September 24, 2020
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Holon Transceiver (EX – Delta Species 98/113) is a Trainer-Item, though at the time it was just referred to as a “normal” Trainer. Its effect lets you fetch the Supporter with “Holon” in its name from your deck or your discard pile: just one Supporter, not one from each! Depending on what Holon supporters are like, Holon Transceiver could vary from awful to awesome. I am thinking we will – sooner or later – look at the Holon Supporters in detail, but for now, here’s a quick rundown:
Most – maybe all – of these don’t sound that great in the modern game, but you need to understand some things about that time.
Most Holon Trainers were a bit weaker their the contemporary non-Holon counterparts… but being compatible with Holon Transceiver meant they were often better overall. Which is why so many decks ran on the “Holon Trainer Engine”. The following World Championship decks ran at least partially on the Holon Trainer Engine:
Yes, all 2007 picks used it, but by 2008 Holon Transceiver (and most of its targets) were no longer Standard-legal. VS Seeker was legal for the 2006 Standard Format, but for some reason, it was not a 4-per-deck staple. Nowadays, VS Seeker makes it easy to explain what made Holon Transceiver great: in exchange for only working with a “decent to good” selection of Supporters, it was a VS Seeker that could get your Supporter from your discard pile or your deck. You had to have all your Supporters stuck in your Prizes or already in your hand for Holon Transceiver to “whiff” completely.
The Pojo CotD crew reviewed this card once before, but this appears to have been during a time when I was more “miss” than “hit” as there is no review for me. Seems like they understood how good this card was, so no worries. Not that I can remember from back then, but I’m pretty sure this was a great pull in the Limited Format; at worst, you used it just to get a peek at your deck, so you could work out your Prizes. If you had any Holon Supporters, you still got to see your deck, but then you could get a Supporter in hand. This was back when you only got to use the contents of six booster packs (plus however many basic Energy cards you needed) to build your 40 card deck for a Pre-Release.
Straight-up reprints of the Holon Trainer Engine would be poor in the modern game but because power creep has left nearly all the Supporters lagging behind. One or two might still be decent, but especially the draw power is not. A reprint of Holon Transceiver with new and/or updated Holon Supporters, even keeping the trend of them being slightly nerfed versions of contemporary Supporters would probably work well. The same for a family of Trainers aping how the the Holon Trainers worked.
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