth a
shot here, since there aren't really cards that can mess
you up, and in fact there are cards that can benefit
from this effect!)
Arora Notealus: Moral of this story
- always arrive on time for your reservations.
Next Time: Let's kick some ice!! :D