Given the rise in popularity of EX-Era Sets and with Scarlet/Violet bringing the EX mechanic back, I was curious which EX-Era Set is your favorite and why.
My favorite is EX Team Rocket Returns. From an aesthetics perspective, I think the set is near-perfect. The artwork is vibrant and follows a unique theme, the reverse holo stamp is menacing in dark red, the set was the first to include gold stars, and it contains some of my favorite artworks in all of Pokemon.
A man of good taste! Aside from the reverse holos, Dragon and TMTA are just top, top-knotch.
TMTA gets a lot of hate because of the repeats of basic/stage 1 Pokemon and GameCube CGI, but the set just stands out. Not to mention that it has arguably two of the most beautiful cards from the entire era in the Jirachi secret rare + Suicune ex. Such a glorious end to the e-Reader era!
I voted for Dragon, myself. That set just has everything. Humungous improvement over both Ruby and Sandstorm (which is saying something because Ruby and Sandstorm are both great).
I’m so glad to see the E-card EX sets getting some love. While the gold stars and top-tier ex cards are what this era is known for, some of the best artwork imo comes from Ruby & Sapphire through Dragon (and the Absol/Jirachi/Suicune ex in Magma/Aqua). Many of them are on par with Expedition through Skyridge and I’ve been enjoying picking up copies whenever a good deal comes up.
Hard to judge the entire ex era all together. For me, of the early ex era with those gorgeous big borders EX Dragon is the best and it’s not particularly close. In the gold star era, Rocket Returns is the safe answer, but FRLG is also very good.