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 Mega Catcher

- Fates Collide

Date Reviewed:
June 15, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.50
Expanded: 1.35
Limited: 2.00

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

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Note: Yes I missed a review yesterday, but as is often the case when I fall behind I do still make time to eventually get the review written; it should be posted around the time this one goes up.  Sorry for the delay! 

Mega Catcher (XY: Fates Collide 104/124) is a new Item that allows you to select one of your opponent’s Benched Mega Evolutions and force it into the Active slot.  This is a pretty simple, straightforward effect with one pretty significant problem: how many Mega Evolutions are Bench-sitters?  I can’t think of a single Mega Evolution that isn’t meant to be used as some sort of attacker; none of them have Abilities, only that single attack.  Primal Groudon-EX (XY: Primal Clash 86/160, 151/160) builds on the Bench, but its “Ω Barrier” Ancient Trait will protect it from Mega Catcher.  So the main use of Mega Catcher is going to be if your opponent Benches a Mega Evolution early, or retreats one before you can KO it.  This is not a worthless effect, however it is very specialized.  What is more, the only advantage of using this over Lysandre is that it doesn’t eat up your Supporter for the turn in exchange for being so specialized and vulnerable to Item lock. 

Either the biggest or second biggest problem for Mega Catcher is the vast amount of competition it faces for deck space.  If I want an Item version of Lysandre, I can run Pokémon Catcher; yes it requires a coin flip but it can target anything on the Bench.  It I just want a useful Item, there are cards like Startling Megaphone, Enhanced Hammer, Target Whistle, etc. that are likely to come in handy right now.  Even as TecH there are a lot of other single card plays that can be used to help with particular matchups, and they needn’t even be Items, so the amount of competition Mega Catcher faces is staggering.  About the only place to include it is in Limited, “just in case” and because even with Evolution Packs, you might have the space. 


Standard: 1.5/5 

Expanded: 1.35/5 

Limited: 2/5 

Summary:  Not really a summary today, but another way of explaining it all is that Mega Catcher has the opposite pros and cons of Omastar BREAK (which we looked at last week).  Omastar BREAK has an Ability that allows you to force an opponent’s Benched Pokémon-EX into the Active slot.  While still a restricted target, that is far less restrictive and far more common a thing than Mega Evolutions, especially hiding out on the Bench as many Pokémon-EX that see competitive play have Abilities that justify using them as more than just attackers.  Omastar BREAK required a lot more effect to put into play; so its effect was useful except it was too hard to run.  Mega Catcher is easy to run, but its effect just isn’t useful enough.

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