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1-2-04 – Friday
Startled! – Promo (Gamestop)
Promo – GS1
Power: (Use when your opponent uses a Non-Combat/Non-Drill card.)
Stops the effects of the Non-Combat/Non-Drill card your opponent is
Finally… the Non-Combat Sphere. This card is extremely good in many
archtypes, but the honest thing is finding room for the card. Most
people create decks and overlook the power of this thing, and then
just go without it.
The problem with this card is while it is extremely powerful, not
everyone uses Non-Combats. That said, it loses a lot of steam there.
Other cards that discard non-combats can easily be of more use
because they should do more than one thing, like discard an ally or
Everyone uses Combat cards, but not Non-Combats. But, there are
decks that need non-combats, like Dragon Ball decks. This card can
easily destroy a Dragon Ball deck, Startling that WTLTH and the
suicide. But it also should find a home in DB decks because of the
sheer fact it can turn off HUH??? if it does hit the table,
preventing your opponent from entering and using it. That and all
the million other non-combat DB tech cards.
Other non-combats can easily be game turning, like Black Thought
Focus, Fatherly Advice, and so forth, and a nice Startled should
throw your opponent for a loop. That’s one of the last things your
opponent will ever expect coming his way. Either that or you at
least get rid of that nasty TES.
This is a very good card, but honestly it is just overlooked a lot.
There are a lot of decks that this would have a nice home in, and
others you might as well have something that discard or removes
non-combats instead. That and you have to hold it in your hand as
well, where most likely you would rather have the TES to ward off
the unexpected. Startled is really good to counter the drop and
enter use for non-combats, but that doesn’t happen all the time.
Overall, if it was a Sensei Deck card, it would probably get a much
higher rating. Still a decent card, worthy of play in many archtypes.
If you notice that you have a big weakness to non-combats, don’t
forget about this card because it can easily become a life saver.
Standard: 3.6 out of 5.0 (DB decks)
Tuff Enuff: 3.1 out of 5.0 (some nons, but not as many)
Combat card to stop Non-Combats.
Playable in dragonball to stop anti-dragonball tech.
Nothing really more to say about it that hasnt already been said,
most decks should keep a sphere in hand above this, while dragonball
can do nifty little things like initiative, krillins concentration
if the opponent lays down a huh. In TE its about as powerful as
1.0 in TE
1.0 in standard, 5.0 if using a dragonball deck.
Wow, a Non-combat stopper. A nifty card to say the least. The
ability to kill a non-combat when its being use, thats just grand.
This is card will grow a fast enemy in DB decks. Its use when needed
for the most part, at least, when a non-combat card is activated.
That kills a lot of searching, and a lot of nice ablities that might
possibly come into play from just normal decks, but mostly dragon
ball decks have to fear this card.
There are only two real problems I see with this card. One, its a
combat card, and we all know most people who play certain decks will
be holding a TES just incase they see this card, or one that will
affect them. You also have the problem of deck space, most decks
don't have room for a card like this, at least, not in the primary
construction. Its a nice tech card, but far from staple quality.
I would say this card would be 10 times better if it was a Sensei
Deck card, since its a lovely tech card. As for normal play, few
decks run massive nons, and even fewer actually have room for a card
like this one. CIT is a much better option, and it shuts down Drill
decks and DB decks insanely better. I would rather have the lock
down than the stop one.
Standard: 2.5 (great tech card)
Tuff Enuff: 2 (eh, not as useful here)
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