Friday, January 19, 2018

Ralts -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Ralts Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ralts from the Burning Shadows set.  Ralts is a Basic, Fairy type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Darkness type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move on this card is called Draining Kiss, for one Fairy Energy card, this move does 10 damage, plus it heals 10 damage from Ralts.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ralts is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Kirlia, and a Stage 2 evolution in Gardevoir, which I'll be reviewing the next couple of days, you'll more than likely want to use some of those Pokemon with this card, however, since I have not reviewed any of those cards yet, I will just act like Ralts does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, if you're playing in the 2018 Standard Format, I would much rather use Ralts from the BREAKthrough set, that card has the same HP and retreat cost, but has two moves instead of one, plus, you can attack for any type of Energy, not just a Fairy type Energy.  But if you are building something like a Gardevoir GX deck, this isn't a terrible card to use to start the line, since it can attack for one Energy, plus it makes its HP a bit higher since Draining Kiss also heals damage.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, this card could certainly be used in a deck that includes Gardevoir GX but I prefer the Ralts from the BREAKthrough set.  This card does have the advantage of healing damage, so if you are putting this card into the Active Pokemon spot to start the game, it may last a bit longer there, giving you more time to get Kirlia or Gardevoir GX into the Active Pokemon spot.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Malamar -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Malamar Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Malamar from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Malamar is a Stage 1, Darkness type Pokemon card, with a HP of 100. It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Psybeam, for one Darkness Energy card, this move does 20 damage, plus it Confuses the defending Pokemon.  The second move on this card is called Energy Slosh, for three Energy cards, one Darkness and two Colorless, this move does 70 damage, however, you must move all Energy from this Pokemon to one of your Benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Malamar is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Inkay into play (I reviewed Inkay from this set yesterday) and then evolve Inkay into Malamar.  If you read yesterday's review of Inkay, you'll know that it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  At first glance, the card does seem decent, with a solid HP, two moves, and a low retreat cost, but upon further inspection, the card isn't that great, since its first move is based off of a coin flip, and can't do damage, and the second move requires two Energy cards to attack and only does 20 damage.  So knowing this about Inkay and looking at this Malamar card, this card is pretty similar.  This card has a good HP and two moves, plus a low retreat cost.  Unless you have a Pokemon in your deck that benefits from a Special Condition being inflicted upon the defending Pokemon, there is no reason to use this Malamar card in a deck, mainly because it is under-powered, and if you do decide to use Energy Slosh and do 70 damage, you must move all Energy attached to Malamar.  So I would pass on this line of Pokemon when deck building.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned, although this card has a decent HP, low retreat cost, and number of moves, there isn't anything above average on this card and really nothing worth using.  Because of this, combining this card with Inkay from the set, I would give the two cards a 1 out of 5 rating, look elsewhere.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Inkay -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Inkay Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Inkay from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Inkay is a Basic, Darkness type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Constrict, for one Darkness Energy card, this move says to flip a coin, if you get a heads, the defending Pokemon is Paralyzed.  The second move on this card is called Tackle, for two Colorless Energy cards, this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Inkay is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Malamar, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, there isn't much use for this card in a deck.  If you're looking to Paralyze the defending Pokemon, just use Raichu from the Burning Shadows set, when you play it from your hand to evolve Pikachu, you can utilize its Ability to Paralyze the defending Pokemon, then just use Devolution Spray and use its Ability all over again.  While Tackle can be used quickly with only one Double Colorless Energy card, if you have a full Bench, something like Zoroark GX from the Shining Legends set, although a Stage 1 Pokemon, it is a Darkness type Pokemon that can do up to 120 damage per turn for the same amount of Energy.  So unless you're specifically using this card to get to Malamar, I would pass on this card overall.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Malamar, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, there is really no reason to use this card in a deck, with that being said, the card does have a solid HP, low retreat cost, and two moves, and would make a decent Basic Pokemon to use to get to Malamar.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Darkrai GX -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Darkrai GX Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Darkrai GX from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Darkrai GX is a Basic, Darkness type Pokemon card, with a HP of 180.  This card has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card's Ability is called Restoration and says that if this Pokemon is in your discard pile, you may move it to your Bench and attach one Darkness Energy card to it.  Besides the Ability, this card has two moves, one regular move and one GX attack.  The first move on this card is called Dark Cleave, for three Energy cards, two Darkness and one Colorless, this move does 130 damage.  The GX attack on this card is called Dead End GX, for three Energy cards, two Darkness and one Colorless, this move knocks out the defending Pokemon if it is affected by a Special Condition.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, first off, the way a Pokemon GX works is that it is used instead of a regular Darkrai card, so you do not need to first play Darkrai and then evolve it into Darkrai GX.  In play, only one GX move can be used during the entire game, and once a Pokemon GX is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  So knowing how a GX card works, this card works perfectly with the Darkrai I reviewed yesterday, you can have a Darkrai GX on your Bench, and use the regular Darkrai in the Active Pokemon spot, putting the defending Pokemon to sleep, then using Darkrai GX's Ability to get another Darkrai GX on your Bench and attaching an Energy to it, to quickly set it up, and hopefully use a Max Elixir to get three Energy cards on it in one turn, therefore being able to knock out any Pokemon only one turn after getting Darkrai GX on your Bench, as long as the defending Pokemon is Asleep.  Even if you can't use this card's GX move, even though it is a bit slow to set up, being able to do 130 damage per turn for three Energy cards isn't bad.  To get Darkrai GX into your discard pile, discard it with something like Ultra Ball or Professor Sycamore.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Pokemon GX from the Burning Shadows set.  I really like this card paired with Darkrai from this set, and then utilizing its GX attack to knock out any Pokemon, no matter how high their HP is.  But, like I mentioned above, this card is a little slow on the set up, and its Ability won't work if you don't have a Darkrai in your discard pile.

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