Monday, June 29, 2015

Shedinja -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Shedinja Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Shedinja from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  Shedinja is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 30.  It does not have a weakness or resistance but it does have a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Shedinja does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Cursed Rain, for one grass energy card this move allows you to put one damage counter on each of your opponent's Pokemon and then to switch out Shedinja for one of your benched Pokemon.  Shedinja's second move is called Hopeless Scream, this move requires one colorless energy card to use and does 50 damage times the number of damage counters on Shedinja, which would do a maximum of 100 damage a turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Shedinja is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Nincada into play (I reviewed Nincada from this set two days ago) and then evolve Nincada into Shedinja.  Nincada has another Stage 1 evolution in Ninjask, which I reviewed yesterday and I will comparing both of Nincada's Stage 1 forms at the end of this section..  If you read my review of Nincada, you'll know that I thought it was a very poor Basic Pokemon card, mainly because it had such a low HP, but it also only had one move and the one move it did have did damage to itself making Nincada's HP that much lower.  So knowing this about Nincada and looking at this Shedinja card, the only time I would recommend using this card in a deck is if I were building a spread damage type deck, that way I could get damage on all Pokemon at once and then if I had another card that did let's say 20 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon that already had damage on them, everything would work perfectly.  But, if you're not building a spread damage type deck, I would recommend avoiding this card altogether, it has way too low of an HP.  So if you use this line in a spread damage type deck, use a 1-1 line and get Shedinja into the active Pokemon spot early so it can't be knocked out in one move.  So after reviewing both Shedinja and Ninjask from this set, I would say Ninjask is a bit more solid and a safer card to use in a deck, whereas there's a lot of risk to use Shedinja in a deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a very poor Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Roaring Skies set, unless you're building a spread damage type deck.  I just cannot fathom using a card, especially a Stage 1 card, with only 30 HP.  But, if you think you can get it to work in a spread damage type deck, it would be worth using.  Combined with Nincada from this set, I can't give these two Pokemon higher than a 1 out of 5 rating, more than likely you should avoid this Pokemon family.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ninjask -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Ninjask Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ninjask from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  Ninjask is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a free retreat cost.  Ninjask's Ability is called Wing Buzz, and says that once per turn you may discard a card from hand, if you choose to do this, your opponent must discard a card from their deck.  Besides the Ability, Ninjask just has one move called Afterimage Assault, for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, this move does 30 damage, plus it allows you to search your deck for up to 2 Ninjask card and put them onto your bench.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ninjask is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Nincada into play (I reviewed Nincada from this set yesterday) and then evolve Nincada into Ninjask.  Nincada has another Stage 1 evolution in Shedinja which I'll be reviewing tomorrow and then recommended one of the two Stage 1 cards to use with Nincada.  If you read yesterday's review of Nincada, you'll know that I thought it was a very poor Basic Pokemon card, mainly because it had such a low HP, but it also only had one move and the one move it did have did damage to itself making Nincada's HP that much lower.  So knowing this about Nincada and looking at this Ninjask card, this Ninjask card is similar to Nincada in that it has an extremely low HP, luckily this card has a free retreat cost so it can be moved in and out of the active Pokemon spot with no trouble.  The only reason I would recommend using this card at all is for its Ability, if you think you can make it so your opponent loses because they don't have any cards left in their deck, then definitely switch in Ninjask whenever it is convenient, utilize its Ability, attack with Afterimage Assault, then move it back out the next turn.  I wouldn't use more than a 1-1 line of Nincada and Ninjask in a deck just because both have such a low HP.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Roaring Skies set.  I do like this card's Ability and its one move is not that bad either.  This card just has too low of an HP and is limited in what it can do, not being able to do more than 30 damage a turn.  So if you Ninjask's Ability really intrigues you, you could definitely try using this Pokemon line in a deck, otherwise, look elsewhere.  Combined I would give this cards a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nincada -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Nincada Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Nincada from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  Nincada is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 40.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Nincada does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait and it only has one move.  This move is called Slight Intrusion, for one colorless energy card it does 20 damage, however it does do 10 damage to itself.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Nincada is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Ninjask and Shedinja, which I'll be reviewing the next two days, you'll more than likely want to use this card with one of those Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed those cards yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without one of its Stage 1 forms.  So, on its own, I would stay away from this card at all costs, not only does it have an extremely low HP that can easily be knocked out in one move later in the game, but if you try attacking with Nincada, it will make it that much easier for it to get knocked out.  So unless you just want to let your opponent take one of their prize cards with little effort at all, do not use this card on its own.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Ninjask or Shedinja, this is a very poor Basic Pokemon card from the Roaring Skies set.  The only thing I like about this card is that it can do 20 damage a turn, but there are just too many negatives to overcome with this card including its extremely low HP and the fact when you attack Nincada does damage to itself.  So if you're building a grass type deck, make sure to look elsewhere for Grass type Pokemon.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Dustox 8/108 -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Dustox Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Dustox from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second of the two Dustox cards I've reviewed from this set.  Dustox is a stage 2, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Dustox card has an Ancient Trait called Plus that says if Dustox knocks out a Pokemon when attacking, you get to take two prize cards instead of one.  Besides the Ancient Trait, Dustox has two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Flap, for one grass energy card this move does 20 damage.  Dustox's second move is called Wind Shard, this move requires three energy cards to use, one grass and two colorless, and does 50 damage to one of your opponent's benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Dustox is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Wurmple into play and then evolve it into Cascoon before you can evolve Cascoon into Dustox, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last few days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought both cards were below average, I gave Wurmple a 2 out of 5 rating because the main move it had for attacking, although a decent move, required two energy cards to use, and I gave Cascoon a 2 out of 5 rating as well, mainly because of its low HP and high retreat cost, plus the fact it can't actually do damage when attacking.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this specific Dustox card, the only time I would utilize this card would be in a spread damage type deck, that way I could knock out a Pokemon each turn with Wind Shard, and utilize Dustox's Ability and get to take two prize cards every time I knocked out a Pokemon.  So ideally, I would want to put a Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot that does let's say 20 damage to each of the opponent's Pokemon and do that move a couple of times, then when Dustox is set up on the bench, move it to the active Pokemon spot and one by one knock out those weaker benched Pokemon, I would definitely recommend using some Potion trainer cards on this card just so it lasts that much longer in the active Pokemon spot.  Both Dustox cards from this set are good, but they both belong in different types of decks, this Dustox card is better in a spread damage type deck, and isn't as powerful, yesterday's card is more powerful and should be used in a deck that inflicts lots of special conditions.  So if you're building a spread damage type deck, I would recommend using a 1-1-1 line of Wurmple, Cascoon, and Dustox.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Roaring Skies set.  Looking at the numbers, yesterday's Dustox card is better, it can do more damage per turn and it has a higher HP, but this Dustox card is also very good, though a little underpowered, I really like its Ancient Trait and just think if you use this card to knock out an EX card, you can take 3 prize cards instead of 2.  So again, I am going to give this entire line a 3 out of 5 rating, when you use all three cards together it brings the rating down, but not enough that I wouldn't recommend considering this Pokemon family when building a deck.

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