Fog Crystal – Chilling Reign
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is horrible. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Fog Crystal (SW – Chilling Reign 140/198, 227/198) is a Trainer-Item, so it is easy enough to use. Fog Crystal has you search your deck for either a basic Psychic Energy card or a Basic Psychic Pokémon, and finally has you show your opponent what you grabbed before adding it to your hand. The actual card text only says “basic” before the word “Pokémon”, but as usual, only basic Psychic Energy cards count as [P] while in your deck. This should sound familiar, as Fog Crystal is just Net Ball for Psychic types, instead of for Grass types. Net Ball was handy for Grass decks, and while I’d rather have Mysterious Treasure back, Fog Crystal should be good for many Psychic decks. Perhaps the most obvious will be Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX decks, helping by either getting Shadow Rider Calyrex V or basic Psychic Energy to fuel its Ability.
In Expanded, you still have Mysterious Treasure, but if you’re running few to no off-type Pokémon, you can just fuel your deck on both Fog Crystal and Mysterious Treasure. Otherwise, you’ll pick whichever one seems more useful. This still makes Fog Crystal decent for Expanded. One last thing worth mentioning; at first, I was happy that this avoided the tired “Ball” theming for Pokémon-search, though the actual illustration is of a crystal ball, so it doesn’t feel that different. Then my brain kicked in and I realized Fog Crystal, if it were a proper “Ball” item, could tap their support. An edge that Net Ball enjoys over it. Not a big deal, but a bit annoying.
- Standard: 3/5
- Expanded: 3/5
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