Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Cyrus’s Conspiracy, Bench Shield, Blastoise Unleashed

by Pikkdogs ~ April 24th, 2010.

Hello to all the Team Omar readers.  This is your buddy Pikkdogs with what I hope will become a new column here at teamomar.com.

A couple of weeks ago I asked Ed if I could start writing more on Team Omar and he said sure.  After a little bit of discussion we came up with this article.  If you guys like these articles, each week or so I will pick three cards and run a review of these cards.  The first card will be a staple card (catering to the new player), the second will be a card that I think is under-rated, and the third card will be a card from an upcoming set.  Hopefully you guys will like this article, and write your own mini-reviews of these cards.  So lets start the reviewing.

Card #1Cyrus’s Conspiracy PT

Card Description– The first card I will be reviewing is the staple card, “Cyrus’s Conspiracy.”  This card was released in the first Platinum set, and the metagame was never the same.  “Cyrus’s Conspiracy” is a supporter card that allows you to search your deck for another supporter card, a basic energy card, and a trainer card that has Team Galactics Invention” in its name.  It has seen great success in the SP deck “LuxChomp” that has dominated the States and Regional Tournaments.

Explanation-SP decks have some of the worst draw power in the format (only using 2 uxies and no Claydols), but because of Cyrus’s Conspiracy, SP decks are one of the fastest decks around.  Most people use this card to grab another “Cyrus’s Conspiracy”, a basic energy card that they need to attack, and a tool card like “SP Radar” or “Energy Gain.”  In one action they are now ready to attack.

Final Rating- 9.5/10.  This card is amazing and makes SP decks the best in format.  The card is not quite broken, but the format would not be the same without it.

Card #2-Bench Shield AR

Card Description– One of the most underrated cards in the format is “Bench Shield” from the Arceus set.  The card is a tool, and when it is attached to a benched Pokemon that Pokemon cannot be damaged by attacks.  A Pokemon with a Bench Shield equipped can still be effected by attacks that place damage counters, like Gengar SFs “Shadown Room.”

Card Explanation-I include this card in all most all of my decks to give me a better matchup against Garchomp C.  In the popular LuxChomp deck, the LuxChomp player will use Garchomp C’s attack “Dragon Rush” to knock out a benched Claydol or Uxie in one hit.  But, if you attach a”Bench Shield” to your Claydol, Garchomp C will not be able to knock out your Claydol, and you will be able to use Claydol to set your deck up.  This card is also helpful against other decks, like Blastcatty or the so called “secret” sablelock deck.

Rating–  7.5. The card has tremendous upside, but if you are not able to draw into it early it may become a dead card later on.  It also is useless in certain matchups, such as against Gyarados, Donphan, Jumpluff, and Shuppet.

Card #3- Blastoise Unleashed

Card Description– Blastoise will be the card that everyone receives as a pre-release card at the upcoming Pre-Release Tournaments.  I think this is the best pre-release card that we have seen in recent times.  Blastoise has 130 HP, is a water pokemon, is weak to lightning, and has a retreat cost of three.  Those stats aren’t that good, but his attack makes up for it.  “Hydro-Launcher” has a cost of WWCC and does 100 damage to any of your opponent’s Pokemon.  It also has a Poke-Power called “Wash Out.”  This allows you to move any number of water energy cards from your bench Pokemon to your active.

Card Explanation– As mentioned early, the basic stats of this card are rather poor.  A lightning weakness will allow Luxray Gl Lv.x to knockout Blastoise in one hit, and a high retreat cost is never good.  Likewise, “Wash Out” seems to be rather useless, I am sure that it could be effective in certain situations, but it is not likely.  But where this card shines is its attack “Hydro Launcher.”  This attack will do 100 damage to any of your opponent’s Pokemon.  This means you can knock out almost any Pokemon on your opponents bench, including Claydol.  Blastoise Unleashed has a perfect partner in Feraligatr Prime.  Feraligatr Prime has the “Raindance” Poke-Body that allows you to attach as many Water energies as you would like to your Water Pokemon.  If you would to get both a Blastoise and a Feraligatr prime by turn 2 or 3 you could load up Blastoise that same turn, and be attacking for 100 to any Pokemon.  Raindance” lets you load up Blastoise very quickly and reattach the energies you just returned to your hand.  This Blastoise would also be a good tech in the Blastcatty tech.

Rating– 7.5-As mentioned this card has some terrible stats, but a good attack and some good cards to pair with it.  It is by no means a game changing card, but it could spawn some decent tier 2 or 3 decks.

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  • Cheffords

    Pikkdog, I like this idea and am looking forward to more posts from you.

    I agree that Cyrus's Conspiracy is a must have card for SP decks. I have often wondered why most SP decks don't have Claydol or more than 2 Uxie. I guess if Cyrus's does its job and your deck is put together well, you may not need the Claydol. One thing I have played with is the idea of using Cyrus's in a non SP deck. Of course there would have to be a bit of SP stuff to fetch with Cyrus's but the deck wouldn't be focussed on SP. I guess I like the idea of getting a basic energy AND a supporter at the same time. This can setup your next turn or maybe in decks that use tricks to play more than one supporter per turn it can help there too.

    As far as bench shield goes, for me it comes down to the deck and the opposition. Because it is a tool, you can't attach it to something you already have Unown G, Expert Belt, or Unown Q attached to. I think this one comes down to personal preference and utility of the card within the specific deck and how it might benefit within the player's meta game.

    I like the sounds of the Blatoise, but a 100 snipe for 4 energy has been available before (Magmortar LvX) and it didn't see much play. Of course times have changed (Magmortar required you to discard 2 of the energy) and using Feraligatr to speed up the energy attach is tempting. Although a deck that needs more than 1 stage 2 pokemon to function well is tough thing to pull off these days.

  • Ed

    Here's my quick take on the 3 cards. Just know that I am unlikely to give any card a rating above 9. It'd have to be completely broken to get a 10.

    Cyrus's Conspiracy: 8.0
    It's an awesome card in the right deck. SP could run without it, but it would cripple the deck. So, great card, completely unusable in some decks, not 100% necessary for SP, just makes SP a lot better due to the consistency it adds.

    Bench Shield: 6.0
    You may be right that it's underrated, and I may also be underrating it. I think that it can really be good in certain situations and against certain decks. The issue to me is how often will it be completely useless? In a way, it's like Unown G. A month or two ago, Unown G was very highly sought after. Now, you don't see it run as much. It's not because the card got worse. It's because the metagame changed. In the metagame of sniping, perhaps Bubble Coat saves you. Also, if someone can combo it with some new cards to abuse it's ability to stop you from hurting your own bench, I think that could bump up its value. Decks like Donphan/Manectric or certain Luxray GL builds may be able to use it to nice effect. I'd say, right now, though, that it's slightly above average.

    Blastiose Unleashed: 7.0
    Man, I have a tough time rating cards that have yet to come out. I look a bit and see cards I think are interesting, but it's so hard to get an idea of what might combo well with other things until you actually see the cards together and start getting ideas of how people are using things. I do agree that this is a nice combo with Rain Dance. It is worth noting that to do “Hydro Launcher” I think that you have to return 2 WATER energy to your hand. This is fine if you're using Rain Dance, but it can really slow you down otherwise. I do believe that someone will build a Rain Dance deck using Blastoise/Feraligatr. Heck, I'd like to. I LOVED Rain Dance back in base set. Anyway, Blastoise by itself isn't that great. I think a good deck (maybe not great) will be made around it. Even then, it may not increase Blastoise's rating, because it won't be generally useful in other decks.

  • Saturn

    Blastiose Unleashed + Floatzel Unleashed = 100 damage sniping per turn.

    Yes, per turn…I would only tech one or two Feraligatr primes but they are not needed with the Interviewer's question (which also helps Feraligatr now too).

  • Ed

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure we're going to see lots of water decks for a while. People will be trying Kingdra Prime, Feraligatr Prime, Blastoise, and, of course, the older staples of Gyarados and Kingdra. With all the new complimentary support like the ones you point out (Floatzel and Interviewer's Quetions), people will be trying all kinds of water-based stuff. It will be interesting to see how the decks shake down and what configurations work the best.