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March 1st, 2013 (6:01 AM).
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Hey Vydor !
It all depends on what style of deck you are playing !
If you are playing a deck which runs a Stage 2 Pokemon, you will need to ensure that you bench a minimum of 2 copies of the basic form to ensure that you can use "Rare Candy" next turn or following turns to ensure that your Stage 2 Pokemon is on the field.
Examples of this deck would be Blastoise/Keldeo-EX,Hydregion/Darkrai-EX and Coballion-EX/Kling-Klang.
Once you bench a Pokemon, you have essentially committed that Pokemon to the field of play. This means it can be targeted for bench damage attacks (such as Darkrai-EX Night Spear for 30 on a benched Pokemon.) Pokemon Catcher can bring that Pokemon to the active position to either try and stall you so that you are forced to commit resources retreating the Pokemon such as using Switch or forced to attach energy to that Pokemon in order to retreat it.
Overall if you bench a Pokemon it has to serve a purpose. You can't just bench 5 Pokemon in previous formats when Pokemon Catcher was not around, so your basic Pokemon were safe from being pulled to the active position.
Also benching a lot of Pokemon early will now benefit your opponent with the new supporter Colress. Since Colress states that you draw the amount of cards for each benched Pokemon on the field, this means you will be helping your opponent more if you just decide to bench Pokemon for the sake of it.
Any Pokemon on the bench needs to be placed at the right time. There is no good benching a Pokemon that you don't plan to use in the next couple of turns otherwise it is just a target waiting to be knocked out in the later stages of the game, when you want to force your opponent to be attacking your main attacker which normally is a big EX Pokemon which can tank a fair amount of hits and won't give your opponent easy prizes.
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